Crown Lands funding up for grabs, more restrictions to ease

With travel restrictions eased, it was great to see people visiting our regions over the long weekend, while adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Visitors from all over the globe have enjoyed our world-class attractions including Mudgee’s wineries, the Gulgong Gold Experience, the Wellington Caves, Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and the Narromine Aviation Museum. Now we’re encouraging everyone in NSW to discover what makes our part of the world so special!

If we can seize this opportunity to have that money spent here in NSW – that will be the boost our tourism operators need to start to bounce back after years of drought and now the recent COVID-19 pandemic.


Last week we had an exciting announcement from the NSW Government that gyms, yoga, indoor pools and dance studios can reopen from Saturday 13th June, with kids’ community sport resuming across NSW from Wednesday 1st July

Sport and businesses will need to do things a little differently than in pre-COVID-19 times, and following a safety plan is key to keeping people safe.

I am so proud of the way the Dubbo Electorate has followed the health advice and played their part to flatten the curve to such a point where we can now re-introduce kids’ sports and open gyms.


I am encouraging Crown land managers and community groups that use Crown land in the Dubbo Electorate to apply for a share of $14 million in grants to upgrade and maintain community facilities and reserves across NSW.

The fund supports improvements to community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown reserves while also supporting businesses and economies.

This year’s funding will prioritise restoring and strengthening the resilience of public facilities and crown reserves that have suffered through bushfires, drought and now restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thanks again for your help in keeping us COVID safe. But we cannot afford to become complacent and I want to urge everyone to please continue to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. If we continue to do all the right things, then we won’t have to go backwards.

As usual, for information on COVID-19 and the restrictions go to

Until next week,


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