Monthly Archives

June 2010

Police Minister’s response not good enough

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has received a reply from the Minister for Police, Michael Daley MP, to the petition he presented to State Parliament objecting to the temporary closure of the Sawtell Police Station. “As far as I am concerned the response is not good enough,” Mr Fraser said. “The petition was signed by around 1,000 concerned residents and I believe the Police deserve more support than what they have been given by the Minister. “The response advises that the Sawtell Police Station was temporarily closed on…

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Auditor-General needs to investigate Pacific Highway funding

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has questioned why the Auditor General cannot do a performance audit of the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in relation to funding of the Pacific Highway, especially the allocations for planning and pre-construction, following another near fatal accident at Urunga last night. “Whilst the Bonville deviation has been completed, the increasing number of accidents north and south of Coffs Harbour now shows that the accident zones have shifted.  This also proves that divided carriageways save lives,” Mr Fraser said. “This situation needs to…

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Community Building Partnership Applications Open

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is pleased to advise that an amount of $400,000 will be allocated to the Coffs Harbour electorate for the 2010 Community Building Partnership Program. Mr Fraser said grants will be open to charities, sporting, social and environmental groups as well as local councils and other incorporated not-for-profit associations. The types of projects that will be funded will be: ·        Construction of new capital works; ·        Refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities; ·        The purchase of capital equipment with a life expectancy…

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Fraser Welcomes Coalition Commitments

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has welcomed today’s announcement by Leader of the NSW Coalition, Mr Barry O’Farrell MP, in his Budget reply speech of the establishment of the Restart NSW fund by the Coalition when returned to Government. “Restart NSW is a capital fund to help build essential infrastructure including public transport, roads, hospitals and water to support people working in frontline services. “The people of NSW have been let down for the past 15 years by successive Labor Government’s and we need to regain NSW’s reputation…

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Labor Budget an Insult to Local Police

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Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said he was extremely disappointed at the Budget delivered by Treasurer Eric Roozendaal on behalf of the Keneally Government today. Mr Fraser said despite claims to the contrary, recurrent health funding has not increased enough to return to work the over 420 health and medical staff workers to the North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) or put a halt the current process of a further 80 jobs disappearing. “Highway funding of approximately $180 million identified in the Budget largely comes from the Federal Government…

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Building Education Program Submission Deadline

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, would like to advise that the closing date for submissions to the Inquiry into the Building the Education Revolution Program close next week. “The inquiry is a current Legislative Council Inquiry being conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2. “There is currently a Commonwealth Government BER Implementation Taskforce which is also examining the operation of the program.   The Taskforce is separate from this Committee, and has separate terms of reference. “Submissions to the Legislative Council Inquiry commenced on 25 March and…

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Marine Park Zoning Plan Consultation

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has welcomed the start of the public consultation programme on proposed changes to the Solitary Islands Marine Park zoning plan. “I have some real concerns about the proposed changes, particularly the two-year phase out of prawn trawling in the marine park, and I raised my concerns in State Parliament on 23 April. “During a recent visit to Coffs Harbour by the Minister for the Environment, Frank Sartor, I was astounded that he showed a complete lack of knowledge in relation to the proposed…

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Future of the Coffs Harbour Showground

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has raised the issue of the future of the Coffs Harbour Showground Recreation Reserve in Parliament. Mr Fraser said that since the sacking of the Community Trust and the appointment of a paid Administrator to the showground, usage of the showground for sporting groups, the Show Society, Art Group and others has become increasingly difficult. “For example, part of the ring fence has been removed which added extra expense to the Show Society during the show as they are the ones who have…

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