Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP has encouraged people to nominate local leaders who have made an outstanding contribution in helping make our community more harmonious and cohesive.

    Nominations for the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals close on 12 February 2016. The Medals, now in their fourth year, honour achievements in community harmony, youth, lifetime community service, arts and culture, regional communities, and economic participation.

    “Day in, day out there are leaders in our local community striving to make our community stronger and more cohesive,” Mr Provest said.

    “The Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals recognise and thank those people for their tremendous contributions.”

    “There is still one week left, so don’t miss this opportunity to nominate a local community leader,” Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka said.

    Winners of the medals will be announced by NSW Premier Mike Baird at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 10 March 2016.

    The dinner and awards are part of Multicultural March, a program of activities across the state that showcase our cultural diversity and complement Harmony Day events on 21 March.

    In addition to the Medals, nominations are open for the Multicultural Honour Roll – a posthumous award that permanently records the names and achievements of significant migrant pioneers.

    Nominations for the 2016 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and the Multicultural Honour Roll close on 12 February 2016.

    For more information, go to


    While school students and staff were on holidays, the NSW Government has been working hard to ensure capital works and maintenance projects at nearly 500 public schools across the state are ready for the year ahead.

    “Over the summer break work continues on projects to the value of around $220 million, $178 million in major capital works and $42 million in minor capital works,” Mr Provest said.

    “12 projects have been undertaken at 12 Tweed schools while students and staff have been enjoying the summer holidays.

    “With schools free of students and staff during the summer break, the holidays provided tradies and contractors the time they needed to make improvements, repairs and upgrade facilities.

    “We want our students to have the best possible schools and we remain focused on ensuring improvements across the state continue to be made.”

    Examples of minor works and maintenance at schools include: upgrading classrooms, painting, toilet upgrades and grounds improvements.

    The schools benefiting from minor works and/or maintenance in Tweed are:

    • Banora Point High School
    • Bilambil Public School
    • Centaur Public School
    • Condong Public School
    • Cudgen Public School
    • Kingscliff High School
    • Kingscliff Public School
    • Pottsville Beach Public School
    • Terranora Public School
    • Tweed Heads Public School
    • Tweed Heads South Public School
    • Tweed River High School

    In addition Banora Point High School and Cudgen Public School will benefit from integration works scheduled for completion during the holidays in readiness for the new school year.

    “The investment in these improvements to Tweed schools is part of the $450 million committed by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to enhance public school infrastructure,” Mr Provest said.

    “This targeted funding will make our schools better places for students to learn and teachers to teach.”

    Since 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed almost $4 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance, announced 50 major upgrade projects and funded 23 new or relocated public schools.


    Geoff Provest, Member for Tweed, is encouraging locals and visitors alike to come together and celebrate Australia’s rich and diverse culture this Australia Day

    “Australia Day is the perfect time to celebrate the important role every Australian, wherever they are, plays in our society. It is a day to stop and acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful, tolerant and free country,” Mr Provest said.

    “It is also an important day for many new Australians, who come from all corners of the world, as they take the oath at citizenship ceremonies across the State.”

    Tweed Shire Council’s official Australia Day program and citizenship ceremony will be held at the Kingscliff High School from 11:00am.

    Australia Day Council of NSW Chairman, Angelos Frangopoulos, believes Australia Day is an opportunity for communities across Australia to come together, regardless of background, in a spirit of friendship and harmony and celebrate what makes each of us Australian.

    “This year’s theme, Australia Day – Everyone, Everywhere, allows us to share your Australia Day celebrations with the world, whether it’s a BBQ with friends and family, a day on Sydney Harbour or even a backyard game,” Mr Frangopoulos said.

    “This Australia Day, we’re inviting you to upload a photo or post to your social media channels using #AusDay to add your special moments to the global map on and see how everyone, everywhere is celebrating.

    “We’ll also be adding some fun online with the Aussie Slang Challenge, testing how well you know your Australian lingo. It is running on”

    For more information about what’s on Australia Day 2016, go to and for Tweed-specific information, visit council’s website


    Geoff Provest, Member for Tweed, today welcomed 18 medical graduates who commenced their internships at The Tweed Hospital.

    Mr Provest visited the hospital to meet the medical graduates who started the year with orientation last Monday

    “It’s a privilege to be at The Tweed Hospital today to meet our interns as they begin of their journey as doctors,” Mr Provest said.

    “I wish them well during their time here and hope they will also enjoy the many riches our local community has to offer.”

    NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates commencing their internship.

    Over these two years, the junior doctor rotates through a network which includes metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals.

    This exposes them to a range of clinical scenarios at the outset of their training and supports them to complete their compulsory internship rotations in medicine, surgery and emergency.

    Having gained general registration, the interns continue their second year of networked training as residents.

    NSW’s unique Rural Preferential Recruitment Scheme will enable 115 medical graduates to spend the majority of their first two years working in a rural setting.

    There are 983 medical intern places in NSW in 2016, which is a record and 19 Aboriginal medical graduates commence their training today, three in rural hospitals.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today officially marked the start of construction for the new Tweed Heads Police Station, delivering on a commitment to the community.

    Mr Provest was joined by Northern Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy, local command officers and staff, representatives from Neighbourhood Watch, Council and contractors to mark the start of the works.

    “I’m passionate about our hardworking men and women in blue and thrilled today marks another milestone in our new station going live,” Mr Provest said.

    “I’m committed to ensuring our dedicated local police have what they need to serve our region and provide the best facilities for them to work in.

    “I have joined with the local community to call for this multi-million dollar upgrade and I am proud we are providing our police with the resources they need to get on top of crime,” Mr Provest said.

    Mr Provest said the start of construction this year followed the recent finalisation of building contracts.

    “I’m exceptionally proud the rebuild of our local station is now underway and join with our local police and wider community in support of this construction works,” Mr Provest said.

    “I’m looking forward to this site being abuzz with activity and seeing the site transformed to a new station that will serve our community for generations to come.

    “Our police deserve first-class facilities and 2016 is sure to be an exciting chapter for our Local Command.”

    The NSW Government has budgeted $26 million for the project and construction is expected to be compete in approximately 18 months.


    The latest NSW quarterly crime data shows 16 of the 17 major crime categories have trended down or remained stable across the state in the two years to September 2015 while one category has risen.

    The offences trending down include:
    • Murder (down 20.0 per cent)
    • Non-domestic assault (down 3.7 per cent)
    • Robbery without a weapon (down 19.5 per cent)
    • Robbery with a firearm (down 26.8 per cent)
    • Robbery with a weapon not a firearm (down 19.1 per cent)
    • Break and enter dwelling (down 5.4 per cent)
    • Steal from person (down 6.9 per cent)
    • Malicious damage to property (down 7.0 per cent)

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the results are testament to the hard work of the NSW Police Force.

    “I’m pleased to see most of the major crime offences across our state are trending down or have remained stable,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Government will continue to ensure the NSW Police Force has the tools needed to crack down on crime and keep the people of NSW safe,” Mr Provest said.

    In the Tweed electorate there are some positive downward trends in crime including:
    • Assault, DV related is down 12.5%
    • Malicious damage to property is down 5.7%

    Steal from Retail Store rose by 5.3 per cent in the two years to September 2015 state-wide.

    “This is concerning for local retailers leading into the Christmas period and I’d encourage shop owners and managers to review their security measures,” Mr Provest said.


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said the Aboriginal land claim over the Crown land known as Lot 490 at Kingscliff has been granted.

    “The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Niall Blair, granted the claim after an investigation by his department concluded it was claimable Crown land under the Aboriginal Lands Rights Act 1983,” Mr Provest said.

    “Once the property is transferred to the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council it will be up to the Land Council to decide on the future of the site.

    “The claim was granted over both lots within Lot 490, including the area that had been proposed for tourism development.

    “The investigation found the fact that the land had been vested in Government Property NSW did not affect the land being claimable under the Act as the date that the claim was lodged was prior to the land being vested.

    “The claim was determined in accordance with S36 of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local sporting clubs to apply for the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program when applications open next week, to get more locals involved in sport and recreation activities.

    Mr Provest said the Program aims to increase regular and on-going participation in sport and active recreation.

    “The Local Sport Grant Program provides funding for sports clubs in Tweed and across NSW,” said Mr Provest.

    “We all know that sport is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, as well as bringing people in the community together.”

    “Whether it be funding towards training programs to secure more volunteer coaches or helping with that much-needed change room upgrade, these grants are designed to encourage more people to keep active.”

    There are four project types within the Program, these being:
    1. Sport Club Development;
    2. Community Sport Events;
    3. Sport Access; and
    4. Facility Development and Capital Equipment.

    Applications open on 26 November 2015 and close 11 February 2016.

    For more information and to apply, visit


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the draft coastal reforms that the NSW Government has released for public feedback. The new reforms will make coastal management in NSW simpler and easier to implement.

    Mr Provest said the new coastal reforms recognise the natural environment, social, cultural and economic values of our coastline.

    “Our coastline is a precious resource and we want to improve our coastal processes to protect our coastline for future generations,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage you to have your say about the draft reforms as public participation is so important for planning.”

    The reforms include:
    • A draft Bill for a new Coastal Management Act.
    • Key elements of a new Coastal Management Manual.
    • Proposals for a new Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

    The draft Bill redefines the coast as four distinct areas of coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests; coastal vulnerability areas; coastal environment areas and coastal use areas to identify each area’s unique management requirements.

    The manual will provide guidance to local councils and clear, step-by-step instructions to support them to manage their coast using the new Coastal Management Act.

    The new SEPP will help manage the legacy of existing coastal hazards and help plan to ensure new hazards are avoided.

    A three-month consultation period will run to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say. Go to


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP today welcomed new figures showing 7 medium to large Tweed businesses will save about $700,000 in workers compensation premiums compared to last year thanks to initiatives introduced by the NSW Government.

    The figures were part of a broader information release by Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, showing how medium-large employers with a good safety record will save on their workers compensation premiums this year, through a combination of new premium calculations, incentives and discounts.

    Mr Provest said, “Reforms introduced by the NSW Government mean business who do the right thing to keep their workers safe will benefit from lower premiums.”

    “Businesses in Tweed generally have very good safety records and these premium reductions will free up vital capital that can then be reinvested in other parts of the business.”

    “The savings mean that premiums for some businesses will be among the lowest in the country. This is a clear signal that it pays to keep your workers safe and to help them return to work when they are injured,” he said.

    Mr Perrottet said that businesses that do the right thing should be rewarded.

    “The NSW Government has created a workers compensation system that is fair, sustainable and person-centred. Our superior financial management means we can reduce the burden on business while better helping injured workers.”

    Mr Provest said a two year grace period will be extended to help businesses with higher than average claims to improve their safety records. Support will also be provided to help employers identify and fix the causes of workplace accidents.

    Businesses will see the changes in their renewal notice, issued in recent weeks. For further information about the reforms to the NSW workers compensation system, visit