Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced that the Tweed would receive funding to build shade structures for sun protection.

    Close to $1 million worth of grants will provide much needed shade in community parks and recreation areas, sporting grounds, schools and clubs across NSW.

    Tweed will benefit with shade grants for the Mens and Womens Bowling at the Cudgen Leagues Club valued at $23,401.00

    “This shade grant will provide important infrastructure to support our community towards a sun safe culture, which we know reduces the risk of skin cancer.

    “Up to 99 per cent of skin cancers in Australia are caused by exposure to the sun, and providing sun protection will protect our community from UV over exposure.

    “Many skin cancers are preventable and this plan focuses on protection behaviors and policy, shade provision and strategic research.

    “You wouldn’t let your family or friends drive without a seatbelt – it is just too risky. So why risk skin cancer by not protecting yourself or your family from UV overexposure?” Mr Provest said.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be coming to Tweed from July 2017.

    Mr Ajaka said that today’s announcement acknowledges the hard work undertaken since July 2013 when the first NDIS trial site was established in the Hunter.

    “The NSW Government is committed to breaking down barriers for people with disability and I am delighted to announce the rollout schedule for the NDIS in NSW,” Mr Ajaka said.

    Mr Provest said that the NDIS is a once-in-a-generation social reform that will give choice and control to people with disability.

    “I am pleased to announce that from 1 July 2017 people living in Tweed will be able to access the NDIS,’’ Mr Provest said.

    “This announcement brings certainty to people with disability, their families and carers in the area.”

    The NSW Government will build on the lessons learned from the Hunter trial site, and from the early rollout of the NDIS for children and young people aged 0-17 in Penrith and the Blue Mountains.

    The NSW Government will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government and the National Disability Insurance Agency to ensure the best possible NDIS for NSW.’’

    For further information, including client phasing to the NDIS, please visit


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today congratulated 25 seniors from the Bupa Banora Point Aged Care Home who are now officially tech savvy after graduating from the Tech Savvy Seniors program.

    Tech Savvy Seniors is a highlight of the NSW Ageing Strategy and was established in July 2012 to address the technology needs of seniors.

    The program is delivered through a partnership between the NSW Government and Telstra. It offers free or low cost training for people aged over 60 to learn to use computers, smart phones, laptops and tablets.

    Mr Provest said it was fantastic to see seniors learning new skills that will help make their lives easier and ensure they stay connected to friends and family.

    “There is no doubt that being online makes a positive impact on the health and well-being of older Australians and I commend this group of seniors for empowering themselves through this wonderful program,” Mr Provest said.

    “Amongst today’s graduates there was a centenarian, proving that age is no barrier to learning new technology skills.”

    The Banora Point graduates completed a five week program at the Bupa Banora Point Aged Care Home delivered by a trainer from ACE Community Colleges, covering email, internet, online shopping and social media.

    Bupa Banora Point’s Acting General Manager Nisha Antony said that the residents were thrilled with the new skills they were able to learn in the comfort of their own aged care home.

    “Although Tech Savvy Seniors is delivered nearby at the ACE Community College, training was also provided to our residents at Bupa Banora Point. The residents enjoyed learning new skills in the comfort of their home and are now able to connect online with their loved ones who live far away, including those living overseas,” Ms Antony said

    Telstra Area General Manager, Mike Marom, said that new communication technology presents wonderful opportunities to seniors such as staying in touch with family, friends and making new friends through social media.

    “The convenience of smartphones and computers means access to online shopping, paying bills and banking, planning holidays and connection to the wider community has never been easier. It really is a whole new world,” Mr Marom said.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the arrival of the state’s first Large Air Tanker ‘Thor’ to assist firefighters and help protect communities during the bushfire season.

    The Hercules C130 aircraft can dump 15,000 litres of water or fire retardant at a time and will be used for direct attack on bush and grass fires. A DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) will begin service on October 1.

    “The NSW Government is delivering on a $9.8 million commitment to trial the use of a LAT and a VLAT for the first time during this bushfire season, providing valuable assistance to our firefighters,” Mr Provest said.

    Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the LAT is one of the biggest firefighting aircraft available in the world and was most recently used to support firefighters and protect communities in the US and Canada.

    “Importantly, it’s their integration with the work of firefighters on the ground, along with a well prepared community, that makes the difference,” Mr Elliott said.

    Mr Provest also urged Tweed residents to join firefighters on Get Ready weekend to prepare for the coming bushfire season.

    Volunteer firefighters are holding an Open Day and activities at the Tweed Coast Station, Centennial Drive, Pottsville on Saturday September 12, from 9am to 3pm to inform residents about what they can do to prepare for bushfires.

    “Preparing for bushfires is easier than people may think,” Mr Provest said.

    “There are lots of activities planned where people can talk to firefighters about how they can take some simple steps to reduce their risk this bushfire season.

    NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said volunteers have been busy preparing for this season by undertaking hazard reduction burns, maintaining firefighting equipment and undergoing training.
    “Now we’re asking the community to do their bit,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

    “I invite people to visit the NSW RFS website and find out where things are planned in their local area. They can talk to our volunteers at a Brigade station Open Day or at local Bunnings stores and take some simple steps towards reducing their fire risk.

    “Warmer than normal temperatures and low rainfall are predicted, which means we need to prepare for an above average fire season.


    A new surfing event will be held for the next three years at Cabarita Beach as part of the NSW Pro Surf Series.

    The event to be held next year from the 1-3 February promises to attract a world class line-up of surfers to the region.

    This fantastic new event will provide a boost to tourism for the Tweed area, and I am pleased it has been secured by the NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW

    The 2nd round of the NSW Pro Surf Series will be an official World Surf League Qualifying Series event, attracting top surfers and showcasing the Tweed region to surfers and fans from around Australia and the world

    It is estimated that the Series as a whole will contribute almost $4 million to the NSW economy in visitor spend over the next three years, making a positive impact on the State’s coastal communities as competitors and spectators stay in local hotels, eat at local restaurants and visit local attractions,

    Other events in the NSW Pro Surf Series will be held at Maroubra Beach on 15-17 January, Avoca Beach on 9-11 February and Boomerang Beach on 1-3 March.

    A fantastic opportunity to showcase the Tweed our beautiful beaches and surrounds.


    NSW Police will be out in force across NSW as part of Operation Saturation which is aimed at tackling the recent spike in the NSW road toll.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is urging the community to play its part to prevent more fatalities on NSW roads.

    “With 229 people killed on our roads so far this year, which is 25 more than the same time last year, the NSW Government and the NSW Police Force are pleading with road users to be more cautious,” Mr Provest said.

    “Too many lives have been lost because of dangerous behaviour such as speeding, drinking driving, not wearing seatbelts and talking on mobile phones.

    “We are seeing both drivers and pedestrians being killed across NSW in accidents that could easily be avoided.

    “Operation Saturation is designed to make road users sit up and take not of their behaviour and be more cautious on the road.

    “The current statistics are concerning and are showing an upward trend. An average of 15 lives have been lost ever fortnight on our roads since the end of April.

    “I am pleading with my local community to slow down, obey the road rules and look out for others.

    “We are seeing an over representation in fatalities in Western Sydney and regional NSW.

    “Police will be out in force until the end of September to target some of the biggest killers on our roads in areas where serious accidents are happening,” Mr Provest said.

    Operation Saturation – fully funded by the Community Road Safety Fund, which redirects speed camera fines back into the community to make our roads safer – will begin at midnight tonight (Wednesday 26 August 2015) and run until September 28.

    Since May, the NSW road toll has spiked, with an increase in pedestrians, passengers and older road users killed compared to the same time last year.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is encouraging local organisations to apply for grants of up to $1 million to help upgrade sport and recreation facilities through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 program.

    “Sport and recreation is part of our State’s social fabric and the NSW Government is investing in facilities for the community to enjoy for generations to come,” Mr Provest said.

    “There’s up to $8 million available and I encourage our local clubs and council to get their applications together to have the best chance of receiving a funding injection.

    “Particular emphasis will be placed on projects that benefit disadvantaged and regional and remote communities in this program round.

    “On top of funding for sport and recreation infrastructure, $2 million for emergency relief facilities and $2.5 million for cultural infrastructure annually for the next four years is available through separate rounds opening in the coming months.”

    Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the funding program will provide a much needed boost to sport and recreation facilities in local communities right across the State.

    “The NSW Government knows local sports grounds and facilities are just as important as our major stadiums and are vital to a healthy community,” Mr Grant said.

    Expressions of interest for sport and recreation grants are now open until October 2015. Applications will be assessed by the independent ClubGRANTS Fund committee made up of representatives from Sport NSW, Clubs NSW, Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, Arts NSW, Office of Regional Development and sporting associations.

    Approved applicants will be invited to lodge formal applications by 16 December 2015 and successful projects will be announced early next year.

    Further information and applicant information packs are available on the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing website

  • Are you going through a separation, property settlement or experiencing family violence and dont know how to explain it to your children?

    A re-vamped website that helps children and young people to navigate complicated legal issues has today been launched by Attorney General Gabrielle Upton.

    Issues such as parental break ups, family violence, criminal issues and property settlements are all issues that can affect children and young people, and Ms Upton said the justice system needs to be easily understood and accessible for everyone.

    “Sadly, young people can suffer the most when families break up and are often in need of our legal assistance. Helping them understand the legal issues impacting their life can help reduce any stress or anxiety they are feeling,” Ms Upton said.

    The updated Best for Kids website, developed by Legal Aid NSW, has legal information and resources for young people and families on a wide range of legal issues which can impact their lives including family law, care and protection, family violence, criminal law, consumer credit and debt.

    The website includes answers to questions about what happens when parents separate, what is an AVO, what happens at court and the role of an independent children’s lawyer, what happens when children are removed from their parents’ care, how to deal with debt and money issues and what young people should do if approached by the police.

    The website also features videos for parents including on family violence, mediation and property settlements.

    Legal Aid NSW Chief Executive Bill Grant thanked police, the courts and the child actors for their role in developing and producing the videos.

    “They have helped make this a fantastic resource, designed to be easily accessible from mobile phones,” Mr Grant said.

    “Videos and online animated brochures also explain what children’s lawyers do for a child or young person. These lawyers are usually appointed by the Court to represent a child’s interests in family law cases and care proceedings.”

    For more information, go to

    Remember domestic and family violence takes many forms. It involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate, humiliate or instil fear.

    Domestic Violence is a crime and if you need support the 24 hour Domestic Violence Line is available on 1800 65 64 63


    Geoff Provest, Nationals Member for Tweed, has welcomed the improvements to the 10/50 scheme, saying it would provide better protection for critical habitat, animals and would minimise tree clearing along the coast simply to improve views.

    The 10/50 scheme introduced after the devastating 2013 bushfires enables residents in bushfire-prone areas to remove trees within 10m and vegetation within 50m of their property without seeking approval.

    “This Government strongly believes that property owners should be empowered to protect their property, but it was clear that some people were clearing trees for reasons which had nothing to do with bushfire protection,” Mr Provest said.

    A review of the 10/50 scheme by the NSW Rural Fire Service, Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Planning concluded residents should retain the right to protect their homes from bushfire, but made 30 recommendations to tighten the scheme.

    Mr Provest said the NSW Government had accepted all 30 recommendations and had introduced legislation to Parliament to amend the Rural Fires Act 1997 and separately tighten the NSW RFS Code of Practice.

    “Around half of these recommendations introduce greater environmental protections such as excluding Koala habitats, littoral rainforest, Aboriginal places, and trees within 100 metres of the coastline,” he said.

    “Critically endangered plants, critical habitats, all mangroves, saltmarshes and a range of critically endangered ecological communities have also been excluded from the scheme”

    The NSW RFS said the review encourages councils to take greater responsibility for their bushfire prone land. The RFS can exclude low-risk pockets of bushland from the scheme if it is satisfied that council has appropriate mitigation strategies in place.

    Residents can check their eligibility for the 10/50 scheme and also view a copy of the report at


    Social housing will be safer thanks to legislation that makes it easier to evict anti-social tenants who commit serious crimes, said Minister for Family and Community Services and Social Housing, Brad Hazzard.

    Other changes in the Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing – Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015, introduced in State Parliament today, allow the eviction of tenants who fraudulently claim a rental subsidy and do not pay the money back.

    “The NSW Government will not stand for people who make life difficult for the majority of good social housing tenants,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “The vast majority of public housing residents are law abiding citizens who deserve to live in a safe environment.”

    The proposed One Strike policy for a serious breach of a tenancy agreement means the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) must terminate a tenancy where it is proven, on balance of probabilities, that a tenant has committed a serious criminal offence; serious drug crimes, grievous bodily harm, storing an unlicensed firearm and offences under the “show cause” provisions of the Bail Act.

    The legislation also introduces:
    • A Three Strikes policy so that Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) officials can issue a Notice of Termination if a tenant has received three Breach of Tenancy Agreement notices in a 12 month period.
    • Confidential Neighbourhood Impact Statements so the Tribunal has to take account of the impact of bad behaviour on neighbours.

    FACS will also introduce a policy change to allow for 12 month probationary leases for public housing tenancies that last longer than two years – a policy change allowed under current legislation.