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Memories of the ‘82 drought return

The 1982 drought still conjures up nightmares for farmers. The fact that horror dry stretch is being mentioned in comparison to the current drought was enough to bring NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to some parched properties just south of Dubbo on Monday to announce that Australian Rural Woman of the…

Dubbo another AED closer to being a ‘Heart Safe City’

Dubbo now has another Automated External Defibrillator (AED) installed, thanks to an ongoing push by George Chapman, the local Trainer/Assessor with Australian Red Cross. Making AEDs readily available increases the chances of survival when someone suffers cardiac arrest. According to the Australian Red Cross, more than 30,000 Australians suffer from…

Balance needed between government and God

There is no doubt that governments are influenced by mainstream Christianity, according to Western Plains Baptist Fellowship pastor David Bennett, particularly in modern society. “There’s more political influence in our western world by mainstream Christians than there would have been in biblical times, or before the New Testament,” he explained.…

Will Dickerson stand?

Speculation over former Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson standing for the state election representing the National Party has been downplayed. “I feel special that people have got nothing better to do,” Mr Dickerson told Dubbo Photo News. “I can categorically tell you that no decision has been made about anything I…

Dubbo kids arriving at school with rumbling empty tummies

While most of us take a piece of toast or a bowl of cereal in the morning as a given, a recently released report has revealed that one in five children went hungry last year, starting their day without breakfast in their bellies. “Rumbling Tummies”, a report on child hunger…

Orana Torana: A weekend for the compact Holden classic

The Dubvegas Torana Cruz didn’t disappoint last weekend, with plenty of highly-prized examples of the compact Holden on display right around the city’s Cenotaph in Victoria Park. Craig Triplett reckons he’s the luckiest bloke in Dubvegas. “Lou’s my better half and she promised I’d be surrounded by Toranas for my…

New strategy to deal with climate change

A NEW strategic direction for agriculture when it comes to climate change has been welcomed by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana chairman John Walkom. The new policy comes against the backdrop of a devastating run of dry months across much of the eastern states, with stock prices under threat, fodder…

Law change targets drivers on mobile phones and drugs

Drug and mobile phone users will be more strongly targeted as a result of new road safety measures recently passed in state parliament. The Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018 now extends police powers relating to roadside testing for cocaine, as well as increases in penalties for driving…

Aboriginal languages to be taught at Early Childhood Services

The state government has announced a new program aimed at increasing the level of Aboriginal languages being taught in NSW early childhood services. According to the NSW Department of Education, the initiative, called Ninganah No More, aims to “increase the literacy and vocabulary skills of Aboriginal children across NSW, support…

Aggressive dogs a threat to guide dogs at work

For many people with vision loss, a Guide Dog becomes an extension of themselves. The dogs open up new possibilities and allow them to enjoy activities that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy. But this freedom is coming under threat with more and more incidents of…

Life after custody for mums

Mums from across the western region who’ve had a brush with the law have found benefits from a program designed specifically to assist them. The Western Research Institute (WRI) evaluated the outcomes of Barnardos’ Beyond Barbed Wire Program from 2013 to the present, to determine the contribution the program makes…

High hopes for more general aviation development at Dubbo airport

Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields recently met with Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and Councillor Jane Diffey who was representing Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, at the Dubbo City Regional Airport to view general aviation upgrades currently underway. Funded by the National Stronger Regions Fund, the $17.5 million…

Sweet night for country screening

The presentation of an emu head dress to the guest of honour symbolised what was a magical night of sharing culture and community in Dubbo last Friday. The local screening of “Sweet Country” was a sold-out affair attended by film buffs, local indigenous leaders and the film’s director himself, Warwick…