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January 2019

SAFETY FIRST FOR COFFS COAST BOATERS

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Our boating community will be even safer under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government with a significant investment in resources for our local Marine Rescue NSW crews. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said this is part of a major Statewide funding boost that will help save lives on the water by delivering new purpose-built rescue vessels, upgraded operational centres and improvements to the marine radio network. “Community safety is our top priority and this major investment will deliver further protection and reassurance for everybody who gets out on the…

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NSW GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS FARMERS WITH LLS RATES WAIVER

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Landholders across NSW will start to receive their Local Land Services (LLS) rates notices in the mail but this year, there will be a welcome number – zero. The NSW Government’s Drought Relief Package, announced in 2018, included a special waiver for LLS rates for this year providing welcome relief for drought impacted rural and regional landholders. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said while rates are a vital source of income for LLS – supporting the organisation’s biosecurity, emergency response and animal health work across NSW – it is…

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RECORD TEACHER NUMBERS AND SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG WIPED

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Every Coffs Coast school is set to benefit from a major teacher recruitment drive as well as their maintenance backlog wiped to zero, thanks to the NSW Nationals in government. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government will hire an additional 4600 teachers to join the ranks of the public school system over the next four years – delivering the highest number of teachers in the state’s history. He said the Nationals in government will also clear every maintenance job currently outstanding in our local public schools…

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FIRST COHORT OF SUBSIDISED THREE-YEAR-OLDS ATTENDS OUR LOCAL PRESCHOOLS

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Hundreds of preschools in NSW have opened their doors to the first cohort of subsidised three year olds this week, thanks to a historic investment from the NSW Government to ensure every child has access to two years of quality early childhood education. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said for the first time ever, preschool subsidies have been extended to include all three and four-year-olds, saving Coffs Coast families an average of $825 a year. “Not only does this investment mean better opportunities for our children, it also means…

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SCHOOL MAINTENANCE BACKLOG ON COFFS COAST WIPED TO ZERO

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S Every school in the Coffs Harbour electorate will have its maintenance backlog wiped to zero, ensuring students enjoy the best possible learning environments. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will clear every maintenance job currently outstanding in his electorate’s 26 public schools by July 2020. Mr Fraser made the announcement today alongside Assistant Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell and Nationals candidate for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at Orara High School, which had $650,000 worth of work over summer. “In the summer holidays…

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ABORIGINAL ARTS PROJECT LIFTS OUR SPIRITS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said State Government funding will help celebrate Aboriginal culture through a local arts project. Gurehlgam Corporation Ltd has been selected to receive $16,130 through the annual Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund. This will fund and promote the One Spirit, One Voice exhibition in the Wadjar Regional Indigenous Gallery at the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre. “This welcome funding will be used to create catalogues, to cover artist and writer fees, facilitate the opening, and support public programs for the…

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LOCAL FESTIVALS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR GRANT

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said funds are available for community multicultural festivals and events on the Coffs Coast. “Our community enjoys numerous festivals and events that celebrate our cultural diversity,” Mr Fraser said. “These festivals and events simply couldn’t happen without the volunteers and local not for profit organisations that work behind the scenes tirelessly in our community. “This grants program offers some much needed extra support to our local organisations who deliver festivals and events that bring us together.” To be…

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A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEW INTERN DOCTORS

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser today welcomes 10 new doctors to Coffs Harbour Hospital and surrounding centres – they are among the new interns starting across NSW. “Interns are a vital part of the professional team at the frontline of the health system,” Mr Fraser said. “This new team of enthusiastic and talented doctors wants to make a difference, and will be a great asset to our dedicated hospital staff. “NSW with 1021 intern positions – up from 999 last year – has more intern positions than any other…

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LOCAL CRICKETERS COMPETE AT THE SCG FOR THE PLAN B REGIONAL BASH TITLE

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Coffs Coast cricket stars and fans will come together at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 5 February for the annual Plan B Regional Bash Finals, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Now in its fourth season, the country cricket tournament promotes drink driving prevention messages through the cricket community and already features strong sporting rivalries between NSW regions. Mr Fraser said some of the most talented cricketers from country NSW will again be given the opportunity to play on one of the world’s iconic grounds in the tournament’s…

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NEW CAMPAIGN ENSURES NO CHILD MISSES OUT

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser welcomes a new campaign by the NSW Government promoting the benefits of a quality early childhood education in preparation for primary school. The parent awareness campaign, which involves a series of print, online and radio advertisements, highlights the benefits of participating in a preschool program and will be a reminder for families with young children to consider enrolling their children in an early childhood service. Mr Fraser said it is important for local families to understand how extensive the emotional, social and cognitive benefits…

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