COUNCIL WATCH Rural roots and ugg boots
WHEN a newbie to town tells you the first step they took was to buy a house here, that’s a sign they’re genuinely putting down roots. When the follow up is “... and a pair of Ugg boots” – well, what more needs to be said?
Dubbo Regional Council’s new Corporate Image and Communications Manager, Andrew Parsons has lived here less than two months, but the city took a hold on him well before he was offered his new role.
“Through the work I’d been doing with rural crime investigators throughout NSW, I was getting a lot of exposure to these areas and seeing what the regions are doing now and how much they’ve changed in the 24 years since I’ve lived away from a regional centre,” Mr Parsons reflects.
“Dubbo kept coming up. I was always impressed with it because my wife Cecelia and I would come to Dubbo relatively regularly because we’re members of the Taronga Zoo family.
“We’d come out here and stay at the Zoofari Lodges. That was our weekend getaway from time to time. Dubbo was a place which has always had a solid attraction.”
Mr Parsons needed time out from his busy schedule as Corporate Communications for NSW Police Force and prior to that, as the head of Media and Communications for Fire and Rescue NSW.
“Having had the roles I’d had in Sydney operating at a pretty high tempo and in very politically and operationally charged environments, it got to the point where I was missing what I like to call some genuine fabric of living in a community.
“I was missing the lifestyle of not being so under the pump constantly and really wanting to go back to an area I felt familiar with, having grown up in Wagga,” he said.
The Riverina is where Mr Parsons started in broadcast media as a 15-year-old school student, earning pocket money in radio with 2WG. After completing his HSC, he switched to TV which eventually took him overseas.
“Regional media is where I started and I remain very passionate about its existence and am extremely grateful for the opportunities it has afforded me.” DUBBO Regional Council has partnered with Westhaven Disabilities for a pitch to the NSW Government for funding to create employment opportunities for disabled people in the community.
The organisations seek to provide disability employment through the environmental sustainability practices of taking waste paper and cardboard, creating collection points, baling and on selling for re-cycling purposes.
The public can support the pitch by voting on the My Community Project website.
Up to $260,000 is available for each NSW electorate.
The “Recycling as a sustainable choice” pitch is seeking $198,000 in funding.
Dubbo Regional Council’s new Corporate Image and Communications manager Andrew Parsons with his wife Cecelia Hutchinson-parsons now call Dubbo home. PHOTO: SUPPLIED.