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Mayoral Column #25

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Welcome to the 100 new students who started at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Dubbo last week. I had the opportunity to address these new students and impress upon them the fact that CSU is a vital part of Dubbo's educational fabric. From 10 June 1999, when Gordon Samuels laid the foundation stone for the CSU Dubbo campus, the university presence became a significant aspect of the diversity of educational options on offer. If you see a CSU student in your travels, please make them welcome in our fine City. Read More...

Mayoral Column #24

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I have just returned from a weekend in Kiama attending the Little Athletics Regional Championships. Congratulations to 12 Dubbo athletes who qualified for the State Championships to be held at Homebush in March and well done to Peter Bass who did an excellent job as team manager. It is a pleasure to watch young athletes who make a massive commitment in time and effort to then achieve these results of which they can justifiably be very proud. Read More...

The Mayor’s Helicopter View #5

Saturday, February 18, 2012

During my eight years on Council I have sat on a variety of working parties and committees, but usually no more than 22 groups at any one time. I haven’t sat on all of our groups but I have tried to gain experience across a broad cross-section. Read More...

Mayoral Column #23

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Last week I attended my first meeting of the Rural Consultative Working Party since becoming Mayor and I must congratulate the members of this group. They are all very passionate about their specific areas but the group also brought a huge dose of commonsense to the table. With limited funds overall and, more specifically, limited funds coming from the village and rural areas, this group realises that Council can’t perform the impossible. To see a group of passionate volunteers working to make this City a better place to live is to see one of Dubbo’s great strengths. Read More...

Mayoral Column #22

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I mentioned last week the deserving winners of our Australia Day awards. Nominations are now open for Dubbo’s 2012 Senior Citizen of the Year - an opportunity to thank our seniors for their leadership, initiative and the contributions they make to this community. Nominations close on Wednesday 7 March, so if you know someone who is at least 55 years of age and who is making a difference to Dubbo, please do not hesitate to fill in a nomination form. Having attended the AGM of the University of the Third Age yesterday, which has almost 400 active members in Dubbo alone, I am constantly exposed to many community minded people who are making our City a better place to live. Read More...

The Mayor’s Helicopter View #4

Saturday, February 04, 2012

If ever I had any distorted visions that a few door knocks would reveal millions of dollars of grants, a recent visit by a representative of Infrastructure Australia (IA) would certainly have brought me thudding back down to earth.
Long gone are the days when governments handed out money because it “seemed like a good idea”. Any proposal put forward to governments in our current environment need to pass new tests of rigour and satisfy a range of criteria based on a strict business case. Governments that once were averse to contemplating partnerships with private businesses or joint ventures with the private sector are now actively encouraging the participation of the private sector. Read More...

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