Public’s calls alter 2017/18 Dubbo Regional Council budget

A slightly modified 2017/18 Dubbo Regional Council budget is likely to be given the green light on Monday.

The draft budget was placed on submission for four weeks, during which time 28 submissions were made on a variety of issues.

The biggest proposed changes are to the Bodangora Aerodrome.

Fees at the aerodrome for non-exclusive use of the facility have been recommended to be wiped. Currently the fee for flying events is $50 and for non-flying events it’s $200.

The fee for flying training – circuits has also been recommended to be removed.

If approved, the changes are expected to cut the income from the aerodrome from $10,000 to $5000.

In other modifications, an additional $50,000 is expected to be added to the rural road slashing and the costs allocated to the general election have increased by $35,000.

The fee to use the Dubbo Junior Rugby League Club House has also be proposed for removal to be replaced with a casual hire fee of $500, which includes use of the club house, canteen and post clean event.

There will also be $32,000 allocated to fund a tourism partnership initiative with the NSW government.

But while many wishes may be granted on other issues, those who wanted a cycle track from Wellington Caves to Mount Arthur Reserve have not been as lucky.

Sixteen Wellington residents banded together to call on council to establish a 10 kilometre cycle track between the two tourist monuments. It was also supported by parkrun and the Western NSW Local Heath District.

The track was not included in the budget, but council will consider it during the review of the Wellington Bike Plan.

Under the budget, rates will rise by the rate peg limit of 1.5 per cent, as will the annual charges such as sewerage, drainage, domestic waste and water.

The budget covers $214 million in spending.

It will go before council’s Finance and Policy Committee meeting on Monday.