Fixing local roads, Wellington Hospital and SCCF

Our local councils have a mammoth task in maintaining the many thousands of kilometers worth our roads that we all rely on to keep us and our communtities connected.

From the multi-million dollar sealing of Old Mendooran Road and Aarons Pass Road, to the upgrade of major junctions like Wheelers Lane and Keswick Parkway in Dubbo, our councils really have their work cut out from them!

That’s exactly why the NSW Government provides support through programs like the Fixing Local Roads Program- and applications for round three are now open!

If you know of a local road in need of an upgrade, be sure to let your local council representatives know so that they can apply for funding.

Not only do these road upgrades mean people in the bush can get where they’re going quickly and safely- improving productivity in man sectors- projects like these also create hundreds of jobs and are helping regional communities recover from the impact of floods, bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In round three, councils will be able to apply for up to $3 million for a single road project and up to $3 million for a single road project and up to $1 million for packages of small road projects.

All successful projects will be completed within two years to ensure local communities see the benefits as soon as possible.

For more information go to


Last week I was really pleased to announce $50,000 to improve the allative care experience at Wellington Hospital.

Patients. families and carers will benefit from the refresh of two single rooms, a private communal area and kitchen, and an outdoor gathering area. The updates will create spaces for families to gather around their loved one. The priority is also to make sure the areas are culturally safe for Wellington’s Indigenous community.


Don’t forget that applications are still open for the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF), as well as the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund (CRIF).

SCCF supports projects that will reinvigorate rural and regional communities, with half of the available funding for projects that will increase female participation in sport. There’s a total of $100 million up for grabs. For more information go to

CRIF supports asset improvements on Crown reserves by providing funding for: repairs and maintenance projects; pest and weed control and new recreational infrastructure. Past projects include a multipurpose tennis court at Mungery Hall, electrical and solar upgrades at Hargraves Recreation reserve and amenities and water upgrades at Cooyal Recreation Reserve. There’s $17 million up for grabs. For more information go to


Until next week, Dugald

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