Narromine & Trangie

Funding will help netballers hit the courts

Narromine Netball Club players will hit the court next month, and will do so at a minimal cost thanks to funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders. The club successfully applied for $5000 through the Local Sports Grants Program, with the aim of reducing costs to players at a time when things are tough. The club will compete in a shortened post-COVID competition, and Mr Saunders said he is pleased to be able to assist with ensuring the viability of the Narromine club. “Our region has battled through so much when it comes to drought and COVID-19, …

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Trangie Magpies swoop on funding

Trangie’s local rugby league team will be able to continue playing footy thanks to $5,000 announced by Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders. Mr Saunders said the Trangie Magpies RLFC has secured the funding through the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program, and will be a big boost as the club looks to participate in a disrupted post-COVID Castlereagh League competition. The funding will allow the club to subsidise registration costs as well as purchase uniforms for the players at a time when things have been tough. “Sport is an essential part of the fabric of regional towns – …

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Trangie tennis club set to shine

The big serves and deft volleys of Trangie’s tennis players will be on show under lights, thanks to funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders. The Trangie Community Tennis Club has been granted $12,874 from the Local Sports Grants Program, which will allow for the installation of new lighting, as well as an upgrade of the electrical lines at the facility and the installation of a security screen door. Mr Saunders said the ability to access sport after work hours is important, and the installation of lights will make tennis a year-round sport in Trangie. “Outside of …

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Funding supports swimming stars of the future

Swimmers in Narromine will soon be able to make even more of a splash thanks to over $3000 announced by Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today. Mr Saunders said the Macquarie Yabbies Swim Club has secured $3,359 through the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program. The funding will allow the club to purchase and install backstroke start ledges, and purchase competition management software. “The Macquarie Yabbies are a relatively young club, but they already boast an impressive membership base,” Mr Saunders said. “Swimming is a skill for life and it is vital that those who pursue it as …

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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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Cale Oval project to be completed thanks to ClubGrants funding

An outdoor community sports hub near Cale Oval at Narromine can now be completed, after Narromine Shire Council successfully applied for funding through the ClubGrants program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said $130,000 has been sourced for the project to complement earlier funding of $309,478 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund, which was announced in March. “The funding we announced back in March was great, but there was a shortfall which meant Narromine Shire Council wouldn’t be able to do everything it had planned,” Mr Saunders said. “The council’s been looking to completely upgrade the facilities at Apex Park …

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New round of Community Building Partnerships program is open

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has announced that applications are now open for the highly-popular Community Building Partnership Program, unlocking $300,000 for projects in the region. Mr Saunders, who is currently in the process of announcing successful applicants from the 2019 round of the fund, is urging community groups, not for profits, and councils to apply for funding to help deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes. “Local sports clubs, charities, schools and museums are just some of the groups that benefit from this program,” he said. “In the most recent round of the fund I have already announced …

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Theatre program set to proceed thanks to funding

A program aimed at creating pathways for budding theatre performers will proceed in the region thanks to funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders. Mr Saunders said Orana Arts had successfully applied for $136,550, which will help them facilitate a program titled BBC XL, which will take students to the next level by broadening their networks within the industry. “Dubbo and the wider western region of NSW has a strong and thriving arts community, and this program is aimed at attracting the next generation, particularly when it comes to theatre,” Mr Saunders said. “Youth are our future …

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$810,000 boost to Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) can now expand its work in protecting our regional communities thanks to an additional $810,000 from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the RFDS South Eastern Section is receiving $750,000 for two additional fully equipped Mobile Service Vehicles with full time staff for six months, alongside $60,000 for 60 iPads attached to Medical Chest locations to enhance telehealth services. “This $810,000 boost is on top of more than $38.8 million the NSW Government has already provided to the RFDS this financial year to support the incredible work it does …

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Regions should lead the COVID-19 response

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders believes the time has come to look at the best way for NSW to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he believes the regions can help lead the way. With daily confirmed-case numbers across the state dropping significantly from where they were when the state’s Public Health Order was enforced, and statistics in regional NSW showing prolonged positive trends, Mr Saunders said it is time to look at making slow progress towards reopening businesses and public facilities. “I think there are ways that regional areas like the Dubbo region could help lead the …

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