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Improvements: The $6.6 million upgrades to the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market received the finishing touches last week when the shade sails were installed.
Improvements: The $6.6 million upgrades to the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market received the finishing touches last week when the shade sails were installed.

Elections declared

I would like to congratulate the ten new Councillors for Dubbo Regional Council after the results of the local election were officially declared on Friday.

The ten Councillors are: 

  • Jane Diffy,
  • Vicki Etheridge,
  • David Grant,
  • Dayne Gumley,
  • Anne Jones,
  • Stephen Lawrence,
  • Greg Mohr,
  • Kevin Parker,
  • John Ryan and
  • Ben Shields.

Events funding

Are you planning a not-for-profit event in our region? If so take a look at the event funding available from Council. There are two channels for event funding: the Event Development Fund and the Major Event Sponsor Program.

Stream two of the Event Development Fund is for applications over $1000 and Stream two of the Major Event Sponsorship Program is for applications over $2000. Stream two funding is for events held in the LGA between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

The Event Development Fund offers financial assistance for events that have a demonstrated ability to grow and deliver social or economic benefits for the region. The Major Event Sponsor Program offers in-kind assistance for Council services which may include hire costs, waste charges, line-marking, photocopying and other services provided by Council.

For more information and to apply for funding visit Council’s website www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au. Applications for stream two close November 3, 2017. Applications under Stream 1 of the Event Development Fund and Major Event Sponsor Program remain open until June 30, 2018. Stream 1 is open for not-for-profit events held in the LGA between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. 

Regional Livestock Market

The $6.6 million upgrades to the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market received the finishing touches last week when the shade sails were installed above the new cattle facility.

The upgrades to the saleyards also include a second weighbridge, 144 new selling pen equivalents, four double-deck ramps to date and the reconfiguration of two express lanes,13 air-operated drafting gates, two ratchet rotary force yards and an additional 32 receiving pens with buyers’ and auctioneers’ walkways.

The upgrades make the facility a better place for the agents and the animals, everyone who uses the Saleyards has a high level of commitment to animal welfare that ensures animals remain in the best possible condition for sale.

The additional capacity which the upgrades has allowed for was certainly on display last week too when the Thursday cattle yarding at the markets was more than 7000.

Wellington Brand

There is one week left to have your say on the destination brand for Wellington. The development of the brand had long been a priority for the former Wellington Council, and now using the resources of the newly merged Council the brand has been designed in-house after extensive research and consultation.

The design represents the mountains, waterways, agriculture and Indigenous heritage of Wellington. The tagline ‘Start your Adventure’ captures the friendly and adventurous spirit of the town and its people.

Head to www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au to take a look at the design and its uses and marketing material across visitation and investment markets and let Council know what you think by filling in the submission form. Council encourages the community to get involved and have their say.