This Grandparents Day, Sunday 26 October, families and the community come together to celebrate time with grandparents and the contribution of older Australians.

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka encourage all families to recognise and celebrate the important role grandparents play in their families and community.

    Minister for Ageing John Ajaka said the NSW Government provides $200,000 annually to have grants allocated to Grandparents Day events across the state and to ensure the awards competition continues.

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is pleased to have delivered on a promise to continue this important day each year to recognise the contribution Grandparents make to our community,” Mr Provest said.

    “Grandparents are often the backbone of families. Likewise, older Australians are often the backbone of our clubs and volunteer organisations. I encourage everyone in our local community to take a moment to celebrate them on Sunday 26 October,” said Mr Provest.

    “Grandparents Day is all about recognising the important role older members of our community play,” said Mr Provest.

    “From providing childcare, to teaching their families-members to cook or read, to volunteering in community organisations, grandparents and older people are such an important part of our community.”

    “This year, we’re encouraging people to remember the times they’ve spent at home with their grandparents, whether it was learning a skill, or simply spending time together. Grandparents Day represents a great opportunity to get in touch with the special older people in your life,” said Mr Provest.

    Many council and community groups across New South Wales run events to celebrate Grandparents Day. For details please visit:

    The Grandparent of the Year Awards will be announced on Sunday 26 October. The winners of each category will be available on the Council of the Ageing NSW website from Sunday.


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has urged the community to pay attention to a new advertising campaign and to proactively take up free and confidential services to help kick problem gambling.

    “The ‘You’re Stronger Than You Think’ campaign, launched today, reminds people they are resilient when challenged and urges problem gamblers and their families to seek help,” Mr Provest said.

    The campaign by Two Hands Director Gregor Jackson with music by Powderfinger, aims to resonate with all problem gamblers to search for the strength to tackle problem gambling head-on and turn their lives around.

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals want to remove entrenched fears and stigmas and for the community to have a compassionate understanding of problem gambling, Mr Provest said.

    Mr Provest said the $1.5 million campaign includes:

    • A central campaign video directed by AFI Best Director winner Gregor Jordan including classic Powderfinger song These Days.
    • Targeted online video and banner ads shown three million times.
    • Radio advertising and promotion through Triple M’s breakfast Grill Team including its host, former Penrith rugby league star and reformed problem gambler,
    Mark Geyer. Former Parramatta league star Nathan Hindmarsh, also a reformed problem gambler, will be among those lending support through campaign
    interviews and discussions. Triple M NRL commentator Anthony Maroon will also interview people affected by problem gambling during sports broadcasts.
    • Regional radio advertising aired across NSW including Albury, Coffs Harbour, Gosford, Griffith, Newcastle, Orange, Port Macquarie, and Wagga Wagga.
    • Popular sports sites and blogs including The Roar, Big Family, Little Income, Moments a Day and School Mum will run stories about problem gambling.
    • Campaign advertising will appear on venue-based ATM screens and receipts.
    • Community-based promotion will be led by the Gambling Help counselling services, the Gambling Help website and Facebook page.

    The central video and radio advertisements focus on character-forming life events including rising against opponents on the sporting field, winning a job, overcoming an injury, and coming through for loved ones – and how the same resolve can be used to face gambling addiction.

    We want this campaign to result in more problem gamblers and their families proactively taking up free and confidential services funded by the NSW Government.

    The campaign, funded through the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund will also involve community based promotion of Gambling Help counselling and services by phone, email, online by phoning 1800 858 858 or visiting

    The campaign will run from now until the end of December and then resume from April through to the end of May 2015.


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has some great news for the Tweed – flashing lights are now operational in all local school zones except one.

    “Tweed is one of the first areas in the State to reach this milestone ahead of the June 2015 state-wide target,” Mr Provest said.

    “This is an exciting achievement; in less than 4 years we have installed the flashing lights that Labor couldn’t install in 16 years of government and have delivered on this important commitment to parents and families.

    The only school in the Tweed electorate still to receive operational flashing lights is Duranbah Public School. Problems related to powering the lights on this deeply shaded road have delayed the installation but this has now been resolved.

    Mr Provest said flashing lights were just one of many initiatives the Liberal & Nationals Government has introduced to help protect our children and remind motorists to slow down.

    “Outside the classroom, we have infrastructure including high visibility signs and ‘40’ pavement markings on all roads with a school zone,” Mr Provest said.

    “Inside classrooms, students are learning critical road safety skills through our road safety education curriculum including

    “We’ve also got the Speed Adviser app for android and iPhone that uses audio alerts to inform drivers of operating school zones,” Mr Provest said.

    More information about the flashing lights program is available at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, today wished local students well in their final preparations for the Higher School Certificate written exams, which begin next week.

    The exams start next Monday with the compulsory two-unit English paper and conclude on 5 November with the Information and Digital Technology exam.

    “Final preparations can often be stressful but I would encourage students to get plenty of rest, study hard and know that most of the work is already behind you,” Mr Provest said.

    “Students can practise multiple choice questions from past papers using the new HSC Test Yourself app recently announced by the Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli.

    “This app helps students make the most of their study time using information straight from the creator of the HSC — the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

    “This is a great resource, as students can test their knowledge on the go.

    “The most popular courses, apart from the compulsory English units, this year are Mathematics, Biology, Business Studies and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

    The HSC written exams will be held over 18 days from Monday 13 October to Wednesday 5 November, with 116 different exam papers.

    To receive an HSC, students must have completed the equivalent of two years of prescribed study and, in doing so, satisfactorily completed assessments and external examinations. Most candidates are awarded the HSC at the end of Year 12.

    “I wish all candidates the greatest success in these final exams,” Mr Provest said.


    With the storm season officially commencing this week, Nationals Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has said that now is the time for residents of Tweed to prepare their homes and families for the possibility of storms.

    While recognising the untiring work of local NSW SES volunteers, residents are reminded to be proactive.

    “NSW SES volunteers do an outstanding job in helping people when storms happen but communities must do their bit to ensure everyone stays safe during storm season.”

    “You can do your bit to help prevent some of this damage by preparing your household and property now, at the beginning of the storm season,” Mr Provest said.

    Acting Commissioner for the NSW SES, Jim Smith, advised that volunteers spent over 90,000 hours responding to more than 12,000 call-outs last season across the state.

    “Most of the damage we saw was from trees crashing down on to properties and vehicles as well as leaking and damaged roofs,” Acting Commissioner Smith said.

    NRMA Insurance data shows that during the last financial year, almost half of all home insurance claims in NSW were made as a result of storm damage*.

    Mr Provest said that people can limit the amount of damage caused in a storm by making a few simple preparations now. “You can get started by completing the online Home Emergency Plan at ”

    “Doing a little really can save a lot. Clear your gutters, trim overhanging branches and check that your home and contents insurance is up to date; these are all simple steps people can take to prepare for the storm season,” Mr Provest said.

    “Storms often happen suddenly and with little warning so don’t be complacent.”

    To learn how to be StormSafe visit or visit

    For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500. Dial 000 in life threatening emergencies.

    * Based on NRMA Insurance home claims data sourced for Financial Year 2013 to 2014


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has congratulated Ms Jamie McDonald on receiving a $15,000 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship.

    Mr Provest said the scholarships are part of a $2.4 million program introduced by the NSW Liberals & Nationals designed to assist apprentices who face significant challenges and barriers in completing their qualification.

    “This scholarship is a credit to Jamie and I was proud to present this cheque to such a deserving young lady that will help her continue with her studies to gain her qualifications,” Mr Provest said.

    “The 40 first year recipients will receive $5,000 each year for three years. In this inaugural year of the scholarships we are also awarding scholarships to second and third year apprentices who will receive $5,000 for each year of study remaining.”

    “Apprentices play a vital role in growing the NSW economy. That is why this Government recognises the need to provide additional financial support to help apprentices complete their training and gain their qualification.”

    Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the scholarship program aimed to support apprentices with a disability, Aboriginal apprentices and women in non-traditional trades.

    “If young people are given support and the opportunity to excel in their trade not only will they reap the benefits but our community will prosper as well,” Mr Piccoli said.

    “These scholarships are in addition to the Country Apprentice Scholarships we have awarded which support up to 30 apprentices in rural and regional NSW each year to meet additional costs associated with their training.”

    Information on the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships and Country Apprentice Scholarships is available from State Training Services Regional Centres on 13 28 11 and at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed a new standard allowing safer “street rods” to be fully registered for use on NSW roads.

    A street rod is a modified vehicle that has a body and frame built before 1949, or is a replica of a vehicle, the body and frame of which were built before 1949.

    “In December last year, the Minister for Roads & Ports, Duncan Gay, announced that new National Guidelines for the Construction and Modification of Street Rods in Australia was jointly approved by the Australian Street Rod Federation and the Australian Motor Vehicle Certification Board,” Mr Provest said.

    “Since then, a NSW Supplement has been developed to cover some additional safety and performance features necessary for vehicles to be fully registered on the NSW road network.

    “Full registration means street rods can be used on NSW roads without the restrictions applicable under the Conditional Registration Scheme for Street Rods.”

    Mr Provest spoke with the organiser of the Car Committee for “Cooly Rocks On”, Dan Hall, about the new standard this morning.

    “Dan was quite excited and believes this is a significant move forward that will enable car enthusiasts to make the most of their specialty vehicles without the constraints of conditional registration,” Mr Provest said.

    Before a street rod can be registered, it must be assessed against the new standards by a licensed certifier allowed to assess individually constructed vehicles under the Roads and Maritime Services’ Vehicle Safety Compliance Certification Scheme.

    However, those who only want to use their street rods on a limited basis, the Registration Requirements and Construction Guidelines for Street Rods in NSW can still be used for limited registration under the Conditional Registration Scheme for Street Rods.


    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced the State Government’s Surf Club Facility Grant Program is now open for applications.

    Funding of $2 million is available for the grant program and the development of a strategic facility plan for surf clubs.

    “Grants of $5,000 to $350,000 are available to help surf clubs throughout NSW develop their facilities,” Mr Provest said.

    “Surf Life Saving NSW does immensely important work- saving lives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to get fit and healthy.”

    “It’s also a fantastic way for people to get involved with their community,” said Mr Provest.

    Applications are open for submission until 17 October 2014.

    The announcement coincides with the start of the Surf Life Saving season, which commenced on Saturday.

    Surf Life Saving NSW consists of 129 clubs with about 76,000 members including volunteer surf lifesavers who in 2013/14 performed more than 4,000 rescues, over 150,000 preventative actions and 6,000 first aid treatments.

    Types of projects that will be funded include:

    • Construction of new surf club facilities
    • Capital enhancement of the facilities at existing clubs
    • Providing ancillary and support facilities at existing venues e.g. amenities blocks

    For more information and to apply visit or phone 13 13 02

  • Tweed to win with new cross border law

    The Tweed economy is set to win from new NSW laws which make it easier for licensed tradespeople to operate across the State border, according to Tweed Nationals MP, Geoff Provest.

    “The Government on Wednesday introduced the Mutual Recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Bill 2014 which supports border regions like the Tweed by reducing costs for small businesses and workers,” Mr Provest said.

    “I have long campaigned on cross border issues which go well beyond the vexed issue of daylight saving time.”

    In a major step forward to enhance mutual recognition of trades, NSW is the first state to introduce laws allowing certain tradespeople accredited in other states to practice in our state without the need for a NSW licence.

    “The legislation helps the cross-border communities by removing paperwork and fees, and eliminating red tape for small businesses.”

    The Mutual Recognition (Automatic Licensed Occupations Recognition) Bill 2014 will come into effect once Regulations have been prepared that will specify the particular occupational licences that will be recognised under the new law.

    Full Hansard transcript http://bulletin/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LA20140917005

  • 2014 Child Protection week – 7th to 13th September

    Nationals Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today welcomed the start of Child Protection Week, which is an opportunity to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect.

    Mr Provest said “National Child Protection Week is a reminder to a community to that child protection is everyone’s business – we all have our part to play in keeping children and young people safe.

    “The 2014/15 NSW Budget provided $1.6 billion for vulnerable children, young people and families this included increases in funding for Early Intervention and Statutory Child Protection.

    “Additionally, under the Safe Home for Life reforms, the NSW Government will invest half billion dollars over four years to create a stronger child protection system which puts children at the centre.”

    Family and Community Services Minister Gabrielle Upton said “The NSW Government will continue to work to better protect our children and young people and support our caseworkers on the frontline.

    “Since 2011, the NSW Government has worked to improve the system by delivering real reforms like Safe Home for Life, shining a light on the system by increasing transparency and transitioning Out-of-Home Care to the non-government sector,” Ms Upton said.

    If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm, phone the 24 hour Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.

    For more information and resources on child protection visit