COVID-19 restrictions and 2021/22 Budget

As many of you will have heard, I am isolating in Sydney after being declared a close contact of Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall. Thankfully, I have so far tested negative for COVID-19. However, I am still required to isolate until midnight on July 6, and return two more negative results, before I can be cleared to leave isolation and return home to my family in Dubbo. I will continue to work from isolation. Thank you to everyone for their messages of support.

As you would be aware, restrictions have been reintroduced for regional areas.

If you have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) on or after Monday 21 June, you must follow the stay-at-home rules for 14 days after you left Greater Sydney. Learn more:

Masks are mandatory in every indoor setting that isn’t your home and at any controlled outdoor gathering. This includes gyms.

A 20-person limit applies to gym, dance and yoga classes, and you must wear a face mask.

Up to 5 visitors (including children) may visit another household at any one time.

All other indoor premises may only have 25 people, or 1 person per 4 square meters, whichever is greater. These capacity limits do not include staff, anyone attending an emergency, or people collecting take-away foods.

For the full restrictions go to

Please continue to maintain good hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if sick and sign-in everywhere you go.

For the most up-to-date advice, go to


They say a week is a long time in politics- never has that saying felt so true as the past week!

Last Tuesday, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet handed down the 2021/22 NSW Budget, including:

  • $27.9 million for the Drug Court to expand to Dubbo
  • $26.7 million for the continuation of the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment and car park project
  • $24.6 million for the police training facility at the emergency services precinct out near Dubbo Regional Airport
  • $150 million Start Strong Free Preschool program to save families up to $4,000 per child per year, easing cost of living pressures on families, and supporting our littlest learners in those vital years before school! Every single community and mobile preschool in the Dubbo electorate will benefit!
  • $100 learn-to-swim vouchers for every preschool child aged 3-6
  • $100,000 boost to the extremely popular Community Building Partnerships program to support more grassroots projects in the Dubbo electorate

For more information go to


Until next week, stay safe, Dugald

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