FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you use renewable energy?
Yes. Western Plains Regional Council is committed to renewable energy and has installed a 70-kilowatt solar system here at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. The 276 solar panels on this roof are drawing enough energy from the sun to power over 15 homes and save over 88 tonnes of carbon emissions. This has achieved reduced energy bills, lower greenhouse gas emissions, staff and visitors are more energy aware and live solar generation data is available to the public.
Can we take photos in the Dubbo Regional Gallery and Museum?
It is permissible, in most cases, to take photos in the museum and gallery. We do ask however that you respect the creativity and copyright of the artists we exhibit. In this light, it is not permissible to take photos using a tripod, or other professional quality photographic aids.
What plants do you have in your gardens?
To name a few...
Doryanthes Excels (Gymea Lily) – The Gymea lily is indigenous to the Sydney Basin. The Botanic name Doryanthes derives from two Greek words – ‘dory’ meaning spear and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. They have big spectacular flower heads and also clumps of luxurious green leaves that make a fabulous feature in the landscape. This plant is also known as Flame Lily, Giant Lily, Giant Spear Lily but most commonly known as the Gymea Lily.
The Gymea Lily was chosen for the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre and likewise chosen for the Western Plains Cultural Centre as they are both culturally iconic buildings.
Euonymous Japonicas (Japanese Spindle Tree) – This is a variegated shrub planted within the blue glass mulch. It is a medium growing shrub with a very neat and tiny compact habit. This species was commonly planted in residential gardens from the 1940’s to 1960’s. It is very drought/ frost hardy and prefers a well draining soil.
Chosen because it is an old fashioned plan and it has strong foliage colour contrast.
Angophora Floribunda (Rough Barked Apple) – Native to our region – though the species is spread from the coast to the inland of NSW and is found as far north as the Tropic of Capricorn. This tree species may look like a Eucalyptus but it is not as the Angophora have petals and the Eucalyptus does not.
This has been planted to form enclosed groves when mature that will allow a sheltered gathering place for groups to meet prior to entering the Cultural Centre or waiting to enter the Community Arts Centre.
Who designed the Centre?
A Sydney company called Group GSA established in 1979 and recognised as one of the top 10 architectural firms in Australia.
What is the significance of the tree in the museum?
To create a familiar atmosphere and sense of place
To symbolise a gathering place for families and communities
The branches also symbolise a family tree and associated personal histories which branch out.