Putta Bucca Wetlands and Regional Restrictions

It’s a sad reality that parts of our region experience rates of domestic violence almost three times higher than that of the state average, but it’s great to see the NSW Government working with the Federal Government to try and provide options for victim-survivors

Last week I announced that frontline services in the electorate will receieve $600,000 in additional funding to ensure a critical help is avaliable.

Connecting Community Services, Orana support Services and Housing Plus will leach share in the funding, with a lot of it to go towards providing housing options for those who are unfortunately seeking crisis accommodation.

The funding will allow providers to improve access for people with disability, and help protect more women and children in our local community who suffer from violence and abuse.

Frontline workers in our region are putting in a colossal effort to help people at-risk of domestic, family and sexual violence during the pandemic and ongoing recovery period, and it’s vital that we give them the resources to continue this invaluable work.


Residents and vistors alike will benefit from a boost to the Putta Bucca Wetlands near Mudgee, thanks to a government grant.

Mid-Western Regional Council will receive $859,700 from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery program, which is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

The Putta Bucca Wetlands are a wonderful natural asset, but one that has not only been tapped into as much as it could be.

The project will provide community and tourism infrastructure including picnic shelters, a boardwalk, a playground, signage, extended carpark, new walking tracks and a shared pathway that connects Mudgee to the wetlands.

In addition to the funding for the wetlands, there’s also $495,000 for Mudgee Region Tourism’s Feel the Love in the Mudgee Region (FTL) campaign.


As many of you will know, I am isolating in Sydney after being declared a close contact of Agricultural Minister Adam Marshall, who contracted COVID-19 and is thankfully on the mend after a rough few days.

Thankfully I have so far tested negative, however I am still required to isolate until midnight on July 6, after which I can be cleared to leave isolation and return home to my family in Dubbo.

as you would be aware, restrictions have been reintroduced for regional areas.

If you have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) on or after Monday 21 June, you must follow the stay-at-home rules for 14 days after you left Greater Sydney. Learn more: http://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney/stay-at-home-rules

Masks are mandatory in every indoor setting that isn’t your home, and at any controlled outdoor gathering.

A 20-person limit applies to gym, dance and yoga classes, and you must wear a face mask. Up to five visitors (including children) may visit another household at any time.

For the full restrictions go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw

Please continue to maintain good hand hygiene, physical distancing, get tested and stay home if sick, and sign-in everywhere you go.


Until next week, stay safe


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