Community support needed to get funding application over the line

Mayor of Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields has today called on the community to get behind Council’s bid for funding to help deliver a $1.39M refurbishment of Old Dubbo Gaol.

“A Draft Concept Design Plan has been developed with the aim to deliver a rich, engaging visitor experience, and includes exciting elements like digital projections and storytelling and a refurbishment of existing exhibits, some of which are over twenty years old,” Councillor Shields said.

“Old Dubbo Gaol is one of Dubbo’s most significant heritage sites and is the second most popular tourist attraction in Dubbo, drawing 50,000 visitors a year, and this project is expected to enhance the offerings of the Old Dubbo Gaol ensuring the sites ongoing financial sustainability and further cementing it into the cultural fabric and tourism offering of the regions destination offerings,” he said.

“The development of the Draft Concept Design Plan helps identify what is required for exhibition and interpretation at the heritage site and the themes and designs identified in the plan will help the gaol provide a quality tourism and educational product ensuring the future financial operations at the site,” he said.

“Council now seeking $600K in State Government funding to help deliver the project and is seeking  feedback from the community on the Design Plans to support the application,’ he said.

To view the plans and take part in a short survey visit or via the Old Dubbo Gaol’s Facebook page.

The draft Old Dubbo Gaol Concept Design Plans will be on Public Exhibition from March 15 to March 28, 2018.


Media Contact:

Mayor of Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields 0418 639 053


Last Edited: 14 Mar 2018

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