Over the past few weeks we've seen community sport return to our region, and it was great to be able to head down to the Nita McGrath Netball Courts in Dubbo on Saturday to see how they have managed their return in a COVID-safe manner.
Across all sports there has been a tremendous sense of common sense and responsibility shown by organisers and families, and it is wonderful to see so many people out being active and smiling after what has been a tough period.
Dubbo Netball Association went above and beyond, spending a significant amount of money which included installing hand sanitising stations in a nearby toilet block, and they should be congratulated for their commitment to their return.
On Friday I joined with the Minister for Health and Medical Reseach, Brad Hazzard, to open the new Mudgee Hospital.
This $70.7 million project was fast tracked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it provides an array of services that previously haven't been available in the Mid-Western Regional Council local government area.
The people of Mudgee and surrounds now have access to double the amount of ambulatory care space, triple the dialysis capacity and, in a first for the region, it also has a CT scanner.
On the way to Mudgee I stopped in at Wellington and took great delight in helping to officially open the new Cameron Park upgrades, which were funded by the NSW Government.
The project, which focuses on being inclusive for people of all abilities, features a range of new equipment but also pays homage to Wellington's past thanks to a wonderful wedgetail eagle statue, created by local sculptor Brett Garling, which represents the totem of the local Binjang clan.
Through the Stronger Communities Fund and the Everyone Can Play Fund, more than $470,000 was given to Dubbo Regional Council to complete the project
Some major upgrades on the Mitchell Highway between Dubbo and Narromine have been completed, which will improve safety for the thousands of motorists that use the road each and every day.
Safety barriers, wider road shoulders and new line markings are among the safety improvements undertaken during the $1.25 million project, which was delivered by the NSW Government's Safer Roads program.
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