Projects and capital works programs under the new Council

By Administrator Michael Kneipp

I have had a chance over the last couple to weeks to have a look around at the various projects and capital works programs being undertaken by both the Dubbo and Wellington Branches of Council.

It was great to hear that the Wellington Urban street renewal program for 2015/2016 is nearing completion, which included the reconstruction of Percy Street with new kerb and guttering, street reseal and new drainage.

Percy Street has been a big part of Council’s Urban Renewal program which has included the replacement of unserviceable footpaths, kerb and gutter renewal and sealing of road shoulders as well as resurfacing of existing street pavements.

What I found particularly ingenious was the way in which some of the material removed in the reconstruction was re-purposed to be used in other projects elsewhere, and even made a sizeable contribution to the preservation of the history of local manufacturing practices by donating hand-inscribed terracotta blocks to the Wellington Historical Society.

While services continue uninterrupted to the community, with the creation of the new entity, there have been and will continue to be many changes.

Western Plains Regional Council is a brand new organisation, with new policies, procedures and structures.

This also means that when Dubbo City and Wellington Councils were merged, any committees that formed part of the previous councils were dissolved, with the aim to reform a new body of advisory committees that will best represent the new LGA.

Local Councils are first and foremost a customer service organisation, and community input is highly regarded. The new committees will need to be a cross-section of representatives from around the LGA so as to best serve the community and the new organisation.

Last Edited: 14 Jun 2016

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