Council approaches Masterplan with open mind

Dubbo Regional Council is calling for feedback on the draft Open Space Masterplan which is currently on public exhibition.

Council’s Manager of Recreation and Open Space Ian McAlister said the draft plan is a long-term vision for the development and management of shared public spaces across the LGA.

“Public Open Space refers to any area in the LGA that is shared by the community such as parks, reserves, river corridors, sporting fields, streets, and cycle and pathways, Mr McAlister said.

“The Open Space Masterplan framework gives Council a set of strategic directions to deliver outcomes for current and future needs of the community,” he said.

“Often there are opportunities to better connect these public areas through the expansion of pedestrian and cycle ways, the development of “Park Streets” and through a cooperative partnership with other public land managers and State agencies.

Mr McAlister said the plan has been developed along three themes.

“The first theme is Dubbo Region as a destination, which focuses on building a network of destinations that can be united through pedestrian, cycle and trail networks, including the Macquarie River itself.

“The second theme is Dubbo Region resilience to natural hazards, helping make the region better equipped to deal with a hotter drier climate, flood and fire management, as well as achieving a healthy water environment.

“The third is the Green Web, planning of green infrastructure such as street trees to create shaded and attractive green spaces throughout the city. 

“We know people are passionate about green space, and a major sub-theme of the Green Web is increasing the connectivity of Public Open Space that is managed by both Dubbo Regional Council and other public land managers,” he said.

“This connectivity is not only focussed on the human environment, but also looks at how we can improve biodiversity corridors, including the river corridors through our urban areas.

“I think the community will see that the plan has identified some common needs, which includes increasing the network of pathways and cycle ways between tourist attractions, improving recreational facilities and experiences, highlighting the importance of street trees and plans for greater shade in playgrounds,”

To view the full plan and make a submission, go to Council’s website or visit Council’s office in Dubbo or Wellington. Submissions close COB 6 March, 2019.

Media Contact:

Council’s Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Team 6801 4000

Last Edited: 07 Feb 2019

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