Dugald with players from the Dubbo Demons Australian Football Club

No upper limit for indoor venues and grants for community sport

What terrific news over the weekend that, from July 1, restrictions in NSW will ease ever further!

From July 1:

  • The number of people allowed inside indoor venues will be determined by the ‘one person per 4 square metres’ rule, with NO UPPER LIMIT. This includes function centres and places of worship. All activity must be seated only.
  • Cultural and sporting events at outdoor venues with a maximum of 40,000 will be allowed up to 25 per cent of their normal capacity. Events must be ticketed and follow strict guidelines.
  • All other restrictions including 20 guests inside the home and 20 for outdoor gatherings remain the same.

On compassionate grounds, restrictions on funerals will IMMEDIATELY be eased to allow the 4 square metre rule to apply.

I’m particularly pleased there will be no upper limit for indoor venues. This is something I’d been lobbying for, and I thank the Premier and Deputy Premier for making the changes to support more hospitality businesses to thrive!

On the whole we have sacrificed a lot and done a tremendous job to flatten the curve when it comes to the transmission of COVID-19, and I am pleased that restrictions are easing so we can get back to somewhere near normal. In reality, physical distancing is the new normal. But at least our communities can start to do a lot more of the things we did prior to the lock down. That helps our workers, our business owners, increases social interaction and ensures some vibrancy returns to our towns and cities.


With community sport on for young and old from July 1, it has been terrific to be able to announce more Local Sport Grant funding for clubs in the Dubbo Electorate. In the past week I have announced $15,000 for the Dubbo Demons to install two interchange coach benches at South Dubbo Oval, $12,874 for the Trangie Tennis Club to install lights, $13,000 for a portable grandstand at Wellington’s Pioneer Park and $13,000 for Dubbo Dirt Bike Club to construct sun protection shelters at the Morris Park motorsport facility – and there’s more to come!


Dubbo’s Vinnies Return and Earn Bulk Transfer Centre also reached a major milestone recently: 7 million containers recycled in less than 7 months! Congratulations to the team and everyone who is doing their bit to recycle and reduce the amount of waste going into landfill!

As usual, for information on COVID-19 and the restrictions go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

Until next week,


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