DUBBO REGIONAL COUNCIL'S COVID-19 RESPONSE

SUPPORTING OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY

We know that our business community is hurting at this time, which is why Dubbo Regional Council's Economic Development Team is working with local businesses. A webpage over at our sister-site run by Dubbo Region is helping our community stay connected and aware of what businesses have come up with alternative ways of trading.

If you are a local business and need support and advice from Council's Economic Development Team, click here for important information and resources. You can also call the Economic Development Team on (02) 6801 4000.

LODGING DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS

All development applications should be lodged via the new Online Planning Portal. To access the portal, click here.

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

To read about the latest restrictions and Public Health Orders, please visit this NSW Health webpage.

To check what you can and can't do under the current rules, please click here.

CLOSURES/ PRECAUTIONS AT COUNCIL FACILITIES

We are updating this information regularly to keep our community informed about any changes to their services. Please refer to the below table for more information.

 FACILITY  STATUS MORE INFO
Customer Experience Centres
 Closed

All Customer Experience Centres are closed during the lock down period. Staff are still answering phone calls though, and service requests can be lodged online via DRC&Me.

Phone: (02) 6801 4000

Visitor Information Centres
Closed

Visitor Information Centres in Dubbo and Wellington will be closed to the public; however, staff can still be contacted via phone.


Phone: 1800 674 443

Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC)
Closed
 

Ticket holders will be contacted if they are affected. For more information, visit here.

For updates about other events in the Dubbo region, visit here.


Phone: (02) 6801 4378


Old Dubbo Gaol
Closed
 

Staff will still be taking phone calls

Phone: (02) 6801 4460

Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets (DRLM)
Open with restrictions
 

To ensure that Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets (DRLM) can trade as long as possible only DRLM staff, DRLM agents, Dubbo Stock and Station Agents staff and genuine registered commission/company buyers and carriers are permitted on site. Please also follow the below restrictions: 

 

  • QR code check in
  • Mandatory mask wearing
  • The need for regular and correct hand-washing procedures.
  • Not shaking hands.
  • Maintaining a 1.5m distance from others.
  • If you have symptoms you must self-isolate and seek immediate medical advice.
Council waste facilities - including transfer stations
Open by appointment only

All regular kerbside waste collection will continue as usual.


General public:

The Whylandra Waste & Recycling Facility and the Wellington Waste Facility are operating on a booking system during the current stay-at-home orders. The general public must have a booking to be allowed access. To make a booking, please contact Customer Experience on (02) 6801 4000 or by Council's online booking system.

Rural waste customers:

Rural Transfer Stations will be open as per usual days and operating hours but access will only be allowed to residents that do not receive a kerbside bin collection service. At the rural transfer stations Council will use rural waste charge records and a licence check to determine the eligibility of residents to enter the facility, customers who have a bin collection service will be turned away.


For more information about who is allowed to visit Council's waste facilties during the lockdown, click here.

Wellington Caves and Caravan Park
Closed
 

All tours of the Wellington Caves have been cancelled. Staff can still be contacted by phone.

   

Phone: (02) 6840 6480

Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC)
Closed  

The Western Plains Cultural Centre, including Creo Cafe, and all associated classes and programs are closed during the lock down period. Staff can still be contacted via phone.

Phone: (02) 6801 4444

Macquarie Regional Library (MRL)
Closed
 

Macquarie Regional Library branches are closed during the lock down, but will still offer a number of online services, and book deliveries.

  • 24/7 online services
  • Online tech help
  • Ask Your Library (via email and telephone)
  • Phone: (02) 6801 4510
Community Halls
Closed
 Cemeteries
 Open with restrictions
 

Under the current Public Health Order, people in New South Wales are permitted to leave home for compassionate reasons, people can have short visits to a gravesite to pay respects and mourn a loved one.When visiting, please follow the below:

  • Mandatory QR code check-in
  • Face masks
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distancing
  • Funerals remain capped at 10 attendees plus necessary funeral staff
  • Only people from the same household may gather
  • Otherwise, outdoor gatherings are limited to 2 people

Public Amenities Open


Playgrounds/ play spaces
Open    
 Skate parks
Open


  • Dubbo, Victoria Park
  • Wellington Skate Park
  • Geurie Tom Culkin
 Bike Tracks Open
  • Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility
  • Powter Park BMX track
  • Tracker Riley
  • Dundullimal Mountain Bike Trail
  • Mugga Hill Mountain Bike Trail
  • Bald Hill Mountain Bike Trail
Botanic Gardens & Japanese Gardens
Open
Sporting Facilities/ Sporting Grounds Open
 
 Reserves  Open  

Camping grounds Closed  
Community BBQs OFF

Drinking Fountains OFF  All community drinking fountains have been turned off
Leash Free Areas Open  
Aquatic Leisure Centres
Closed 2021-2022 Season opening postponed. For updates on opening times, visit here.
Animal Shelter & Pound
Open by appointment only

During the COVID-19 enforced restrictions, rangers will be responding to urgent calls only. All other calls will be prioritised. If you are collecting a pet, you will be required to ring and make an appointment before attending.

Contactless service will be provided with eftpos-only transactions and QR code check-in requirements.

Please note, Wellington's overnight cages will be locked, as Council operates on skeleton staffing at this time.

Phone: (02) 6801 4640

 
Dubbo Showground Open

The Showground is only open to facilitate testing for COVID-19. Please be patient if you are driving up to the showground for drive-through testing during this time.

All other scheduled events have been postponed or cancelled.

 

Still have questions? Click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

 

KEY INFORMATION

Dubbo Regional Council have collated a list of key information in regards to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing clinics

Venues of concern

Restrictions

Symptoms

Vaccination

Dubbo Regional Council response

Support for businesses

Your mental wellbeing is important. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, you’re not alone. Click here for services that can support you through these difficult times.

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
NSW Health - Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Western NSW Local Health District - Facebook | Twitter
Dugald Saunders MP - Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Dubbo Regional Council - Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

DO IT FOR YOUR MOB

On Friday 13 August, NSW Health announced that a high percentage of newly confirmed cases in the Western NSW Local Health District were that of Aboriginal children.

A range of community members have stepped forward with advice, view their messages here.

Last Edited: 14 Sep 2021

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