Council Administrator’s Column | Millions of dollars of funding

New Funding: DRC General Manager Mark Riley, Administrator Michael Kneipp, Dubbo MP Troy Grant and Director Community and Recreation Murray Wood.
New Funding: DRC General Manager Mark Riley, Administrator Michael Kneipp, Dubbo MP Troy Grant and Director Community and Recreation Murray Wood.

Major funding announcement

Excellent news from Dubbo MP Troy Grant about millions of dollars of funding from the State Government for our Region. The announcement, made at Victoria Park No. 1 Oval, will receive $8 million for the re-development of the facility.

This work includes the removal and relocation of the velodrome, reconstruction of the playing field, new fencing and upgrade to the grandstand and canteen. This will give Dubbo another premier sporting facility to complement Barden Park and Caltex Park.

Other funding includes $4.5 million for Wellington Pool Complex, $1.5 million for a Wiradjuri Tourism Experience in Wellington and Dubbo, $1.3 million for the redevelopment of the Wellington Caves and creation of a Visitor Experience Centre.

$10 million for an upgrade to the Fitzroy and Cobra Street intersection, $1.5 million upgrade and relocation of the NSW SES Dubbo unit, $750 thousand for the upgrade and relocation of the NSW VRA unit, $565 thousand for Stage 2 of the redevelopment of Wellington’s Rygate Park, $245 thousand towards the multi-court facility at Geurie and $250 thousand for the development of the Wellington Justice Museum. 

DRTCC Nomination

Congratulations to the staff at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre following the announcement the DRTCC has been listed as a finalist for the 2017 Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year.

The Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year recognises the achievements of an outstanding presenting organisation and is awarded to the presenter who works with the producer to provide consistently outstanding production, marketing and management services. The DRTCC is a first-class facility so it is unsurprising it has been recognised for the quality productions the staff deliver without fail.

Youth Week Success

Congratulations to the Dubbo Youth Council and Youth Development Officer Jason Yelverton on their success at the Local Government Awards last week. The 2017 Youth Week Program was nominated for three awards and the team walked away with Best Local Youth Week Program in 2017 and NSW Health Play Safe Sexual Health Project Award 2017.

During Youth Week 2017 Dubbo Regional Council hosted 15 events in Dubbo and Wellington which were organised and run by local youth services in partnership with Dubbo Regional Council and Dubbo City Youth Council. Well done to everyone involved.

Great Business Program

Three local businesses have received Business Development Grants as part of Dubbo Regional Council’s Great Business Program. Dubbo businesses Clive and Wally and Rave Hair Design and Wellington’s Central Butchery were each awarded $10,000 to help them further develop their businesses through targeted marketing, equipment and shopfront upgrades.

There has been some excellent feedback on the program from the businesses involved and it’s great to see so many different businesses taking part in the program.

New Director

Dubbo Regional Council has now completed the appointments for the executive leadership team with the role of Director Infrastructure and Operations to be filled by Chris Dewitt. Mr Devitt is currently the Director of Technical Services at Orange City Council, a position he has held since October 2006 and was previously General Manager of Forbes Shire Council.

Mr Devitt is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and holds professional qualifications in Engineering and Management.

He is expected to begin at Dubbo Regional Council in coming weeks.