Director Murray Wood says farewell to Dubbo council

MOVING ON: Murray Wood has resigned from his position as Dubbo Regional Council's director community and recreation to take up a new role in Dubbo with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
MOVING ON: Murray Wood has resigned from his position as Dubbo Regional Council's director community and recreation to take up a new role in Dubbo with the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Murray Wood has resigned as Dubbo Regional Council’s director community and recreation.

Mr Wood will leave council on September 28 after accepting a position with Department of Premier and Cabinet, based in Dubbo.

Dubbo Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Michael McMahon congratulated Mr Wood on his exceptional service to the Dubbo community and to Dubbo Regional Council.

Mr Wood was appointed as director community and recreation for Dubbo Regional Council in July 2017 following an organisational restructure.

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He was made director at Dubbo City Council in 2011 after the position became vacant, moving into the role from his position as manager parks and landcare.

“As a director for the former Dubbo City Council Mr Wood led teams responsible for the redevelopment of Apex Oval and Barden Park, creating two of the best regional sporting facilities in NSW,” Mr McMahon said.

The $6.1 million redevelopment of Barden Park saw a 645-seat grandstand and the region's first international-standard synthetic athletics track built at the facility.

At the time of its development, Mr Wood said while the facility would be mostly used for athletics, it could attract a host of sporting events.

"We want to get as much use as possible out of this," he said at the time.

The revenue policy would reflect that potential hirers would host events of varying scales from school sports carnivals to "high-end events", he said.

With Dubbo Regional Council he was the lead project manager for integration projects as a result of the merger of Dubbo and Wellington Councils and has led the newly created community and recreation division responsible for an expanded portfolio including sporting facilities, parks and reserves, cultural services and facilities including the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre and the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Recently, Mr Wood has been involved with council’s Social Justice and Crime Prevention Committee. The committee is looking at ways to tackle intergenerational disadvantage in the local government area, with the long-term plan of reducing crime.

As part of his role, Mr Wood has been putting together a business case for the NSW government for a residential rehabilitation centre to be built in Dubbo.

The director has also been part of various committees in the past years from the Street Tree Advisory Committee, the Disability Inclusion Panel and the committee to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.

I have personally thanked Murray Wood for his leadership over an extended period of time and wish him well in his new position in continuing to attract significant investment in to the region.

Michael McMahon

Council’s Chief Executive Officer Michael McMahon has given his best to the director.

“I have personally thanked Murray Wood for his leadership over an extended period of time and wish him well in his new position in continuing to attract significant investment in to the region,” Mr McMahon said.

The appointment of an acting director of community and recreation will be considered over the coming weeks.