Dugald Saunders

Dubbo electorate celebrates National Stroke Week

This National Stroke Week (8-14 August 2022) Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is recognising the successful rollout of the NSW Telestroke Service at Dubbo. Mr Saunders said the NSW Telestroke Service is an important weapon in the fight against stroke. “Stroke is a time critical medical emergency that can kill up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute, so every second counts,” Mr Saunders said. “Having access to Telestroke is a huge boost for our local patients and clinicians. “The innovative service provides 24/7 access to life-saving stroke diagnosis and treatment, connecting patients and local doctors with specialist …

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Don’t be so shady: Grant’s a hole-in-one for Wellington Golf Club

Wellington golfers and spectators will soon be able to enjoy the great outdoors in a sun-safe manner thanks to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant program (LSGP). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $9,300 for Wellington Golf Club to install sun shades at the clubhouse. “The Wellington Golf Club is a popular venue for functions, as well as a gathering point for golfers,” Mr Saunders said. “However, there’s currently no shade outdoors, and indoors fills up fast. “This funding will allow for the installation of sun shades for the outdoor area, allowing the club to cater …

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Clock strikes on Midnight Oil’s final outback tour

Australia’s iconic Midnight Oil will headline the Mundi Mundi Bash near Broken Hill in the only outback performance of the band’s final ever tour, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund.   Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the support would bolster tourism in the region with the three-day festival to draw an estimated 9,000 visitors to western NSW.  “Catching one of the country’s greatest bands play on the red dirt for the final time, against one of the most spectacular backdrops regional NSW has on offer, cements the outback as …

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Region set to benefit from record investment in scholarships for early learning educators

A working mother-of-two is among the local recipients of an Early Childhood Education Scholarship from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than 400 early childhood teachers across NSW are set to receive up to $25,000 to further their studies and careers, including four from Dubbo and one from Mudgee. “These scholarships will support recipients to deepen their understanding of early childhood environments, and gain additional skills and capabilities which will be passed on to the children they teach,” Mr Saunders said. “Crucially, one-third of recipients are already living and working in regional and remote …

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High tech lights to boost safety at level crossing in Narromine

Narromine will benefit from a trial of new technology to reduce the risk of level crossing collisions between trains and vehicles in regional areas. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the trial at Narromine will evaluate the effectiveness of a stop sign with LED warning lighting on the Dandaloo Road level crossing. “I’m glad the level crossing at Narromine will be part of a trial to install innovative signs with LED flashing lights to increase and improve awareness and safety at this site,” Mr Saunders said. “If successful, we could see these rolled out across the electorate, potentially …

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Dubbo students set sights on policing careers

Seven young people from Dubbo are one step closer to becoming police officers following their graduation from the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery Program (IPROWD). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the IPROWD program is designed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people employed in emergency services.  “The program not only opens opportunities for employment in the NSW Police Force, but in other emergency and public service areas,” Mr Saunders said. “Police go above and beyond to protect and serve our community each and every day, and this program engages locals to continue …

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NSW RFS unveils memorial garden dedicated to fallen firefighters

A memorial garden to commemorate the lives and sacrifice of NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) members and support personnel, killed in the line of duty, has been unveiled at Dubbo today. Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers officially opened the memorial garden, which contains the names of nearly 100 personnel who have lost their lives protecting others. Ms Cooke said it was important to commemorate the fallen RFS members and support personnel, who bravely stepped up in some of the State’s …

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NSW RFS helicopter on watch over the West

Regional communities across western NSW will be better protected during emergencies with a new multi-purpose NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopter unveiled at Dubbo. Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers at the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Dubbo base today to launch the $6 million helicopter. “This is the first time the RFS has permanently based a helicopter in Dubbo, representing a significant boost to emergency response capabilities across the Central West of NSW,” Ms Cooke said. “The RFS responds to …

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Mining resources boosting regions

Applications are soon opening for Round Nine of the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program, to pave the way for new projects that will improve amenities and infrastructure in Mid-Western Regional and Narromine Shire Local Government Areas (LGAs). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $140 million Round Nine will deliver projects that improve local facilities for mining communities, while creating new jobs and providing work for local tradespeople and suppliers. “This is great news for the Mid-Western and Narromine LGAs, and I am thrilled that the NSW Government is able to show an ongoing commitment to delivering …

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Improving Narromine’s fish habitats

Narromine will benefit from better fish habitats and fishing opportunities thanks to a grant from the NSW Government that will go towards improving outcomes for native fish in the region. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Narromine Shire Council has received a $7,800 Habitat Action Grant, which will not only help the environment, but also improve recreational fishing. “I’m delighted that Narromine Shire Council has taken the initiative to apply for this funding that will restore riparian areas along the Macquarie River,” Mr Saunders said. “This project will have a long-term positive impact on native fish in our …

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