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New cops on the beat at Dubbo Police Station

Three new probationary constables have joined the ranks of the Orana Mid-Western Police District (OMWPD) this week, helping keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new recruits were sworn in at an attestation parade in Goulburn on Friday, and then got straight to work at the Dubbo Police Station on Monday. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders welcomed the new officers to the Dubbo region. “Being a police officer is a challenging job at the best of times – but never have police played a bigger role in protecting and serving our communities than during the local …

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Dubbo Derby Day returns for 2021

In a major win for racing fans, and fans of a good time, Dubbo turf club will host a Derby Day meeting on Saturday October 30- the first since 2019. With the easing of restrictions from Monday October 11, Derby Day is expected to be the first big event for Dubbo, with a capacity of 3,000 people allowed. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said it’s a great way to get people back together after a tough couple of years. “This will be one of those nice opportunities for Dubbo as we come out of lockdown, and it’s a …

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Stage 2 of Ballimore Road funded

Safer journeys are on the way across the Dubbo Local Government Area (LGA), with Dubbo Regional Council receiving just under $1 million in funding from the NSW Government for Stage 2 of the Ballimore Road sealing project, under the latest round of the Fixing Local Roads program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Ballimore Road Stage 2 will include the reconstruction and sealing of intersections with Windora and Wongajong Lanes, the replacement of safety barriers, line marking, installation of new signs and guide posts and upgrades of the bridge at Finns Crossing. “Ballimore road provides a direct connection …

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Major milestone for Dubbo Zoo’s new wildlife hospital

Construction of a new Wildlife Hospital at Taronga Western Plains Zoo has continued to move forward despite the impacts of Covid-19 on the Dubbo region, with the first two of four concrete slabs poured for the main building. There has been a lot of works completed to date, including clearing the site and earth works prior to the first concrete pour. In-ground services are now commencing and rammed earth walls are being erected for the first aspect of the Wildlife Hospital footprint. “It’s very exciting to see the Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital starting to take shape,” said Member for the Dubbo …

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Grant backs local group to improve River health

Key fish species including Murray Cod and Golden Perch will thrive thanks to a local river rehabilitation project funded by the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced $11,220 for Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association/Ozfish to rehabilitate ‘Bockhobble’ on the Macquarie River, including willow control and revegetation activities. “Inland Waterways is a great local, grassroots organisation with a proven track record of delivering benefits for our environment,” Mr Saunders said. “This project will see improved habitat for recreational fish species, including Murray Cod and Golden Perch, and improved water quality and biodiversity at Bockhobble …

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Western Cancer Centre Dubbo opens to patients

The highly anticipated Western Cancer Centre in Dubbo has opened to patients, bringing life-saving services much closer to home for people in regional and remote areas of Western NSW. Construction of the $35 million project is now complete, and services have begun moving into the state-of-the-art facility at Dubbo Hospital in stages from Monday 20 September. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the completion of the Western Cancer Centre marks a historic milestone for the Dubbo community and the entire western region. “This is one of my proudest days as the Member for Parkes,” Mr Coulton said. “The Western …

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Carbon-neutral concrete poured at Dubbo Rail Maintenance Facility

Carbon-neutral concrete being poured at Dubbo’s new rail maintenance centre is reducing carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by up to 5,000 tonnes through offset programs. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Holcim, the first Australian-owned Climate Active Certified concrete supplier, is offsetting carbon on about 9000 cubic metres of its ready-mix concrete being used at the Mindyarra Rail Maintenance Centre in Dubbo. “The NSW Government is serious about reducing its environmental footprint, so to have Australian-first initiatives trialled in a regional centre like Dubbo is huge,” Mr Saunders said. “We’re committed to making sure our infrastructure is sustainable, both …

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$20m electrical contract for Mindyarra Rail Maintenance Centre

Six locals will be recruited to carry out major electrical works at the Mindyarra Maintenance Centre under a $20 million contract awarded to ARA Indigenous Services. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the awarding of this contract to a registered Aboriginal Business is great news. “I encourage everyone to apply for the new roles needed to get this work done, including two electricians, two trades’ assistants and two project administrators,” Mr Saunders said. “A key objective of the Regional Rail Project is to provide opportunities for people and businesses in regional NSW, and we are continually delivering on …

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Development applications for regional sports hub submitted

The development applications for the Dubbo Regional Sports Hub have been submitted to Dubbo Regional Council. The hub will be developed on Charles Sturt University land, with Stage 1 involving the construction of a $25.3 million PCYC and Multi Indoor Sport Facility featuring a combination of basketball, gymnastics, indoor hockey, netball, futsal and volleyball courts, providing an all-weather venue for sporting participants of all levels. Following the completion of site investigation, planning and designs, DAs for the complex and early works have been submitted to council for assessment, which Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said is an exciting …

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TAFE funding to jumpstart our COVID recovery

Dubbo is set to share in the NSW Government’s $100 million investment in TAFE NSW, including new equipment to help train workers in some high-demand industries. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than $600,000 will be invested across both TAFE NSW Dubbo campuses, spanning a range of industries including agriculture, hospitality, construction and manufacturing. The investment, which has been made in consultation with local campuses, includes: beverage chiller and other hospitality equipment, valued at more than $140,000 plug in electric vehicle with charger and tools, valued at $60,000 construction equipment valued at more than $27,000 industry-leading woolpress, …

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