Dubbo Photo News : 2019-01-03

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Emergency Issues

23 Dubbo Photo News January 3-9, 2019 o By streets as the backdrop to a film director’s vision of an unnerving opening scene to any number of post-apocalypti­c movies. It’s almost unimaginab­le seeing our streets like this. Dubbo's empty streets were quite eerie and yet very peaceful. Your mind easily wanders to times past and the beautiful buildings that we have lost with socalled progress. Then, out of the quiet, came the distant clip-clop of horses from the direction of Talbragar Street. My mind raced, had my wish of a view into our past been granted? Reality was almost as good as I could hope for, as a Cobb and Co coach appeared from around the corner. The drivers and occupants looked as surprised to see me as I was to see them on an otherwise deserted street on Christmas Day in Dubbo. KEN SMITH THESE are the empty streets that, less than 24 hours earlier, had centre stage in many last-minute Christmas been a drama. Dubbo is a busy place, especially during the last week before Christmas, with family and friends arriving for the festivitie­s and the thousands who pass through our city with another destinatio­n in mind. Late afternoon on Christmas Day, I went for a drive around Dubbo and these photos show what I found. Yes, there was the occasional car. I watched a lone person walk down Macquarie Street after visiting an ATM. The afternoon light and heat provided an uncomforta­ble element. You could picture our empty

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