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Mayoral Column #21

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Australia Day in 2011 was officially the hottest day of the year at 42.6° so we weren’t planning on rain this year, but the Council staff did a magnificent job transferring the celebrations from Victoria Park to the Macquarie Auditorium. Thanks to the media as well who helped keep the public informed of the change of venue.  Read More...

Mayoral Column #20

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
It is an exciting week this week – Australia Day always gives me tingles down the spine but this year will be especially significant for me. On Thursday I will not only have the opportunity to perform a naturalisation ceremony for 13 new Aussies from eight different countries, but I will also have the incredible pleasure of announcing five Australia Day Award winners. With so many people contributing so much to our community it is always a difficult task for the committee to choose the eventual award winners. I hope to see a huge crowd on hand this Thursday morning at Victoria Park to share in a day of celebrating Aussie pride. Read More...

Mayoral Column #19

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
We received pleasing news last week with the announcement by RDA that the Barden Park development has been accepted as one of the top three priorities by RDA Orana. While this doesn’t guarantee any funding, it was a necessary step to progress to the next stage of the funding process. The final application is now due on 15 February and our staff are working hard with RDA Orana to ensure that the application is covering all of the RDA bases. With that in mind, I spent time with Murray Wood at the Office of Sport last week to present a progressive idea to the Office. Murray used a large dose of initiative and presented a case to the Office that if we achieve a new facility then it will be even better utilised if we have a funded development officer. This grant application is dependent upon the RDA grant but I was impressed with the lateral thinking and initiative shown by Council staff. Again, with grants there are no guarantees but you have to keep pushing different ideas forward to make Dubbo stand out from the pack. Last year the Office of Sport received 255 funding applications of which only 138 were deemed worthy to fund. Read More...

Mayoral Column #18

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

After seeing a great amount of positive physical activity over the four days, it was a pleasure to come back to Dubbo to open the 36th Dubbo New Year Open Athletics Carnival on Saturday. With 255 athletes competing in 419 events, it was a pleasure to be on hand to open the event and thank David Williams, Peter Bass and Cameron Porteous as well as all their hard-working committee members, such as Neil Hinton and Julie Grey, for again organising and running a highly successful event. I spoke to athletes from the Blue Mountains, Sydney, Cobar, various coastal areas, and everywhere in between, who were in the City for this event. While visiting, many took advantage of special offers for athletes at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre and Taronga Western Plains Zoo to help boost our local economy. All of the athletes that I spoke with had nothing but praise for Dubbo and the event.  Read More...

Mayoral Column #17

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I have a slightly different idea. I believe in the power of the incremental. I believe that every day is the day to resolve to improve. Don’t make changes as a one-off when a new year is looming – make lifestyle changes for the better throughout the entire year. Many people have commented on my concept of looking for the “one percenters” as mayor. A drop of water doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is amazing how quickly a bucket fills with water when you put it under a leaking tap. Albert Einstein once said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. This works on the same principle – lots of incremental changes add up to a large permanent change over time, even though society is tending to gear itself towards instant gratification (T20 versus Test cricket). Read More...

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