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  • SUMMER SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BLITZ FOR TWEED ELECTORATE

    More $846,000 will be spent on school maintenance projects in Tweed, which are running over the summer holiday period.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest welcomed the investment in local schools in the Tweed electorate.

    The projects will benefit 17 local public schools and include painting, roof work and floor coverings,” Mr Provest said.

    “The cost of the jobs ranges from $6732 for painting at Tweed Heads South Public School to $114394.53 at Fingal Head Public School for roof work and floor coverings.

    “Every child deserves to have access to great facilities, wonderful teachers and get an excellent education and that is what we are delivering for students here in Tweed,” Mr Provest said.

    Education Minister Rob Stokes said this program is another example of how this Government is committed to public education and delivering local infrastructure to support communities right across NSW.

    “Just like your family home, there are always jobs to be done to keep our schools in top condition,” Mr Stokes said.

    “We are making good use of the summer break to carry out important projects while students are off enjoying their holidays.

    “With a $25 billion property portfolio of 2,200 schools there will always be maintenance to be done, but good management will keep the list as short as possible, and we are here doing just that.”

    The summer holiday blitz is part of the NSW Government’s record $747 million school maintenance investment over the next four years announced in the 2017 Budget, allowing each and every school across the State to have their maintenance project lists slashed by December 2018.

  • FUNDING BOOST FOR SALT SLSC

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has today announced $350,000 in NSW Government funding for Salt SLSC as part of the 2017/18 Surf Club Facility Program.

    Funding has been provided for further renovations and an additional storage area.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The aim of this program is to increase the availability, standard and quality of surf lifesaving clubs in NSW for the benefit of their members and the wider community,” 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.”

    “The NSW Government wants to make the work of life savers as easy as possible – we can’t control the water but we can improve facilities like this.”

    “It is a great pleasure to able to advocate on behalf of our community and to see results like this,” Mr Provest added.

  • NEW POLICE OFFICERS FOR TWEED BYRON LAC

    The Tweed Byron Local Area Command will welcome 5 new probationary constables following today’s attestation parade of Class of 332.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest congratulated the new recruits on graduating from the Goulburn Police Academy and thanked them for devoting their careers to the prevention and disruption of crime.

    “I would like to welcome our newest officers to the region, and extend our gratitude to them for choosing a career in law enforcement,” Mr Provest said.

    “I know the qualifications our officers have completed at the Police Academy, together with the on-the-job training they will complete under the close guidance of senior police will ensure they are more than adequately prepared to step into this important role.

    “Policing can be an extremely challenging profession. Our officers encounter the best and the worst of humanity in the line of duty, so I’m very pleased that our community will benefit from the enthusiasm of 5 new officers starting their career on the beat.”

    Minister for Police Troy Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has undertaken to boost frontline police numbers across the State through the re-engineering process.

    “The 150 men and 49 women attesting today will bring the number of individuals who have become sworn NSW Police officers since 2011 to 4,362,” Mr Grant said.

    “Today is an opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment and dedication of the men and women who don blue uniforms to join one of the proudest organisations in the state.”

    Class 332 includes 199 recruits who have attested as Probationary Constables. These new recruits will commence on-the-job training imminently and will continue distance education before graduating with an Associate Diploma in Policing Practice.

    The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is on track to boost the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force to 16,795 over this term.

  • ASIAN CUP LEGACY FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TWEED FOOTBALL CLUBS

    Football clubs in Tweed are encouraged to apply for the second round of Asian Cup Legacy funding which is now open.

    Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the $4.1 million fund will help deliver better community facilities to grassroots football clubs across NSW.

    “I encourage local football clubs to apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of building amenities or upgrading facilities, with a funding contribution of $50,000 – $150,000 per project,” Mr Ayres said.

    “We know that improving local sports infrastructure helps build stronger communities and improves participation amongst children and adults alike.”

    The $4.1 NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund is a joint initiative of the NSW Government, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football. Sixteen clubs successfully applied for $1.8 million in grants during the first round of 2016/17 applications.

    More than 1,000 affiliated football clubs are now eligible for more than $2.3 million in funding for round two 2017/18 applications.

    Mr Provest said that football clubs in Tweed should consider improvements to facilities that benefit the whole of community.

    “Football is an important thread in uniting our community together and the funding provides an excellent opportunity for local clubs to draw in new members,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage all local clubs in Tweed to apply for funding for a wide range of projects, including upgrades or developments to existing pitches, amenities and facilities, including seating, canteens, lighting, fencing, change rooms, storage spaces, drainage and pitches.”

    Applications close 2 March 2018. For information visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants

  • STAMP DUTY RELIEF FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS IN TWEED

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has urged first home buyers in Tweed to take advantage of stamp duty relief measures from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

    New figures show 10,496 people have used the exemptions and reductions to buy their first home, in the first quarter since the reforms came into effect.

    The housing affordability package announced as part of the June Budget removes stamp duty for first home buyers for both new and existing homes for properties up to $650,000 and reduces duty for first homes between $650,000 and $800,000.

    Mr Provest has encouraged people in Tweed who thought a home was still out of reach to take a look at the relief measures available.

    “We know this relief package has already opened the door for thousands of home owners across NSW and there’s more to come,” Mr Provest said.

    “I urge people in Tweed who aren’t aware of these reforms and think home ownership is out of reach to take a look at our relief package and get back in the game.

    “It’s meant the end of renting or living with extended family for thousands of people and families since July and we look forward to watching those numbers grow in the months ahead.

    “Our government is focused on cutting the costs of living, whether that’s the price of your child’s weekend sport through the active kids rebate, the energy rebate to help put downward pressure on energy bills or green slip relief.

    “Effective housing policy is a key priority of the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government after the last government under Labor allowed the situation to stagnate,” Mr Provest said.

  • TWEED COMMUNITY GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR NSW GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

    Community organisations in Tweed can now apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said today.

    Mr Provest said Infrastructure Grants support new or upgraded community facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture and emergency preparedness.

    “I encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to our local community,” Mr Provest said.

    “These projects bring people together to enjoy new or improved sports, recreation, arts and cultural facilities, or help improve community safety in times of emergency.

    “During this term of government, $50 million in Infrastructure Grants is being provided to communities across NSW.”

    Mr Provest said the funding comes from the Clubgrants Category 3 program, which enables registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machine revenue to benefit local communities.

    “Recent improvements to the program have created more chances to apply for funding and encouraged more diverse projects,” he said.

    “Instead of one round of funding each year, there are now four rounds, while a streamlined application process has cut red tape and led to faster assessment.”

    Funding ranges are $50,000 to $200,000 for arts and culture, $10,000 to $200,000 for emergency preparedness and $100,000 to $300,000 for sport and recreation.

    Applications for the next round of Infrastructure Grants are open from 1 to 20 November.

    For more information including details on how to apply for grants, visit http://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/Pages/about-us/our-initiatives/infrastructure-grants.aspx

  • SUPERMARKET SAVINGS FOR SENIORS IN TWEED

    Seniors in Tweed can now save on average $200 a year on their groceries, thanks to Seniors Card discounts the NSW Government has secured with the Woolworths Group.

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced NSW Seniors Card holders are now eligible for a five per cent discount on Woolworths WISH eGift cards that can be used towards purchases at Woolworths Group stores, including supermarkets and Big W.

    “This new partnership also gives Seniors Card holders in Tweed 25 per cent off mid-week home delivery, and discounts on insurance and mobile phone products,” Mr Provest said.

    “Every dollar counts when living on a fixed income and we are sure these discounts will help drive down the cost of living for eligible seniors.”

    The bundle of new discounts can be accessed through the purchase of Woolworths WISH eGift cards via the NSW Seniors Card website.

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said she was thrilled the Woolworths partnership would deliver savings to Seniors Card holders across the state.

    “We want to make it as easy as possible for seniors to access fresh food and other essential items that may be difficult to transport,” Mrs Davies said.

    “This partnership could save seniors an average of $200 per person on their annual grocery bill, not to mention further discounts on home delivery, clothing and household items from Big W, and mobile phone and insurance products.”

    “NSW is the only state to have this offer so far. We would encourage more retailers to see what savings they can offer seniors,” Mrs Davies said.

    Mr Provest said these discounts are in addition to other measures the Government has introduced to ease cost of living pressures for seniors, including:

    • A $50 increase in energy rebates for low income households, to $285;
    • Average CTP green slip savings of $120 a year;
    • Public transport fare concessions, including the Gold Opal for seniors which remains capped at $2.50 for all day travel.

    There are more than 1.5 million Seniors Card members in NSW and 5700 participating businesses.

    To access discounts or apply for a NSW Seniors Card go to www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88.

  • TWEED VALLEY HOSPITAL SITE SELECTION ATTRACTS STRONG INTEREST

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said he was delighted that the search for a greenfield site for the brand new $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital was generating strong interest.

    A public expression of interest process to find a suitable site for the new Tweed Valley Hospital has attracted a strong response, with around 20 sites identified for further consideration. Each site is being evaluated to assess its potential as a major referral hospital.

    “With this number of sites we are in a good position to select the right site to deliver a new state-of-the-art hospital that serves our growing and ageing population,” Mr Provest said.

    “I am proud to be part of a Liberals & Nationals Government which has got NSW’s economy back on track – which is why we are able to fund a record building program for hospitals, not only in the Tweed but across the state.”

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the health needs for the community were being guaranteed into the future.

    “This new Tweed Valley Hospital will give us the opportunity to create over time a first-class health and education campus,” Mr Hazzard said.

    The site selection process is led by Health Infrastructure in partnership with Northern NSW Local Health District, and is overseen by an independent probity advisor. A team of property and technical specialists will review each site over the coming weeks as part of due-diligence investigations.

    The expression of interest process targeted an area from Tweed Heads to Pottsville between 10 to 15km inland, with developable land between 8 and 16 hectares, close to major road connections and available for development from late 2018.

    The evaluation process will consider each site’s ability to provide the best value for the community against a range of criteria including:

    • Location, access and traffic
    • Urban context
    • Built forms and landscaping
    • Environment, heritage and culture.

    It is expected the preferred site or sites will be identified in the next three months.

  • FALLEN OFFICERS HONOURED ON NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, encouraged the community to reflect on the sacrifice of our fallen NSW Police officers today Friday 29 September on National Police Remembrance Day.

    Mr Provest said the special ceremony for the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command was held in the Anglican Church in Byron Bay this year.

    “Every year we gather to remember the men and women who dedicated their lives to the safety of others,” Mr Provest said.

    “Our police officers go to work day in and day out not knowing what they will confront in the line of duty, or whether they will return home safely at the end of their shift.

    “On this day, it is important that we acknowledge those officers who have lost their lives as a result of their policing career. But we must also pay our respects to our local men and women in blue who work tirelessly to keep us safe from harm every day.”

    Minister for Police Troy Grant said the community should never take the contribution of our police for granted.

    “On National Police Remembrance Day, I stand with the entire police family to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of community safety.”

  • SLOW DOWN THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND ARRIVE SAFELY

    There are Big Things happening this Labour Day long weekend – the NRL Grand Final, both Queensland and NSW school holidays AND double demerit points for all traffic offences.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has urged everyone using the roads to take extra care and to travel safely.

    “If you’re driving any distance, make sure you’re well rested, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and have given yourself plenty of travel time,” Mr Provest said.

    “It’s also a big weekend for sport with the NRL Grand Final on so if you’re planning on drinking leave the car at home and make sure you have a Plan B – a taxi, public transport or a nominated driver who’s not drinking.”

    If safety is not something you want to think about, you might want to consider the financial costs or the inconvenience of losing your licence with double demerit points in place for the long weekend.

    “So you should make sure you stick to the speed limit, wear your seatbelt or helmet and remember no phone call is worth risking your life or your licence over,” Mr Provest said.

    Operation Slow Down will run from 12.01am on Friday 29 September until 11.59pm on Monday 2 October.

    Officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols, mobile and stationary random breath tests and random drug tests.

     

    “Let’s take care and make this really great weekend, both on and off the road,” he said.