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Sombre week in Paris highlights beauty of freedom, democracy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I landed in Paris last Wednesday morning and was casually strolling through the streets trying to stay awake and adjust to the different time zone when I noticed an extraordinary number of police vehicles travelling at speed with sirens wailing. I was soon to discover that I was less than three kilometres from the offices of Charlie Hebdo and we all know the story there. I can’t imagine the grief experienced by the family members of the 17 victims of the tragedy and it has been an incredibly sombre week to be in Paris, but, as strange as it may sound, it has also been incredibly uplifting. To see the instant reaction by Parisians, and indeed the world, is to see how dear we all hold freedom of speech and democracy. Standing as part of a crowd of over two million people on Sunday while the crowd chanted “Charlie” and cheered and clapped was an incredibly strong showing of the will of humankind not to be silenced and cowed by directed violence against the expression of ideas. Read More...

2015 starts with a bang, major projects under way

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I know it seems I am a few days late but as the first Mayoral Column for 2015, Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you enjoyed the celebrations. I was at Dubbo’s own NYE fireworks and very impressed by the entire event. There were a number of stall holders present, the large crowd was in a friendly and celebratory mood and, as you would hope, the fireworks were fantastic. The outcome was a classic example of one of the things I love about Dubbo. At the beginning of 2014 there was some discussion in our community about the possibility of fireworks. Some communities would leave it at that – a discussion. Not Dubbo. We have a population that is prepared to get in and make things happen. In this case, rather than talk about it all year, a group of committed individuals, led by Peter Judd, rolled up their sleeves and did the hard yards to make it happen. Well done to Peter and his team and well done to Dubbo for having the type of attitude that makes things happen. Read More...

Dubbo ranks high across major sports scenes

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

It was fantastic to see the ICC Cricket World Cup in Dubbo yesterday as part of an international tour in the lead up to the 2015 World Cup, being hosted in Australia and New Zealand. We’ve been very fortunate in sport over the past few months, with the Wallabies and Bledisloe Cup visit on 4 August and the Country V City match on 4 May preceding this tour. Read More...

Celebrating the best in Dubbo with special day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Sunday marks 165 years since Dubbo was gazetted as a Village and, as is now the tradition, we will celebrate Dubbo Day with a number of awards for people in our community who make ongoing contributions to our City.  Read More...

New slides opened at the DALC

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I can remember when Dubbo’s tourism offerings took, what I considered to be, a giant leap forward. It was 1982, I was still at school and I had vaguely heard about giant fibreglass tubes with water rushing down them. Read More...

Remembering the sacrifices of our police force

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The National Police Remembrance Day was held again on Monday this week as it has been every year since 1989.  Read More...

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