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Tour de OROC is back in 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 2015 version of the Toyota Tour de OROC was launched yesterday by the Chairperson of the committee, David Hayes. After a hugely successful “one-off” event in 2013, a committee has been formed under David’s expert leadership with governance provided by the Rotary Club of Dubbo South and the event will now be run as a biennial event. In 2013 the event was huge with 1,125km covered in 6 days and $176,168.63 raised towards Macquarie Homestay. That event was planned when OROC consisted of 11 Councils. Now that OROC includes Wellington, the ride will be even bigger with over 1,200km planned for the 6 day ride which will take place in October this year. More details are on the Web site and Facebook page but if you are interested in being a rider or a sponsor, David would love to hear from you. Read More...

Constructive criticism is key to better outcomes

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

On Monday this week our Draft Operational Plan was approved by Council to be put on public display. This is a necessary part of the process for Council to continue to operate from 1 July this year but I see it as a great opportunity to involve the community in the operations of Council. Council is a big business. Our community owns $1.138 billion in assets, our budget for the upcoming year is $160 million and we employ 314 staff. When we are putting together a budget for the upcoming year, we make decisions based on what we will feel will be the best outcome for the majority of Dubbo. Having said that, I strongly encourage our residents to obtain a copy of the plan for next year (from the website or a physical copy from Dubbo City Council, Macquarie Regional Library Dubbo Branch, Ballimore Inn, Eumungerie and Wongarbon Post Office) and have a look through it. Our submissions are open until Friday 5 June. Tell us your thoughts. Could we reduce our services somewhere? Should we change our priorities? Should we be putting up rates to a higher level? When Council formally resolves our budget, I can’t guarantee you will receive everything you ask for but I can guarantee that all ideas will be considered and I have seen many plans changed as a result of community feedback. Read More...

Anzac memory lives on with new Memorial Walk

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

There has been a significant amount of newspaper space already given to the topic, but it would be remiss of me not to make mention of it. After several years of planning, our city was enveloped in commemorating the Anzac Centenary. On Thursday we officially unveiled the Memorial Walk. There are 10 new plinths that line the path from the Cenotaph through to the newly refurbished Rotary Pond. These plinths tell local stories related to the First World War and we have included QR Codes on each one to allow people to find more information on each of the stories. On Friday, the Deputy Mayor, Ben Shields, attended a service at Orana Gardens while I attended the Combined Schools Anzac Ceremony. These two services were at the two extremes of age in our community with both groups paying the greatest of respect to our service men and women. On Friday night, the Regional Sleep-Out was well attended with approximately 1,500 people attending at some stage. There were several hundred who braved the cold weather and slept overnight and already some are talking about this event becoming an annual event. Read More...

Another announcement about the second high-level bridge at Dubbo

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Most people are aware of the fantastic election promise in relation to the duplication of the LH Ford Bridge. The State Government promised $50 million to build this second bridge to help with the congestion that we experience in peak morning and evening times. The initial concept plans were presented to Council in April 2012 and in July 2012 Council formally resolved to actively lobby the State and Commonwealth Governments to fund the duplication of the bridge. The existing bridge was officially opened on 26 September 1969 when our population was ~18,000. The bridge was designed for peak capacity of 1,200 vehicles per hour per lane and we are regularly hitting 1,100 vehicles per hour in peak times. Our population has increased by 130 per cent and there are over 20,000 vehicles a day utilising the bridge. After the new Council was elected, Council further resolved, in October 2012, to continue the lobbying efforts. Read More...

International-standard centre upgrade and championship-qualifying athletes double - coincidence?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I was recently asked if the upgraded facility at Barden Park would make any difference to our local athletes. There are so many positives from this international standard track that it is difficult to know where to start but one statistic jumped out at me immediately. The new facility was only opened on 29 November last year which was well and truly into the current Little Athletics season. For athletes to qualify for State Championships they must qualify via Zone Championships and then Regional Championships. The pinnacle for Little Athletes across the State is to make it to State Championships which are held at Sydney Olympic Park on the second last weekend in March each year. This weekend is the 2015 version of the State Championships and Dubbo has 24 athletes that have qualified for State Championships. Anecdotally, this is double the number of athletes that sometimes qualify and the highest number that anyone involved with local athletics can remember ever qualifying. Read More...

Horror night, Inland Forum, Senior Citizens make for a busy week

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

If you are superstitious and believe in ‘bad luck’ then this isn’t a great time for you. It is rare to have consecutive months with a Friday falling on the 13th. The first Friday the 13th needs to be in February and the year needs to be a non-leap year. This year sees just such an occurrence – which we won’t see again until the year 2026. To cater to those people who take note of such days, the Old Dubbo Gaol is holding a horror night this Friday with a showing of the movie, The Conjuring. With eight men executed from 1877 to 1905 and some believed to be buried on the grounds, there are many who are convinced that their ghosts wander the cells of the prison. This is not a night for the faint-hearted but if you feel up to the challenge, we welcome you to our scary movie night. Read More...

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