There are 5 shopping centres across Dubbo. 2 in West Dubbo (anything west of the Macquarie river), 1 in South, The Orana Mall, City Centre. All new housing developments/blocks are well serviced by these.
Perhaps schools or work locations might change your preference...
I moved from North Strathfield 8 years ago, gave up the stuffy 2 bed unit for a 3 bedroom house, in the middle of town - affordable!
Flights to Sydney Melbourne & Brisbane.
All parts of town are "best" Everything is what you make of it! Police have addressed issues of the past. :)