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Applications open for Stronger Country Communities Fund

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging councils and community organisations requiring funding for major projects to apply for the latest round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF). Round four of the popular program is now open, with $100 million available for community amenity and sports related infrastructure projects. Half of the funding will be for projects that enhance female participation in sport, including change rooms. “The Stronger Country Communities Fund does exactly what the name suggests, and that is provide essential infrastructure for regional towns and cities,” Mr Saunders said. “It is a $100 million investment …

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Fletchers expansion to boost productivity and create jobs in Dubbo

One of Australia’s largest integrated processors and exporters of lamb and sheep meat products will be able to expand operations thanks to upgrades to the Dubbo facility made possible by the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said a $4.5 million grant will help deliver the $14 million expansion of Fletcher International Exports, increasing its processing capacity to 11,000 head per day and creating over 400 ongoing full-time jobs. Mr Saunders said the meat processing facility’s capacity to produce meat and skins has been limited by the amount of livestock the current facility …

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Delivering more affordable housing for Dubbo

More than 100 new homes have been delivered in Dubbo through a NSW Government program which is reducing housing stress and providing stability and support to those most in need. The Social and Affordable Housing Fund is a partnership between the NSW Government and community housing providers. Housing Plus and St Vincent de Paul Housing (SVdPH) are delivering new homes under the program in Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program is transforming the lives of those most in need by helping them break the cycle of disadvantage. “This investment is delivering a strong pipeline of …

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Let there be light! Goats get funding to upgrade Geurie Sports Ground

The Geurie Goats rugby union club will be able to conduct full training sessions under lights, after securing funding to upgrade the lights at the clubs home ground. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders recently visited the ground to announce $6988 from the Local Sports Grants Program has been allocated to the project. “Being able to train can be hard for winter sports as it gets dark early and if you have no lights, or old worn-out lights, you essentially have no training,” Mr Saunders said. “For clubs in larger centres this isn’t really an issue, but for those …

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Funding will allow Little Big Dairy to expand its operations

A $500,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund will help the expansion of The Little Big Dairy Company at Rawsonville, and provide new employment opportunities. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the grant will go towards building a new shed for storage and office space, along with the purchase of a fully automatic Wraparound Case Packing Machine to replace its current hand-packing system. Mr Saunders said the new machine will make a huge difference to output while reducing production costs, allowing the company to employ more staff in manufacturing, administration and logistics. “The new automated …

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Funding available to restore war memorials

Veterans groups and councils across the region are being encouraged to apply for grants for conservation work on local war memorials. Member for the Dubbo electorate said grants of up to $10,000 are available with applications opening for the NSW Government’s Community War Memorials Fund. “Each time you visit your local war memorial, I encourage you to consider how it could be protected, repaired or conserved for future generations,” Mr Saunders said. “Our region is so proud of those who served to make our country the wonderful place it is today. We saw at ANZAC Day commemorations on Sunday how …

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Scholarships to support our apprentices

The NSW Government is providing $1.5 million to assist apprentices through the annual Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced. A total of 100 scholarships worth $15,000 each will support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship and demonstrate a commitment to a career in vocational education and training. Mr Saunders said the Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship program offers a great incentive for apprentices to kick-start their career, with four locals successful as part of the program last year. “Apprenticeships are vital to ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers in …

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Dugald with 123 Tix director Terry Wilcher.

Local business ‘tix’ box for online ‘Discover’-y

A Dubbo business is leading the pack in becoming one of the first online ticketing providers to integrate the NSW Government’s Dine and Discover vouchers into its platform. As of last week, customers can have their Discover vouchers verified and redeemed through 123Tix. “Service NSW actually reached out to 123Tix, inviting them to partner with the NSW Government in rolling out the Dine and Discover vouchers,” Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said. “Those of us who live in regional NSW know full well that our businesses are some of the most innovative and agile anywhere in the world. …

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Big crowd flocks to ANZAC Day in Dubbo

It was terrific to see a return to the traditional ANZAC Day services on Sunday, with people coming out to commemorate the sacrifice made by those who have fought for the freedoms we have today. A year ago we were confined to our homes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this time around we could once again come together and the smiles on faces, the messages of thanks to our past and present soldiers and their families, and overall atmosphere told the tale of how that was received. Crowds flocked to dawn services across the region, and it …

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Racing, chasing and rugby league to provide a bumper weekend for Dubbo

Dubbo locals and visitors to the region will get to experience a full sporting weekend when the thoroughbred, greyhound and rugby league industries combine in the city next month With support from Racing NSW, Dubbo Turf Club will host a TAB meeting on Saturday, May 22 to complement the NRL fixture between South Sydney and Penrith on Sunday, May 23, and a greyhound meeting that will be held at Dawson Park on the Saturday evening. The NSW Government has combined with Dubbo Regional Council to bring the NRL to the city for the first time, and Member for the Dubbo …

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