Mayoral Column

Mayoral Column

12.5.2018 Media release: Two years since the Dubbington amalgamation – where are the results?


Media release Two years since the Dubbington amalgamation – where are the results? At 12.10pm on 12 May 2016 the Governor of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council of the NSW State Government, proclaimed the amalgamation of 42 Council areas down to 19 new Council areas, including dissolving Dubbo City Council and Wellington Shire Council to form Western Plains Regional Council (later renamed Dubbo Regional Council). Residents of amalgamated Co ..

25.5.2016 EOI for Council Advisory Board


In March 2016, Expressions of Interest were invited by Councillors who wanted to be a part of any Council going forward. I completed the form and sent in my application including the written information below: . . I have been representing the views of my community since 2004 as a Councillor and since 2011 as Mayor and, as such, I have been against a Dubbo/Wellington amalgamation as ~80% of my community has been against the amalgamation. My first desire is still to see no amalgama ..

19.5.2016 Daily Liberal Farewell and Thanks Column: 19 May 2016


It was 1708 days from the time that I first had the honour of leading this city to when my time was cut short last Thursday. In that time the numbers scare me. I wrote 200,000 words in columns; sat in 200 hours of radio interviews; spent 120 hours in front of TV cameras; sent and received 112,000 e-mails; made and received 26,000 phone calls; had 950 meetings with members of the public and 650 meetings with my fellow Councillors and other civic leaders; performed official duties at 1,000 fun ..

11.5.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 242: 11 May 2016


The positive news keeps coming for our city. The latest good news is the announcement that FlyPelican will start direct flights between Dubbo and Newcastle on 18 July. The initial flights will be twice daily on Monday; Wednesday and Friday with the probability that Tuesday and Wednesday flights will be added soon. With the existing services provided by Rex; Qantaslink and Jetgo and the new services from FlyPelican, our Airport will now have 178 scheduled weekly flights going direct to six di ..

04.5.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 241: 4 May 2016


The day was Wednesday 18 August 2010. The Mayor of the City was Allan Smith and the General Manager was Mark Riley. Kevin Rudd had just been ousted as Prime Minister by Julia Gillard and Kristina Keneally was Premier of the State. I sat in the offices of NBN Co in Sydney with the Mayor and the General Manager while we met with Duncan Bremner and other staff from NBN Co. The Mayor and the GM could see my excitement when I talked about the possibilities that the NBN meant for Dubbo. They arran ..

27.4.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 240: 27 April 2016


Thank you to the people of Dubbo for your ongoing commitment to the Anzac Day commemorations. It was always going to be hard to top the Anzac Centenary commemorations from last year but we certainly went close. The Dawn Service was again very well attended. I estimated the crowd at 4,000 and, while not quite as large as the 6,000 estimation from last year, it was the largest crowd I have seen at a non-centenary Anzac Day. The streets were again lined for the march and at least 8,000 people w ..

20.4.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 239: 20 April 2016


It has been a busy week or two for discussions with politicians of all persuasions at both levels of Government. The highly successful Community Leaders’ Breakfast was held on Saturday morning. We had seven Councillors present along with senior Council staff and our State and Federal representatives in the Hon. Troy Grant MP and Mark Coulton MP respectively. We started these functions shortly after I became Mayor in 2011 and they are still being well attended with over sixty people vis ..

13.4.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 238: 13 April 2016


Who funds our roads? What about schools? Hospitals? Waste management? Who controls the legislation that impacts our lives on a daily basis? For many people, including those that are involved in various levels of Government, it is often difficult to know exactly what level of Government is the one to turn to when we have a question. When I first became Mayor, I quickly realised that this was a major issue for our residents. People were booking appointments to see me and then, five seconds ..

06.4.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 237: 6 April 2016


Today I have the pleasure of announcing our Senior Citizen of the Year at a function held in conjunction with the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre. I am lucky enough to sit on the judging committee to select the winner each year and this year was no exception with the quality of the candidates. Literally any one of the nominations would have been a worthy winner of the award and it is quite staggering to see the contributions made by seniors in our community. They are typically involved in a varie ..

30.3.2016 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 236: 30 March 2016


I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter break and caught up with family and friends. I would assume that, like myself, most people ate way too much chocolate. The good news is that the next component of our Tracker Riley cycleway was finished just before Easter and I have already had fantastic feedback from many people that have taken advantage of it. This section is 2.65km long but doesn’t add 2.65km to the 12.6km full loop. Rather it replaces a section of the loop that goes up Tamworth St ..