Third time lucky for Betty from Buck­ing­ham Drive

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE HOLMES

SHE has seen Queen El­iz­a­beth II on both of the Monarch’s vis­its to Dubbo in 1954 and 1992; now Betty Sal­ter hopes to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan when they ar­rive in the city next week. Mrs Sal­ter will prob­a­bly go to Vic­to­ria Park to see the Roy­als where they will min­gle with lo­cals as part of a three­hour com­mu­nity pic­nic.

That is, if the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex don’t pop into her Buck­ing­ham Drive home.

“I was hop­ing that the Prince would come up here,” she laughed.

“If not, I will go and see him.”

De­scrib­ing the Royal visit as an ex­cit­ing time, Mrs Sal­ter said her pre­vi­ous brushes with the fam­ily in­cluded get­ting the Royal wave from Prince Harry’s grand­mother.

“It’s some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent,” she said of the Oc­to­ber 17 visit.

“I’ve seen the Queen when she came here. The first time it was near the Olympic swim­ming pool and I was preg­nant with my daugh­ter Lee at the time, there was a tremen­dous crowd.

“My hus­band Lance and I were parked at the show­ground and I had left my por­ta­ble chair in the car. Poor Lance had to walk back to get it!

“She walked past us on the way around, there was such a crowd, so we were happy when she turned and waved.”

For the Queen’s se­cond visit, Mrs Sal­ter and her two neigh­bours stood along­side the Mitchell High­way as Her Royal High­ness ar­rived from the air­port.

“I made a ‘Wel­come to Royal fam­ily fan Betty Sal­ter out­side her home, ap­pro­pri­ately lo­cated on Dubbo’s Buck­ing­ham Drive. PHOTO: DARCEE NIXON

Right: Betty’s pho­tos taken dur­ing both of the Queen’s vis­its to Dubbo.

Dubbo Your Majesty’ sign, she gave me a Royal wave.”

Mrs Sal­ter is hop­ing for an­other Royal greet­ing when Harry and Meghan land next week.

She be­lieves that many oth­ers will also want to be part of the visit.

“A lot of peo­ple recog­nise the Royal fam­ily as be­ing a part of us or us be­ing part of them.

“I think that the younger peo­ple will go along to see Harry rather than to see

Roy­alty. He’s very out­go­ing. I will cer­tainly go along.

“I don’t know why they chose Dubbo but it’s very ex­cit­ing to have them here.”

Mrs Sal­ter said there is a more com­pla­cent at­ti­tude to the Monar­chy th­ese days com­pared to when she was grow­ing up.

“It was a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere than now. When I went to school at Del­roy, we used to salute the Queen. Lance was in the army, and fought for Queen and coun­try.” COM­PELLING new ev­i­dence re­leased this week from Bourke demon­strates how the lo­cal jus­tice rein­vest­ment ini­tia­tive, the largest of its kind in Aus­tralia, is build­ing safer, stronger com­mu­ni­ties.

The Maranguka Jus­tice Rein­vest­ment Project called “Grow­ing Our Kids Up – Safe, Smart, Strong” was de­vel­oped in 2013 and im­ple­men­ta­tion started in 2015.

The project is run by Bourke Tribal Coun­cil.

Between 2015 and 2017 there has been a 72 per cent re­duc­tion in young peo­ple (up to 25 years) pro­ceeded against for driv­ing with­out a li­cence; do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­of­fend­ing for peo­ple aged 26 and over re­duced by 48 per cent, and drug of­fences are down 39 per cent.

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