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Portal to help Year 12 students during difficult HSC year

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on our lives in many ways, including school students who are heading towards the end of their secondary studies. The Year 12 cohorts at schools across the region are closing in on their Higher School Examination (HSC) exams, with trial exams happening now. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging students to use the NSW Government’s “Stay Healthy HSC” portal, which is aimed at providing helpful hints in the lead-up to a stressful time in their lives. “This current group of Year 12 students will have plenty of tales to tell down the …

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NRL set to return to the bush

The NSW Government has confirmed its commitment to supporting NRL in the bush, with a first grade game destined for Tamworth later this month. Chairman of the NSW Government’s NRL Regional Taskforce Dugald Saunders said footy and regional NSW are a natural fit, and it’s great to see professional rugby league return to a regional area. “The NSW Government established the Regional Taskforce as a way of ensuring our regions get the exposure to first grade NRL they deserve, and today we’re partnering with the NRL to see the Knights and Warriors battle it out in Tamworth on August 29,” …

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Saunders welcomes appointment of new Ag Commissioner

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the appointment of Daryl Quinlivan to the role of NSW Agriculture Commissioner, labelling him a strong ally for farmers in the western region. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall announced Mr Quinlivan’s appointment on Monday, and Mr Saunders said that the appointment is another election commitment fulfilled by the NSW Nationals in Government. “Farmers in the western region have today gained another formidable advocate and fighter in their corner,” Mr Saunders said. “The NSW Nationals in Government are determined to protect the right to farm, and the appointment of Daryl Quinlivan as …

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Government committed to breaking cycle of homelessness

To mark the start of Homelessness Week, the NSW Government has reinforced its strong commitment to help people break the cycle of homelessness. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said more than $70 million has been invested in homelessness and housing support during the COVID-19 pandemic, to help prevent and respond to homelessness. “Our Government has worked tirelessly to bolster support and protect those most in need, by providing them with a safe place to call home, as well as the critical support they need to improve their health and wellbeing,” Mr Saunders said. “Homelessness Week is an opportunity …

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Saunders encourages Great Southern Nights applicants to come forward

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders is encouraging music venues across the region to apply for support to host a gig as part of the Great Southern Nights event in November. The program will feature 1000 COVID-safe gigs across the state in an effort to boost the live music industry, which has suffered enormously as a result of the pandemic. “There are locations across the Dubbo electorate that have shown before they have the capability to host events like this,” Mr Saunders said. “Mudgee has hosted A Day On The Green and Dubbo has hosted The Red Hot Summer …

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Support extended for bushfire-hit farmers

Bushfire-affected farmers across the region will continue to receive critical financial support following an extension of the Special Disaster Grant program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said local farmers will have more time to apply for the $75,000 grant, and will benefit from expanded eligibility criteria. “This program has played a crucial role in keeping local farmers on the land,” Mr Saunders said. “More than 20 farmers across the electorate, mainly in the Mid-Western area, have already received more than $1.3 million through this program to help cover the costs of repairing and rebuilding infrastructure on their properties. …

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Cameron Park upgrades officially opened

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders believes residents of Wellington will make wonderful use of the upgraded Cameron Park, which was officially opened on Friday. More than $470,000 of NSW Government funding was provided to Dubbo Regional Council to complete the project, including $280,000 from the Stronger Communities Fund as a result of the merger of the former Dubbo and Wellington councils. Mr Saunders said the park is an area Wellington residents can be proud of. “While there is new play equipment for the younger members of the community, there is also a terrific wedgetail eagle statue created by …

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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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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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