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September 2017

PREPARE AND BE AWARE THIS FIRE SEASON

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With high to very high fire danger forecast across most of the state this long weekend, the NSW Government and fire agencies are urging everyone to be aware of the bushfire risk. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encouraged all residents to prepare for the fire season and create or update their bushfire survival plans. “Footy grand finals are a great occasion to fire up the BBQ, but given the prevailing hot and dry conditions, it is important that everyone barbecues safely and responsibly this long weekend,” Mr Fraser said….

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TIME TO REEL IN RECREATIONAL FISHING FUNDS

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Recreational fishing across NSW is set to receive a boost with the next round of funding applications now open.  The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, encourages applications under the next round of the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trust Grants.  “Every year we see some terrific and unique projects – I hope this year we see even more so that we can continue to provide fantastic fishing across the state,” Mr Fraser said. “Fishing is one of our state’s most popular recreational activities, with more than one million anglers dropping…

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COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE URGED TO ‘SHARE THE JOURNEY’ TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH

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  People living in the Coffs Harbour electorate are urged to check in with friends, family and colleagues during Mental Health Month this October. “In the face of busy lives and conflicting priorities, I encourage the community to focus on mental well-being this October, even if we ourselves have not suffered from mental illness,” said the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser. The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is Share the Journey, to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health. “Maintaining good relationships can improve…

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SAFE SHOOTING GRANTS AVAILABLE TO CLUBS

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Applications are now open for $600,000 in grants to help deliver safe capital upgrades to shooting clubs and ranges across NSW. Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the grants would allow clubs and ranges to continue to upgrade their facilities safely and to provide opportunities for the community to participate in the sport. “It is important that the community can practise their sport in a safe environment and the Safe Shooting Program assists in facilitating this,” Mr Ayres said. “The 2017-18 grants will increase safety at shooting facilities in NSW…

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SLOW DOWN THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND ARRIVE SAFELY

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As the October long weekend approaches, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser is urging motorists to make sure they drive to the conditions and plan ahead so everyone arrives home safely. “On the Labour Day weekend there’s generally an increase in the number of families on the roads and I’m urging everyone to travel safely,” Mr Fraser said. “If you’re driving make sure you’re well rested, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and have given yourself plenty of travel time. “It’s also a big weekend for sport with the NRL…

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Coffs Harbour Health Campus Interventional Suite

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  Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams MP and  Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser today inspected the recently completed Coffs Harbour Health Campus Interventional Suite. Mrs Williams said, “The new $2.4-million Interventional Suite at Coffs Harbour Health Campus is now fully operational, with services progressively being brought online since late March this year.   “The project began late last year to construct a hybrid facility that would not only allow specialist clinicians to diagnose through the use of high-definition imaging, but also to then perform appropriate…

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FALLEN OFFICERS HONOURED ON NATIONAL POLICE REMEMBRANCE DAY

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    Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the community to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of our fallen NSW Police officers this Friday, September 29, for National Police Remembrance Day. Mr Fraser said a special ceremony would be held in Coffs Harbour at St John’s Anglican Church, 2 McLean St, at 10am. “Every year we gather to remember the men and women who dedicated their lives to the safety of others,” Mr Fraser said. “Our police officers go to work day in and day out not knowing…

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WOMEN’S SPORT THE FOCUS OF GRANTS FOR COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE

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Local sports clubs in the Coffs Harbour electorate are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the focus this year was encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs. “Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after girls turn 12,” Mr Fraser said. “I encourage all local clubs and sporting organisations to use this opportunity…

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MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS IN THE COFFS HARBOUR ELECTORATE TO BOOST QUALIFICATIONS

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The NSW Government continues to back early childhood educators in the Coffs Harbour electorate. The Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell, has announced a new Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Incentive Scholarship program to provide funding to students currently undertaking their degree. The Incentive Scholarships will target educators working in rural and remote areas of NSW and will contribute to the development of a higher quality early childhood education workforce. The Incentive Scholarships program builds on the success of the existing Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarships…

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NSW Government Grants For Disability Support Sector

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The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, has urged organisations working in the disability support sector to consider applying for new Business Acceleration grants being offered by the NSW Government.   Mr Fraser said the government’s new $19 million Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) program would help NSW businesses prepare for and make the most of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).   “The NDIS has the potential to double the size of the disability support sector in NSW from around $3.4 billion to $6.8 billion over the…

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