FAIR TRADING REFORMS DELIVER BIG BENEFITS FOR LOCAL CONSUMERS

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Consumers are set to save big on time and money, and have disputes with businesses resolved quicker thanks to new Fair Trading powers, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said the Fair Trading Legislation Amendment (Consumer Guarantee Directions) Bill, granting the new powers, passed the NSW Parliament this week. “The Government’s reforms will give the NSW Fair Trading Commissioner the power to direct a business to repair, replace or refund a good,” Mr Fraser said. “This means fair, quick and cheap resolutions for consumers and businesses, and…

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SHORT-TERM HOLIDAY LETTING PLAN GETS GREEN LIGHT

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Tourists and residents on the Coffs Coast will benefit from tougher but fairer regulation of short-term holiday letting, after the NSW Parliament passed the Government’s plan for the sector. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the reforms will bolster NSW’s sharing economy while clamping down on unruly guests. “Our plan is a win-win for everyone involved in the industry,” Mr Fraser said. “Online booking platforms boost the tourism industry and play an important part in growing our economy, but this legislation also supports our zero-tolerance policy regarding raucous guests.”…

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COFFS COAST BENEFITS FROM LANDMARK MARINE ESTATE STRATEGY

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The NSW Government’s NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy will ensure Coffs Harbour residents continue to benefit from a healthy marine environment for years to come. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said our community will benefit from a share in the $45.7 million of additional funding to deliver the first stage of the ten-year NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy, with key water quality initiatives to be implemented along the North Coast. “Coffs Harbour is known throughout the state as a place of incredible natural beauty, as well as a commercial…

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A LARK IN THE PARK THANKS OUR GRANDPARENTS

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Coffs Coast families and friends will celebrate our seniors thanks to a NSW Government grant for a family fun day to show gratitude for local grandparents. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the Grandparents and Kinship Carers Support Group has received $875 to bring Grandparents Day to life in our community, at a location to be announced. “Grandparents Day is a wonderful way to thank seniors in our community, and this support group is offering a great way to give back with A Lark in the Park in the…

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$100,000 TO BOOST LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said $100,000 would go to Orara Valley River Care Groups Management Committee Inc. for work to protect, restore and enhance our environment. Mr Fraser congratulated the committee for securing the funds under the 2017/18 round of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program. Mr Fraser said the Orara River Rehabilitation Project has been restoring riparian rainforest habitats for 20 years, and this funding will result in further significant environmental benefits for our community. As many as 46 community groups and government entities…

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$100M FOR NEW TOURISM PROJECTS IN REGIONAL NSW

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said $100 million is available for new regional tourism projects, including large scale projects on the Coffs Coast, with round two of the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund now open. Mr Fraser said up to $50 million will be available for regionally iconic tourism activation projects that will cost over $5 million. “This time it’s about providing bigger grants to those signature projects that will give us the chance to enhance our status as a holiday and tourism hot spot and a…

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FREIGHT CHANGES TO SUPPORT FARMERS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the NSW Government’s new improved access for heavy vehicles carrying supplies and stock to drought-affected areas. The new NSW Class 3 Drought Assistance Dimension Exemption Notice, which will come into effect by 15 August, will allow more hay to be transported per truckload, reducing costs for farmers. Mr Fraser said with 100 per cent of NSW in drought, the NSW Liberals and Nationals are working hard to reduce costs for farmers. “Freight is a major cost for farmers so I welcome this adjustment…

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GRANTS TO HELP ABORIGINAL GROUPS TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS

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GRANTS TO HELP ABORIGINAL GROUPS TACKLE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROJECTS Applications are now open for the Protecting Our Places grant program, which empowers Aboriginal community groups and organisations to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways, Andrew Fraser announced today. “The long running NSW Environmental Trust Protecting Our Places grants program provides funding to Aboriginal organisations across New South Wales to equip communities with knowledge and skills in environmental protection and conservation,” Mr Fraser said. “This new round of funding will offer $500,000 in grants to help those organisations to…

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NEW INITIATIVE BOOSTING TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

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NEW INITIATIVE BOOSTING TEEN EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is encouraging local businesses to register their interest in mentoring and building vocational skills in young people to help divert them away from crime and into education and employment opportunities. The new RISEUP program was developed personally by NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller APM and will run state-wide in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) and local businesses. The program is designed to help disengaged 15 to 18-year-olds remain on the right side of the law and…

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EVERYONE CAN PLAY IN THE COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE

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Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser today said playspaces for everyone, young and old, and of all abilities, are a step closer with the release of new draft design guidelines for the NSW Government’s $20 million Everyone Can Play initiative. “I’m delighted to invite the community to provide feedback on our ‘Everyone Can Play’ draft design guidelines, to help us create world-class playspaces that are inclusive and accessible for everyone,” Mr Fraser said. “We’re backing this initiative with $20 million to build new playgrounds in communities that currently do not…

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