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David’s on the move but leaves his legacy

Dubbo Men’s Shed members with Dubbo Regional Council’s retiring Community Services Director David Dwyer (front row centre, wearing tie). PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS Dubbo Men’s Shed members with Dubbo Regional Council’s retiring Community Services Director David Dwyer (front row centre, wearing tie). PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

It’s a changing of the guards at the Dubbo Regional Council with David Dwyer retiring from the role of Community Services Director. 

While he has spent part of his 41-year career helping to establish some large scale projects in the city, it’s moments like this one pictured, showing David being thanked by members of the Men’s Shed for his support to their cause, which have the most meaning.

Under this leadership since 1990, David has been involved in an exhausting number of projects.

The construction and opening of the Rainbow Cottage Child Care Centre (1992), Western Plains Cultural Centre (2006) and Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (2010), the recent $1M upgrade of the Dubbo Branch Library and the introduction of CCTV cameras in the CBD in 2002.

He can add the children’s pool and upgraded Olympic Pool at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre, the alcohol free zones in the CBD and around suburban shopping centres and the giant CBD Christmas Tree (2005) as feathers in his cap.

He was involved in the introduction of smoke free areas around children’s playgrounds and sporting grounds (2005), arranged a Council venue for the community radio station DC FM 88.9, established the Dubbo Youth Council and Multicultural Festival Committee and introduced staff positions of Youth Development Officer, Sister Cities Officer, Aboriginal Liaison Officer.

He introduced the student exchange program with sister City Wujiang, China, was involved in the organisation of the national Artlands Conference in 2016 in Dubbo and not surprisingly awarded the Cultural Person of the Year award.

He was instrumental in getting the $1 million upgrades to the Old Dubbo Gaol, was involved in the establishment of Orana Arts – Dubbo, was in Arts Out West but moved to establish a new separate Arts Board to represent Dubbo, Narromine, Gilgandra and Warrumbungles. 

He also oversaw the security fence around the Old Dubbo Cemetery and security solar lighting in the New Dubbo Cemetery. 

Yet, enjoying morning tea with members of the Men’s Shed in Victoria Park, who wouldn’t be enjoying their ever expanding space without the assistance of David, he said this: “It’s those little things that help people get started and that in some ways has given me more pleasure than the bigger projects that run into the millions of dollars. That I was able to help out individual people in the community.”

Kevin Sinclair from the Dubbo Men’s Shed said: “David has been very supportive and very helpful. We’ve been able to sit and talk to him. He’s played a big role in the development of the shed. We’re sad to see him go,” Kevin said. 

David is moving to a farm near Singleton where it was suggested he join the local Men’s Shed.

“I’ve got 15 acres there so the Men’s Shed will come in handy for all the little things I have to find out. How do you do this or that? How do you put a fence up? I’m a real Pitt Street farmer.”

To the members he parted by saying, “I hope those grants keep rolling in and you get bigger and better and take advantage of the social things you’re able to have here and keep men in contact with each other and help each other out.”

It probably explains why outside of council he was the founding president of the Rotary Club of Dubbo Macquarie in 1992, the secretary of the Dubbo Tidy Towns Committee in the early 1990s and gave 146 plasma donations to the Dubbo Blood Bank.

He was recently made a life member of Dubbo Artz and has held positions of vice president and treasurer on the Dubbo City Council / Regional Council Staff Social Club and was a board member of Regional Arts NSW for the last two years.