DON’T LET WATER TAKE YOUR LIFE

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser urges the community to stay safe in and around the water, as the NSW Government launches its 2018 water safety advertising campaign. “Last summer, 36 people drowned in NSW waterways, and seven of those were between Christmas and 2 January 2018,” Mr Fraser said. “While this is an improvement on the 2016-17 summer, we want everyone to return home safely from their day enjoying the great outdoors. “Each year, men aged between 18 and 24 are over-represented in our state’s drowning deaths and I…

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NEW TRESILLIAN FAMILY CARE CENTRE FOR COFFS HARBOUR

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Tresillian Coffs Harbour officially opens on Monday, extending desperately needed child and family health care services for local families. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser will officially launch the Tresillian Coffs Harbour Family Care Centre on Monday, 19 November at 8.30am. The Centre is the result of a joint partnership between Tresillian, the NSW Government and the Mid North Coast Local Health District and will focus on supporting local parents struggling with the demands of a new baby or toddler. The opening will be held from 8.30am-10am at Tresillian’s new…

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FUNDS PAINT A BRIGHT PICTURE FOR GALLERY PROJECT

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Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery will benefit from NSW Government funding aimed at helping museums and galleries introduce programs to increase visitation and audience engagement. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the gallery receives $8,710 in funding through the Audience Development Fund, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of Create NSW. Mr Fraser said the funds will help deliver the Overwintering Project, a multidisciplinary arts project addressing environmental impacts on migratory shorebirds and their habitats. The project will bring together high school students, elders, scientists, birders, poets…

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DISPLAY CENTRE OPENS FOR COFFS HARBOUR BYPASS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said a community display office for the Coffs Harbour bypass project will open on Monday, 19 November, in the Coffs Harbour CBD. “Members of the public are welcome to drop in to the office at 11a Park Avenue, where staff will be available to answer questions and discuss feedback,” Mr Fraser said. “The display centre will be open from 10am – 4pm Monday to Thursday, while members of the project team are also available by appointment outside of these hours. “This comes after the…

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$500,000 TO BOOST OUR REGIONAL CONFERENCING

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The NSW Government has opened a $500,000 Regional Business Event Development Fund to attract and create more business events in rural and regional areas. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said staging business events is a great way to showcase our region’s conferencing facilities and array of tourism offerings while encouraging overnight 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. “The additional $500,000 is…

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COFFS COAST SENIORS TO GET TECH SAVVY

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Older people on the Coffs Coast have the opportunity to increase their digital skills to stay connected through the NSW Government’s popular Tech Savvy Seniors program. Delivered in partnership with Telstra, Tech Savvy Seniors provides free or low cost training through a network of Community Colleges and libraries to help older people learn to use computers, tablets and smartphones. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said Coffs Coast Community College Inc. is among 130 locations across NSW to deliver the Tech Savvy Seniors program in 2019. “It can be more…

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SHOOSH FOR KIDS REMINDS US SPORT SHOULD BE FUN

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said community members, spectators and athletes should keep junior sport focused on fun this season as part of the ‘Shoosh for Kids’ awareness week, running from 12-18 November. Mr Fraser said the pre-summer season is the perfect time to have conversations about why sport needs to be kept positive for children. “Sport brings our communities together and Shoosh for Kids makes sure we keep a smile on everyone’s face while playing sport,” Mr Fraser said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a player, spectator or…

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COFFS COAST ON SHOW TO KEY TRAVEL TRADE PARTNERS FROM CHINA

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A selection of our top travel experiences will be showcased to a group of 15 Chinese travel trade partners from Beijing and Shanghai when they visit us in the coming week. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the Chinese trade familiarisation trip is part of the NSW Government’s partnership with Qantas. “Hosted by our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, the group’s itinerary will highlight some of our region’s best travel experiences to entice more Chinese visitors to our beautiful part of the world,” Mr Fraser said. “Attracting…

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COFFS COAST SHARES IN RECORD $1.18 BILLION SCHOOL RESOURCES FUND

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The NSW Government has announced its school budget allocations for 2019, with a record $1.18 billion being distributed to more than 2,200 public schools across NSW. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said NSW schools would collectively receive more than $100 million on top of last year’s record amount, with Coffs Coast schools receiving more than $14 million. “Our schools can use the additional funds to continue to hire more teachers or administrative staff, for example, or to buy new iPads, instruments or sports equipment – whatever our school communities…

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COUNCIL RED TAPE STRANGLES A COFFS COAST ICON

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser fears Two Tails Wines at Nana Glen will close after their frustrating dealings with Coffs Harbour City Council. Mr Fraser said owner Madonna Bannerman, who hopes to make improvements to her award-winning business, had asked for his help after unsuccessful outcomes at the council. “Two Tails Wines wants to expand its dining areas and host weddings and receptions, product launches, food and wine expos, movie theatre evenings and entertainment, but they are encountering red tape at every turn and they’ve had a gutful,” Mr…

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