Pre­par­ing Dubbo for jobs growth

Dubbo Photo News - - Community Event - By NATALIE HOLMES

A strat­egy that will change the city’s em­ploy­ment land­scape in the fu­ture is set for con­sid­er­a­tion by Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil.

Di­rec­tor of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment Stephen Wal­lace said the Dubbo Em­ploy­ment Lands Strat­egy will aim to en­sure that Dubbo has enough com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial, in­sti­tu­tional and tourist zoned land in the fu­ture in lo­ca­tions that are in close prox­im­ity to hous­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.

For the pur­pose of the strat­egy, em­ploy­ment lands in­clude all land zoned pre­dom­i­nately for ac­tiv­i­ties re­sult­ing in em­ploy­ment.

“Em­ploy­ment lands are crit­i­cal to the short, medium and long term eco­nomic and so­cial vi­a­bil­ity of com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Wal­lace ex­plained.

“It is im­por­tant to main­tain an ad­e­quate sup­ply of em­ploy­ment land to en­sure a di­verse range of jobs is avail­able for res­i­dents.”

Among the key rec­om­men­da­tions of the strat­egy is to in­ves­ti­gate chang­ing the ex­ist­ing R2 Low Den­sity Res­i­den­tial zon­ing be­tween Dubbo Hos­pi­tal and Lour­des Hos­pi­tal, po­ten­tially to B4 Mixed Use zone to fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of pri­vate health, ed­u­ca­tion, ac­com­mo­da­tion and sup­port ser­vices such as food and drink premises.

The vi­sion is to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the Health, Well-be­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Precinct along with ex­ist­ing res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

“With health care and so­cial as­sis­tance and ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing be­ing Dubbo’s first and third largest em­ploy­ment sec­tors re­spec­tively, the Health, Well-be­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Precinct is one of Dubbo’s most im­por­tant precincts with re­spect to em­ploy­ment lands, both in terms of the num­ber of jobs gen­er­ated and its ser­vice catch­ment be­ing of a re­gional scale,” Mr Wal­lace told

Ac­cord­ing to Coun­cil pro­jec­tions, 4068 peo­ple will be em­ployed in Dubbo’s health care and so­cial as­sis­tance in­dus­try by 2031, rep­re­sent­ing Dubbo’s largest em­ploy­ment sec­tor.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the precinct is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth and de­vel­op­ment with ad­di­tions such as the Western Cancer Cen­tre... and sig­nif­i­cant sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing the cy­cle track, velo­drome and the Western Re­gion In­sti­tute of Sport com­plex.”

The 88-page draft strat­egy also makes rec­om­men­da­tions with re­spect to how each em­ploy­ment precinct can man­age chang­ing eco­nomic trends and driv­ers, mar­ket forces, meet pro­jected de­mands, cater for land use con­flicts and man­age con­tin­ued growth. Where ap­pro­pri­ate, it also makes rec­om­men­da­tions to in­ves­ti­gate the re­zon­ing of cer­tain land.

“Based on fu­ture de­mand pro­jec­tions out to 2031, it is an­tic­i­pated Dubbo will have an un­der­sup­ply of re­tail floorspace,” Mr Wal­lace said.

“It is rec­om­mended to in­ves­ti­gate op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand the CBD to en­sure suf­fi­cient re­tail floorspace sup­ply is pro­vided over the long term.”

A new com­mer­cial zone ad­ja­cent to the air­port in West Dubbo is also one of the strat­egy’s rec­om­men­da­tions ‘to per­mit a mix­ture of com­mer­cial uses in­clud­ing busi­ness and of­fice premises in­clud­ing spe­cialised re­tail premises as well as con­tin­u­ing to per­mit ware­house and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres and a range of light in­dus­trial uses in­clud­ing de­pots, in­dus­trial train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, freight trans­port and pas­sen­ger trans­port and truck de­pots.’

Ex­tend­ing the SP3 tourist zon­ing in Cobb­ora Rd/myall St while adding this zon­ing to the area south of Camp Road are also high­lighted by the doc­u­ment.

Fol­low­ing a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod which ended on De­cem­ber 21, the draft strat­egy re­ceived 20 sub­mis­sions from res­i­dents which are cur­rently be­ing re­viewed by staff.

It is an­tic­i­pated that a re­port for Coun­cil con­sid­er­a­tions will be ready in early 2019.

Copies of the draft strat­egy can be ob­tained from the Strate­gic Plan­ning Ser­vices Branch of Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil.

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