I have just returned from a weekend in Kiama attending the Little Athletics Regional Championships. Congratulations to 12 Dubbo athletes who qualified for the State Championships to be held at Homebush in March and well done to Peter Bass who did an excellent job as team manager. It is a pleasure to watch young athletes who make a massive commitment in time and effort to then achieve these results of which they can justifiably be very proud.
Keep an eye out for the possibility of a few interesting student antics this week. It's O-Week at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and I am sure there will be a bit of good-natured fun occurring in Dubbo during the week before the serious business of study occurs. Dubbo is very fortunate to have a University campus and I believe we often under-estimate the contribution made by the students to the rich diverse society we have. If you see a CSU student in the next few weeks, be sure to make them welcome in our City.
I was one of many who attended the funeral of former Councillor John Neville last week. Although the family was understandably incredibly sad, you could still sense their enormous pride. As stated on the PowerPoint slide show, John’s life was a “Life well lived” and there is no doubt that he made a significant contribution to our society.
I again met with the new owners of the former RAAF base last week to hear an update of their latest plans. This is a huge piece of real estate close to Dubbo’s CBD and I know the developers are very keen to make a statement. I am keen for Council to continue to have open discussions with these developers to ensure the best possible outcome for Dubbo with this development.
Congratulations to Michelle Ashworth, who last week was presented with her iPhone 4S as part of the Dubbo Visitors Guide Facebook competition. This competition was very well supported with hundreds of people ‘liking’ the VisitDubbo Facebook page.
On a very sweet note, I had a cup of tea at Ted Madden’s house last week. Dubbo’s Citizen of the Year was keen for me to visit him so he could show me first-hand the myriad of woodwork items that he produces for various members of our community. I must say that not only does he have exceptional woodworking skills, but his scones are pretty good as well!
Tell me what you like on your scones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clr Mathew Dickerson, Mayor of Dubbo