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Statement on COVID-19

I fully understand the serious nature of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, which is why I decided to visit Dubbo Hospital today in order to get the absolute latest from one of our leading medicos. And the message is clear – be alert, but not alarmed. The nature of this situation is fluid and can change very quickly, but as we speak the best advice is to be cautious when it comes to symptoms. Here’s a few things to be aware of: DO • Keep your hands clean by washing them often with soap and water or using hand sanitiser • …

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Road safety on the map for Dubbo electorate

Motorists on our region’s roads will soon benefit from a suite of safety measures rolling out across the Dubbo electorate, with more than $10.7 million to be invested into eight projects through round three of the Safer Roads Program. Five roadways will benefit from the funding, being the Mitchell Highway ($3.64m), Hill End Road ($2.435m), the Renshaw-McGirr Way ($1.985m), Goolma Road ($1.405m) and the Burrendong Way ($1.27m). Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were some of the measures that will be installed on roadways to help keep motorists safe. “We know …

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Wellington Caves visitor experience opens up region’s tourism sector

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the official opening of the Wellington Caves visitor experience, saying it will provide an added boost for tourism in the western parts of NSW. Mr Saunders said the caves are a significant contributor when it comes to attracting visitors to the Dubbo electorate, and the $4.2 million project will add to an already prosperous industry. The new facility includes a cafe and admissions area as well as educational exhibitions such as a discovery laboratory and mega fauna exhibition. “The NSW Government provided $3.8 million in funding towards the Visitor Experience as …

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Saunders asks for more drought support

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has called for further financial support to be provided to residents and business owners in drought-impacted regions of regional NSW. Mr Saunders wrote to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet earlier this week, calling for similar provisions to the ones applied to bushfire-affected parts of the state, including rate relief, and working capital and low interest loans. Mr Saunders said the proposed assistance would be similar to that rolled out across regions which have been affected by the devastating bushfires. “What has happened to parts of NSW, particularly on the South Coast, has been nothing …

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Applications open for $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card

Applications for the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card are now open for those living in the Dubbo electorate. Eligible seniors can apply through service.nsw.gov.au, by calling 13 77 88 or visiting a Service NSW Service Centre. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the card, one of the government’s key election commitments, will ease the cost of travel for eligible regional seniors. “Travel is one of the most significant expenses for residents living in rural and regional NSW, which is why the NSW Government committed at the 2019 election to reducing that cost for seniors,” Mr Saunders …

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Dugald and Paul Toole

Regional Seniors Transport Card on the way

One of the NSW Government’s key pre-election commitments will be rolled out in the coming weeks, with regional seniors able to apply for the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card from Wednesday, 29 January. Member for the Dubbo electorate said travel was one of the most significant household costs faced by seniors living in rural and regional areas, and the card is designed to ease the burden of those costs. “This card is about making it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends,” Mr Saunders said. “Eligible seniors will be able …

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Corrections staff honoured in Dubbo region

National Corrections Day will be marked in the Dubbo region today, celebrating the 10,000 correctional staff in NSW – and the 25,000 frontline officers across Australia – who work tirelessly rehabilitating offenders and keeping the community safe. Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the day is a chance to thank correctional staff, who play a vital role in keeping the community safe at Community Corrections offices and at Wellington and Macquarie Correctional Centres. “Today we acknowledge the hardworking corrections officers in our region who strive to engage, educate and rehabilitate offenders for the benefit of the community,” Dugald …

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Burrendong pump contract to provide a local boost

A drought emergency project to pump out the remnant water left in Burrendong Dam will create jobs and boost the local economy while extending the availability of dam water for towns and critical human needs in the Macquarie valley. NSW Water Minister, Melinda Pavey and Dubbo MP, Dugald Saunders welcomed the announcement from WaterNSW that the contract has been awarded and the urgent drought relief project is on track. Seymour Whyte has been awarded a $6.7million contract to construct the pumping station, coffer dam, and electrical systems to extract water from the storage should the dam’s water level fall below …

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Funding boost for infrastructure projects

The Wellington and Mudgee communities will benefit from $230,000 in funding to support projects under the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said today. Mr Saunders said the funding will help Wellington Golf Club and Mid-Western Regional Council deliver tangible, long-term benefits to their local communities. A total of $191,000 has been given to Wellington Golf Club to upgrade its irrigation pumping station, while a specialist ambulance waiting bay will be developed at Mudgee Airport using $39,500 in funding “The project to refurbish Wellington Golf Club’s irrigating pump system will provide a more reliable watering system for …

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