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Mayoral Column #16

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful day yesterday on Boxing Day. I always like to work incredibly hard on Boxing Day – hard at staying in front of the cricket all day! I have big hopes for the new and the old – I believe Ricky Ponting will show us that class can keep age at bay and I have big hopes for Ed Cowan to have a have a wonderful debut going back to the old days of playing a lot of cricket before his Test debut. At the age of 29, he has already played 55 first-class matches and scored 3,678 runs. As a comparison, Michael Hussey holds the record for Australia with 175 first-class matches and 15,313 first-class runs before he made his Test debut at the age of 30 – and he has been incredibly successful for Australia. The modern trend seems to be to select someone for Australia as soon as they pick up a cricket bat so I look forward to a long few days relaxing in front of the cricket watching the old and the new. Read More...

Mayoral Column #15

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Apart from the variety of Christmas functions, it has been another extremely busy – but exciting – week in our City. We saw the Minister for Mental Health, Kevin Humphries, in town to turn the first sod on the new sub-acute mental facility at Dubbo Base Hospital. There will be a lot of happy people in the hospital system, with many wanting the talk to stop and the building to start. That has now occurred and we will see a lot more progression at the Dubbo Base Hospital site over the coming years. At the other end of the spectrum was the completion of the new car park at Orana Mall, which saw the addition of 120 spaces taking the total to 1045 - perfect for this time of year. With the gazettal of Dubbo’s new Local Environmental Plan (LEP) last month, expect to see a lot more construction work at Orana Mall next year. Read More...

The Mayor’s Helicopter View #2

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let's consider for a moment how we can increase visitation to Dubbo. According to the latest stats from Tourism Research Australia, Dubbo had 376,000 overnight domestic visitors last financial year and they stayed for a total of 795,000 nights at an average of 2.1 nights each. In total we had 789,000 visitors to our City (including day-trippers). Impressive figures, but how can we further improve them and increase visitation numbers and the average number of nights they spend in Dubbo? Already the City advertises in print media and on television, has its own Twitter and Facebook profiles, and employs staff focussed on increasing visitation. All of these activities are contributing to ongoing awareness of the wonderful assets we have in Dubbo. Of course we have to justify expenditure and ensure it delivers a valid return on our investment – we don’t have a bottomless pit of money to throw at marketing our City. It just isn’t realistic to throw unlimited sums of money at marketing – despite the fact that each year visitation injects $203 million into our local economy. But we could do more, and we need to find a cost-effective way forward. Read More...

Mayoral Column #14

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
There is no doubt in my mind that Dubbo is on the cusp of an economic boon. I would love to take full credit for it, but as with any instant success, there are years and years of positive work that have gone beforehand. Several meetings I have attended over the last week have pointed to very positive economic signs of a strong future for Dubbo. Read More...

Mayoral Column #13

Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again; Dubbo has the greatest volunteers on earth. It was my great pleasure last Wednesday night to host a function in the foyer of the DRTCC for Council’s volunteers. We have more than 320 volunteers across the variety of functions in Council and the ages range from nine to 86. Our volunteers not only save the City a significant amount of money, they also enrich the very society in which we choose to live. Thank you from all of our residents to the wonderful work performed by our volunteers. Read More...

The Mayor’s Helicopter View #1

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The NBN will have connection speeds up to 1Gbps with plans of 100Mbps commonly available. Many offices are internally connected at 100Mbps so the speed of a connection for a telecommuter could be the same as in the office, meaning you can sit at home with your computer and phone (and a camera if you so desire) and work as if you were at the office. If you prefer to see the person you’re speaking with you can initiate a video call, or schedule one day a week in the office. Read More...

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