Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced funding is available for local cultural festivals and events that bring the community together.

    The NSW Government’s Celebration Grants program provides funding of up to $5000 to not-for-profit community organisations and local councils.

    “Our community hosts an array of colourful festivals that bring people together in celebration of culture, food and dance,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage local community organisations and Council to apply for a Celebration Grant to support our thriving multicultural calendar.”

    In June this year, the Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, announced the 2017 Celebration Grant recipients who shared in more than $252,000.

    “This year, 60 community organisations and councils have benefited from Celebration Grants to host festivals and interfaith events,” Mr Williams said.

    “The NSW Government is proud to support outstanding community groups that work incredibly hard to coordinate events that celebrate community harmony.”

    Applications open three times a year and projects are assessed on how many people are likely to attend, whether the project will benefit intercultural understanding and be cost effective.

    Only not-for-profit community organisations and local councils staging festivals and events for the entire community are eligible to apply. Applications close 29 September 2017.

    For more information about Celebration Grants and the Multicultural NSW Grants Program, visit


    Local sports clubs in Tweed are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Member for Tweed Geoff Provest saying the focus this year is encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs.

    “Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after girls turn 12,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage all local clubs and sporting organisations to use this opportunity to boost their female programs and events, because we want to see girls not only take to the field, but stay on the field.”

    Thousands of local clubs across the State are now eligible to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program. The grants will cover initiatives such as new sport programs, upgrades to facilities or projects that improve participation in sport.

    Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the program is part of a $10 million sport grants package announced by the NSW Government.

    “Women’s sport is the fastest growing area of many codes and we are now seeing more big name sponsors and media networks recognising the public’s appetite for prime time viewing, but more needs to be done, including cultivating participation at a grass roots level,” Mr Ayres said

    “From the bush to the city, sport is the lifeblood that unites communities. This is not just about female programs though, I encourage all sporting groups to apply for grants that will help people of all ages and abilities get involved in their local club or become more active.”

    Grants are now open until 6 October 2017. For more information visit or phone 13 13 02


    Tweed-Brunswick’s koala population has received a boost with the NSW Government purchasing 100 hectares of koala habitat in Pottsville to help secure the population, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and the Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today.

    The 100 hectares is adjacent to Tweed Shire Council land which connects to Cudgen Nature Reserve at the northern end of the Koala Beach residential estate.

    “This is massive win for our koala population and our local community,” Mr Provest said.

    “This land will help rehabilitate and establish koala habitat to help secure the Tweed-Brunswick koala population.

    “Securing this land will also support the Council’s Tweed Coast Koala conservation work.”

    The property sits within Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Koala Plan of Management area and is part of a 14 kilometre corridor from Casuarina Beach in the north to Black Rocks in the south.

    Ms Upton said the NSW Government had started developing a whole-of-government koala strategy, as recommended by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC.

    “This strategy will complement the koala conservation work already being done under the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program,” Ms Upton said.

    “Last year we also committed to investing $10 million over five years to acquire vital koala habitat – this investment is on top of the land purchase in Pottsville.”

    Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the NSW Government was committed to coordinating efforts to stabilise and ultimately increase the numbers of koalas across NSW.

    “More than $1.8 million has already been invested in koala conservation across NSW through the Saving our Species program since 2012–13 with another $800 000 allocated from the 2017–18 budget,” Mr Franklin said.


    Event organisers in Tweed are being encouraged to apply for grants under the NSW Government’s 2018 Flagship Event Fund, with expressions of interest now open.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the Fund will offer successful applicants a one-off annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 per year for three years.

    “I am delighted to announce that expressions of interest for the 2018 Flagship Event Fund are now open, providing events that have been running for more than two years with funding support for marketing activities aimed at driving overnight visitation,” Mr Provest said.

    “Our communities have so many wonderful stories to tell and events not only help boost our local economies but take visitors on an incredible journey, whether it’s showcasing our fantastic producers, artists, craftspeople, sportspeople or musicians.”

    NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Fund, which is managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, is part of the Government’s record spend in rural and regional tourism.

    “The NSW Government has committed $43 million over four years to attract more visitors to experience our wonderful rural and regional destinations and events,” Mr Marshall said.

    “This Fund is part of our record investment in growing tourism across the State and represents rural and regional NSW at its best with local communities coming together to stage events, which are often a great reflection of the region’s unique character and culture.”

    Expressions of Interest for the 2018 Flagship Event Fund are open until COB Friday 1 September 2017 and applicants whose expressions of interest sufficiently meet the criteria will be invited to submit a full application in October.

    For further information on the 2018 Flagship Event Fund and to lodge an expression of interest visit



    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced nominations are open for the NSW Carers Awards.

    The NSW Carers Awards aims to recognise and raise awareness of the valuable contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for and the wider community.

    “This is a great way to thank and acknowledge the significant contributions carers make to the Tweed community,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage anyone who knows a dedicated carer in the Tweed area to put fourth their nomination so their extraordinary contribution can be celebrated.”

    Organisations, employers and education providers who demonstrate best practice in supporting carers can also be nominated for an Award.

    The 2017 NSW Carers Awards will coincide with this year’s Carers Week, which will run from 15 – 21 October 2017.

    “There are approximately 905,000 carers in NSW, who provide unconditional support for those in their care on a daily basis,” Mr Provest said.

    “This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of carers across NSW.”

    Up to 10 awards will be presented during the award ceremony, including the 2017 NSW Carer of the Year.

    To nominate a carer go to Entries close on 31 August 2017.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest is encouraging the community to stay connected with loved ones as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week.

    National Missing Persons Week 2017 runs from 30 July – 5 August and aims to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons in Australia.

    This year’s theme is: “Still Waiting For You To Come Home”. Mr Provest said nearly half of the persons reported missing in NSW last year are under 18.

    “There were more than 5,000 reports about missing children in 2016 alone,” Mr Provest said.

    “The stress of a missing loved one and living with the unknown has a huge impact on friends and family members. It can affect everything from their health and wellbeing, to work responsibilities, and of course is very emotionally tiring,” Mr Provest said.

    “Anyone who is struggling in any way because someone in their life is missing should not hesitate to reach out for support.

    “If you have concerns or information about a missing person I urge you to follow your instincts and contact the police.”

    Minister for Police Troy Grant said Missing Persons Week is also a reminder of the tireless work of emergency services personnel investigating these cases in an effort to provide answers and reunite families.

    “I want the community to remember there is no minimum time frame to wait before contacting NSW Police with a missing persons report,” Mr Grant said.

    “If you have fears for the welfare of anyone please don’t hesitate to contact the police as all information can be crucial to an investigation. Even the smallest piece of information could help.

    “Take a moment to think of those people in our community who live in hope every single day that they’ll be reunited with a loved one.”

    For more information on National Missing Persons Week go to: To find out more about the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit go to


    The NSW Government has secured a two-year deal with one of Australia’s biggest energy suppliers, creating savings of up to 25 per cent for seniors in Tweed on their gas and electricity usage charges.

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies recently announced the renewed commitment from energy retailer AGL, which will begin offering new discounts to NSW Seniors Card members from July 1.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the NSW Government had been working hard to secure these competitive discounts for seniors in Tweed.

    “Older people have worked hard all their lives and given so much to their communities, so I am both thrilled and proud to be able to deliver the renewal of a partnership that eases the cost of living pressures for them,” Mr Provest said.

    From 1 July, AGL will offer Seniors Card members a 25 per cent guaranteed discount off electricity usage and 19 per cent guaranteed discount off gas usage charges on a two year energy plan.

    “Given we are now well and truly into winter, the timing of this renewal could not be better. We know every dollar counts for seniors,” Mr Provest said.

    More than 1.5 million older people in NSW have a Seniors Card. More than 5600 businesses now offer Seniors Card discounts, up from 1600 in January 2015.

    For more information on the Seniors Card, visit

    To contact AGL or to sign up, call 13 12 45 or visit .


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has announced Surf Life Saving Clubs across Tweed can now apply for funding for infrastructure improvements as part of the $4 million state-wide boost to surf club facilities funding.

    Mr Provest said Surf Life Saving Clubs across NSW are set to benefit from record funding from this year’s budget which will improve facilities which help save the lives of locals, visitors and tourists. “Surf lifesaving clubs are home base for our tens of thousands of volunteer lifesavers patrolling our beaches, allowing all age groups to learn about and contribute to water safety,” Mr Provest said.

    “We rely on the skill and passion of volunteer surf lifesavers to provide this service and this vital injection of funding will ensure lifesavers have the support they need to do their important work through improving the standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW.”

    Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said more than $24 million in funding had been allocated in the past decade to make rescue facilities across NSW more safe, accessible and secure.
    “Not just an important home base for volunteers patrolling our beaches, surf clubs are hive of community activity, used for training courses, community gatherings and sporting events,” Mr Ayres said.

    “From nippers to senior patrollers, members of Surf Life Saving clubs provide an amazing service to the people of NSW.

    “This $4 million boost will offer significant surf clubs across NSW and this financial year surf clubs who had previously already reached the maximum cap of $400,000 will be re-eligible for facility funding.”

    In 2016/17 volunteer surf lifesavers performed almost 5,000 rescues, 126,000 preventative actions and 15,750 first aid treatments.


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest is urging community preschools and mobile preschools in Tweed to apply for a grant to expand the number of places at services as part of the NSW Government’s $10 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

    “Right across Tweed the NSW Government is ensuring children have access to early childhood education in the year before school,” Mr Provest said.

    “These grants are vital to ensuring services in Tweed can invest in the right infrastructure to support more children in having access to early childhood education – because our kids deserve it and parents expect it.”

    Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell, said this funding can be used to construct new community preschools as well as expand existing services to allow for more available childcare places.

    “This funding will ensure even more children right across the state will have access to early childhood education in the year before school, giving them the social, cognitive and emotional skills to transition to school as well as benefiting them in the longer term,” Mrs Mitchell said.

    “We know the success of a child’s education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school. That’s why we’re investing in innovative approaches to improve access to quality early childhood education, no matter where you live.”

    The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program is open to not-for-profit community preschools and mobile preschools operating in areas of the state where there is a demonstrated shortage of places.

    Applications are now open and can be submitted online up until Friday 18 August. For more information, visit the Department of Education website at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest today announced that pedestrians and cyclists in Tweed will benefit from an extra $520,000 for walkways and shared paths in the state budget.

    The extra funds will go to building the Cudgen Creek Boardwalk in Kingscliff.

    Mr Provest said the investment would make it easier than ever to get around.

    “Projects like these will make a real difference to those who live, work and holiday in our community,” Mr Provest said.

    An additional $44,850 has also been made available to construct 6 pedestrian facilities (kerb ramps, kerb blisters and refuges) for Tweed Heads and Kingscliff.

    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the funding was in addition to a massive $80 million investment in the Cycling Infrastructure Fund.

    “The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented amount on active transport infrastructure, making it easier for people who walk or ride to work to do so more safely,” Mr Constance said.

    “We are listening to key groups in the community, like Bicycle NSW and Bicycle Networks to prioritise, plan and extend paths all over New South Wales.”