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Remembering Our Fallen as relevant today as ever

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The majority of our residents were not alive when the Great War was being fought and it is often difficult for residents (including myself) in our modern society to fully understand the implications of World War I on Australia’s early history.
To gain some understanding of the impact of the War, I looked at some statistics. As Andrew Lang famously said, I shall try not to use statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts, for support rather than for illumination.
In the First World War, a total of 416,809 Australians enlisted for service, representing 38.7 per cent of the male population aged between 18 and 44. Most of these enlistments were in 1915. It is hard to think of the impact on society of such a large group of men being removed from their normal duties in a burgeoning society. If you think it is hard to get a tradesman today, think back one hundred years. 112,452 of those enlisted were tradesmen and 99,252 were labourers with an additional 57,430 with an official occupation of ‘country callings’ which I assume meant they were employed in the agricultural sector. There were still jobs to be performed in a very young country and suddenly great swathes of those able to perform those jobs were removed.
Obviously many of these never returned – 59,357 Australians died during the years of the war and the Roll of Honour records the number of deaths through to the formal disbandment of the AIF on 31 March 1921 as 61,514. Some would argue that these were the lucky ones. The soldiers that returned had to live with the atrocities forever etched into their minds. We had 4,044 Australians as Prisoners of War and 155,133 who were officially wounded in action but that doesn’t begin to tell the full story with many returned servicemen impacted by PTSD (before the term existed) and memories of the atrocities they experienced. It is little wonder that many felt depressed or turned to alcohol and drugs. I am not sure that even today we fully realise the impact that the First World War had on Australia.
Unfortunately the war to end all wars was not the last conflict Australians were involved in. Remembrance Day is celebrated on the anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918 but it is really to thank all 102,815 soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. While days like today are not held to ‘celebrate’ war, they are held to commemorate the sacrifice so many brave men and women have made to allow us to live in this wonderful nation.
Lest we forget.
Councillor Mathew Dickerson
Mayor of the City of Dubbo 

Application tracker now available for anytime review of Development Applications

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Builders, developers, home owners, businesses and any person with an interest in development applications can now track the progress of an application with an online search and progress tool now live on Dubbo City Council’s website.
Application Tracker provides up-to-date information on any development application, construction certificate or complying development certificate submitted from 1 November 2015.
Dubbo City Council Manager of Building and Development Services said Application Tracker allows users to track development related applications lodged with Council and view the supporting documents and most plans 24 hours a day.
“The new Application Tracker, available from a link on Councils webpage, is part of Council's commitment to improving the application process,” Mr Wallace said.
"Council is focused on making the land use application process as smooth and efficient as possible for our community and communication and feedback are an essential part of achieving this.”
"With the addition of Application Tracker, applicants will be able to conveniently track the progress of their application 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mr Wallace said.
The online portal provides relevant detail about each application including a description of the application and the assigned Council officer. A search by application number, date lodged or location can be made to review current applications. Tracking details include date received, commencement of assessment, date of any referrals made, neighbor notification, public exhibition, completion of assessment and determination dates.
As part of moving to a more online planning system, all development related applications lodged with Council must include digital copies of all required plans and documentation or a fee will be payable to have the hard copies electronically converted.
Application Tracker is now available at www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au 

Giving our youth the keys to happiness is easier said than done

Friday, November 06, 2015


From the Outback to the big smoke, Dubbo on my mind.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

After being on the bike last week with the Tour de OROC, I have spent the first two days this week at the annual LGNSW conference. It will be good to spend a few days in Dubbo for the rest of this week. The annual local government conference is essential for Councillors to share ideas and stay up to date with what is happening in our sector. With the largest ever reform of local government currently being undertaken, it is more important than ever to look over our fence and see what is happening in the wider world. There is no doubt that the State Government wants to engage with the sector and many State representatives were in attendance. On Monday we heard from the Premier of NSW, the Hon Mike Baird MP, and then yesterday we had a smorgasbord of politicians including the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC; the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP; the Shadow Minister for Local Government, the Hon Peter Primrose MLC and many more. Not only did we have a chance to hear from our State representatives but they had a chance to hear from us – both as a collective and individually. The conference also gave Councillors the opportunity to talk to Councillors from other areas and see how they are solving similar problems.
I have had a chance to catch up with Gilgandra Council while at the conference and we discussed the re-enactment of the Coo-ee March. The March will be passing through Dubbo next Tuesday and I encourage all of our residents to cheer on the participants in the March. It is a huge undertaking with the March starting this Saturday in Gilgandra and ending in Sydney on 11 November – one of many events occurring in this Anzac centenary year.
I will have the honour of welcoming the next group of University of Sydney School of Rural Health students to Dubbo this week. The students we had this year embraced Dubbo and I believe our residents embraced them. They all spoke of the positive experiences they had in Dubbo – with many seeing their year in Dubbo as altering their direction in life. Please keep an eye out for these students and make them feel at home in our city this year.
Don’t forget that Dubbo Day nominations close on 28 October. There are many worthy people making a difference in our community – make sure you nominate someone you know who is contributing to our wonderful city. Read More...

Robbie McEwen joins Tour de Oroc

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

As you read this, I will be well on my way to Bourke having stayed at Cobar last night. There is nothing particularly unusual about that – many people travel the Kidman Way each day. The major difference is that I will be doing this on a bicycle in 38°C heat with an 8km/h headwind with a group of people raising money for the Macquarie Homestay. We are currently on day three of the Toyota Tour de OROC with the next two days the toughest with back to back 230+km days ahead of us. The highlight so far has been day one with the addition of Robbie McEwen to our peloton. Robbie sits in the same stratosphere as Cadel Evans in Australia’s cycling world yet he impressed everyone with his down-to-earth attitude and interesting stories from his days of success in the Tour de France. Keep an eye on the Tour de OROC Facebook page for regular updates. Read More...

Committed citizens can set the wheels of change in motion

Friday, September 25, 2015


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