Councillors will be presented with the initial concept/spatial plans for the Macquarie River North and South precincts on Thursday morning (1 September 2022) during an information workshop facilitated by Sala4D, consultants with experience of seven years in managing engagement projects of a similar nature.

Community consultation on initial spatial plans for the Macquarie River North and South precincts will commence with an early morning briefing to Councillors giving them their first opportunity to see any initial plans. Public community engagement activities will commence only hours afterwards.

Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) Mathew Dickerson said these initial concepts will help inform the first draft master plan for the precincts. "These concept plans will be high level to enable everyone in the community to view a mix of options and provide needed input to set the direction of the master plan before any detailed design work commences.”

Mr Dickerson said that seeking feedback on these concepts was another important step in ensuring that ideas and viewpoints from a range of different community members for both the North and South precincts are able to be considered. “Following targeted stakeholder engagement sessions in June, Sala4D has developed the spatial plans which is a standard early step in any community led design process. From here the whole community will be able to comment on the proposed options and provide valuable feedback before any master plan design work commences.”

Three concepts for the North and South precincts will be publicly available and the community will have multiple opportunities to contribute over a three-week period. “I encourage the community to provide their views at this conceptual stage of the design process and again in future months as we move through to public exhibition of draft designs and final designs,” said Mr Dickerson.

The master planning project extends from the Nita McGrath netball precinct to Devil’s Hole at the northern end and from the Lady Cutler Ovals to Shibble Bridge at the southern end. Sala4D Landscape Architects has been working on spatial concepts for the river corridor precincts, informed by previous master plans, the community strategic plan, Open Space Master Plan 2018 and initial ideas and insights gathered from a range of community and interest groups.

Shahreen Alford from Sala4D said the community participation has been very valuable so far. “We have worked with a wide variety of key stakeholders that use the areas to establish the current and future needs and wants for the precincts. The stakeholders have included a range of environmental groups, community groups and sporting groups and associations.  From these stakeholder workshops we have developed 3 options each for the North and South Precincts that we will now use to engage with the broader community.”

The community will have the following opportunities to participate:

Two open information sessions and a pop up shop on Thursday 1 September facilitated by Sala4D Landscape Architects:

Session 1 from 9.30-10.30am,  Victoria Park No.1 Clubhouse
Session 2 from 6.00-7.00pm, Victoria Park No.1 Clubhouse
Pop up shop at the Macquarie Street Dubbo, Rotunda from 11.00am-1.30pm

Community BBQ Saturday 3 September

-         Regand Park barbeque area from 10.00am-12.00pm


Community Design Workshops will be held on Wednesday 21 September which will be split into two sessions:
Workshop 1 from 12.00-1.00pm (South Precinct) and 1.00-2.00pm (North Precinct), Victoria Park No.1 Clubhouse
Workshop 2 from 5.30-6.30pm (South Precinct) and 6.30-7.30pm (North Precinct), Victoria Park No.1 Clubhouse.

The online survey will also be posted on the Dubbo Regional Council website from 1 September 2022, and closes on Sunday 18 September www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au/macquarierivermasterplan  

For answers to any questions please contact macquarierivermasterplan@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 17 Oct 2022

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