Moving forward as Dubbo Regional Council
By Administrator Michael Kneipp
Council meeting outcomes
On Monday the Council Meeting was held at Wellington. It was a great opportunity to review the excellent progress which has been made on the merger process. Everyone at Council has been working hard on integrating our business systems to ensure easy and reliable communication across all Council sites while still delivering excellent customer service.
As we make our way through the merger process we are always looking for areas we can improve on to make sure we build a strong organisation for the future.
New 10 year approvals to operate caravan parks and camping grounds at Lake Burrendong and Mookerawa Waters have been approved.
This approval reflects how well the parks have been run, particularly since NSW Crown Holidays Parks Trust took over the management. Nearly $1.5M has been spent on installation of new water treatment plants and power upgrades.
Also, in Dubbo, from 17 October 2016, 30 residential allotments will be released for sale as part of Keswick Estate Stage 4 Release 3A.
Ten lots have been earmarked for first home buyers giving them a fantastic opportunity to set themselves up in the Dubbo housing market.
For the first two weeks of the sales campaign these lots will only be sold to first home buyers and Council will offer a $15,000 rebate on the specific lots purchased by first home buyers.
The sun finally came out and put on a show just in time for Wellington’s SpringFest with big crowds converging on the town for a weekend of fun.
There was something for everyone with market stalls, a street parade and displays from many of the talented local artists.
The Cycle Classic in particular was a big hit for participants and crowds, attracting riders from Sydney and all around the central west.
The success of the event shows the commitment and tireless work of a group of very dedicated organisers and volunteers.
I would like to congratulate all those involved on producing another great event for Wellington.
Stronger Communities Fund – Community Grants Program
A panel will meet on 11 October 2016 to review the 106 applications we have had for Stronger Communities Fund Grants.
The fund is for projects that can have real social and economic benefits to our community, have taken into consideration sustainability and have not been funded by the former councils.
The first round will see $350,000 distributed allocated to the projects.
It’s great to see so many applications for funding and I look forward to seeing the contribution the projects can make to the community.
Logo and Brand revealed
On 8 September I was in Wellington for the unveiling of Dubbo Regional Council’s new brand and logo.
The logo was designed in-house by Council’s graphic design specialists and was created and refined based on input and feedback from over 140 members of staff, business and community groups across the Local Government Area.
It reflects Council’s commitment to being a progressive and modern organisation and the intent was to create a fresh new logo that will help harmonise the new organisation and will look good on a wide range of applications including signs, vehicles, stationery and uniforms as well as online.
Small Town Meetings
I had a chance to meet up with some locals at Community Meetings in both Mumbil and Stuart Town. I always enjoy having the chance to meet with the community in these areas and see all the great work they are doing.
These meetings are the perfect opportunity for me to hear from the locals about what they want from Council and what we can do to help them.
School Holiday Activities
There are loads of activities taking place these school holidays in both Wellington and Dubbo, with programs scheduled at both branch libraries as well as the Western Plains Cultural Centre.
It would also be a great chance to take advantage of the “Mates Rates” discounts available to residents of the Dubbo Regional Council LGA at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Wellington Caves.
Last Edited: 29 Sep 2016