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...
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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 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...
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...
I know it seems I am a few days late but as the first Mayoral Column for 2015, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you enjoyed the celebrations. I was at Dubbo’s own NYE fireworks and very impressed by the entire event. There were a number of stall holders present, the large crowd was in a friendly and celebratory mood and, as you would hope, the fireworks were fantastic. The outcome was a classic example of one of the things I love about Dubbo. At the beginning of 2014 there was some discussion in our community about the possibility of fireworks. Some communities would leave it at that – a discussion. Not Dubbo. We have a population that is prepared to get in and make things happen. In this case, rather than talk about it all year, a group of committed individuals, led by Peter Judd, rolled up their sleeves and did the hard yards to make it happen. Well done to Peter and his team and well done to Dubbo for having the type of attitude that makes things happen. Read More...
It was fantastic to see the ICC Cricket World Cup in Dubbo yesterday as part of an international tour in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup, being hosted in Australia and New Zealand. We’ve been very fortunate in sport over the past few months, with the Wallabies and Bledisloe Cup visit on 4 August and the Country V City match on 4 May preceding this tour. Read More...
- Tour de OROC is back in 2015
- Constructive criticism is key to better outcomes
- Anzac memory lives on with new Memorial Walk
- We're making community consultation easier than ever
- Another announcement about the second high-level bridge at Dubbo
- International-standard centre upgrade and championship-qualifying athletes double - coincidence?
- The imperfections of democracy and hazards of decision-making
- Horror night, Inland Forum, Senior Citizens make for a busy week
- A definite shift in the way Council carries out its business
- Relationships with Asia, regional cities, environment show Dubbo's personality, values