OUTCOMES FROM MARCH 2022 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) met on Thursday 24 March 2022, 5:30pm with the following resolutions.

PROPOSED NEW DIVISIONAL STRUCTURE. DRC CEO Murray Wood tabled the new senior staff structure which is designed to deliver a strong focus on improved engagement with the community and strategic delivery of services. Council endorsed the proposed new structure. The following senior staff positions were adopted:

  • Director Organisational Performance
  • Director Strategy, Partnerships and Engagement
  • Director Development and Environment
  • Director Infrastructure
  • Director Community, Culture and Places

PROPOSED SERVICE REVIEW PROGRAM. Council endorsed the Service Review Program and agreed that the program be put to Council’s Audit and Risk Management Committee for consideration and endorsement once adopted. It was noted that performance improvement activities will still be delivered by functional areas of Council at an operational scale that is lesser in scope than service reviews.

2022 FEDERAL ELECTION POTENTIAL FUNDING COMMITMENTS FOR CANDIDATES. Council endorsed the list of identified projects and funding opportunities in Dubbo and Wellington to be distributed to candidates running for the 2022 Federal election. The list and the associated report are available at dubbo.nsw.gov.au/councilmeetings

RESULTS OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION - PLANNING PROPOSAL FOR AN ADDITIONAL PERMITTED USE OF INFORMATION AND EDUCATION FACILITY (WIRADJURI TOURISM CENTRE) - 2 CORONATION DRIVE, DUBBO. Council received four submissions during the public exhibition period for an additional permitted use of 2 Coronation Drive Dubbo. Of these, one was an enquiry, two contained feedback and one was not considered relevant to the planning proposal or process. Council endorsed the planning proposal.

TRANSPORT FOR NSW - NEW DUBBO BRIDGE PROJECT. Council acknowledged that the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) New Dubbo Bridge project will be delivered.  Council will continue to seek improvements in infrastructure that are directly affected by the New Dubbo Bridge Project and its associated road approaches. Council noted the urban connectivity benefits provided by the New Dubbo Bridge Project, particularly for future urban expansion and employment zones within the North Western Urban Release Area.

Council resolved to continue negotiations with TfNSW and work towards a solution that allows for River Street to be extended further to the west, and ‘The Riverside Boulevard’ further to the north, by way of an intersection arrangement that allows for all directions of traffic movement, with the proposed realignment of the Newell Highway. This would be constructed as part of the New Dubbo Bridge Project and in accordance with the adopted Dubbo Transportation Strategy 2020, prepared by Stapleton

Transportation and Planning Pty Ltd.  Council will continue to work with TfNSW to obtain grant funding for a shared pathway bridge across the Macquarie River, north of the Serisier Bridge.

Council recognised there is significant community demand for a western bypass/distributor road and resolved to write to the federal and local members seeking $150,000 funding for a business case for the western bypass and distributor road that incorporates a heavy freight route.

2022 DUBBO MOTOR BIKE RALLY. Council approval was granted to Dubbo Motor Bike Rally Incorporated to undertake the 2022 Dubbo Motor Bike Rally on Saturday 7 May, 2022 between 6 am and 5 pm in accordance with the Event and Traffic Management Plans, and Council’s conditions of consent.

2022 STUART TOWN MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL - ROAD CLOSURE. Council approved a temporary road closure of Molong Street between Alexander Street and Bell Street on 7 May, 2022 for the 2022 Stuart Town Multicultural Festival between 6 am and 6 pm, subject to conditions.

INCREASED POLICING FOR WELLINGTON. Council resolved to seek opportunities to lobby NSW Government to increase the policing presence at Wellington and provide improved outcomes for the Wellington community, including a 24 hour police presence. Council will invite the Orana Mid-Western Police District Commander, Superintendent 

Danny Sullivan, to a Workshop of Councillors to discuss, in detail, matters relating to the need for increased policing for Wellington and a report from that workshop to be presented to Council.

Last Edited: 28 Mar 2022

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