There aren’t many areas in polite society where you can use the term ‘White Trash’ and still be considered civil – but I had the opportunity to use this term several times in front of a crowd of more than 100 people last Saturday and I don’t think they thought any less of me for it. To put it in context, I was opening the ‘Waste to Art’ exhibition at the Western Plains Cultural Centre and one of my favourite pieces was a figure of a White Rhino made from white plastic plates and cutlery and it was named ‘White Trash’. Not only was this a clever play on words, but it had more significance. The amount of waste each person produces in Australia is roughly the equivalent to the weight of an adult White Rhino. The exhibition of the 90 entries in the competition will continue until 24 November and I can highly recommend the ingenuity, quality and creativity on display. Read More...
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By the time you read this column I'll be on the road between Walgett and Bourke, passing through Brewarrina and battling strong headwinds. The 231.6km trip would ordinarily take about 2.5 hours, but - as many of you would be aware - this is no ordinary trip. For starters I'm travelling via bicycle and riding with nine others most of the time. On the outskirts of each town we pass through we are joined by locals supportive of our cause. That cause – of course – is the Dubbo Base Hospital Accommodation Project, and this journey I am part of is the Toyota Tour de OROC. Read More...
It was with great intrigue that I read an article recently that revealed the former Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Councillor Kent Johns, had decided not to stand for re-election to Mayor this week. Fairfax Media ‘revealed’ that developers, home owners and businesses with Liberal Party connections were shown special treatment by Cr Johns. During his first and only year as Mayor, the Council was restructured which resulted in the sacking of their most senior directors and the abolition of their internal ombudsman. Cr Johns was pushing for radical new planning rules that would increase the density of building across the shire which would result in windfalls on a select list of property owners. Cr Johns explained his reason for not standing for re-election by saying that “I should not be a lightning rod for this Council and therefore I won’t be standing as Mayor". He continued by saying that he had made a lot of enemies by “trying to change the culture of the Council too quickly". Read More...
Dubbo, in tune with the rest of the world, is certainly becoming more aware of our environment. Just in the last week we saw our annual Sustainable City Expo well attended by many residents of Dubbo. The concept of the Expo is to expose various modern methods of being more sustainable to our residents – saving money and saving the environment. The event is growing each year and really demonstrates how conscious our residents are of environmental issues. I also had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of delegates to an Environmental Education Conference being held at Dubbo College, Senior Campus. This was a chance for various educators and government departments to learn more about methods of educating the broader community in relation to environmental issues. The delegates I spoke to were impressed with the efforts of Dubbo in relation to the environment and were keen to take examples of what we are doing back to their communities. Read More...
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