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Robbie McEwen joins Tour de Oroc

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

As you read this, I will be well on my way to Bourke having stayed at Cobar last night. There is nothing particularly unusual about that – many people travel the Kidman Way each day. The major difference is that I will be doing this on a bicycle in 38°C heat with an 8km/h headwind with a group of people raising money for the Macquarie Homestay. We are currently on day three of the Toyota Tour de OROC with the next two days the toughest with back to back 230+km days ahead of us. The highlight so far has been day one with the addition of Robbie McEwen to our peloton. Robbie sits in the same stratosphere as Cadel Evans in Australia’s cycling world yet he impressed everyone with his down-to-earth attitude and interesting stories from his days of success in the Tour de France. Keep an eye on the Tour de OROC Facebook page for regular updates. Read More...

Good Sports bring out the best that Dubbo has to offer

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Congratulations to Councillors Kevin Parker and John Walkom who were elected to the important committee chair positions on Monday night.
Thanks also to Councillor Lyn Griffiths who had served with distinction in the Chair’s position for the previous 5 years but chose not to stand this year. The Planning & Development; Works and Services and Finance and Policy committees are standing committees of Council and serve an important purpose of allowing free and open debate on important issues to Council before feeding the resolutions through to the Council meeting in the week following the committee meetings.
Chairs of these committees therefore need to encourage free and open debate whilst still maintaining a gentle but firm control of the meeting. I am sure we are in good hands for the next twelve months.
Last weekend saw Dubbo host the State Country Cricket Carnival. Dubbo is continually proving itself as a more than capable host of major events – sporting and otherwise – and when Cricket NSW needed a venue to host this carnival, they didn’t hesitate in contacting Dubbo.
That is two major junior events hosted in Dubbo this year and we are programmed to have two more major events next year – one with Cricket NSW and one with Cricket Australia. When you combine our facilities with the motel accommodation and easy access in our city – in addition to easy access to our city via road and air, there is no wonder that various organisations look to Dubbo as a venue for an event or carnival.
After four years in the job, I am still amazed at just how many different events are held in Dubbo every week of the year. We can’t afford to be complacent though – and many organisers quote our enthusiasm or excellent staff as reasons that they keep coming back.
In the art world, the Western Plains Cultural Centre keeps attracting visitors from far and wide to view the variety of exhibitions.
Last Friday I had the pleasure of opening ArtExpress – a selection of artworks from the 2014 HSC. I encourage everyone to visit this exhibition – to look at the incredible talent and maturity from people in Year 12 is amazing. All 28 pieces scored a perfect fifty out of fifty in the HSC and you will see artworks from people in Dubbo and the region included.
Well done to the Dubbo Netball Association (DNA) who hosted their grand finals on the weekend.
Over 1200 players participated in netball this season which is an incredible number of players for the volunteer committee members of DNA to manage. Read More...

Visiting dignitaries, whistle stop tours and wheels

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Seniors housing development shows hard decisions must be made

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thank you to the residents of Yarrawonga who again turned up in force on Monday night to our extraordinary meeting to debate the Oaktree development. I spoke to several residents after the meeting and I fully understand that there was disappointment among many residents but, as several Councillors said during the debate, it is a tough job being a Councillor and it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time.  Read More...

Dubbo Chamber means business

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

International Visitors, birthday Milestones and grand designs

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


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