Dubbo Photo News - - News - feed­[email protected]­bopho­tonews.com.au Com­ment by YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

All eyes on you.

LIT­ER­ALLY, for a day, Dubbo was the cen­tre of at­ten­tion across the world thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Harry and Meghan, and the swarm of in­ter­na­tional me­dia that fol­low their ev­ery move, in their royal wake.

The day be­fore they ar­rived, busi­nesses on Mac­quarie Street were get­ting the sort of me­dia at­ten­tion re­served for, well, roy­als; and lov­ing it!

When Dubbo Photo News dropped into Aussie Dis­pos­als on Tues­day, they’d al­ready been in­ter­viewed by Sky TV and five other me­dia out­lets!

Then came Wed­nes­day and all the fan­fare and ex­cite­ment you’d ex­pect around two peo­ple who can re­ally draw a big crowd.

The news they’re start­ing a fam­ily, and choos­ing Aus­tralia to make the an­nounce­ment, only added to the pos­i­tive at­mos­phere around their tour.

In­side this spe­cial royal edi­tion of Dubbo Photo News, our pho­tog­ra­phers have cap­tured some of the key mo­ments of Harry and Meghan’s visit for you as a keep­sake.

As the past few weeks have re­vealed, any royal en­counter is a high­light in most peo­ple’s lives and we imag­ine what’s in­cluded this week is just a frac­tion of the trea­sured mo­ments made.

If Harry and Meghan, and by de­fault, the Royal House­hold, had a prime ob­jec­tive to spread some love on a re­gion in drought with a long road to re­cov­ery ahead, then they have achieved it in spades.

In many ways Dubbo can be thank­ful that we were able to host them and their en­tourage, and chances are the city will feel the im­pact for years to come.

Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Ben Shields was pos­si­bly the luck­i­est per­son in Dubbo dur­ing their visit, with the en­vi­able job of tak­ing them on their city tour.

From a mem­ber of the me­dia’s per­spec­tive, it was fas­ci­nat­ing watch­ing the world’s me­dia con­gre­gate here, prob­a­bly for the first time in their lives, and turn a global-sized spot­light on the city, achiev­ing for a re­gional lo­cal govern­ment area more pub­lic­ity than the city could ever af­ford to buy.

CNN, Getty Me­dia, AAP, Agence France Presse, US Weekly Mag­a­zine, ABC, SBS, Nine News, Prime 7, Ten, News Corp, and even the Con­dobolin Ar­gus were amongst the me­dia masses here this week.

Keep up the good work Dubbo!

Na­tional Car­ers Week: tell us why you care?

AUS­TRALIA’S 2.7 mil­lion un­paid car­ers make an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­nity and of­ten go un­no­ticed.

Any­one at any time can be­come a carer, and Na­tional Car­ers Week is an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness among all Aus­tralians about car­ers and their car­ing roles.

Na­tional Car­ers Week started at the be­gin­ning of this week and ends this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

Car­ers Aus­tralia is invit­ing any­one in­volved in car­ing to share their sto­ries in the hope to build a more carer-aware Aus­tralia.

Head to the Na­tional Car­ers Week web­site to share your story or check out some sto­ries posted by other car­ers around the coun­try.

Drought Fi­nance Task­force has been an­nounced

A NEW Drought Fi­nance Task­force will look at how the govern­ment and banks can fur­ther sup­port farm­ers and small busi­nesses.

The Drought Fi­nance Task­force will lever­age govern­ment, busi­ness and in­dus­try re­sources to fur­ther de­ter­mine the im­pact of the drought’s on farm­ers and lo­cal small busi­nesses; es­tab­lish mech­a­nisms to share in­sights in a timely man­ner; and ad­vise the Govern­ment, bank CEOS and the Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion on drought im­pacts and fur­ther mea­sures that could help al­le­vi­ate the im­pacts.

Do com­put­ers and the in­ter­net scare you?

AN­DREW LIV­INGSTON was in touch this week to let us know about an event be­ing hosted by the Dubbo Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed this Satur­day which will be a big help to any­one strug­gling to work out their com­puter or the in­ter­net. This event is part of Get On­line Week and the theme of “Try One Thing”.

“It is aimed at adults in­ex­pe­ri­enced with tech­nol­ogy and scared to try the in­ter­net,” An­drew said.

The Dubbo Com­mu­nity Men’s Shed is lo­cated between the pool and the skate park at 171 Tal­bra­gar St in Dubbo. It’s on this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, from 1 to 5pm.

“Feel free to bring your own de­vice,” An­drew added.

Schol­ar­ships for ru­ral and re­gional stu­dents

GOVERN­MENT-FUNDED schol­ar­ships are now avail­able to study a science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or math­e­mat­ics (STEM) course through the $24 mil­lion Ru­ral and Re­gional En­ter­prise Schol­ar­ships pro­gram.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open now and will close Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, 2018.

Schol­ar­ships of up to $18,000 are on of­fer to help stu­dents in the Dubbo re­gion with the costs of study­ing STEM at univer­sity or a vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing in­sti­tu­tion.

New guide­lines will also make it eas­ier for drought-af­fected stu­dents to ap­ply, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing the Farm House­hold Al­lowance.

The schol­ar­ships may also in­clude in­tern­ships to help stu­dents de­velop their pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence and en­sure they’re job-ready.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply, visit www.ed­u­ca­tion.gov.au/ru­ral-and-re­gional-en­ter­prise-schol­ar­ships or www.qtac.edu.au/schol­ar­ships

Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil City Pre­sen­ta­tion team leader Glen Shields can be thanked by the peo­ple of Dubbo for ral­ly­ing the troops to make Vic­to­ria Park and the city look so great for the Roy­als, and us! See page 20 for our snap­shot of Glen.

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