FFA NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR BOYS RETURNS TO COFFS HARBOUR

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More than 600 of Australia’s finest young male footballers are getting ready to compete for glory on the national stage, with the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys kicking off next week in Coffs Harbour. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the event was proudly supported by the NSW Government. “The FFA National Youth Championships recognise the gifted young players of football from across the country and it’s great to have the competition back in the region for 2018,” Mr Fraser said. “In addition to being an opportunity for…

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NSW STUDENTS TO TOUR HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages schools to apply to participate in the 2019 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, which will give 20 high school students the chance to see first hand the battlefields that fill the pages of Australia’s military story. Mr Fraser said the lucky Year 10 and 11 history students will visit historic sites and battlegrounds in Germany, France and Belgium to deepen their understanding of the causes of war and to commemorate the service of Australians in World War I and II. Minister for Veterans Affairs…

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BEACH SAFETY WILL BE SKY HIGH THIS SUMMER

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Beach safety on the Coffs Coast reaches new heights this summer, with the Government’s drone program expanded to more NSW beaches, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Lifeguards and lifesavers will be assisted by drones at 15 beaches along the NSW coast, enabling potential risks to be spotted faster than ever before. Mr Fraser said the expansion of the drone trial was fantastic news for beachgoers who loved spending time on our beautiful coastline. “The NSW Government drone trial began at nine beaches last year, and this year it…

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GET READY FOR THE BUSH FIRE SEASON

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Rural Fire Service is working with our community to help local residents be aware and prepare for bush fire risks this summer. Mr Fraser said it is particularly important for residents who live near bushland and areas prone to grass fires to start preparing now, which is why he supports the NSW RFS Get Ready Weekend (22 and 23 September). Local fire crews are spreading the fire safety message across the Coffs Coast in the days and weeks ahead. “I thank…

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MORE SAVINGS FOR COFFS COAST SENIORS

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Businesses providing essential services, products, and entertainment on the Coffs Coast are the target of a renewed NSW Government push to entice more businesses to join the Seniors Card program. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the number of participating businesses offering discounts to Seniors Card holders has more than tripled since 2015. “It’s so important that we continue to do everything we can to put downward pressure on the cost of living, and the Seniors Card program has enabled older people in our community to do more for…

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FARMERS AND POLICE UNITE TO TACKLE RURAL CRIME

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The third annual NSW Rural Crime Week officially starts today in a bid to stamp out crime in farming communities and educate farmers on how they can better protect their properties. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said our farmers can be assured the Government is working closely with the NSW Police Force to crack down on rural crime. “Stock theft, illegal hunting, firearm theft and trespassing are all major issues for rural and farming communities that are already experiencing tough times thanks to the drought,” Mr Fraser said. “Unfortunately,…

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FUNDING FOR COFFS HARBOUR DREDGING

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The entrance to the Coffs Harbour boat ramp will benefit from up to $95,000 in funding for dredging thanks to support from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said under the Rescuing our Waterways program, Coffs Harbour City Council would oversee the dredging and match the funding dollar-for-dollar. “The boat ramp would normally provide safe ocean access for commercial and recreational vessels, but sand has been slowly building up forming a shallow bar,” Mr Fraser said. “This funding will allow the council to relocate…

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FUNDING OPENS FOR EVENTS ON THE COFFS COAST

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Event organisers on the Coffs Coast holding events between January and June 2019 are encouraged to apply for the NSW Government’s Flagship Event Fund, which is now open. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the 2019 Fund will be offered in two rounds per year and with just a single application process. “The NSW Government is continuing to reduce the red tape and for the first time, event organisers no longer have to submit an expression of interest when applying for the Flagship Event Fund,” Mr Fraser said. “The…

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CELEBRATE OUR CARERS THIS FOSTER CARE WEEK

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Foster Care Week (September 9-15) is an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the wonderful people who provide loving homes for children in need, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said children do best when they live in a nurturing family environment. “Carers do a fantastic job looking after our most vulnerable children,” Mr Fraser said. “Our wonderful carers come from all walks of life and it is great to see our carers on the Coffs Coast help the children in their care thrive. “Foster Care Week…

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NSW GOVERNMENT ATTRACTS BUSINESS INVESTMENT FOR COFFS COAST

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the NSW Government’s landmark business incentive and support package to ignite investment and create jobs in regional NSW. Mr Fraser said the Investment Attraction Package for Regional NSW would boost the number of businesses moving to regional towns by giving businesses incentives, cutting planning red tape and providing grants to skilled workers. “This is a great initiative that will proactively seek out businesses and showcase to them the benefits of moving to areas like Coffs Harbour,” Mr Fraser said. “Increasing the number of…

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