Major capital works to overhaul the existing water supply are proposed over the next four years, as part of Dubbo Regional Council's latest Long Term Financial Plan and Budget. $45.9 million in capital works is expected to take place, to upgrade the existing network and storage facilities. These capital works programs are dependent on projected revenues to be received over the next four years.
In addition to major capital works for water services, $19 million has been allocated for urban roads capital works over the next four years, including $8.6 million in 2021/2022 Financial Year. Other roads earmarked for major capital works include $29.1 million for rural roads, with $1.8 million in the next financial year for resealing and re-sheeting of unsealed roads.
The major capital works budgeted for shows that despite the challenges of COVID-19, DRC is able to provide vital upgrades to infrastructure.There is $2.1 million over the next four years for footpath and cycle way construction, with $924,864 of that to be spent in the upcoming financial year. Other major infrastructure projects for the 2021/2022 financial year include replacing three existing timber bridges, and the long-awaited completion of the Boundary Road extension.
In the Liveability division, fees and charges at Aquatic Leisure Centres have been simplified and harmonised, and aquatic clubs are no longer required to pay an additional annual fee for use of facilities, and will be subject to the same fees and charges as all facility users. An all-access season pass has been established, which includes admission to Dubbo, as well as the Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre, and Geurie Swimming Pool.
The draft budget documents will be on public exhibition for 28 days (from April 30), and Dubbo Regional Council is asking residents to provide their feedback, in an online submission form. The documents can be found on DRC's website.
On April 27, Dubbo Regional Council had 'lift off' for the new 'Red Rocket' playground equipment, calling Victoria Park home for infinity and beyond! The 'Red Rocket' is a blast from the past for most of the community and aims to pay homage to the original rocket that was installed in the 1960s and removed around 1995. The new 'Red Rocket' has been engineered to meet all current Australian standards. The rocket features three levels for children to climb plus a slippery slide and speaker tubes, connecting the top flight deck to the ground.
The new 'Red Rocket' was a joint partnership with the Australian government, under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. DRC engaged local contractors Glenn Healey Constructions to install the concrete footings and Macquarie Electrical to install a surprise electrical feature. Another local company, Mid State Cranes assisted RKR Engineering to install the Rocket.