Mayor's Wellington Column 9 January 2019

Welcome to 2019 and Happy New Year to everyone.

If you thought 2018 was a great year for Wellington, wait until you see what is happening this year.

By the end of the year Wellington will have a brilliant new swimming pool, a new location for its museum more upgrades at the Wellington Caves and further efforts to beautify the town.

The pool is one of the most eagerly awaited projects in town. I know some residents are unhappy that the pool is closed this summer but I really believe it will be worth it. The new facility will be fantastic and has great appeal for families and dedicated swimmers.

The museum is important within Wellington but the current building just isn’t up to standard. Council is putting a lot of effort into finding an outstanding new venue to house this incredible collection.

The Caves are a fantastic drawcard and the upgrades to the main entrance will only enhance its appeal.

These are just some of the big ticket projects due for completion but there is much more going on.

The forming of a masterplan for a walking track and new bridge across the Bell River at Cameron Park is underway and the draft will be presented to Council at the March meeting. Once that is done we will be able to start applying for funding to make it happen.

Just as importantly, even if it isn’t quite as glamorous, Council will continue to work on the infrastructure backlog. It is no secret that the former Wellington Shire needs tens of millions of dollars spent on it to bring it up to the same standard as Dubbo.

It was money the former Wellington Council didn’t have and money that even this new, bigger Council will have to work hard to find.

But it is crucial we get it done, and get it done soon. Big projects are very exciting, but good roads and efficient services are just as important and benefit everybody in the Dubbo region.

Last Edited: 09 Jan 2019

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