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Funding certainty for Dubbo electorate schools

Students at public schools in the region will benefit from the funding certainty delivered in their school budget allocations for next year. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the allocations to the region’s 35 schools are part of $10.1 billion in annual Gonski funding being delivered to public schools for 2021. The distribution of funding through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM) ensures that the best possible learning opportunities are provided to directly benefit the 2021 student cohort. Mr Saunders said almost $27 million worth of funding had been allocated for Dubbo electorate schools, and  delivers support where it …

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Funding deadline extended for Habitat Action Grants

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging the region’s fishos to get their applications in for the NSW Government’s Habitat Action Grants program, after the deadline was extended until 16th October. Mr Saunders said that recreational fishing groups, Landcare organisations, high schools and local councils in the region would all be able to submit a funding application to see their native fish habitats flourish. “This is a fantastic grants program that I hope all anglers in the region can take full advantage of,” he said. “Our waterways here, and right across the state, are already among the most …

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Kids to share their Christmas wishes

With a challenging 2020 drawing towards an end, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is seeking assistance to design his holiday greeting cards. For many years now, primary school children across the region have been asked to submit drawings, with the winner to take pride of place on the card, which is delivered to hundreds of people and organisations across NSW. Given the ups and downs of the year, with welcomed rain countered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Saunders is keen for the children of the region to share drawings that outline their Christmas wishes “Last year the theme …

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New cops graduate from academy and start work with Orana Mid-Western Police District

Three new probationary constables have commenced duties in the Orana Mid-Western Police District after being sworn in at a private attestation ceremony at the Goulburn Police Academy last week. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders welcomed the recruits to the region, saying rural policing allows them the chance to experience a broad cross-section of what the job has to offer “Our new police officers are a much-needed boost to the community and they will greatly help us as a community,” Mr Saunders said. “Joining the Orana Mid-Western Police District they will get exposure to general duties but also rural …

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Lifeline finds a new home in Dubbo

Western NSW residents will have even greater access to mental health support with the opening of a new Lifeline centre in Dubbo. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor to open the new, purpose-built centre, made possible thanks to $600,000 in special funding from the NSW Government. Mr Saunders said the centre comes at a critical time for his community. “The brutal forces of drought, COVID-19 and financial uncertainty are taking a toll on the strongest and most resilient among us,” he said. “One of my priorities after being elected was to see …

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Major milestone reached at Western Cancer Centre

Work on a facility that will be a lifesaver for people in western NSW has reached a major milestone in its construction. A “topping out” ceremony marking the highest point of construction being reached, was held at the Western Cancer Centre on Friday, with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joining with his Federal counterpart, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, to commemorate the achievement. The $35 million facility is being funded by both levels of government, with $25 million from the Federal Government complemented by a $10 million contribution from the NSW Government. Progress on the facility has been …

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Apex Oval to be a burrow for the Bunnies

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced an exciting partnership that will see the South Sydney Rabbitohs playing NRL competition matches at Dubbo’s Apex Oval for the next two seasons. As chairman of the NSW Government’s Regional NRL taskforce, Mr Saunders has liaised with the club, the NRL and Dubbo Regional Council to ensure top-flight football returns to the city for the first time since the 2014 Country-City match. “Dubbo deserves NRL games, and I thank the NRL, South Sydney and Dubbo Regional Council for working with the taskforce to make this happen,” he said. “When I was …

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Turf Club project off and racing

The NSW Nationals are investing in the future of local racing with a significant funding investment to improve facilities at the Dubbo Turf Club.  The investment is being rolled out as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 stimulus package and will result in 12 new jobs for local tradies. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with Racing Minister Kevin Anderson today to announce $318,000 to construct additional stabling at the track. “Racing has a long and proud history in the Dubbo electorate and the racing industry is significant to our local economy and sporting culture,” Mr Saunders said. …

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Quiet achievers in community recognised with electorate awards

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has recognised nine members of the Dubbo community for their efforts by presenting them with special electorate awards. A special ceremony and morning tea was held at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on Wednesday where the recipients – David Ward, Nola Honeysett, Fran Rowe, Lionel Wood, Jeremy Dickson, Di Clifford, Matt Gilbert and Brooke Mallison – were presented with special medals. Mr Saunders said the event was a way to show community-minded people that their work contributes to making Dubbo a better place to live. “Each and every day in Dubbo we have people …

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Saunders welcomes Federal funding for River Street Bridge project

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed news that the Federal Government will invest $176 million towards the cost of the River Street Bridge in Dubbo. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced on Monday that funding will be forthcoming for the project, as part of a wider road funding program to be announced in the 2020 Budget. Mr Saunders said the federal investment is a show of faith in a project that will be of immense benefit to the city. “The allocation of the $176 million from the Federal government shows that this bridge is considered a …

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