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Relationships with Asia, regional cities, environment show Dubbo's personality, values

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Having celebrated our 25-year relationship with Minokamo last year planning to celebrate our 20-year relationship with Wujiang this year, and having visited both of our Asian sister-cities, I can personally vouch for the ongoing value of our sister-city relationships. In most years we have student exchanges in both directions and we are currently taking applications for students, aged from 15 to 18, who are interested in an experience of a lifetime. Applications close on 27 February and forms can be collected from Council or downloaded hereRead More...

Regional cities demonstrate success of collaboration

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In Formula One teams, you will often see intense racing amongst the lower placed teams as if they were duelling for the win. When quizzed after the race, a driver will tell the interviewer that the first car they need to beat is their teammate - and then they can worry about the rest of the field. In any family where siblings are relatively close in age, the same attitude often prevails. Sibling rivalry is a well-known condition that exists in many families. Read More...

New CEO series to help businesses in Dubbo

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Today is the first of the series of CEO talks that are being delivered to our community in partnership with the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The idea started from a guest speaker I arranged last year. Through my previous IT career, I met Pip Marlow many years ago. Pip rose to the position of head of Microsoft Australia and I asked her to come to Dubbo and speak at a breakfast. The DCCI was only too happy to have Pip as a guest speaker and her talk was received very well. I thought if it was good enough for the CEO of Microsoft Australia, then possibly other CEOs would be interested. I proceeded to invite several CEOs from ASX200 companies and the DCCI now has 6 months of the CEO Series ready to help businesses in Dubbo. Read More...

Admissions from a Mayor who values Freedom of Speech

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Let me start off my first column of the New Year with two major admissions. Firstly, I support the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. I have followed them since as far back as I can remember. My earliest memories were of Manly being an attractive and creative attacking team – and I probably was attracted to them winning matches and premierships in the 70s. Read More...

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...


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