Dubbo

Locals hard at work on Mindyarra Rail Facility

Dubbo tradies are capitalising on the unprecedented investment in regional NSW, saying the opportunity to work on the Mindyarra Regional Rail Maintenance Facility is “priceless”. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said locals are not only being employed on the project, but also getting opportunities to upskill through Transport for NSW and CPB Contractors. “We know local businesses are perfectly capable of delivering on landmark projects, but when they’re competing against metro businesses it can be tough to get their foot in the door,” Mr Saunders said. “Not only has the NSW Government backed in regional businesses, we’re also …

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Skincare company shares the good oil on traditional medicines unlocking jobs in Dubbo

An innovative Orana based skincare company will help restore the local habitat while upscaling its production to meet growing local and export demand for its essential oil products, thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said a $200,000 grant will help Native Secrets boost production of its essential oils and natural skincare products, creating 10 jobs, including training opportunities for local Indigenous people. Mr Saunders said Native Secrets will purchase processing equipment including a boiler and oil separator that will boost its in-house capabilities, also saving time and money by reducing …

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Have your say on the new Rawsonville Bridge

The community is being invited to have its say on the environmental assessment and detailed design of the newer, stronger bridge to be built across the Macquarie River at Rawsonville, west of Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was an important milestone for the project. “We’re excited to be one step closer to providing a much improved bridge that will be able to carry more traffic and heavier loads, and require less ongoing maintenance,” Mr Saunders said. “The existing timber truss bridge, has served the community well since 1916, but is …

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Event management scholarship to benefit Kate and her community

Dubbo’s Kate Wade has been awarded a scholarship to study a Diploma of Event Management thanks to a partnership between Destination NSW and peak events industry body Meeting & Events Australia (MEA). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Event Management Scholarship Program is designed to stimulate the regional visitor economy by investing in home-grown talent. “Kate already coordinates business events through her work with The Exchange Dubbo,” Mr Saunders said. “This scholarship will not just support Kate with tuition, but will ultimately benefit our region by advancing her event management skills. “The regional conference economy is worth …

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Boost for Dubbo multicultural community

The Dubbo region is home to people from a rich array of cultural backgrounds, and two groups devoted to celebrating that diversity have received a very welcome boost from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $3456 for the Bangladeshi Community (BCID) in Dubbo for the purchase of marquees, chairs, tables and speakers to facilitate events. Mr Saunders also announced $3,100 for the Orana Residents of Indian Sub-Continental Heritage Inc (ORISCON) to equip the office in their new hall, and purchase furniture and equipment for use at their events. “These two volunteer-driven community organisations …

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Wellington-born Aboriginal biscuit and slice maker set to grow

A Wellington-born, Aboriginal owned food manufacturer is set to substantially increase its supply of Australian native biscuits and slices to corporate and travel markets, thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Member for Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said an $180,000 grant will help Dreamtime Tuka improve its manufacturing capacity through automating production of its biscuits and slices, creating 10 sustainable jobs in the region. “Dreamtime Tuka is a local success story, coming from humble beginnings in Wellington. Herb Smith has created a successful company that celebrates Aboriginal culture and heritage through native food products,” Mr …

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New homes for vulnerable Dubbo locals

The NSW Government is asking members of the Dubbo community to share their views on plans to build 16 high-quality social housing homes for up to 24 vulnerable residents in Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is proposing to build eight new one-bedroom and eight new two-bedroom homes at Myall Street, Dubbo. “If approved, we will replace four outdated properties with two high-quality, double-story residential buildings to provide much-needed social and economic benefits for the local community,” Mr Saunders said. Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said four …

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Bunnies back to Dubbo for 2022

The National Rugby League will be back at Dubbo in 2022, as Grand Finalists South Sydney hosts its round 11 clash with the Canberra Raiders at Apex Oval on May 22. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders, who is chair of the NRL regional taskforce, said the corresponding fixture this year was a great success, and saw the two teams who played in Dubbo meet in the Grand Final. “It really was an amazing co-incidence, and I think everyone who watched Souths host Penrith in May felt some sort of involvement in this year’s decider, because of the match …

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$35m Police Training Facility boost for Dubbo

A major infrastructure boost has been confirmed for the Dubbo region with today’s design reveal of a new NSW Police Force training facility worth $35 million. Member for Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders was today joined by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott, and NSW Police Force’s Western Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Brett Greentree to unveil the official design for the facility. Mr Saunders said the training academy will generate jobs through the initial site preparation and subsequent construction, as well as ongoing supply and maintenance. “Today’s design reveal further demonstrates the NSW Government’s 2019 election commitment to …

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Funding boost for Dubbo refuges

Not-for-profit organisations delivering critical social services support to vulnerable people will receive a helping hand to assist with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government is providing $150,000 to Orana Support Service, allowing it to continue to deliver services to the most vulnerable members of our community. “This funding will help ease the financial burden as we transition out of COVID-19 restrictions,” Mr Saunders said. “The additional boost will help Orana Support Service adapt to unexpected changes and ensure the continuity of the important support they provide.” The funding boost …

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