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...
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“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...
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...
On Monday we made the announcement of the final amount raised during the Toyota Tour de OROC - $176,168.63. For a little event that was only launched in July this year, the result was incredible. To me this event showed that not only is the patient accommodation unit a very worthwhile project but the generosity in the region is incredible. That was the final event for the Tour de OROC although a Tour de OROC calendar will soon be available to continue the fundraising. The intention of this event was to kick-start the fundraising efforts for the Dubbo Base Hospital Accommodation Project Inc. It certainly achieved that and, with the project requiring more than $1 million dollars, it needs more events to see the project come to fruition. I encourage everyone to continue looking at ways to help with the project, now known as the Macquarie Homestay, to provide a much needed facility for the region. Read More...
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...
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...
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