Major Projects Progress Despite Disruption of COVID-19 Pandemic

Major infrastructure projects within the Dubbo Region are continuing despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said where possible, work was continuing on projects that would improve connectivity, enhance the region’s standing as a regional sporting capital and expand the city’s cultural offerings.

More than a dozen construction projects are in progress, including the cross-city pipeline, new truck wash at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets and the redevelopment of Victoria Park No.1 Oval. Planning and preliminary work is being carried out for a number of other projects that are yet to begin.

“The Covid-19 pandemic is having a terrible impact on the Australian economy and the effects of that will be long-lasting but continuing with these projects will help keep the local economy going,” Councillor Shields said.

“It is also important that these vital works be completed so that our region can move forward once social distancing is able to be relaxed and our community begins to operate normally again.”

Projects that are in progress include:

  • Victoria Park No.1 Oval redevelopment

  • Pavans and Battistel land sports field construction

  • Nita McGrath court lighting upgrade

  • Pioneer Hockey fields lighting renewal

  • Old Dubbo Gaol stage one redevelopment

  • Wellington Wiradjuri Community Space

  • Cameron Park accessible paths and plaza

  • Western Plains Cultural Centre reception area redevelopment

  • Dubbo Showground new amenities block

  • Dubbo Regional Livestock Market truck wash

  • Dubbo City Regional Airport apron expansion

  • Cross-city pipeline

  • Bore drilling for Dubbo, Wellington and Geurie

  • Boundary Road extension

  • Muronbung Road upgrades

  • Sewer Mains replacement

  • LED Street Light installation

Councillor Shields said the upgrade of sporting facilities would help to attract major events to Dubbo once social distancing restrictions are no longer required.

“Dubbo has established itself as an epicentre of events and a tried and tested host venue for regional, state and national sporting carnivals,” Councillor Shields said.

“The redevelopment of Victoria Park No.1 Oval gives us a venue capable of hosting top level rugby union and national cricket matches such as Super Rugby and Big Bash. Work is going on to prepare the surface and lay the new turf for No.1 Oval and work on the new clubhouse is complete.

“The establishment of new fields at Pavans and Battistel Land and upgrade of lighting at the netball and hockey courts ensure Dubbo remains the region’s sporting capital.”

The Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets and Dubbo City Regional Airport remain open for essential activity but upgrades to these critical Council businesses will keep them up to standard, Councillor Shields said.

“The southern apron expansion at the airport will allow us to host a large aerial firefighting aircraft for the RFS and expand capacity for regular public transport aircraft. The new truck wash at the saleyards will allow for faster cleaning of trucks and improve biosecurity,” Councillor Shields said.

Council continues to work on a number of drought related projects including the construction of the cross-city pipeline, the drilling of new bores for Dubbo, Wellington and Geurie, and the commencement of smart water metre rollout.

“It has been great to see some rain within our region and also in the catchment area for Burrendong Dam, which has increased the dam level above 10 per cent however it is important we don’t get complacent. Council is focused on a number of projects to address the current situation and better prepare us for future droughts,” Councillor Shields said.

“The cross-city pipeline is a game-changing project that will take groundwater to the water treatment plant and take recycled water into the city for use for irrigation and reduce our reliance on water out of the Macquarie River.”

Wellington will also get a boost with the amenities and canteen at Kennard Park due for refurbishment and the installation of further modular toilets at the ground.

Work is also progressing on the Wellington Wiradjuri Community Space and accessible paths around it.

Last Edited: 17 Jun 2020

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