News

  • SUPERMARKET SAVINGS FOR SENIORS IN TWEED

    Seniors in Tweed can now save on average $200 a year on their groceries, thanks to Seniors Card discounts the NSW Government has secured with the Woolworths Group.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced NSW Seniors Card holders are now eligible for a five per cent discount on Woolworths WISH eGift cards that can be used towards purchases at Woolworths Group stores, including supermarkets and Big W.

    “This new partnership also gives Seniors Card holders in Tweed 25 per cent off mid-week home delivery, and discounts on insurance and mobile phone products,” Mr Provest said.

    “Every dollar counts when living on a fixed income and we are sure these discounts will help drive down the cost of living for eligible seniors.”

    The bundle of new discounts can be accessed through the purchase of Woolworths WISH eGift cards via the NSW Seniors Card website.

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said she was thrilled the Woolworths partnership would deliver savings to Seniors Card holders across the state.

    “We want to make it as easy as possible for seniors to access fresh food and other essential items that may be difficult to transport,” Mrs Davies said.

    “This partnership could save seniors an average of $200 per person on their annual grocery bill, not to mention further discounts on home delivery, clothing and household items from Big W, and mobile phone and insurance products.”

    “NSW is the only state to have this offer so far. We would encourage more retailers to see what savings they can offer seniors,” Mrs Davies said.

    Mr Provest said these discounts are in addition to other measures the Government has introduced to ease cost of living pressures for seniors, including:

    • A $50 increase in energy rebates for low income households, to $285;
    • Average CTP green slip savings of $120 a year;
    • Public transport fare concessions, including the Gold Opal for seniors which remains capped at $2.50 for all day travel.

    There are more than 1.5 million Seniors Card members in NSW and 5700 participating businesses.

    To access discounts or apply for a NSW Seniors Card go to www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.

  • TWEED VALLEY HOSPITAL SITE SELECTION ATTRACTS STRONG INTEREST

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said he was delighted that the search for a greenfield site for the brand new $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital was generating strong interest.

    A public expression of interest process to find a suitable site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has attracted a strong response, with around 20 sites identified for further consideration. Each site is being evaluated to assess its potential as a major referral hospital.

    “With this number of sites we are in a good position to select the right site to deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital that serves our growing and ageing population,” Mr Provest said.

    “I am proud to be part of a Liberals & Nationals Government which has got NSW’s economy back on track – which is why we are able to fund a record building program for hospitals, not only in the Tweed but across the state.”

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the health needs for the community were being guaranteed into the future.

    “This new Tweed Valley Hospital will give us the opportunity to create over time a first-class health and education campus,” Mr Hazzard said.

    The site selection process is led by Health Infrastructure in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District, and is overseen by an independent probity advisor. A team of property and technical specialists will review each site over the coming weeks as part of due-diligence investigations.

    The expression of interest process targeted an area from Tweed Heads to Pottsville between 10 to 15km inland, with developable land between 8 and 16 hectares, close to major road connections and available for development from late 2018.

    The evaluation process will consider each site’s ability to provide the best value for the community against a range of criteria including:

    • Location, access and traffic
    • Urban context
    • Built forms and landscaping
    • Environment, heritage and culture.

    It is expected the preferred site or sites will be identified in the next three months.

  • FALLEN OFFICERS HONOURED ON NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, encouraged the community to reflect on the sacrifice of our fallen NSW Police officers today Friday 29 September on National Police Remembrance Day.

    Mr Provest said the special ceremony for the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command was held in the Anglican Church in Byron Bay this year.

    “Every year we gather to remember the men and women who dedicated their lives to the safety of others,” Mr Provest said.

    “Our police officers go to work day in and day out not knowing what they will confront in the line of duty, or whether they will return home safely at the end of their shift.

    “On this day, it is important that we acknowledge those officers who have lost their lives as a result of their policing career. But we must also pay our respects to our local men and women in blue who work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm every day.”

    Minister for Police Troy Grant said the community should never take the contribution of our police for granted.

    “On National Police Remembrance Day, I stand with the entire police family to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of community safety.”

  • SLOW DOWN THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND ARRIVE SAFELY

    There are Big Things happening this Labour Day long weekend – the NRL Grand Final, both Queensland and NSW school holidays AND double demerit points for all traffic offences.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has urged everyone using the roads to take extra care and to travel safely.

    “If you’re driving any distance, make sure you’re well rested, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and have given yourself plenty of travel time,” Mr Provest said.

    “It’s also a big weekend for sport with the NRL Grand Final on so if you’re planning on drinking leave the car at home and make sure you have a Plan B – a taxi, public transport or a nominated driver who’s not drinking.”

    If safety is not something you want to think about, you might want to consider the financial costs or the inconvenience of losing your licence with double demerit points in place for the long weekend.

    “So you should make sure you stick to the speed limit, wear your seatbelt or helmet and remember no phone call is worth risking your life or your licence over,” Mr Provest said.

    Operation Slow Down will run from 12.01am on Friday 29 September until 11.59pm on Monday 2 October.

    Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols, mobile and stationary random breath tests and random drug tests.

     

    “Let’s take care and make this really great weekend, both on and off the road,” he said.

  • TWEED YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE NSW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

    Are you aged between 12 and 24 interested in what happens, not only in Tweed but in all of NSW? Do you think young people should have more input into decision-making by the NSW Government?

    The NSW Youth Advisory Council is currently seeking members from diverse locations, and with different backgrounds and life experiences,

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, is encouraging young people in Tweed to apply to represent local youth and have a say on issues important to our community.

    “The NSW Youth Advisory Council has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people, as well as to monitor and evaluate youth-related policies and legislation,” Mr Provest said.

    “The feedback received from the Council plays an important role in assisting the NSW Government develop programs that will be effective.”

    2017 Youth Advisory Council Chair, Declan Drake, found it rewarding to represent his peers.

    “I’ve learned a great deal, but also genuinely feel I’ve had the opportunity to engage with matters I consider important to my generation,” Mr Drake said.

    One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson.

    “The advice of the 2017 Youth Advisory Council has been instrumental to our work throughout the year.

    The Council also met with various NSW Government Departments, such as NSW Health, Multicultural NSW and NESA and helped organise events such as IDEATION 2017 and Youth Week.

    “I urge young people to put their hand up to be the next NSW YAC leaders,” Mr Johnson said.

    For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02) 9248 0970. Please note that applications close at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.

     

  • NSW PRO SURF SERIES RETURNS TO TWEED COAST

    Top-class surfing will return to the Tweed Coast, with the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro coming back to Cabarita Beach in 2018.

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest joined local surfers today to launch next year’s NSW Pro Surf Series.

    The Series, supported by the NSW Government, also stops at Maroubra Beach in Sydney, Boomerang Beach at the Great Lakes and Avoca Beach on the Central Coast.

    Mr Marshall said the four events provided a significant boost for local hotels, restaurants and businesses.

    “The 2017 NSW Pro Surf Series contributed over $1.1 million to the NSW visitor economy, attracting more than 800 overnight visitors to the four event locations and we expect next year’s event to be bigger and better than ever,” Mr Marshall said.

    “I look forward to seeing Cabarita Beach packed with competitors and spectators next summer.”

    Mr Provest said the Tweed Coast was the obvious choice to hold the event.

    “The Tweed Coast is the perfect location to host the event – the region has a long association with surfing and is home to great surf breaks including Cabarita, Duranbah and Kingscliff,” Mr Provest said.

    “This event is an official World Surf League Qualifying Series event and showcases our stunning coastline to surfers and fans from around the world.

    “The Tweed Coast Pro has been a highlight of the summer for the past two years and we are looking forward to welcoming more than 200 surfers from around Australia and the world back to our beautiful region in 2018.”

    The NSW Pro Surf Series will start at Maroubra Beach, running from 18-21 January, before the Telstra Stones Tweed Coast Pro, which will take place at Cabarita Beach from 31 January to 4 February. The Series then moves to Boomerang Beach from 7-11 February and Avoca Beach from 7-11 March.

     

  • NEW FUNDING FOR ANZAC COMMUNITY PROJECTS and an OPPORTUNITY FOR HISTORY TEACHERS

    Geoff Provest, Nationals Member for Tweed today called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Program.

    The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for local war memorial projects, including conservation works and protection.

    The Anzac Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community groups and veterans groups to educate the community on the service and sacrifice of military personnel, to support activities benefiting veterans, and to promote community engagement.

    Mr Provest said he was proud of the NSW Government’s investment in local and state war memorials, which help ensures that the service and sacrifice they represent can be understood.

    Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit:

    www.veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au and www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au

     

    As part of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, history teachers from across NSW are invited to walk the battlefields and trenches of the Western Front as part of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship tour.

    “The 2018 tour is a rare professional development opportunity for NSW history teachers, which will enable teachers to provide younger generations with first-hand knowledge of the sacrifice and courage of our Anzacs,” Mr Provest said.

    From today, all teachers across the state can apply to participate in the 2018 tour. Successful applicants will join 20 students, other teachers and a tour historian on the educational and commemorative trip retracing the footsteps of the Anzacs for the centenary of the Battle of Hamel.

    The 13-day tour will give students the opportunity to experience Australia’s military story first-hand in Ypres, Passchendaele, the Somme and Flanders in Belgium.

    Accompanying teachers will provide supervision for the students during the tour, support their learning experience and enrich their own teaching practices on return so classrooms across NSW can reap the benefits of the tour. Most travel and accommodation costs associated with the tour will be covered by Veterans Affairs. Teachers will continue to receive their usual salary while accompanying the student group.

    Applications close on 23 October 2017 and more information is available at www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/education or by calling 1300 838 233.

  • ONLINE CALCULATOR LAUNCHED FOR MORE TRANSPARENT RETIREMENT VILLAGE CONTRACTS

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed a new, online resource to help people who are considering moving into a retirement village.

    “It can be overwhelming to assess retirement village costs due to a wide range of fees and charges that are often incurred at different times,” he said.

    “This new website puts consumers first by prompting prospective residents through a series of simple questions and then generates easy-to-understand cost estimates.

    Mr Provest advised there is both a basic and a detailed calculator for people to utilise, depending on their circumstances.

    “The basic calculator is geared toward those considering retirement village living but don’t have much information so it simply provides an estimated cost based on your location and budget,” he said.

    “The detailed calculator is for people who’ve got a village Disclosure Statement so it gives residents a more comprehensive outline of the entry, ongoing, and exit costs.”

    The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said recent amendments to the Retirement Villages Regulation 2009 also support the calculator through changes to Disclosure Statement requirements.

    “The Retirement Village Regulation 2017 is now in force, which includes a new standard table of fees and charges attached to the Disclosure Statement of any given village,” Mr Kean said.

    “This supports the online calculator allowing residents to easily compare village prices, and ultimately ensure they’re not getting ripped off by unscrupulous operators.”

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the online calculator is also a key project of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020.

    “I am very pleased to see the calculator now working to protect residents from confusing contracts, hidden fees, and unexpected costs,” Mrs Davies said.

    “By putting the right protections in place we are safeguarding the financial and physical independence of older people in our communities.”

    Learn more about the calculator here: www.rvcalculator.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

  • IMPORTANT LICENSING CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

    State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has welcomed improvements to the state’s highly successful Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure new drivers are safe drivers on our roads.

    “The first six months of driving solo is the highest risk period for novice drivers so it’s important to look at ways to ensure they get the training and experience they need to be safe on our roads,” Mr Provest said.

    The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey advised that young drivers continue to be over-represented in road crashes. P-platers make up 8 per cent of all driver licence holders, yet their crashes account for 15 per cent of all fatalities on NSW roads.

    “Since the Graduated Licensing Scheme was first introduced on 1 July 2000, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads, but even one death is one too many,” Minister Pavey said.

    “The NSW licensing system for young drivers is already one of the safest in the world but the changes that come into effect on 20 November 2017 are designed to further improve the way the scheme prepares novice drivers – in particular young drivers – to be safe on the road”.

    The changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme mean:

    • Learner drivers will have to complete the Hazard Perception Test before they can take the driving test;
    • P1 drivers will no longer have to complete the Hazard Perception Test to get their P2 licence; and
    • The Driver Qualification Test has been removed for P2 Drivers and in its place P2 drivers will have to stay on their licence for an extra 6 months if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behavior.

    These changes come into effect from 20 November 2017.

    Find out how the changes affect you or someone you know at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/licence

  • R U OK?

    On R U OK? Day, Geoff Provest is urging people in the Tweed to be bold and ask their friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers, R U OK?.

    “Starting a conversation and letting someone know you are there for them could change a life,” Mr Provest said.

    “If you have a feeling someone you know or care about isn’t being themselves, start a conversation, ask if they are OK, listen, encourage them to seek help and don’t forget to check-in.

    Now in its eighth year, the highly successful R U OK? Day, founded by the late Gavin Larkin, aims to prevent suicide by breaking down barriers to conversations about mental health, and empower people to create connections with those around them.

    “Suicide prevention is not something that charities like R U OK? should have to tackle on their own – it is a responsibility that all of us should share.”

    Mental Health Minister, Tanya Davies, said in 2017-18 the NSW Government will spend a record $1.9 billion on mental health care, including significant support for a pioneering model for suicide prevention called LifeSpan, which has been developed with the Black Dog Institute.

    “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure our mental health professionals and community organisations get the direction, funding and support they need,” Mrs Davies said.

    “And most importantly, make sure that nobody in NSW has to suffer alone.”

    For further information on R U OK? Day go to www.ruok.org/howtoask .

    For mental health assistance or referral to services in the Tweed, call the NSW Mental Health Line 24/7 on 1800 011 511.

    If you or someone you know needs urgent help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.