Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest welcomed 18 new medical graduates who will undertake a year-long internship at Tweed hospital in 2017.

    “I’m so pleased these new doctors will undertake their internship at our local hospital. Every intern will benefit from the support and direction of our clinicians,” Mr Provest said.

    NSW funds more medical intern positions than any other state or territory. In 2017, 992 interns will start at hospitals around the state – up from 983 in 2016. This record number of intern doctors represents a funding commitment by the NSW Government of $107 million. The 2017 cohort of interns also includes 12 Aboriginal medical graduates.

    “I wish all interns the best for what I am sure will be a very informative and exciting year,” Mr Provest said.

    NSW guarantees intern positions to all domestic medical graduates of NSW universities. As well, NSW provides internships to many graduates from interstate universities and, where possible, international full-fee paying medical graduates.

    NSW is the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to graduates. This includes the one-year internship followed by a year which focusses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.

    During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency.


    NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, today welcomed the announcement of the NSW-Queensland ‘Statement of Principles and Priorities for Regional Collaboration 2016-19’, hailing it as a landmark agreement between the two States.

    “This is fantastic news for people living and working on both sides of the border and will greatly assist in the resolution of long standing border anomalies.” he said.

    “Better coordination of government services through more effective collaboration across state lines means greater outcomes for communities.

    Governments will be tasked to address issues on a project-by-project basis in four key areas; regional economic development, alignment of services and sharing of information, local transport and issues of national significance.

    It provides for better recognition of teacher registration and accreditation, joint planning and response to emergencies, and the integration of cross-border bus services and point-to-point transport.

    “Major border infrastructure projects and the harmonisation of heavy vehicle regulations will also be actively progressed,” Mr Barilaro added.

    “A very important component of the agreement is the opportunity to better share information with interstate government agencies to ensure the protection of children and victims of domestic violence.

    “My government colleagues in Tweed, Lismore, Northern Tablelands and Barwon have long championed the cause of cross-border communities, highlighting the difficulties and challenges of living and working near a border.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said cross-border problems have an impact on business operators and residents alike.

    “This agreement represents a positive outcome the Tweed and is a great step forward for communities on both sides of the border,” he said.

    Thomas George, Member for Lismore, agreed, saying this was great news for his electorate.

    “The whole of the north-west boundary of the Lismore electorate is the Queensland border, so this is great news for those townships and rural areas – better cross border communication will make a positive difference to the lives of people who are living, working and running businesses both sides of the border,’ he said.

    The agreement follows the recent signing of the ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration. The Deputy Premier said it proves the NSW Government is committed to the resolution of cross-border issues.

    “I’m delighted this agreement has finally come to fruition and look forward to working with my government colleagues, the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner and the Queensland Government to tackle the multitude of cross-border issues.”


    Tweed Community Recycling Centre is now open for householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.

    North East Waste received a $70,250 grant under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help Tweed Shire Council establish the new centre.

    “Establishing this recycling facility will help the NSW Government keep problem wastes out of landfill,” Mr Provest said.

    “We want to encourage communities to recycle these problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.

    “The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling.”

    Environment Minister Mark Speakman said these centres were part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW.

    “The NSW Government is dedicated to improving the collection and recycling of household problem waste,” Mr Speakman said.

    North East Waste (NEW) Community Recycling Centre Project Officer Karen Rudkin said the Tweed Community Recycling Centre was part of a network of eight across the region that NEW has secured funding for.

    “In combination with our Hazardous Waste Stores they will provide residents of the region with a free, safe and environmentally sound way of disposing of their household problem wastes,” she said.

    Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards establishing the Community Recycling Centre, as well as the ongoing management of the facility. This is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

    “The Resource Recovery Centre is looking much better and is so easy to use, with great opening hours until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday,” Tweed Shire Council Mayor Katie Milne said.

    Tweed residents can drop off household quantities (20 litres or 20 kilograms maximum) of paints, batteries, light bulbs, oils, smoke detectors, gas bottles and also e-waste at the CRC for free. In addition, household chemicals including pesticides and herbicides can be dropped off free at the Hazardous Waste Store.

    Cr Milne encouraged community members to visit the upgraded facility, do some shopping at the tip shop and, for people thinking of adding a new pet to their household, to visit the pound next door.

    Waste Less, Recycle More is a NSW Government initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure.

     The Tweed Community Recycling Centre is located at the Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre at Ledday’s Creek Road, Stotts Creek. It is open Monday-Friday 7am to 3.45pm, weekends and public holidays 9am to 3.45pm.

    The Tweed community recycling centre accepts the following problem wastes for free:

    • water-based and oil-based paints
    • used motor oils and other oils
    • lead-acid and hand-held batteries
    • gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
    • conventional tube and compact fluorescent lamps
    • smoke detectors

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    Vital dredging of the entrance channel of Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff has been completed in time for the Christmas holidays.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the NSW Government is investing over $345,000 to ensuring the lower reaches of the creek are accessible to boaters during low tide.

    “Dredging the entrance channel to Cudgen Creek provides a direct benefit to the community through improved boating safety and access to waterways for both commercial and recreational boaters,” Mr Provest said.

    “We’re heading into the busiest boating season of the year and the completion of dredging works at the Cudgen Creek entrance channel means locals and tourists can confidently access the creek.

    “In total, around 25,000 cubic metres of sand has been removed to improve the navigation of the entrance channel.”

    Mr Provest also highlighted the dredging work will also benefit local and visiting beachgoers.

    “The majority of the dredged sand has been moved to the southern section of Kingscliff Beach to improve beach amenity and provide a buffer against the impacts of big seas.

    “Smaller amounts of sand have been used to nourish eroding banks on the southern side of the creek.”

    The works were funded through the NSW Government’s Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast Program.


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today encouraged surf clubs to apply to the NSW Government’s Surf Club Facilities Program which opened today to help fund upgrade and maintenance of surf club facilities.

    Mr Provest said the program aims to maintain the safety of surf life saver volunteers as they serve the community.

    “The Surf Club Facilities Program provides funding for facilities in Tweed and across NSW,” said Mr Provest.

    “We all know how important surf life savers are to beach side communities both through protecting us when we swim and providing opportunities for a diverse range of people to give back through volunteering.”

    “Our local surf life savers also benefit through maintaining health and fitness while enjoying our beautiful beaches.”

    Types of projects that will be funded include:

    • construction of new surf club facilities;
    • capital enhancement of the facilities at existing clubs; and
    • providing ancillary and support facilities at existing venues.Applications open on 21 December 2016 and close 10 February 2017.For more information or to apply visit or phone 13 13 02.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest congratulated local students on their HSC results, released today.

    Mr Provest said that students should feel very proud of their achievements.

    “The HSC is a rigorous and demanding credential with a world-class reputation that prepares our students for life beyond school,” Mr Provest said.

    “I wish all students the very best in their future endeavours, whether they are planning to head to university, vocational education or to join the workforce.

    “A number of students in Tweed are among the distinguished achievers in this year’s HSC.

    “77,000 students sat at least one HSC subject this year, so to be on the distinguished achievers list is an incredible achievement that students should be very proud of.

    “For those students who didn’t get the results they hoped for, there are other options available.”

    Among this year’s HSC results:

    • A record 55,961 students are eligible for university entry;
    • 1,619 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the highest ever, achieved their HSC; and
    • A record 37,781 top band results awarded to students.

    Students can download their certificate and other HSC credentials from 21 December. HSC certificates will arrive by post from 20 January 2017.

    Students with questions about their results can call the HSC Inquiry Centre on 1300 138 323.



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    Kingscliff will become the training base for the NSW State of Origin team in the lead up to the first and third games in the annual interstate rugby league series, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced today.

    Mr Provest said the NSW Rugby League has confirmed that the Blues are to set up camp in Kingscliff as part of their 2017 campaign, with the NSW Government to step in to help support the visit to benefit the regional community.

    “The annual State of Origin series is one of the biggest sporting events for our state creating widespread passion and interest – and none greater than in Tweed Heads given our geography as a border community,” Mr Provest said.

    “Hosting the Blues will be a thrill for the many rugby league fans based in the Tweed region and it will no doubt also spark much interest from our northern neighbours on the other side of the border as well as from local and national media.

    “The NSW Government will look to make the most of this opportunity to help benefit the region, including backing the local Blues’ visit with support to leverage community and business activities during the team’s stay.

    “This is expected to include an engagement program with the local indigenous community, Blues players visiting and supporting school training clinics and assemblies, community rugby league training clinics, and opportunities with local businesses and promotion of the Tweed Region as a quality tourism destination.”

    Mr Provest said the NSW State of Origin team will be based at Kingscliff during their stay in the lead-up to game one which will be held at Suncorp Stadium on May 31 2017.

    “The team will then return to Sydney to prepare for the second match to be held at ANZ Stadium on June 21 before returning to Kingscliff in preparation for the final clash against the Maroons back at Suncorp on July 12, 2017.

    “I’m sure all Tweed residents will warmly welcome the Blues to the region and make the most of what is sure to be a very exciting visit.”


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today joined a campaign to raise awareness in Tweed about a free service that has helped over two million people with legal problems in NSW in the past 15 years.

    “LawAccess NSW is a great starting point for anyone in Tweed with a legal issue – the support they provide will cost you nothing and could save you a lot of time and anxiety, “Mr Provest said.

    Law Access has launched a Communications Toolkit to help people and organisations spread the word about its services, after Law and Justice Foundation research showed one in five people with a legal problem in NSW don’t do anything about it.

    “Many people don’t take action when they have a legal issue because they don’t know how to, or think it will be too stressful or expensive,” said Mr Provest.

    “Legal problems rarely resolve themselves and often get worse when ignored so it’s vital the Tweed community knows about LawAccess and how to find its services.”

    The LawAccess phone line 1300 888 529 provides free legal information, referrals and – in some cases – legal advice on civil, criminal and family law issues.

    Its website contains self-help information on a range of topics including debt, fines, family and neighbour disputes. It also has a guide to representing yourself in a court or tribunal.

    LawAccess began in 2001 as a joint initiative of the Department of Justice, Legal Aid NSW, Law Society of NSW and the NSW Bar Association.

    A recent survey showed more than 90 per cent of LawAccess users were highly satisfied with the help they received.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has commended police in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command for their exceptional work in fighting local crime.

    Mr Provest said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of local police in detecting and preventing crime.

    In the 24 months to September 2016, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across NSW, while eight categories showed downward trends.

    Mr Provest said local statistics from the Tweed electorate followed the state-wide trends, with 3 offences remaining stable or trending down.

    “Locally, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in the following major crime categories:

    • Assault – domestic violence related is down 20.6%
    • Assault – non-domestic violence related is down 7.4%
    • Motor vehicle theft is down 13.3%

    “This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Provest said.

    “I would like to thank the Tweed community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant,” Mr Provest said


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced that the local tourism industry is set to benefit from a massive injection of $13 million, with the opening of the new Regional Tourism Fund.

    Mr Provest said the Fund replaces the previous Contestable Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) and is part of the NSW Government’s strategy to re-energise tourism across Regional NSW.

    “I am delighted that the Regional Tourism Fund is now open, offering two programs for marketing and product development support,” Mr Provest said.

    “With a total of $13 million available between 2016 and 2019, the new Regional Tourism Fund provides increased investment of $2.5 million into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.

    “We must continue to promote the variety of products and experiences on offer in our beautiful region and this Government initiative will drive overnight visitation to Tweed while increasing destination awareness.”

    NSW Minister for Trade Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres encouraged the regional tourism industry to review the Regional Tourism Fund criteria to learn more about this vital funding opportunity.

    “From grants to assist with infrastructure and accommodation projects to delivering marketing campaigns aimed at driving overnight visitation, the Regional Tourism Fund has the potential to support even more projects, stimulating tourism across Regional NSW and creating more jobs,” Mr Ayres said.

    Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said unlike the old RVEF, the Regional Tourism Fund will be open year-round.

    “Our new Fund will be open to receive applications at any time, offering simplified online forms, broader assessment criteria and quicker assessment processes,” Ms Chipchase said.

    Managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the Fund is available to Local Government, tourism and industry sector organisations as well as the six Destination Networks, with the product development program also available to tourism operators.

    For further information on the two funding programs including details on the guidelines, fact sheets, FAQs and online forms, go to