Wellington

Goolma Road upgrades completed

A $1.2 million upgrade to widen the main road linking Gulgong and Wellington is now complete, providing motorists with safer and more reliable journeys through the Central West. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the upgrade involved shoulder widening, reshaping the road, vegetation removal, drainage work, creation of a clear zone, and installing safety barriers. “Wider shoulders provide a spot for motorists to pull off the road for unforeseen stoppages, such as breakdowns, while safety barriers help reduce the severity of run-off-road crashes,” Mr Saunders said. “Safety improvements like these are helping us build a stronger and safer …

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Funding to help preserve our endangered species – and the place they call home

One of the Wellington region’s true hidden gems is set to pivot in a new direction with some assistance from the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. The Burrendong Arboretum has been granted $96,136 to upgrade its glasshouse, a key facility in the propagation of plants. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said the project will greatly assist the organisation as it takes a bit of a new direction into the future. “The Arboretum has always had a role to play in preserving some of Australia’s unique flora,” Mr Saunders said. “However, as a bit of a niche tourist …

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RFDS to get a good “earn” from reverse vending machine partnership

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed a partnership between Return and Earn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) that promises to be a winner for both. Return and Earn is a container deposit scheme that has been promoted by the NSW Government and sees 10c from drink containers returned to the person who recycles the product. From now until August 22, 2021, 10c from each container will also be given to the RFDS, a vital service which provides medical assistance to remote parts of Australia. “This partnership could be a real game-changer when it comes to …

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Girls just want to have fun at Lake Burrendong

Local girls have the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking program next month that aims to give them the skills and confidence to play sport. The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program is an award-winning program delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with the University of Newcastle with Dads helping to improve girls’ sports skills and wellbeing. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the program features a weekend of fun practical and educational activities for daughters and dads at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre. “The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program is …

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Now is the time to Dine and Discover

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging residents to access their Dine & Discover vouchers, after addresses in the Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong regions became eligible this week. Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers – worth $100 in total – to spend in participating businesses. Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories: Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays. Two $25 vouchers to be used for …

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Community urged to assist with new K-2 curriculum

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is urging teachers, parents and the broader community to help shape the new English and Maths syllabuses for students from Kindergarten to Year 2.    The new evidence-based curriculum is part of the NSW Government’s goal to reduce unnecessary content and give teachers more time to teach.  Mr Saunders said putting our students first and improving their learning outcomes is a top priority, and will complement the substantial work being done in the “first 2000 days” programs that highlight preschool and early childhood education.  “The new curriculum will help our teachers focus on what …

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New check-in for our students

New Check-In Assessments have been developed for Year 4, 6 and 8 students with the roll out starting next term for students in the Dubbo electorate. The roll out comes following the success of last year’s assessments created for Years 3, 5 and 9. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the assessment is set to transform how schools track the progress of their students. “The Check-In Assessment is designed to assist our schools with gaining insight into student learning progression in reading and numeracy,” he said. “These assessments will provide our teachers with a snapshot of the students’ strengths and …

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LLS rate relief to continue for our farmers

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed a move by the NSW Government to waive Local Land Services (LLS) rates for 2021, as farmers across the region work towards drought recovery. Mr Saunders said the region’s farmers have been doing it tough over the past three years, and while conditions have improved thanks to significant rain over the past few months, drought recovery does not happen overnight. “Our area has had significant rainfalls as recently as the past few days and there’s no doubt optimism is high within the farming fraternity,” Mr Saunders said. “But the fact is …

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Students and tradies raise the roof over stimulus funding

Students and tradies across the Dubbo electorate will receive a boost when 19 schools receive a new roof under the NSW Government’s $60 million Roof Replacement Program. Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced that schools in Wellington, Mumbil, Goolma, Geurie, Lue, Gulgong, Narromine, Wongarbon, Mudgee, Dubbo and Wambangalang will all benefit from the record investment in regional school infrastructure. “The NSW Government’s Roof Replacement Program is designed for regional communities, improving our schools and supporting local businesses, Mr Saunders said. “I’m thrilled that 19 of our region’s public schools will be included in this program, and …

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RFS volunteers recognised for service during Black Summer fires

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Rob Rogers on Saturday to recognise 32 members of the Orana team with NSW Premier’s Citations for their outstanding service during the 2019/2020 bush fires. Mr Saunders said volunteers from all over NSW had combined to help the state get through a horrific period, and that he was proud to see such recognition for members of the Elong Elong, Gollan, Geurie and Comobella brigades. “With everything that has happened, the 2019/20 bushfire season seems like such a long …

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