Last week was a big week for sporting announcements - with more than $1.8 million in funding for sporting infrastructure across Dubbo.
Dubbo AFL players will finally have a place to call their own thanks to an upgrade that will give the female players a private place to shower and change after games, and a place to come together afterwards.
The grandstand at Victoria Park No.1 Oval will receive a much needed refurbishment, with the replacement of the flooring in some areas, along with painting, and the installation of new aluminium seating.
Netballers in Dubbo and across the region will have access to state competition standard courts, with seven of the courts updated with a new surface, and importantly there will be new rubber 'under-surfacing' to help reduce shock and the impact on joints.
John McGrath Oval will receive a significant lighting upgrade, which will meet the Australian standard for competition. This will include a power upgrade to the oval, along with the installation of poles, cabling and LED lighting, which will minimise the environmental footprint and the ongoing maintenance to council and the community.
I am encouraging sporting organisations across the Dubbo electorate to apply for a share in up to $100 million in grants, with the opening of the NSW Government's Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund.
This fund will help provide more opportunities for people to play sport, and be healthy and active, by investing in new or upgraded multi-sport facilities.
Sport is a way of life across our region, and I'm calling for all clubs, associations, and councils to take advantage of the opportunity to modernise their local facilities.
Over the past few weeks there has been over 4800 requests for assistance across the state with over 150 flood rescues. A La Nina has been declared and we expect this severe weather will continue over summer until late February.
But summer in Australia means bushfires, and we cannot be complacent this year despite the recent wet spell. Simple steps like removing flammable materials from the yards, clearing leaves from gutters, and checking hoses can reach all around the house, can make a difference. The single most important thing every family can do is have that five-minute conversation about important decisions like when to leave and what to take if a fire threatens your home.
And please never drive, walk or ride through flood water - it's incredibly dangerous for both you and the volunteers rescuing you. It's vital to know your flood risk and have an emergency plan in place for what you will do in the event of a flood. Securing loose outdoor items, cleaning gutters and downpipes and trimming overhanging trees also make a big difference when severe weather strikes.
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