Mudgee & Gulgong

Funding for Mudgee Museum

The Mudgee Historical Society has received a boost, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnerships program. The grant will be used to build an accessible toilet at the Mudgee museum, to complement the male and female toilets already on site. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said it’s a practical way to help the museum cater for more people. “The museum really is a gem of the Mudgee tourist trail, and given the number of visiting bus groups they normally have with people of varying ages and abilities, this type of accessible toilet is …

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Lighting to be added to Glen Willow precinct

The Glen Willow sporting precinct in Mudgee will be improved, with nine lighting poles to be installed along a pathway leading the complex. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced $50,000 worth of funding had been allocated to Mid-Western Regional Council to complete the project, which will improve safety in the area. “We already know that Glen Willow is one of the premiers sporting complexes in regional NSW, and it draws big crowds to major events,” Mr Saunders said. “In recent times the NSW Government has announced significant funding to broaden the complex to be a hub for community …

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Driver testing, licence renewals and COVID-19

Over the past few days I have had some questions in relation to COVID-19 and the testing of drivers, as well as licence renewals. Today the Minister of Customer Service Victor Dominello MP has released the latest information, which is as follows: DRIVER TESTING In response to the latest health advice and risks associated with COVID-19, driver testing across NSW has been postponed for a minimum period of 2 months. This change comes into effect immediately, and applies to all practical driver assessments conducted by Service NSW. Note: This does not apply to assessments conducted via the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment …

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COVID-19 Update – March 24

Advice from NSW Health indicates that there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dubbo electorate, and NSW Health is working with those people and anyone who may have been in contact with those people to try and minimise the spread of the virus in our region. I can also confirm there was a Qantas flight on March 20, QF 2046, that has had a passenger return a positive test to Coronavirus, and once again NSW Health is doing the necessary tracing to make contact with people who may have been in close contact with the person. I understand …

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Regional Event Fund still open for applications

While COVID-19 has caused havoc with the lives of people across NSW, Australia and the world, a fund designed to help people in regional areas run events will proceed with the application process in an effort to ensure things return to normal post the pandemic. Destination NSW will continue accepting Regional Event Fund applications from event owners to support NSW communities to attract visitors and provide a boost to local businesses, with applications for the NSW Government’s $1 million Regional Event Fund open through to midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020, after which all submissions will be assessed based on merit. …

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COVID-19 Update – March 23

Monday, 23 March, 2020On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the nation after a National Cabinet meeting. In that address he announced a decision to close places where people gather in social groups regularly. That included clubs, pubs, cinemas, casinos and nightclubs from Midday today (March 23). Restaurants and cafes will become takeaway only and measures have already been put in place by many local hospitality providers. The PM has asked for co-operation around gatherings and social distancing to ensure no further measures are needed. These measures will be monitored monthly but there is an expectation they could be …

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COVID-19 Update – March 20

On Thursday afternoon, it was confirmed that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 had been on flights that had flown into and out of Dubbo Regional Airport on March 10. The flights in question were the 6.45am service from Sydney to Dubbo, and the 1.20pm service from Dubbo to Sydney, meaning the person was in the region for a period of approximately five hours. I have been in contact with senior management within the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) and work is being done to ensure contact is made with people who have come into contact with …

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COVID-19 Update – March 19

On Thursday, the Western NSW Local Health District confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Bathurst, and a further case in Orange. It is important to note that at this point in time, while testing has been taking place, there are no confirmed cases in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine or Mudgee. The state’s total, at the time of this release being distributed, is now 307 confirmed cases across NSW. The NSW Government will be basing about 20 agencies dealing with the response to the COVID-19 outbreak at the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) headquarters at Lidcombe, including police, health, education and transport …

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COVID-19 update – March 18

Hi, We know that the COVID-19 situation is growing more severe by the day, so I’m hoping to keep you updated as best as possible on what is happening. I understand the reasons why people may be concerned, and those reasons are valid. But there is no need to panic and by accessing the right information and using common sense measures we can and will get through this crisis. Here’s an update on where things currently stand. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?Fever, cough, tiredness, shortness of breath and other symptoms. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or …

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NSW government provides stimulus for business and health sectors

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a stimulus package announced by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Treasurer to assist with response to the COVID-19 crisis. On Tuesday the NSW Government announced a major $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package to protect the community and help protect jobs over the next six months. Mr Saunders said the funding would be welcomed by the wider community, and would be revised as the COVID-19 situation progresses. “There are a lot of concerns in the community. Some of them are health-related and some people are wondering what will happen …

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