COUN­CIL WATCH Speak now or hold your peace, ‘til 2040

Dubbo Photo News - - Opinion, Analysis, Features, Depth. - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

RES­I­DENTS who want to have a say on the fu­ture of Dubbo’s hous­ing, in­fra­struc­ture, econ­omy, com­mu­nity lead­er­ship and live­abil­ity, have un­til Fri­day, June 8, to give Coun­cil their feed­back.

The draft Dubbo 2040 Com­mu­nity Strate­gic plan is cur­rently on public dis­play for feed­back.

“This public ex­hi­bi­tion pe­riod is ex­tremely im­por­tant be­cause in de­cid­ing on the fi­nal Dubbo 2040 (plan) and bud­get to be adopted (which will oc­cur at the June 2018 Coun­cil meet­ing) Coun­cil must con­sider any public sub­mis­sions that have been made con­cern­ing the Draft Plan,” mayor Ben Shields said.

To ac­cess the draft plan, Coun­cil has set up a free com­puter fa­cil­ity in its Church Street ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing foyer as well as hard copies for read­ing; hard copies are also on dis­play at Macquarie Re­gional Li­brary in front of Meet­ing 2 – right at the back of the li­brary.

Res­i­dents can also make sub­mis­sions on as­so­ci­ated plans in­clud­ing a De­liv­ery and Op­er­a­tional Plan, coun­cil Bud­get, re­sourc­ing strat­egy and the Macquarie Re­gional Li­brary.

The 2040 plan out­lines Dubbo’s de­mo­graph­ics in 22 years’ time, in­clud­ing an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion in­crease of 12,288 peo­ple, that there will be 12,089 peo­ple over 65 years old and around 18,000 peo­ple below the age of 19. There will also be about 5000 more homes as there are to­day.

The 2040 plan ac­knowl­edges key points that have emerged from pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity.

Among key con­cerns raised on hous­ing in­clude that red tape should be cut, more rental ac­com­mo­da­tion be avail­able and res­i­den­tial land be made avail­able be­tween Welling­ton and Dubbo.

On in­fra­struc­ture, key ar­eas of dis­cus­sion are that vil­lages need bet­ter mo­bile cov­er­age, public and coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties should in­creas­ingly use re­new­able en­ergy and in­ter­net speed be to a world stan­dard.

Boosts to the econ­omy in­clude es­tab­lish­ing a ded­i­cated truck stop in Dubbo, ex­plore and pro­mote tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with, for ex­am­ple, Bur­ren­dong Way and agri­cul­ture, and ded­i­cated pro­grams cre­ated to at­tract ap­pro­pri­ately skilled pro­fes­sion­als to the re­gion.

Res­i­dents ex­pect elected of­fi­cials to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the re­gion, con­tinue the sus­tain­able man­age­ment of Coun­cil’s fi­nances to en­sure there is no im­pact to land rates, and that coun­cil seeks all rel­e­vant grant fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A fifth theme of the 2040 plan is live­abil­ity achieved through ser­vices such as 24-hour polic­ing, cy­cle and pedes­trian fa­cil­i­ties link­ing Welling­ton with the Welling­ton Caves, bet­ter sup­port for mi­grants and mas­ter-plan­ning of river en­vi­ron­ments.

Since the coun­cil merger of Dubbo City Coun­cil and Welling­ton Coun­cil, this plan is the first of its kind for Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil.

To view the doc­u­ments and sub­mit feed­back on­line go to www. dubbo.nsw.gov.au. Hard copies of the Draft Dubbo 2040 doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing feed­back forms, are pub­licly ex­hib­ited at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions:

z Civic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in Welling­ton

z Dubbo Branch of the Macquarie Re­gional Li­brary

z Welling­ton Branch of the Macquarie Re­gional Li­brary

z Bal­limore Inn

z Eu­mun­gerie Post Of­fice

z Won­gar­bon Post Of­fice

z Geurie Gen­eral Store

z Stu­art Town Ru­ral Trans­ac­tion Cen­tre (RTC)

z Bur­ren­dong Ho­tel

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

A Coun­cil staff mem­ber ex­plains to a res­i­dent how to give feed­back on the draft Dubbo 2040 Com­mu­nity Strate­gic Plan.

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