I am sure most of you would have heard news that a $40 million development application has been lodged for the development of a shopping centre in Dubbo’s CBD. The DA includes commercial premises (offices and retail), shop-top housing, serviced apartments, motel accommodation and car parking. This type of development proposal shows continued confidence in our City and it will significantly strengthen our CBD. As you can appreciate, a DA of this scale and complexity will undoubtedly involve a number of other agencies, stakeholders, a review by the community - including a public exhibition period - and may even require additional information from the applicant, so the total timeframe for processing may take up to five months. But the important thing is that the DA – which will ultimately be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel - has been lodged and assessment by Council can now start and our staff will endeavour to assess this application in the shortest possible timeframe.
Also it is important to consider that the developers would have spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars on plans and legal agreements just to get to this point, so they are obviously very serious about this investment going ahead in Dubbo.
I welcome all residents to the second Community Leaders’ Breakfast in Victoria Park this Saturday from 7.30am. This is a rare opportunity to mingle with the three tiers of government in an informal setting. Along with my fellow Councillors, Local Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, I am looking forward to talking face-to-face with the residents of our vibrant community. Approximately 50 people attended our inaugural community breakfast in November last year, and this time around I hope to match Mark and Troy’s culinary skills.
I had the pleasure of meeting one of Australia’s most popular actors, Steve Peacocke, who is Dubbo born and bred. Steve was in Dubbo on Friday for the Youth Recognition Awards. I must say I was very impressed with his down-to-earth attitude considering his ongoing success – most recently winning a Logie for Most Popular New Male Talent. When presenting the awards on Friday night in Dubbo, Steve highlighted that coming from Dubbo had helped in his success. He said he wears his Dubbo roots ‘loud and proud’ as it is one of the things that sets him apart in his profession.
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