Wellington

Don’t be so shady: Grant’s a hole-in-one for Wellington Golf Club

Wellington golfers and spectators will soon be able to enjoy the great outdoors in a sun-safe manner thanks to the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant program (LSGP). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $9,300 for Wellington Golf Club to install sun shades at the clubhouse. “The Wellington Golf Club is a popular venue for functions, as well as a gathering point for golfers,” Mr Saunders said. “However, there’s currently no shade outdoors, and indoors fills up fast. “This funding will allow for the installation of sun shades for the outdoor area, allowing the club to cater …

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Funding to ‘bridge’ the gap for rural residents

A bridge leading to some of the Wellington district’s key tourist attractions is set to be upgraded, thanks to the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Country Bridges program. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced over $1.5 million for Dubbo Regional Council to upgrade Burrendong Bridge No. 1 on Fashions Mount Road. “The old timber bridge has served the region well over the years, but it’s no longer fit for purpose for either the locals or visitors who frequent Fashions Mount Road,” Mr Saunders said. “This funding will enable Council to replace the narrow, two-lane timber bridge …

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Infrastructure boost for Wellington Civic Centre

The Wellington Civic Centre has been a hive of activity over the past couple of weeks, as the 45th annual Wellington Eisteddfod draws to a close. So it was the perfect opportunity for Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders and Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson to pop by with some great news: $17,500 from NSW’s highly popular Clubgrants Category 3 Program to refurbish the floor of the auditorium. The Community Infrastructure grant will be matched by Dubbo Regional Council. “This refurbishment will allow the large dividing doors in the auditorium to close; the space will be a lot …

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More mobile support to combat homelessness

Thousands of people across West and Far Western NSW will have greater access to housing supports and services following the launch of a new mobile outreach program to assist people into stable accommodation. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said mobile outreach teams will be visiting areas from Trangie to Mudgee with information and support to help those in need access stable housing and wrap-around services. “It is important that families in rural and remote areas of our great state have direct access to support,” Mr Saunders said. “This program will help anyone at risk of being homeless realise …

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Female jockeys get a better run at Wellington

Female jockeys in the Central West have been given a boost with the NSW Government to fund a $165,000 upgrade to facilities at Wellington Race Club. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said racing had a long and proud history in the Central West, making significant contributions to the economy and sports culture. “While racing is a sport where men and women compete equally, many race club changerooms were traditionally built for male jockeys,” Mr Saunders said. “As the number of female jockeys increases, we’re seeing some older buildings where male facilities half empty, and smaller female facilities are …

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Out of school hours boost for Wellington families

It might be only ten weeks old, but Wellington Public School’s Before and After School Care (BASC) and Vacation Care service has received a welcome boost from the NSW Government. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced a $20,674 BASC Establishment grant for Wellington Public School BASC. “After years of dreaming, Wellington Public School finally launched its BASC service at the start of Term 2 this year, and it has been a roaring success,” Mr Saunders said. “The school community includes a lot of shift workers, for whom the service is obviously invaluable, but it also perfectly …

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Wongarbon, Geurie families set for after school boost

Parents in Wongarbon and Geurie are set to benefit from a NSW Government investment in after school care. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced funding for the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre to operate its after school care service at Wongarbon Public School. “We all know how important these services are for the community and the flexibility it provides to families, but it’s not always viable to run in some of our smaller towns, where demand can be low,” Mr Saunders said. “Great after school care services are essential to communities and young children, providing a safe place …

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Investing in future of region’s Juniors

Wellington’s next generation of NRL hopefuls will have every opportunity to thrive thanks to a $650,000 collaboration between the NSW Government and Dubbo Regional Council. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has joined council representatives today to unveil the new amenities on both the eastern and western sides of Kennard Park, including disabled car parking, expansion and fit-out of the canteen and upgraded change rooms. “Kennard Park, home to the Wellington Cowboys, has produced some outstanding NRL talent, from Blake Ferguson and Brent Naden to young gun Kotoni Staggs, who’s set to make his Origin debut next week!” Mr …

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‘Massive’ boost for Lake Burrendong fishers

Recreational fishers and other users are set to benefit from a long-awaited upgrade to the infrastructure at Lake Burrendong. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced $170,000 from the Recreational Fishing Trusts for Reflections Holiday Parks to upgrade the Lake Burrendong boat ramp. “Recreational fishing plays a huge role in our region and across NSW, injecting $3.4 billion into the state every year,” Mr Saunders said. “The Lake Burrendong concrete boat ramp is used by thousands of recreational fishers every year, but it’s narrow, aged and in desperate need of an upgrade. “This funding will be used …

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Taking a load off cost of living

Social housing tenants in the Dubbo Regional and Narromine local government areas (LGAs) are eligible to apply for a heavily discounted washing machine as part of a NSW Government initiative to save on water and lower the cost of living. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the initiative will reduce living costs while boosting water and energy efficiency in the region.   “Out in the bush we know water is a precious asset, not to be taken for granted, and every drop of water counts,” Mr Saunders said. “That’s why we’ve invested in this initiative to help save up …

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