Dugald Saunders

New COLA a sweet addition to Dubbo School of Distance Education

Dubbo School of Distance Education will receive a multipurpose covered outdoor learning area (COLA) as part of the second wave of funding through the NSW Government’s Regional Renewal Program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders recently visited the school to announce its successful application for funding, and said the facility will be a wonderful addition for an educational centre that services so many children from across the region. “This facility will service distance education students who come to Dubbo for weekly residentials and will allow the school to provide physical education options for those students,” Mr Saunders said. “It’s …

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Goolma Road upgrades completed

A $1.2 million upgrade to widen the main road linking Gulgong and Wellington is now complete, providing motorists with safer and more reliable journeys through the Central West. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the upgrade involved shoulder widening, reshaping the road, vegetation removal, drainage work, creation of a clear zone, and installing safety barriers. “Wider shoulders provide a spot for motorists to pull off the road for unforeseen stoppages, such as breakdowns, while safety barriers help reduce the severity of run-off-road crashes,” Mr Saunders said. “Safety improvements like these are helping us build a stronger and safer …

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Funding to help preserve our endangered species – and the place they call home

One of the Wellington region’s true hidden gems is set to pivot in a new direction with some assistance from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. The Burrendong Arboretum has been granted $96,136 to upgrade its glasshouse, a key facility in the propagation of plants. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said the project will greatly assist the organisation as it takes a bit of a new direction into the future. “The Arboretum has always had a role to play in preserving some of Australia’s unique flora,” Mr Saunders said. “However, as a bit of a niche tourist …

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Saunders heads west to thank our wonderful farmers

While Thursday may be ‘Thank A Farmer Day’ at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders took the chance to head west and do the same thing for primary producers in the Trangie region. Mr Saunders hosted a community barbecue at Delta Agriculture and used the event as an opportunity to talk with members of the farming community and discuss issues impacting on the sector. While rain over the past year has provided some welcome relief for farmers, Mr Saunders said there is still a lot happening within the agriculture sector that can be …

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More jobs, better roads for Dubbo and Narromine regions

Safer journeys are on the way across the Dubbo region, with the sealing of Old Mendooran Road one of a number of projects rolling out under the latest round of the Australian and NSW Governments’ accelerated Fixing Local Roads program to improve local roads and create thousands of local jobs in the regions. Federal Member for Parkes and Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton said the latest round of Fixing Local Roads funding would help local councils tackle the increasing amount of work required to provide safe roads for their communities. “The $243.6 million first …

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Fill up for less these school holidays!

With families driving across the state to see their loved ones this school holiday period, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has reminded drivers to shop around for the cheapest fuel prices via the FuelCheck app. The FuelCheck app provides accurate, real-time price information for every petrol station in NSW, so that motorists can quickly and easily search for the best deal. “So many families will be hitting the road and travelling to and from our region. Do yourself a favour – get the app and save your money to spend in town and support local businesses,” Mr Saunders …

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RFDS to get a good “earn” from reverse vending machine partnership

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a partnership between Return and Earn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) that promises to be a winner for both. Return and Earn is a container deposit scheme that has been promoted by the NSW Government and sees 10c from drink containers returned to the person who recycles the product. From now until August 22, 2021, 10c from each container will also be given to the RFDS, a vital service which provides medical assistance to remote parts of Australia. “This partnership could be a real game-changer when it comes to …

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Real estate agents meet with Minister to discuss industry issues

Members of the region’s real estate fraternity have enjoyed a chance to discuss industry issues with Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, The Hon Kevin Anderson MP, during a visit to Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders facilitated the meeting, where a range of topics were discussed, including residential tenancy and future zoning and planning issues. “It was a very informal gathering and a relaxed environment that encouraged the agents to be upfront with Minister Anderson when it comes to some of the issues that have presented themselves, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Saunders …

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Dubbo electorate to benefit from arts and cultural funding

Mid-Western and Dubbo Regional Councils are among 17 councils who will benefit from the NSW Government’s $3.26 million arts and cultural funding for local councils in the 2021/22 financial year. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and Arts Minister Don Harwin MLC made the announcement on Tuesday, with Dubbo Regional Council set to receive funding for the next three financial years for its new Cultural Growth Project which will provide a major boost for local residents to benefit from opportunities to learn, create, and participate in the arts and cultural activities. “Thanks to this funding Dubbo Regional Council will …

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Old Dubbo Gaol upgrades unveiled

Old Dubbo Gaol’s reputation as one of the premier tourism facilities in regional NSW has been enhanced, with $1.39 million worth of upgrades unveiled on Tuesday. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin and representatives from Dubbo Regional Council at the event, which outlined the creation of an improved visitor experience at the historic location. “The Old Dubbo Gaol is one of the premier and most unique tourist attractions we have in Dubbo, and I am proud that the NSW Government has provided significant investment to make this as good as it can …

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