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A weekly podcast with Mayor Mathew Dickerson and Host Mark Barnes relating to the activities of Dubbo Regional Council. Send your questions to




A weekly podcast with Mayor Mathew Dickerson and Host Mark Barnes relating to the activities of Dubbo Regional Council. Send your questions to






Mayoral Election for the Remainder of the Term, 50th Episode of this Podcast, Rescission of Land Swap Deal with the RSL Club, Update on the Dubbo Workplace Hub, DRTCC LED Lighting Upgrade.

50th Episode of ‘Straight from the Mayor’s Mouth’. Mayoral Election for the Remainder of the Council Term. Determination of the Number of Councillors for the 2028-2032 Period. Rescission of Land Swap Deal with the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club. Adoption of the North-West Urban Release Area Development Control Plan. Draft Blueridge Precinct Development Control Plan Adopted for Public Exhibition. Farewell to Dubbo Students Who Travelled to Minokamo. LED Lighting Upgrade at DRTCC Worth over a Million Dollars. New Bus Routes to Begin in Dubbo. Orana Regional Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony. Update on the Dubbo Workplace Hub. Annual Medical Students vs Hospital Charity Cricket Match. Limerick of the Week.


GP Registrars Being Wooed to Stay in Dubbo, Dubbo Support Centre Helps Newcomers to Dubbo and with a Mayoral Election This Week, a Summary of the First 21 Months of This Council.

GP Registrars Encouraged to Stay on in Dubbo. $6.5 Million Research Project at the University of Sydney School of Rural Health. RDA South Australia’s Rural Summit Hears about Dubbo. Dubbo Support Centre Opens with Support by the Indian Support Centre in Sydney. Another Successful Cross-Cultural Carnivale Facilitated by ORISCON. Dubbo Exchange Students on Their Way to Minokamo in Japan. Rex Reduces Services to Eight Locations in NSW. Elections Being Held This Week for Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Summary of the First 21 Months of This Council. Limerick of the Week.


South Dubbo Bridge Strategic Concepts, Call for EOIs for the Voice Referendum Panel, Local Shop and Shopkeeper Photos Requested and Summary of the Latest Building Approval Numbers.

Council Building Summary. Mayoral Developers Forum. Duke of Wellington Bridge Update. South Dubbo Bridge Strategic Concepts. Audit of Signs across the Urban Areas of the LGA. Drought Security Projects. Official Opening of the 3D Printed Amenities Block. Call for EOIs for the Voice Referendum Panel. Community Information Sessions with Consideration of a New Tree Preservation Order. Call out for Local Shop and Shopkeeper Photos. Art in Schools Collaboration. Maintaining the Status Quo. Limerick of the Week.


Road Works Soon to Commence on Sheraton Road, Mayoral Developers Forum Being Held This Week, Consultation on Blueridge Link Road, Roads Congress Held in Canberra and Dubbo Day Award Nominations Open.

Yet Another Citizenship Ceremony Held in Dubbo. Mayoral Visit to Orana Heights Public School to Discuss Local Government and School Uniforms. National Local Roads, Transport and Infrastructure Congress Held in Canberra. Discussion With Ministers at Congress. Latest Board Meeting of the Alliance of Western Councils. Met With the Hon. Jenny Aitchison MP, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. Road Surface Treatment Works on Sheraton Road and Consultation on Blueridge Link Road. Next Mayoral Developers Forum Being Held This Week. Latest Kerbside Bulky Waste Collection to Commence Soon. Nominations Being Accepted for Dubbo Day Awards. Launch of the 2023 Dubbo Writers’ Festival. DREAM Festival and DREAM Lantern Parade Held on Saturday Night. Limerick of the Week.


Will We See a Special Rate Variation Next Year? Do You Have Someone to Nominate for a Dubbo Day Award? What Happened to the Dubbo Workplace Hub? Do You Want to Partner With Council at Christmas?

A Quick Wrap From the Dubbo Stampede With 1,304 Finishers Overall. Councillor Workshop to Look at the Financial Sustainability of Council. Benolong Bridge Temporary Load Limit Now Lifted. EOIs Invited From Businesses to Partner With Council for Christmas Activities. Traditional Staff Excellence Awards Along With Training and Long Service Awards. Belgravia Leisure Opened the Three Swimming Pools on Saturday. Update on the Your Say Platform. Next Citizenship Ceremony This Tuesday and the Public Is Invited. Dubbo Day Award Nominations Now Open. September Is the Month to DREAM. Change in Scope for the Dubbo Workplace Hub. Marcia Hines in Dubbo. Limerick of the Week.


Australia Day Ceremony Dates for 2024, Latest Update on the AOD Rehab Facility, Meeting With Superintendent of Orana Mid-Western Police District and Discussions With the CBA About Branch Closures.

Community Members Slept Out at the Old Dubbo Gaol as Part of the Vinnies Sleepout. To Donate: Discussions With the Commonwealth Bank About the Wellington Branch of the CBA. Sod Turning of the Legacy Shared Pathway Project Along Bligh Street. Regular Meeting With Superintendent Tim Chinn, Commander of the Orana Mid-Western Police District. Options to Repair the Crossing at Comobella Crossing on Saxa Road. Australia Day Planning for the Dates of the 2024 Ceremonies. Suggested Changes to the Code of Conduct Complaint System. The Voice to Parliament and Local Education and Information. Potential Compulsory Acquisition of Land by Council for Two Separate Locations. Proposed EOI for the Sale or Lease of Council Owned Land. Notice of Motion of Rescission in Relation to the AOD Rehab Facility. Limerick of the Week.


Duke of Wellington Bridge Update, Details of Renewable Energy Projects, Express Your Opinion on Updating the Tree Preservation Order and Donate to Vinnies as Part of Councillors Sleeping Rough.

Correction for an Error Made in Episode 43 of the Podcast (Last Week). Orana Mid-Western Police District Awards Presentation Ceremony. CSU Portfolio Plan and Campus Master Plan. International Nursing Launch at the Dubbo Campus of CSU. Bowls NSW Met With Dubbo Clubs to Start Planning the State Championships for 2024. Latest Update on the Status of the Duke of Wellington Bridge. Councillors Attend a Refresher Training Course on Code of Conduct. Details of All Current and Planned Renewable Projects in the Region. Monthly Catchup With the Dubbo Business Chamber. Burrabadine Brigade’s 75th Anniversary and Medals Presentation. Call for Residents to Express Their Opinions on a New Tree Preservation Order. Applications Soon Closing for the Community Services Fund. Councillors Sleeping Overnight at the Old Dubbo Gaol as Part of the Vinnies Community Sleepout. To Donate: Last Chance for Entries in the Dubbo Stampede as It Will Be Run on Sunday 27 August. Limerick of the Week.


What Date Will Council Hold Australia Day Ceremonies in 2024? Is the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone About to Grow in Size? What Was the Outcome of the Meeting With the Hon Catherine King MP?

Judging Finalised for the New Rhino Designs. Expansion Announced for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. The 22nd NSW Biennial Weeds Conference Held in Dubbo. An Update on the Comobella Crossing Across Mitchell Creek. Latest Meeting of the Aquatics Working Party With Belgravia Leisure in Attendance. Council Plans the Day of the Ceremony for Australia Day in 2024. Job Description for Councillors and Mayors. Attended the Regional Capitals Australia Board Meeting in Canberra. Met With Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister, Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy. Met With Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Met With Staff of the Hon Kristy McBain MP, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories in Addition to Staff From the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. Random Meetings in Parliament House: Alan Joyce; Vanessa Hudson; Hon David Littleproud MP and Hon Mark Coulton MP. Limerick of the Week.


International Aerial Firefighting Conference, Community Services Fund Is Now Open for Applications, Permanently Removing Fluoride From Our Water and Japanese Students Return to Minokamo.

Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever. International Aerial Firefighting Conference Held in Dubbo. Meeting Held With Schools in Sheraton Road to Discuss Progress. Farewell to the Japanese Students Returning to Minokamo. Parliament House Meeting: Hon. Paul Scully MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces. Parliament House Meeting: Hon. Daniel Mookhey, MLC, Treasurer. Parliament House Meeting: Hon. Rose Jackson, MLC, Minister for Water, Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Youth, and Minister for the North Coast. Parliament House Meeting: Janelle Saffin, MP, Member for Lismore. Parliament House Meeting: Wendy Tuckerman, MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Shadow Minister for Small Business. RCNSW Board Meeting: Hon. John Graham, MLC, Special Minister of State, Minister for Roads, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-Time Economy, and Minister for Jobs and Tourism. RCNSW Board Meeting: Hon. Tara Moriarty, MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Minister for Western New South Wales. RCNSW Board Meeting: Business Case Update for the Regional Transport Pinch Point Program. Country Mayors Meeting: Hon. Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage. Country Mayors Meeting: Hon. Tara Moriarty MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional New South Wales, and Minister for Western New South Wales. Country Mayors Meeting: Dugald Saunders MP, Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister for Regional NSW, and Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources. Country Mayors Meeting: Wendy Tuckerman MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Shadow Minister for Small Business. Community Services Fund Is Now Open for Applications. Some Residents Would Like to Permanently Remove Fluoride From Our Water. Listener Question: Highway Entrances. Limerick of the Week.


Destination Dubbo Funding Changes Explained, Tree Preservation Order Update, Community Services Funding Changes, Outcomes From Drug Rehab Facility Discussion and Wheelers Lane Stage One Opened.

New Council Chamber Officially Opened. Local Police Renew Their Commitment to Project Walwaay. Citizenship Ceremony Held in Wellington. SEGRA Conference Held in Toowoomba. Wellington Correctional Centre Visit for NAIDOC 2023. Official Opening of the Mumbil Public School Yarning Circle. Wheelers Lane Stage 1 Opened for Traffic. Circus Promotion Signage and Compliance Requirements. Council Meeting: Tree Preservation Order Community Consultation. Council Meeting: Community Services Funding Changes. Council Meeting: Funding Changes for Three Major Destination Dubbo Projects. Council Meeting: Matters for Consideration Around Provision of Land to NSW Health for AOD Rehab. Council Meeting: Forward Budget for Lions Park West Amenities Block Discussed. Limerick of the Week.


Samuel Johnson Visits Dubbo, Benolong Bridge Structural Integrity Investigated, Wheelers Lane Update, Parkinson’s Law of Triviality Pops Up and New Council Chamber Opens This Week.

Charity Campaigner and Actor, Samuel Johnson OAM Visited Dubbo This Week. Benolong Bridge Structural Integrity Being Further Investigated. Community Safety Workshop Held With Councillors and the Police During the Week. Councillors Held a Workshop This Week in Relation to The Voice. Drivers Reminded of Parking Restrictions With Bus Zones in the CBD. Brief Update on the Progress of the Works on Wheelers Lane. Proposal for Community Information Sessions Around Wellington Related to the REZ. Potential for a Boundary Adjustment at North Yeoval With Cabonne Shire. Death of a Salesman Coming to the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. A Citizenship Ceremony Will Be Held in Wellington This Week. Parkinson’s Law of Triviality Pops Up in Discussions This Week. Council Is Meeting This Week in the New Council Chamber. Limerick of the Week.


3D Printing a Toilet Block Attracts Spectators, Councillors Attend a Briefing for the AOD Facility, Delroy Parklands Recreational Precinct Progressing and Councillors Attending the LGNSW Conference.

3D Printing Becomes a Spectator Sport in Dubbo. We Welcome 38 New Aussie Citizens in Dubbo This Week. Dubbo Is Progressing Down the Net Zero Framework Path. Councillors Attended a Briefing in Relation to the Alcohol and Drug Facility. Councillors Will Be Attending the LGNSW Annual Conference. View the Master Plan for the New Proposed Delroy Parklands Recreational Precinct. Listen to the Latest Update in Relation to Fluoride in the Drinking Water. Japanese Sister-City Visit Heavily Over-Subscribed by Keen Students. Limerick of the Week.


When Can You Watch the 3D-Printed Amenities Block Being Constructed? What Building Might Soon Start Construction Opposite Dubbo Square? Are You Going to Attend the Citizenship Ceremony This Week?

Why Did the Mayor Fly to Coolangatta on Tuesday Last Week? What Are the Big Issues That Tweed Heads Is Focused on Right Now? How Is Lismore Recovering From the Devastation of the 2022 Floods? What Activities Did We See in NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week? What Did the Dubbo Business Chamber Launch This Week? Why Did Annecto Open an Office in Dubbo This Week? When Can You See the 3D-Printed Amenities Block Being Constructed? Why Does the Benolong Bridge Have New Load Limits? What Construction Might Soon Start Opposite Dubbo Square in Macquarie Street? Are You Going to Watch the Standing Committee Meetings Being Held This Week? Can You Guess How Many Residents Will Become Australian Citizens This Week? Limerick of the Week.


Dubbo Wins Bid to Host NSW Touch Junior State Cup. Decision Made on the Management of the Swimming Pools. Join in With Councillors and Donate Blood. Dubbo parkrun to Celebrate 8th Anniversary.

Dubbo to Host NSW Touch Junior State Cup (Northern Conference) for the Next Three Years. Councillors Make a Decision on the Management of the Three Swimming Pools in the Dubbo LGA. Update on the Progress of the New Dubbo Bridge. Latest News on the Wiradjuri Cultural Tourism Project. State Pennant Bowls Finals Being Held in Dubbo. Dubbo College South Campus Delivers a Problem Solving Presentation. Dubbo Greyhound Racing Club Host the Mayor’s Cup. Archival Photos Selected for Display in the New Council Chambers. Join Councillors in Donating Blood. Latest Mayoral Memo Article Focuses on Section 226 of the Local Government Act. Join in With Dubbo parkrun on 8 July for Their 8th Anniversary Celebration. Limerick of the Week.


Has Council Approved the Budget for Next Year? What Is the Latest News on the NSW Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Rehabilitation Centre? Who Will Be Running Our Aquatic Leisure Centres Next Summer?

Budget for the 2023/2024 Financial Year Has Been Approved. Budget Change: A Temporary Footpath Will Be Installed on Sheraton Road. Budget Change: Money Allocated to Highway Entrance Mowing and Street Tree Planting. Budget Change: An 8.5 per Cent Increase in Fees at Rainbow Cottage Childcare Centre. Budget Recommendation: Undertake a Community Engagement Program for the Potential of a Special Rate Variation in Future Years. Partner Agreement Signed With the Wellington Aboriginal Action Panel. Sales Are Still Slow in Keswick Estate. Councillors Inspect the Work Being Done in Front of the Old Dubbo Gaol. A Report Requested on Past and Future Resilience Actions in Relation to Drought Conditions. An Audit Will Be Undertaken on the Quality and Accuracy of Signs in the Council Owned Signs in the Urban Areas. The Latest Council Meeting Featured Further Questions and Discussions on the NSW Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Rehabilitation Centre. Results of the Request for Proposal for the Aquatic Leisure Centres. Congratulations to Mark Coulton for Representing the Parkes Electorate for 15 Years. Limerick of the Week.


Where Will the Drug Rehab Facility Be Located? What Does the BOCSAR Crime Data Reveal? Why Was the Philippines Vice Consul in Dubbo? What Was Achieved in Canberra Over the Last Week?

What Does the Latest BOCSAR Crime Data Show for Crime in Dubbo and the State. NSW Junior Rugby Championships Held in Dubbo. 125th Anniversary of the Philippine Independence Day Celebrated in Dubbo. Visit to Canberra This Week for Several Meetings. June Council Meeting Being Held This Week. Will the State Government Change the Proposed Location of the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Facility in Dubbo? Limerick of the Week.


What Did the Hon. Penny Sharpe, MLC, Minister for Energy Say About the REZ? Is Sheraton Road Progressing? Did Council Grant a Loan to DC FM? Who Turned 100?

Met With the Hon. Penny Sharpe, MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage This Week. Information From the Local Roads Congress Held at Parliament House in Sydney. Welcomed People to Dubbo Who Attended the Resources, Energy and Industry Innovation Forum. Workshop Held to Discuss Budget Submissions and New Award Wages for LG Employees. Met With Representatives From the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre. Met With Schools Based on Sheraton Road to Discuss the Current State of the Road and the Path Forward. Mike Sweeney From Mudgee Regional Rail Group Presented to Council on Additional Rail Options. Request for an Interest Free Loan From DC FM of $100,000 Over 5 Years to Purchase Additional Broadcast Equipment. Men’s Shed Wishes to Expand Their Buildings and Services. Land in Keswick Estate Still Available. Happy 100th Birthday Irene Smith. Limerick of the Week.


Archibald Finalists Are on Display, ‘Past, Present and Future’ Leadership Forum Held in Dubbo, More Squash Courts Requested and Details of the 840MW Sandy Creek Solar Farm.

RIP Brian Barnes. Traditional ‘Past, Present and Future’ Leadership Forum Held During the Week. Discussion Points From the Climate Change and Resilience Committee Meeting. Official Opening of the Archibald Finalists Exhibition at the WPCC. Workshop Held to Discuss the 840MW Sandy Creek Solar Farm. Local Government Procurement Networking Meeting Held at the Zoo. Travelled to Parliament House to Meet With New Ministers. Latest CEO Performance Review Undertaken. Do We Need More Squash Courts in Dubbo? Lady Cutler South Oval Path Realignment Along Tracker Riley Is Underway. Limerick of the Week.


New Name for This Podcast PLUS Councillors Vote for New Wages for Councillors, EnergyCo Heard the Pitch for a REAC, Councils Discuss Renewable Energy Zones and Highlights From the May Council Meeting.

New Name for This Podcast Starting From This Week. "Straight From the Mayor’s Mouth." EnergyCo Board Met in Dubbo and Heard the Pitch for a REAC at Bodangora. Met With Infrastructure NSW to Assist in the NSW Government Strategic Infrastructure Review Led by Ken Kanofski. Attended the Regular Meeting of Country Mayors During the Week to Hear From Various Members of Government and Discuss a Variety of Issues. Attended a Meeting of the Coalition of Regional Energy Mayors (CoREM) to Discuss Opportunities and Impacts of the Renewable Energy Zones. The Council Meeting on Thursday Night Started Off With a Passionate and, at Times Boisterous, Public Forum Session. Council Resolved to Support the Three Bowls Clubs in Dubbo to Bring the Bowls NSW State Championships to Dubbo. Council Resolved to Send Letters Off to the Government Opposing the Location of the Drug Rehab Facility. Council Resolved to Request Government Agencies to Develop a Community Safety Strategy and Associated Action Plan. Council Resolved to Adopt the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal Determinations for Councillor and Mayoral Fees. Limerick of the Week.


Why the Controversy Around an Amenities Block Being Demolished? When Will the Heritage Plaza Be Completed? Congratulations to the Dubbo Show Society on 150 Years.

Controversy Surrounding the Macquarie Lions Park Amenities Block Being Demolished. Road Works to Start on Wheelers Lane. Additional Costs Associated With the Emergency Services Levy. Highlights From the Latest Meeting of the Alliance of Western Councils. North West Urban Release Area Continues to Take Shape. Heritage Plaza Works Continue Slowly. The Governor of NSW Attends the 150th Dubbo Show. ‘Three Days in May’ Book Launched to Commemorate the 150th Dubbo Show. Crime Prevention Strategy Meeting. Submissions for the Swimming Pool Management and the Draft Budget Close Soon. Ten Years for the CATO Vision to Be Realised. Limerick of the Week.