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June 2011

Drive Carefully over the School Holiday Period

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today called on motorists travelling over the winter school holiday period to take extreme care and to stop, revive and survive every two hours.  “Many drivers heading on holidays are unfamiliar with the roads on which they are travelling and traffic volume increases hugely over this period,” Mr Fraser said. “Motorists are also towing caravans or trailers which will cause a vehicle to react differently in adverse conditions. “Too much care cannot be taken on the roads, especially on the Pacific Highway, as…

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Nominations open for NSW Carers Awards

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has called on the community to nominate someone who’s made an outstanding contribution as a carer for this year’s NSW Carers Awards. “Often the work of carers goes unnoticed, but they are some of the most inspirational people in our society,” Mr Fraser said. “They have sacrificed their lives to care for a loved one who may be aged and frail or have a disability.” There are eight categories for the NSW Carers Awards including: Young Carer Senior Carer Caring Partner Carer-Friendly Workplace…

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Flood Assistance needs Streamlining

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has raised in State Parliament the need to streamline the criteria involved in flood recovery assistance. “I do not believe it should be up to local government bodies to assess the damage as this process takes too long and, at times, it has been many months before assistance is assessed, and meanwhile property owners have gone broke,” Mr Fraser said. “Whilst there is assistance available under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangements, this is by way of loans, and many property owners…

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Grants to Impove Aboriginal Health in the Coffs Harbour Electorate

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Coffs Harbour will benefit after the NSW Government approved funding for 23 Aboriginal health projects, delivering on a promise to start closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous residents, the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and the Member for Coffs Harbour said today. More than $790,000 has been granted to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and locally the grant will assist the Galambila Aboriginal Corporation with various medical equipment to support delivery of chronic care services.  The funds, from the National Partnership in Closing the Gap in Indigenous…

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Coffs Harbour Local Government Area Declared a Natural Disaster Area

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, the Hon Mike Gallacher MLC, that the Coffs Harbour Local Government area has been declared a Natural Disaster area.   “This declaration makes financial support available to persons directly affected by the recent flooding and severe weather.  A range of people who suffered property damage, including councils, residents, primary producers and business owners are now able to seek assistance.  “Following days of heavy rain and strong wind, this is a welcome announcement…

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Emergency Service Volunteers

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, would like to thank the Emergency Service volunteers who have again responded to the calls for help from residents and businesses during the recent storms in the Coffs Harbour area.  “There were 69 calls for help to the Coffs Harbour SES and 78 calls for help to the Corindi SES,” Mr Fraser said. “The mini tornado that struck Red Rock kept the volunteers extremely busy where the roof of the Red Rock Bowling Club was torn off and two nearby houses also lost…

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NSW Government’s investment in ongoing financial support

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the NSW Government is committed to supporting families and individuals in need and will preserve ongoing funding to the state’s financial counsellors and the No Interest Loans Scheme NILS®. Mr Fraser said the government-supported financial counselling services and NILS® work to counter the unsustainable levels of debt that continue to cause problems for people in NSW and across the country. “The NSW Government will preserve $10 million in the state’s Financial Counselling Trust Fund to provide ongoing funding for financial counsellors, as…

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Rally Australia routes announced for Coffs Harbour

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Millions of viewers across the world will be able to see the Coffs Coast region showcased as a beautiful destination when the Australian stage of the World Rally Championship is held in Coffs Harbour from 8-11th September later this year.  The momentum has been slowly building since the announcement was made back in September 2010. Expected to bring around $15 million into the local economy, and be watched by 53 million viewers worldwide, the Coffs Harbour stage of the World Rally Championships is one of the biggest events to be…

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Coffs Harbour Show a Success

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The Coffs Harbour Show, held on May 13, 14 and 15 provided entertainment for the whole family over a magnificent weekend of beautiful autumn weather.  From flying pigs to perfect poultry, visitors could experience both the tradtional and the unusual at the long running event. Coffs Harbour Member for Parliament, Andrew Fraser, opened the show, and also participated in a celebrity pancake cook-off, hoping to delight the tastebuds of the brave taste-testers while learning some new skills along the way. “It was certainly a lot of fun, Masterchef has got…

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Significant Changes Needed for Disability Services

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is encouraging the community to get behind a campaign for the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Demand for government funded disability services is increasing by around 10% every year, which is putting an enormous strain on the state system. “If we as a community are serious about the most vulnerable people in our society, an NDIS must be supported,” Mr Fraser said. “The Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has released the NSW Government’s submissions to the Productivity Commission, which has called…

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