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The Mayor’s Helicopter View

Saturday, November 09, 2013

I was listening to the radio during the week and I heard Walgett Principal, Richard Rule, being interviewed in relation to the recent fire at the IGA Supermarket in Walgett. There were two specific items he mentioned that grabbed my attention. Firstly, he explained that the school hall was being offered to IGA as a temporary trading location to help out the community. He said words to the effect that the greater good of the community was more important than the use the children would make of the school hall. It also would give him the world’s most extensive school tuckshop!  Read More...

White Trash a standout at Waste to Art exhibition

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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...

Business awards, investment talk signs of Dubbo's economic strength

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tour de OROC raises $140,000 for Hospital Accommodation Unit

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On the road with Tour de OROC

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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...

Why being a Mayor is not what you think

Saturday, October 05, 2013

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...


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