Dubbo LGA receives a further $1 million in Federal Drought Communities funding

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has been successful in securing $1,000,000 under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Program (DCP) (Extension) for the delivery of drought resilient work across the Dubbo Region.  DRC will use the funding to help deliver five key projects across the region, at a cost of $2,064,700, with Council co-contributing $1,064,700. Council’s contribution is bolstered by NSW Government funding for the Wellington Caves Visitor Experience Centre and the Wellington Library upgrade.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, says these projects will support the local community, delivering projects that provide work for people whose employment has been affected by drought; stimulate local community spending; and use local resources, businesses and suppliers. 

“All the projects will be completed by 31 December 2020, and will complement our first three projects nicely. Under Round 1, we used funding to secure Stuart Town’s water supply, build a new Dubbo CBD toilet facility, and expanded the shade sails over animal pens at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market,” Councillor Shields said.

“It’s all part of Council’s plan to make Dubbo the number 1 region in inland New South Wales,” he said.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said he is thrilled Dubbo Regional Council has the tick of approval for its five proposed projects.

“The Coalition Government committed to delivering an additional $1 million each to every council in my electorate, so that we can get cracking on important local projects to stimulate community spending and support jobs,” Mr Coulton said.

Meanwhile, the Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, says the Wellington projects will be a boost for the area.

“The newly established Megafauna Education Room has been a wonderful addition to the caves and the planned enhancements will surely add to the enjoyment and educational experience for all who visit.  The Wellington Library is another integral community facility and the planned upgrades will bring new life to this important piece of community infrastructure,” said Mr Gee.

The projects to receive funding are:


DCP funding

Total project cost

Drought resilient urban landscapes in Dubbo



Wellington Caves Visitor Experience Centre – Megafauna Education Zone



Dubbo Showground new permanent horse stables and animal wash-down bays



Wellington Library living lounge room



Dubbo Regional Council Adverse Event Plan