Dubbo

National Road Safety Week spreads important message

Road users in the region are being encouraged to lead the way by driving so others survive, during National Road Safety Week. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders saidcountry people make up a third of NSW’s population, but last year deaths on country roads made up more than two-thirds of our road toll. “These aren’t just numbers. They are all real people with real lives and families,” he said. “This week is a time for reflection, but we also want everyone on our roads to think about how their choices behind the wheel impact on others and think about …

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Funding ensures kids get a kick out of elite coaching

The growing band of Dubbo Demons juniors will have further access to high-level coaching thanks to a grant secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders. Mr Saunders visited South Dubbo Oval recently to announce $1800 from the Local Sport Grant Program would go towards a ‘Kicking Dynamics’ session with top coach Tim Schmidt. “Australian Rules Football is a growing sport in Dubbo, and more of our players are reaching representative levels because the club has built a relationship with quality coaches,” Mr Saunders said. “Kicking is the key component to the game, so it is great that the …

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$50 million support package to combat mice plague

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed today’s announcement that the NSW Government will provide $50 million for households, local businesses and farmers to combat the mice plague currently impacting regional NSW. Mr Saunders said his electorate, stretching from Trangie in the west to Mudgee in the east, has done it tough off the back of drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and this mice plague is devastating communities who are already suffering. “I have received a lot of feedback from communities that we needed to act on this mice plague so I am pleased to announce the NSW …

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Rifle club has new toilet in its sights

The Narromine-Dubbo Rifle Club is about to become a more accessible facility, thanks to funding secured through the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders recently visited the complex to announce $13,501 will be provided to help the club install a portable toilet that features access for disabled patrons and older members. “More and more we are seeing sporting clubs and other organisations that are looking to provide basic amenities that are accessible for people with disabilities,” Mr Saunders said. “That’s a wonderful thing, I am proud to have secured this grant to allow …

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Funding available for new and improved play spaces

Funding applications are now open to build new and improved inclusive play spaces, with $5 million available for communities across NSW. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government has expanded the successful $15 million Everyone Can Play program to ensure more people can enjoy improved public parks. “We’re committed to creating play spaces everyone can enjoy,” Mr Saunders said. “I encourage Dubbo Regional, Narromine Shire and Mid-Western Regional Councils to apply for projects to build or improve play spaces in our local area, so they are accessible for people of all ages and abilities. “The new …

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Dubbo Kart Club to receive a digital lap scoreboard

Racers at Dubbo Kart Club will have no excuse for running out of fuel, with the club set to install a new digital lap scoreboard at Lincoln County Raceway. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders visited the club recently to announce it has received $5995 from the Local Sport Grant Program to fund the project, which will be completed prior to major events later in the year. “The raceway is a really well set up complex, but this new scoreboard will add an extra degree of professionalism that is normally only seen at some of the major tracks around …

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Seniors get moving with regional travel card

Just three months after applications for the Regional Seniors Travel Card opened for 2021, the popular initiative has had more than 7000 applications across the electorate, putting more than $1.75 million into the pockets of senior residents. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said it is fantastic to see the keen response to year two of the trial of the $250 pre-paid Visa card, which benefited more than 337,500 seniors across regional NSW in 2020. “The Regional Seniors Travel Card was a commitment we made before the 2019 NSW election, and I’m proud to say it’s one we have …

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Female program and Sixes tournament to proceed thanks to funding

A Dubbo-based football club with plans to run a sixes tournament and a program aimed at increasing female participation will be able to do so, thanks to financial support from the NSW Government’s Local Sports Grants Program Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with members of Macquarie United Football Club recently to announce almost $4750 worth of funding for the club to host the events in late 2021 and early 2022. From the funding, $1750 will be spent on the club hosting the “Our Time To Shine” female-based program next year for interested females aged 5 years and …

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Saunders backs release of 20-year housing strategy

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed the release of the NSW Government’s first ever housing strategy for the State, which outlines a 20-year vision for better housing across NSW. Mr Saunders said the Housing 2041 strategy and an initial two-year action plan will deliver improved outcomes immediately, and into the future, by focusing on housing supply, diversity, affordability and resilience. “It’s no secret that housing, both government and private, is in short supply in all parts of our region, but this strategy will allow us to better plan and deliver housing that meets the needs of people …

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Apex Oval capacity set at 11,300 for historic NRL clash

Apex Oval will have a capacity of 11,300 for the May 23 National Rugby League match between South Sydney and Penrith, with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders confirming the figure had received approval from the NSW Government. Dubbo Regional Council staff have been working on a COVID safety plan to allow as many people as possible to be part of the history-making match, which will be the first NRL competition game to be played in the city. Mr Saunders said an exemption has been provided to increase crowd capacity at the ground, allowing further tickets to now be …

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