Official Media Release

Dungog To Be Emergency Ready

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter is delighted to announce that the Dungog community will benefit from a major refurbishment of the Doug Walters Pavilion to ensure people have a safe place to shelter during emergencies thanks to a $71,000 NSW Government grant.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the project was of particular importance given the devastating floods in 2015.

“The Doug Walters Pavilion refurbishment will provide Dungog locals access to shelter and assistance in emergencies,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The people of Dungog often have to deal with weather extremes, from flash flooding to drought.

“Thanks to this grant, locals will have peace of mind that they can access a centrally located evacuation centre featuring necessities such as bathroom and kitchen facilities and emergency signage.”

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants program.

“More than $50 million in funding is being provided during this current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.

“These grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.”

New funding ranges have encouraged more diverse projects, with a streamlined application process that cuts red tape and allows for faster assessment.