The newly elected mayor of Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil, Ben Shields, de­liv­ered an ex­ten­sive ac­cep­tance speech on Septem­ber 28, 2017. Dubbo Photo News has been se­ri­al­is­ing the mayor’s speech over the past four weeks, and in this fifth and fi­nal in­stal­ment he ad

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20. Hospi­tal Park­ing

In re­cent years, the com­mu­nity has clearly told us that they are un­happy with the park­ing at the Dubbo hospi­tal. I am ex­tremely grate­ful for the money that the State Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided to our lo­cal hospi­tal for this ma­jor up­grade. I am es­pe­cially pleased and en­cour­aged by the com­mit­ment shown by our Lo­cal Mem­ber for our hospi­tal fa­cil­ity. Park­ing, how­ever, is a ma­jor is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed.

With Coun­cil be­ing a ma­jor land­holder in the neigh­bour­hood, I am more than will­ing to sit down with our staff and health au­thor­i­ties to work out a plan to cre­ate more park­ing. I re­alise that hos­pi­tals are far from be­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment. How­ever, in this unique sit­u­a­tion, I am sure the com­mu­nity would ex­pect us to work with the health au­thor­i­ties to de­liver a good out­come for Dubbo, re­gard­less of whose po­lit­i­cal turf is be­ing walked on.

I ex­pect this will be the sub­ject of vig­or­ous dis­cus­sion in the Cham­ber and I am aware the is­sue of park­land be­ing con­verted is a sen­si­tive one in the com­mu­nity. Care­ful con­sul­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion will be a nec­es­sary part of any such process.

21. Or­gan­ics Bin

One of the ma­jor is­sues of the elec­tion cam­paign was the pro­posed or­gan­ics bin. I re­main very dis­ap­pointed by the way this was in­tro­duced and the way it was rushed through with the com­ment that ‘most peo­ple want it ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey’. My most ur­gent pri­or­ity will be to re­view the con­tract, seek the best le­gal ad­vice and start the process of mak­ing this sys­tem fairer and more ac­cept­able to the com­mu­nity. Of course, ac­tual de­tails on what can and can­not be done re­gard­ing the con­tract needs to be in­ves­ti­gated first.

I re­main stead­fast in my op­po­si­tion to this new waste col­lec­tion sys­tem. The com­mu­nity

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