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Council encourages feedback and communication

Thursday, December 19, 2013

One incredibly important aspect of modern politics is communication. When you compare politics of the modern era – at all three levels – to that of bygone eras, communication is a key ingredient in successful politics.  Read More...

Australia Day Awards

Thursday, December 19, 2013

One of the endearing – while also frustrating – feature of Aussies is that we take things for granted. We go about our business without expecting fanfare or celebration. Read More...

Annual Report Goes Digital

Friday, December 06, 2013

Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the very first text message being sent anywhere in the world.  Read More...

Time to smile: Dubbo welcomes new residents, Australian citizens

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This has been a wonderful week to celebrate the great work that is being performed in our community by so many of our residents. On Monday we had our annual Dubbo City Community Service Award presentation where 12 people were awarded for their fantastic efforts over a long period of time. The quality of nominations was again fantastic and all of the nominated individuals can be very proud of the fact that they are making Dubbo a better place. Read More...

What it takes to be a great leader

Saturday, November 23, 2013

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” This is a quote from Rosalynn Carter, presumably talking about her husband, Jimmy Carter who was US President from 1977 to 1981. Assuming that councils across this great land, and Councillors as individuals, have leadership roles in each of their communities, this quote raises some interesting points. Read More...

Snap Send Solve - making reporting easy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On Monday I had the opportunity to launch our support of an app (Snap Send Solve) to help residents report issues that need Council attention. There has been good media support of this app (which is available for Apple and Android smartphones) and I would encourage all residents to download this free app and have it ready to use whenever you want to alert Council of something that needs our non-urgent attention. I was asked an intriguing question during one of the media interviews: was I worried that Council will now be inundated with requests for support? Not at all – and if we are then there are obviously a lot of things that we need to attend to. The reason we have so many methods of contacting Council is that we want to know about an issue as soon as we possibly can. We can’t attend to it if we don’t know about it. I am sure people are sensible enough that they won’t send in ‘Snap Send Solve’ reports asking us to pack their dishwasher or paint their house, but if there is an area that Council is responsible for that needs our attention – let us know. It doesn’t mean the issue will be solved immediately – or in some cases solved at all (if a resident on a dirt road sent us a report asking for bitumen for example), but again, without Council knowing about an issue we have no chance of solving it. Read More...


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