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  • BETTER WALKING AND CYCLING CONNECTIONS FOR TWEED

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced the NSW Government would fund 2 projects in Tweed as part of a plan to promote walking and cycling across the state.

    Mr Provest said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s commitment to invest in active transport as a part of an integrated transport solution.

    “Funding will be provided to Tweed Shire Council to improve walking and cycling connections in our community which provide a convenient way for people to get to work, school or just enjoy their weekend,” Mr Provest said.

    Projects funded in Tweed include:

    • Cycleway Salt Water Crescent to Casuarina Way, Kingscliff – $60,000
    • Improvements to Tweed Heads Cycleway – $65,000

    “These projects are great news for our local community and will encourage and enable more people to walk and ride, contributing to a more active, healthy community,” Mr Provest said.

  • Transforming planning for 21st Century

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged local homeowners and businesses to take advantage of new online planning tools, which will make the planning system faster and simpler.

    The new ePlanning tools are now live, bringing the State’s planning system into the digital age to help plan for a growing NSW.

    “Too many local people have told me the planning system is tough to navigate,” Mr Provest said.

    “That’s why I’m pleased the NSW Government has invested in making the planning system simpler and more convenient.

    The new ePlanning tools include:

    • Planning Viewer – to show the planning rules that apply to properties in NSW where a standard Local Environmental Plan has been adopted
    • Interactive buildings – users will be able to click on an interactive 3D image model of a standard home, commercial or industrial property and understand in plain English what development standards apply and what work can be undertaken as exempt development.
    • Local Insights – to see a range of useful planning related statistics and projections at a council level and the location of current development applications where available, from mobile devices, tablets or computers.

    The NSW Government has also been working with councils to:

    • Expand the Electronic Housing Code to 89 council areas. This tool allows users submit complying development applications online.
    • Enable all NSW councils to offer residents the ability to track development applications online, through grant funding.

    The first release of these versions of the ePlanning tools can be accessed at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/eplanning

  • SMALL BIZ BUS COMING TO TWEED!

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, is encouraging local small businesses to take advantage of the expert business advice on offer when the Small Biz Bus visits the Tweed in two weeks’ time.

    “Having the Small Biz Bus here gives local business operators a great opportunity to get high quality advice and find out what services are available to assist them in the longer term,” Mr Provest, said.

    The Small Biz Bus is a mobile advisory and information service for small businesses in NSW. It is funded by the NSW Government and managed by the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner.

    The Bus will be at:
    • Tweed Heads – Tuesday 22 July Civic Centre car park (Corner of Wharf and Brett Streets) 9am to 3pm

    • Kingscliff – Wednesday 23 July Marine Parade (in front of the Cenotaph) 9am to 3pm

    Small Business owners can access the support of expert advisers on the Small Biz Bus free of charge. Further to this initial visit, small business owners can engage these expert advisers on an ongoing basis.

    “I am really pleased that we have this service available to help ensure our small businesses get the support they need to thrive, which is essential to keeping the local economy strong,” Mr Provest said.

    “I would like to thank Tweed Shire Council for its assistance and for hosting the Small Biz Bus,” he said.

    To book an appointment on the Bus or to speak to your local Small Biz Connect advisor, call NORTEC on 1300 134 359 or visit www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/hop-on-the-small-biz-bus

    For more information about the services offered by the NSW Government through the Office of Small Business Commissioner visit: www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

  • Upgrades to local schools

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government will deliver upgrades to 7 local schools as part of the 2014-15 Budget.

    The works are scheduled to commence within the 2014/15 financial year.

    These upgrades will greatly improve the educational facilities at the following schools –

    • Banora Point Public School – Upgrades to sporting field
    • Centaur Public School – Library upgrades
    • Kingscliff High School – Provide shade shelter
    • Pottsville Beach Public School – Upgrade to Covered Outdoor Learning Area
    (COLA)
    • Tweed River High School – Fencing upgrades
    • Kingscliff High School and Tweed Heads South Public School – both receive upgrades to toilet facilities

    Since 2011 the Liberal & Nationals Government has committed almost $3.2 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance.

    “The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government is committed to providing the best learning environments possible in our schools,” said Mr Provest.

  • Provest in parlt

    The NSW Budget delivered on 17 June shows the Liberal and Nationals State Government is getting on with the job of rebuilding NSW and that is good news for the Tweed.
    The statistics inside my newsletter show we are performing better than neighbouring Queensland and indeed any other state. That is good for Tweed small business and good for Tweed jobs.
    That is not to say many locals aren’t still doing it tough, which is why the Budget also protects the vulnerable. We have maintained pensioner concessions by investing extra funds to make up for the shortfall left by cuts in the recent Federal Budget. We are also increasing the NSW Family Energy Rebate to $150 per year from 1 July, up from $125 and expanding the NSW Seniors Card program.
    $1.5 million is being provided to Tweed Byron & Ballina Community Transport Inc Home & Community Care
    The Budget also increases to $25 million the funds allocated to build the new Tweed Police Station in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.
    One of the best programs which the NSW Government provides is the Community Building Partnership grants for community groups. The Budget is increasing the pool available this year to groups in the Tweed electorate from $300,000 to $400,000. I strongly encourage Tweed not-for-profit organisations to apply before the deadline of 18 July.

     

  • NSW Government acts to maintain Tweed pensioner concessions

    Tweed pensioners will be spared cuts to concessions on basic living expenses, with NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance announcing that the Baird-Stoner Government will fund a $107 million shortfall left by the Federal Budget, according to Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

    “While we understand the Abbott Government needed to clean up the financial disaster it inherited from the previous Labor Government, this cut would have affected many Tweed residents,” Mr Provest said.

    “This Federal funding helped meet the cost of providing discounted public transport fares, cheaper energy and water bills, council rates and vehicle registrations.”

    However, yesterday the NSW Treasurer confirmed that the State Budget next Tuesday will commit an extra $107 million to maintain pensioner and seniors’ concessions.

    This follows sustained lobbying by Nationals MPs on the North Coast who understand the impact this would have had on pensioners and low income households.

    “We find this strategy of hard work far more effective in securing our Tweed lifestyle than the scare campaigns and fear mongering Ms Elliot pursues so relentlessly,” Mr Provest concluded.

  • NSW Government acts to maintain Tweed pensioner concessions

    Tweed pensioners will be spared cuts to concessions on basic living expenses, with NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance announcing that the Baird-Stoner Government will fund a $107 million shortfall left by the Federal Budget, according to Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

    “While we understand the Abbott Government needed to clean up the financial disaster it inherited from the previous Labor Government, this cut would have affected many Tweed residents,” Mr Provest said.

    “This Federal funding helped meet the cost of providing discounted public transport fares, cheaper energy and water bills, council rates and vehicle registrations.”

    However, yesterday the NSW Treasurer confirmed that the State Budget next Tuesday will commit an extra $107 million to maintain pensioner and seniors’ concessions.

    This follows sustained lobbying by Nationals MPs on the North Coast who understand the impact this would have had on pensioners and low income households.

    “We find this strategy of hard work far more effective in securing our Tweed lifestyle than the scare campaigns and fear mongering Ms Elliot pursues so relentlessly,” Mr Provest concluded.

  • BUTT OUT – SMOKING BANNED AT SPORTING EVENTS IN NSW

    Whether you’re attending your daughter’s netball game this weekend or cheering on at the footy all sport spectator areas are now smoke-free.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said that people may not be aware that smoking is now banned in all outdoor spectator areas of sports grounds during organised sports.

    “Sport is all about health and fitness and enjoying time with family and friends. These bans protect everyone from harmful second-hand smoke,” Mr Provest said.

    “Big or small – the smoking ban applies to organised sporting events of all sizes.

    “A $300 on the spot fine may apply for anyone in breach of this law.”

    Mr Provest said there were no safe levels of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

    “Families and children make up a large part of sporting crowds and for children in particular, inhaling second-hand smoke is even more dangerous because their airways are smaller and their immune systems less developed.

    “I whole-heartedly support the campaign by NSW Health to create smoke-free outdoor areas like sports grounds and recreational areas, and make smoking less visible to children and young people.

    “We can all do our part to make our community a healthier place and I urge everyone to follow the rules when attending sporting events this weekend.”
    To learn more, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree or contact the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412

  • LEG UP FOR HOUSING TENANTS IN TWEED ENTERING TERTIARY STUDY

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today encouraged social housing tenants throughout the Tweed who intend to pursue tertiary education to apply for a new grant aimed at giving disadvantaged students a financial leg-up into tertiary study.

    Mr Provest said “Social housing has always been about offering the most vulnerable people in our community a hand up, not a hand out.

    “The “Grants for Graduation” program, to be administered by The Smith Family, will give disadvantaged students from social housing a leg up to a better future,” Mr Provest said.

    “Under the program, up to 50 students from across NSW will be able to apply for grants worth up to $5,000 to assist them attain tertiary qualifications either through TAFE or university study.

    “The program will not only give them a financial boost to cover the costs of seeking further education but will also provide mentoring to grant recipients with the best chance of success in their success.”

    The Smith Family’s NSW/ACT General Manager, Steve Macready also commended the program, saying it would give aspiring tertiary students a sound chance at success.
    “We congratulate the NSW Government, Family and Community Services, and Housing NSW on this initiative and we’re extremely proud to be taking part,” said The Smith Family’s NSW/ACT General Manager, Steve Macready.
    “We all know the best way to give people the best chance of a future career, a solid income and the opportunity to permanently break the cycle of disadvantage is to invest in their education – and that’s exactly what this program is all about.
    “It’s a smart and forward-thinking initiative and we’re confident it will change lives for the better.”
    “Grants for Graduation” is a one year trial scholarship project funded by Family and Community Services – Housing NSW and delivered by The Smith Family. The project aims to assist young people from social housing and those on the housing register or in crisis accommodation to undertake tertiary education.

    Applications for the Grants for Graduation program have opened. Students who are interested in applying, or requesting an information pack can telephone (02) 6766 4990 or email housingNSW@thesmithfamily.com.au.

    Applications are set to close on Thursday 26 June, 2014, with successful applicants to be notified by August.

  • NSW NURSES HONOURED FOR SKILL AND COMPASSION

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today thanked local nurses and midwives for their commitment, compassion and professionalism when caring for patients in the NSW public health system.

    Mr Provest said International Nurses Day is a time to reflect on the round-the-clock care and support nurses give to more than 1.5 million patients in NSW public hospitals, at home or in the community.

    International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on May 12 each year – the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

    “Today I’d like to thank the hard working nurses at Tweed hospital,” Mr Provest said.

    “The care and commitment nurses bring to their work provides not only medical care and expertise but much-needed support and companionship to patients.

    “Nurses provide an invaluable service for our local community. I am proud the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government has boosted the number of nurses working in our Local Health District by 102 since being elected.

    Across the state, 4100 more nurses and midwives (2,800 full-time equivalent) have been recruited to the workforce since the last election, surpassing the pre-election commitment of 2,475 additional nurses over four years. Every Local Health District has seen additional nurses recruited.

    “The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government supports the fantastic work of our local nurses, which is why we have recruited more nurses and midwives to our region,” Mr Provest said.

    “We have also empowered and encouraged our nurses to come up with their own ideas for better models of care and treatment for patients.

    “Our encouragement and support of local decision making has transformed our hospitals resulting in enhanced care for patients and better staff morale.

    Some of these locally-driven innovations were recently celebrated at the Essentials of Care Showcase in Sydney, where leading examples in how to treat patients were highlighted. More information on the Essentials of Care Program can be found at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/projects/Pages/eoc.aspx

    The theme of this year’s International Nurses Day is Nurses: A Force for Change – A Vital Resource for Health.