More than 1000 kilometres of roads were graded and another 50 kilometres upgraded by Dubbo Regional Council during the 2017/18 financial year.
Council has released its annual report on the last financial year. It’s a snapshot of the 12 months covering services provided, major projects and staff costs.
The council road network contains 1339 kilometres of unsealed roads and 738 kilometres of sealed roads. The upgrades taken throughout the year were for resurfacing and widening.
During the 12 months, there were 4947 businesses operating in the Dubbo local government area. The LGA had a Gross Domestic Product of more than $3.3 billion.
Rates and annual charges generated almost $57 million for the council, while user charges and fees brought in more than $55 million.
On the flip side, council had to pay out $46,913 in legal proceedings, including more than $31,000 to Andorra Developments.
When it came to rates and charges that were written off, council had more than $1.5 million in pension rebates. There were also $29,800 in postponed rates and $11,700 in charges which were classified as unrecoverable.
Alternatively, there was more than $11,700 received in interest on postponed rates.
The administrator – who lead council until the election on September 28 – the councillors and the mayor racked up $81,385 in expenses during the 12 months in areas such as training, interstate visits and office equipment. The largest expense at $27,700 was for skill development.
There were 805 development applications approved with a total development value of $194 million.
Major projects completed in the year include the construction of the Dubbo Regional Organics Processing Plant, strengthening of the runway at Dubbo City Regional Airport and the completion of Gundy Creek Bridge.
While not yet completed, council also progressed with the construction of a Rural Fire Service Training Facility the Wellington Pool redevelopment and the Boundary Road extension.
Dubbo Regional mayor Ben Shields said the annual report was a snapshot in time which showed the breadth of activities undertaken by council.
“For example there were 209,716 passengers through the Dubbo City Regional Airport, 805 development applications approved, 1,035 kilometres of unsealed roads graded and 32,993 people toured the Wellington Caves,” he said.
“While the 2017/2018 Annual Report looks back over the year, this council is continuing to look ahead and address the challenges and deliver more great results for the coming year.”