Council Meeting Outcomes – October 2018

Dubbo Regional Council held its Ordinary Council meeting on Monday 29 October 2018 in Dubbo.

The meeting, chaired by Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields made resolutions in respect of the following matters:


Mayoral Minute: Dubbo Base Hospital Car Parking

Council considered a Mayoral minute and resolved to undertake the necessary steps to facilitate the transfer of part of Theresa Maliphant Park to NSW Health to enable the construction of additional car parking at the Dubbo Base Hospital.

The current plans developed by Council are conceptual at this stage and would require further development following consultation before detailed design plans are finalised. Council has estimated the cost of works to be $1.2 million with Dubbo Regional Council providing the land and NSW Health to carry out construction and be responsible for the ongoing management of the car park.

Council resolved to write to the State Government seeking consideration for a multi-story car park to be constructed and if unsuccessful Council will seek to undertake the transfer of land for an open car park.


Mayoral Minute: Support for Lifeline Central West’s Yarnup Confidential Program

Council resolved to formally recognise the work Lifeline Central West and its Executive Director, Mr Alex Ferguson are doing to reduce the rate of suicide and domestic violence across Dubbo Regional Council local government area and the wider region.

Furthermore, Council will provide a letter of support to Lifeline Central West to assist in its search for funding for the Yarnup Confidential program.


Mayoral Minute: Bell River Pedestrian Bride, Wellington

Dubbo Regional Council will prepare a masterplan for a walking track around the CBD / Bell River precinct in Wellington following consideration of a Mayoral minute discussing concerns about the pedestrian footbridge that crosses the Bell River at Cameron Park in Wellington.

Council further resolved that the masterplan includes the provision for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that is accessible for people with limited mobility.

Council will seek funding opportunities to offset the costs of construction of the facilities identified in the adopted masterplan. A further report is to be presented to Council at the March 2019 ordinary Meeting.


Presentation of Council’s 2017/2018 Financial Statements

Dubbo Regional Council has accepted the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2018.

In 2017/2018 Council recorded a net operating result before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes of $30.542m compared to a $25.116m surplus in 2016/2017.

The Statement of Financial Position indicates that Council is in a sound financial position with Net Current Assets of $2,552.778m.


Dubbo Regional Council Representation to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board

Council received two (2) nominations from the Mayor Councillor Ben Shields and Councillor John Ryan. Council determined Mayor Councillor Ben Shields will be nominated to represent Dubbo Regional Council on Taronga Conservation Society Australia Board.


Recognition of Economic Development Australia Awards to Dubbo Regional Council

Council has formally acknowledged and congratulated staff on the success of being awarded the 2018 National Economic Development Awards for Excellence for the Ignite Program and Regional Platters.

The Ignite Program and Regional platters are programs focused on delivering outcomes both for the Dubbo Regional Council LGA as well as the surrounding LGAs


Planning Proposal – Southlakes Estate Dubbo

Council has endorsed a planning proposal as provided by the MAAS Family Group Properties to facilitate the extension of the existing Southlakes Estate west of the subject site. The plan also proposes to amend the minimum lot size of 1.5 hectares to a range of minimum sizes.

Council will place the proposal on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days and request a further report be provided following the exhibition period detailing the results of the exhibition for further consideration.


Dubbo CBD Precincts Plan

Council resolved to review the Dubbo CBD Precincts Plan with the first stage of the review to be the preparation of a detailed issues paper to be presented for Council’s consideration in March 2019.

The review of the Dubbo CBD Precincts Plan will help ensure the 50 “Bright Ideas” provided by the community in the adopted plan continue to be actioned by Council and review the plan for consistency with current strategies.

It was further resolved to commence the preparation of a Wellington Town Centre Plan with a grant application to be made to the Building Better Regions Fund, Community Investments Stream to fund initial research components.


Victoria Park Sporting Precinct – Clubroom

Council has adopted the proposed design for the new Victoria Park Sporting Precinct Clubroom following a unanimous vote by the Victoria Park Redevelopment Committee.

The Clubroom conceptual design will now progress to full detailed design to enable the Development Application (DA) to be submitted.

Following approval of the DA Council will seek formal tenders and request a meeting be held with the Victoria Park Redevelopment Committee prior to acceptance of any tender.


Dubbo Triathlon Races

Council has approved the application of the Dubbo Triathlon Club for 218/2019 season as condition by the NSW Police Service and the following condition of Dubbo Regional Council.

Media Contact:

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Councillor Ben Shields: 0418 639 053

Last Edited: 01 Nov 2018

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