Council Administrator’s Column | New elected members soon to be in Dubbo Regional Council

New Council

A draft master plan for the Wellington Caves is currently on display and council wants to hear from you about what you would like to see at the caves.

A draft master plan for the Wellington Caves is currently on display and council wants to hear from you about what you would like to see at the caves.

The elections for Dubbo Regional Councillors were held at the weekend. After the NSW Electoral Commission officially declares the results, the new councillors will undertake a number of meetings and training to help them fulfil their new position.

All councillors will take an oath/affirmation of office during a ceremony before they are able to participate in a council meeting. This oath/affirmation is a new requirement for councillors that was added to the Local Government Act in 2016.

There will then be a meeting held to elect the mayor, deputy mayor and the formation of the standing committees and other committees and working parties.

Councillors will be required to take part in an extensive training program to provide them with the knowledge and skills to perform competently in the role of a councillor as an individual, as well as being part of a team of councillors.

The first committees and ordinary meetings of the new council will be held in October.

Dubbo Day Awards

If you know someone who does great work for the community please nominate them for a Dubbo Day Award.

The awards are a great way to recognise local citizens who have carried out community work which has improved the quality of life for individuals or the local community as a whole. The awards are held every year to mark the anniversary of Dubbo’s gazettal as a village in 1849.

When you think about it there are probably plenty of people you know who give their all to helping the community.

Think of the carers and support workers, charity workers, sporting coaches and assistants - the list goes on.

Consider nominating someone you know to thank them for all their hard work. I’m sure it would be well received even though we know volunteers aren’t in it for the thanks.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 October, 2017.

An online nomination form will be available on the Dubbo Regional Council Website or the form can be downloaded, completed and returned to Council.

A ceremony for the winners will be held on 23 November at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

Wellington Caves Master Plan

A draft master plan for the Wellington Caves is currently on display and council wants to hear from you about what you would like to see at the caves.

The draft concept plan includes options for the upgrade to the site and surrounding grounds as well as the development of a Visitor Experience Centre.

We want input from the community and visitors who have, or will use the facility and what improvements they would like considered as part of this, or future upgrades.

Wellington Caves was successful in securing $2.5 million from the NSW Stronger Communities Fund for a new Visitor Experience Centre and has recently received an additional $1.3 million of State funding for facility development to support growth in the education market.

This period of public consultation is a great opportunity for locals to share their ideas, thoughts and feedback on the future of the Wellington Caves.

To take a look at the plan and have your say head to www.nsw.gov.au.

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