I am in Albury today delivering a presentation at the Australian Regional Development Conference with a focus on the NBN helping to drive population growth in regional areas. It is a timely presentation as the excitement builds in Dubbo as we see more NBN Co. signs and more green fibre being dragged through conduits. While many parts of the city will receive Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) there are still some areas where we have no definite answer on whether the solution will be FTTP or the inferior FTTN (Fibre to the Node). We will keep working with our Federal Member, Mark Coulton, MP and NBN Co. to push the case for city-wide FTTP.

As has been reported in this paper, tomorrow sees the arrival of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove who will be visiting Dubbo for three days. I look forward to discussing Dubbo and the region with the Governor General and I am sure he will leave on Saturday with a wonderful impression of Dubbo and our people.

Earlier in the week we saw the official launch of Clontarf in Dubbo. Although Clontarf has been operating since the end of last year in Dubbo, the official launch was only held this week. The participation numbers have been fantastic and if the program continues on its current trajectory, next year will see the Senior Campus graduate more Aboriginals at one school than has ever been achieved before in this nation.

The Latin American Film Festival will be held this Saturday at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC). This is further proof of the huge variety of entertainment we see at the DRTCC. We continue to see fantastic numbers go through the doors and it is a major tourist attraction for Dubbo with 34 per cent of all ticket sales coming from outside of Dubbo.

I attended the rebrand launch of Big Blue Digital last Friday (formerly bosweb systems). This is a great success story in Dubbo businesses with 15 years under their belt serving the people of Dubbo. As with so many cases, Brendon left Dubbo to pursue an education and came back to Dubbo – with his wife Leanne – to raise their family and further develop their business. You really can achieve anything you want from this city.

Councillor Mathew Dickerson

Mayor of the City of Dubbo

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