Council Administrator’s Column | New lights installed along cycleway

Tracker Riley Cycleway lighting

New lighting along Tracker Riley Cycleway installed by Specialized Electrical will make it safer and enable the community to get more use out of this wonderful amenity.

New lighting along Tracker Riley Cycleway installed by Specialized Electrical will make it safer and enable the community to get more use out of this wonderful amenity.

There are so many wonderful community groups doing great work in our community and last week we had an excellent example of this from the Dubbo Stampede committee. Last week they unveiled the completion of stage 2 of the Tracker Riley River Lighting Project and the installation of 12 lights along the cycleway.

Dubbo Regional Council supported this project through the Stronger Communities Fund Community Grants program, giving the committee $16,400. This lighting, installed by Specialized Electrical, will make the track safer and mean that the community can get more use out of this wonderful amenity. Congratulations to the committee on this project.

Wellington Bicentenary

Preparations are gaining speed for what is sure to be a fantastic weekend of celebrations as Wellington marks its 200th anniversary.

On August 19, 1817 John Oxley and his crew became the first non-Wiradjuri people to enter the valley which he named Wellington after the "Iron Duke" of Wellington.

On August 18, 2017 the bicentenary celebrations will be kicked off with a Welcome Dinner held at Hermitage Hill. It promises to be a fantastic evening with a four-course meal, live entertainment, live auction and a free photobooth.

Tickets are on sale now, available from the Wellington Visitor Information Centre, with a percentage of ticket proceeds being donated to the Wellington hospital.

On August 19 Cameron Park will be transformed when the celebrations start at 8am. There will be markets, Wiradjuri Dancers from local schools, re-enactments, free bus tours to Wellington Caves and Lake Burrendong, free Cobb and Co Coach rides, carousel rides, jumping castle, live entertainment and much more.

The MC on the day will be Tim Gilbert from Channel Nine’s Today Show and renowned Australian actor Max Cullen, who was born in Wellington, will be a special guest. And that is just the weekend action. In the lead up there will be an “Art-a-facts” exhibition held at the Old Western Stores building as well as an exhibition of John Oxley’s Diary at the Dubbo and Wellington libraries. Wellington is a wonderful town and it is great that this Bicentenary will not only celebrate the past but also look towards the future.

Community Strategic Plan

For the last month Council has been asking the community what they want for the future of this region and there is still time to have your say.

The 2040 Community Strategic Plan will be Council’s overarching document from which major capital works, long-term actions and annual priorities to make the local area a great place to live, work and play are established. We are inviting feedback and ideas up until Friday 14 July.

A new draft 2040 Community Strategic Plan will build on the Plans of the two former Councils, which were Dubbo 2036 and Wellington 2025, and will make sure residents’ thoughts and ideas are heard. We have already had a lot of great feedback through the Community Summits at Wellington and Dubbo and meetings at Ballimore, Eumungerie, Wongarbon, Stuart Town and Geurie.

Visit to learn more about 2040, complete a short ideas questionnaire or submit your feedback.