With the storm season officially commencing this week, Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has said that now is the time for residents of Tweed to prepare their homes and families for the possibility of storms.

    While recognising the untiring work of local NSW SES volunteers, residents are reminded to be proactive.

    “NSW SES volunteers do an outstanding job in helping people when storms happen but communities must do their bit to ensure everyone stays safe during storm season.”

    “You can do your bit to help prevent some of this damage by preparing your household and property now, at the beginning of the storm season,” Mr Provest said.

    Acting Commissioner for the NSW SES, Jim Smith, advised that volunteers spent over 90,000 hours responding to more than 12,000 call-outs last season across the state.

    “Most of the damage we saw was from trees crashing down on to properties and vehicles as well as leaking and damaged roofs,” Acting Commissioner Smith said.

    NRMA Insurance data shows that during the last financial year, almost half of all home insurance claims in NSW were made as a result of storm damage*.

    Mr Provest said that people can limit the amount of damage caused in a storm by making a few simple preparations now. “You can get started by completing the online Home Emergency Plan at ”

    “Doing a little really can save a lot. Clear your gutters, trim overhanging branches and check that your home and contents insurance is up to date; these are all simple steps people can take to prepare for the storm season,” Mr Provest said.

    “Storms often happen suddenly and with little warning so don’t be complacent.”

    To learn how to be StormSafe visit or visit

    For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500. Dial 000 in life threatening emergencies.

    * Based on NRMA Insurance home claims data sourced for Financial Year 2013 to 2014


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has congratulated Ms Jamie McDonald on receiving a $15,000 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship.

    Mr Provest said the scholarships are part of a $2.4 million program introduced by the NSW Liberals & Nationals designed to assist apprentices who face significant challenges and barriers in completing their qualification.

    “This scholarship is a credit to Jamie and I was proud to present this cheque to such a deserving young lady that will help her continue with her studies to gain her qualifications,” Mr Provest said.

    “The 40 first year recipients will receive $5,000 each year for three years. In this inaugural year of the scholarships we are also awarding scholarships to second and third year apprentices who will receive $5,000 for each year of study remaining.”

    “Apprentices play a vital role in growing the NSW economy. That is why this Government recognises the need to provide additional financial support to help apprentices complete their training and gain their qualification.”

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the scholarship program aimed to support apprentices with a disability, Aboriginal apprentices and women in non-traditional trades.

    “If young people are given support and the opportunity to excel in their trade not only will they reap the benefits but our community will prosper as well,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “These scholarships are in addition to the Country Apprentice Scholarships we have awarded which support up to 30 apprentices in rural and regional NSW each year to meet additional costs associated with their training.”

    Information on the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and Country Apprentice Scholarships is available from State Training Services Regional Centres on 13 28 11 and at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed a new standard allowing safer “street rods” to be fully registered for use on NSW roads.

    A street rod is a modified vehicle that has a body and frame built before 1949, or is a replica of a vehicle, the body and frame of which were built before 1949.

    “In December last year, the Minister for Roads & Ports, Duncan Gay, announced that new National Guidelines for the Construction and Modification of Street Rods in Australia was jointly approved by the Australian Street Rod Federation and the Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board,” Mr Provest said.

    “Since then, a NSW Supplement has been developed to cover some additional safety and performance features necessary for vehicles to be fully registered on the NSW road network.

    “Full registration means street rods can be used on NSW roads without the restrictions applicable under the Conditional Registration Scheme for Street Rods.”

    Mr Provest spoke with the organiser of the Car Committee for “Cooly Rocks On”, Dan Hall, about the new standard this morning.

    “Dan was quite excited and believes this is a significant move forward that will enable car enthusiasts to make the most of their specialty vehicles without the constraints of conditional registration,” Mr Provest said.

    Before a street rod can be registered, it must be assessed against the new standards by a licensed certifier allowed to assess individually constructed vehicles under the Roads and Maritime Services’ Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme.

    However, those who only want to use their street rods on a limited basis, the Registration Requirements and Construction Guidelines for Street Rods in NSW can still be used for limited registration under the Conditional Registration Scheme for Street Rods.


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced the State Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program is now open for applications.

    Funding of $2 million is available for the grant program and the development of a strategic facility plan for surf clubs.

    “Grants of $5,000 to $350,000 are available to help surf clubs throughout NSW develop their facilities,” Mr Provest said.

    “Surf Life Saving NSW does immensely important work- saving lives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to get fit and healthy.”

    “It’s also a fantastic way for people to get involved with their community,” said Mr Provest.

    Applications are open for submission until 17 October 2014.

    The announcement coincides with the start of the Surf Life Saving season, which commenced on Saturday.

    Surf Life Saving NSW consists of 129 clubs with about 76,000 members including volunteer surf lifesavers who in 2013/14 performed more than 4,000 rescues, over 150,000 preventative actions and 6,000 first aid treatments.

    Types of projects that will be funded include:

    • Construction of new surf club facilities
    • Capital enhancement of the facilities at existing clubs
    • Providing ancillary and support facilities at existing venues e.g. amenities blocks

    For more information and to apply visit or phone 13 13 02

  • Tweed to win with new cross border law

    The Tweed economy is set to win from new NSW laws which make it easier for licensed tradespeople to operate across the State border, according to Tweed Nationals MP, Geoff Provest.

    “The Government on Wednesday introduced the Mutual Recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Bill 2014 which supports border regions like the Tweed by reducing costs for small businesses and workers,” Mr Provest said.

    “I have long campaigned on cross border issues which go well beyond the vexed issue of daylight saving time.”

    In a major step forward to enhance mutual recognition of trades, NSW is the first state to introduce laws allowing certain tradespeople accredited in other states to practice in our state without the need for a NSW licence.

    “The legislation helps the cross-border communities by removing paperwork and fees, and eliminating red tape for small businesses.”

    The Mutual Recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Bill 2014 will come into effect once Regulations have been prepared that will specify the particular occupational licences that will be recognised under the new law.

    Full Hansard transcript http://bulletin/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20140917005

  • 2014 Child Protection week – 7th to 13th September

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the start of Child Protection Week, which is an opportunity to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect.

    Mr Provest said “National Child Protection Week is a reminder to a community to that child protection is everyone’s business – we all have our part to play in keeping children and young people safe.

    “The 2014/15 NSW Budget provided $1.6 billion for vulnerable children, young people and families this included increases in funding for Early Intervention and Statutory Child Protection.

    “Additionally, under the Safe Home for Life reforms, the NSW Government will invest half billion dollars over four years to create a stronger child protection system which puts children at the centre.”

    Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton said “The NSW Government will continue to work to better protect our children and young people and support our caseworkers on the frontline.

    “Since 2011, the NSW Government has worked to improve the system by delivering real reforms like Safe Home for Life, shining a light on the system by increasing transparency and transitioning Out-of-Home Care to the non-government sector,” Ms Upton said.

    If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm, phone the 24 hour Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

    For more information and resources on child protection visit

  • Improving access and safety at Tweed Heads Court

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest MP today inspected the newly renovated Tweed Heads Courthouse with Registrar Karen Gavenlock.

    Mr Provest said the NSW Government had spent $150,000 upgrading the local courthouse to improve fire safety and disability access.

    “The NSW Government is investing in key infrastructure and resources so we can deliver better court services for local communities like Tweed Heads,” Mr Provest said.

    “One of our key priorities is to provide better access and support for people with a disability.

    “The courthouse has been redesigned to enable people with a disability to navigate their way around the building more easily.

    “It also has new technology to improve sound and acoustics for people who are hearing impaired, particularly those with cochlear implants and hearing aids.

    “A new sliding glass door at the court registry will now make it easier for parents with prams and people in wheelchairs to access the foyer and counter.

    “Builders have also fitted the courthouse with a state-of-the-art fire safety system.

    “The improvements will significantly improve facilities for all court users.

    “It is vital that everyone has an opportunity to access the local courthouse and registry.

    “This is about improving the justice experience for everyone in Tweed Heads.”

    The Tweed Heads Local Court was built in 1983


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is calling on organisations in the Tweed electorate to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for a share in up to $12 million funding under the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program.

    “EOI applications for the 2014/2015 funding round to help build or upgrade community facilities and infrastructure is now open until 15 September 2014,” Mr Provest said.

    “In this upcoming funding round, Category 3 grants will focus on providing funding to develop or enhance infrastructure facilities in local communities.

    “I urge the community to take up this terrific opportunity in this ClubGRANTS Category 3 round to develop and enhance our sport, recreational and cultural infrastructure,” Mr Provest said.

    Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing, Troy Grant encouraged projects that responded to an identified community need, demonstrated particular benefit to regional or remote NSW and/or for disadvantaged communities to apply.

    “Community organisations in NSW will be able to build or upgrade facilities and projects that can demonstrate particular benefits for disadvantaged communities will be highly regarded.

    “Those eligible to apply for grants of between $100,000 and $500,000 include local government, non-profit organisations, and non-trading cooperatives with facilities such as sports grounds, recreational parks, a community skate park or BMX course, children’s play areas, a music performance space, a community art studio, a local museum, or gallery,” Mr Grant concluded.

    Successful Expression of Interest applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

    ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said through ClubGRANTS, registered clubs this year delivered more than $100 million to worthy causes and local communities.

    “ClubGRANTS is a successful program that has been running for more than 15 years, and now thanks to ClubGRANTS Category 3, clubs can help fund crucial community infrastructure and services for local communities across the state,” Mr Ball said.

    An Applicant Information Pack providing information on eligibility criteria, application processes and assessment criteria for the ClubGRANTS Category 3 2014/15 funding round is available at

    The Expression of Interest Form will be available from Monday 1 September at and must be lodged using the online form by no later than 5pm on Monday, 15 September 2014. There will be no extension to this deadline.

    For more information please contact ClubGRANTS on (02) 9995 0575, email or visit


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced the NSW Government would fund 2 projects in Tweed as part of a plan to promote walking and cycling across the state.

    Mr Provest said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to invest in active transport as a part of an integrated transport solution.

    “Funding will be provided to Tweed Shire Council to improve walking and cycling connections in our community which provide a convenient way for people to get to work, school or just enjoy their weekend,” Mr Provest said.

    Projects funded in Tweed include:

    • Cycleway Salt Water Crescent to Casuarina Way, Kingscliff – $60,000
    • Improvements to Tweed Heads Cycleway – $65,000

    “These projects are great news for our local community and will encourage and enable more people to walk and ride, contributing to a more active, healthy community,” Mr Provest said.

  • Transforming planning for 21st Century

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local homeowners and businesses to take advantage of new online planning tools, which will make the planning system faster and simpler.

    The new ePlanning tools are now live, bringing the State’s planning system into the digital age to help plan for a growing NSW.

    “Too many local people have told me the planning system is tough to navigate,” Mr Provest said.

    “That’s why I’m pleased the NSW Government has invested in making the planning system simpler and more convenient.

    The new ePlanning tools include:

    • Planning Viewer – to show the planning rules that apply to properties in NSW where a standard Local Environmental Plan has been adopted
    • Interactive buildings – users will be able to click on an interactive 3D image model of a standard home, commercial or industrial property and understand in plain English what development standards apply and what work can be undertaken as exempt development.
    • Local Insights – to see a range of useful planning related statistics and projections at a council level and the location of current development applications where available, from mobile devices, tablets or computers.

    The NSW Government has also been working with councils to:

    • Expand the Electronic Housing Code to 89 council areas. This tool allows users submit complying development applications online.
    • Enable all NSW councils to offer residents the ability to track development applications online, through grant funding.

    The first release of these versions of the ePlanning tools can be accessed at