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Dubbo electorate hospitals fast tracked for COVID-19

Two hospitals in the Dubbo Electorate have been leading the way in terms of fast-tracking building works to help provide extra care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $71 million new Mudgee Hospital and the $150 million stages 3 & 4 redevelopment at Dubbo Hospital have been recognised as vitally important by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard. “At both Dubbo and Mudgee hospitals Health Infrastructure has been working with the staff and building contractors to make sure the measures required to treat more patients are brought forward, and it …

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Showground works to be done as part of regional NSW stimulus package

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the NSW Government’s $100 million announcement to fast track vital infrastructure projects in regional NSW to help local industries, councils and communities rebuild and recover from the impacts of drought, bushfire and COVID-19.   Included among the package is $25 million for upgrades to regional showgrounds, which Mr Saunders said will deliver essential upgrades to almost 170 showgrounds around the state. “I have spoken to land managers of showgrounds in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Trangie, Mudgee, Gulgong and Tomingley, and there is a lot of excitement around the fact that some significant …

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Funding for our region’s scout facilities

The scout community in western NSW will have access to improved facilities, after the NSW Government provided more than $290,000 in funding to the 1st Dubbo Scouts as part of the Stronger Country Communities Fund program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the organisation had been successful in securing a total of $291,954 which will be used to re-roof the existing three buildings, remove asbestos, gyprock and paint some internal walls, install new flooring, doors and windows and construct a deck between the buildings with accessible ramps to improve access for all users. “This round of the Stronger …

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Recreation area to be built at Brocklehurst

A village to the north of Dubbo will be provided with a new green space and recreational area as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced that Dubbo Regional Council successfully applied for $80,000 to complete the project, which will see a playground, irrigation system and turf installed. Council will invest the remainder of the funding for the project, which has a total value just shy of $120,000. “Unfortunately Brocklehurst doesn’t currently have any designated areas set aside for recreational or social gatherings,” Mr Saunders said. “This playground and …

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Burrendong Dam critical pump project on standby

The NSW Government has today confirmed the installation of a WaterNSW drought emergency pump in Burrendong Dam. The pump will be used to supply remnant water out of the Dam in the event of critically low dam levels. The pump network and associated operational apparatus has been constructed and commissioned – part of a $6.7million project that adds 16 gigalitres of precious additional town supply to communities in the drought-affected Macquarie valley. Inflows into Burrendong in April have lifted the storage capacity to above 12 per cent – up from 1.5 per cent in February – so the pumping equipment …

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Terrabella Bridge to be replaced thanks to NSW Government funding

An older-style timber bridge that crosses the Little River south of Geurie is set to benefit from a share of $86 million being invested into road, bridge and truck wash projects across regional parts of the state. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced that $2.716 million will be provided to Dubbo Regional Council to replace the Terrabella Bridge as part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program. The funding will complement $700,000 pledged to council for the project by the Federal Government. “This is an important project for the agricultural sector as it will improve freight …

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Funding to fix our country roads

The Dubbo electorate is set to benefit from a share of $86 million being invested into road, bridge and truck wash projects across regional parts of the state through the latest round of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the latest round of funding would see $3.716 million invested into a pair of important infrastructure projects for the region. “The NSW Government is investing in projects to boost freight efficiency across the regions, and improve access and connectivity across the state road network,” Mr Saunders said. “Fixing Country Roads has already …

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Funding grows hope for region’s youth

A program aimed at helping youth in the region develop a sense of worth will proceed thanks to $80,000 in funding from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders has announced that LeaderLife has been successful in securing funding as part of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, with the money to be put into the organisation’s Soil2Soul program. Soil2Soul is aimed at disengaged youth and, through its lease of a lime farm in Narromine, provides them with meaningful jobs and training that will allow them to develop skills across a variety of different sectors, including agriculture and …

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LH Ford Bridge work complete

Moving large quantities of freight through Dubbo has become safer with work to strengthen the LH Ford Bridge now complete. Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the works meant Higher Mass Limit (HML) heavy vehicles up to 68 tonnes will now have more direct access through Dubbo. “This is great news for the freight industry and ensures the important job of getting supplies to and from the Central West can happen as efficiently and safely as possible,” Mr Toole said. “As a Government, we’re working closely with the freight sector to ensure essential goods get to where …

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A step up for the Dubbo Triathlon Club

The Dubbo Triathlon club will be able to host a broader range of events in the future, thanks to $28,455 from the NSW Government to help build more steps with hand-rails into the Macquarie River for the swim legs during competitions. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said the grant is from the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and will provide a great boost for the club. “The Dubbo Triathlon Club has been noticeably growing in participation and community involvement over recent years, and this is a really practical way I can support the members into the future.” “The grant …

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