Council to Begin Process of Renaming No.1 Oval as Tony Kelly Oval

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Following a Mayoral Minute from Councillor Ben Shields, Dubbo Regional Council will begin the process of renaming Victoria Park’s No.1 Oval to Tony Kelly Oval to acknowledge the former general manager’s contributions to the Dubbo Region.

Mr Kelly was the General Manager/Town Clerk of Dubbo City Council for 30 years before retiring in 2004. He died on Thursday, 26 November 2020 at the age of 77.

Mayor Shields paid tribute to Mr Kelly in the Mayoral Minute during the Ordinary December Council meeting, noting the legacy he left.

“Tony Kelly is the most influential person in Dubbo’s history. With more than 30 years as Town Clerk and General Manager, I can’t think of anyone who has played that big a role or made that big a contribution,” Councillor Shields said.

“Mr Kelly modernized Dubbo and put it in a strategic direction that we are still seeing the benefits of. He focused on getting Dubbo’s infrastructure right and time has shown the decisions he made on the location of the Serisier Bridge, increasing sporting facilities and expanding recreational offerings were exactly right.”

In addition to his public service, Mr Kelly was heavily involved with local organisations and sporting clubs and that was why it made sense to rename No.1 Oval, the Mayor said.

“It is appropriate that we name something really significant for Tony and he loved his sport. No.1 Oval is still one of the most popular ovals in Dubbo, it is located in the middle of the city and is where Tony was most heavily involved with cricket and rugby league,” Councilor Shields said.

“This is a clear direction from Council of our admiration, respect and thanks to this man for what he did for this community for many years.”

Councillor Shields said Council would investigate the process of renaming the oval. He said the process may take some months to finalise, but said it was important the first step was taken at the first meeting since Mr Kelly’s passing.

Last Edited: 05 Jan 2021

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