Media releases

7 Aug 2020   OLD DUBBO GAOL ‘PRISONERS’ TO BE PARDONED
After more than four decades behind bars, the ‘prisoners’ from Old Dubbo Gaol (ODG) are set to be pardoned by Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, in a special ceremony later this month. The prisoners have been held in the cells for various crimes, including murder, stealing, and assault, and now some of them are being pardoned, while others are just being transferred to a new facility.
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6 Aug 2020   POLITICAL CARTOONS REFLECT ON AN ELECTION YEAR
Get ready to push the boundaries and take a look at some of the most hilarious cartoons published in newspapers from across the country. Behind The Lines: The Year’s Best Political Cartoons 2019 is an exhibition featuring works by Australia’s leading political cartoonists, and it’s on its way to Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC) Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC).
5 Aug 2020   COUNCILS COLLABORATING TO BRING A NEW FLIGHT ROUTE TO DUBBO
With an announcement from the QLD Government that it will be closing its borders to NSW, and the ongoing effects of COVID-19, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is looking at ways to capitalise on the momentum of the ‘holiday at home’ sentiment, and ensure the Dubbo region continues to be a thriving destination for travel, particularly within NSW. Following a confidential report to its July meeting, Council’s Airport Advisory Panel committed to a partnered trial of a new flight route between Dubbo and Ballina (Byron Bay) to help stimulate the regional economy and increase access to domestic markets. Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, says the trial is a collaboration between Dubbo Regional Council, Ballina Shire Council and Fly Pelican.
5 Aug 2020   DUBBO REGION HOSTS JAPANESE AMBASSADOR
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) was delighted to host the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Reiichiro Takahashi and his wife Mrs Masako Takahashi in Dubbo on Tuesday afternoon. The couple were also accompanied by, Colonel Yuki Kimura Defence Attach̩ and Mr Soichi Igari, Political Consul from the Consulate-General of Japan РSydney.
3 Aug 2020   FURTHER COVIDSAFE INSPECTIONS BEING CARRIED OUT
There have now been changes to the Public Health Order that will now require any business that sells food and drink for human consumption to have a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Plan prepared, registered with the NSW Health and kept on premises.
3 Aug 2020   TENDER AWARDED FOR THE NON-POTABLE PIPELINE PROJECT
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has awarded the tender for the construction of the non-potable pipeline project, a key element of the Water for the Future Strategy that aims to provide drought security for Dubbo through the access of additional ground water.
30 Jul 2020   LOCAL TV NEWS CLOSER TO DEATH AS NINE WITHDRAWS FROM DUBBO
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields has labelled the Nine Networks’ decision to withdraw their locally based video news journalist as ‘dismissive’ and ‘tone deaf’ to the community who rely upon local news services for information, especially in times of crisis.
30 Jul 2020   A WIDER AND SAFER PURVIS LANE
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has invested over $7 million dollars to redevelop Dubbo’s Purvis Lane into a wider and safer transport link, providing a strategic connection for freight travelling from the Newell Highway to the growing northern industrial area.
27 Jul 2020   WATER RESTRICTIONS LOWERED TO LEVEL 1 ACROSS DUBBO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA
Council has endorsed a report from the Chief Executive Officer at the July Ordinary Meeting of Council to lower level 3 water restrictions across the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Local Government Area (LGA) to level 1 water restrictions, effective immediately.
24 Jul 2020   OFFICIAL OPENING OF CAMERON PARK INCLUSIVE PLAY SPACE PRECINCT
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Ben Shields and State Member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders have officially opened the new inclusive play space within Cameron Park Wellington.

Last Edited: 07 Aug 2020

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