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August 2018

BETTER MENTAL HEALTH FOR OUR OLDER PEOPLE

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Mental health first aid training for seniors and those working with older people on the Coffs Coast will help identify and lead people to mental health support earlier, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said the NSW Government is committed to improving the wellbeing of older people, with $30,000 for Australian Red Cross Society to deliver this training up and down the North Coast, including Coffs Harbour. Mr Fraser said Australian Red Cross Society has identified experienced trainers to complete instructor training with Mental Health First Aid…

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COFFS COAST GROUPS GET FUNDING BOOST

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Coffs Harbour projects will share in almost $111,000 to upgrade facilities thanks to the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the funding would support the hard work of local groups. “It is great news to see such a large investment in our region,” Mr Fraser said. “Coffs Harbour Showground will receive $60,000 to remove an old cattle shed and construct a new multipurpose shed, and for other work within the grounds. “Showgrounds play an important role in the local community and the Coffs…

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TRADIES FLOCK TO FEE-FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

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Apprentices undertaking their training on the Coffs Coast are already benefitting from the NSW Government’s fee-free apprenticeship package, only two months after its launch. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said fee-free apprenticeships will allow 100,000 apprentices throughout NSW to study and train for a fulfilling career while also addressing the State’s skills shortages. Mr Fraser said since the program’s 1 July launch, as many as 38 apprentices have started training at TAFE in Coffs Harbour. “The NSW economy is humming and, as a result, NSW has the best jobs…

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OUR SES VOLUNTEERS ARE CHAMPIONS

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Almost 40 NSW Clarence Nambucca Region SES volunteers have been recognised at a local awards ceremony for their dedicated service, attended by Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Mr Fraser said the evening celebrated more than 330 years of combined service, and he congratulated the 37 recipients for their work in and for our community. “The men and women in orange do such amazing work, often under the most challenging circumstances,” Mr Fraser said. “These devoted volunteers are the lifeblood of their units, and it is my pleasure to be…

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LOCAL CHILDREN FOLLOW FRED HOLLOWS’ FOOTSTEPS

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The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for nominations for the annual Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises Year Six students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said parents, teachers, principals and members of communities around the country can nominate a child who is making a difference at www.hollows.org/humanityaward before September 9. Since 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 1000 students nationwide, who follow in Fred’s footsteps by making a positive difference in the lives of others. “Whether it’s…

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APPLY FOR NEW MULTICULTURAL GRANTS PROGRAM

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages the community to apply for the enhanced multicultural grants program. “The NSW Government is investing more money into multicultural festivals and events that celebrate our local communities and bring us together,” Mr Fraser said. “One of the best ways to celebrate our diversity, experience new cultures and forge new connections is to attend the many festivals and events held in our local community. “Applications are now open for up to $10,000 to support our local festivals and events and I encourage all eligible…

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TRAVEL SELLERS ACROSS ASIA BOUND FOR COFFS HARBOUR

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The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will host Aussie Specialist agents in Coffs Harbour later this week as part of Tourism Australia’s biennial travel trade event, Corroboree Asia. The event aims to educate and train frontline travel sellers across Asia on the many tourism products Australia has to offer, including the vast array of ‘NSW-only’ experiences. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said NSW will play host to 60 Aussie Specialist agents from key eastern markets including China, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. “This is the largest…

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PUBLIC LIBRARY FUNDING HITS RECORD NEW HIGH

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said public libraries in NSW will be able to expand their collections, carry out major upgrade work and extend their services thanks to a record $60 million investment from the NSW Government. This funding will transform and modernise public libraries, especially those in regional areas, delivering key services and educational and cultural experiences across the entire State. “For Coffs Coast locals, this is an investment in libraries that will provide for a wide range of community needs such as better access to collections, children’s…

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TARGETING OUR TOURISM GROWTH

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The Coffs Coast will get its fair share of the State’s rapidly growing tourism pie with the NSW Government announcing the State’s first regional tourism target to double the current spend. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government would work with industry to reach an ambitious target of $20 billion in visitor expenditure in rural and regional NSW by 2025, rising to $25 billion in 2030. “This is a win for local economies,” Mr Fraser said. “A regional tourism target is great news for our local tourism operators and other businesses including…

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GRANTS TO IMPROVE OUR TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes $40,000 from the NSW Government’s 2017-19 Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grants Scheme (CPTIGS) to improve public transport on the Coffs Coast. “The primary focus of the CPTIGS is to improve accessibility, including the installation of guidance tools for customers with vision impairment and wheelchairs,” Mr Fraser said. “All projects are required to meet the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport, and I am delighted to see Coffs Harbour City Council get funding for projects in our area. “This funding will see 17 bus…

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