Mudgee & Gulgong

Rent relief for Crown Land lease and licence holders

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a move from the NSW Government to offer rent relief to eligible businesses and not-for-profits that lease or license Crown land and who have suffered financial losses during COVID-19. Mr Saunders said rent waivers will be offered for eligible organisations as part of a national code of conduct to support businesses. “Many businesses and organisations across the region have been doing it incredibly tough as a result of COVID-19,” Mr Saunders said. “I warmly welcome this support from the NSW Government which will help eligible regional businesses and not-for-profits that lease …

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Resources For Regions funding welcomed

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed funding that will be provided to the Mid-Western and Narromine local government areas through the Resources for Regions Program. Mid-Western Regional Council will receive $2,608,069 from the fund while Narromine’s allocation is $1,675,604. The program has been established for local towns and communities embedded within the mining industry, and is worth a total of $50 million across 24 local government areas (LGAs) across the state. “This funding will give both Mid-Western Regional Council and Narromine Shire Council additional funds to complete projects that are of benefit to their respective communities,” Mr …

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Road projects to benefit from state and federal funding

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed news that the NSW Government has partnered with the Federal Government to fast-track work on roads in the region. Mr Saunders joined with Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, on Thursday to announce the expansion of the Fixing Local Roads Program. The program will see a total of $500 million spent by the NSW Government, with this round of $191 million complemented by $191 million worth of Federal funding. This round sees the Mid-Western Regional Council receive $5,299,700 to complete the sealing of Aarons Road, along with a series of projects …

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More upgrades for local showgrounds

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announced $387,000 in further improvement works to local showgrounds as part of a NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package. Mr Saunders said Dubbo and Mudgee showgrounds have been approved for upgrade work to improve the safety, use and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy. “Our showgrounds play an important role at the heart of our communities so I welcome this further investment by the NSW Government,” Mr Saunders said. “This latest work follows the announcement last month of $167,326 in improvement works to Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong showgrounds. …

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Funding for two of our unique tourist offerings

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed news that two of the region’s main tourism offerings have received funding through the 2020 Regional Event Fund. The Dubbo Stampede and Flavours of Mudgee Festival will each receive $20,000 worth of Flagship Event funding, which will help the events recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our region is one of the premier tourism destinations in New South Wales so I am really pleased that two of our really unique events are receiving funding,” Mr Saunders said. “We really do have something to offer everyone when it comes to …

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Shooting in Mudgee set to become cooler

Members of the Mudgee Sporting Clays Branch will be able to cool down between events, after Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced the club had successfully applied for funding through the Local Sports Grants Program. A grant of $4949 will be used to install a new evaporative air cooler in the facility’s clubhouse. “Shooting is a year-round sport and we know our part of the world can get quite hot through the summer months,” Mr Saunders said. “Having a clubhouse that is fitted with adequate air-conditioning will not only provide comfort for members, but it will also provide …

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Local showgrounds get stimulus upgrades

Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today announced three local showgrounds will benefit from $167,326 in funding as part of the NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package. Mr Saunders said Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong showgrounds will receive funding to upgrade and improve the safety, use and condition of infrastructure, and support jobs in the local economy. “When COVID-19 hit it forced the postponement or cancellation of agricultural shows and many activities that showgrounds rely on for their income,” Mr Saunders said. “This investment by the NSW Government will provide a boost for our local showgrounds and the communities they serve …

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Clinical operations begin at new Mudgee Hospital

Clinical operations are underway today at the $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital, boosting the health sector in the town and the wider Mid-Western region. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Western NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure have worked together to bring forward the opening as part of the COVID-19 response. “It’s great to see that from today the new hospital is operational, providing the district with extra capacity to manage the potential impacts of COVID-19,” he said. “The new facility will enable Mudgee’s highly valued health staff to provide the very best care to the community …

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$140 million program for bushfire impacted industries

Bushfire-impacted businesses are set to benefit from grant funding thanks to the NSW Nationals in Government’s $140 million Bushfire Industry Recovery Package. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said targeted grants are now available to help in a variety of ways, and it’s not only for those directly impacted by fires. “Funding will be available in two streams, with an initial focus on supply chain support grants to help cover the cost of resuming and maintaining production,” Mr Saunders said. “But there’s now also extra support for industries like viticulture. In our region vines weren’t directly burnt out, but …

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$1.1 million for bushfire-affected Mid-Western and Dubbo region farmers

Bushfire affected primary producers in the Mid-Western Region have received a much-needed boost with more than $1 million in Special Disaster Bushfire Grants from the NSW Government, while $75,000 will go to producers in the Dubbo Region. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said 17 out of 21 grant applications in the region have been approved, with $1,033,465.95 already distributed to Mid-Western Region landholders. Another four applications are still pending, Mr Saunders said, with a combined value of $75,000. “It’s astounding to think that only three months ago, bushfires were tearing through regional NSW and hitting communities that had …

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