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
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