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Identifying ear problems crucial

WADE MILLER, 17, is a leader at Dubbo College’s South Campus and has a bright future ahead of him, but without intervention from the Hear our Heart project, life could have been far different for him. Suffering ongoing ear infections from his earliest days, Wade endured years of physical pain…

What was Archduke Franz Ferdinand doing in Narromine?

After downing a swathe of wildlife in India while on a global hunting trip in 1893, Archduke and heir presumptive of Austria, Franz Ferdinand, sought to keep his taxidermist extra busy at the most obvious of exotic destinations: Narromine. The 29-year-old royal caught the vice-regal train to Narramine railway –…

Glad to Gladys: Bring back the trains

After two and a half decades of working in the rail industry, Glad Eldridge wants to bring back trains as a regular mode of transport in western NSW. Glad grew up near the railway line at Warrigal and has loved trains since infancy. “From the age of 10 months, my…

Charitable Foundation hears the good work of Dubbo’s Hear our Heart Project

Dubbo’s Hear our Heart Project has attracted sizable support from the Walter and Eliza Hall Charitable Foundation. You don’t apply to this organisation for funding, because they’re not all about who can write the best grant application. They study good things happening in communities and then they work out how…

Giving back to agriculture

A LOCAL woman with a knowledge of the business world and a background in agriculture has been selected for two important opportunities. Lucinda Hawkins, who is the Head of Agribusiness for the Bank of Queensland in Dubbo, was chosen for the Agrifutures Ignite Advisory Panel and the National Farmers’ Federation…

Women’s award leads to regional research

From the wheat paddocks of Walgett to the centre of Silicon Valley, Jillian Kilby has proven her ability to adapt to new climes. Along with optimism, selflessness and a practical attitude, they are all qualities which contributed to Ms Kilby being named as the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner…

Spam communication on the rise

With spam communications on the rise, Axxis founder Mathew Dickerson says that being aware of potential scammers is the first step towards combating the problem. “There is no doubt that it is increasing,” he told Dubbo Photo News. “We have people coming in on a regular basis who have been…

Raising the $35,000 needed for each guide dog

It costs over $35,000 to breed, raise and train one guide dog, which makes community fundraising efforts essential to support residents in need of these assistance dogs. Celebrating 60 years of support, the Dubbo Pink and White Committee for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is inviting the public to join them for…

Aim to train more female bakers

Getting more female apprentices into bakeries was just one of the aims raised at the inaugural RDA Orana@Work Employer Summit hosted at Dubbo RSL Club last week. “We are working quite hard on getting more girls into the industry,” Early Rise Baking HR manager Jill Campbell explained. With the male…

Hold the phone, Archie’s just bought a very big badge!

Online shopping has its advantages, but when 7-year-old Archie Chrystall was asked to hold his dad’s phone which was logged into a live auction for a three-by-five metre ‘statue’ of the Rising Sun badge – and won – well, it’s a good thing Dad’s in the habit of buying large…

Speak now on Coal Seam Gas exploration and Development

What the frack? Pardon our French but this points to one of the more controversial techniques for extracting coal seam gas: hydraulic fracturing. Others include vertical, horizontal or directional drilling. The former Dubbo City Council adopted a Position Paper for Coal Seam Gas in 2015 and today’s Dubbo Regional Council…

State government backs music event at gaol

Just a few years ago Terry Wilcher designed a ticket selling system for his daughter’s school event. Last week, the business that grew from that small start, 123TIX, won a Regional Chamber of Commerce award and is now going to the state titles. On Monday, Terry was presented an $18,000…

Volunteer at The Smith Family’s new Dubbo store

The Smith Family is one of Australia’s largest volunteer organisations with more than 2751 people in NSW (nearly 9000 nationally) generously donating their time, skills and energy each year to support the charity’s mission of helping disadvantaged children with their education. Volunteers help with so many aspects of The Smith…