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Stay At Home Orders in place for Dubbo Local Government Area

Residents of the Dubbo Regional Council local government area, as well as anyone who has visited localities within the LGA since Sunday, August 1, will have to abide by stay-at-home orders from 1pm today after two positives cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined with Western NSW Local Health District chief executive Scott McLachlan, Dubbo Regional Council mayor Stephen Lawrence and Orana Mid-Western Police District commander Danny Sullivan to announce the restrictions, which are the same as those currently being undertaken in Greater Sydney and other parts of regional NSW. “Unfortunately …

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Tradies In Sight gets a home to call its own

The NSW Government has allocated Crown land in Dubbo to a not-for-profit organisation that supports the health and mental wellbeing of regional tradespeople. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Tradies In Sight, founded by Bruno Efoti, has been appointed as manager of a 1085 square-metre reserve in Welchman Street, which was formerly used as a Girl Guides hall. “Tradies In Sight is a grassroots organisation that supports regional tradies by hosting events and encouraging them to talk about issues they are facing, and then connecting them to services if needed,” Mr Saunders said. “Bruno does amazing work in …

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Residents encouraged to get the jab and protect our communities

Residents across the Central West and Orana regions are being urged to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help protect themselves, their loved ones and local community as soon as possible. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders received his first jab on Monday, and said COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available across regional NSW through local GPs, NSW Health clinics and select pharmacies. “Time and time again our community has come together when things need to get done and now is the time for each of us to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated, …

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Housing taskforce wants to hear from the Dubbo electorate

Communities across the region are invited to share their views on how the NSW Government can respond to increasing pressures on the supply and affordability of housing in regional NSW.  Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said anyone can participate in the online sessions which will be hosted by the Regional Housing Taskforce during August. “It’s no secret that places like Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Mudgee and Gulgong are experiencing housing shortages, in both the purchase and rental sectors,” Mr Saunders said. “Several months ago I urged councils and other stakeholder groups to come together and work towards solutions, and …

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Funding available for 2022 Seniors Festival

The call is out for organisations across the region to apply for grant funding for activities that support the delivery of the 2022 NSW Seniors Festival. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $200,000 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program supports initiatives that encourage people aged 60 or over to stay healthy, engaged and active. “This is an opportunity to celebrate or build on the diverse skills and interests of seniors in our community in areas like art, sport, health or technology,” Mr Saunders said. “The 2021 NSW Seniors Festival included e-safety sessions, drumming circles, movie nights and gardening …

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Fee-free courses prove popular in Dubbo electorate

More than 1700 residents from the Dubbo electorate have taken up the chance to upskill through a fee-free JobTrainer course during the pandemic. It comes as NSW records more than 100,000 Jobtrainer enrolments since the jointly-funded Federal and NSW Government program was announced in October. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the most popular courses to study were operating forklift and forklift truck, statement of attainment in construction and statement of attainment in hospitality. “It’s great to see locals using their time during lockdown to learn a new skill, change their career or get their first qualification,” Mr …

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Zinc phosphide rebates available to farmers

Rebates of up to $10,000 are available from today for eligible farmers in the region to assist with the purchase of zinc phosphide mouse bait as part of the NSW Government’s $150 million mice support package. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said many farmers are preparing to fight a spring surge in mouse numbers following a winter lull. “The whole of the central west felt the effects of the mouse plague over summer and autumn and thankfully we’ve had some reprieve as they settled down over winter,” he said. “Given the numbers we saw, the experts are predicting …

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Applications open for youth projects

Young people will develop the skills and knowledge they need to support future employment, education and training opportunities through a NSW Government grant program which opens today. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said local not-for-profits, community groups and councils are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program. “These grants will help young people develop tangible skills to support future employment, education and training opportunities,” Mr Saunders said. “They will also support young people’s participation, engagement, and inclusion in the community.” The Youth Opportunities grants provide one-off, …

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Schools powering the Dubbo electorate

Three schools in the Dubbo electorate are part of an innovative new program being piloted to explore the potential for schools to use solar PV panels and batteries to generate electricity for themselves, and create enough to supply electricity to the state’s energy grid.   Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said Gulgong Public School, Stuart Town Public School and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre are taking part in this pilot.   “This is a great initiative for NSW public schools and I am thrilled to know that our electorate will have three out of the 25 schools involved in the pilot,” Mr Saunders said. “The pilot project will …

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Megafauna education centre officially opens

The Wellington Caves visitor centre is now home to an interactive education centre, with the $700,000 project officially opened on Monday. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders joined Dubbo Regional Council mayor Stephen Lawrence and other councillors and staff for the occasion, which celebrated a $700,000 collaboration between the NSW and Federal governments, and the council itself. The Ancient Landscapes Gallery tells the 400-million-year-old history of the changing landscape of the region. In years past, the Wellington Caves area was covered by ocean, and receding waters eventually uncovered the fascinating caves and some jaw-dropping megafauna fossils. The NSW Government …

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