Council Meeting Outcomes – July 2017

Dubbo Regional Council held its ordinary Council meeting on Monday 24 July 2017, in Dubbo. The meeting, chaired by Administrator Michael Kneipp, made resolutions in respect of the following matters:

  • 313 Squadron (City of Dubbo) Australian Air Force Cadets – Exercising their right to freedom of the City
  •  Expansion of Domestic Waste Management Service Levels to Dubbo and Wellington
  •  Stronger Communities Fund 
  •  Renewal of the Macquarie Regional Library Agreement
  • Kennard Park Master Plan
  • Wellington Destination Brand

To view the full reports presented to Council on these matters go to

 313 Squadron (City of Dubbo) Australian Air Force Cadets – Exercising their right to freedom of the City

The 313 Squadron (City of Dubbo Australian Air Force Cadets will exercise their right to Freedom of the City on Saturday 18 November 2017, as part of the Squadron’s 50th anniversary.

The 313 Squadron has a long tradition of service to the City of Dubbo, Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said.

“The unit was established 50 years ago and is regularly in attendance at Anzac Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies,” Mr Kneipp said.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of being granted the Freedom of the City and also the Squadron’s 50th anniversary. Council has received a request to allow the Squadron to exercise their right against the Freedom of the City to ceremonially mark both these anniversaries,” he said.

“The granting of Freedom of the City is not only a symbol of ancient tradition, but also an expression of the high regard held by Council for the units established within its area,” he said.

Expansion of Domestic Waste Management Service Levels to Dubbo and Wellington

Council has approved the proposed expansion of Domestic Waste Service Levels to Dubbo and Wellington, commonly referred to as the two bin and three bin service.

The “three bin” service will be implemented because it provides the best value for Dubbo Regional Council customers as well as supporting regional waste management initiatives, Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said.

“Council has favourably positioned itself to minimise the cost of introducing the expanded level of service by securing grant funding, including $3.26M of Organics Processing Infrastructure funding and $1.1M of Organics Collection Infrastructure funding,” Mr Kneipp said.

Stronger Communities Fund – Community Grants Programme Round 2

Council has approved the successful applications of Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Fund – Community Grants Programme.

Council has to allocated $332,939.31 to 24 community groups for the 2017-2018 financial year.

“The Community Grants component of the Stronger Communities Fund enables local incorporated, not-for-profit, community groups for projects that build more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive local communities,” Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said.

“During the second round of funding 44 applications were received with requests for funding totally $873, 000,” he said.

“The total funding now committed across rounds 1 and 2 totals more than $680,000.”

Applicant Project Funding   
Stuart Town Advancement Association School of Arts Hall Upgrade $17,650
Mt Arthur Reserve Trust Installation of New Signage $2,217.60
Binjang Community Radio Upgrade of wiring and housing of computer network and Uninterruptable Power Supply. $14,822.50
Dubbo Australian Football Club Line marking machine, sports paint and measuring tape $3,000
Dubbo Kangaroos Rugby Club Purchase of a new 2-door commercial refrigerator, advanced first aid course for selected members and RSA course for selected club members $3,000
Dubbo City Softball Association Purchase of softball equipment $3,000
Wellington Connect Inc Completion of commercial kitchen fit out in new men's shed $20,778.45
Police Citizens Youth Club Ltd Replacement of old unsafe bus to transport young people to attend PCYC programs $44,562
Dubbo Junior Rugby Union Club Installation of a PA System and new BBQ facilities at Victoria Park Ovals 2 & 3 $7,985
Wellington Rugby Union Club Inc/Wellington Rugby League Kennard Park - Internal fencing around field $14,000
Wellington Rugby Union Club Inc/Wellington Rugby League Kennard Park scoreboard $8,600
Wellington Uniting Church Noah's Ark Community Hall Air Conditioning $5,000
Westside Panthers Football Club Football equipment for Pioneer Park, Dubbo $3,000
Dubbo Running Festival Inc Purchase of 150 Crowd Control Barriers $5,005
Paramount Tennis Club Inc Contribution to notice board renewal $2,340
Talbragar CWA Hall Air Conditioning $3,119
Wellington Junior Soccer Club Inc Pioneer Park - Interim Training Lights $5,017.76
Dubbo and District Parent Support Group for Deaf/Hearing Impaired Inc The Hear Our Heart Ear Bus Project (HOHEBP) is a project of the Dubbo Deaf Club. The HOHEBP works in partnership with schools and childcare centres to combine a free ear health prevention and education program with diagnosis and supported pathways to treatment $50,000
Wongarbon CWA Paint the interior of the CWA building and install air conditioning $5,850
Dubbo Netball Association Relocate the entrance to the ladies toilet to the western side of the building. The new entrance will be a ramp for improved access for prams, elderly and injured players. Ladies will enter through the current change room and make their way privately to the toilets in the adjacent room. The exiting undercover area will be fully concreted for safety. Lights and sensor lights will be installed outside the building. $18,731
Dubbo Touch Association Two four-tiered 4m wide portable grandstands for the southern end of the John McGrath ovals. These portable grandstands would be able to be used by both Dubbo Netball and Dubbo and District Cricket throughout the year. $10,252
Dubbo and District Kindergarten Inc Outdoor Learning and Skills Space $28,922
Mumbil District Progress Assn Inc Mumbil Community & Sporting Centre Construction of a building on the south west corner of the existing oval, recreation ground which is Council owned. $50,000

Renewal of the Macquarie Regional Library Agreement

Council has resolved to commence negotiations with Narromine Shire Council and Warrumbungle Shire Council in regards to entering a Macquarie Regional Library agreement for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.

In the current Macquarie Regional Library (MRL) Agreement, there are three local government stakeholders – Dubbo Regional Council, Narromine Shire Council and Warrumbungle Shire Council. The administrating council is Dubbo Regional Council which manages library services and employs all staff.

“The existing 2014-2018 MRL Agreement expires in June 2018,” Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said.

“There are significant opportunities to improve the quality, efficiency and governance of Macquarie Regional Library by aligning the strategic planning for the Library service to the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework of the three councils,” Mr Kneipp said.

Kennard Park Master Plan

Dubbo Regional Council and Dubbo Regional Sports Council – Wellington have been collaborating with primary stakeholders to develop a draft Kennard Park Master Plan to provide a strategic approach to the future development of the Complex.

“Kennard Park is a sporting venue located in south Wellington with the primary users of the facility being the Wellington Cowboys Senior Rugby League Club, Wellington Redbacks Rugby Union Club and Wellington Junior Rugby League Club,” Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said.

“The Kennard Park Master Plan has been endorsed through the Dubbo Regional Sports Council – Wellington and now seeks wider community feedback from a 28 day public exhibition process,” Mr Kneipp said.

“At the present time there are not funds specially allocated in Council’s forward budgets to progress the Kennard Park Master Plan,” he said.

“The adoption of the Kennard Park Master Plan will allow Council to seek further funding through upcoming grant opportunities, and to request the $200,000 promised by the Federal Member of Calare, Mr Andrew Gee MP, for future development of the Complex.”

Wellington Destination Brand Project

Council will undertake a destination branding project for Wellington, as part of actioning identified activities under the former Wellington Council Delivery Plan and current Economic Development Plan.

Council’s Administrator, Michael Kneipp, said the research phase of the project had begun through desktop studies of former Council plans and external tourism research papers.

“The project will progress to draft concept development, community consultation and brand development workshops,” Mr Kneipp said.

“A final destination brand for Wellington is scheduled through this project plan to be delivered to the new Council for consideration,” he said.

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Council’s Corporate Communications (02) 6801 4000

Last Edited: 01 Aug 2017

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