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April 2018

TRIO DESERVES TOP ACCOLADES

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Three Coffs Coast women who revel in fitness and competition have won the admiration of their community. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said Sharon Williams, Sandy Paull and Sarsi Holst shone at the recent 2018 Australian Dragon Boat Championships, known as Auschamps. “I congratulate Sharon, Sandy and Sarsi for their success – they came home with gold in the 500m womens and 500m mixed events and grabbed silver in the relay,” Mr Fraser said. “Their discipline and dedication to their sport is outstanding, and I am proud of them…

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COMMUNITY GROUPS CAN APPLY FOR NSW GOVERNMENT INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

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Coffs Coast community organisations can apply for the next round of funding for local projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said Infrastructure Grants support new or upgraded community facilities across arts and culture, emergency preparedness, and sport and recreation. “I encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to our community,” Mr Fraser said. “The grants are funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 program, which enables registered clubs to reinvest profits…

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COUNCIL AND PET OWNERS TO HAVE A SAY ON COMPANION ANIMALS REGULATION

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Animal welfare and community safety would improve under proposed changes as part of a statutory review of the Companion Animals Regulation, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser encourages Coffs Harbour City Council and local pet owners to comment on a new draft Companion Animals Regulation which proposes to increase on-the-spot fines for dog attacks and dangerous dog offences, and extend discounted registration fees to animals adopted from approved rescue organisations. The NSW Government has also released a Regulatory Impact Statement which found the existing Companion Animals Regulation…

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TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS BOOST FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said local councils are set to upskill and grow following the statewide rollout of a new $4.6 million vocational education and skills program. Mr Fraser said the program, the Local Government Skills Strategy (LGSS), was a fantastic opportunity to create stronger career pathways within local government. “This program is all about giving councils every opportunity to gain the skills they need to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Mr Fraser said. “It will help existing local council employees improve their skills through full…

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WE HONOUR THE ANZAC LEGACY

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the local community to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation this Anzac Day. Anzac Day 2018 marks the 103rd anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove and is an important day for communities to gather to commemorate our service men and women. “Anzac Day is a day of remembrance. It is the day for the general public to pay their respects to current and former defence personnel who have served our country,” Mr Fraser…

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$3,500 SUSTAINABILITY GRANTS FOR NSW SCHOOLS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Environmental Trust’s Eco Schools Grants Program opens for applications on Monday 30 April, and he encourages Coffs Coast schools to apply. The Eco School Grants Program is designed to support and nurture students’ passion to protect and learn about the environment. Mr Fraser said a total of 80 Eco School Grants worth $3,500 each are now available. “The NSW Environmental Trust Eco School Grants provide schools across NSW with the opportunity to deliver hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education,” Mr Fraser said. “The…

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR NEW MUMS AND DADS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes free specialist perinatal psychological counselling via video call for local parents affected by perinatal depression and anxiety (PNDA). Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies today attended the official launch of Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking program in Sydney and announced $270,000 in NSW Government funding to support the initiative. Mr Fraser said it can be difficult to access mental health support services when living in remote and regional areas and the NSW Government…

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NEW APPROACH FOR PET SHOPS AND BREEDERS WELCOMED

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes the announcement the NSW Government will renew its approach to developing draft standards and guidelines (S&G’s) for pet shops and breeders of cats and dogs. Mr Fraser said over the past few months, the NSW Government has been consulting with stakeholders about the draft S&G’s proposed for pet shops and breeders of cats and dogs. “Through this process, I heard loud and clear, as did the Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, that some elements of the S&G’s would unduly impact dog and…

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COFFS COAST SET TO STAR ON BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the Coffs Coast will feature in three segments on Channel Seven’s popular lifestyle television show Better Homes and Gardens, thanks to a NSW Government initiative to promote regional NSW’s top tourism destinations. The show’s cooking presenter ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi travelled to Coffs Harbour earlier this year to film a number of segments to profile our beautiful coastline and booming fishing industry. The segments showcase Ed fishing with the locals at dawn, returning to the iconic Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative on the wharf where…

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2018 NSW GREEN GLOBE AWARDS

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Sustainability leaders on the Coffs Coast are encouraged to nominate for the 19th Green Globe Awards, celebrating leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability across NSW, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said these leading environmental awards honour people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across all sectors in NSW. “The Green Globe Awards showcase a range of business, local organisations and individuals who are setting the standard for environmental action in our community,” Mr Fraser said. “I encourage everyone to get involved and nominate the environmental…

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