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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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...
The last week has seen an unusually high number of events involving people making a social difference in our lives. At the end of last week I attended a lunch for the Clontarf Foundation. Clontarf has only been in Dubbo for two school terms but already Delroy Campus has seen a 6.4 per cent increase in attendance from the boys that are part of the program. Clontarf has been hugely successful in other parts of the country and I see no reason to expect anything other than incredible success. Read More...
This Sunday marks 165 years since Dubbo was gazetted as a Village and, as is now the tradition, we will celebrate Dubbo Day with a number of awards for people in our community who make ongoing contributions to our City. Read More...
I have been very privileged this week to join the official delegation travelling from Dubbo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Dubbo’s Sister City relationship with Minokamo in Japan. Read More...
- 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
- Regional cities demonstrate success of collaboration
- New CEO series to help businesses in Dubbo
- Admissions from a Mayor who values Freedom of Speech