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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cricket clubs in the region are encouraged to apply for $6 million in funds made available through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund.

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant said that he encourages local clubs to apply for projects, which support local cricket participation and benefit the whole community.

“We know that sports like cricket have many proven health, social and economic benefits and it is a priority to foster participation in the region.” Mr Grant said.

“The Dubbo electorate has a proud history of comradery, and the fund offers an excellent opportunity for clubs and association to form partnerships with local councils to improve the quality and quantity of community facilities.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the ICC World T20 Legacy Fund will be delivered over three years to support grass roots through to elite level cricket participation.

“The NSW Government leads the way in its support of women’s sport in Australia, and this fund specifically nurture the participation pathways for our female cricket players,” Mr Ayres said.

Andrew Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket NSW said that cricket is a global sport, and the World T20 will witness 1.5 billion viewers tune in to 14 NSW matches.

“Currently there are 400,000 grass roots players participating in cricket in NSW, and I am confident that the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament will draw more players to the sport,” Mr Jones said.

“This first round of funding provides an exciting opportunity for councils and local clubs to consider projects that provide long-term benefits to local communities.”

Successful projects between $5,000 and $250,000 will be funded up to 50 per cent of projects costs.

Applications close 13 July 2018.


Monday, May 28, 2018

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced the Old Dubbo Gaol has successfully secured $600,000 in funding as part of the first round of the NSW Government’s $100m Regional Cultural Fund (RCF).

The Old Dubbo Gaol is one of sixty-eight projects from 12 regions across NSW, sharing in close to $50m in the first round of grants.

The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which aims to improve not only the economic outcomes but the standard of living and wellbeing of people who call regional NSW home.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the Old Dubbo Gaol, it will enhance the facility and importantly improve the visitor experience,” Mr Grant said.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields said the Old Dubbo Gaol is one of Dubbo’s great family attractions and said he is thrilled that the State Government is supporting the further development of the attraction.

“It’s my belief that the Old Dubbo Gaol has some of the greatest potential for attracting visitors and with additional funding could be one of the best cultural attractions in NSW,” Councillor Shields said.

“Old Dubbo Gaol is the second most popular tourist attraction in Dubbo, drawing some 50,000 visitors a year,” he said.

“Council has successfully managed this State heritage site since 1973 and has invested significantly in maintenance and upgrades through Council funds and with NSW grant funding to ensure it remains one of Dubbo’s favourite places,” Councillor Shields said.

Mr Grant said the Regional Cultural Fund is all about supporting projects – whether they be big or small – that will enhance the cultural richness and vibrancy of our regional communities.

“This fund is all about building on our rich arts and culture offering, and enhancing it – not only for those living in our region, but for those who’ll visit us,”

“As a government we have done a great deal of work to improve our economic position and invest heavily in infrastructure, and we want to ensure the benefits of that work extend to all sectors – and that includes supporting our cultural and tourist attractions.” Mr Grant said.

Applications will soon be invited for the next round of funding through the scheme.


Monday, May 21, 2018

The NSW Government has today opened a new TAFE NSW facility in Dubbo to advance training delivery in e-commerce and supply chain logistics.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall today joined the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant to unveil the new specialist facility called a SkillsPoint. Mr Marshall said the facility would work directly with industry to ensure TAFE NSW students receive the training and skills they need to get a job and meet the needs of employers across NSW.

“This new facility will work closely with industry to design and develop courses for TAFE students across the State, ensuring the skills they develop are relevant and set them apart for employment in high-growth industries such as e-commerce and supply chain logistics,” Mr Marshall said. 

“Aligning skills training with the needs of industry will ensure our TAFE students are job-ready and able to launch or advance their career in diverse areas ranging from aviation, online business and floristry to vehicle service and repair. 

“The NSW Government’s modernisation of TAFE NSW is all about initiatives like this, which will improve TAFE NSW’s connection with industry, improve education outcomes for students and enable TAFE NSW to do the heavy lifting in terms of training the State’s future workers.”

Mr Grant said Dubbo was an obvious choice to house the facility.

“Dubbo sees more than 10 million tonnes of freight moved through the Central West and Orana by road and rail each year, and sustains 2,900 transport, postal and warehousing related businesses across Western NSW,” Mr Grant said.

“The Dubbo-based SkillsPoint will leverage local expertise and work closely with industry to develop cutting edge TAFE courses for the entire State.

“The SkillsPoint will also create 14 new jobs right here in Dubbo, making it an extra win for the region.” 

Dubbo is home to one of nine SkillsPoints being rolled out across NSW. For more information visit –


Monday, April 23, 2018

The Dubbo electorate will receive $50,000 in funding for local sports clubs and community initiatives.


Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant said that sport was the lifeblood of the region and investment in local sport was an important focus for the community.


Mr Grant said out of the 831 projects that have received funding as part of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program, 10 are in the local region including:

  • Mudgee Sporting Clays Inc.- $5000
  • Narromine Gorillas Junior Rugby Union Football Club- $3275
  • Dubbo Water Polo Club- $1308
  • Trangie Cricket Club- $6944
  • Mudgee Cycle Club- $18,473
  • Dubbo Triathlon Club- $1000
  • Narromine Soccer Club- $2000
  • Narromine Rugby Union Football Club Inc.- $5000
  • Western Rams Rugby League Incorporated- $2000
  • Mudgee Triathlon Club- $5000

“The program provides grants of up to $20,000 towards projects to assist regions with rallying the community together and ensuring ongoing involvement in sport,” Mr Grant said.


“The NSW government is committed to supporting grassroots sport and improving participation rates across the state.


“We know that sport has many proven health, social and economic outcomes and I encourage eligible clubs to apply for the next round of funding.


“Projects that are eligible include upgrades to local amenities or improving access to facilities, training programs and community events.”


Program applications open in late 2018.


For more information visit,


Friday, April 06, 2018

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has released the first image of what the new Mudgee Hospital will look like saying he was excited to see the completed schematic designs. 

“The design team have done a superb job on the plans for the new hospital,” Mr Grant said.  “This is the NSW Government delivering on our commitment to the community, the schematic design is the first opportunity the staff and the community will have to see how the new hospital will look.”

The $70.2 million Mudgee Hospital redevelopment involves a major upgrade to the existing health service, focusing on the expansion of inpatient and ambulatory care services. 

The upgraded Mudgee Health Service will continue to be a hub for health services for people living in the Mid-Western Regional local government area. 

Mr Grant said further rounds community consultation on the master plan will be held over the coming months.

“This is an exciting time for the Mudgee community and community input into the redevelopment is vital,” Mr Grant said.

“The redevelopment will include a new emergency department, general medical and surgical units, perio-operative units, a maternity unit, ambulatory care, oral health, renal dialysis and oncology.”

“In conjunction with the design launch, community drop in sessions will be held in the coming weeks to allow the project team to answer any questions the community has.” said Mr Grant.

Early work on the new hospital is expected to commence in mid-2018 with construction to be underway by the end of the year.


Friday, December 09, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant today announced that 12 projects across the Dubbo electorate have been successful in a funding under the NSW Government’s 2016 Community Building Partnership (CBP) program.

The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities.

“This grassroots funding will directly benefit our community and will deliver new infrastructure community groups, and will help pay for much-needed improvements to sporting facilities and community infrastructure,” said Mr Grant.

I congratulate all those organisations that were successful in their application and look forward to watching each project progress.”

The successful groups in the Dubbo electorate for 2016 are:

  • The Hear our Heart Ear Bus project, receiving $50,000 to fitout their new bus
  • Narromine Turf Club, receiving $3,000 to fix up the finishing post   
  • Gulgong Little Athletics, receiving $2,500 to purchase a lifesaving defibrillator
  • Mid-Western Council, receiving $20,000 to upgrade the canteen at Billy Dunn Oval
  • The Cooyal Parents Association, receiving $15,000 to build a playground
  • Dubbo Athletics Club, receiving $2,500 to purchase a defibrillator
  • Rotary Club of Narromine, receiving $4,000 to relocate the historic bridge to the wetlands
  • Glen Willow Sports Complex Mudgee, receiving $13,000 to upgrade lighting
  • Mudgee High School, receiving $20,000 to resurface their basketball court
  • Narromine Shire Council, receiving $20,000 to upgrade Tom Perry Park
  • Gulgong Tennis Club, receiving $30,000 to upgrade the tennis courts, and
  • Gulgong Showground Trust, receiving $20,000 to complete an electrical upgrade

Further details of the program and all successful grants funded for the 2016 program can be found at  


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Artists and arts workers aged 18-25 years in the Dubbo electorate are being urged to apply for a $10,000 Young Regional Artist Scholarship (YRAS) to help reach their career goals.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the YRAS program will invest in 100 scholarships to the value of $1 million in total over four years, and hopes to see the initiative unearth talent in the area.

“This scholarship program provides an enormous leg-up to talented youth who are dedicated to their art and want to connect with renowned art organisations and training opportunities,” Mr Grant said.

“This program is fostering the next generation of regional artists and helping them to develop their career path.

“Our region is renowned for artistic talent and I encourage our young artists to apply for this career-changing opportunity.”

Mr Grant said he designed the scholarship program to cover all art forms to help young regional artists develop their careers through skill development opportunities.

“This program gives young regional NSW artists and arts and cultural workers the opportunity to pursue a self-directed professional development program and meet leaders in their art form,” Mr Grant said.

“I have been blown away by the achievements of the YRAS Alumni to date and I look forward to further talent being uncovered through this NSW Government program.”

Local artists and arts workers can apply from any art form, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts to apply for this terrific opportunity.

The scholarships are available to fund activities including mentorships or internships, residencies, short-term courses and workshops, travel and the creation of new work.

For the purpose of this scholarship, regional NSW is defined as Local Government Areas outside the metropolitan and metropolitan fringe of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Round Two of the NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships for 2016-17 is open until Monday, 20 February 2017.

For more on the application process, assessment and eligability criteria, go to or email


Monday, December 05, 2016

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to re-invest $300 million in savings from an order for new trains for the Sydney train network into the new country fleet.

The contract for the new XPT fleet will also set a target for 100 per cent assembly in NSW, with a preference towards regional NSW, meaning more jobs for regional areas.

The target means that tenderers for the new fleet will be actively competing to offer the best possible deal for regional NSW. This will include assembling significant components in the regions, as well as stabling and maintaining the trains in regional NSW.


Earlier this year, the NSW Government announced that it would commit a further $50 million to speed up the delivery of new XPT trains, which would see the procurement process kicking off in the first half of next year- two years earlier than promised.

“It’s fantastic that a faster, modern, comfortable train fleet is on the way for rail passengers in the bush but it’s even better that there’s been a commitment to assemble large parts of these new trains in the areas where they will be used,” Mr Grant said.

“NSW is the best performing economy in the country but we know much of the activity is happening in Sydney. We need to make sure that people in regional areas are reaping the economic benefits too.

“Rail passengers in the bush deserve modern, comfortable trains that require less maintenance and are more reliable,” Mr Grant said.


“Boosting jobs and skills in regional NSW is a huge priority for the NSW Government and this is another example of our commitment to the cause,” Mr Grant said.


The new fleet will replace the 60 XPT passenger cars currently operating on the NSW TrainLink network, taking customers between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Dubbo, and going through regional towns including Bathurst, Orange, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Casino, Goulburn and Albury.

Opportunities to replace more than 50 XPLORER and Endeavour trains that serve other key regional destinations like Armidale, Moree, Griffith, Broken Hill, Canberra, the Hunter and South Coast (between Kiama and Bomaderry), will also be investigated as part of the work.


It is expected that the new XPT trains will be on the tracks by the early 2020s. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Volunteers are the backbone of regional communities; importantly so when it comes to sporting volunteers as without sporting volunteers we simply couldn’t play sport.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has congratulated Dubbo local Scot Watmore of the South Dubbo Wanderers Football Club for winning the Orana Region Sporting Spirit Volunteers Award.

“Scot Watmore has been an active volunteer for the past fourteen years, invests countless hours each week supporting young players of the club and is an outstanding mentor and community member,” Mr Grant said.

“Scot has also held numerous positions on the committee including secretary and is a fantastic advocate for increasing participation rates in the sport and promoting club membership.”

“I congratulate Scot on receiving this award, an award well deserved highlighting his passion for the community and the sport.” said Mr Grant

Mr Grant said we all rely on the hard work and dedication by people like Scot Watmore, and all those in the community who volunteer their time so we can enjoy our weekend sport.

The Office of Sport’s Western Region Sporting Spirit Volunteer Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our regions sporting volunteers in time for International Volunteers Day.

Held annually on 5 December International Volunteers Day is a day for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts and to showcase the difference they make in our communities.

Mr Grant extends his thanks and appreciation for all volunteers in our communities. 

Road upgrade completed on Fairydale and Salesyards lanes

Monday, November 28, 2016

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, today announced the completion of works on a project to upgrade Fairydale and Saleyards Lanes, which will support future housing growth and improved connectivity in Mudgee.

“I am excited that the NSW Government has been able to support these important road works through $2.6 million in funding under the Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund program,” Mr Grant said.

“These works will not only support a quality road network and increase road safety for local residents, but will also assist local businesses as the population of the area continues to grow.

“Expanded housing options in the region are also expected to make it easier for workers in non-mining industries to afford to live in the area.

“The Restart NSW program is a great example of how the Government is committed to supporting regional communities by enabling the delivery of more jobs and business opportunities, and improving the way of life for locals.”

The road upgrade, which is being delivered by Mid-Western Regional Council, was proposed to enable housing development to occur in Mudgee, as the area grows rapid as a result of current and future mining activity.

Upgrades on this project have included:

  • widening and resurfacing of the existing road;
  • realignment of a 130-metre section on Fairydale Lane;
  • drainage works;
  • construction of a shared-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians on Fairydale Lane; and
  • a pedestrian pathway on Saleyards Lane.

The NSW Government's $20 million Restart NSW Cobbora Transition Fund was established to create infrastructure that drives economic growth and productivity in the region.

The fund recognises the impact that land acquisition and other activities associated with the Cobbora Coal Project have had on local communities.

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