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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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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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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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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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Locals to benefit from TAFE tech upgrades

When COVID-19 locked down NSW in 2020, TAFE educators did what they do best – coming up with innovative ways to train the skilled workforce of the future. Now the lessons they learned will benefit students for years to come with the installation of contemporary, digitally-enabled virtual teaching and learning spaces at campuses across NSW. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Connected Learning Points (CLPs) will be rolled out to campuses in Dubbo, Dunedoo, Mudgee, and Wellington, in what is a “major win for local students”. “This initiative will enhance access to training, allowing more students to live …

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Hotel quarantine subsidy extended for overseas ag workers

Producers across the state’s west will continue to benefit from a subsidy that halves the quarantine costs of overseas agricultural workers after the NSW Government extended the program into the 2021/22 financial year. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the initiative would significantly reduce costs in an industry that often relied on overseas workers. “This is fantastic news and a fantastic initiative from the NSW Government and I know our primary producers will welcome its extension,” Mr Saunders said. “Our farmers have been hit hard by a COVID-induced worker shortage, with many of them relying on seasonal and …

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Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme reopens

Primary producers in the Dubbo electorate can apply for assistance to drought-proof their properties, with the much-anticipated second round of the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate (EWIR) Scheme now open. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said EWIR enabled eligible primary producers to access a 25 per cent rebate, up to $25,000, on new purchases and installation costs of new water infrastructure such as bores, dams and pipes. “This scheme was immensely popular the first time around and I can’t wait to see local farmers make the most of it to help drought-proof their properties,” Mr Saunders said. “The NSW …

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Bushfire boost for Mudgee region tourism

Residents and visitors alike will benefit from a boost to the much-loved Putta Bucca Wetlands, thanks to a government grant. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced Mid-Western Regional Council has received $859,700 from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery program, which is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments. “The Putta Bucca Wetlands are a wonderful natural asset in the Mudgee region, but one that has not really been tapped into as much as it could be – until now,” Mr Saunders said. “The project will provide community and tourism infrastructure including picnic shelters, a boardwalk, …

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Dubbo artist giving the landscape a voice

Important conversations about the Macquarie Marshes will be amplified, with a Dubbo artist receiving $16,730 from the NSW Government for an innovative project. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said artist Kim V. Goldsmith received funding from the Arts and Cultural Funding Program to finalise Mosses + Marshes in Conversation. “Kim uses digital mediums and sensory elements to explore our response to, and interaction with, natural environments,” Mr Saunders said. “Her most recent project has seen her documenting the internationally-significant Macquarie Marshes, using some very innovative techniques to capture the ‘voice’ of the landscape.” Ms Goldsmith is involved in …

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