Mayoral Column

Mayoral Column

14.10.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 212: 14 October 2015


After being on the bike last week with the Tour de OROC, I have spent the first two days this week at the annual LGNSW conference. It will be good to spend a few days in Dubbo for the rest of this week. The annual local government conference is essential for Councillors to share ideas and stay up to date with what is happening in our sector. With the largest ever reform of local government currently being undertaken, it is more important than ever to look over our fence and see what is happe ..

07.10.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 211: 7 October 2015


As you read this, I will be well on my way to Bourke having stayed at Cobar last night. There is nothing particularly unusual about that – many people travel the Kidman Way each day. The major difference is that I will be doing this on a bicycle in 38°C heat with an 8km/h headwind with a group of people raising money for the Macquarie Homestay. We are currently on day three of the Toyota Tour de OROC with the next two days the toughest with back to back 230+km days ahead of us. The ..

30.9.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 210: 30 September 2015


Dubbo has many strings to its bow but there is no doubt the constant visitation to our city is a major contributor to our economy. We are gaining an excellent reputation as a city that can host events from small to large. With accommodation variety and numbers; cafes and restaurants; superb attractions; the intersection of three highways and 168 flights per week direct to five different destinations, it is hard to argue against the logic of holding an event in Dubbo. This weekend the 45t ..

23.9.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 209: 23 September 2015


Congratulations to Councillors Kevin Parker and John Walkom who were elected to the important committee chair positions on Monday night. Thanks also to Councillor Lyn Griffiths who had served with distinction in the Chair’s position for the previous 5 years but chose not to stand this year. The Planning & Development; Works and Services and Finance and Policy committees are standing committees of Council and serve an important purpose of allowing free and open debate on important i ..

16.9.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 208: 16 September 2015


In a close vote, I made it through my Mayoral election last week which gives me the opportunity to lead this city for one more year. Thank you to the incredibly strong show of support I received from throughout the community and thank you to my fellow Councillors for allowing me another year to throw myself into Dubbo. I have said publicly that this will be my last year as Mayor. I am still loving the role and performing my duties with 110 per cent passion and commitment and I will do th ..

09.9.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 207: 9 September 2015


With the Mayoral election being held tomorrow, this may well be my last column as Mayor. Although I know that I have put 110 per cent into the role and I believe that I have met my number one criteria for the position (leaving the city in a better state after my time in the role) it was timely to have the State of the City report delivery last Friday to put some numbers on where the City currently sits. Our population has grown by 1.4 per cent to now be at 41,573 and our unemployment has ..

02.9.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 206: 2 September 2015


I participated in a Council workshop on Monday night to discuss Evocities and a range of issues related to Fit for the Future. That doesn’t seem like that big a deal – Council holds a variety of workshops on various issues on an ongoing basis. The one aspect of this workshop that was dramatically different was the fact that this workshop was being held in Armidale with the Councillors of Armidale Dumaresq Council. When the new Evocities MOU was sent to all seven Evocities Council ..

26.8.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 205: 26 August 2015


I am in Albury today delivering a presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference with a focus on the NBN helping to drive population growth in regional areas. It is a timely presentation as the excitement builds in Dubbo as we see more NBN Co. signs and more green fibre being dragged through conduits. While many parts of the city will receive Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) there are still some areas where we have no definite answer on whether the solution will be FTTP or the inf ..

19.8.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 204: 19 August 2015


Keep an eye out at the end of next week for His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove who will be visiting Dubbo for three days. I have been working with his office for the last five weeks to build a full itinerary for the Governor General during his short stay in Dubbo. He will be busy over his time in Dubbo but is keen to see as much of Dubbo as possible. I am sure he will be impressed by what he sees. One thing that the Governor General wo ..

12.8.2015 Daily Liberal Mayoral Column 203: 12 August 2015


Thank you to the residents of Yarrawonga who again turned up in force on Monday night to our extraordinary meeting to debate the Oaktree development. I spoke to several residents after the meeting and I fully understand that there was disappointment among many residents but, as several Councillors said during the debate, it is a tough job being a Councillor and it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time. I believe we went down a path of compromise and reached a position whe ..