Local tourist attractions may be have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders is determined to see the region bounce back better than ever.
Mr Saunders has today announced $7,200 from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnerships program to enhance the tourism offering at the historic Dundullimal Homestead.
The funding will see three rooms in the Grooms Quarters restored at the National Trust of Australia (NSW) property.
“Dundullimal Homestead is one of the hidden gems of Dubbo’s tourism sector, giving visitors a great insight into what life was like for early settlers in rural Australia,” Mr Saunders said.
“Community Building Partnerships is a grassroots funding program aimed at helping communities improve their assets, and this funding will greatly enhance the visitor experience at Dundullimal Homestead.
“If these renovations can be completed in time for the Homestead’s reopening post-COVID-19 – that’s my hope. When tourism reopens in regional NSW, I want the Dubbo electorate to be ready.”
Dundullimal Homestead property manager Karen Hagan was very excited to receive the grant.
“The grant has enabled the National Trust of Australia (NSW) to increase and upgrade exhibition space at Dundullimal Homestead,” Ms Hagan said.
“The renovations in the groom’s quarters will enhance visitor engagement by providing the Trust with an opportunity to tell more of the stories associated with this important heritage property.”
Applications for the next round of Community Building Partnerships are now open. Go to www.nsw.gov.au/cbp for more information.