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Taste of Tracker Riley Cycleway shows what's to come

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
After devouring way too many chocolates over the break, I thought it would be a good idea to go for a bicycle ride with the family along our wonderful Tracker Riley cycleway. As many of our residents were already aware, the new Tracker Riley bridge is now unofficially opened and it was amazing to see how many walkers and cyclists were using this over Easter. The story of this bridge being opened is a great story of Council being open to feedback from the public. A resident who uses the Tracker Riley cycleway regularly sent an e-mail to Council just over a week ago. She realised that the new bridge hadn’t been officially opened yet but suggested that it would be wonderful for visitors to our city over Easter if it could be unofficially opened over the break. The suggestion was an excellent one and, after some safety checks and a few final touches, the bridge was open. I have said it many times that Council staff and Councillors do not have exclusivity on brilliant ideas so I continually encourage our residents to send through their ideas to Council.

While on the subject of good ideas, I have spent some additional time speaking with businesses along Macquarie Street in relation to current furniture and street cleaning. I heard some suggestions that the ‘bad’ furniture should be removed from Macquarie Street but I have never understood that furniture itself is bad and I have observed many law-abiding and sensible residents of Dubbo taking advantage of the street furniture. The business owners that I have spoken with are much keener to see the police take action against people who are not following the laws of our land.
 In my regular discussions with the police, this is certainly an area that the police are aware of and are working towards improving. I have also heard from business owners that, although Macquarie Street is cleaned each morning, by the afternoon it can be a little untidy. After inspections by our staff and looking at the logistics of it, the retailers will be happy to know that we are implementing a second cleaning each day to further enhance Macquarie Street.
I look forward to seeing many residents at the Bernard Salt presentation tomorrow. 

Tell me your thoughts on his presentation at mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Clr Mathew Dickerson, Mayor of Dubbo

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