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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HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2018: WORKING TOGETHER TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF DISADVANTAGE

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HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2018: WORKING TOGETHER TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF DISADVANTAGE   Reducing homelessness is a priority for the NSW Government which has committed $1 billion for homelessness services over the next four years to support new and existing initiatives.   This includes $61 million in new funding over the next four years to implement the NSW Homelessness Strategy, which features more early intervention and extra tailored support to help people to maintain their tenancies.   “We are acting early to prevent homelessness, working hard to assist rough sleepers into accommodation…

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LOCAL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM SAFETY ADDITIONS AROUND SCHOOLS

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Andrew Fraser today announced the Coffs Harbour electorate has benefited from the completion of a $10 million program boosting school zone safety.   The project included upgrades to pedestrian infrastructure at 140 schools as well as the addition of extra school zone flashing lights to more than 500 schools around the state.   The $5 million pedestrian safety infrastructure program provided grants of up to $50,000 to local councils to upgrade or install additional safety infrastructure on local roads around schools.   $5 million was invested in additional school zone…

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NATIONAL MISSING PERSON’S WEEK 2018

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser calls on community members who may have information that could help locate a missing person to contact police this National Missing Person’s Week. This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Missing Person’s Week, which runs from 5 – 11 August 2018. “National Missing Person’s Week aims to raise awareness about the thousands of Australians who have been reported missing and the impacts their unexplained absence has on their family and friends,” Mr Fraser said. “For most people the thought of a loved one…

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SAFETY FIRST: NSW CATTLE UNDERPASS SCHEME

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said farmers can now access grants for the construction of cattle underpasses beneath public roads and the installation of warning signs and flashing lights, to reduce the risk to producers and motorists. Mr Fraser said underpasses remove the need for cattle to cross roads, improving safety for farmers, the farmer’s family, employees and motorists, and lifting farm productivity. “The Cattle Underpass Scheme will be particularly beneficial to our dairy producers and other farmers who need to move stock across roads to milking facilities each…

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INVICTUS GAMES SPIRIT SPREADS TO OUR CLASSROOMS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said local public school students in years 5 to 12 will learn about the importance of resilience, service and inclusion as part of an initiative helping to share the spirit of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott launched the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project at Baulkham Hills High School along with Invictus Games Sydney CEO Patrick Kidd OBE and Australian IG2018 competitor Peter Arbuckle. Mr Elliott said the Games was a unique educational opportunity to focus on inclusivity,…

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COFFS COAST SHARES IN $1.6 MILLION FOR REGIONAL ARTS DIGITISATION

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said Coffs Harbour City Council will get a share of almost $1.6 million for its Coffs Coast Heritage and Arts Digitisation Project. Mr Fraser said the council will receive $510,000 as one of 11 projects that secured funding through the NSW Government’s new Regional Cultural Fund (RCF), which is aimed at making it easier for museum, art and other culturally important collections to be explored and enjoyed by the public across Australia and the world. “With the funding, the council will install a platform…

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