Mem­ber for Dubbo cor­rects the Mayor of Dubbo Re­gion

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DUBBO PHOTO NEWS ran a news brief last week un­der the head­line “Coun­cil of­fers op­tions for more hos­pi­tal park­ing”.

The story be­gan: “Us­ing up some of Theresa Maliphant Park has been raised by Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil as an op­tion to solve on­go­ing park­ing prob­lems at Dubbo Base Hos­pi­tal.”

Last Wed­nes­day, the Mayor of Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil Ben Shields posted a video on­line which fur­ther de­tailed his and Coun­cil’s plan to solve the park­ing prob­lem at Dubbo Hos­pi­tal. It’s a prob­lem that this news­pa­per raised well be­fore the cur­rent ker­fuf­fle blew up.

Last Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Mem­ber for Dubbo Troy Grant is­sued a state­ment in re­sponse to the Mayor’s com­ments say­ing: “This com­mu­nity is tired of con­stantly be­ing mis­led by this Mayor.”

Mr Grant con­tin­ued: “The FACTS are; Theresa Maliphant

Park is Crown Land, gazetted on Novem­ber 29, 1957, as a re­serve for pub­lic re­cre­ation. The crown land re­serve sta­tus of the park is cur­rent and Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil is the ‘Crown Land Man­ager’, not the owner as pub­licly stated by the Mayor on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

“If the Mayor wishes to have this land re-clas­si­fied from ‘com­mu­nity land’ to ‘op­er­a­tional land’ he will need to make that re­quest and only the Min­is­ter for Lands and Forestry can make that con­sent.

“I have been ad­vised that Coun­cil has made no con­tact with Crown Lands to dis­cuss the pro­posal or seek the Min­is­ter’s con­sent to re-clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Nor has he con­tacted me, as the lo­cal mem­ber, re­gard­ing this is­sue,” Mr Grant said.

He went on to say that he fully sup­ports the call for ad­di­tional car park­ing spa­ces at the Hos­pi­tal. “I al­ways have. How­ever, my fo­cus has been to build the ac­tual heath in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices that a car park is needed for.”

I’ll leave you, dear reader, to sort out what you think of all that.

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