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April 2010

Vaisakhi Celebrations in State Parliament House

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Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, was very pleased to again attend the Vaisakhi Celebrations at NSW Parliament on Thursday, 22 April. “The Punjabi Council of Australia hosts the Vaisakhi Celebration, which is held to celebrate the great festival of harvest. “This is the fourth year the celebration has been held in State Parliament House,” Mr Fraser said. “Each year Pride of Punjabi Awards are presented to distinguished personalities for their services to their community. “At this years celebrations, five Awards were made and former Woolgoolga resident, Mrs Surjit Kaur,…

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Manufacturing workshops to be held in Coffs Harbour

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, was pleased to be advised by the Minster for Small Business, the Honorable Peter Primrose, that workshops & seminars will be conducted in Coffs Harbour during NSW Manufacturing Week. This is the first time that these events have been held in regional NSW, following the success of five previous events held in Western Sydney. “It is a great opportunity for manufacturers to learn about the latest ideas and innovations in their industry”, Mr Fraser said. NSW Manufacturing Week is designed to help grow…

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Curryfest Woolgoolga 2010

By | Local News

Curryfest, Woolgoolga’s annual celebration of Sikh culture and cuisine, was recently held on Saturday April 17.  Thousands of attendees enjoyed the colourful and sensory experience put on the by the local Sikh community.  With 75 food stalls, Punjabi music and international performers there was something for everyone – especially curry lovers. Coffs Harbour’s State Member for Parliament, Andrew Fraser, was also on hand to show his support for the Indian community and their great contribution to the Coffs Harbour region.  

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Coffs fishing industry could be decimated by Labor government proposal

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, slammed the decision by Minister Frank Sartor to place further restrictions on the Solitary Island Marine Park. Mr Fraser said that it is obvious this decision is being made in order to garner Green preference in Labor held marginal seats in Sydney such as Balmain and Marrickville. “The decision to ban prawn trawling in the Marine Reserve cannot be supported by any scientific evidence as prawn trawling is done in areas where there are no reefs because reefs will damage fishing nets worth…

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Courthouse Incident Highlights Need for New Justice Centre

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today renewed his call for a new Justice Centre for Coffs Harbour, urging the State Labor government to come good on its repeated promises to replace the current outdated and cramped Police Station and Court House. “Labor has continually ignored the need for the upgrade of this essential facility for the past 15 years”, Mr Fraser said. “Yesterday’s incident proves that ignoring these upgrades not only puts members of the public at risk, but also courthouse staff and anyone working within the judicial…

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Health Needs – Not Politics

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Member for Coffs Harbour Mr Andrew Fraser said yesterday that he was appalled at a statement by Mr Chris Crawford, Chief Executive of the North Coast Area Health Service, that “the key question is whether the staffing levels in the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital (CHBH) ED are less than in equivalent hospital EDs”.   Mr Fraser said,  “this statement proves that politics are entering into staff allocations in health care in NSW.  Coffs Harbour Health Campus should have staff allocated on the basis of demand, not on whether the staffing levels…

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Local charity wins Seniors Week Award

By | Local News

Frances Robinson, the founder of Hope Bears Charity, was today presented with a Nominee Certificate in Community Service/ Volunteering by patrons Andrew Fraser, MP and Dr Jay Ruthnam. The Hope Bears Charity was also a winner in the Community Service/ Volunteering (organisation) category of the 2010 NSW Seniors Week Achievement Awards.  

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Local Forest Jobs Decimated

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    The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today called on the Premier of NSW and the Minister for Forest Resources, the Hon Ian Macdonald MP, to immediately halt the downsizing of Forests NSW.   Mr Fraser said that Union and industry sources have advised him that up to 90 jobs could be lost across NSW.   “Whilst the Minister talks about voluntary redundancies the reality is that jobs in Forests NSW will be decimated,” Mr Fraser said.   “In her first press release as Premier, Ms Keneally said…

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