The first year of a new council

Western Plains Regional Council Administrator Michael Kneipp

A new Council was proclaimed by the NSW Governor on 12 May 2016 following the amalgamation of the former Dubbo City and Wellington councils. Following community consultation the name of the Council was Proclaimed Dubbo Regional Council on 7 September 2016 after initially being named Western Plains Regional Council.

An Administrator, Michael Kneipp, and Interim General Manager, Mark Riley, were appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council through to the election of Councillors to be held on 9 September 2017. The Administrator has the functions of the former councillors and Mayors.

The new Organisation employs 432 full-time staff and has a consolidated operating budget of some $195 million in 2016/2017.

In accordance with the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016, the structure for rates applied by the former Dubbo and Wellington councils for the 2015/2016 rating year is applied to the new Council.

The NSW Government granted $5 million to Councils affected by amalgamation for costs associated with the merger through a New Council Implementation fund. 

Council was also granted $10 million from the Stronger Communities Fund for priority infrastructure and services projects. Merger implantation costs and funding of priority infrastructure projects will be reflected in budget reviews of the 2016/2017 Operational Plan.

About the 2016/2017 Operational Plan 

Strategic planning is a priority activity for Dubbo Regional Council in order to meet all legislative requirements and to ensure Council delivers on the priorities established by the respective communities of Dubbo and Wellington in the Community Strategic Plans.

As such, the 2016/2017 Annual Operational Plan and Budget (PDF 12.4MB) has been prepared in order to guide the actions of Council to deliver on the community priorities of those respective plans.

It incorporates a Dubbo component and a Wellington component as a means for identifying, prioritising and budgeting for specific elements.

Strategic Planning will be a key priority over the coming year to ensure the continued and uninterrupted provision of services while maximising opportunities for improvement across the new Council area .

More information

For more information about the new Council, please contact:

Murray Wood
Transition Project Leader
Dubbo Regional Council
P (02) 6801 4000  




Last Edited: 15 Jun 2017

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