2022

  • ‘KERB YOUR CLUTTER’ IN THE 2022 KERBSIDE BULKY RUBBISH COLLECTION - Spring is the perfect time to clear out the back shed, spare room or rubbish pile and with Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) FREE annual kerbside bulky rubbish collection coming up there is no better time to ‘kerb the clutter.’
  • 100% GREEN POWER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY CONTRACT TO SAVE $1.2M OVER 10 YEARS - Dubbo Regional Council has taken another step to reduce its energy and carbon footprint by including a 100% Green Power option in a new electricity supply contract.
  • 2022 COMMUNITY NEEDS SURVEY FIELD WORK TO START IN FEBRUARY - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) will commence a Community Needs Survey across the Local Government Area on Monday 14 February 2022. Council have engaged independent research company Taverner Research (previously Iris Research) to conduct the three-week survey.
  • 2023 NSW TOUCH JUNIOR STATE CUP, NORTHERN CONFERENCE IS COMING TO DUBBO! - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), with support from Dubbo Touch Football Association, is thrilled to announce the attraction of the NSW Touch Junior State Cup, Northern Conference. This will see over 10,000 visitors flock to the region in February 2023!
  • 2023 SEASON LAUNCH - The Season Launch, sponsored by Kings Hall Jewellers, is a 60-minute sneak preview of the exciting line-up of shows carefully curated for Dubbo Regional Theatre’s 2023 Season program. We’re thrilled with the diversity of shows which include local, national and international productions with a number of well-known personalities.
  • 2023 THEATRE SEASON – DARE TO BE DIFFERENT - The 2023 Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) Season Launch on Sunday 27 November, sponsored by Kings Hall Jewellers, revealed 22 local, national and international touring productions for the forthcoming year.
  • 3D-PRINTED AMENITIES BLOCK TO BE BUILT IN LIONS PARK - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is embracing leading edge technology, by using the innovative construction method of 3D printing, to build a new amenities block at Lions Park in West Dubbo.
  • ACTIVE YOUTH PROGRAM TO MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER - This summer, Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Aquatic Centres in Dubbo and Wellington have partnered with the NSW Office of Sport in a new youth pilot program during Term 1, 2022. The Active Pools Youth Program is aimed at keeping 12-16 year olds active over summer.
  • ADDITIONAL SPECIAL RATE VARIATION GRANTED - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) application to implement a rate increase of 2.3% across the local government area has been approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW. DRC is one of eighty-six councils that made a successful application to IPART to increase its rate revenue.
  • AN ART FAVOURITE MAKES A WELCOME RETURN IN 2022 - After a two year break, Waste to Art - one of the community’s favourite art programs - is back. With categories for Primary School, Secondary School, Community, Open (including professional artists), Building or Element of Building/Large Sculpture, there is an opportunity for the whole community to become involved in Waste to Art. Entries are now open until 29 April, 2022.
  • APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES FUND - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) invites community organisations to apply for a share of $45,568 Community Services Fund (CSF) remaining from an allocation of $120,000 for 2021/22. The fund aims to support projects and programs that deliver social, cultural or environmental benefits for communities throughout the greater local government area (LGA).
  • APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN TO EXHIBIT AT THE DUBBO ART FAIR - Visual artists get ready, The Dubbo Art Fair (DAF) is coming back in September 2022! The Western Plains Cultural Centre is proud to once again host the extremely popular event to showcase and celebrate the incredible visual art talent that live in the Dubbo region. Event curators are now calling all local artists to submit their applications to exhibit before the end of June to ensure they can participate!
  • APPLICATIONS TO JOIN COMMUNITY COMMITTEES NOW OPEN - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has resolved to form a number of community committees and working parties to allow a public forum for Councillors and Council staff to consult with representatives of the local community on important local issues.
  • ARIA AWARD WINNER HEADLINES DREAM FESTIVAL EVENTS - As the region’s DREAM Festival kicks off this Saturday, community and visitors can celebrate with ARIA Award winning Tania Doko from Bachelor Girl.
  • AUGUST STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 11 August 2022, 5:30pm, to discuss the following items. These items will be made official resolutions following the adoption of the minutes at the August Ordinary Council Meeting.
  • AUSLAN INTERPRETER FOR BELOVED CHILDREN’S STORY - Cultural services in the region are being made more accessible with the inclusion of an Auslan interpreter for Deaf and Hard of Hearing members of the community during next month’s production of Guess How Much I Love You in a first for the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC).
  • AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS DUBBO - Australia Day Awards for 2022 have been announced in Dubbo, with recipients awarded during Australia Day ceremonies held on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
  • AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS WELLINGTON - Australia Day Awards for 2022 have been announced in Wellington, with recipients awarded during Australia Day ceremonies held on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
  • AUSTRALIA DAY NOMINATIONS AND CHANGES TO WELLINGTON EVENT - Dubbo Regional Council advises that Australia Day nominations for Wellington and Dubbo have been extended to 5pm Monday, 10 January 2022.
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE AS MAYOR’S CAR GOES ALL-ELECTRIC - Personally purchased by Councillor Mathew Dickerson and sporting the unmissable ‘DUBBO’ licence plates, a full EV will once again be the official Mayoral ride for Dubbo Regional Council.
  • BE GAME DAY READY FOR THE NRL 2022! - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is excited to welcome the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders and their fans to Apex Oval this weekend, for the NRL Premiership Round 11 clash! Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council Mathew Dickerson said he is looking forward to game day!
  • BODANGORA WIND FARM COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND NOW OPEN - Applications are now open for Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund 2021/2022, with up to $10,000 grants available for not-for-profit groups of Wellington District. The latest round will provide a total of $57,000 in grants to support projects that deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits for the local community.
  • BRUCE MATHISKE GUITAR ARTISTRY - Bruce Mathiske Guitar Artistry LIVE in Wellington! Featuring Bruce Mathiske’s virtuoso guitar and didgeridoo with special guest Adam Manning on percussion as well as live art projected on the big screen. To be held at Wellington Civic Centre on Saturday 28 May at 7.30pm.
  • BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES AT BODANGORA AIRSTRIP - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has identified an opportunity to increase revenue streams at Wellington’s Aerodrome and Recreation Park, also known as the Bodangora Airstrip, as a step towards improved financial outcomes for the primarily recreational facility. A Development Application (DA) has been approved and construction has commenced on a 10 metre by 10 metre hangar that will be available to lease out for commercial use.
  • BUSINESSES SAVE MONEY AND REDUCE LANDFILL BY USING DRC KERBSIDE ORGANIC WASTE SERVICE - Local businesses can save money and divert waste from landfill by using Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) commercial collection service for food organics and garden organics (FOGO).
  • CABARET-STYLE WELCOME TO 2022 SEASON - The Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) 2022 season opener is a cabaret like no other – Club Soda.
  • CALLING ALL REGIONAL ARTISTS TO APPLY FOR WPCC’S HOMEGROUND 2022 PROGRAM - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) is delighted to announce the launch of HomeGround 2022, a professional development program for emerging artists.
  • CATCH IT LIVE AND LOCAL AND SUPPORT PERFORMING ARTS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is appealing to lovers of live shows and performances not to let cancellation fears deter the region’s theatre goers from purchasing tickets to shows at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC).
  • CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE SHOYOEN JAPANESE GARDEN - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) invites the community to join the 20th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Shoyoen Sister City Garden. The event will take place at Shoyoen Garden, located within the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens in Coronation Drive on Sunday, 20 November 2022 from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.
  • CELEBRATING WELLINGTON NAIDOC WEEK AND MALIYAN CAFÉ REVEAL - The Wellington Local Aboriginal Lands Council (WLALC) have hosted a wonderful launch of Wellington’s 2022 NAIDOC Week on Monday 19 September 2022.
  • CHANGE OF VENUE FOR DREAM LANTERN EVENT - Dubbo Regional Council advises of a change of venue for the DREAM Festival’s signature DREAM Lantern event on Saturday 22 October from 4pm to 10pm.
  • CODE OF CONDUCT TRAINING FOR COUNCILLORS - Councillors from Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) have undertaken code of conduct training, a requirement by Office of Local Government for all Councils, as part of their comprehensive induction to their role as community leaders on Council.
  • COMEDY OF ERRORS BY BELL SHAKESPEARE - Bell Shakespeare returns to Dubbo Regional Theatre on 5 July with their modern adaptation of Comedy of Errors. Brimming with far-fetched coincidences and chaotic hilarity it will have the audience in stitches.
  • COMMUNITY MEMBERS CELEBRATED AT AWARD CEREMONY - Ten community members have been celebrated for their contributions to Dubbo at the Dubbo Day Awards ceremony for 2022. The recipients were awarded during a ceremony at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre last night. Dubbo Day marks the anniversary of Dubbo’s gazettal as a village on 23 November, 1849.
  • COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS URGED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING THROUGH COUNCIL’S ROUND ONE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - Dubbo Regional Council invites (DRC) eligible community organisations to apply for a share of $15,000 available through the Financial Assistance Program (FAP).
  • CONSTRUCTION HOURS EXTENDED TO KEEP DEVELOPMENT ON TRACK - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) would like to advise the community that construction hours are being extended to include weekend works, with noise restrictions in place to minimise any impact on nearby residences.
  • CONTINUED RAIN LEADS TO DREAM LANTERN PARADE CANCELLATION THIS SATURDAY - Due to continued rain; Dubbo Regional Council has announced the cancellation of the DREAM Lanterns event that was scheduled for this Saturday, 22 October. Fong Lees Lane, a partnered event in the festival program, has also been cancelled and will not be held as originally planned for Friday, 21 October.
  • COUNCIL AND INDUSTRY WORK TOGETHER TO GROW TOURISM VISITATION - The Dubbo Region’s July Tourism Market Report from Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) shows a return to pre-COVID visitation, and an encouraging return on Council’s marketing activity throughout the impacts of lockdowns.
  • CREATE NSW FUNDING FOR DRTCC - Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) has received $108,565 in funding from the Create NSW Performing Arts COVID-19 Support Package to be distributed to eligible clients who used the venue, and for the venue itself.
  • DON’T LET YOUR RUBBISH COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Rangers are reminding members of the community about how to dispose of bulky waste to keep our environment clean and avoid hefty fees for illegal dumping.
  • DRTCC OPENS CAN OF WORMS - A political satire featuring singing, dancing and some hilarious sketches is the next big showcase to play at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC).
  • DUBBO ARTS FAIR A HUGE SUCCESS - The Dubbo Arts Fair (DAF) held from 23-25 September was a huge success, attracting close to 1700 visitors to the three-day event hosted by the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) in Dubbo.
  • DUBBO LIBRARY FUTURE NEEDS SURVEY NOW LIVE - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) and the Executive Council of Macquarie Regional Library (MRL) invite the community to have their say about the future of the Dubbo Library.
  • DUBBO REGIONAL COUNCIL TO CONSIDER NEW SENIOR STAFF STRUCTURE - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) CEO Murray Wood will table a new senior staff structure tonight at the March Ordinary Council Meeting. The proposed new senior staff structure has a strong focus on improved engagement with the community and involves a rethink regarding strategic delivery of Council services, now and well into the future.
  • DUBBO TO BALLINA FLIGHTS ARE BACK - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) and Fly Pelican are pleased to announce the return of the popular Dubbo to Ballina return service starting from 6 September 2022!
  • DUBBO TO HOST INTERNATIONAL AERIAL FIREFIGHTING EVENT - Dubbo will be listed alongside the likes of Seattle and Athens when it hosts the Aerial Firefighting Asia/Pacific Conference in 2023. From Wednesday 2 to Thursday 3 August, the Dubbo Region will welcome up to 250 aerial firefighting and aerial emergency response professionals taking part in the conference.
  • DUBBO’S LEGACY SHARED PATHWAY AT DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION STAGE - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) masterplan to improve Dubbo’s urban Macquarie River Foreshore is one step closer now that the Legacy Shared Pathway System project has entered Development Application stage.
  • EARLY STAGES COMMUNITY CONSULTATION FOR MACQUARIE RIVER NORTH AND SOUTH PRECINCTS - Councillors will be presented with the initial concept/spatial plans for the Macquarie River North and South precincts on Thursday morning (1 September 2022) during an information workshop facilitated by Sala4D, consultants with experience of seven years in managing engagement projects of a similar nature.
  • EDUCATIONAL VIDEO TO HELP COMMUNITY ‘SORT THE SCRAP’ - Processing organics benefits the environment and the community by allowing much greater recovery of resources and reducing the amount of organics going into landfill. To help raise awareness, a locally relevant video has been produced to assist residents in understanding how their organics waste is transformed into compost.
  • EXPERIMENTA LIFE FORMS: INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF MEDIA ART - Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art opens at Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC), Dubbo, this Friday 8 July and includes 24 boundary-pushing international and Australian artists showcasing art across robotics, bioart, and screen-based works, installations, participatory and generative art. The exhibition has been curated by Jonathan Parsons, Lubi Thomas and Jessica Clark.
  • FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE CONSULTATION CRITICAL FOR PLAN - With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions across the state, face-to-face community consultation and engagement is making a return as one of the ways Council communicates with the community. While COVID-19 precautions and best practices will remain in place during any face-to-face consultation, a blend of ‘traditional’ and ‘online’ interactions will be critical for future community engagement.
  • FEBRUARY COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) held the February Committee meetings at 5:30pm on Thursday 10 February 2022 at the Dubbo Council Chambers, where a chairperson was elected unopposed to each committee.
  • FESTIVAL OF FOOTY KICKS OFF! - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) in collaboration with the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Government has launched the Festival of Footy, Thursday 21 April 2022 with a special event at the Cyril Flood Rotunda, Macquarie Street, Dubbo.
  • FESTIVAL PROGRAM TO FEATURE ‘DREAMY’ INSTALLATION - World-renowned interactive public art installation, Sky Castle by ENESS, will be a spectacular new addition to the 2022 Dubbo DREAM Festival; thanks to funding from the NSW Government as part of the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program.
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP ESTABLISH EVENTS ACROSS THE REGION - Events are making a highly anticipated and strong comeback, and Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is offering financial assistance to help organisers establish new events, or support annual community events hosted across the Dubbo Region local government area (LGA).
  • FLUORIDATION OF DUBBO'S WATER SUPPLY - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) considered a report at the July Council meeting from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) outlining a failure of infrastructure at the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant in Dubbo that has prevented the fluoridation of Dubbo’s water supply.
  • FREE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS THIS HOLIDAYS! - Visit Macquarie Regional Library these July school holidays to enjoy a great range of activities for curious kids. The library’s Explore school holiday program launches on Monday, 4 July, with activities for children aged 5-12 continuing until Saturday, 16 July.
  • FREE BREAKFAST AND OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OUR REGION’S LEADERS - The first in a number of free breakfasts and opportunities to meet face to face with the region’s leaders in the one place at the same time gets underway at the Church Street Rotunda from 7am until 8:45am this Saturday, 5 March.
  • GEURIE PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER ALERT LIFTED - Staff from Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) have met with NSW Health and the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) today, at which all parties agreed to lift the precautionary boil water alert in Geurie.
  • GLOWING REVIEWS FOR ‘DREAMY’ INSTALLATION - World-renowned interactive public art installation, Sky Castle by ENESS, is a spectacular new addition to the 2022 Dubbo DREAM Festival; thanks to funding from the NSW Government as part of the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program.
  • GOALS SCORED FOR NEW NETBALL COURTS IN DUBBO - The construction of two new hard surface Netball Courts at Nita McGrath Ovals in Dubbo have commenced with thanks to a solid partnership between Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), NSW State Government and the Dubbo Netball Association.
  • ILLEGAL DUMPING OF RUBBISH AT GEURIE - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Rangers are reminding members of the community about how to dispose of bulky rubbish after items were dumped illegally at the Geurie roadside rest stop recently.
  • IMPERMANENCE BY SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE - After the critically acclaimed world premiere of Impermanence in Sydney in 2021, Sydney Dance Company will tour the visceral and thrilling work by Rafael Bonachela to Dubbo Regional Theatre on Saturday 9 July at 8pm.
  • IT’S HAMMER TIME - KESWICK ESTATE STAGE 5 RELEASE 2 - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has now launched the new Keswick Estate website advertising the 52 unregistered blocks of land that will go to auction next month.
  • IT’S TIME TO GET OUR SCRAP TOGETHER DUBBO REGION! - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), Mid-Western Regional Council, and Narromine Shire Council were successful in receiving a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) grant of $30,000 to participate in a community education program to help residents get the best out of the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside collection service.
  • JANUARY ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) held its first Ordinary Meeting of Council since the new term of council, on Thursday 27 January 2022, at 5:30pm at the Council Chambers.
  • JULY STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 14 July 2022, 5:30pm, to discuss the following items. These items will be made official resolutions following the adoption of the minutes at the July Ordinary Council Meeting.
  • LONG-TERM FINANCIAL FOCUS AT COUNCIL’S EXTRAORDINARY BUDGET MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Monday 27 June 2022, at 12noon, to consider the 2022/23 Budget, Delivery and Operational Plan and associated documents. DRC has prioritised road maintenance, renewal of Geurie Water Treatment Plant and Wellington shared pathway system in the upcoming financial year, while acknowledging some areas had to be trimmed.
  • MAGNA WINNER, WELLINGTON CAVES ANCIENT LANDSCAPE EXHIBIT - The Wellington Caves’ Ancient Landscapes exhibit, created by Thylacine Design, has taken out the 'Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout' category at the annual Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) 2022 on Friday (17 June 2022).
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  • MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ROADSHOW - The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is heading cross-country with a cracking line-up of the Fest’s best; performing at 75 venues across Australia, including our very own Dubbo Regional Theatre!
  • MILESTONE REACHED IN PUBLIC HERITAGE PLAZA - A significant milestone in developing the Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza has been reached, with Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) finalising the hand over of 92 Macquarie Street to demolition contractors.
  • NAMING OF ‘TONY KELLY PAVILION’ PUBLIC EXHIBITION - To recognise the contribution made by former General Manager Tony Kelly, Council has resolved to name a prominent Dubbo facility in his memory. Council determined at the June 2022 Ordinary Meeting to name the new Victoria Number One Oval Pavilion the ‘Tony Kelly Pavilion’ subject to a public exhibition period.
  • NATASHA COMBER, TAKES ON NEW DIRECTOR ROLE - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Director of Culture and Economy, Natasha Comber, has been successful in obtaining the role of the Director of Council’s new division of Strategy, Engagement and Partnerships, effective 5 June 2022.
  • NEW PLAYSPACE COMING FOR BROCKLEHURST - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is pleased to progress with work on the playspace that has been in planning phase for the village of Brocklehurst for some time. DRC staff have now engaged Moduplay to supply the play equipment following thorough community engagement and feedback activities on site.
  • NEW TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST CBD PARKING CHALLENGES - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) will trial car parking sensor technology in Dubbo’s Central Business District (CBD) to alleviate challenges local businesses face around customer car parking availability.
  • NEW VICTORIA PARK FITNESS CENTRE OPENS TO PUBLIC - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is pleased to announce that the new Victoria Park Fitness Centre will be open for use from Saturday 29 October 2022.
  • NOVEMBER COMMUNITY LEADERS’ BREAKFAST - Members of the community are invited to enjoy a free breakfast on Saturday, 26 November at the Cyril Flood Rotunda in Church Street from 7.30am – 9.30am while discussing ideas related to the Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Area (LGA).
  • OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN AND WONDER AT DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE - Locals and visitors to the region will be spoilt for choice these school holidays with family favourites at Dubbo Regional Theatre. The Listies and their hysterical new show ROFL (Rolling on the Floor Laughing), Erth’s Prehistoric World and Back Stage Theatre Tours are full of mystery and awe that will keep the kids and their adults entertained.
  • OLD DUBBO GAOL CELEBRATES WIN AT 2022 IMAGINE AWARDS - Dubbo Regional Council’s Old Dubbo Gaol secured an award at the 2022 IMAGinE awards, by taking out a win in the ‘Exhibition Projects – Museums – Medium’ category for their Upgrade Stage 1 of the Gallows Gallery.
  • OLD DUBBO GAOL NAMED FINALIST IN NSW TOURISM AWARDS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) welcomes the announcement that the Old Dubbo Gaol has been named a finalist in the Cultural Tourism category for the 2022 NSW Tourism Awards.
  • OLD DUBBO GAOL TAKING HOME SILVER AWARD AT NSW TOURISM AWARDS - The 2022 NSW Tourism Awards were held at Luna Park in Sydney on Thursday night, 17 November 2022 with the Old Dubbo Gaol taking home a Silver award in the Cultural Tourism category.
  • OLD MENDOORAN ROAD, ROAD SAFETY AUDIT ONLINE - An independent Road Safety Audit (RSA) has been conducted in the vicinity of the Old Mendooran Road Boothenba Road intersection and is now available to view online.
  • ONE DIRECTION FOR NEW DIRECTORS - Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Executive Leadership Team is now complete following the appointment of two new directors.
  • OPERA AUSTRALIA TO TAKE A RAZOR SHARP NEW PRODUCTION OF THE BARBER OF SEVILLE TO DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE AS PART OF THEIR NATIONAL TOUR - Opera Australia will embark on its 26th annual national tour with a new production by Director Priscilla Jackman of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, appearing at Dubbo Regional Theatre on Friday 5 August. In a contemporary Australian reimagining of the production, award-winning director Jackman brings a hipster aesthetic to the famous barber Figaro and presents leading lady Rosina as more than just a pretty face. The story has been set in the real-life Victorian town of Seville, nestled amongst the renowned Yarra Valley wine region.
  • ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETINGS TO BE HELD IN WELLINGTON - The Wellington community and surrounding villages will have easier access to a number of Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) meetings, with Councillors resolving to hold at least three Ordinary Council meetings in Wellington each year. While DRC has been live streaming all of its meetings to the internet, having the meeting face-to-face in Wellington will give residents a better chance to meet Councillors in-person, while also providing more transparency.
  • OUTCOMES FROM FEBRUARY 2022 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 24 February 2022, 5:30pm with the following resolutions.
  • OUTCOMES FROM MARCH 2022 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 24 March 2022, 5:30pm with the following resolutions.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE AUGUST ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 25 August 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE JULY ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 28 July 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE JUNE ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 23 June 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE MAY ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL - Dubbo Regional Council held the May Ordinary Meeting of Council at the Wellington Council Chambers on 26 May 2022, 5:30pm with the following resolutions.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE NOVEMBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 24 November 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE NOVEMBER STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 10 November 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers to discuss the following items. These items are subject to Council resolutions at the October Ordinary Council Meeting.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE OCTOBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 27 October 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE OCTOBER STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 13 October 2022, 5:30pm in the Dubbo Council Chambers to discuss the following items. These items are subject to Council resolutions at the October Ordinary Council Meeting.
  • OUTCOMES OF THE SEPTEMBER ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Wednesday 21 September, 5:30pm in the Wellington Council Chambers with the following outcomes.
  • PARKING OFFICERS TO TARGET ILLEGAL PARKING - As children head back to school this week, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Parking Officers are targeting illegal parking, particularly on nature strips, across footpaths and parking against the flow of traffic.
  • PUBLIC ART STRATEGY PAINTS A BRIGHT VISION FOR THE REGION - As a major outcome of the 2020 SPARC Cultural Plan, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) will launch a new Public Art Strategy in 2023 that will set the future vision for public art in Dubbo and Wellington. The new Public Art Strategy responds directly to clear and resounding feedback from the community on the need for an active and strategic plan for growing Public Art across our region.
  • RECONNECT WITH YOUR LIBRARY IN MARCH - Reconnect with your library this month to enjoy the huge range of free resources and services on offer.
  • RESPECT. REFLECT AND CELEBRATE THIS AUSTRALIA DAY IN DUBBO - The program for Australia Day in Dubbo has been released and is dedicated to recognising some of our incredible residents, welcoming our newest citizens and reflecting on what it means to be Australian.
  • RESPECT. REFLECT AND CELEBRATE THIS AUSTRALIA DAY IN WELLINGTON - The program for Australia Day in Wellington has been released and is dedicated to recognising some of our incredible residents, welcoming our newest citizens and reflecting on what it means to be Australian.
  • REVELLING IN THE RIVOLI – A LOCAL NOD TO A BYGONE ERA - Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) presents Dance Makers Collective’s THE RIVOLI, directed by Miranda Wheen. Set in a time when a ‘social community’ meant people coming together, talking face to face, enjoying each other’s company, listening to music, and the idea of doing that via social technology was purely the stuff of science fiction, THE RIVOLI plays homage to music and dance of the era.
  • ROAD SAFETY FIRST - Road safety is at the forefront of all decisions made by Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) when designing new roads and implementing improvements to existing road infrastructure. As a result of increased traffic movements and safety concerns within the Southern end of Sheraton Road in Dubbo, DRC is installing a formalised U-turn bay, with concrete medium island and line marking.
  • ROBOT SONG BY ARENA THEATRE COMPANY - When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. After exhausting all other avenues her parents resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.
  • ROUND ONE OF COUNCIL’S $120,000 COMMUNITY SERVICES FUND (CSF) NOW OPEN - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is inviting community organisations to apply for a share of the $60,000 available in the first round allocation of the Community Services Fund (CSF) for 2022/2023.
  • SEE ZOO ANIMALS IN DIFFERENT LIGHT AT THE WPCC - There’s a unique opportunity to experience some of the wildlife from Taronga Western Plains Zoo through the artistic lens of Dubbo-based visual artist Jack Randell, in his new exhibition at the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC).
  • SENIORS ENCOURAGED TO ‘RECONNECT’ THIS YEAR DURING SENIORS FESTIVAL - The Dubbo region’s senior citizens have shaped the community we live in today as active citizens, workers, volunteers, employers, carers, neighbours, family and friends. This Seniors Week, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) will celebrate seniors by showcasing some of the organisations in the region that provide incredible services for our older residents.
  • SEPTEMBER STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 8 September 2022, 5:30pm, to discuss the following items. These items are subject to Council resolutions at the September Ordinary Council Meeting.
  • SHAKE & STIR THEATRE CO RETURNS TO DUBBO WITH BOLD NEW TAKE ON A CLASSIC - Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre is set to welcome back the nationally renowned shake & stir theatre co; which will perform its latest classic fiction adaptation, Jane Eyre, next month. Described as “a blazing success” and “another shake & stir production destined for hit status”, Jane Eyre will be performed live at Dubbo on Wednesday 7 September.
  • SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL YOUR WAY INTO THE LIBRARY FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN! - Visit Macquarie Regional Library these April school holidays to enjoy a great range of musical themed activities. The library’s Soundwaves school holiday program launches on Monday, 11 April 2022, with activities for children aged 5-12 continuing until Saturday, 23 April 2022.
  • SHOYOEN MILESTONE DRAWS A CROWD - Around 1,500 residents and visitors, including an estimated 400 children, attended the 20th Anniversary Event of Shoyoen Gardens; held in Dubbo on Sunday 20 November 2022.
  • SHOYOEN SOUND WALK LAUNCHES ON TRAVEL APP - The tranquil sounds and intriguing insights of the Dubbo Shoyoen Japanese Gardens have been captured and developed into an interactive mobile app available as a free download for all to enjoy. Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) staff have been working with local digital content producer Kim V. Goldsmith to create the Shoyoen Sound Walk experience available on the izi.TRAVELapp. izi.TRAVELapp is an international mobile phone app for self-guided sound walks and tours.
  • SOLD OUT WORKSHOPS SET TO ILLUMINATE DREAM FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY - As part of this year’s DREAM Festival, Lantern Making Workshops were being offered to school students this week by LightnUp Inc; a community based arts organisation located in Lismore. The popular workshops have been running since 2013, and were quickly sold out by local schools in the region; with a number of schools attending these workshops since they first commenced.
  • SPORTING FIELD PRESERVATION DURING WET WINTER - The increased rainfall experienced over Autumn and expected rain coming into the Winter months has sparked Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) staff to take extra measures to preserve the high standard playing fields across the local government area (LGA).
  • STAGE 2 BOUNDARY ROAD EXTENSION UPDATE - The south of Dubbo will soon be future-proofed for further growth and development, along with added connectivity to the east, with Stage 2 of the Boundary Road Extension project nearing completion.
  • STAGE 2, BOUNDARY ROAD EXTENSION PROJECT NOW OPEN - The highly anticipated Boundary Road Extension project is now open to motorists following an official unveiling on Thursday morning. Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Mayor Mathew Dickerson was on hand to share a BBQ breakfast with Council staff that were involved in the delivery of the project.
  • STATEMENT: PRELIMINARY MEETING AT DUBBO REGIONAL AIRPORT - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) received preliminary advice on Thursday 1 September 2022 of higher than recommended rates of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, in areas within the Dubbo Regional Airport.
  • STRONG VISITATION NUMBERS CONTINUE IN THE DUBBO REGION - Dubbo Regional Council’s Tourism Market Report shows a continuation of high visitor numbers across the Dubbo Region in September 2022, which included the first week of NSW school holidays.
  • TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF WHYLANDRA WASTE AND RECYCLING CENTRE - The Whylandra Waste and Recycling Centre will closed to the public this morning (Tuesday 15 November 2022) following extensive damage to the facility overnight. The damage follows a similar incident at Wellington Waste Facility last week and police are investigating.
  • THE ‘NEW’ VIEW FROM OLD DUBBO GAOL GIVES A GLIMPSE BACK IN TIME - A significant milestone has been reached in the NSW Government and Dubbo Regional Council funded multi-million dollar ‘Destination Dubbo – International Ready’ project, which includes the Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza development. Demolition of a building adjacent to the gaol signals major progress for the project.
  • THE ABCs OF SCIENCE - Join Professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge at the Wellington Civic Centre (Monday 4 April - 10 am and 1 pm) for a multi award-winning race through the alphabet – where fascinating words inspire spectacular science.
  • THE NEW DREAM - CONNECT, CELEBRATE AND ILLUMINATE - Following a few years of hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DREAM Festival is back bigger than ever with a brand new look and feel!
  • THE NEW DUBBO REGIONAL COUNCIL’S FIRST OFFICIAL EVENT - The collective excitement and enthusiasm of 10 new Councillors could be felt this morning at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) at their first official event outside of the chamber. Family and friends of the newly elected Councillors gathered to witness the re-signing of the oath and affirmation documents before enjoying a celebratory morning tea.
  • THE RIVOLI – A SENSE OF PLACE FOR THE COMMUNITY - The Rivoli Dance Palace in Parramatta was once Sydney’s favourite dance hall. Demolished in 1973 to make way for an office development, nothing remains of ‘The Riv’, except the stories of the people who once danced there.
  • THE SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL SHOWCASE IS BACK! - The funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing an all-star comedy cast to over 50 towns across Australia including the Dubbo region.
  • TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO MEMBERS FOR RABBITOHS VS RAIDERS AT APEX OVAL IN DUBBO IN MAY - Tickets for the South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders NRL Premiership match to be played at Dubbo’s Apex Oval on Sunday 22 May are now on sale with tickets expected to run out the door!
  • TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO HAVE YOUR BITE OF COUNCIL’S BUDGET - The community is being reminded that the time to comment on Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Budget and Operational Plan is coming to a close on Monday, 30 May 2022. The draft Budget, Delivery Program and Operational Plan provide a road map for Council’s spending activities and services for the 2022-23 financial year.
  • TIME TO COMMENT ON YOUR COUNCIL’S BUDGET - Consultation is now open for the community to make submissions on the draft Budget for 2022/2023, as Council works alongside staff to finalise its long-term financial plan in tough economic conditions. The exhibition period will also include Council’s long term financial plan, statement of revenue policy and other associated documents. Submissions are invited until 5pm Monday 30 May 2022.
  • Tourism Market Report supports positive forecasting of School Holiday visitation in the Dubbo Region - Dubbo Regional Council’s Tourism Market Report for August 2022 has returned strong data supporting a positive outlook for the upcoming School Holidays.
  • TRAVELLING DANCE HALL – EVERY BODY DANCE! - Australia’s globetrotting legends of cabaret, variety and burlesque, Finucane & Smith, are chasing COVID cobwebs away with a national tour of their smash-hit, sell-out celebration Travelling Dance Hall. Packed with world famous songbirds and showgirls, disco divas and dancing stars, local legends, burlesque twirlers and go-go groovers. From glittering dance routines to eye popping burlesque and breathtaking opera, this Dance Hall has something for everyone, all draped in lush velvets!
  • TWO NEW DUBBO NETBALL COURTS COMPLETE - The construction of two new hard surface Netball Courts at Nita McGrath Ovals in Dubbo is now complete in time for the 2022 season! The courts were delivered in partnership among Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), NSW Government and the Dubbo Netball Association (DNA).
  • UNIQUE WOOD-FIRED POTTERY SHOWCASED AT WPCC - Local potter Geoff Thomas has been honing his skills for the past 40 years, combining self-taught techniques and East Asian pottery practices to create unique pieces where no two items are the same.
  • VALE – ARTHUR MORTIMER - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) would like to express sympathies to the family of former Councillor and Mayor Mr Arthur Mortimer. Mr Mortimer passed away following a battle with cancer on Saturday 9 April 2022. Mr Mortimer served multiple terms on Council from 1983-1987 and then from 1991-2004, including a year as Mayor from 1986-1987.
  • VIBRANT VISUAL ARTS TALENT SHOWCASED AT 2022 DUBBO ARTS FAIR - Launched to massive crowds in 2021, an event showcasing the region’s best in visual arts is shaping up to be another wonderful celebration of the vibrant creative sector in our local community.
  • VICTORIA PARK NO.1 OVAL GRANDSTAND REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE - Dubbo Regional Council has completed major upgrades to the grandstand at Victoria Park No.1 Oval. The works were possible due to a $100,000 grant from NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Four.
  • VICTORIA PARK’S NEW PLAY SPACE TAKES SWING! - Installation of the new multi-zoned play space within Victoria Park Dubbo will commence this week! The playground will include a wide range of equipment, such as: a rope play sensory dome geometric shaped blocks to motivate climbing; multiple swings; wheelchair accessible carousel; a springer, in-ground mini-trampolines; wee hoppers and much more. The new play space also incorporates the famous red rocket.
  • VISITOR NUMBERS IN OCTOBER REMAIN STRONG DESPITE ADVERSE WEATHER - Dubbo Regional Council’s latest Tourism Market Report recorded consistent visitation to the Dubbo region in October, despite adverse weather events throughout the month that led to flooding, damaged roads and road closures across the state.
  • WASTE NOT, WANT NOT – DUBBO LEADS CIRCULAR ECONOMY FOR SOLAR PANELS - In June 2022 Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) became a pilot site for a first-of-its-kind project, installing an 8kW solar system made up of second hand (serviceable) solar panels on the Small Vehicle Receival Centre at Council’s Whylandra Waste and Recycling Centre in Dubbo.
  • WATER SECURITY PROJECT FOR WELLINGTON’S FUTURE NEEDS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) will soon commence the next stage of construction works to secure Wellington’s underground water supply in times of severe drought. In June 2019 the NSW Government announced a $30 million investment to expand the local underground water supply within the region. The Wellington Groundwater Pipeline Project is a key component of DRC’s Water for the Future Strategy designed to drought-proof the region.
  • WELLINGTON LIBRARY OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM OFFICIAL OPENING - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Mayor Mathew Dickerson, Councillors and Member for Calare The Hon. Andrew Gee MP have officially opened the Wellington Library Outdoor Living Room on Saturday 23 April 2022.
  • WELLINGTON PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE IS OPEN! - A striking structure described by some locals as ‘Wellington’s own Harbour Bridge’ has been officially opened on the banks of the Bell River on Saturday 10 September 2022, thanks to a joint development between Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) and the Australian Government.
  • WELLINGTON PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE SOD TURN - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Mayor Mathew Dickerson, Councillors and Member for Calare The Hon. Andrew Gee MP met on the banks of the Bell River in Wellington yesterday, Saturday 23 April 2022, to turn the first sod for the Wellington Pedestrian Bridge.
  • WELLINGTON PIPELINE INSTALLATION HAS COMMENCED - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) wishes to advise Wellington residents in the Montefiores area, that contractors have now moved to site and established work zones ahead of the installation of the 5.5km pipeline that will connect a new production bore at Lay Street and Bicentennial Park to the Wellington Water Treatment Plant on the Falls Road.
  • YOU’LL NEVER LOOK AT A CARDBOARD BOX THE SAME WAY AGAIN! - Junkyard Beats’ award winning The Box Show is touring to Dubbo Regional Theatre in May; Wednesday 17 May, 6 pm and Wednesday 18 May, 10.30am and 1pm. In the hands of Junkyard Beats, ordinary household items are transformed into extraordinary musical instruments and unwanted junk comes alive in exciting and surprising ways!

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