CONCERNS are being raised about the condition of the Apex Oval precinct ahead of the May NRL match and the start of the new Group 11 season.
Heavy downpours have once again brought the potholes around the city to life. Around Apex numerous potholes can be found along the road into the ground, while water also pools around the gate following a little rain.
The downpour Dubbo received on Wednesday evening highlighted that, with pools of water still lying around on Thursday morning.
The mayor admits that more needed to be done to improve the area and "conversations are already taking place", but from the sounds of it, it won't be anytime soon. And it comes down to money.
If we have to wait until another government department hands out a bit of money every time we want a hole in the road to be fixed - we might be waiting a while.
The three Rs, "Roads, Rates and Rubbish" are traditionally among council's primary roles and though there have been great changes in local government in recent years, that remains largely true.
Dubbo Regional Council prides itself on taking an entrepreneurial approach to its operations, expanding on its core business by dabbling in markets such as real estate development and building the tourist economy.
But while it is working on those areas, the main focus must still be on grassroots projects. Drivers should not have to put up with dodging massive potholes on our roads, and we should be able to showcase the best in our region to the nation, especially when we are competing with towns and grounds such as Mudgee and Bathurst for similar games.
We would be surprised if the such a shoddy job was accepted around Victoria Park during past big events to the city.
If it's simply a matter of spending the right amount to get the quality of surface expected, then it's time to open the purse strings. Because what's been done so far just hasn't been good enough.
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