DUBBO CITY LIFE
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.