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NEW $30 MILLION FUND TO ACTIVATE TOURISM IN REGIONAL NSW

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New $30m fund to activate tourism in regional NSW
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at today’s announcement at Forest Sky Pier with Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan executive officer Clark Webb, Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight and Deputy Premier John Barilaro

NEW $30 MILLION FUND TO ACTIVATE TOURISM IN REGIONAL NSW

Big ticket tourism attractions that will put regional towns on the map and improve accessibility for people with disability are set to receive a significant funding boost, thanks to the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh were in Coffs Harbour today to announce the new $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund which will deliver new or upgraded tourism infrastructure as well as improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability.

“This brand new fund will support the construction of new iconic visitor experiences, such as cliff-top walks or unique event spaces, boosting the profile of regional NSW towns and giving people even more reasons to take a holiday in the regions,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We are also supporting accessibility and inclusion improvements by funding upgrades such as a lift in a multi-level venue and clear access pathways to give more people with disability the opportunity to experience what our regions have to offer.”

Mr Perrottet said supporting tourism also supports local jobs and expands local economies, creating beneficial flow-on effects for traders and creates new opportunities for investment.

“With few overseas travel options available, the NSW Government is strengthening tourism in regional NSW. This funding will ensure the industry prospers and continues to play an important role in our economy,” Mr Perrottet said.

Mr Singh welcomed the funding announcement which happened today at the Coffs Harbour Forest Sky Pier, saying the funding will bring even more visitors to regional NSW each year.

“Coffs Harbour recently held the Sharks VS Titans NRL match and next week the Super W Rugby tournament starts, putting the North Coast on the map, not only as a place to host word class events, but as a place to come enjoy your holidays,” Mr Singh said.

Under Stream One, grants between $200,000 and $5 million are available for projects delivering unique and high impact visitor experiences, while Stream Two provides grants between $50,000 to $500,000 for projects that will improve the accessibility and inclusion of tourism experiences for people with disability.

The $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund is part of the $2 billion Regional Growth Fund. Applications open 16 June and close on 11 August 2021. For more information, go to:www.nsw.gov.au/RTAFund.

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Milestone reached for outgoing Mayor Robert Mustow

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Mayor Robert Mustow
Mayor Robert Mustow

Milestone reached for outgoing mayor

By Tonia Dynan

IN the time Mayor Robert Mustow has been on council, he has been waiting to see development applications for his region hit the 300 mark.

“There’s also been almost 350 applications lodged and that’s the first time that’s been over 300, so these figures they show this confidence in the Richmond Valley and council has encouraged many initiatives to achieve this and has worked with our community to have this outcome,” Richmond Valley Council’s Cr Mustow said.

“It’s not only a council win, but it’s also the community, and developers and people who want to build their first homes and it’s really, really good.

“I’m pleased to say that that has been achieved because to get 300 DAs to me has been a bit of a goal and we’ve always been touching on it, but now we’ve just really jumped over it, and that’s a great. Congratulations to everyone.”

The figures were revealed in a report about the six-monthly customer service feedback survey.

“You’ll see that the total dollar amount of development applications this year is over $65 million, and it’s never been over $50 million before,” Cr Mustow said.

“I think that’s a pretty substantial increase.”

More than 80 per cent of survey respondents said they were very satisfied or satisfied with the customer service received when dealing with Richmond Valley Council.

More than half of the respondents to the survey conducted in June contacted council for assistance with development or planning enquiries and their main area of concern related to the lag time of a follow up response to their initial enquiry.

Council has identified some room for improvement that will be the focus of the customer experience team in the coming months, including working closely with applicants lodging applications via the new e-planning portal, and more training and upskilling of newer, inexperienced staff.

Cr Mustow said customer service was a lot of work, but it was a positive report which was great to hear.

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New Tweed Heads Office for The Northern Rivers Times

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The Northern Rivers Times MARKING MILESTONE WITH NEW OFFICE IN TWEED HEADS

The Northern Rivers Times is celebrating its first-year milestone as a newspaper with a ‘bricks and mortar’ presence in the heart of Tweed Heads.

The new Tweed Heads office (pictured) is found at Office 5, 7-11 Wharf Street across the road and down from Twin Towns Services Club. The modern office with prominent signage is a one-stop shop for all Tweed editorial, advertisement, and classified needs.

Call in and say hello to Tansi at reception or discuss your advertising goals using The Northern Rivers Times’ broad regional reach, with one of the experienced sales team headed by Dianne Withers (formerly Northern Star), Diane Sharp and Annette Crompton. For any local story ideas or news tips, veteran news journalist Margaret Dekker is your go-to for coverage.

A dedicated Tweed office has always been a key goal of The Northern Rivers Times which, notably, unites readers across the renowned and diverse Northern Rivers region in one reliable, entertaining, and informative weekly hardcopy.

Director and co-founder of The Northern Rivers Times, Jeff Gibbs, said having an office in the Tweed region bucks the trend of ‘print decline’ and instead shows the paper’s commitment to the Tweed as an important, valuable, and thriving centre of which the Times is a growing part.

“Sharon and I always planned other offices in the northern rivers and that is still our plan, the Tweed office was very important to us due to the demand from the community in the Tweed. Having a presence and employing staff in Tweed is exciting and the girls have full control on how to manage their area”. “And in saying that, having Margaret as our journalist covering the Tweed only enforces our commitment to the community,” said Mr. Gibbs. “The Northern Rivers Times has always been planned as “The Newspaper” of the northern rivers, we employ staff in many capacities from right across the region and we will continue to expand, new offices are planned in various locations over the next 6-12 months”.

The new office is open 9am-4pm, Monday to Thursday, at Office 5 7-11 Wharf Street Tweed Heads or by appointment Ph. 07 5551 4161

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53

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The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53

The Northern Rivers Times Edition 53 (Our Anniversary Edition) is now out and available from all Newsagents, General Stores, Woolworths Supermarkets and Service Stations across the northern rivers from Tweed Heads to Grafton South and every single town in the region.

This is a great 72 page edition that is full of local news, entertainment, 4 page TV guide with SKY, Puzzles, Community news and events, local Sports and much, much more

Perfect reading with a cuppa or two out in the sun today..

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