Wellington going ahead three years after Council merger
It has been three
years since Wellington Council merged with Dubbo City to form Dubbo Regional
It's no secret this
was an unpopular decision and there was a lot of concern within the Wellington
community about being overshadowed by Dubbo and a loss of identity. I would
hope that three years on those fears have been alleviated.
I am pleased to
see that funding is flowing into Wellington and the villages of Geurie, Stuart
Town, Mumbil and Euchareena at an unprecedented level. The bigger Council has
meant there are more resources and expertise to assist these places grow and
Your Council has
also played an important part in this. While there are two Councillors
representing the Wellington ward, all 10 Councillors have taken an active
interest and want to see all corners of the local government area progress. We
have the Wellington Community Forum as a way to allow residents to talk to
Councillors and senior staff directly.
Over the last
three years there have been significant gains made with regards to the
beautification of Wellington, especially the CBD. We know Cameron Park is the
jewel in the crown and that is why a masterplan has been developed to ensure it
is developed in the right way. I can't wait to see the new bridge connecting to
Pioneer Park, and a walkway that could become a popular attraction for
residents and tourists alike.
Wellington Pool is such an important asset for the community but the old one
was beyond repair and considered dangerous. The new pool, which is well into
the construction phase, will be fantastic for years to come. It will be more
than just a pool, with a splash pad and other features that will also appeal to
We are also
looking at other attractions such as the Wellington Caves and have committed
plenty of funding to help it reach its potential as a tourism drawcard. With a
new Visitor Experience Centre and improvements to the entrance, it will only
challenges that need to be addressed in Wellington. There is a significant
infrastructure backlog that will require tens of millions of dollars to
address. Council has already turned its attention to this and is building it
into the budget. Council is looking at its spending and identifying
opportunities for savings. Between September 2017 and August 2018, more than
$10 million of savings were identified that can be redirected to areas of need.
We are also
looking at every possible State and Federal Government grant to find funding
streams to help us overcome this.
The first three
years of Dubbo Regional Council have seen a lot of progress made and I am
confident that will continue for many years to come.
I would like to
take the opportunity to congratulate Andrew Gee on his reelection as the Member
for Calare. I have enjoyed working with Mr Gee since September 2017 and he has
already secured some great results for Wellington and the surrounding villages.
I look forward to working with him
into the future.
Last Edited: 06 Jun 2019