The former police station at Wellington could be turned into a gallery and museum.
Dubbo Regional Council is currently looking into how the old Wellington police station can be refurbished for community use. It's on the agenda at Monday night's February council meeting.
In his report on the refurbishment, council's manager regional experience Jamie Angus said the building was a much-loved asset in the heart of the central business district, but currently underutilised.
The plan for the next 12 to 18 months is for the Wellington Museum Committee to develop an exhibition at the site. If it goes ahead, it's expected to go on display from the end of May.
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Long term, Mr Angus said it would be developed into a small gallery and community arts centre.
"It is proposed the old police station operate as a smaller satellite site of the Western Plains Cultural Centre and Community Arts Centre. The facility will be utilised in a similar way as the WPCC, with an emphasis on Wellington arts and programming. This would be included in the annual exhibition and cultural program as per the Dubbo Regional Council Cultural Plan," Mr Angus said.
"The site would be utilised to exhibit locally created and curated works that can be delivered in Wellington, including extending exhibition lengths of WPCC exhibits such as Waste-to-Art and Fresh Arts that often highlight Wellington artists, as well as the potential to pursue touring exhibitions or developing emerging local content."
Mr Angus said opportunities to work with established local art groups would also be pursued.
Currently, the old police station is only used for half a day each Thursday by the arts and crafts society.
In June, $260,000 - mostly from the NSW government - was spent to refurbish the building. More work is planned to restore the walls and cells, however no funding has currently been allocated.
Mr Angus said council had been in discussions with multiple organisations about using the old police station, including Wellington Arts, Wellington Arts and Crafts Society and Wellington Museum Committee.
If approved on Monday, council will set up a license agreement with the Wellington Museum Committee to operate from the old police station for $1 a year.
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