Commitments delivered, and Digital Dubbo leads the way on COVID check-ins

In February 2019 I stood at Mudgee Public School alongside the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and committed to an upgrade of the toilets at the school if I was elected as the Member for the Dubbo electorate.

Last week, I was able to announce that upgrades to the amenities in the infants section are complete and other works at the school are ongoing.

I joined with new principal John Carters in making the announcement, and it was great to be able to formally welcome John to his new role and wish him luck for the future.

The announcement came during Education Week, which recognises the work done in our public school system, however I also used the week as a chance to speak in Parliament and formally recognise the work done by teachers and staff at all schools during what has been a difficult year.

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Last week was also a big one for us as a government, with Daryl Quinlivan announced as the state’s first Agriculture commissioner.

Daryl comes to the role with strong leadership experience and a track record of practical contributions to policy development, having previously served as the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water resources.

He will be particularly focused on resolving land use conflict and identifying growth opportunities for industry.

Farmers across the west, like those all across the State, have battled through one of the driest times on record, but as some seasonal conditions begin to improve, they need to be sure they are free to farm in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

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More and more businesses are using digital methods as a way for customers to sign in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Which is why it is great that Dubbo has been chosen as the location for a trial of a new function on the Service NSW app.

The “Digital Check In” function automatically captures the date, time and location, and securely stores them on a Service NSW database for 28 days for the sole purpose of COVID tracing in the event of an outbreak.

The Dubbo trial will test the check-in solution in a live environment and to make refinements based on feedback from customers, businesses and our NSW Health contact tracing team.

Until next week,

Dugald

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