Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said there are still significant concerns about the state of Dubbo’s historic Clock Tower building and has said that Telstra should show the community they are serious about properly maintaining Dubbo’s most iconic building.
Council received a response from Telstra CEO Andrew Penn in January saying a review of previous cleaning of the building and additional bird proofing would be done to see what further steps need to be taken to ensure the building a properly maintained.
Councillor Shields said this response did not address Council’s and the community concerns.
“This iconic building is still in a state of disrepair,” Councillor Shields said. “It is obvious to the public the mess that is being made and Telstra should be making a genuine attempt to restore the building and have it properly maintained,” he said.
Councillor Dayne Gumley expressed frustration that from his perspective Telstra has not acted on previous commitments.
“The Clock Tower building is an iconic feature of Dubbo’s streetscape,” Councillor Gumley said. “Its prime location in the CBD, close to our major tourism attraction of the Old Dubbo Gaol and in a busy shopping area, means this building is one of the most important features of the City,” he said.
“It is disappointing that the opportunity this building has in terms of business re-use has not yet occurred and Telstra as the building owners are continually being asked to undertake proper maintenance,” he said.
“Council is continuing to urge Telstra to take responsibility and complete the cleaning and repairs which are obviously needed,” Councillor Gumley said.
Source: Dubbo Regional Council