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March 29, 2023

Election 2023 – Tweed: Geoff Provest

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Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo pronto.com

The seat of Tweed is currently held by Geoff Provest for the Nationals by a margin of five per cent. He has held the seat for 16 years since 2007.

What is your big number one issue that you’re looking at going into this election?

Affordable housing/housing supply/cost of living

How long have you been the sitting MP?

16 years 

What are your top three important achievements in Parliament?

The new Tweed Valley Hospital.

Additional land for Cudgen Nature Reserve and funding for the Koala Rehabilitation facility.

Major redevelopments of Tweed local schools ($120 million under construction at present in addition to past projects) and the TAFE College at Kingscliff.

Looking New South Wales Parliament at the moment what is the thing that frustrates you the most?

The time it takes to see positive change implemented in the community – from idea, to legislation, to action can be a very long time. 

Do you support building on floodplains?

For new residential developments, NO I do not, but alternatives must be developed to meet the housing needs of affected regions into the future

How would you address the issue of legacy floodplain approvals (developments that have been approved but not yet built, that are on floodplains)?

We need to critically examine them on a case-by-case basis – this is clearly evident after the disastrous impact of last year’s floods.

Do you consider that the current NSW government’s Short Term Rental Accommodation laws (STRA) has contributed to the current housing crisis and would you advocate for local councils to regain control over STRA?

The Far North Coast grew on holiday letting and the tourist industry. STRA, like Uber and other internet-based platforms, is the way the market is moving. I would rather advocate for an increase in the supply of housing rather than diverting council resources to compliance action over rental issues.

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  1. Geoff, you are a joke. Why, Tweed Police station built in the wrong location, Kingscliff Fire station rebuilt in the wrong location, Tweed hospital built in the wrong location, Temporary housing pods for so called flood victims in Elrond drive in the wrong location.
    Clearly you are not the right individual to represent this region and your government has been in power for 12 years with little to show for developing the Tweed region, solving cross border issues, supporting local job creation and developing and supporting business. Always someone else to blame for long lasting poor decisions. Time for a change.

    • No… I’m with Geoff!
      You’re rather one-eyed Mark Nedelko, the decisions are not Geoff’s alone and you are oh so negative!
      Take a look at what he Has Achieved, if you dare!
      Good Luck, Geoff!

  2. Geoff Provest was a member/Deputy Chair of the parliamentary committee charged with looking into the adequacy of legislation covering short-term rentals. The Manager of the committee advised afterwards that no legal advice was sought, and the committee did not review NSW case law judgments, Federal Building Codes, etc, etc, etc, nor did the committee disclose links between MPs/DestinationNSW and online booking platforms. One could go on. Provest repeatedly said during the inquiry: “Short-term rentals are here to stay.” He hosted Airbnb hacks and multiple Airbnb landlords at Parliament House during this inquiry. Soon afterwards, Airbnb entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Sydney Opera House Trust. Who was invited to scale the sails of the SOH? Geoff Provest, of course.

  3. ‘He’s all tip and no iceberg’ Paul Keating’s words may be at their most accurate here.
    We need to vote the chocolate teapots out, Geoff has in no way served us well, despite having far too long to bring the improvements he purports to our region.

  4. Provest promises this, Provest promises that? Provest belongs to one of the most regressive party’s this country has ever been inflicted by. Provest is repeatedly stating policy that is the absolute diametric opposite of his party platform. He has zero control over what will be legislated by them and sold off by them, as we have seen this last wasted decade. The LNP are the result of the increased costs to families.
    If you vote for Provest you vote for the National party, the worst party with the worst record on every level. The LNP have been removed State and Federally from everywhere else on the Australian mainland for exactly the reasons I have just mentioned. The LNP make promises you all know they have no intension of keeping.
    We all saw this in the floods where Provest was helpless attempting to get the LNP to act, Provest actually stated that he could not support Morrison any longer, Catherine Cusack quit the National party. That’s what you’re voting for if you vote National, a “National vote is a vote for nothing”!
    Where’s the real report on Berejiklian and Barilaro, they haven’t even been prosecuted, and the “Authorities unbelievably have refused to inform the public of the pending charges, until after you have voted”? How can anyone vote LNP and allow this to continue?

  5. Why wasn’t Mr Provest asked about the $14.4 million the LNP have spent destroying the billion dollar train line for 24 kilomteres of bike track?

    Despite claiming it’s a great development which will bring economic benefits to the region, he avoids ever mentioning it. Could that possibly be because he knows the government has no mandate for the destruction of this rail line and there’s no votes in it for him? For many years the LNP told people they would get the trains running, now they’re wasting taxpayers’ money destroying a line that could take millions of cars off our roads. So much for democracy. you can’t believe a word these people say.

    People can see for themselves the traffic that the wonderful rail trail is bringing into towns-almost as many cars as bicycles. Just what we need in towns that are already congested with millions of cars. That’s cycling tourism coming to your town next.

    Get the trains running and everyone can travel to and around the region in a more sustainable way-with or without bicycles.

  6. Na, I’ve just been on the rail trail and I ruddy love it. Even friends from interstate who we rode with can’t believe how brilliant it is. Sorry peeps, totally pro trail, and the sooner it’s all connected along the northern rivers the better 😊

    Alex from mbah.

  7. Looks like you have an uphill battle to keep your 5% following from going to other parties. My concern is the mounting expenditure bill that you as a party is sweeping our state with all these promises. “Show me the money” to pay all these promises?
    Maybe increase taxes not on those that are paying taxes through income but those that no real expenditures and rely on the Old Age Pension with their properties and healthy assets to be included to pay of our mounting debt.
    You can’t make promises that you can’t keep without finding the money.
    Somehow, ‘jobs for the boys’ and past treasures have been very contentious in the eyes of the electorate, and we still have no information on the position of the past Premier from ICAC let alone the position of Gladys becoming a board member for Optus and a day later the largest security breach by a telco in Oz?
    Your record needs a new vitalisation from “N.S.W.” Newcastle, Sydney & Wollongong seat of power and hopefully your time has also come.
    Inconclusion, what our state needs is a term of office not to exceed eight years with two election every four years. this could apply to the federal election too.


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