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Networking in our Nation's capital

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I am currently sitting in chilly Canberra (5°C last night) attending the annual National General Assembly which is a gathering of all 565 Councils from across the nation. This is an opportunity to hear from our Federal politicians (such as Warren Truss; Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale) and from national leaders (such as current Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty) and from a number of people involved in Local Government across Australia and even representatives from New Zealand. Read More...

How Dubbo got direct flights to Brisbane

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Forget submissions closing last Friday on our $160 million Operational Plan and Budget for the next year or Ignite our Centre ideas or even the most significant reform of Local Government since 1993, Fit for the Future, all anyone has been able to talk to me about since the announcement on Friday morning is the fact that we will have direct flights to Brisbane within six weeks. Read More...

Tour de OROC is back in 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 2015 version of the Toyota Tour de OROC was launched yesterday by the Chairperson of the committee, David Hayes. After a hugely successful “one-off” event in 2013, a committee has been formed under David’s expert leadership with governance provided by the Rotary Club of Dubbo South and the event will now be run as a biennial event. In 2013 the event was huge with 1,125km covered in 6 days and $176,168.63 raised towards Macquarie Homestay. That event was planned when OROC consisted of 11 Councils. Now that OROC includes Wellington, the ride will be even bigger with over 1,200km planned for the 6 day ride which will take place in October this year. More details are on the Web site and Facebook page but if you are interested in being a rider or a sponsor, David would love to hear from you. Read More...

Constructive criticism is key to better outcomes

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

On Monday this week our Draft Operational Plan was approved by Council to be put on public display. This is a necessary part of the process for Council to continue to operate from 1 July this year but I see it as a great opportunity to involve the community in the operations of Council. Council is a big business. Our community owns $1.138 billion in assets, our budget for the upcoming year is $160 million and we employ 314 staff. When we are putting together a budget for the upcoming year, we make decisions based on what we will feel will be the best outcome for the majority of Dubbo. Having said that, I strongly encourage our residents to obtain a copy of the plan for next year (from the website or a physical copy from Dubbo City Council, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo Branch, Ballimore Inn, Eumungerie and Wongarbon Post Office) and have a look through it. Our submissions are open until Friday 5 June. Tell us your thoughts. Could we reduce our services somewhere? Should we change our priorities? Should we be putting up rates to a higher level? When Council formally resolves our budget, I can’t guarantee you will receive everything you ask for but I can guarantee that all ideas will be considered and I have seen many plans changed as a result of community feedback. Read More...

Anzac memory lives on with new Memorial Walk

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

There has been a significant amount of newspaper space already given to the topic, but it would be remiss of me not to make mention of it. After several years of planning, our city was enveloped in commemorating the Anzac Centenary. On Thursday we officially unveiled the Memorial Walk. There are 10 new plinths that line the path from the Cenotaph through to the newly refurbished Rotary Pond. These plinths tell local stories related to the First World War and we have included QR Codes on each one to allow people to find more information on each of the stories. On Friday, the Deputy Mayor, Ben Shields, attended a service at Orana Gardens while I attended the Combined Schools Anzac Ceremony. These two services were at the two extremes of age in our community with both groups paying the greatest of respect to our service men and women. On Friday night, the Regional Sleep-Out was well attended with approximately 1,500 people attending at some stage. There were several hundred who braved the cold weather and slept overnight and already some are talking about this event becoming an annual event. Read More...

We're making community consultation easier than ever

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Governments are often accused of being slow to react and behind-the-times, and in some regards there are logical reasons for governments not to be at the bleeding edge of whatever might be occurring in society. There is no doubt in my mind though that this current Council is very keen to ensure that we are progressive and proactive and often leading the way – which reflects our general community. Take the idea of community consultation for example. Before my time as Mayor, Council started an unprecedented community consultation program called Dubbo 2036. In all there were over 8,000 ‘touches’ with our community and the result – our Community Strategic Plan – is a reflection of how engaged our community was during that program. There have been many submissions and community consultations that have followed and this Council is very keen to hear what the residents of our City think. Read More...


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