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Dubbo’s new riverside sporting precinct now open

The region’s variety of quality sporting facilities has expanded following the official opening of the Riverside Ovals and Amenities in Dubbo. The new sporting ovals were officially opened by way of coin toss by Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) CEO, Murray Wood and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders – at the NSW Cricket Boys Youth Championships, Monday 20 December 2021. DRC, CEO Murray Wood said the new sporting area will cater for a variety of sports and benefit the community well into the future, “This new precinct is a wonderful outcome for the local community and an asset for …

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Junior Rugby League boost for Dubbo

Junior Rugby League in the Dubbo region is set to receive a significant boost, with St Johns Junior Rugby League Club receiving a grant of $999,999.00 as part of the NSW Government’s ‘Regional Sport Facility Fund’. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the fund is set to run for two years, and give local clubs plenty of new opportunities. “This is an outstanding result for the St Johns Junior footy club, and I will personally be handing over a $1 coin to take this grant to an even $1 million!” Mr Saunders said. “The fund is providing grants …

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Empowering communities to respond to COVID-19

The Dubbo community will be empowered to deal with COVID going forward, thanks to a grant from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $30,000 for LeaderLife in Dubbo, which has been building capacity to support community led health communications and increase awareness of COVID-19. “Our local community is all the richer for the work of LeaderLife,” Mr Saunders said. “This grant will help the helpers. It will support volunteers in our community who are making a difference in this difficult time, as we continue to recover from the Delta outbreak, and deal with …

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New bridge will boost productivity in Dubbo

Work is under way once more at Terrabella Bridge, south of Dubbo, to provide better links for the regional community by replacing the existing timber bridge with a concrete one. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government has committed more than $3.17 million to the project, including $2,716,000 from the Fixing Country Roads Program, and $454,000 from the Fixing Country Bridges Program. “On top of easing the financial burden on councils, programs like these allow us to deliver projects sooner, and have supported more than 900 local jobs in NSW regional communities at a time when …

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Traffic lights for Christmas at Cobra-Fitzroy intersection

Christmas has come early for Dubbo, with the completion of the $19 million Mitchell Highway (Cobra Street) and Fitzroy Street intersection upgrade. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said flicking the switch on the new traffic lights marked the completion of more than a year of work to improve traffic flow, particularly during peak times. “This $19 million NSW Government funded upgrade is a really important part of the Building a Better Dubbo infrastructure project,” Mr Saunders said. “These lights will make a huge difference to the Dubbo community by improving safety and reducing congestion for both highway and …

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Artists to benefit from restoration of historic landmark

Stuart Town’s Railway Hotel will strengthen its role as a home for art in the region thanks to funding from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Stuart Town Advancement Association (STAA) will receive $13,613 from the Creative Capital program to restore the floor and floor coverings, and install a picture-hanging system, lock-up cupboards and reproduction door locks. “Restoring this historic landmark has been a real passion project for the entire Stuart Town community for decades, and it’s great to be able to provide a helping hand,” Mr Saunders said. “The STAA has an MOU …

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AFL juniors score big thanks to Community Building Partnerships program

Dubbo junior and senior AFL teams will have an easier time keeping score with a much-needed upgrade now possible thanks to the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced $22,000 for the Dubbo Junior Australian Rules Football Club to purchase and install a new LED scoreboard at South Dubbo Oval. “The current scoreboard is quite dilapidated and poses a safety risk for club volunteers – as well as the kids who are drawn to climb on it,” Mr Saunders said. “After 40 years of AFL in Dubbo, the Demons’ home ground is getting a much-needed revamp …

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TAFE NSW helps deliver $2.2m social housing

Construction is complete on a new $2.22 million social housing renewal project in Dubbo, thanks to a partnership between TAFE NSW and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC). Through the partnership, local pre-apprenticeship construction students from TAFE NSW Dubbo worked alongside tradespeople and TAFE supervisors to build eight new social housing apartments at Short Street, close to the CBD. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the project generated a valuable economic boost to the region, and practical training for pre-apprentices. “This investment came just at the right time for our community, providing jobs to established and up-and-coming …

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Dubbo benefits from major TAFE NSW upgrades

Students at Dubbo’s TAFE NSW campus will benefit from a $719,000 investment in the latest commercial cookery equipment, virtually enabled teaching and learning spaces, and new classroom devices. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the investment is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to increase access to face-to-face and hands-on learning, as well as provide flexible and engaging virtual study options, coupled with better classroom technology. “More than $200,000 has been used to purchase state-of-the-art cookery equipment that supports enhanced training in simulated and hands-on scenarios, including two commercial Combi-Steam ovens, an ice machine, three refrigeration compressors and …

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Shining a light on theatre savings

Audiences and ratepayers alike are set to benefit from a lighting upgrade at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced $56,000 for Dubbo Regional Council to replace the theatre’s inefficient, hard-to-source halogen house lights with LED globes. “The halogen globes consume a lot of energy, and every time they blow it costs a lot of time and money to replace them,” Mr Saunders said. “Not only will the new LEDs save the ratepayers money, they’re also a lot better for the environment. “Now that we can return to the theatre, …

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