‘Land’ is a natural asset that consists of a diversity of geological forms, topsoil availability and soil health. Land resources are used for a variety of purposes which may include agriculture, forestry, natural and cultural heritage conservation, carbon sequestration, mining and the built environment. 

Dubbo Natural Resource Snapshot
Temperature 33ºC average summer; 2.6ºC average winter minimum
Rainfall 584mm annually, with a dominant summer pattern
Waterways Major waterways include Macquarie and Talbragar rivers
Vegetation Open forest and woodland, with 7 endangered ecological communities 
Plants 11 threatened flora species 
Animals 58 threatened fauna species 
Soil types Euchrozems, Red Earths, Red Brown Earths, Red Podzolic soils, alluvial soils  
Geology  Flat lying sediments, intrusive units, tertiary basalts, quaternary alluvium 

Dubbo today is one of the State’s largest inland cities servicing a catchment area of more than 130,000 people. The main industries or land uses include traditional rural industries, extensive educational, professional, government and retail services, a growing IT sector, boutique enterprises and services associated with road, rail and air transport.

Dubbo faces many land management challenges such as inappropriate land use practices, invasive plants and animals, soil degradation (eg erosion, salinity or land contamination), litter or illegal dumping and climate change, all of which continue to threaten the environmental, agricultural and social values in the area. How we respond and effectively deal with these threats and challenges is a continually evolving process.

Council undertakes a number of activities to minimise the current and future impacts on land within the Dubbo Local Government Area:

  • Strategic land use planning
  • Development control
  • Open space management
  • Biodiversity management (eg weeds, pests, native plants & animals)
  • Stormwater management (eg sediment & erosion control)
  • Illegal dumping
  • Contaminated Land
  • Salinity
  • Flooding management
  • Bushfire management
  • Community group support
  • Heritage conservation

Last Edited: 02 Dec 2016

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