Mudgee & Gulgong

Clubgrants program now open

Community organisations in the region impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for funding through the next round of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, which opens today.  Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the economic impacts of COVID-19 have meant some communities have struggled to maintain sports, cultural and other social activities. “Community sporting and cultural organisations are the lifeblood for many communities and this funding can be used for projects that foster equity, social inclusion and participation,” Mr Saunders said. “We want these organisations to not just keep their doors open but to grow and prosper.   “Clubgrants funding …

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More training for jobs of the future

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging locals looking for the opportunity to reskill for the jobs of the future to investigate the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative. Mr Saunders said the NSW Government has committed $159.3 million to match the Federal Government’s JobTrainer funding, which will be a key component to the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. “This initiative is an excellent opportunity for people in the Dubbo electorate to upskill or reskill, and for school leavers to enter the workforce for the first time,” Mr Saunders said. “Our community is battling through COVID-19 like the rest …

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Time to recognise our inspirational women

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has called on the community to nominate inspiring local women for the 2021 NSW Women of the Year Awards. The awards, which were launched by Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor on 13 August 2020, also include two new categories, One to Watch and NSW Woman of Excellence, which respectively recognise young rising stars and women who are exceptional role models. Mr Saunders said the awards celebrate women from all walks of life. “I encourage everyone in the Dubbo electorate to nominate a remarkable woman or a young person they know so we can …

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Time to ‘Get Ready’ for bushfire season

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is calling for all residents to join their local volunteers for Get Ready Weekend to prepare for the bush fire season. This weekend, volunteer firefighters will be holding more than 480 innovative COVID-safe events and activities across the state, in person and online. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the events will offer residents a chance to engage with their local brigade, find out about the fire risk in their area and learn about practical actions they can take to ‘get ready’.   “Last year NSW experienced an extreme and devastating …

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More foster carers needed in the Dubbo electorate

Finding safe, loving and permanent homes for vulnerable kids is the focus of Foster Care Week, with the NSW Government reinforcing its commitment to put children first and to improve outcomes for kids in out-of-home care. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is calling for residents of the region to consider opening their hearts and their homes for a child in need. “Our Government is committed to putting children first, and creating stability for kids in out-of-home care is an essential part of that,” Mr Saunders said. “It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, young or old, rent …

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Community grants to honour our veterans

RSL clubs and schools in the Dubbo, Narromine, Wellington and Mudgee regions are among a range of community organisations eligible to apply for NSW Government funding to deliver projects that improve veteran wellbeing and celebrate their important contributions to society. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Anzac Community Grants Program provides organisations up to $2,000 to commence, enhance or complete a local community project as part of a commemorative and educational program. “The current and former servicemen and servicewomen in our community deserve to be recognised for their immense contribution to our country,” Mr Saunders said. “Funding …

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Grandparents are great in the Dubbo electorate

They are the smiling faces that light up their grandkid’s worlds and they are the helping hand for parents, so now it’s time to say a big thank you by nominating your Local Grandparent of the Year. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Local Grandparent of the Year Awards are a highlight of Grandparents Day on Sunday, 25 October. “There’s no denying it’s been tough on our grandparents this year with COVID-19 meaning they have had to isolate more than most to keep themselves safe,” Mr Saunders said. “Grandparents Day is the perfect opportunity to show grandparents …

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Safer Castlereagh Highway near Mudgee

Work to widen and seal road shoulders along a section of Castlereagh Highway near Mudgee is now complete, delivering safer journeys through the Central West. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the 1.4-kilometre section, 16 kilometres north of Mudgee at Galambine, was a curved road that had little room for vehicles to recover should they veer off the road. “In the five years to June 2016, there were three crashes within this length of the Castlereagh Highway. Two of these crashes resulted in serious injuries,” Mr Saunders said. “The upgrade near the Guntawang Road intersection includes widened and …

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$1.5 million for new ‘HEART’ of art and culture in Mudgee

Mudgee locals and visitors will soon have a dedicated arts precinct which will form the cultural heart of the Mid-Western Region, with Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today announcing an additional $1.5 million to deliver the project. Mr Saunders said the $8.1 million Mudgee Cultural Precinct will link the Lawson Park Sculpture Walk to the Mid-Western Region Arts and Cultural Centre, with funding to help pay for the construction of a new state-of-the-art Artists Workshop centre including five workshop spaces, indoor and outdoor classrooms, amenities, a footpath and parking. “The Mudgee Cultural Precinct will become the dedicated home …

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STATEMENT: National Cabinet and agriculture workers

I am extremely disappointed that National Cabinet could not reach a consensus today on the issue of allowing agriculture workers to cross borders. I would like to thank NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for her advocacy in the meeting, and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall who have also championed this cause. It’s heartening that Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with the premiers of Victoria and South Australia, saw fit to work on a way forward however it is disappointing that the Queensland premier is holding our farmers and agriculture workers to ransom We need free movement …

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