OLD DUBBO GAOL HERITAGE PLAZA PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Plaza Macquarie Street View

CONCEPT DESIGNS

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The purpose of this public exhibition period is to provide a DRAFT CONCEPTUAL plan of the Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza and requests feedback and consultation from the wider Dubbo Community.

Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza (working title) is the development of a new public plaza in front of the State Heritage listed Old Dubbo Gaol located in the heart of Dubbo’s Central Business District.

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), through the ‘Destination Dubbo – International Ready’ project, will capitalise on Dubbo’s natural, cultural and heritage endowments to develop cultural tourism products.  Reclamation and development of a public heritage plaza at Old Dubbo Gaol will contribute to creating a year-round destination for visitation based on an improved and culturally-rewarding visitor experience.

The Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza’s heritage activation encourages CBD dwell time, increases in visitation to Old Dubbo Gaol, accurately reflects the site’s history of one of civic and social justice and will increase event capacity and supports increases in visitor spend within the CBD.

Works are currently considered to include: Landscaping that recreates and interprets former historic structures which occupied the site, shaded seating, food truck access, market stall friendly space, lawn, night time illumination, exposure of the original Gaol wall, projection possibilities and a commissioned Kinetic Artwork Screen in front of the façade of the Telstra Telephone Exchange; all to maximise usage of the space and to tell the collaborative and inclusive story of the site.

 

PROJECT BRIEF

Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza (working title) is the development of a new public plaza in front of the State Heritage listed Old Dubbo Gaol located in the heart of Dubbo’s Central Business District.

Reclamation and development of a public heritage plaza at Old Dubbo Gaol will contribute to creating a year-round destination for visitation based on an improved and culturally-rewarding visitor experience.

Works are to include: Landscaping that recreates and interprets former historic structures which occupied the site, shaded seating, food truck access, market stall friendly space, lawn, night time illumination, exposure of the original Gaol wall, projection possibilities and a commissioned Kinetic Artwork Screen attached to the façade of the Telstra Telephone Exchange; all to maximise usage of the space and to tell the collaborative and inclusive story of the site.

Consultation with the wider Dubbo Community is essential and will add enormous value to this important project determining how the greater community intends to use and interact with this unique public space in the centre of Dubbo's CBD.

Purpose

  • Development of a new public plaza in front of the State Heritage listed Old Dubbo Gaol located in the heart of Dubbo’s Central Business District.
  • Creating a civic space in Dubbo’s justice precinct.
  • The plaza, will open up clear views of the Gaol’s gatehouse entrance and Gaol wall as well as the ornate Post Office colonnade and its iconic clock tower.

Deliverables

  • Establish a much needed green, cultural and event space for visitors to experience Dubbo's CBD and improve the accessibility and frontage of the Old Dubbo Gaol, one of the City’s most significant visitor attractions.
  • Interpretive signage within the Plaza of significant cultural milestones in Dubbo's history.
  • Increase capacity through the development of the Old Dubbo Gaol public heritage plaza.
  • Procurement and demolition of 92 Macquarie Street.
  • 3phase power, lighting and infrastructure to accommodate growth in event capacity from maximum 500 people to 1,000 people.

Uses of the Space by Community

  • School Group gathering and resting place
  • CBD green space
  • Film Festivals
  • Food Truck Festivals
  • Old Dubbo Gaol event capacity growth
  • Markets
  • Performance space – narration, theatre group, poets corner, soap box speeches
  • Resting place for community, tourists, families
  • Meeting place for community, tourists, families
  • Projection wall for films, curated Dubbo milestone stories
  • Live Music opportunities
  • Education of civic and justice focused milestones
  • Civic Space for public speaking, rallies, marches, focus days
  • Night time economy activity

Consultation Timeline

Public Exhibition of this project will be six weeks.

submissions

Submissions can be made online, by completing the electronic form below.

Submissions for the draft Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza are can also be made in writing to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Dubbo Regional Council
PO Box 81
DUBBO   NSW   2830

Submission - Old Dubbo Gaol Heritage Plaza Draft Conceptual Plan

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Last Edited: 10 Feb 2021

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