Mudgee & Gulgong

Dubbo to receive a dedicated drug court

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders says a dedicated drug court for the region is a signal of the NSW Government’s commitment to tackle the region’s ice issues. Mr Saunders joined Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Attorney General Mark Speakman at Dubbo Courthouse on Thursday to announce funding of $27.9 million for the expansion of the drug court to Dubbo will be included in the 2021 Budget, which will be handed down by Mr Perrottet next Tuesday. The Drug Court, currently at Sydney, Parramatta and Toronto, is a multi-agency response to drug-related offending. The court is …

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Future Ready Regions strategy released at Wellington property

The battle against the next drought begins today with the NSW Government announcing a combined $64 million in the 2021-22 NSW Budget over four years for the ‘Future Ready Regions’ strategy that will help farmers and regional communities grow, thrive and plan for the future. Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders were at Boxleigh Park Merinos in Wellington today to meet with local farmers and make the announcement. “It’s great to see this new strategy build on the NSW Governments enourmous investment in preparing communities for drought including the popular $1 …

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More people eligible as Regional Seniors Travel Card gets two-year extension

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a move to extend and expand the very popular Regional Seniors Travel Card program. It was announced on Wednesday that the program, which allows eligible seniors access to a pre-paid $250 VISA card for use on pre-booked NSW Trainlink Regional trains and coaches, fuel and taxis, will run for another two years after an initial two-year trial in 2020 and 2021. It will also be expanded to include people of Age Pension age who receive either a Disability Pension or a Carers Payment from Services Australia. So far in 2021, 4858 …

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$30 million fund announced for tourism infrastructure in regional NSW

Big ticket tourism attractions that will put regional towns on the map and improve accessibility for people with disability are set to receive a significant funding boost, thanks to the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announced applications are open for the $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund to deliver new or upgraded tourism infrastructure and improve accessibility and inclusion for people with disability. Mr Saunders said the fund will support the construction of new iconic visitor experiences or unique event spaces, boosting the profile of regional NSW and giving people even more reasons to take …

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Big win as Dine and Discover extended to July 31

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed a move by the NSW Government to extend the popular Dine & Discover initiative by a month. Mr Saunders said the stimulus had proved popular and played a valuable role supporting local businesses as well as reviving consumer confidence, and said giving people until July 31 to use the vouchers would mean another bumper school holiday period for the hospitality and events industries.  “This program is win-win for communities – it’s provides local businesses with much needed stimulus and families with hip pocket relief,” he said. “People of all ages and …

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Extended mental health support for residents of the electorate

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging people in the community to put their hand up for help if they are struggling, with more mental health support available than ever before.  An extra 57 Ongoing Response and Recovery Specialists will provide counselling and other services as part of the NSW Government’s investment in mental health support. “The great thing is that the counsellors are members of our community, so they are ideally placed to provide local insight, as well as helping individuals and families access further mental health support close to home,” Mr Saunders said. “We know that …

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Scholarships to support students in the Dubbo electorate

Twenty young people in the Dubbo electorate will receive cash grants of $1,000 to help achieve their academic aspirations and training goals as part of a NSW Government scholarship program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Scholarships will help lift the load for students in their final years of high school and early years of tertiary education. “The program is an investment in the future of young people growing up in social housing, or who are in out-of-home care,” Mr Saunders said. “These scholarships aim to improve school completion rates, boost …

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More funding available for road upgrades

A new round of funding to help regional councils fix local roads is set to drive safer, smoother journeys in the region, and support thousands of jobs in the bush. Applications are now open for round three of the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads Program which is helping regional councils repair, maintain and seal priority local roads in their communities Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring safer and more reliable journeys across regional NSW. “Our local councils have a mammoth task in providing for their communities and …

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$1.6 million up upgrade St Matthews Catholic School

Students at St Matthews Catholic School in Mudgee will have upgraded learning opportunities, thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Building Grants Assistance Scheme (BGAS). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced today $1,687,803 has been secured for upgrades to the current facility, which will become a campus for primary students when the secondary college moves to a new site. The upgrade has a total cost of $2,411,147. “This scheme is designed to allow independent and Catholic schools to build, upgrade or extend their facilities in order to provide more student places in growing communities,” Mr Saunders said. “We …

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Land managers encouraged to apply for Crown Reserve grants

Crown land managers and community groups that use Crown land in the Dubbo electorate are invited to apply for a share of $17 million in grants to upgrade and maintain community facilities and reserves across NSW. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said applications for the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund are open until 25 June 2021. “In the last round of this program we funded some wonderful projects, including a multipurpose tennis court at Mungery Hall, electrical and solar upgrades at Hargraves Recreation Reserve, amenities and water upgrades at Cooyal Recreation Reserve, and a new judge’s tower …

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