Macquarie Foreshore Event Precinct and Trails

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Summary: Construction of state-of-the-art outdoor event arenas with dedicated stage area, sound and lighting at Ollie Robbins Oval in Dubbo’s CBD, which will enable the attraction of major year-round events/festivals to Dubbo and ignite new economic growth initiatives in this precinct. The Macquarie Foreshore Event Precinct will provide a purpose-built space (with stage) that will attract events and festivals that Dubbo is currently missing out on due to lack of suitable infrastructure. The construction of tourism infrastructure will deliver economic growth and productivity for both the Dubbo Region with flow-on effects across the NSW economy.

Research, community and industry stakeholder engagement is complete. The preparation in project planning for the Macquarie River Event Foreshore precinct includes completion of a project plan mapping session with internal stakeholders. The completion of a detailed project scope document and a revised architecture plan aligned to the Dubbo CBD Master Plan and based on industry stakeholder feedback.
Stakeholder Engagement completed for the event precinct includes but is not exclusive to the following:

  • Survey Monkey questionnaire sent to 302 members of Dubbo Region Event Network
  • Survey Monkey questionnaire sent to 80 NSW event Industry professionals
  • Survey Monkey questionnaire sent to DNSW Regional Events Department
  • Macquarie River CBD Master Plan feedback & Internal Stakeholder Meeting

udget: Funding available for the Macquarie River Event Precinct is estimated at $3,514,849.

Status: Consultation / Design

Funding: NSW Government - Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund

Timeline: The Destination Dubbo project aligns with the requirements of the NSW Restart Fund and, in turn, the Regional Growth: Environment and Tourism Fund timelines. Estimated delivery date will be mid 2022.

Contractor: TBA

Plans: In development 

Project Update: As part of the broader Macquarie River CBD Masterplan, an event precinct has been identified. This event precinct is centred on the existing Ollie Robbins Oval and is being developed to assist in the attraction of major events, catering for up to 10,000 patrons.

To identify a suitable architect to provide full design services for the event precinct, DRC has conducted first an Expression of Interest, before conducting a select tender process involving three architectural firms shortlisted by a weighted matrix and demonstrated experience in event precinct and flood plains development.

Extensive consultation has been undertaken with community, the events industry, and performers and with Council. Consultation has included by not exclusive to website inclusion, social platforms, main stream media, in person and a councillor workshop.

LahzNimmo Architects have been identified as the preferred architectural firm to undertake the next phase of the project. Council will engage LahzNimmo Architects for the Detailed Design of the Macquarie River Event Precinct and Associated Amenities.

The design is adaptable, multifaceted and structured with flooding up to 1:100 year event front of mind. The design allows functional community pedestrian usage, contained community event staging of up to 300 people and the flexibility to reverse the stage setting to face North allowing an open, expansive stage touring event capacity of up to 10,000.



Media releases (most recent at the top)

First-look at new Riverside Event Precinct

Final week to comment on Macquarie River CBD Concepts

Dubbo one step closer to becoming ‘International Ready’

Last Edited: 22 Apr 2021

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