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Council implements new strategy to reopen recreation areas

The strategy aims to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community, while reopening the facilities from Saturday, May 23. Photo: Supplied.

The strategy aims to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community, while reopening the facilities from Saturday, May 23. Photo: Supplied.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing across NSW, Dubbo Regional Council will implement a new strategy to reopen various facilities across the region.

Council's 'Return to Play' strategy aims to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community, while reopening the facilities from Saturday, May 23.

Sporting facilities:

  • Ballimore tennis courts, Ballimore
  • Powter Park BMX track, Dubbo
  • Wongarbon multicourts, Wongarbon
  • Tom Culkin Oval Tennis Courts, Geurie
  • Rygate Multi Courts, Wellington

Play spaces:

All remaining play spaces across the LGA will be opened, excluding Wahroonga Park, Dubbo and Cameron Park, Wellington due to construction.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment:

  • Victoria Park, Dubbo
  • Victoria Park No.2 Oval, Dubbo
  • Regand Park, Dubbo
  • Sir Roden Cutler Park, Dubbo
  • Riverbank Foreshores, Dubbo
  • Tom Culkin Oval, Geurie

Public Amenities:

  • All public amenities (excluding those at sporting facilities).

Leash Free Areas:

  • All leash free areas will be reopened.

Reserves:

  • Devils Hole, Dubbo
  • Sandy Beach, Dubbo

Camping grounds, public barbecue facilities and public drinking fountains will remain closed until the next stage of NSW Government's easing of restrictions as per the NSW Public Health Order.

Council will look to open remaining sporting facilities and the associated amenities from Saturday, May 30 following thorough risk assessments and COVID-19 signage installation at each facility.

To prevent gatherings in smaller spaces and to limit the use of communal facilities, access will be unavailable to function rooms/clubhouses, grandstands, canteens and change rooms at this stage.

Council will allow bookings to recommence in parks from May 23 and sporting facilities across the LGA from May 30.

Bookings will only be approved if sporting clubs and events comply with the restrictions associated with the NSW Government advised 'level' of the 'Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia'.

Council's Director of Liveability Skye Price said it is important user groups play their part in keeping the community safe.

User groups and event organisers will need to submit an application form, public liability insurance and a risk management plan which includes COVID-19 risk mitigation measures that align with the restrictions within the 'Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia' and guidelines outlined in the 'AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 environment' before bookings can be confirmed.

"It's a measure we are taking to prioritise community health and wellbeing," Ms Prince said.

Council is also allowing daily general public access to Barden Park Athletics Centre of Excellence and Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility commencing from May 30.

Hours of access will be from 6am - 6pm during non-daylight savings and 6am - 8pm during day light savings.

For up to date information about the open/closures of Dubbo Regional Council facilities please visit www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au

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