$3,500 SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS FOR NSW SCHOOLS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Environmental Trust’s Eco Schools Grants Program opens for applications on Monday 30 April, and he encourages Coffs Coast schools to apply. The Eco School Grants Program is designed to support and nurture students’ passion to protect and learn about the environment. Mr Fraser said a total of 80 Eco School Grants worth $3,500 each are now available. “The NSW Environmental Trust Eco School Grants provide schools across NSW with the opportunity to deliver hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education,” Mr Fraser said. “The…

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR NEW MUMS AND DADS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes free specialist perinatal psychological counselling via video call for local parents affected by perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA). Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies today attended the official launch of Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking program in Sydney and announced $270,000 in NSW Government funding to support the initiative. Mr Fraser said it can be difficult to access mental health support services when living in remote and regional areas and the NSW Government…

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NEW APPROACH FOR PET SHOPS AND BREEDERS WELCOMED

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the announcement the NSW Government will renew its approach to developing draft standards and guidelines (S&G’s) for pet shops and breeders of cats and dogs. Mr Fraser said over the past few months, the NSW Government has been consulting with stakeholders about the draft S&G’s proposed for pet shops and breeders of cats and dogs. “Through this process, I heard loud and clear, as did the Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, that some elements of the S&G’s would unduly impact dog and…

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COFFS COAST SET TO STAR ON BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the Coffs Coast will feature in three segments on Channel Seven’s popular lifestyle television show Better Homes and Gardens, thanks to a NSW Government initiative to promote regional NSW’s top tourism destinations. The show’s cooking presenter ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi travelled to Coffs Harbour earlier this year to film a number of segments to profile our beautiful coastline and booming fishing industry. The segments showcase Ed fishing with the locals at dawn, returning to the iconic Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative on the wharf where…

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2018 NSW GREEN GLOBE AWARDS

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Sustainability leaders on the Coffs Coast are encouraged to nominate for the 19th Green Globe Awards, celebrating leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability across NSW, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said these leading environmental awards honour people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across all sectors in NSW. “The Green Globe Awards showcase a range of business, local organisations and individuals who are setting the standard for environmental action in our community,” Mr Fraser said. “I encourage everyone to get involved and nominate the environmental…

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NSW GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO REDUCING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

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The NSW Government has committed $13.9 million to support vulnerable children and young people at risk of homelessness access support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the government was committed to tackling youth homelessness by focusing on prevention, better support and more housing options. “The NSW Premier made it a personal priority to reduce youth homelessness in the state and it’s a challenge we’re tackling head on,” Mr Fraser said. “Extending access to services means children and young people in crisis…

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MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL CHILDREN TO LEARN ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

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More children on the Coffs Coast will have the opportunity to learn an Aboriginal language at preschool, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said the NSW Government had announced Ninganah No More, a new program that will increase the level of Aboriginal languages taught in early childhood services across NSW. Mr Fraser said the program will be a fantastic way for Aboriginal culture and identity to be developed and nurtured in the earliest stage of formal education in his electorate. “Ninganah No More will be beneficial to…

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$300,000 BOOST TO BUSINESS EVENTS ON COFFS COAST

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Following the success of the NSW Regional Conferencing Development Grants Pilot Program, the NSW Government has committed a further $300,000 to attract and create more business events across the State. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said staging business events is a great way to showcase our region’s conferencing facilities and tourism offerings while encouraging repeat visitation. “The business events sector presents a significant growth opportunity for the Coffs Coast, with conferences and meetings bringing additional business to our local restaurants, cafés, venues, attractions, and accommodation providers,” Mr Fraser said….

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WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement coastal councils now have the choice to opt-in to mandate the use of lifejackets while rock fishing. This follows the 12-month trial of the Rock Fishing Safety Act 2016 (RFSA) in the Randwick Local Government Area, whereby the NSW Government commissioned an independent evaluator to assess the implementation of the RFSA and suggest options for the future. “It is now up to the community to come forward to Local Government with what they want to see locally,” Mr Fraser…

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SUICIDE PREVENTION ON THE COFFS COAST

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the community to get involved in the development of the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW. “The solution to suicide does not lie just with individuals but with whole communities,” Mr Fraser said. “Together we can build strong, connected, and informed communities where no-one feels isolated and everyone knows how to find help or offer it if needed. “That’s why we are asking the members of our community to help us understand what is or isn’t working in our area.” Minister for…

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