Building stronger communities

Stronger Communities Fund

This week I was part of the Stronger Communities Fund community grants assessment panel with the task of going through the 106 applications from not-for-profit community groups for a share in $350,000 in funding.

On the panel with me were Darren Borger representing the Member for Dubbo the Hon Troy Grant MP and Alison Morgan Regional Liaison Officer for NSW Premier’s Office under the guidance of independent probity adviser Michael McKenna from Luka Group Accounting and we were all thrilled by the number of applications received.

Applications came from a very wide mix of groups and organisations spread right across the Dubbo Regional Council area. The quality of the applications was high and projects ranged in scale and value from just a few thousand dollars through to requests for the maximum $50,000.

The Assessment Panel has looked at each application to select those that will have the greatest benefits to local communities and the panel will make recommendations which will be formally endorsed at a Council meeting as soon as practicable.

Airport Funding

It gave me great pleasure last week to stand up with my colleagues, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and State Member for Dubbo Troy Grant for the announcement of funding from the Federal Government for the Dubbo Airport and Aeromedical facilities project.

The Dubbo Airport is a major transport provider for the region with direct flights to six different locations and is serviced by four different airlines and this upgrade is essential to maintain that position.

It will also go a long way to helping the Royal Flying Doctor Service which will improve healthcare for communities in rural and remote NSW.

The Airport Upgrade and Aeromedical Facility project has been jointly funded by Dubbo Regional Council, Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure Airports and now with the contribution from Coalition Government and is a direct result of all tiers of Government working together.

Dubbo Day Awards

Do you know someone who makes a difference to the community? Someone who volunteers their time to help make the world a better place? If you do then you should nominate them for the Dubbo Day Awards.

The Dubbo Day Awards are presented to local volunteers each November on the anniversary of Dubbo’s gazettal as a village in 1849.

The awards are a great way to recognise local citizens who have, over a period of time, carried out community work which has improved the quality of life for individuals or the local community.

Chances are we all know someone like this and though they’re not in it for praise or recognition nominating them for the award is a great way to say “thanks”.

An online nomination form is available on the Dubbo Regional Council Website or the form can be downloaded, completed and returned to Council.

The closing date for nominations is 5.00 pm Wednesday 26 October.


The DREAM Festival begins its program of events this week and as always it promises to be a spectacular event.

With a great range of events and attractions including Pianos on the Pavement, art exhibition, sushi in Shoyoen Garden and the ever popular Twilight Markets and Lantern Parade there is something for everyone to enjoy.

This is a great festival for locals and visitors so if you’ve got friends coming to town make sure you take them along.


With all the unseasonal weather we have had in the region it’s no surprise that many of our rural roads are suffering.

The announcement of $500,000 in immediate funding from the NSW Government to help repair our damaged roads was welcomed by Council.

However with a long list of repairs that need to be done, it’s not going to happen overnight and with harvest just around the corner it is possible more damage will happen as there will be more heavy vehicles on the road.

So please take care, be aware of the condition of the road you’re driving on and have patience as we work on repairing the damage.

Last Edited: 12 Oct 2016

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