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Regional cities demonstrate success of collaboration

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In Formula One teams, you will often see intense racing amongst the lower placed teams as if they were duelling for the win. When quizzed after the race, a driver will tell the interviewer that the first car they need to beat is their teammate - and then they can worry about the rest of the field. In any family where siblings are relatively close in age, the same attitude often prevails. Sibling rivalry is a well-known condition that exists in many families. Read More...

New CEO series to help businesses in Dubbo

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Today is the first of the series of CEO talks that are being delivered to our community in partnership with the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The idea started from a guest speaker I arranged last year. Through my previous IT career, I met Pip Marlow many years ago. Pip rose to the position of head of Microsoft Australia and I asked her to come to Dubbo and speak at a breakfast. The DCCI was only too happy to have Pip as a guest speaker and her talk was received very well. I thought if it was good enough for the CEO of Microsoft Australia, then possibly other CEOs would be interested. I proceeded to invite several CEOs from ASX200 companies and the DCCI now has 6 months of the CEO Series ready to help businesses in Dubbo. Read More...

Admissions from a Mayor who values Freedom of Speech

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Let me start off my first column of the New Year with two major admissions. Firstly, I support the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. I have followed them since as far back as I can remember. My earliest memories were of Manly being an attractive and creative attacking team – and I probably was attracted to them winning matches and premierships in the 70s. Read More...

Dubbo pride swells post-Australia Day 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It is two days since our Australia Day celebrations and I still feel that there is a lingering pride throughout our City. While most of the face paint has been washed off I have still seen cars and houses with flags on them and people are still talking about the day. Our Australia Day celebrations were the best attended I have seen here in Dubbo with easily over 500 people in attendance. We had five very deserving award winners and 29 additional people are now walking our streets in thongs and eating Vegemite after becoming citizens on Monday. Thank you to our Australia Day Ambassador, Janine Perrett, who I am certain has now added hundreds of new viewers to her show, The Perrett Report (Monday to Thursday at 6.30pm on Sky News Business) and thanks to our staff who start their Australia Day public holiday by turning up at Victoria Park before 5am to start the preparations (in addition to their previous preparation work). Read More...

One week reveals dozens of people who choose to live, work in Dubbo

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

One of the highlights of the Mayoral year occurs this Monday when we mark the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet. Australia Day is an opportunity to momentarily pause from our busy lives and reflect on what makes this nation the greatest in the world to live in. I invite all our residents to Victoria Park on Monday to join your fellow Dubbonians and celebrate Australia. We will start the day from 7.30am with a free BBQ and the official ceremony will start at 8.30am. The Australia Day Council has assigned Janine Perrett to be our Ambassador for the day and I am certain she will deliver an interesting address. Read More...

Sombre week in Paris highlights beauty of freedom, democracy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I landed in Paris last Wednesday morning and was casually strolling through the streets trying to stay awake and adjust to the different time zone when I noticed an extraordinary number of police vehicles travelling at speed with sirens wailing. I was soon to discover that I was less than three kilometres from the offices of Charlie Hebdo and we all know the story there. I can’t imagine the grief experienced by the family members of the 17 victims of the tragedy and it has been an incredibly sombre week to be in Paris, but, as strange as it may sound, it has also been incredibly uplifting. To see the instant reaction by Parisians, and indeed the world, is to see how dear we all hold freedom of speech and democracy. Standing as part of a crowd of over two million people on Sunday while the crowd chanted “Charlie” and cheered and clapped was an incredibly strong showing of the will of humankind not to be silenced and cowed by directed violence against the expression of ideas. Read More...


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