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Charities thrive and Dubbo scores a spot on Footy Show

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

One of the best parts about Dubbo is that it is a true community; people are prepared to stand beside each other and that generates an incredible feeling of goodwill. I saw two great examples of our community at work last week. I well remember when Jeremy Peek from the Tooheys New Crew spoke with me in October last year about the approach the crew takes - and it is all about being the catalyst to let the community help themselves. I instantly knew it would be a success. In further discussions with Paul Gillespie earlier this year, I guaranteed Paul that this community would support the initiative. This was the biggest project ever attempted by the Tooheys New Crew and Dubbo blew them away.  Read More...

Rotary International President gives Dubbo the thumbs up

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

When it comes to the big names, it doesn’t get much bigger. We were very pleased to host the Rotary International President, Kalyan Banerjee, in Dubbo yesterday. He was very impressed with what he saw in Dubbo and was well looked after by the wonderful Rotarians we have in our City. Kalyan said when he decided to come to Australia he knew he wanted to visit a regional area. Kalyan said saw the Dubbo.com.au website and was tempted to move here - but his wife said they had a nice house in Mumbai, so a visit during his stay in Australia would have to suffice. If you see Kalyan, please make him welcome. Read More...

Whirlwind Wujiang visit reinforces Sister City cultural and economic benefits

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After being involved with student exchanges as Youth Officer at South Dubbo Rotary many years ago, I am a huge advocate of exchange programs across the world. At a purely philosophical level, I believe that if we visit other nations and experience other cultures - and we are visited - the world can be more peaceful. We need to understand that, regardless of skin colour or language, if you cut us we will bleed. I believe the more exchange programs that occur across the world, the harder it will be for another world war to ever start.
Enough of the philosophy.
China is different to Australia. Wujiang is different to Dubbo. You don’t need to be a Rhodes Scholar to work that out. Why do we have a sister-city relationship with Wujiang and what benefit is it to citizens in both cities? Read More...

Confucius say... He who tastes communism savours democracy

Saturday, May 12, 2012

One aspect of local government that I have always admired is that I feel it is the purest form of democracy. Allowing for a few technical qualifications (Australian citizenship and not currently in prison being two), any adult can stand for election as a Councillor. You don’t need to be backed by millions of dollars; you don’t have to be a member of a certain party and you don’t need to be from a certain class of people. It truly is an election of the people, by the people, for the people. Read More...

From Dubbo to China - an enlightening cultural exchange

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This week's blog comes to you via the (censored) internet from China. I flew to China with Clr Mutton and Clr Smith and my family to participate in the 20th anniversary of the upgrade of our sister-city Wujiang to a city. Clr Reynolds unfortunately had to withdraw from the trip last Tuesday due to the death of her grandmother's friend. We have enjoyed a very hospitable reception from Wujiang and, in particular, we enjoyed a formal meeting and banquet luncheon with Mayor Liang Yibo and a dinner banquet with Chairman Fan Jian Kun. At both meetings we had the opportunity to discuss the cultural benefits that our sister city relationship has delivered for 17 years and how we might further deliver economic benefits from our connection. Read More...

Anzac spirit burns bright in Dubbo

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

What an inspirational week! Anzac Day saw a sudden chill in the air yet more than 1,200 people still made it to the dawn service. As I stood at the service, I tried to imagine the conditions those first Anzacs encountered at Gallipoli as they were preparing to land at Anzac Cove. Cold and possibly seasick and about to go into a battle where 8,141 Australians ultimately lost their lives, my cold hands suddenly seemed irrelevant. The 11am service was even bigger. Seeing over 3,000 people cheer on the parade and honour the fallen was an inspiring sight. Read More...


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