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  • NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDS TWEED WALKING AND CYCLING PROJECTS

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced funding of $685,000 to rebuild The Anchorage boardwalk in Tweed Heads.

    “This project will make a real difference to those who live, work and holiday in our community,” Mr Provest said.

    “It not only provides a pathway for cycling, running and walking but also presents an opportunity to visit picturesque areas of river bank in comfort and safety.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the funding was in addition to a massive $80 million investment in the Cycling Infrastructure Fund.

    “The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented amount on active transport infrastructure, making it easier for people who walk or ride in their communities and to do so more safely,” Mr Constance said.

    “We are listening to key groups in the community, like Bicycle NSW and Bicycle Networks to prioritise, plan and extend paths all over New South Wales.”

    Mr Provest said he was hopeful that funding for additional cycle ways and walkway projects in the Tweed Electorate would also be approved in the near future.

     

  • NSW BUDGET: NEW WORLD-CLASS HOSPITAL FOR NSW BUDGET

    The spotlight is on the Tweed community with a new, state-of-the-art hospital to cater for the region’s growing population.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today visited the Tweed Hospital and announced the 2017-18 Budget includes funding of up to $534 million for a new hospital in the Tweed region.

    Mr Barilaro said the new hospital will greatly improve health services for the region, which is forecast to grow by more than 40 per cent to 128,000 people by 2031.

    “The Tweed Shire is the latest area to benefit from the NSW Government’s pledge to enhance regional health services as part of a record hospital-building boom,” Mr Barilaro said.

    Mr Perrottet said, “We’re a government that has its books in order. When you’re in a strong economic position you can reinvest in your communities and I’m delighted that the Tweed community will have a new, state-of-the-art hospital.”

    Mr Hazzard said that senior clinicians consulted during the planning process and lobbying by Mr Provest helped form the decision to build a new hospital in the area, given the constraints of the current site.

    “Local member Geoff Provest has been lobbying and advocating for the Tweed community and the Tweed’s nursing and medical workforce for world-class facilities,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “At Geoff’s invitation I’ve met with the Medical Staff Council at Tweed Hospital to hear exactly what they need to continue delivering excellent patient care – and this new hospital will deliver just that.”

    Mr Provest said: “This is fabulous news, it’s the biggest news in the Tweed in decades. It’s taken a Liberals and Nationals Government, which I am part of, to recognise the needs of the Tweed and I am so proud of what we are going to achieve here.

    “A new hospital for the Tweed area means patients in our region will get a welcoming, modern facility that provides the best care for the future,” Mr Provest said.

    Some highlights of the new hospital will likely include:

    • more overnight beds
    • more operating theatres
    • a larger emergency department
    • an integrated cancer care service
    • enhanced cardiac care services

    An Expression of Interest and site selection process to identify the most suitable site for the new hospital will commence shortly.

    Over the coming months, the project team will work with staff and clinicians to understand how services will be delivered at the new hospital.

    This will determine the project design and construction program, which should be finalised mid-next year.

     

  • ANZAC AMBASSADORS PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN

    Six young people from across NSW will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the launch of the program today, encouraging local high school students to take part in the essay competition.

    “I encourage students from across Tweed to apply for the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program for the chance of a lifetime to retrace the steps of our Anzacs who gave so much for our country,” Mr Provest said.

    Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it is important for young people and students to understand and commemorate the great sacrifices the Anzacs made over 100 years ago in foreign wars and on foreign battlefields.

    “This journey to key First World War battlegrounds is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the events and contributions made by young men and women that shaped our nation a century ago.”

    The six successful applicants will travel to Lemnos in Greece and to Israel for the centenary of the Charge of the Fourth Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba as part of a two-week tour that is sponsored by ClubsNSW.

    Interested students have been asked to submit a 1000-word essay on “Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?

    ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball welcomed the launch of the fourth annual Premier’s Anzac Ambassador’s Program.

    “ClubsNSW is proud to play a part in keeping the legacy and spirit of Anzac alive for the next generation,” Mr Ball said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to learn about the service and sacrifice made by Anzac soldiers and nurses, and to pass this knowledge onto their peers after they return home.

    The tour will leave Sydney on 24 October and return home 5 November. Applications close Monday 31 July 2017. For more information about how to enter please visit www.clubsnsw.com.au/anzacambassadors

  • BETTER SOCIAL HOUSING EXPERIENCE IN TWEED HEADS

    The NSW Government today announced that a site in Tweed Heads is being made available for redevelopment as part of the Communities Plus Neighbourhood Projects.

    This follows the NSW Government’s recent announcement to provide support to the region in the aftermath of the recent devastating floods by increasing social and affordable housing supply.

    Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward said the tender process would be offered through a tender process to both not-for-profit Community Housing Providers (CHPs) and private sectors developers to ensure that the housing needs of the community are met.

    “The two vacant lots in Boyd Street will be redeveloped to deliver more social housing mixed with private and affordable housing in the Tweed community”, said Minister Goward.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the announcement of the tender and thanked the NSW Government for their continued support to the flood affected Tweed Electorate.

    “The Liberal and National Government is delivering on its promise to help people in our community get back on their feet and ensure that social housing needs are met.”

    Communities Plus is a $22 billion building program that will deliver 23,500 new social and affordable housing dwellings and 40,000 private homes in mixed communities to produce a better social housing experience.

    The RFP for the Tweed site will be offered to the market from today.

    All interested private sector developers and not-for profit CHPs can get the RFP package by going to www.tenders.nsw.gov.au

  • MAKING LIFE FAIRER FOR TWEED FIRST HOME BUYERS

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has welcomed a comprehensive package of measures which will give first homebuyers in Tweed a fair go at owning their own home by significantly reducing stamp duty and providing more housing choice.

    Mr Provest said the reforms could save first homebuyers up to $34,360 and would now apply to both existing and new homes. Stamp duty on lenders mortgage insurance, often required by banks, will also be abolished.

    “While there are no easy solutions when it comes to housing affordability, residents who are saving to own their own home in Tweed will benefit greatly from these reforms,” Mr Provest said. “Stamp duty is a hurdle for first home buyers across Tweed, so to give residents a fair go we will abolish stamp duty for all first home buyers on properties costing up to $650,000 and provide stamp duty discounts on properties up to $800,000. This means many first homebuyers will not be paying stamp duty at all in Tweed

    These changes to stamp duty and support for new infrastructure will make regional Australia an even more attractive place for people to live, work and play.

    “These are just some of the measures we are introducing to give local first homebuyers a fair go.”

    More information on the NSW Government’s housing affordability package can be found at: www.nsw.gov.au/housingaffordability

  • MORE SUPPORT FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL-HOURS CARE IN TWEED

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is encouraging not for profit providers of out of school hours care to apply for grants to expand or establish new services to provide flexible options for working families in Tweed.

    Mr Provest said the announcement of the expansion to the criteria for the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund is a great opportunity for not for profits to apply for the $30,000 grants.

    “Many families in Tweed rely on before and after school care to juggle work and other commitments, Mr Provest said.

    “Opening the fund to not-for-profit service providers means extra support to help community spaces offer out of school hours care and ease the burden in areas of high demand.

    “Every school community in Tweed has different needs and these changes will have real benefits in areas where schools don’t have the capacity to establish or further expand services on site.”

    Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said grants from the fund can be used for site modification and fit-out costs, project management, or to pay for necessary equipment to support new or expanded services.

    “More than 160 schools and five local councils have taken advantage of the fund,” Mrs Mitchell said.

    “We know families need flexibility, so we’re providing a flexible approach that allows not-for-profits, local councils and schools to provide more care options.

    “NSW has a diverse early childhood education sector, and this Government has choices in place for families so that they can choose a centre that meets their needs.”

    As part of these changes it is also now possible for community organisations to pool their resources and prepare a joint proposal.

    Since 2011, the Liberals & Nationals Government has spent more than $1.6 billion in Early Childhood Education, investing $382 million this financial year alone.

    For more information, visit the Department of Education website at www.dec.nsw.gov.au/our-services/children-and-youth/out-of-hours-school-care-grant.

  • EXTRA SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING LIGHTS

    The safety of students and their families around Tweed schools will be given a welcome boost with the installation of extra school zone flashing lights, Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest announced.

    The new lights will be installed at Pottsville Beach Public School as part of a statewide roll out of extra flashing lights at 104 schools zones.

    In August last year the NSW Government announced a $5 million program to install extra flashing lights at 400 NSW schools.

    The program, which will be completed in July, is running on time and under budget allowing for the installation of the extra lights at the extra school zones.

    Mr Provest said the program is part of the government’s $10 million boost to school zone safety which includes $5 million for the additional lights, and $5 million for pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised zebra crossings around schools.

    There’s nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe, especially when they are making their way to and from school,” Mr Provest said.

    “These new lights will help us achieve this by reminding drivers to slow down and be mindful there are children around.

    “Children are some of our most vulnerable road users. That’s why we’re doing everything possible to keep them safe on our roads and near our schools.”

    In 2013 the NSW Government announced the expansion of the school zone flashing lights program to ensure every school in NSW had at least one a set of flashing lights.

    The program has now been completed with more than 1700 schools across the state receiving a set of flashing lights by the end of 2017.

    Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said that all NSW schools have prominent signs, ‘40’ pavement patches and ‘dragon’s teeth’ road markings to improve school zone visibility and remind drivers that they must slow down to 40km/h during school zone times.

    “A vehicle that hits a pedestrian at 50km/h is twice as likely to cause a fatality as the same vehicle travelling at 40km/h, which is why school zone speed limits are so important,” Mr Carlon said.

    “We are committed to providing a safe road environment for children, both close to home and on their way to and from school.

    “We are doing this through improvements in school zone infrastructure as well as ongoing road safety education in schools and early childhood services.

    “We are backing this up with targeted communication and enforcement campaigns that remind drivers to slow down in school zones.

    “Drivers also face tougher penalties that apply in 40km/h school zones. Offences such as speeding, double parking and illegal U-turns attract a higher fine and additional demerit points when committed in a school zone.”

  • CAPITAL WORKS GRANTS TO EXPAND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PLACES IN TWEED

    Families in Tweed will have more opportunities to find preschool places following an investment of $420,000 to upgrade early childhood education services as part of the NSW Government $8 million Capital Works program.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced Bilambil Community Preschool and OOSH Inc received funding to give children quality early education in improved facilities.

    “It’s great to hear that local families in Tweed will benefit from upgrades to our local services, making it a better place for children to spend their time,” Mr Provest said.

    “Research demonstrates that children benefit socially, emotionally and cognitively from access to quality early childhood education so this program will have a real benefit for families with young children in Tweed.

    “The investment will extend existing pre-school buildings, build new facilities, buy new vehicles for existing mobile pre-school services all with the aim to deliver more pre-school places for local families.”

    The Capital Works Grants program provides funding for not-for-profit, community-based preschools to increase the number of places for children at 15 hours per week, especially in areas where there is a demonstrated shortage of places.

    Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said we know the success of a child’s education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school.

    “The increased preschool places created through these grants are part of an additional 490 places spread across urban and regional areas of NSW,” Mrs Mitchell said.

    “The NSW government is fully committed to supporting providers to deliver quality care that working parents and carers can rely on.

  • $12 MILLION FOR MORE HOUSING IN NORTHERN NSW

    The NSW Government has allocated up to $12 million in funding to Northern NSW to increase social and affordable housing supply in the region.

    Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward said the funding would help alleviate the shortage of housing in the region following the recent flooding.

    In the immediate aftermath of the floods, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) assisted almost 1,300 people with accommodation.

    “A month on from the recent flooding, it’s time to look at how we address the longer term housing needs of the community, we know people want to remain in the communities they love,” Minister Goward said.

    An additional $2 million will support local services to “head lease” properties which will enable an additional 30 properties to be leased over the next three years.

    Up to a further $10 million has been allocated to increase social and affordable housing supply in Northern NSW over the next three years.

    The NSW Government will release a new site in Tweed Heads for mixed development of social, affordable and private housing as part of its Communities Plus program.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP welcomed the additional funding and thanked the Government and the Department of Family and Community Services for their ongoing assistance in what he described as a devastating time for the community.

    “Some people have lost everything in the recent floods. This additional funding will be a massive game-changer for some of the worst affected people in our community.”

  • ANZAC COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDED IN POTTSVILLE

    Schools, community groups, and other local organisations have been awarded funding to help deliver projects which commemorate the service and sacrifice of World War 1 veterans.

    Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott has announced a total of $50,000 would be delivered to community groups across NSW as part of the 2016/17 Anzac Community Grants Program.

    Forty-nine grants have been given to schools, community groups, museums, historical societies and other local associations.

    “The Anzac Community Grants Program is a fantastic way to support organisations across NSW which are delivering projects in honour of our veterans,” Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.

    “These grants valued at anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $2000 and can be put to good use for valuable community projects.”

    The successful applicants include:

    • Pottsville and District RLS Sub-Branch to install a display cabinet to feature Pottsville specific military memorabilia

    Mr Elliott congratulated all recipients of the 2016/17 grant round.

    “It is timely to receive an Anzac grant as we continue to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac and a century of service across the state,” he said