Dubbo Well and Truly Open for Business, Despite Drought


Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, says people considering a trip to the Dubbo Region shouldn’t worry about their stay affecting the local water supply as the region’s usually high, all-year-round visitor occupancy is factored in to water use planning.

With the region relying heavily on tourism dollars during difficult times, Council is keen to continue encouraging visitors to make plans after receiving phone calls and messages from people expressing concerns that their visit may make the current water situation worse.

The reality is, Dubbo needs visitors more than ever before, to prevent local business feeling the pinch.

“We understand that people are trying to be considerate of the current water situation; however, it’s important that tourists understand that we can cater for their visit,” said Clr Shields. “Given our region is a great tourist destination, Dubbo Regional Council, and local businesses, have water-saving measures in place to help accommodate tourists and visitors.”

Right now, Dubbo is a must-visit destination, with the recent launch of the new Visitor Guide, and a partnership with neighbouring councils to encourage visitation.

“It’s concerning for not only Dubbo, but tourism operators in neighbouring councils like Coonamble, Warrumbungle Shire, Gilgandra and Narromine are also concerned that their businesses will dry up because tourists are worried about putting a strain on water supplies,” Clr Shields said.

Currently, the Dubbo Region is on level three water restrictions; and when Council moves to level four restrictions in November, showers should be limited to five minutes.

“Aside from asking tourists to keep coming to Dubbo, we only ask that they take note of the water restrictions and do their bit by being aware of what the restrictions mean,” he said.

Tourists interested in visiting the region are being encouraged to look at the new dubbo.com.au website to build their own itinerary, and see just how many things are on offer when they visit Dubbo and the Great Western Plains.

“Please keep coming to visit, we need you now more than ever,” Clr Shields said.

Last Edited: 08 Oct 2019

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