Dugald Saunders

Nominations open in Dubbo Electorate for NSW Heritage Blue Plaque program

Nominations for the NSW Blue Plaques Program are open, and members of the public are invited to nominate local places and personalities that deserve to have their heritage value recognised. The NSW Blue Plaques Program, modelled on a similar initiative in the United Kingdom, will showcase key heritage sites. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said across our region there are many hidden gems with stories that deserve to be told. “I am asking everyone to think of the places in their community that have an important story attached to them, and submit those suggestions to my office to …

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Fostering Safety and Stability for Children

To mark Foster and Kinship Care Week, people are being encouraged to shine a light on the life-changing contribution carers make by nominating them for a Carer Recognition Award. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said foster carers open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children, providing vital stability, support and care. “This week has been a great opportunity to celebrate foster and kinship carers, and to recognise the enormous contribution they make to the community,” Mr Saunders said. “During what’s been a really challenging time for our community, foster cares have stepped up and taken on more than …

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Carbon-neutral concrete poured at Dubbo Rail Maintenance Facility

Carbon-neutral concrete being poured at Dubbo’s new rail maintenance centre is reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by up to 5,000 tonnes through offset programs. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Holcim, the first Australian-owned Climate Active Certified concrete supplier, is offsetting carbon on about 9000 cubic metres of its ready-mix concrete being used at the Mindyarra Rail Maintenance Centre in Dubbo. “The NSW Government is serious about reducing its environmental footprint, so to have Australian-first initiatives trialled in a regional centre like Dubbo is huge,” Mr Saunders said. “We’re committed to making sure our infrastructure is sustainable, both …

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$20m electrical contract for Mindyarra Rail Maintenance Centre

Six locals will be recruited to carry out major electrical works at the Mindyarra Maintenance Centre under a $20 million contract awarded to ARA Indigenous Services. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the awarding of this contract to a registered Aboriginal Business is great news. “I encourage everyone to apply for the new roles needed to get this work done, including two electricians, two trades’ assistants and two project administrators,” Mr Saunders said. “A key objective of the Regional Rail Project is to provide opportunities for people and businesses in regional NSW, and we are continually delivering on …

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Development applications for regional sports hub submitted

The development applications for the Dubbo Regional Sports Hub have been submitted to Dubbo Regional Council. The hub will be developed on Charles Sturt University land, with Stage 1 involving the construction of a $25.3 million PCYC and Multi Indoor Sport Facility featuring a combination of basketball, gymnastics, indoor hockey, netball, futsal and volleyball courts, providing an all-weather venue for sporting participants of all levels. Following the completion of site investigation, planning and designs, DAs for the complex and early works have been submitted to council for assessment, which Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said is an exciting …

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Funding for projects honouring Dubbo Electorate veterans

Groups in the Dubbo electorate are being encouraged to apply for $2,000 grants for projects supporting local veterans or boosting awareness of their role throughout Australia’s military history. Applications are now open for the Anzac Community Grants Program, and Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders is urging locals with an idea for a project to apply. “Veterans past and present served to keep us safe, and this is a great chance to recognise their sacrifices, while enriching our communities,” Mr Saunders said. “We’re seeking projects that not only recognise the important service of our veterans, but also educate future …

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TAFE funding to jumpstart our COVID recovery

Dubbo is set to share in the NSW Government’s $100 million investment in TAFE NSW, including new equipment to help train workers in some high-demand industries. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than $600,000 will be invested across both TAFE NSW Dubbo campuses, spanning a range of industries including agriculture, hospitality, construction and manufacturing. The investment, which has been made in consultation with local campuses, includes: beverage chiller and other hospitality equipment, valued at more than $140,000 plug in electric vehicle with charger and tools, valued at $60,000 construction equipment valued at more than $27,000 industry-leading woolpress, …

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Recognising amazing women in our region

The search is on for the most outstanding and influential women in NSW, with nominations now open for the 2022 NSW Women of the Year Awards. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is calling for nominations to recognise the significant contributions women make to communities in our region. “We all know a woman who is the first to roll up her sleeves to help others, has demonstrated incredible potential or has made lasting change in her chosen field,” Mr Saunders said. “Let’s not keep their achievements a secret, I urge everyone to put forward the inspirational woman in their …

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New Rawsonville Bridge to provide improved safety and resilience

Plans are powering ahead for a new $12.5 million bridge to replace the ageing timber truss bridge at Rawsonville, west of Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the new bridge will be built before the existing bridge is removed to minimise the impact on the community. “The majority of the community told us during consultation they wanted a new bridge and we’re happy to say plans are on track to build a new, concrete bridge about five metres upstream from the existing one,” Mr Saunders said. “Investigations are continuing for the environmental assessment, which will go on …

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Grants to help clubs kick more goals

Clubs and councils across the Dubbo electorate are urged to ‘be in it to win it’ with applications now open for the NSW Government’s sports infrastructure fund. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said funding is available for new and upgraded sports facilities in Round 2 of the $100 million Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund. “Sport and exercise are vital for all of our physical and mental wellbeing, and that fact is only more apparent now when we can’t take part in our usual activities,” Mr Saunders said. “Whether it’s the kids’ footy or netball on a …

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