Farmers will now receive free quad bike training in a major boost to the safety improvement program aimed at significantly reducing the number of deaths on rural properties across NSW.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said that eligible farmers and their workers who complete an approved training course will also receive a free helmet – worth around $120 – suitable for use while they are riding their quad bikes and that these changes announced represent a further saving to farmers of up to $230.

    SafeWork NSW has partnered with Tocal College to deliver up to 100 training events in regional and remote areas across NSW. From 8 May, free training will also be available through authorised Registered Training Organisations. Eligible farmers and their workers who complete this training also receive a helmet compliant to NZS 8600:2002.

    Previously, farmers attending an approved training course (costing up to $510) received a rebate of $310.

    Mr Provest said more than 200 farmers had attended Tocal College training days since the quad bike safety program was launched last year.

    “I want as many farmers in Tweed to undertake this training so they can be as safe as possible at work on their properties,” Mr Provest said.

    “We know time is money to farmers and it’s not easy for them to give up a day’s work to undergo quad bike training.

    “While we can’t put more hours in the day, we can make the training free, and encourage farmers to use helmets, as the next step in our campaign to increase farm safety,” Mr Provest said.

    In March, the Government doubled the rebates to $1000 for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle, $500 for the retrofitting of operator protective device to an existing quad bike and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet.

    Farmers can apply for two rebates, up to the value of $2000, recognising that farmers often have more than one quad bike.

    See for more information.


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has invited older road users to attend a free workshop to learn about changes to licensing rules and other matters to help them stay safe when out and about.

    Mr Provest said the ‘Older Road User’ workshop delivered by Roads and Maritime Services will be held at South Tweed Community Hall from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesday 9 May.

    “It can be hard to keep up with changes to licensing rules, so this free two hour workshop will provide information and tips to improve safety for older road users.”

    “Information and checklists will be provided for all road users, whether they drive, ride, walk, catch public transport or use a mobility scooter, or a combination of these.”

    “The workshop will look at issues such as driver licensing after the age of 75, safe driving habits, mobility scooters, and the top 10 misunderstood road rules in NSW.”

    Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 02 6622 1903 or emailing

    The workshop will be held at South Tweed Community Hall on the corner of Heffron Street and Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South.

    More information can be found by visiting


    Fraudulent behaviour by social housing tenants is being targeted by the NSW Government with the commencement of a social housing amnesty on 24 April 2017 run by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).

    Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward, said that the amnesty, which provides social housing tenants with an opportunity to report undisclosed income, financial assets, property and unauthorised occupants without fear of prosecution, ensures the system is fair for all.

    “This amnesty will weed out the people who are breaking the rules and ensure a fairer housing system that provides our most vulnerable with a stable home to live in,” Ms Goward said.

    “Any FACS Housing or Aboriginal Housing Office tenant that makes a declaration falling under one of our protected amnesty categories will not face consequences.”

    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, said the current amnesty was based on the positive outcomes of similar programs run in 2013 and 2014, which resulted in increased annual revenue of more than $10 million that has been reinvested into public housing.

    “This is money that goes back into the social housing system to deliver better quality services to more people,” Mr Provest said.

    “I encourage all social housing tenants to take this opportunity to declare or report a change in circumstances to FACS without fear of prosecution or being charged back rent.”

    The amnesty will run until 11 June 2017. During the amnesty period tenants and members of the public can provide declarations or information 24 hours, 7 days a week by filling out our form online at, contacting 1800 422 322 or emailing


    Disaster Recovery Centres have been established to help residents in Northern NSW affected by the recent floods.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, said the centres at Murwillumbah and Lismore opened at noon today, Thursday 6 April.

    “Recovery Centres provide a one-stop-shop for residents, businesses and farmers to access recovery assistance from a range of agencies and organisations,” Mr Provest said.

    “For those requiring assistance, representatives of key welfare, business and insurance agencies will be on- hand or available via referral from the site, to give help, advice and information to residents and business people.”

    Agencies based at the Recovery Centres include: Health, Disaster Welfare, Primary Industries, Insurance Agencies, Family and Community Services, Business Connect, Legal Aid, EPA, Centrelink, Red Cross and Safe Work NSW.

    Details are as follows:

    • Murwillumbah Recovery Centre – Murwillumbah Community Centre, Nullum Street, Murwillumbah;
    • Lismore Recovery Centre – Public Works Facility, 120 Dalley Street East Lismore, entry via Military Road.


    The Recovery Centres will open daily from 9am – 6pm.

    A recovery committee chaired by Euan Ferguson has been appointed to manage the recovery process and will meet regularly to ensure a coordinated approach is  adapted to the recovery.

    For more information on how to seek assistance, visit


    Member for Tweed Geoff Provest has today announced that the NSW Government will waive fees to replace vital documentation lost during the flood disaster.

    Anyone who has lost documentation such as boating or drivers licenses, photo identity cards, car registration or mobility parking scheme permits, can get these important documents replaced free of charge.

    “We understand that the community in these regions are doing it tough and, although at this stage this is a small offer of relief, we’re prepared to do what we can to help them get back on their feet,” said Mr Provest.

    “This is about helping people who have lost everything to get back those important and vital documents they need.

    “I urge all residents impacted by the recent floods to contact Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit

    This assistance applies to residents in Local Government areas covered by Natural Disaster declarations.

    The documents that can be replaced free of charge are:

    • Driver licence (including learner, P1, P2 and unrestricted)
    • Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit
    • NSW Photo Card
    • Boat licence
    • Personal Watercraft (PWC) licence
    • Certificate of Registration for a vehicle and/or vessel (and registration label if applicable)
    • Number plates (number plate reissue, remake or hold fees may also be waived)
    • Roads and Maritime Services E-toll tag
    • Learner driver log book.

    The Northern Rivers Community Legal Service has been saved from a funding crisis by the NSW Government providing more than $6 million in additional funding for NSW CLCs over the next two years, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest announced today.

    “The end of a federal grant on 30 June may have led to staff cuts and reduced services at Northern Rivers CLC. The NSW Government has stepped in to ensure total statewide funding for CLCs does not fall in the next two years,” he said.

    The Northern Rivers CLC supports the Tweed community through outreach legal services at Tweed Heads and Pottsville as well as Murwillumbah

    “The State Government realises the importance of this work and wants to ensure it can continue to help disadvantage people with their legal problems,” he said.

    “This is a great outcome for the people of Tweed who rely on CLC lawyers for free services on critical issues such as domestic violence, consumer law and debt.”

    CLCs provide free legal help to about 55,000 people each year at more than 30 locations in metropolitan, regional and rural NSW. Early legal advice can prevent problems from escalating.

    The NSW Government’s funding injection is in addition to renewing in 2017-18 and 2018-19 the $6.4 million it has already committed to CLCs in 2016-17. The NSW Government has increased its core funding to CLCs every year since 2011.


    Organisers of new and emerging rural and regional events held between July and December this year are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2017 Incubator Event Fund.

    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said the Fund assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.

    “The Incubator Event Fund will help extend our calendar of events and attract more visitors from outside our region, which is a huge boost for our local overnight visitor economy,” Mr Provest said.

    “We look forward to welcoming more visitors to Tweed as a result of this wonderful NSW Government initiative, helping to further position our region as a must-see NSW destination,” he said.

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to event organisers who are staging an event for the first or second time.

    “The beauty of rural and regional events is that they are a wonderful celebration of community culture, often run by locals and showcasing local producers, artists, craftspeople, sportspeople and musicians,” Mr Marshall said.

    “The Incubator Event Fund provides seed funding to innovative new events to help them through their initial establishment phase and assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.

    “This fund is part of our expanded Regional Flagship Events Program, which is focused on getting more events into rural and regional NSW, and increasing overnight visitation and expenditure.”

    The 2017 Incubator Event Fund is managed and administered through the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

    Applications for round two of the 2017 Incubator Event Fund are open until Sunday 2 April 2017.

    To lodge an application and to view the 2017 Incubator Event Fund’s key criteria visit


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has encouraged local community groups to celebrate Aboriginal culture and apply for NAIDOC Week 2017 grants.

    “The NSW Government is again offering small grants for grass roots organisations to run local events marking NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,” said Mr Provest.

    “This is a great opportunity for Tweed groups to get some funding for their NAIDOC Week events.

    “NAIDOC Week is a unique celebration Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Aboriginal people at all levels of Australian society.”

    NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is held nationally each year in the first full week of July. This year NAIDOC will run from 2 – 9 July.

    Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all in NSW to get together and celebrate the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our communities.

    “This year NSW will become the first state in the nation to introduce legislation to recognise and protect Aboriginal languages, as well as establishing a Centre for Aboriginal Languages of NSW to support community-led revival efforts,” Mrs Mitchell said.

    Although traditionally held in the first week of July, some communities conduct NAIDOC activities outside of the designated week due to community conflicts, weather conditions and school holidays.

    Grant applications open Monday 6 March and close Thursday 27 April 2017.

    Not-for-profit community groups are invited to apply for funding in the order of $500 to $1,000. For more significant events, up to $3,000 can be considered, with a total of $200,000 available.

    For more information and how to apply, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website at


    Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest has announced the first round of 2017 funding for the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF) is now open.

    The CWMF is designed to protect and repair local war memorials, which preserves the Anzac legacy.

    Mr Provest urged Council, veterans groups, community organisations to apply for the fund, which provides the opportunity for all NSW communities to access up to $10,000.

    “Ensuring local war memorials remain in great condition is an essential part of honouring Australian service men and women who sacrificed so much for our nation,” Mr Provest said.

    “The CWMF ensures communities have the opportunity to protect and conserve war memorials, which is why I believe this is such an important initiative,” he said.

    Applications open until Anzac Day, will be assessed by the State War Memorial Committee, which is made up of NSW RSL, Public Works Advisory, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Veterans’ Affairs.

    For more information, including application forms, click here



    Seniors in Tweed can look forward to local celebrations during the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival in March.

    Banora Point Community Baptist Church and Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre are among 159 organisations across NSW to receive grants from the NSW Government to hold events and activities that will help the community celebrate the festival.

    “The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival grants support events that will help our seniors live active, healthy and social lives,” Mr Provest said.

    “The NSW Government’s Seniors Festival grants are more competitive than ever and I congratulate Banora Point Community Baptist Church and Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre for being selected,” Mr Provest said.

    Now in its 59th year, the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, with around 500,000 people taking part in more than 1,000 free or discounted events across the state.

    The celebration of seniors has grown from a week-long program to a 10-day festival, prompting the event being renamed NSW Seniors Festival.

    NSW Seniors Festival will run from 3 to 12 March. For more information, visit .