Dubbo

Region set to benefit from record investment in scholarships for early learning educators

A working mother-of-two is among the local recipients of an Early Childhood Education Scholarship from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than 400 early childhood teachers across NSW are set to receive up to $25,000 to further their studies and careers, including four from Dubbo and one from Mudgee. “These scholarships will support recipients to deepen their understanding of early childhood environments, and gain additional skills and capabilities which will be passed on to the children they teach,” Mr Saunders said. “Crucially, one-third of recipients are already living and working in regional and remote …

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Regional Men’s Qualifier returns to Dubbo Golf Club

Dubbo Golf Club will once again be on show to some of the best golfers in NSW, as it hosts the final tournament of the NSW Regional Open Series in January 2023. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said the Western Open has proven very popular with the visiting golfers, along with locals, and has complemented the success of the 2020 NSW Women’s Open, which was also hosted in Dubbo. “The last couple of years have been amazing, both in regards to the golfing talent we’ve seen on the Dubbo fairways and greens, but also in the amount of …

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Lights, Camera, Action: Dubbo Regional Theatre receives lighting upgrade

Audiences and performers are set to benefit from a stage lighting upgrade at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre thanks to a $1 million investment by the NSW Government. Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders was today joined by Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin and representatives from Dubbo Regional Council to announce funding from Create NSW’s Creative Capital program. Mr Saunders said this lighting upgrade will enable better outcomes for hirers and community users of the theatre. “It was only this time last year when the Mayor and I were treading these very boards, with cameos in the Dubbo …

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Funding to ‘bridge’ the gap for rural residents

A bridge leading to some of the Wellington district’s key tourist attractions is set to be upgraded, thanks to the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced over $1.5 million for Dubbo Regional Council to upgrade Burrendong Bridge No. 1 on Fashions Mount Road. “The old timber bridge has served the region well over the years, but it’s no longer fit for purpose for either the locals or visitors who frequent Fashions Mount Road,” Mr Saunders said. “This funding will enable Council to replace the narrow, two-lane timber bridge …

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Macquarie United score big with grant funding

Some of Dubbo’s rising stars of the world game are taking to the field in style, thanks to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant program (LSGP). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $4,500 for the Macquarie United Football Club (MUFC) to update their jerseys and equipment. “Like many of our local sporting clubs, the Sky Blues invest heavily in their juniors, who are the future of the world game here in Dubbo,” Mr Saunders said. “It’s so important to do everything we can to encourage young people to be active, and team sports are a great …

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Car park project transforms hospital access

The $30 million car park project at Dubbo Hospital is now complete with the official opening of a new multi-storey car park. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Mark Spittal today toured the facility which will provide hundreds of new car parking spaces on the campus. “The project will provide more than 350 new spaces within the hospital campus and significantly improve access to our world-class health facilities, making it easier for people from right across our region to travel to Dubbo for their healthcare needs,” Mr Saunders said. “These additional …

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Grant to help Memorial race whip up a crowd!

An annual charity dirt bike race has been given head start, thanks to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant program (LSGP). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $3,500 for the Dubbo Dirt Bike Club to prepare for the Mac Daddy Memorial Cup on September 25. “The club launched the event in 2015, in memory of Mitch Mackay who passed away after a battle with a rare form of bone cancer,” Mr Saunders said. “Understandably, the event still holds a very special place in the hearts of dirt bike riders right across the Central West, and in …

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Bringing the taste of the ocean to the bush

Residents across the Dubbo region will get a chance to hook some of the State’s world-class seafood after a series of festivals were launched under the NSW Government’s Eat More Seafood Grants Program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Taste of Seafood (TOS) Festival will combine forces with the annual DREAM Festival later this year. “NSW has some of the best seafood in the world – and now it’s coming to the bush!” Mr Saunders said. “This festival will be a boon for Dubbo, attracting visitors from across the Central West and Western NSW for a seafood …

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Funding boost for Dubbo justice initiatives

A multi-million dollar investment in justice programs will help to enhance and empower community in alternative measures through the Youth Koori Court in Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the expansion of the Youth Koori Court to the Children’s Court at Dubbo will provide support for up to an additional 160 young Aboriginal people.  “The Youth Koori Court will work with Elders and other respected community members in Dubbo to help young Aboriginal people to make positive changes,” Mr Saunders said. “I welcome this initiative, following the successful examples set by Youth Koori Courts in Surry Hills …

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The Secret’s out: Jobs abound for businesses born and ‘bread’ in the Dubbo region

Close to 50 jobs are set to be created in the Dubbo region with the support of a NSW Government program that’s already delivering more than 500 roles across the electorate. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced funding for not one, but two businesses through the popular Regional Job Creation Fund (RJCF). Ben Furney Flour Mills will receive $500,000 to support their $5.4 million investment in a new packaging line and warehouse management system. “For more than 100 years, the Furney family has actively operated farms as well as the Dubbo mill, where they oversee the …

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