Mudgee & Gulgong

Final round of funding available as T20 World Cup leaves its legacy

Cricket clubs, associations and local councils within the Dubbo electorate are being encouraged to apply for funding through the final round of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said previous rounds of the fund, which was set up to provide benefits in the wake of the Womens T20 World Cup, hosted and won by Australia, has already helped the region. “Work being done at the Dave Martin Nets and the widening of the John McGrath Oval synthetic wickets in Dubbo was funded through this program, and it has been …

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Saunders visits roads that will benefit from funding

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has toured roads in the Mid-Western Regional Council area that will benefit from major upgrades as part of the Fixing Local Roads Program. A total of $500 million will be spent by the NSW Government, with this round of $191 million complemented by $191 million worth of Federal funding to expand the program. Mid-Western Regional Council will receive a total of $5,299,700 in this round, with $1,983,500 to be spent on completing the sealing of Aarons Pass Road. In addition, $3,316,200 will be spent on sealing all Collector Road bus routes, including Mebul …

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Region to benefit from community-based suicide prevention training program

A band of ‘Gatekeepers’ will be rolled out in the region, with the NSW Government investing $2.8 million over the next three years to train 10,000 volunteers in suicide prevention skills. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the program and said having a local network of people trained to spot when someone is struggling will benefit the whole community. “This life-saving program will mean that when a person shows signs of needing help, there will be someone in their circle who can make sure they stay safe and seek support,” Mr Saunders said. “Suicide is still a …

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Funding available for vulnerable temporary visa holders

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging local not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants after the release of emergency funding to support vulnerable temporary visa holders and specialist migrant and settlement services during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $4 million will be distributed, on top of $2 million of quick grants already distributed to provide immediate emergency relief to asylum seekers. “There are so many outstanding organisations that provide invaluable services for the vulnerable temporary visa holders in our community,” Mr Saunders said. “I’m encouraging all eligible not-for-profit organisations to apply for this funding to support their …

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Saunders discusses Regional NRL taskforce on Big Sports Breakfast

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders this morning joined Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast program to discuss his appointment as chair of the NSW Government’s Regional NRL Taskforce. Mr Saunders spoke with the program’s hosts Gerard Middleton, Phil Moss and Laurie Daley about his desire to see more top-flight rugby league taken to the bush, including Dubbo and Mudgee. He also announced former NRL player and Indigenous leader Joe Williams, and Narromine-based NSW Rugby League board member Bob Walsh, as the first two appointees to the taskforce, before recruiting Daley to also be part of the group. Junee-born-and-bred …

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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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