When the new LEP was approved on 11 November last year, the prediction was that Dubbo would experience additional growth as a direct result. The evidence to support this is now irrefutable, with an increase in the number and value of development applications Council is determining. We are also seeing large-scale investment opportunities with the likes of the recently approved Riviera Project. Last week we were also host to representatives from Kmart and JB Hi-Fi, who are both interested in being in our City. After spending more than two-and-a-half hours with the representatives, which included a tour of the City to point out a range of possibilities, it was obvious that both are keen to be in Dubbo. It will only be a matter of time before they come to a commercial arrangement with a developer and set up in our City. With Harris Farm in Dubbo recently (meeting with developers not Council), and ALDI meeting with Council this week, Dubbo is certainly on the landscape for major organisations.
Nine members of the Barden Park committee travelled to Sydney last week to inspect athletics facilities at Homebush, Blacktown and Campbelltown. We loaded up three cars and left Dubbo at 5am, returning at 10.30pm that night. The commitment from all participants was marvellous – in particular, that from our three community members. Peter Bass, Craig Gale, and David Williams all took a day away from their normal work and family life to give to the community of Dubbo – and were only too happy to do it. This sort of commitment to our City, which I see over and over again, deserves to be applauded and commended.
I made another appearance at a Youth Council meeting last week. If these youths are the future of Dubbo, then our City is in very safe hands. The Youth Council is open to members aged from 12 to 25 but many members of our current Council are in their last year of high school. It is commendable that they still find time to commit to the youth of Dubbo whilst also studying for their HSC. The Council is on the lookout for more members at the moment, with many of the current group getting ready to further their studies outside the City. So if you are aged between 12 and 25 and want to be part of the voice of youth to Council, don’t hesitate to contact us.