Dubbo Regional Council has presented $15,000 to worthy recipients of the 2020/2021 Financial Assistance Program. Council CEO Mr Dean Frost and Director of Liveability Ms Skye Price, presented cheques to the community groups that had made successful applications, followed by an afternoon tea.
Successful recipients of the latest round of the Financial Assistance Program, include:
Dubbo & District Pipe Band Hall - $2,000. The funds will go towards costs associated with running the Band, including the purchase of uniforms for new members along with instruments and maintenance equipment.
Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie Incorporated - $1,844. The funds will be used to facilitate the 2021 Book Fair, a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), South Eastern Section, and the Bill Walsh Cancer Research Centre.
Dubbo Presbyterian Church - $2,500. The funds will be used to install a native garden to provide a visually appealing space on the corner of Sheraton Road.
Little Wings Children's Flight Program - $7,892. The funds will support families from the Dubbo Region with flights to Sydney to access life-saving treatment at Westmead & Sydney Children's Hospitals.
Orana Physical Culture - $764. The funds will provide club storage to protect dance outfits and accoutrements along with the purchase and offset costs of representative outfits, costumes and travel bags.
Students to bring colour to bins
Young school kids from the Dubbo region will see some of their creativity on the road, when it's used as part of a large mural on the side of waste transfer bins in Ballimore and Eumungerie.
As part of a revamp of its rural waste facilities, council engaged the work of Zest Events, to help come up with a creative way for school students to bring some colour to the waste facilities.
It also helps engage the next generation about the war on waste and reinforces key messages about sustainability that they're already learning at school.
Record-breaking school holidays
Records have tumbled, with 10,142 visitors to the Old Dubbo Gaol during the April school holidays, and 7,142 visitors to the Wellington Caves.
It was only October last year council reported its busiest school holiday period on record, and the latest figures are a positive sign ahead of the June long weekend, with 80 per cent of accommodation providers already booked out.
Accommodation providers hit record occupancy rates, with 85 per cent of rooms booked out across the region during April.
There was also a 378% increase in traffic to dubbo.com.au, where holidaymakers can see what there is to see and do in the Dubbo Region, and create their own itinerary.