NDIS COMMITMENT BRINGS CERTAINTY

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the agreement between the NSW and Australian Governments, confirming New South Wales’ long-term commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS Full Scheme Agreement was signed between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which sets out the ongoing governance and financial arrangements for the NDIS in NSW. Mr Fraser said it provides clarity and certainty for people with disability on the Coffs Coast. “We’ve been in the transition phase as we implement the NDIS and now NSW has become…

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COFFS COAST CAN APPLY FOR $6 MILLION IN LOCAL CRICKET FUNDING

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Local cricket clubs are encouraged to apply for $6 million in funds made available through the 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages our clubs to apply for projects which support local cricket participation and benefit the whole community. “We know that sports like cricket have many proven health, social and economic benefits and it is a priority to foster participation here on the Coffs Coast,” Mr Fraser said. “Our community has a proud history of camaraderie, and the fund offers an excellent opportunity…

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NOMINATE A LOCAL VOLUNTEER

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages locals to nominate community members who volunteer their time for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program. “Volunteers on the Coffs Coast are the backbone of our community and this program shows appreciation for their contributions,” Mr Fraser said. “Volunteers make a difference and it is important that we applaud these efforts. “To mark National Volunteer Week, I encourage residents to recognise a volunteer they know by nominating them for the Premier’s Volunteer Recognition Program.” The program acknowledges the individual efforts of both adults…

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THANK YOU TO OUR HEROES IN ORANGE

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the Coffs Coast to thank our NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers this WOW (Wear Orange Wednesday), 23 May. Mr Fraser said WOW Day is celebrated annually across the country on the Wednesday of National Volunteer Week. “I urge our community to get involved with WOW Day by wearing something orange in appreciation of our local hardworking and dedicated volunteers,” Mr Fraser said. “NSW SES volunteers play a vital role in helping prepare for and recover from all kinds of emergencies and…

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MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE ON THE COFFS COAST

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government’s new target to support Aboriginal jobs through its procurement activities will support the creation of new local jobs. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Finance Victor Dominello and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell announced the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Procurement Policy, which will target three per cent of Government goods and services contracts to be offered to Aboriginal owned businesses. The new policy, in conjunction with the existing Aboriginal Participation in Construction policy, will support an average of 1000 Aboriginal…

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LEAGUE LEGENDS ARE HERE TO TACKLE ROAD SAFETY

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government is again teaming up with some of the biggest names in rugby league as part of its successful Knock On Effect campaign to tackle road deaths in country areas. A regional footy clinic featuring former league stars Laurie Daley, Tim Brasher, Steve Menzies and Josh Perry will make its way to Coffs Harbour on Saturday, 26 May. The clinic forms part of this year’s campaign which is designed to tap into rugby league’s huge popularity in the country to deliver…

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NEW FUNDING BOOSTS ABORIGINAL DISABILITY SERVICES

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser says local Aboriginal businesses operating in the disability services sector can apply for their share in a new $4.5 million NSW Government program, which aims to help those businesses get involved in delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Mr Fraser said a free briefing session on the Making It Our Business program, and the funding opportunities it provides, would be held in Coffs Harbour on Thursday, 31 May. “I encourage local Aboriginal businesses operating in the disability services sector, which are already involved…

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BIG GRANTS UP FOR GRABS TO DIVERT WASTE FROM LANDFILL

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said applications are now open for grants worth up to $1.3 million to local councils across NSW to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services. The funding is available through the sixth round of the Organics Collections program, delivered through a partnership between the Environment Protection Authority and NSW Environmental Trust and part of the Waste Less, Recycle More program. These grants are available to councils for the purchase of bins and kitchen caddies and for education to introduce new food and garden…

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RECEPTION TO HOST VIETNAM WAR VETERANS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott invite Vietnam veterans to apply to attend the 2018 Premier’s Reception at Government House in August. Each year, the NSW Premier hosts a reception to thank Vietnam War veterans for their service. It complements similar receptions held for veterans of the Korean War and veterans of contemporary conflicts. “This is an opportunity for veterans to come together, to reflect on the bonds of mateship that held them together during the war and to pay respect to those…

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BUDGET DELIVERS LONG-AWAITED COFFS HARBOUR BYPASS

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack today visited Coffs Harbour to confirm that the 2018-19 Budget has locked in a commitment to fund a new Pacific Highway bypass of the city. Mr McCormack said the Australian Government’s funding commitment of up to $971 million to the long-awaited bypass project would complement the $5.6 billion already being provided toward the duplication of the Pacific Highway. “The project will deliver a 14-kilometre bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, starting from south of Englands Road roundabout and…

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