It has been another big week in the Dubbo electorate, with flying cars, rugby league and golf high on the agenda.
The big announcement of the week came at Narromine, where I was joined by Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Mayor Craig Davies to announce AMSL Aero will use the town’s Aerodrome precinct as the manufacturing and testing base for its electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles.
It’s fantastic to see businesses expanding and bringing job opportunities to regional areas, especially given the drought and COVID-19 has had such an impact on our communities.
Another great announcement was that Dubbo Golf Club has been chosen as one of six locations across NSW to host a qualifying tournament for the mens NSW Open.
Earlier this year the club hosted the NSW Womens Open, and the success of that event has put it forward as a venue that can host top-level tournaments.
The NSW Government invested $1.3 million into the club for irrigation and a disability lift, and the rewards of that investment are being reaped by the region.
Also during the week I was appointed as chairman of the NSW Government’s Regional NRL Taskforce.
The idea of the taskforce is to work with stakeholders including clubs, the NRL itself, and local government to work on a plan that will see premiership games return to regional parts of NSW next year and beyond.
Bringing top-level rugby league back to Dubbo for the first time since 2014 is a priority, and I am also committed to helping Mudgee continue to bring games to town.
The taskforce, which will work closely with the Deputy Premier and ARL boss Peter V’Landys, will take a statewide approach to this and I look forward to appointing members to the group that have a common goal of bringing the game back to grassroots areas of the state.
Until next week,