HERITAGE GRANTS UP FOR GRABS ON COFFS COAST

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The NSW Government has streamlined its Heritage Grants system and made it easier for the owners of heritage houses to apply for maintenance funding, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser. Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said funding is now specifically set aside for individual private owners in recognition of their efforts to care for our State heritage. “Previously they had to compete against companies and councils, but now there is a specific allocation for private heritage home owners,” Ms Upton said. “If you’re fortunate enough to own a house listed…

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SHOWTIME FOR NEW COFFS HARBOUR THEATRE

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Local performing arts will have a new home thanks to a NSW Government contribution of $165,000 toward the fit-out of a community theatre at Coffs Harbour Education Campus. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said a lecture hall will be converted into a dual-purpose facility. “The original design of the lecture hall in 1993 included theatre facilities, however this was never delivered,” Mr Fraser said. “This funding will finally see the full project realised, with new technology, seating and air conditioning installed, and an updated foyer. “Once complete, the 500-seat…

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GRANT IS A HOLE IN ONE FOR COFFS HARBOUR GOLFERS

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Visitors to the Coffs Harbour Golf Club will soon enjoy a new indoor golf facility and an undercover range, thanks to a $300,000 NSW Government grant. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the project would provide a new training facility and encourage new programs at the centre. “Modernising this community hub will help people maintain a healthy lifestyle, remain engaged with their community and social networks and improve their wellbeing,” Mr Fraser said. “The upgrade will include an indoor teaching facility, eight undercover hitting bays, lighting, a new chipping…

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HAVE A SAY ON PROPOSED TAREE TO COFFS HARBOUR COACH LINK

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser encourages feedback on a proposed new coach service which would allow day trippers, families and business people to travel between Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, then return home the same day. The six month trial, operated by NSW TrainLink, would leave Taree at 7am and arrive in Coffs Harbour at 10.55am, with stops including Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Macksville and Nambucca Heads. The return service departs Coffs Harbour at 4pm and arrives in Taree at 7.55pm. “The services we are proposing will benefit customers…

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ROUND TWO FUNDING NOW OPEN FOR COFFS COAST EVENTS

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Regional events held between July and December 2019 can now apply for NSW Government funding, aimed at driving more overnight visitors to rural and regional areas. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said applications are now open for Round Two of both the 2019 Incubator Event Fund and the 2019 Flagship Event Fund, with more than $500,000 up for grabs. “These two funds are a great platform for the owners of new and emerging events in our region interested in extra support to help get their event off the ground…

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COFFS COAST STUDENTS CHALLENGE PERCEPTIONS ABOUT DISABILITY

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In recognition of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on 3 December, local school students will demonstrate the importance of inclusion for people with disability, through a NSW Government ‘E-poster’ competition. Students in years five to eight are invited to create an electronic poster that sends a message about bullying and disability to build positive attitudes towards people with disability. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the project will raise awareness, reduce bullying and enhance the rights of all students. “Unfortunately, students with disability can often be bullied or excluded. This competition aims to…

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STAY SAFE ON THE COFFS COAST THIS SUMMER

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Local emergency services have joined forces to urge the community to have a safe summer as the season kicks off tomorrow. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser echoed the messages of our emergency services with road safety, bush fire risks and proper precautions on our waterways all highlighted as key concerns when temperatures soar. “Aussie summers are absolutely iconic so what we’re focused on is making sure people take some simple steps to ensure their festive season is memorable for all the right reasons,” Mr Fraser said. Emergency services issued…

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BCU COFFS TRI THE BIG WINNER

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Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the bcu Coffs Tri has been boosted by NSW Government funding under Round One of the 2019 Flagship Event Fund. Mr Fraser said the Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, provides an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 for marketing initiatives aimed at driving overnight visitation. “Hosting events helps shine a bright light on the Coffs Coast while putting more heads on beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques, and…

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$2M NSW GOVERNMENT GRANT TO RESCUE SURF CLUB

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Vital surf lifesaving services will continue at Woolgoolga Beach, thanks to a NSW Government funding reservation of $2 million to build a new surf club. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said this significant funding will help deliver a two-storey clubhouse with first aid and training rooms, rescue equipment storage, function spaces, a café and outdoor stage. Mr Fraser said Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club provides essential surf lifesaving services and protected up to 20,000 locals and tourists during the…

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FUNDING HELPS CARTOON GALLERY BRING IN THE CROWDS

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Coffs Harbour’s iconic Bunker Cartoon Gallery will soon be educating and entertaining locals, artists and tourists with double the number of historical storeys, thanks to the NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Growth Fund. Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro announce $2.6 million in funding to add a second level to the gallery, which is currently a World War II bunker housing 23,500 historical cartoons. Mr Fraser said the expansion design, which will resemble a WWII Nissen Hut, would enable the…

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