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  • ‘WELCOME TO NSW’ – NEW SIGNS FOR A NEW STATE OF PASSION AND PROGESSION

    Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest yesterday announced brand new ‘Welcome to NSW’ signs have been installed at the NSW border, welcoming people to this great state.

    “It was only last month I was standing here announcing the plan for these brand new signs and it’s fantastic to be back here already looking at it in the ground,” Mr Gay said.

    “These signs on the Gold Coast Highway and Pacific Motorway are indicative of the great progress this state has made since the NSW Liberals & Nationals came into Government in 2011.

    “The old signs were worn, tired and left to decay for 16 long years, a trademark of Labor’s failures in NSW – particularly regional communities.

    “The new ones are more than double the size and show visitors to this great state that we are open for business.

    “Motorists will be able to see these signs more clearly at night now because they are reflective and bigger than the ones before.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the news that the new signs were up was great for the state.

    “These signs look fabulous – and are hard to miss. It really makes a difference having signs which are visible, modern and easy to see at night,” Mr Provest said.

    “There’s more than 21,000 kilometres of road in NSW which allow tourists and motorists to visit some of the country’s best icons.

    “With these new signs up motorists will now know they have reached the country’s best state – NSW.”

  • NEW $5.9 MILLION AMBULANCE STATION FOR POTTSVILLE

    NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today announced a re-elected Baird Government will invest $5.9 million to build a new ambulance station for Pottsville.

    Mr Grant said the Baird Government is committed to begin detailed planning and work on Pottsville ambulance station in the next term if re-elected on March 28.

    “There is increasing demand for health services in Pottsville so it is vital we ensure local paramedics have the very best resources at their fingertips to deliver life-saving care,” Mr Grant said.

    “Geoff Provest is a tireless advocate for the needs of his community and ensuring the issues that concern them are on the Government’s agenda and this is another example of that.

    “A state-of-the-art station for Pottsville will benefit the community and ensure the enhanced delivery of first-class patient car.”

    Mrs Skinner said today’s announcement forms part of a program to upgrade rural and regional ambulance stations across NSW, including Berry, Basin View, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.

    “During 16 years in government, Labor did nothing to future-proof our ambulance services. By contrast, the NSW Liberals & Nationals will continue to invest in NSW Ambulance infrastructure and our professional paramedics, who deliver expert, first-class care for patients.”

    “This new service will complement the impressive $3.7 million Pottsville HealthOne, which is delivering comprehensive care to patients from across this area.”

    Mr Provest welcomed the announcement saying only the Liberals & Nationals Government can be trusted to deliver enhanced health services in regional NSW.

    “Paramedics provide extraordinary care in what can be difficult circumstances and I know this $5.9 million investment will assist them in the incredible work they do,” Mr Provest said.

    “There’s not a person in our community who doesn’t want to see our paramedics afforded the very best to get on with their jobs and I’m pleased the Liberals & Nationals will deliver it.

    “We have a proven track record of enhancing health services for our region and this pledge is no different. Work will get underway in the next-term.”

    In the last year alone, the Liberals & Nationals Government has increased the NSW Ambulance budget by $30 million to a record $753 million. Paramedic numbers have increased by 205 staff to 3,435 paramedics since the March 2011 election (full-time equivalent as at June 2014).

  • NSW GOVERNMENT FUNDS NEW WALKING AND CYCLING PATHS – A HUGE WIN FOR TWEED

    Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced construction and planning will begin on new bike and walking paths across the region thanks to a $40 million state-wide investment by the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government.

    The Baird Government will fund more than 380 walking and cycling projects across the state to better connect communities, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and encourage more people to get active.

    “I am pleased the Tweed will benefit from the $220,000 construction of a 2m on-road asphalt cycleway along Fraser Drive between Dry Dock Road, Tweed Heads South & Vintage Lakes Drive, Banora Point (1.85km).

    Mr Provest said with cycling more popular than ever before and walking trips on the rise, the NSW Government was providing the infrastructure needed to support local communities.

    “These projects will provide a huge boost for residents and businesses – completing crucial missing links in the city’s/town’s walking and cycling network, and providing better connections between local suburbs and to public transport hubs,” Mr Provest said.

    “If we want to encourage more people to leave the car at home and get active, we need to provide access to safe, convenient and connected waking and cycling networks.

    “This investment is about connecting people and places and making a difference to the way residents move around their communities.”

  • $5M UPGRADE FOR POTTSVILLE BEACH PUBLIC SCHOOL

    A re-elected Baird Government will undertake a major upgrade of Pottsville Beach Public School to provide facilities for up to 1000 students, Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli announced today.

    Mr Piccoli visited the school with Tweed MP Geoff Provest to make the announcement.

    “The Tweed is growing and this major upgrade will help the school keep pace with increasing demand,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “We will construct a new multi-storey building with 10 classrooms, a library, a special programs room, sports stores and other student facilities.

    “The existing library will be converted into two classrooms and the existing administration block will be extended to provide additional administration and staff facilities. The upgrade
    will remove a number of demountables from the site.

    “We have a plan for replacing demountables and improving school facilities in the Tweed. Our investment at Pottsville alone is close to what Labor intends to spend replacing demountables across the entire State in one year. The fact is, we have a serious plan for improving schools in the Tweed and Labor does not.”

    Geoff Provest said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested over $9.1 million in public school capital works and maintenance in the Tweed electorate over the last four years.

    “NSW was the first State to sign up to the Gonski reforms, an agreement which directs $5 billion to schools in NSW to support quality teaching and learning in classrooms across the State,” Mr Provest said.

    “In 2015 alone, schools in the Ballina electorate have received $3.8 million in needs-based funding, which supports teaching and learning in every classroom.”

    Mr Piccoli said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed almost $3.2 billion to school infrastructure and maintenance in the last four years.

    “In our first term of government 18 new or relocated public schools have been funded and 44 major upgrade projects have been announced,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “The NSW Government has also announced funding for an additional 694 additional permanent classroom spaces, reducing the need for demountables.

    “These projects will deliver over 10,084 net additional public school places for schools across the State.

    “The NSW Government is determined to provide the best learning environments possible in our schools,” Mr Piccoli said.

  • $1 MILLION FOR DREDGING AT TERRANORA INLET AND THE LOWER TWEED RIVER

    Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said dredging of the lower Tweed River and Terranora Inlet valued at $1 million will be undertaken over the next few months.

    “Contracts for the two dredging projects have been awarded to local firm Sandpiper Dredging, which is based at Tweed Heads,” Mr Humphries said.

    “The work is expected to take 20 weeks and involves dredging 26,600 cubic metres of sand from the lower Tweed River between the confluence of Terranora Inlet and Barneys Point Bridge.

    “A further 26,400 cubic metres of sand will be dredged from Terranora Inlet opposite Ebenezer Park.

    “The proposed dredging will remove shoaled areas and improve navigation for boaters in these sections of waterway.

    “Sand dredged from the river and inlet will be used to nourish beaches at Fingal (Lower Tweed) and Kingscliff, in the case of Terranora Inlet dredging.

    “Both of these beaches have experienced severe erosion from ocean storms in the past.

    Mr Provest said the projects are being funded by the NSW Government under the dredging of priority waterways on the north coast program.

    “The funding confirms the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering a sustainable dredging strategy to improve the accessibility and environmental health of our waterways across the Tweed,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Government’s commitment to improving coastal infrastructure and supporting the Tweed economy will also see repairs to the Tweed’s fisherman’s cooperative jetties.

    “The works, valued at $150,000, involved structural repairs to the timber jetties and replacing the fresh water supply pipework system on the concrete jetty.

    “Other works to be undertaken at the harbour include removal of a redundant fuel tank, fittings and pipes, reinstating a waste oil facility as well as upgrade the refuse and recycling facilities.
    “The Tweed Heads boat harbour is used primarily by the fishermen’s cooperative and the jetties are integral to the operation of the commercial fishing fleet.

    “The boat harbour is also a popular destination for locals and tourists and these important upgrades to the jetties will be welcomed by the community.”

  • NSW GOVERNMENT TO HELP DELIVER $9 MILLION UPGRADE OF KENNEDY DRIVE

    Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay and Member
    for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals

    Government would help Tweed Council deliver a $9 million upgrade of Kennedy Drive.

    “Kennedy Drive is one of the busiest roads in the Tweed – 18,000 cars travel on this road
    every day between Tweed west and Tweed heads,” Minister Gay said.

    “That’s why the NSW Baird Government has committed $3.6 million towards stage three of
    the upgrade to Kennedy Drive – to make it easier for the thousands of motorists who use it
    each and every day.

    “This investment is part of the NSW Baird Government’s $100 million commitment to fast
    track our safety and congestion upgrades right across the state.

    “The Australian Liberal and Nationals Government has invested $3.6 million and Council
    has provided $1.7 million plus a further $500,000 to deliver these vital upgrades.

    “Stage three is the last piece of the puzzle in the Kennedy Drive upgrade.

    “This upgrade will reduce congestion along this road and make easier for motorists to get
    around the Tweed.”

    Mr Provest said today’s announcement means work could kick off later this year.

    “This is great news for the Tweed and I am proud the NSW Government will upgrade
    Kennedy Drive between Limosa Avenue West and Cobaki Creek Bridge upgraded,” Mr
    Provest said.

    “It will include 360 metres of the road being duplicated to two lanes in each direction.

    “This $3.6 million investment is in addition to the already committed $178.2 million dollars
    in roads funding across the electorate since early 2011.

    “For too long the Tweed has been all but forgotten under former governments – but this is
    yet another reminder the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is delivering what the
    communities and businesses of the region expect and deserve.”

  • NEW SIGNS AT BORDER – PUTTING NSW BACK ON THE MAP

    Minister for Roads and Freight and Minister for the North Coast Duncan Gay today
    announced new welcome to NSW signs will be installed in the Tweed next month.

    “For 16 years – NSW lagged behind every state in the country – but now NSW is the state to
    do business and the state to visit – and I am proud to announce we will now have better
    signage to help get motorists to the premier state – NSW,” Minister Gay said.

    “The existing signs on the Gold Coast Highway and Pacific Motorway are old and worn –
    much like the state when it was under past Labor governments.

    “But now the NSW Liberals and Nationals have developed new signs to make it easier for
    those heading south the NSW to know they have crossed the border.

    “The signs will be bigger, brighter and easier to spot.

    “It is important for signs such as these to be visible so that motorists are aware they have
    crossed the state border because of the different road and transport rules that may apply.

    “The signs will also make it easier for motorists to identify they are near an information centre,
    which supply local road maps and tourist information.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said this was great news for the local community and the
    state.

    “There’s more than 21,000 kilometres of road in NSW which allow tourists and motorists to
    visit some of the country’s best icons,” Mr Provest said.

    “I am proud the NSW Government is making it easier to get the country’s best state – NSW.”

  • BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR TWEED CLUBS AND COMMUNITY

    Tweed clubs and local MP Geoff Provest have today signed a historic Memorandum of
    Understanding between local clubs and the NSW Government.

    Mr Provest and club representatives from across the Tweed electorate signed the MoU, which
    provides stability for local clubs and the wider community over the next four years, as part of an
    official ceremony at the South Tweed Sports Club.

    The MoU provides certainty not only for clubs in Tweed, but also for their 845 employees,
    109,406 members and more than 750 club volunteers.

    The agreement locks in tax rates for the next term of the NSW Government and commits to
    further enhancing the ClubGRANTS program – a move that is expected to see the average
    annual economic contribution of clubs to the state grow to a record $3.7 billion per year, while
    the amount of direct community funding is expected to soar to $128 million per annum.

    With a focus on strengthening industry viability and red tape reduction, the MoU also makes
    sure local clubs can continue to operate as community hubs, building and maintaining essential
    local infrastructure.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said Clubs are the backbone of our community and this MoU
    builds on key commitments already achieved and ensures further investment for the future of
    our well-loved clubs.

    “Local clubs play a pivotal role providing a temporary home for displaced residents and
    hardworking emergency service personnel during a natural disaster and this measure will go a
    long way to giving the community and clubs the certainty they deserve,” Mr Provest said.

    “Rural and regional clubs employ more than 20,000 people, so by giving clubs the confidence to
    continue the work they do means we can ensure more local jobs are kept and created,” he said
    Deputy Premier and Minister for Hospitality Troy Grant said the NSW Government recognises
    the vast majority of clubs are safe, well regulated venues which play a role in supporting local
    communities and residents.

    “Clubs have a significant reach into all our communities and are dedicated to providing the best
    services to benefit patrons,” Mr Grant said.

    “We share the industry’s vision for a strong, viable and sustainable club sector and this MoU
    goes a long way to providing certainty for the future.

    Twin Towns Services Club General Manager Rob Smith thanked Mr Provest for his unwavering
    support of clubs in the local area.

    “This MoU not only gives clubs in the Tweed electorate certainty but it allows us to continue the
    great work we do for a community we are proud to serve,” he said.

    “This MoU is one way we can work together with the Government to deliver great results for the
    Tweed region.”

    ClubsNSW Chairman Peter Newell also welcomed the MoU and said it would provide the
    industry with stability and certainty for the future.

    “When not-for-profit clubs know what the future looks like, they’re better able to support their
    local area, create jobs and invest in new facilities,” he said.

  • $48 MILLION FOR THE TWEED HOSPITAL UPGRADE

    Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today visited The Tweed Hospital to announce a $48 million commitment to begin the upgrade of the facility if the NSW Liberals & Nationals are re-elected.

    The $48 million investment will deliver upgrades to the emergency department, an enhancement of wards and specialist units and a new multi-storey car park.

    Mr Grant said the upgrade of The Tweed Hospital is a priority and work will start in the next term of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

    “The Tweed Hospital cares for patients right across the north coast and this $48 million commitment will ensure it can deliver its first-class care from a first-class facility,” Mr Grant said.

    “The NSW Liberals & Nationals have a proven track record in investing in health services right across the north coast to ensure communities here have the very best when it comes to patient care.”

    Health Minister Jillian Skinner said The Tweed Hospital provides comprehensive care for its community and these upgrades will benefit patients and staff.

    “The Tweed Hospital is a remarkable facility but it is tired and in need of an upgrade to ensure it meets patient demand into the future,” Mrs Skinner said.

    “I thank Tweed Hospital staff for their commitment to planning the future of this facility and Geoff Provest especially for his tireless efforts campaigning on their behalf.

    “Northern NSW Local Health District will work with Health Infrastructure to progress the redevelopment. It will commence in the next term of government if we are re-elected.”

    Mr Provest thanked the Minister for Health for the commitment.

    “I know the importance of this upgrade – that’s why I fought so strongly to ensure we could get this commitment,” Mr Provest said.

    “Having a modern hospital is of crucial importance to our community – both patients and our health staff deserve to have facilities that are up to scratch.

    “It’s the difference between investment and inaction. Labor is all hot air– they had their chance for 16 years in government to start this redevelopment, but failed to act.

    “They didn’t care about Tweed then, and now it’s election time, they’re turning on the political spin machine. They’re a day late, and a dollar short.

    “Only having a Nationals MP’s voice in government can deliver real outcomes – not just meaningless political rhetoric – for the Tweed. Actions speak louder than words.”

    Northern NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure will work with local clinicians to prioritise the scope of works for the project.

  • RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP REWARDED

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has announced almost $14,000 for the Pottsville Fauna Friendly Pets program.

    The funding, thanks to the state government Responsible Pet Ownership Grant, Mr Provest said the grant will fund Tweed Shire Council’s program.

    “It is great to see our local council awarded a grant in the first round of the scheme.

    “For pet owners in our community, the grant means discounted de-sexing, and micro chipping, as well as an education program.

    “This grant will also go a long way in supporting our local council ensure community safety and environmental protection.

    “The Pottsville program will focus on how people and their pets interact with native plants and animals, and minimising any impact” Mr Provest said.

    The Responsible Pet Ownership Grant scheme, launched last year, aims to provide funding to councils to target programs which will increase micro chipping, lifetime registration and de-sexing rates as well as address dangerous dog issues in the community.

    The State has committed $900,000 over three years towards the scheme.

    Applications for round two of the program will be called in early March 2015.