Dubbo Photo News recog­nised for ‘Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion’

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DUBBO PHOTO NEWS has re­ceived an award for “Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Coun­try News­pa­pers” from Aus­tralia’s old­est news­pa­per in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion, Coun­try Press NSW.

CPNSW has rep­re­sented re­gional news­pa­pers across the state since 1900, and is as­so­ci­ated with other key me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Press Coun­cil of Aus­tralia and Coun­try Press Aus­tralia.

Speak­ing at the group’s an­nual meet­ing last Fri­day, Vice-pres­i­dent Barry Wil­son said Dubbo Photo News was be­ing recog­nised for its Ed­i­to­rial, Ad­ver­tis­ing, Pho­tog­ra­phy and News­pa­per Pre­sen­ta­tion.

He said the range of top­ics cov­ered by Dubbo Photo News “varies im­mensely”, draw­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to a num­ber of sto­ries this news­pa­per has cov­ered this year. He com­mended our re­port­ing on wa­ter stor­age and the drought, not only the con­se­quences, but also the his­toric per­spec­tive and the pos­i­tive plans for the fu­ture.

He said front page head­lines in­clud­ing “STAY­ING STRONG” with the sub-head­ing “This drought is tough, but the re­gion’s econ­omy is prov­ing re­silient” showed how this news­pa­per is cov­er­ing the drought’s hard­ships but also look­ing for rea­son for res­i­dents to main­tain hope for the fu­ture.

He gave spe­cial men­tion to the Au­gust 1 front page ar­ti­cle head­lined “Shear Bril­liance” that con­tin­ued in­side with a full page about a world-first re­design of the shear­ing shed that cap­tured global

Dubbo Photo News Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Ed­i­tor Tim Pankhurst (cen­tre) with Coun­try Press NSW Pres­i­dent Lu­cie Peart and Vice-pres­i­dent Barry Wil­son at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual con­fer­ence on Fri­day. Right, news cov­er­age recog­nised for ex­cel­lence, and Mel Pock­nall’s dirt bike photo.

at­ten­tion.

Mr Wil­son also com­mended the Dubbo Works ed­i­to­rial ini­tia­tive,

“Dubbo Photo News punches very high with its depth of re­port­ing and bal­ances the ef­fect with eye-catch­ing head­lines and com­ple­mented with an ap­pro­pri­ately struc­tured lay­out,” he said.

Mr Wil­son also com­mended ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns, giv­ing spe­cial men­tion to our A to Z of Spring fea­ture where ad­ver­tis­ers each used a let­ter of the al­pha­bet to high­light their ser­vices and prod­ucts. sports pho­tog­ra­pher

Mel Pock­nall also re­ceived spe­cial men­tion. “Po­si­tion, ac­tion and some pre­ci­sion pho­tog­ra­phy found the ideal Dirt Bike fin­ish line ac­tion,” Mr Wil­son said of this photo.

Our News­pa­per Pre­sen­ta­tion was also com­mended. “Dubbo Photo News pre­sented an ex­cel­lent ar­ray of pages por­tray­ing how se­ri­ously they ap­proach their com­mu­ni­ca­tion trade,” he said.

The meet­ing heard that, more than ever be­fore, re­gional news­pa­pers such as Dubbo Photo News are play­ing a cru­cial role in in­form­ing their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties which want to “dis­cuss, ques­tion, as­sess and digest each news­pa­per’s of­fer­ings with the con­fi­dence that they were well in­formed”, Mr Wil­son said.

Re­gional news­pa­pers are sat­is­fy­ing news con­sumers’ hunger for truth and ac­cu­racy more than any other me­dia, he added.

PARKES Shire Coun­cil is about to switch on its $20.9 mil­lion re­cy­cled wa­ter scheme.

An Ad­vanced Wa­ter Re­cy­cling Fa­cil­ity is now up and run­ning there, the pur­pose-built Re­cy­cled Wa­ter Ris­ing Main now com­pleted, and re­cy­cled wa­ter al­ready ir­ri­gat­ing the golf and jockey clubs, and pub­lic parks.

“This project has been in the pipe­line for years, but with the on­go­ing drought the new Re­cy­cled Wa­ter Scheme couldn’t come at a bet­ter time for the town,” Parkes Mayor Ken Keith said.

“Coun­cil is proac­tive in de­liv­er­ing in­fra­struc­ture that safe­guards our wa­ter se­cu­rity, and we are very grate­ful for the gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion the Aus­tralian Govern­ment has made to­ward this vi­tal in­vest­ment,” he said.

The new Re­cy­cled Wa­ter Scheme is not avail­able for res­i­den­tial use but is ex­pected to ease pres­sure on town wa­ter sup­plies when de­mand is at its peak.

The Re­cy­cled Wa­ter Scheme is jointly funded through the Aus­tralian Govern­ment and Parkes Shire Coun­cil.

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