3. Our History:

Initial impetus for this project came from Dawn Fardell MP, Independent Member for Dubbo, in 2010/11 seeking accommodation solutions for women coming to Dubbo to await confinement. Various options were explored and found unsuitable.


  • August Meeting called by Elizabeth Allen, then Chair of Dubbo Health Council, to support development of short term on-site accommodation for DBH sub-acute patients and their carers.particularly for people beyond Dubbo LGA other  areas besides maternity identified as requiring the facility over 50% of Dubbo Hospital’s clients are from beyond Dubbo Local Government Area. Formation of a Steering Committee
  • July Dubbo Base Hospital Accommodation Project Incorporated.
    Many meetings were held in the lead up to incorporation with Health personnel and others to determine parameters of project, requirements etc.,  possible location of accom facility on hospital site, style of accom, relationship with hospital
  • October First fundraiser held – Real Estate Institute - Orana Division Charity Auction contributed proceeds to DBHAP Inc
  • December Following many meetings with WNSW LHD and DBH personnel,Inaugural Meeting of DBHAP Inc. -  Office Bearers and Committee Membership established. Chair Rod Crowfoot Secretary Fiona Prentice Treasurer Lorna White Public Officer Ray Nolan Committee Members: Elizabeth Allen, Dot Martin, Dawn Collins, Nola Honeysett


  • Support for project sought throughout northwest area from Shire Councils and Service Clubs
  • Pursuit of land…on site and then off-site as well.
  • August Orana Mutual Heart of Our Community donated $10,000 to facilitate start-up.          
  • October Inaugural Toyota Tour de OROC Bike ride through the OROC Shires led by Mathew Dickerson which generated approx. $140K in sponsorships and donations.
  • November New business name registeredDecember Dubbo City Council identified a block of land adjacent to health precinct which could be suitable for MHS use and not impinge on limited hospital redevelopment site. DCC also provided considerable assistance in preparation of application for Cobbora Transition Funding Grant. Alexandra Murray (Design Tribe) appointed as project architect.


  • August $3.3m  grant from Cobbora Transition Fund allocated to Macquarie Home Stay.


  • August Minister for Lands signed off on occupancy of block of land to MHS.
  • October DBHAP Inc now a registered company - Macquarie Home Stay Limited


  • August Land transfer completed giving Macquarie Home Stay title to the land.
  • September Development Application lodged with Dubbo Regional Council.


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