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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






What Decision Did Councillors Make on a Toilet Policy? What Progress Has Been Made on the Fluoride Dosing System? What Is Happening with the Homeless Camp at Regand Park? And Much More…

Official Opening of the Platypus Rescue HQ at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Developers Looking at Producing More 3D Printed Housing in Dubbo. Progress Being Made on a Potential Boundary Alteration with North Yeoval. Investigating Further Options for Changes to the Toilets at Cameron Park in Wellington. Councillors Decide Not to Proceed with the Development of a Public Toilet Policy. A Report Will Come Back to Council with Further Details on the Contract with Belgravia Leisure. The DRC Renewable Energy Benefit Framework Has Been Amended for Large Scale Batteries. The Spicers Creek Wind Farm Planning Agreement Has Been Endorsed by Council. Councillors Set the Direction for a Policy on Overgrown Blocks in the LGA. Council Is Progressing to Lease Part of Council-Owned Land for a Major Housing Project. An Update on the Progress of the Fluoride Dosing Unit Project at the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant. Update on the Homeless Campers Living at Regand Park. Waste 2 Art Competition Is Now Open for Entries. Limerick of the Week.


DFAT Discussions Involving Our Sister Cities, Demerger Discussions, Kerrs Creek Wind Farm Meeting and Welcome to School of Rural Health Year 1 Students.

University of Sydney School of Rural Health Welcome Event for Year 1 Students. Night to Welcome the GP Registrars to the Region. EnergyCo Community and Employment Benefit Program Workshop. Demerger Discussions in Parliament. Bring Your Bills Day in Dubbo and Wellington. Meeting with Charles Sturt University. National Gallery of Australia Touring Exhibition - Ceremony: 4th Indigenous Art Triennial. Update on the Homeless River Camp at Regand Park. Workshop Held to Elevate Your Grant Applications. Future of Wujiang Exchange and Sister City Relationships Involving DFAT. Meeting Being Held in Molong to Discuss Kerrs Creek Wind Farm. Limerick of the Week.


Next Round of Funding Applications Now Open, Wind Farm Public Meeting Well Attended, Council Looking to Move to Cashless Payments and Pickleball Courts Open.

Belgravia Leisure State Manager Met with Council Last Week. Public Meeting Held at Euchareena to Discuss the Kerr’s Creek Wind Farm. First Councillor Workshop Held for the Year Discussing Overgrown Blocks and DREAM. Squadron Energy Further Exploring the Concept of the REACT Centre. Update on the Conservatorium of Music Lease Situation. The Star Club Had an Open Day on Their First Day of Operations in Dubbo. Waste and Recycling Centres Going Cashless from 1 July 2024. The Anglican Church in Dubbo Has Just Commissioned a New Minister. Applications Now Open for the Next Round of the Community Services Fund and the Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. Pickleball Courts at Elston Park Now Officially Open. Limerick of the Week.


Summary of Australia Day Events and Award Winners, Junior Sporting Events in Dubbo This Week, There's Gold in Them Thar Hills and Virgin Australia Makes an Announcement about Flights in Dubbo.

Summary of Australia Day Events in Wellington and Dubbo. U15 Girls State Cricket Carnival Held in Dubbo This Week. NSW Rugby Waratahs Women in the Region and U16 and U14 Rugby Girls in Dubbo. VRA Looking to Expand Emergency Services Precinct at the Airport. ABC 7:30 Report in Dubbo to Talk about Renewables. Alkane Drilling for Gold in the Comobella-Bodangora Area. Code Share Arrangement between Virgin Australia and Link Airways. Wellington’s Fowler Steam Engine Update. Tracker Riley Has Received a Further Concrete Extension. Shared Pathway Construction Update. Community Meeting Being Held in Euchareena to Discuss the Kerrs Creek Windfarm. Dubbo Mayor Attending the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth. Limerick of the Week.


Updated Details for Australia Day Events, December 2023 Tourism Market Report, Uungula Wind Farm Contact Details and Review of the Regional Development Act 2004.

Makar Sankranti Kite Flying Festival Held in Dubbo. Contact Details for Enquiries in Relation to the Uungula Wind Farm. December 2023 Tourism Market Report. Regional Development Act 2004. Lease for Macquarie Conservatorium of Music. Funding Applications Update. Biennial Community Needs Survey. University of the Third Age Open Day. Australia Day Celebration Details. Tamworth Country Music Festival. Limerick of the Week.


Uungula Wind Farm Sod Turn, More 3D Printed Infrastructure Coming to Dubbo, Safety Incident at the Pool and Limerick of the Week Featuring Anniversary Wishes.

Fireworks at the Dubbo Showground for New Year Celebrations. Uungula Wind Farm Sod Turning Attended by Andrew Forrest AO and the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy. Safety Incident at Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre. Council Shutdown over Christmas Impacted Cemeteries. Pressure on Rental Prices in Dubbo. Potential for More 3D Printed Housing in Dubbo This Year. Deliberations for Australia Day Awards Held in Wellington and Dubbo. Significant Upcoming Events and Projects for 2024. Makar Sankranti Kite Flying Festival. Limerick of the Week – Happy Anniversary Katrina.


The Best Stories from 2023 to Launch Season 3.

Sandy Beach Sand Movements Being Discussed with NSW Fisheries. Why Is Dubbo Letting Surrounding Areas Snare the Big Football and Cricket Matches? Wellington Residents and Dubbo Residents Are Still Paying Different Amounts for Water and Sewer Seven Years after the Amalgamation. Is It Time to Fix This? News from the Latest Developers’ Forum. The Macquarie River Master Plan Will Be Considered at the Council Meeting This Week. A Report Has Been Completed That Analyses Short-Term Worker Accommodation Requirements. World’s First DNA Database to Combat Littering – or Is It Just a Joke? Council Has Made a Final Decision on Supporting the Macquarie Conservatorium of Music. Controversy Surrounding the Macquarie Lions Park Amenities Block Being Demolished. Ten Years for the CATO Vision to Be Realised. Official Opening of the Archibald Finalists Exhibition at the WPCC. Dubbo to Host NSW Touch Junior State Cup (Northern Conference) for the Next Three Years. Latest Mayoral Memo Article Focuses on Section 226 of the Local Government Act. 3D Printing Becomes a Spectator Sport in Dubbo. Parkinson’s Law of Triviality Pops up in Discussions This Week. New Council Chamber Officially Opened. International Aerial Firefighting Conference Held in Dubbo. Expansion Announced for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. Job Description for Councillors and Mayors. Bowls NSW Met with Dubbo Clubs to Start Planning the State Championships for 2024. Details of All Current and Planned Renewable Projects in the Region. Mayoral Developers’ Forum. Official Opening of the 3D Printed Amenities Block. Rescission of Land Swap Deal with the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club. Unique Community Leaders’ Meeting Well Attended. Launch of the New Dubbo Visitor Guide. Renewable Energy Awareness and Career Training (REACT) Centre. Another Successful New Resident Evening Was Held This Week. Is It True That the Mayor Is Trying to Improve His parkrun Times with 510m of New Concrete Pathway? Are the 3D Printed Toilets in Danger of Being Deemed Structurally Unsound? REACT Centre (Renewable Energy Awareness and Career Training Centre) Business Case Is Garnering Significant Interest from Various Stakeholders. Official Opening of the RFS Aviation Centre of Excellence. New Exhibits at the Old Dubbo Gaol. Questions Asked about the 3D Printed Toilets at Macquarie Lions Park West.


A Lyrical Look-Back, a Limerick Ledger, a Listening Luncheon of All the Limericks Delivered as Part of the Podcast Each Week in 2023.

Each Weekly Podcast Features a Limerick of the Week. This Episode Features All of Those Limericks Wrapped up in One Episode.


Dubbo Regional Council 2023 Year in Review with Deputy Mayor Richard Ivey and Mayor Mathew Dickerson

Infrastructure Year in Review. Events Year in Review. Community Year in Review. Tourism and Visitation Year in Review. Sporting Events Year in Review. Culture and Environment Year in Review. Review of Other Items.


Questions Asked About the 3D Printed Toilets. Funding Strategy for the Wiradjuri Cultural Tourism Centre. RFS Aviation Centre of Excellence Officially Opened. Old Dubbo Gaol Launches New Exhibits.

Official Opening of the RFS Aviation Centre of Excellence. Launch of New Vehicles for the VRA NSW. New Exhibits at the Old Dubbo Gaol. Council Meets with Rio Tinto. Councillors Visit the University of Sydney School of Rural Health. Council Settles on a Funding Strategy for the Wiradjuri Cultural Tourism Centre. Questions Asked about the 3D Printed Toilets at Macquarie Lions Park West. Council’s Code of Conduct Quarterly Report. Dubbo Regional Sports Council Playing Field Improvement Fund. Submission Being Made to the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal. Council Bidding for the Former Dubbo City Bowling Club. Limerick of the Week.


REACT Centre Gaining Momentum; Update on the Aquatic Leisure Centres; Christmas Closure Times of Various Council Facilities; The Mayor Attends a CLAIR Seminar in Japan.

REACT Centre (Renewable Energy Awareness and Career Training Centre) Business Case Is Garnering Significant Interest from Various Stakeholders. Latest Update on the Situation with Belgravia Leisure and the Aquatic Leisure Centres. Squadron Energy Will Be Releasing Their Environmental Impact Statement Submission Responses This Week and DRC Will Be Mentioned in Them. The Last Ordinary Council Meeting for the Year Will Be Held on Thursday 14 December. Be Aware of Christmas Closures of Various Council Facilities. One Step Closer to a Southern Distributor as Council Has Completed the Purchase of the Required Corridor. A Century of Mayoral Memos. Aus/NZ Delegation Led by the Mayor Attended a Seminar in Japan Arranged by CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations). Comparison of Similarities and Differences Between Local Government in Japan and Australia. Overview of Some of the Locations Visited on the CLAIR Seminar. Limerick of the Week.


Why Is the Mayor Currently in Japan? Is the Tracker Riley Cycleway Being Upgraded to Help the Mayor’s parkrun Times? Do You Have Someone You Can Nominate for an Australia Day Award?

Who Is Paying for the Mayor to Lead a Delegation of Local Government Representatives from Australia and NZ on a Trip to Japan? How Many Conferees Were at the Latest Citizenship Ceremony in Dubbo? Have You Seen the New Designs on the Crash of Rhinos? What Numbers Were Revealed at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Year in Review Event? Is It True That the Mayor Is Trying to Improve His parkrun Times with 510m of New Concrete Pathway? Are the 3D Printed Toilets in Danger of Being Deemed Structurally Unsound? When Do Nominations Close for the 2024 Australia Day Awards? Why Did the Mayor Meet with the Hon. Penny Sharpe, MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage? What Amount of Money for Roads Was Discussed with the Hon. Jenny Aitchison, MP, Minister for Regional Transport and Roads? What Was Discussed in the Meeting with the Hon. Ron Hoenig, MP, Minister for Local Government? Which Organisations Presented to the Latest Meeting of Regional Cities NSW? Limerick of the Week.


Hijack Plane Alert at the Airport, Discussions on Rate Rises at the Latest Council Meeting, Dubbo Day Award Recipients, the Future of E-Scooters in Dubbo and Australia Day Award Nominations Open.

Grant Recipients for Community Services Fund; Destination Events Fund and Community Events Fund. Recipients of the Dubbo Day Awards. Nominations Now Open for Australia Day Awards. Latest Meeting of the Country Mayors Association. Latest ‘Meet Your Community Leaders’ Forum Held in Wellington. A Change to the Rhino Sculpture in Wellington. Hijack Plane Alert at Dubbo Regional Airport. Council Meeting in Wellington Discusses Rate Rises. More Discussion on E-Scooters. Stage 2 of Wheelers Lane Rehabilitation Set to Start. Latest Citizenship Ceremony Being Held This Week. Limerick of the Week.


Mark Barnes Returns as Host This Week, Councillors Attend LGNSW Conference, Shop Local This Christmas, Check What You Flush and Dubbo Day on 23 November.

Another Successful New Resident Evening Was Held This Week. Shop Local This Christmas Campaign Launched. Check When You Flush That You Are Only Flushing the Three Ps. White Ribbon Day in Dubbo. Councillors Attend the Annual Local Government NSW Conference. Held a Regular Meeting with the Police This Week. CEO 12-Month Performance Review and Targets for the Next 12 Months. Poetry at Bracken House This Week. Wellington Hosts the Next ‘Meet Your Community Leaders’ Meeting on Saturday 25 November. Dubbo Day Being Held This Week on 23 November. Limerick of the Week.


Rate Increases on the Table, Another McDonald’s Restaurant Coming to Dubbo, New Resident Evening This Week, LGNSW Conference and Remembrance Day Poem.

Remembrance Day Held on Saturday 11 November. The DA Has Been Approved for Dubbo to Have a 4th McDonald’s Restaurant. Councillors Currently Attending the LGNSW Conference. New Resident Evening Being Held on Wednesday 15 November. Naming the New Dubbo Bridge. Latest Building Summary. Returning Exchange Students Report to Council. SPARC Grant Assessment Report. Public Memorials and Donation of Furniture and Trees Policy. Regular Meeting with Acting District Commander Tim Chinn Being Held This Week. Report on the Independent Financial Sustainability Review (or Do We Need to Put up Rates). Remembrance Day Poem.


Tourism Surging in the Dubbo Region, Download the Water Portal App to Monitor Your Water Usage, Latest Update on the REACT Project and Marketing Keswick Estate.

Tourism Surges to Levels Higher Than before COVID-19. Water Portal App Is Now Available to Monitor Your Water Usage. Update on the REACT Project. Renewable Energy Battery Projects Coming to Wellington. Wellington Waste Facility Update Following the Fire. Keswick Estate Developments. Expression of Interest Updates for 154 Talbragar Street. Latest Updates on the Swimming Pools across the LGA with Belgravia Leisure. The NSW Electoral Commission Is Discussing the Period of Pre-Polling before the September 2024 Local Government Elections. Applications Closing Soon for Returning Officer Positions for 2024 Local Government Elections. Limerick of the Week.


Is the 3D Printed Toilet about to Collapse? What Is the REACT Centre? Does Dubbo Now Have a New Tree Preservation Order? Do You Want to Be on an Australia Day 2024 Event Committee?

Formal Councillor Group Photo. Community Services Fund Allocations. Tree Planting Opportunities. Concepts for Dubbo Indoor Aquatic Centre. Renewable Energy Awareness and Career Training (REACT) Centre. Letters to the Police Minister. Tree Preservation Order and the Next Potential Steps. Approach Road to New Dubbo Bridge Intersection. Review of Council Community Consultative Committees. Expressions of Interest for Australia Day 2024 Event Committees. Fluoride Update for Wellington and Dubbo. Bodangora Runway Reseal. Lions Park West 3D Printed Amenity Block Update. Limerick of the Week.


$128 Million from the State Government for Our REZ, Update on Belgravia Leisure Pool Management, Launch of the Dubbo Visitor Guide, Michael Durrant Fossil Exhibition May Be Heading to Wellington.

The Hon. Ben Franklin, MLC, President of the Legislative Council of NSW Was in Dubbo This Week. ‘Be Kind to the Environment’ World Ocean Day 30x30 Goals Workshop Held in Dubbo. Met with Angel Flight out at the Airport to Help Them Promote Their Raffle. Attended My Regular Meeting with Dubbo Business Chamber. NSW Government Regional Teacher Incentives. Held a Discussion with the Western Sydney Wanderers CEO. Ironbark Arts Residency. Launch of the New Dubbo Visitor Guide. Discussed Tourism with the Sunday Telegraph. Workshop on Financial Sustainability Review and the Possibility of a Special Rate Variation. $128 Million for Central West Orana REZ. Dubbo Business Chamber 27th Rhino Awards. Holland Open Garden and Memory Makers Art Prize. Michael Durrant Fossil Exhibition Could Be Heading to the Wellington Caves. Progress Report on the Management of Our Pools by Belgravia Leisure. Limerick of the Week.


Guest Host This Week Filling in for Mark Barnes, Upcoming Service Review of Community Committees, Standing Committees Held Elections This Week and Recommendations for Community Funding.

Attended the Bathurst 1000 Race at the Invitation of the Bathurst Mayor. Council Hosted a Panel to Discuss the Referendum. Met with the CEO of Squadron Energy in Dubbo. Dubbo Hosted the VCNSW 60s State Championships. Upcoming Service Review of Community Committees. Legacy Shared Pathway Project on Track for March 2024. DRTCC’s 2023 Season Finishes with a Laugh. Standing Committees Held on Thursday Night. Standing Committees Elected 3 People to Chair These Three Committees. Draft Net Zero Framework Back from Public Exhibition. Building Summary for the Year so Far with September a Little Quieter. Recommendations for Funding from the 2023/2024 Community Services Fund Round 1. Recommendations for Funding from the Event Assistance Program. Dubbo Business Chamber Holds Its Annual Rhino Awards on Friday Night. Limerick of the Week.


Regand Park Walk-through, Sheraton Road Upgrades, the Voice Community Panel, Unique Community Leaders’ Meeting and Community Batteries May Be Coming to Dubbo.

Unique Community Leaders’ Meeting Well Attended. Roundtable Discussion with Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner. Meeting with Steph Cooke, MP, Shadow Minister for Water. Interrelate Dubbo Open Day. Discussions Continue on the Possibility of Community Batteries in Dubbo. Meeting with CEO of NSW Ports. Regand Park Walk-through with Residents. Sheraton Road Upgrades Completed. The Voice Community Panel Event on Tuesday 10 October. Limerick of the Week.