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  • TWEED YOUTH ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR THE NSW YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

    Are you aged between 12 and 24 interested in what happens, not only in Tweed but in all of NSW? Do you think young people should have more input into decision-making by the NSW Government?

    The NSW Youth Advisory Council is currently seeking members from diverse locations, and with different backgrounds and life experiences,

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, is encouraging young people in Tweed to apply to represent local youth and have a say on issues important to our community.

    “The NSW Youth Advisory Council has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people, as well as to monitor and evaluate youth-related policies and legislation,” Mr Provest said.

    “The feedback received from the Council plays an important role in assisting the NSW Government develop programs that will be effective.”

    2017 Youth Advisory Council Chair, Declan Drake, found it rewarding to represent his peers.

    “I’ve learned a great deal, but also genuinely feel I’ve had the opportunity to engage with matters I consider important to my generation,” Mr Drake said.

    One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson.

    “The advice of the 2017 Youth Advisory Council has been instrumental to our work throughout the year.

    The Council also met with various NSW Government Departments, such as NSW Health, Multicultural NSW and NESA and helped organise events such as IDEATION 2017 and Youth Week.

    “I urge young people to put their hand up to be the next NSW YAC leaders,” Mr Johnson said.

    For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call (02) 9248 0970. Please note that applications close at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.

     

  • NSW PRO SURF SERIES RETURNS TO TWEED COAST

    Top-class surfing will return to the Tweed Coast, with the Telstra Stores Tweed Coast Pro coming back to Cabarita Beach in 2018.

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest joined local surfers today to launch next year’s NSW Pro Surf Series.

    The Series, supported by the NSW Government, also stops at Maroubra Beach in Sydney, Boomerang Beach at the Great Lakes and Avoca Beach on the Central Coast.

    Mr Marshall said the four events provided a significant boost for local hotels, restaurants and businesses.

    “The 2017 NSW Pro Surf Series contributed over $1.1 million to the NSW visitor economy, attracting more than 800 overnight visitors to the four event locations and we expect next year’s event to be bigger and better than ever,” Mr Marshall said.

    “I look forward to seeing Cabarita Beach packed with competitors and spectators next summer.”

    Mr Provest said the Tweed Coast was the obvious choice to hold the event.

    “The Tweed Coast is the perfect location to host the event – the region has a long association with surfing and is home to great surf breaks including Cabarita, Duranbah and Kingscliff,” Mr Provest said.

    “This event is an official World Surf League Qualifying Series event and showcases our stunning coastline to surfers and fans from around the world.

    “The Tweed Coast Pro has been a highlight of the summer for the past two years and we are looking forward to welcoming more than 200 surfers from around Australia and the world back to our beautiful region in 2018.”

    The NSW Pro Surf Series will start at Maroubra Beach, running from 18-21 January, before the Telstra Stones Tweed Coast Pro, which will take place at Cabarita Beach from 31 January to 4 February. The Series then moves to Boomerang Beach from 7-11 February and Avoca Beach from 7-11 March.

     

  • NEW FUNDING FOR ANZAC COMMUNITY PROJECTS and an OPPORTUNITY FOR HISTORY TEACHERS

    Geoff Provest, Nationals Member for Tweed today called for applications in the latest round of the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Program.

    The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for local war memorial projects, including conservation works and protection.

    The Anzac Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $2,000 to schools, community groups and veterans groups to educate the community on the service and sacrifice of military personnel, to support activities benefiting veterans, and to promote community engagement.

    Mr Provest said he was proud of the NSW Government’s investment in local and state war memorials, which help ensures that the service and sacrifice they represent can be understood.

    Applications for both grant programs are open until Remembrance Day, Saturday 11 November 2017. For more information, please visit:

    www.veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au and www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au

     

    As part of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, history teachers from across NSW are invited to walk the battlefields and trenches of the Western Front as part of the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship tour.

    “The 2018 tour is a rare professional development opportunity for NSW history teachers, which will enable teachers to provide younger generations with first-hand knowledge of the sacrifice and courage of our Anzacs,” Mr Provest said.

    From today, all teachers across the state can apply to participate in the 2018 tour. Successful applicants will join 20 students, other teachers and a tour historian on the educational and commemorative trip retracing the footsteps of the Anzacs for the centenary of the Battle of Hamel.

    The 13-day tour will give students the opportunity to experience Australia’s military story first-hand in Ypres, Passchendaele, the Somme and Flanders in Belgium.

    Accompanying teachers will provide supervision for the students during the tour, support their learning experience and enrich their own teaching practices on return so classrooms across NSW can reap the benefits of the tour. Most travel and accommodation costs associated with the tour will be covered by Veterans Affairs. Teachers will continue to receive their usual salary while accompanying the student group.

    Applications close on 23 October 2017 and more information is available at www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/education or by calling 1300 838 233.

  • ONLINE CALCULATOR LAUNCHED FOR MORE TRANSPARENT RETIREMENT VILLAGE CONTRACTS

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed a new, online resource to help people who are considering moving into a retirement village.

    “It can be overwhelming to assess retirement village costs due to a wide range of fees and charges that are often incurred at different times,” he said.

    “This new website puts consumers first by prompting prospective residents through a series of simple questions and then generates easy-to-understand cost estimates.

    Mr Provest advised there is both a basic and a detailed calculator for people to utilise, depending on their circumstances.

    “The basic calculator is geared toward those considering retirement village living but don’t have much information so it simply provides an estimated cost based on your location and budget,” he said.

    “The detailed calculator is for people who’ve got a village Disclosure Statement so it gives residents a more comprehensive outline of the entry, ongoing, and exit costs.”

    The Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, said recent amendments to the Retirement Villages Regulation 2009 also support the calculator through changes to Disclosure Statement requirements.

    “The Retirement Village Regulation 2017 is now in force, which includes a new standard table of fees and charges attached to the Disclosure Statement of any given village,” Mr Kean said.

    “This supports the online calculator allowing residents to easily compare village prices, and ultimately ensure they’re not getting ripped off by unscrupulous operators.”

    Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the online calculator is also a key project of the NSW Government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-2020.

    “I am very pleased to see the calculator now working to protect residents from confusing contracts, hidden fees, and unexpected costs,” Mrs Davies said.

    “By putting the right protections in place we are safeguarding the financial and physical independence of older people in our communities.”

    Learn more about the calculator here: www.rvcalculator.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

  • IMPORTANT LICENSING CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

    State Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has welcomed improvements to the state’s highly successful Graduated Licensing Scheme to ensure new drivers are safe drivers on our roads.

    “The first six months of driving solo is the highest risk period for novice drivers so it’s important to look at ways to ensure they get the training and experience they need to be safe on our roads,” Mr Provest said.

    The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey advised that young drivers continue to be over-represented in road crashes. P-platers make up 8 per cent of all driver licence holders, yet their crashes account for 15 per cent of all fatalities on NSW roads.

    “Since the Graduated Licensing Scheme was first introduced on 1 July 2000, there has been a 50 per cent reduction in the number of young drivers killed on NSW roads, but even one death is one too many,” Minister Pavey said.

    “The NSW licensing system for young drivers is already one of the safest in the world but the changes that come into effect on 20 November 2017 are designed to further improve the way the scheme prepares novice drivers – in particular young drivers – to be safe on the road”.

    The changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme mean:

    • Learner drivers will have to complete the Hazard Perception Test before they can take the driving test;
    • P1 drivers will no longer have to complete the Hazard Perception Test to get their P2 licence; and
    • The Driver Qualification Test has been removed for P2 Drivers and in its place P2 drivers will have to stay on their licence for an extra 6 months if they receive a suspension for unsafe driving behavior.

    These changes come into effect from 20 November 2017.

    Find out how the changes affect you or someone you know at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/licence

  • R U OK?

    On R U OK? Day, Geoff Provest is urging people in the Tweed to be bold and ask their friends, families, colleagues, and even strangers, R U OK?.

    “Starting a conversation and letting someone know you are there for them could change a life,” Mr Provest said.

    “If you have a feeling someone you know or care about isn’t being themselves, start a conversation, ask if they are OK, listen, encourage them to seek help and don’t forget to check-in.

    Now in its eighth year, the highly successful R U OK? Day, founded by the late Gavin Larkin, aims to prevent suicide by breaking down barriers to conversations about mental health, and empower people to create connections with those around them.

    “Suicide prevention is not something that charities like R U OK? should have to tackle on their own – it is a responsibility that all of us should share.”

    Mental Health Minister, Tanya Davies, said in 2017-18 the NSW Government will spend a record $1.9 billion on mental health care, including significant support for a pioneering model for suicide prevention called LifeSpan, which has been developed with the Black Dog Institute.

    “We will continue to do everything we can to make sure our mental health professionals and community organisations get the direction, funding and support they need,” Mrs Davies said.

    “And most importantly, make sure that nobody in NSW has to suffer alone.”

    For further information on R U OK? Day go to www.ruok.org/howtoask .

    For mental health assistance or referral to services in the Tweed, call the NSW Mental Health Line 24/7 on 1800 011 511.

    If you or someone you know needs urgent help call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

  • MORE FUNDING TO CELEBRATE OUR MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY

    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 http://multicultural.nsw.gov.au/

  • WOMEN’S SPORT THE FOCUS OF GRANTS FOR TWEED

    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 sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants or phone 13 13 02

  • 100 HECTARES TO SECURE POTTSVILLE KOALAS

    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.

  • 2018 FLAGSHIP EVENT FUND NOW OPEN FOR EVENTS IN TWEED

    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 http://www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep