Dubbo Photo News & Dubbo Weekender


Mind your country

Country, in indigenous culture, is not a GPS location but an invisible place found within. When 43 year-old Wiradjuri man, Darren Forbes, first slipped into 20 years of what he was told was depression, the disconnect from who he was interrupted his relationship with traditions, culture and true identity. Two…

Wonder down under

I want Wellington Caves to win an Inland Tourism Award!” says manager of Wellington Caves Complex Jodie Anderson with a grin. And you can’t help believe she’ll make it happen, such is her motivation and passion for her new role. Known as the Wonder Down Under, the caves have been…

The road less travelled

Sometimes JUST PACKING up and changing everything can be a cathartic way of coping with loss. For Lyn and Peter Malcolm that’s exactly what happened when Lyn was faced with the death of her beloved father. “When he died, I quit my job. It was the first time I had…

Ready, Willing, able

Meet MICK WILLING ON his home turf – relaxed and at ease in the familiar surrounds of Dubbo, where he grew up – and he won’t stand out from the crowd. That’s the way he likes it. But the country born and bred Detective Superintendent has just become the longest…

What mood is your food

What affect does food have on our mental health? Without doubt the foods and beverages we consume on a daily basis have a significant impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. Quite simply, every single cell in your body relies on the quality of food you consume, and this,…

Two By Two: Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins

This children’s comedy duo travels the country making kids laugh, but if interviewing these two is anything to go by, it’s not just the kids who will be LOL-ing when Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins, take to the Dubbo stage next week with their show The Listies Make You LOL.

Everyone should volunteer, you’ll enjoy it

Irish born Jack Anderson is a committed local volunteer after settling in to Dubbo about 30 years ago. A good 19 of those years has been spent volunteering for the State Emergency Service. “I’m a member of Headquarters and whether it’s storms, floods or tsunamis, we organise stuff for the…

A big year treading the boards

Twenty-fourteen was a big year for many, but for young actress Michaela Davis, it was a very busy time on stage. The Dubbo-born theatre star featured in local productions of Secret Bridesmaid’s Business and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as helping out with the staging of Charlotte’s Web. Michaela…

Talking to... Kaitie Evans

This Christmas, you’ll find Kaitie Evans working hard as a Helper Elf at Myer, but she’ll soon be packing up her pointy hat and heading off to Bible College in Sydney.

Hats off: From Broome to the Big Apple for talented milliner

It’s a long way from the beaches of Broome to the catwalks of New York, but Felicity Brown – former central west girl and rising star of millinery fashion – is taking it all in her stride as industry heavy-weights take their hats off to her bespoke creations. Weekender caught…

Meryl Usback: Making a difference

Family, education and travel are high on Meryl Usback’s list of things she loves but a chance encounter in a Croatian cafe only served to reinforce her desire for care and compassion in the global community.

Two By Two: Pauline Freeburn and Bev Winters

Pauline Freeburn and Bev Winters share a love for learning and people, but through their work as manager and administrative officer respectively for Dubbo-based virtual selective high school, Xsel, this “dynamic duo” has also forged a friendship based on mutual respect, dedication and humour.

The care crusader

Yvonne McMaster was a retired Sydney GP whose personal loss contributed to a crusade to increase palliative care services across the state. She is still on her mission and was a guest speaker at this week’s Saving Life 2015 Campaign Launch in Dubbo.