Roadworks and COVID-19 sewage detection

Diversions will be in place at the West Dubbo roundabout this weekend as long-awaited work to upgrade the Newell and Mitchell Highway intersection enters the home stretch.

diversions ill be in place from 7pm on Friday 13th August, via Baird Street and Young Street, with access blocked through the intersection, until 7am on Monday 16th August.

Work will be carried out day and night, with night work planned to minimise the impact to the wider community and the noisiest work to completed prior to midnight.

Motorists are advised to follow the direction of all signs and traffic control, including speed limits.

This will involve widening the road, creating dedicated turning lanes and installing permanent traffic lights to create smoother and more efficient journeys for all motorists.

As part of this next stage of work, temporary traffic signals will be switched off and a temporary roundabout installed , before permanent traffic signals are switched on by the end of the year.


Multiple sewage detections in both Dubbo and Mudgee means that someone who has COVID-19, or has recently had it, has been in these communities.

Widespread testing is the only way that we can be confident of keeping everyone safe, so please get tested if you have any symptoms- however mild.

Symptoms include:

  • fever (37.5 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell

Other reported sumptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • acute blocked nose (congestion)
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting
  • loss of apetite

Unexplained chest pain and conjunctivitis (eye infection) have also been reported as symptoms of COVID-19.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

Find a testing location near you at

Stay-at-home rules apply to anyone who visited:

  • Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas on or after Monday 21 June 2021
  • Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens or Singleton local government areas on or after Saturday 31 July 2021
  • Armidale Regional local government area on or after Thursday 29th July

You must not enter these areas unless you have a reasonable excuse.

If you do visit these areas while the stay at home rules are in place, you must:

  • follow the stay at home rules when you return home for 14 days after you were in the area
  • stay home unless you have a reasonable excuse
  • if you live with other people your entire household should follow the stay at home rules

Please keep up-to-date with COVID-19 restrictions for regional areas at

Until next week, stay safe.


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