Dubbo Regional Council holds 2040 plan summits

Input: Mick Etheridge, Elizabeth Walker-Manson, Vicki Etheridge and Dubbo Regional Council's Steve Jennings. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Input: Mick Etheridge, Elizabeth Walker-Manson, Vicki Etheridge and Dubbo Regional Council's Steve Jennings. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Ideas from the grassroots about how to make the Dubbo region prosper in the next two decades have started to spring up.

Community members turned out to events at Wellington on Saturday and Dubbo on Sunday to have their say about long-term priorities.

Dubbo Regional Council has called for the input to help guide the development of the new draft 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

Summit facilitator Andrew Hammonds and participants echoed the call on Sunday.

“It’s a really important part of the process,” he said.

“Fundamentally it’s a community plan so we want to get out there in the community.”

Saturday’s engagement program included a ‘parklet’ in Wellington’s CBD, followed by a summit.

Mr Hammonds, who describes his work as a ‘place-maker’, said a ‘parklet’ involved turning a space into a park for a day.

“We certainly generated lots of ideas in Wellington yesterday which was fantastic,” he said.

“The community are quite honest and upfront about some things that aren’t working so well and that’s also an opportunities to convert those into an action.

“So it’s a very productive and exciting way of engaging with the community.

“That was really successful, we had games the kids were playing.”

He encouraged the community to have its say.

Council city strategy services manager Steven Jennings said there had been a good response to both the parklet and the first summit at Wellington.

“Think we’ve created a fair bit of interest and activity in the area down there,” he said.

“I’d be thinking between 80 and 100 people got surveyed down there.

“We got some really good feedback from people.”

He said it was good to see the roll-up at the Dubbo summit.

The consultation team would head out to the council’s villages, starting with Eumungerie on Tuesday and Mr Jennings encouraged residents to take part.

“We talked yesterday about how the plan is not just council’s plan,” he said.

Dubbo resident Vicki Etheridge, who has announced she will stand as a candidate at the Dubbo council election in September, was at the summit.

She encouraged others to put their ideas forward.

“Keep abreast of what’s going on, to involve themselves more proactively in what’s going on around them and the direction which they really want to see their city take,” she said.