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January 2011

Community Transport farewells Jan Ryan after 25 years

By | Local News

A changing of the guard occured this week as Jan Ryan, the driving force and long-time Manager of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Community Transport said her goodbyes after 25 years of service.  Mrs Ryan will be sorely missed by those within the organisation.    What began in a shared office at the Coffs Harbour City Council has grown to become a thriving community organisation with a budget of $2 million and 25 employees. This vital service provides much needed transport options to people from Nambucca Heads in the south to Woolgoolga…

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Coffs electorate to benefit from NSW Libs/Nats $5 mil boost to regional tourism

By | Media Releases

Tourism in the Coffs Harbour electorate will be boosted with Mid North Coast Tourism to receive at least $250,000 as part of a $5 million funding injection to regional tourism if the NSW Liberals and Nationals are elected on 26 March, NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, Shadow Tourism Minister George Souris, and Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser announced today.  “The Coffs Harbour area can provide visitors with an amazing experience but the Keneally Labour Government’s neglect of regional tourism has seen us lose visitors to other states, Mr O’Farrell…

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Housing NSW Hypocrisy

By | Media Releases

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said today that he was disgusted that Human Services Housing NSW has issued a media statement today advising sub-contractors who are owed millions of dollars by Perle Pty Ltd on contracts let by the Department of Housing to “get in touch with Administrators”.  The Department then goes on to say that “the process by Housing NSW to engage builders is exhaustive and that Housing NSW paid its bills to Perle Pty Ltd promptly …..  often paying bills within 2 to 3 days, which is…

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Govt should make good $9.8M of Perle Pty Ltd debts

By | Media Releases

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said today that he was appalled to learn from sub-contractors who attended the Administrators meeting in Sydney in relation to Perle Pty Ltd that the three Coffs Harbour jobs which are under administration had the contracts awarded to them direct by Housing NSW.   “Local Coffs Harbour sub-contractors are owed at least $1.294 million from these contracts,” Mr Fraser said.  “Statements from State Labor Minister Terezini claim that his Department carried out probity and due diligence checks on Perle Pty Ltd and that they had…

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State & Federal Govts should guarantee sub-contractor payments

By | Media Releases

 The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has called on the State and Federal Governments to make good losses facing tradesmen and other suppliers in Coffs Harbour as a result of the voluntary administration of Perle Pty Ltd. Mr Fraser said that he finds it appalling that contractors engaged to build government funding stimulus package constructions in Coffs Harbour have gone broke and left in excess of $1 million owing to local sub-contractors. “It is a disgrace that probity checks and due diligence were obviously not applied to the building…

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Fraser concerned at cut backs to road maintenance

By | Media Releases

The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is concerned at the cut backs to road maintenance by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA).  “During my travels around my electorate, and during recent trips both north and south of Coffs Harbour, I have noticed that road maintenance over the Christmas period has been minimal.  This is at a time when the Pacific Highway is at its busiest,” Mr Fraser said.  “Sources within the RTA have confirmed that to me that the RTA had cut road maintenance back to a skeleton crew…

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We’ll fix Highway, North Coast Nationals MPs pledge

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE Andrew Fraser, Nationals Member for Coffs HarbourDon Page, Nationals Member for BallinaSteve Cansdell, Nationals Member for ClarenceThomas George, Nationals Member for LismoreGeoff Provest, Nationals Member for Tweed “…Coalition Government will dramatically accelerate roadworks…” The North Coast’s five NSW Nationals MPs met in Ballina on Wednesday morning and renewed their call to fast track the upgrade of the Pacific Highway. Don Page (Ballina), Steve Cansdell (Clarence), Andrew Fraser (Coffs Harbour), Thomas George (Lismore) and Geoff Provest (Tweed) said the second local highway fatality in as many weeks justified…

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