NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Dubbo Regional Council

The merger of Dubbo City and Wellington councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Western Plains Regional” Council.

Western Plains Regional Council includes the following wards:

  1. Wellington Ward
  2. Dubbo South Ward
  3. Dubbo Central Ward
  4. Dubbo East Ward
  5. Dubbo North Ward

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 50,627

Area (sq Km): 7,536

Number of Wards: 5

Number of councillors per ward: 2


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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council through to the election.  

Name: Michael Kneipp

Interim General Manager
Name: Mark Riley

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Dubbo Regional Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Wellington Caves Visitor Experience Centre This project involves the development and construction of a new Visitor Experience Centre at the Wellington Caves Reserve that will provide a state of the art visitor experience. Designs will be developed to include a space for educational experiences and $2,500,000
Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden Adventure Playground A new nature based adventure playground will be an exciting addition to the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden and increase visitation rates. Plans have been developed which include a nature based playground for children, kiosk area and a senior gym to encoura $1,300,000
Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden - Carpark Funding will be used to build a gravel carpark and bus parking area to provide off street parking for visitors to the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden. The new carpark will be on the western side of the existing internal road way to make the site more access $240,000
Wellington Pool re-construction Council is now planning for a complete rebuild of Wellington pool changing the face of the popular facility and modernising an important community asset. $3,000,000
Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre Aquatic Playground Families are sure to love the new Aquatic Playground planned for the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre. The new feature will let young children explore and participate in aquatic play that is more than just swimming $800,000
Cameron Park Regional Playground This project will revitalise Wellington's central park which is used for a wide range of activities including markets, community events, rest and recreation. It will also provide incentive for travellers to stop and utilise the facilities such as playgrou $280,000
Geurie Multi Court Facility and Playground equipment The Geurie asphalt tennis courts will be resurfaced and converted to a multi-sport court and include hoops, backboards and line marking. There is also an opportunity to re-fence this area completing the facility $245,000
Installation of a New Gross Pollutant Trap – West Dubbo Main Drain Outfall into Macquarie River The GPT would trap items such as bottles, plastic, leaf litter and packaging. Council would have a relatively small increase in operating costs to ensure the GPTs are serviced appropriately $198,540
Moxon Park Improvements – Stuart Town This project will complete works in Moxon Park to help beautify the village. Work to be completed included a new Iron Bark rear fence, new softfall under the playground and a crushed granite walkway to link Moxon Park and Boehmes Hall $85,000
Euchareena Local Projects A new playground in Euchareena is part of the improvements to be funded in this project. Other work in the village include new Cemetery fencing with an iron bark post and rail at the entrance and graveled laneway to the public school improving safety and $84,700
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Geurie Memorial Hall Installation of reverse cycle air conditioning $12,250
Dubbo City Croquet Club Purchase of six new croquet mallets $2,002
Dubbo Running Festival Inc. Erect 12 light poles along the Tracker Riley Cycleway $16,400
Orana Broadcasters Purchase of equipment $10,000
Wellington Westhaven Contact Group Replacement of Westhaven bus $29,105
Wellington Junior Soccer Club Upgrade toilet facilities at Pioneer Park and purchase portable goal posts to facilitate expansion of summer football competition $16,200
Emmanuel Care Buninyong Conservation English Playgroup $7,500
Wellington Amateur Theatrical Society Upgrade wireless audio equipment to comply with ACMA standards $8,900
Wellington Amateur Theatrical Society Purchase and install six metal clothing racks $1,680
Stuart Town Advancement Association Moxon Park beautification $22,328
Dubbo Rescue Squad Replace existing tools and equipment $6,500
Wellington Amateur Swimming Club Purchase and installation of new electronic timing equipment $15,293
Dubbo Show Society Purchase of transportable ablution blocks each with toilet, shower and vanity $25,000
Euchareena Village Progress Association Replacement of water pipes for a village water supply projects $38,400
Mount Arthur Reserve Trust Upgrade of Trig/Waterloo trails $3,586
Uniting NSW 120 Countdown Learn Driver Program $29,392
South Dubbo Cricket Club Construct two cricket nets at Lady Cutler East Park $21,000
Dubbo and District Parent Support for Deaf/Hearing Impaired Purchase of audiology equipment $4,000
Orana Support Service Expansion of West Dubbo Project to operate five nights a week and develop a wider range of activities and support $23,500
Eumungerie and District Recreation Association Upgrade kitchen/canteen facilities at the Recreation Ground Clubhouse $15,235
Eumungerie and District Recreation Association Extend storage facilities, extend covered seating area and purchase rainwater tanks $4,500
Eumungerie and District Recreation Association Construct new practice cricket nets $3,000
Binjang Community Radio Replacement of studio computer network equipment $10,050
Dubbo Westside Rugby League Football Club Access to free training/learning opportunities in sports trainer and league safe courses $7,700
Wongarbon Branch of CWA  Upgrade perimeter fence and painting of building $10,215
Talbragar Branch CWA Maintenance and repairs to building; upgrade front fence and painting gates; replacement of sensor lights at front and back of hall $5,844
Stuart Town Advancement Association School of Arts - installation of split system air-conditioning and interior and exterior painting $17,650
Mt Arthur Reserve Trust Installation of new signage in the Mt Arthur reserve $2,218
Binjang Community Radio Electrical upgrades including transmission housing and wiring, UPS installation $14,823
Dubbo Australian Football Club Purchase of line-marking machine $3,000
Dubbo Kangaroos Rugby Club Improvements to club education and facilities $3,000
Dubbo City Softball Association Purchase of softball and general equipment $3,000
Wellington Connect Inc Completion of commercial kitchen fit-out for the Mens Shed $20,778
Police Citizens Youth Clubs Limited Transportation (a new bus) $44,562
Dubbo Junior Rugby Union Club Installation of a PA system and new BBQ facilities at Victoria Park (Park 2 and 3) $7,985
Wellington Rugby Union Club Inc/Wellington Rugby League Club Inc Install internal fencing around field at Kennard Park $14,000
Wellington Rugby Union Club Inc/Wellington Rugby League Club Inc Install a scoreboard at Kennard Park $8,600
Wellington Uniting Church Air-conditioning for Noahs Ark $5,000
Westside Panthers Football Club Pioneer park equipment (line-marking machine, rear goal netting, portable junior goal posts) $3,000
Dubbo Running Festival Inc Purchase of 150 crowd control barriers $5,005
Paramount Tennis Club Inc Purchase of 6 new tables for the clubhouse $2,340
Talbragar CWA Purchase of hall air-conditioning $3,119
Wellington Junior Soccer Club Inc Interim Training Lights for Pioneer Park $5,017
Dubbo & District Parent Support Group for Deaf/Hearing Impaired Inc Hear our Heart Ear Bus Project $50,000
Wongarbon CWA Paint interior of the CWA building and install reverse cycle air-conditioning $5,850
Dubbo Netball Association Safety upgrade to ladies toilet entrance $18,713
Dubbo Touch Association Community recreation space - stage 2 - portable grandstands $10,252
Dubbo Touch Association Community recreation space - stage 5 - water bottle refill station $6,105
Dubbo & District Kindergarten Inc Outdoor learning and skills space $28,922
Mumbil District Progress Association Inc Mumbil community hall toilet block $50,000