2022

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF NATURE STRIPS AND LANEWAYS - Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is inviting the community to provide feedback about the management and maintenance of nature strips within the Dubbo Region Local Government Area (LGA).
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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