WISDOM? I THINK NOT
CONVENTIONAL wisdom these days is that not one person could keep up with advances in technology even if they spent 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just monitoring what’s new.
And even in this little part of the world, just trying to comprehend what’s happened in the past week so I can whack it into this 7Days column is getting to be a bigger and bigger task – and that’s just noting and reporting on things, without worrying about any analysis of events.
This week we’ve had Artlands, a major fire, a plane crash, my computer crashed, the Murray Darling Association held its conference in town, we’ve had a major road safety campaign go so well it’s to be rolled out statewide, and so much more.
As someone who’s been used to keeping an eye on everything that’s happened in Dubbo during the past three decades, I’ve never seen anything like it – this at a time when the corporate media outlets are gutting their reporting and editing staff, it really doesn’t make sense – you have gotta love locally owned media organisations, I know I do.
THERE’S a full article earlier in the paper about the safety campaign launched at TAFE this week by roads minister Duncan Gay and deputy premier Troy Grant, but the young apprentice, Ben Bevan from Northparkes mine, stole the show with his impromptu comedy routines during a speech filled with very serious content.
It’s great to see so many government agencies working together, and with outside businesses, to make something good happen, and it’s only by this sort of real collaboration that we’re going to get any sort of real and positive outcomes in this crazily bureaucratised world.
Take note, Dubbo Regional Council (DRC), I’m coming for you.
Still on TAFE and local Aboriginal student Dylan Coe is enthusiastic about the range of opportunities offered by the education provider.
The 23 year-old graduated from a Certificate IV in Hospitality in August and then almost simultaneously gained employment at Woolies.
“Going to TAFE helped me build good customer skills and also prepared me for employment,” Dylan said.
“I really enjoyed TAFE, it gave me a sense of purpose.
“It’s a great way to get people off the street and can play a huge role in helping out our community,” he said.
TAFE often gets a bad rap so it’s good to see these positive news stories, and they need to be told.
THE CEILING’S THE LIMIT
WHILE I think the Dubbo – Wellington amalgamation is a great thing, I hope that the legacy senior staff from the former Dubbo City Council understand that they can learn from Wellington, just as Wello can learn from Dubbo.
Wellington Shire Council did a lot of good stuff on a miniscule budget and, dare I say it, in many ways where they didn’t overburden themselves with crazy unnecessary red tape and bloated bureaucracy, they would have done many things just as well and far more costeffectively that the behemoth that is Dubbo, an organisation that floats on an environmentally disastrous sea of paper.
So, listen and learn, please don’t think you know it all because, after all, it is the ratepayers who pay for all this, and we’re not the least bit interested in empire-building egos and incompetence.
Good news in Wello though, with scaffolding around the council chambers while the roof is being replaced.
Dubbo Regional Council Asset Manager Steve Parish said that the roof was in need of repair due to age which was causing major water leaks.
“The area had been subject to water leaks over a period of some years and it was necessary to do a full replacement,” Mr Parish said.
“The work is being done by local contractors who included the removal and disposal of copper roof sheeting in their successful tender,” Mr Parish said.
“The work includes repainting of both the facia and the eaves to the upper level while we have scaffolding in place, as well as installation of roof hatch and anchor points for WH&S reasons,” he said.
Something very good which council’ Catriona Jennings is organizing is a free workshop offering advice on the ramifications with the closure of the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme.
For anyone who grabbed hold of the up to 60 cent rebates on sending power into the grid with a solar system, this event will tell you how to best utilize that solar infrastructure into the future, like with battery storage and all sorts of other things.
Even before it was properly advertised more than 100 people had booked, forcing council to move it from an in-house room to a much larger venue.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday 15 November 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in the Conference Theatrette at the Dubbo RSL on the corner of Brisbane and Wingewarra streets, Dubbo.
To book, go to www.energyopportunityworkshops.eventbrite.com.au
Meantime, interesting whispers coming out of Narromine Shire with word that the new crop of councilors are looking to do some spring cleaning, so all the best to our western cousins.
SENIOR CAMPUS WINS
GOOD news for Dubbo College Senior Campus across a range of areas, and hopefully that will continue when the HSC results are released.
Year 12 boys Luke Gale and Clayton Couley recently returned from a tour of New Zealand with the NSW combined high schools under-17 rugby league development side, they’re both in St George Dragons development squad.
Gale plays with the Macquarie Raiders and Couley is lock for Nyngan Tigers, so well done to these two young blokes.
Meantime the college has chosen it’s new student leaders for the 2017 year.
Nunka-wa-ru Pearce and Sharika-marrie Howard take on the roles as captain of senior campus.
Vice-captains are Marty Jeffrey and Rosa Williams-karam, so well done to all you young people for putting your hands up for these roles.
LUCKY FOR SOME
OKAY, so you missed out on backing the winner in the Melbourne Cup, take the opportunity to redeem your finances and help the health of our river at the same time.
The Inland Waterways crew are staging a Las Vegas Casino Night at the Castlereagh Hotel on the night of Saturday, November 12.
Full details are in an article further into this paper, but entry cost is just $30 and there’s a huge number of donated prizes up for grabs at a charity auction on the night, including a Pee Wee 50 minibike, a framed Wallabies jersey signed by the 2016 team and a night on the Miss Macquarie houseboat for 9 people.
Tickets are available at the Castlereagh.
River health is vitally important as without functioning ecosystems, all life would collapse.
The money raised from the Casino Night will be pumped into the IWRA’S River Repair Bus, and keep rubbish out of the Macquarie among other things.
Great for the end point of the Macquarie, where the river ends up in the world heritage listed marshes.
You only have to check out the pictures of the thousands of water birds at the Macquarie Marshes at the moment to understand that clean water means biodiversity and life.
THE Old Dubbo Gaol just keeps on giving to the community, while it keeps on taking cash from taxpayers and tourists alike, and so it should, because we should as a nation value our heritage.
The gaol’s latest windfall is $4,500 courtesy of the feds through the community heritage grants program.
Those letters were meant to be in caps but I’m getting sick of having to do that.
“This project will help the Gaol to preserve objects of national significance in the local community by undertaking a preservation needs assessment of the collection,” according to Parkes MP Mark Coulton.
FARTING FOR ART
I’M not exactly an arty farty person but there were some real life, honest to goodness people cycling around town this week in mock Hitler Brownshirt uniforms with F.A.R.T insignia emblazoned on them, and the same on the giant speakers mounted to their bikes.
Let’s just say the conversation I had with them when I stumbled across their get-up was interesting to say the least.
Luckily I’d had a huge helping of baked beans just prior to our surprise encounter and boy, were they surprised.
I Googled the acronym and came across Fecal Air Rectally Transmitted, Fathers Against Radical Teenagers and Frequency Actuated Rectal Tremor among others, but these guys belonged to the Federal Arts Response Team, and their mission is to stage “Arts Interventions”, which means they “Go about seeking out weird art and books, anything cultural, and we destroy it,” according to FARTER Jo Lancaster.
Talk about having an appropriately destructive surname to go with that job.
PHOTO CAPTION Dubbo Regional Council Wellington Branch is covered in scaffolding while the roof is being replaced.
Dylan Coe (left) with fellow TAFE students Adam and Jack Bowden at this year’s Bangamalanha Conference.
Dubbo College Senior Campus captains Nunka-wa-ru Pearce and Sharika Marrie-howard, vice-captains Marty Jeffrey and Rosa Williams-karam, arts captains Ethan Hughes and Sascha Windsor, and sports captains Isaac-skinner and Ally Mclean.
Dubbo College Year 12 students Luke Gale and Clayton Couley toured New Zealand as part of ot the NSW CHS under-17 rugby league team.
Inland Waterways are raising funds for a River Repair Bus to keep rubbish out of the Macquarie River and maintain the pristine standard of the heritage listed Macquarie Marshes.