Dubbo

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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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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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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Menstrual health program to be trialled in Dubbo

Free menstrual products will be available to students in Dubbo and Western Sydney as part of a pilot program offering tampons and pads to students.  The Liberals & Nationals Government is commencing the trial to run over the next two terms, with the aim to reduce barriers for students. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the trial covers 16 local schools, as well as 13 in the Western Sydney area. “As a father of two daughters I know puberty is a difficult time in a young person’s life, and for girls that is exacerbated by the emotions that …

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Girls just want to have fun at Lake Burrendong

Local girls have the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking program next month that aims to give them the skills and confidence to play sport. The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program is an award-winning program delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with the University of Newcastle with Dads helping to improve girls’ sports skills and wellbeing. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program features a weekend of fun practical and educational activities for daughters and dads at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre. “The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program is …

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Small business rebate scheme opens soon

A $1500 rebate scheme opening early next month will help small businesses in the region pay for NSW and local government fees and charges, such as licences, council rates, and registration fees. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Small Business Fees and Charges Rebate, which was announced in November’s Budget, will provide support for eligible NSW small businesses, sole traders and non-profit organisations. “Small business plays such a big role in our communities so it’s important that we support them to recover from the impact of the pandemic and encourage business growth by reducing costs,” he said. …

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Now is the time to Dine and Discover

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging residents to access their Dine & Discover vouchers, after addresses in the Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong regions became eligible this week. Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers – worth $100 in total – to spend in participating businesses. Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories: Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays. Two $25 vouchers to be used for …

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