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SAND SUCCESS FOR THE WELLINGTON RACE CLUB 

The Wellington Race Club has received a big boost, with $95,000 from the latest round of the Community Building Partnership grant program to help maintain its new sand track.  The club upgraded the sand track in 2023 and has been looking to improve it further by installing irrigation.  Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the grant will ensure the irrigation goes ahead, which will improve the safety and the longevity of the training track.  “This funding means a great deal for Wellington, which will now have a surface similar to that being offered at larger tracks in regional …

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COMPOSITE POLES TO INCREASE POWER PRICES

The NSW Opposition is calling on the Minns Labor Government to reverse a decision to replace hardwood power poles with composite poles. NSW Nationals Leader Dugald Saunders visited Coffs Harbour Hardwoods in Glenreagh today, alongside Shadow Minister for the North Coast Gurmesh Singh, Member for Clarence Richie Williamson, Member for Oxley Michael Kemp and industry representatives. They called on Environment Minister Penny Sharpe to intervene, to prevent a further increase in power prices, and to provide certainty to the timber industry.“Hardwood has been hard done by here. Not only will this untested product be worse for the household budget by …

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PRIMARY PRODUCERS BLINDSIDED ON
BIOSECURITY

The NSW Opposition is calling on the Minns Labor Government to come clean on itsbiosecurity announcement that showed no new money across several key areas. The majority of the funding provided to respond to major agricultural threats in the2024/25 budget is leftovers from the 2023/24 allocation. Last year’s budget papers for example included $80m for the Red Imported Fire Antsresponse, but after just $25m was spent, the Agriculture Minister has re-announcedthe remaining $55.3m today. The same goes for supporting industries affected by varroa mite which had $36.2m ofthe initial $77.2m left over, while $6.2m of the $10.2m in white spot …

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MINNS DELAYS PROTECTIONS FOR WOMEN AND
CHILDREN IN DUBBO

16 May 2024 The NSW Opposition is calling on the Minns Labor Government to take strong and urgentaction on domestic violence, after it delayed strengthening the state’s bail laws.Liberal and Nationals MPs were prepared to push the Government’s new bail bill throughParliament this week, in order to increase protections for women and children as soon aspossible.But Labor and the Greens refused to back the move, which means the changes won’t belooked at for at least another month.NSW Nationals Leader and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said weneed swift and decisive action when it comes to addressing the scourge …

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MINNS PUTS THE REGIONS TO RUIN

Today’s announcement of a restructure to the Department of Regional NSW is yetanother example of Chris Minns treating people from the regions as second-classcitizens. What is clear is the new ‘NSW Department of Primary Industries and RegionalDevelopment’ will be coordinated from Sydney by the city-centric Premier, which ishard to believe given during the election campaign he said “I don’t pretend to have anyexpertise about regional New South Wales”. We need to see some clarity around how these changes are going to help our farmers,fishers or foresters do what they do, each and every day. Instead of providing any funding for …

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MUDGEE LOCAL NAMED 2024 DUBBO ELECTORATE WOMAN OF THE YEAR

The Dubbo electorate Woman of the Year 2024 has been awarded to Mudgee local, MyffClarke, in recognition of her significant work to actively support the community. Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders, commended Myff on the honour,recognising her passion and the positive impact she has made in the Mudgee area. “This is a well-deserved honour for Myff. Her commitment and ongoing contribution tocommunity groups and the Children’s Medical Research Institute through the Mudgeecommittee is significant and I am pleased to be able to recognise her with this award.” “Myff is an inspiration and highlights that the Dubbo electorate is …

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READY, SET, COOK!

THE BRAND NEW PCYC FOOD VAN IS READY TO COOK UP A STORM. 9th February 2024 Whether it’s a recent local show you’ve attended, a local market day or even a swap meet, chances are you’ve lined up for a steak sanga and a bucket of chips from a PCYC food van at least once or twice before! Thanks to funding from the previous Liberal/National Government’s Community Building Partnerships program, the Dubbo PCYC has a brand-new food van ready to hit the road. As a charity that supports young people in our community, the PCYC and its dedicated volunteers will …

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DUBBO ELECTORATE ENCOURAGED TO CELEBRATE LOCAL SENIORS

Residents of the Dubbo electorate are encouraged to celebrate the positive role seniors play in the community by nominating them for the 2024 NSW Seniors Festival Local Achievement Awards. Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders said the festival and the awards celebrate the contributions and achievements of seniors. “If you know a senior who helps make our community diverse, inspiring, and active, then I encourage you to nominate them for acknowledgement of their contribution. “This annual festival is about celebrating the positive impact of older people in our families and society,” Mr Saunders said. Nominations are now open for the awards …

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GRANTS OPEN FOR THE DUBBO ELECTORATE’S FUTURE HEALTHCARE HEROS

Healthcare students in the Dubbo electorate are encouraged to apply for the Tertiary Health Study Subsidies program, offering up to $12,000 in subsidies to support new students enrolling in healthcare degrees across NSW. The program is designed to reduce financial barriers to tertiary healthcare education and increase the NSW Health workforce, supporting 12,000 students from 2024 for five years. Regional NSW is set to benefit from dedicated grants for nursing, medicine and paramedicine students studying in rural areas and for those who intend to commit to working in regional or rural NSW following the completion of their studies. Applications are …

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SUCCESSFUL PRESCRIPTION TRIAL A GAME CHANGER FOR THE DUBBO ELECTORATE

Residents of the Dubbo electorate have been able to receive treatment for a range of conditions at their local pharmacy, under landmark reforms by the former Liberal and Nationals Government. The 12-month trial began in November 2022, increasing the range of vaccinations that could be administered by a pharmacy, and allowing them to prescribe medication for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and the pill. Member for the Dubbo electorate, Dugald Saunders said the reforms have been a game changer for the regions, making healthcare more accessible for the community and easing the burden on local hospitals and GP’s. “This reform has …

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