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New bridge to improve safety for Dubbo, supporters come out in force

The new high-level crossing of the Macquarie River at River Street will deliver improved safety, better access and keep communities connected during flood events, with the Submissions Report and refined design now released. Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said there had been a number of changes to the design following community consultation to ensure the project responded to the needs of the local community. “After carefully considering and responding to every one of the 310 submissions from the community consultation on the New Dubbo Bridge project, we have refined the design,” Mr Saunders said. “We’ve increased the speed limit, introduced …

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Saunders asks for more drought support

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has called for further financial support to be provided to residents and business owners in drought-impacted regions of regional NSW. Mr Saunders wrote to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet earlier this week, calling for similar provisions to the ones applied to bushfire-affected parts of the state, including rate relief, and working capital and low interest loans. Mr Saunders said the proposed assistance would be similar to that rolled out across regions which have been affected by the devastating bushfires. “What has happened to parts of NSW, particularly on the South Coast, has been nothing …

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Applications open for $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card

Applications for the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card are now open for those living in the Dubbo electorate. Eligible seniors can apply through service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW Service Centre. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the card, one of the government’s key election commitments, will ease the cost of travel for eligible regional seniors. “Travel is one of the most significant expenses for residents living in rural and regional NSW, which is why the NSW Government committed at the 2019 election to reducing that cost for seniors,” Mr Saunders …

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Ella Murray named in NSW Womens Open field

One of the rising stars of the golf world will get the chance to shine on the international stage, after it was announced that 14-year-old Dubbo junior Ella Murray will take her place in the field for the 2020 Worrells NSW Womens Open at Dubbo Golf Club. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with Dubbo Golf Club captain Debbie Murray, ladies president Maureen Dempsey, club president Niall McNicol and general manager Rod Archer for the announcement, which comes five weeks out from the February 27-March 1 tournament. “Ella is a phenomenal golfer and to have her involved in …

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Regional Seniors Transport Card on the way

One of the NSW Government’s key pre-election commitments will be rolled out in the coming weeks, with regional seniors able to apply for the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card from Wednesday, 29 January. Member for the Dubbo electorate said travel was one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors living in rural and regional areas, and the card is designed to ease the burden of those costs. “This card is about making it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Saunders said. “Eligible seniors will be able …

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Funding for multicultural events in Dubbo

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today announced two community organisations have received funding to deliver multicultural events in 2020, thanks to the NSW Government’s Celebrating Diversity Events grant program. The NSW Central West Muslims Association is receiving $4,000.00 for its Eid Festival to help mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The Festival has run for the past two years, with increasing community support, and Mr Saunders said he was happy to provide financial support so it could continue next year. “The celebration of Eid is a great opportunity for people to get to …

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Community helps redesign Baird Street intersection

Community feedback has shaped a new design for the intersection of Baird Street and the Newell Highway in Dubbo. Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the changes to the design demonstrate the NSW Government’s commitment to working with the community to ensure road upgrades meet local needs. “The NSW Government is committed to delivering road projects that support local economies and keep friends and families connected,” Mr Saunders said. “Earlier this year Transport for NSW went out for community consultation on a concept design for the Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway intersection upgrade. “As part of this consultation, feedback was …

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Further funding for Sports Hub project

The future of the Dubbo Sport and Wellness Hub is secure, with the NSW Government filling a funding shortfall to ensure stage one of the project becomes a reality. As part of its drought strategy to keep regional communities thriving, the NSW Government is giving the green light to infrastructure investment that will provide work for local tradespeople, deliver improved amenities for communities and inject dollars into drought-affected towns. In the state’s Central West with the NSW Government Community Cabinet, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro today joined with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders …

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$600,000 for Lifeline Central West to find a Dubbo home

Hope and help is on the way to the people of Western NSW thanks to $600,000 in special funding by the NSW Government for Lifeline Central West. Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor joined Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders to announce the funding, which will be used to purchase a new Lifeline building in Dubbo to accommodate the growing number of volunteers needed to provide suicide prevention and mental health counselling and training services to the region. Mr Saunders said the funding will allow Lifeline to provide a Rapid Community Support Program. “Lifeline Dubbo will be the base …

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Rawsonville Bridge to be replaced

The 103-year-old Rawsonville Bridge west of Dubbo will be removed and replaced following feedback from the local community. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said $700,000 of NSW Government funding has been committed to investigate options to replace the bridge with a new concrete bridge. “Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is currently working with Dubbo Regional Council on the strategic design for the new bridge, with the proposal to be presented to the community once planning is complete,” Mr Saunders said. “The new bridge is aimed to provide a smoother, safer river crossing and reduce ongoing maintenance costs, allowing for …

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