One of the constant questions that Councils across the land are asked is for money to contribute to some event or cause that will be for the greater good. I constantly see businesses ask for free land or free development applications or a reduction in fees because their business will generate a significant number of jobs for the City; I see event organisers ask for free facilities or significant financial contributions because their event will attract so many people to the City; and I see not for profit organisations asking for support because of the excellent work their organisation will do for the community. Read More...
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Tonight is one that has been anticipated for the past three months. People talk about it on the streets and in the pubs and restaurants. The excitement has been building and loyalties are divided. I know you are well aware of what I am talking about – the quarterly Mayoral Developers’ Forum is on again tonight. These are held on the third Wednesday in the first month of each quarter and are proving to be a wonderful sounding board between the building and development community in Dubbo and the staff at Dubbo City Council. It has been an objective of mine to improve communications at Council (both internally and externally) and this is certainly one activity achieving that. Although these Forums are mostly informal, Council staff will give a brief update on the Administrative Review of the LEP and some information on the NSW Government's White Paper, A New Planning System for NSW. Read More...
Say the word Hiroshima and most people have images of devastation, atrocities and the very worst of mankind.
Whilst on our recent sister-city trip to Minokamo, we took some time to further explore Japan. We based ourselves in Kyoto for five days and took little day-trips to explore the area from there. Read More...
On 2 June 1989, the Mayor of the day, the late Squadron Leader Tom Slattery, signed a sister-city agreement with Minokamo in Japan. There is special significance to this – Tom had served a 37-year career with the Royal Australian Air Force and would have no doubt thought long and hard about signing an agreement with a Japanese city after Japan and Australia were on opposite sides of World War II. The proclamation states the purpose of the relationship as being “in pursuit of greater understanding through exchange of educational, cultural and sporting activities that will strengthen the friendship between the citizens of both the cities”. Councillors of both cities hoped that the relationship would help to improve the lives of citizens and promote common welfare which would lead to goodwill between Australia and Japan and to peace and prosperity in the world. Read More...
I like to tackle the really big issues here, so today I thought I would have a crack at world peace! Give me the reins of the world for a day and I have a proposal to tackle world peace. There are approximately 195 countries in the world and, although I have only been to 18 of those countries, I am pretty confident that what I have seen in those countries is reflected across all nations. We all are basically the same. Shock, horror! When you cut us, we all bleed red blood. We all laugh at slapstick comedy. And when a relative dies, we all feel incredible emotional pain. It has always been difficult to understand why otherwise sane human beings bear arms and kill other humans during times of war – for no greater crime than the fact that they were born on a separate piece of soil on this one earth. Read More...
I have just finished official duties with our Japanese sister-city Minokamo and am now enjoying some time with my family in Kyoto. Our sister-city officer Kylie Sutherland and her Minokamo counterpart Yumi both do wonderful jobs in organising our ongoing exchanges and promoting cultural understanding between our two cities. It was a very full program in Minokamo with the major focus being a Symposium that focused on sister-city relationships, at which I was invited to speak. After checking privately with several officials, I took a very brave step forward. I spoke about the war. In the context of ongoing relationship building and our 24-year sister-city relationship, it may have seemed like a crazy idea – but I had a point to make. On 8 December 1941, Prime Minister John Curtin declared war with the Japanese Empire (after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour). On 19 February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin and dropped more bombs than were dropped on Pearl Harbour. When the location for the Shoyoen was first suggested it met with some resistance from residents of a nearby retirement village, some of whom served in World War II or had relatives who did. Some of these people couldn’t understand why we would be so closely aligning ourselves with a country we were once at war with. Read More...
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