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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Dubbo Festival has finished for 2012 and what a wonderful array of events and activities we witnessed. From an amazing film premiere through to concerts, light installations and exhibitions, it has offered something for almost everyone and I am certain it will be even bigger next year. Congratulations to the Dubbo Festival and DREAM organisers for a job well done.

The excitement is continuing to build with Council hosting the LGA Conference at the end of this month. There is significant involvement from Dubbo businesses and I am sure the 700 delegates will leave Dubbo with a wonderful impression of our City. Of course the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) will be a central component of the conference and it is always a pleasure to show off this brilliant facility. If you like to stay up to date with information about the DRTCC, join our growing list of eNewsletter subscribers. We already have 4,434 subscribers and new subscribers are joining at the rate of 100 per month.

The Your Dubbo program will launch this Thursday with customers of participating businesses going in to a draw to win $5,000. This program has only been made possible in partnership with the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and with major sponsorship from Orana Mutual. While on the Chamber, the traditional Rhino Awards Finalists Cocktail Party will also be held this Thursday. Congratulations to all businesses that have made it through to this stage – just being a finalist is an achievement.

The new Council seems to be settling in well with lots of energy and enthusiasm. The induction session will be held this Saturday and that is a particularly important day for new Councillors. There is so much to learn as a Councillor and it is vital to hit the ground running. Various Council and external committees will have new Council reps and that is an excellent conduit for the community to connect with Council. I am again working on having a one-one meeting with every Councillor each month and recurring meetings with all but two Councillors have already been booked for the next twelve months. The new Council will have some major decisions to make early in its term – the potential renaming of streets through Rosewood Grove and security screening options for our airport are just two significant upcoming issues that come to mind.

Let me know your favourite part of the Dubbo Festival at mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au.

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