Straight from the Mayor’s Mouth with Mathew Dickerson from Dubbo Regional Council

Straight from the Mayor’s Mouth with Mathew Dickerson from Dubbo Regional Council

A weekly podcast with Mayor Mathew Dickerson and Host Mark Barnes relating to the activities of Dubbo Regional Council. Send your questions to


June 4, 2023 64 mins

RIP Brian Barnes. 

Traditional ‘Past, Present and Future’ Leadership Forum Held During the Week. 

Discussion Points From the Climate Change and Resilience Committee Meeting. 

Official Opening of the Archibald Finalists Exhibition at the WPCC. 

Workshop Held to Discuss the 840MW Sandy Creek Solar Farm. 

Local Government Procurement Networking Meeting Held at the Zoo. 

Travelled to Parliament House to Meet With New Ministers. 


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New Name for This Podcast Starting From This Week. "Straight From the Mayor’s Mouth." 

EnergyCo Board Met in Dubbo and Heard the Pitch for a REAC at Bodangora. 

Met With Infrastructure NSW to Assist in the NSW Government Strategic Infrastructure Review Led by Ken Kanofski. 

Attended the Regular Meeting of Country Mayors During the Week to Hear From Various Members of Government and Discuss a Variety of Issues. 

Attended a Meeting o...

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Controversy Surrounding the Macquarie Lions Park Amenities Block Being Demolished. 

Road Works to Start on Wheelers Lane. 

Additional Costs Associated With the Emergency Services Levy. 

Highlights From the Latest Meeting of the Alliance of Western Councils. 

North West Urban Release Area Continues to Take Shape. 

Heritage Plaza Works Continue Slowly. 

The Governor of NSW Attends the 150th Dubbo Show. 

‘Three Days in May’ Book Launc...

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Tony McGrane Scholarship Winner Announced. 

Regional Cities NSW Road Trip Planned to Lismore and Tweed Heads. 

John Gilbert Water Treatment Plan Optimisation Study Underway. 

Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets Planning Workshop Undertaken. 

Transport for NSW 16 Regional Cities Bus Services Improvement Program. 

Tender Submitted for NSW Touch Junior State Cup for the Next Three Years. 

Bowls NSW Looking to Bring State Championships to...

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Should Dubbo Have a ‘Dusk to Dawn’ Curfew to Curb Crime as Discussed on the Today Show? 

Westhaven Facilitates the Opening of New Architecturally Designed NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Villas. 

Councillors Attend a Workshop to Discuss South Dubbo Bridge Options. 

Councillors Attend a Workshop to Discuss the Blueridge Link Road and Sheraton Road. 

Councillors Visit the Whylandra Waste and Recycling Depot. 

What Was Learne...

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Anzac Day Services Across the Dubbo LGA. 

Council Has Made a Final Decision on Supporting the Macquarie Conservatorium of Music. 

Council Will Aim to Find Contractors to Manage the Aquatic Leisure Centres. 

The Draft Budget for 2023/2024 Is Now on Display. 

A Draft Policy Has Been Approved for Display for Memorial Plaques and Donation of Park Furniture and Trees. 

Transport for NSW Has Been Asked to Arrange the Repatriation of the ...

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Over $61K of Cheques Handed Over to Recipients of the Bodangora Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. 

Planning Agreement Progressing for the Proposed 700MW Spicers Creek Wind Farm by Squadron Energy. 

NSW Farmers Invited Dubbo Regional Council to a Local Branch Meeting in Dunedoo to Discuss Renewable Energy Projects. 

The Latest Land Valuations Have Been Released From the Valuer General Which Will Impact the Amount of Rates You Pay. 


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20-year anniversary of a fire in the Council administration building. 

Potential request for proposal for the contract management of the Aquatic Leisure Centres. 

Year to Date Building Summary. 

Half a million dollars potentially on offer to the Macquarie Conservatorium in an interest free loan. 

Latest Code of Conduct report. 

Tender for fluoride dosing awarded to TWS Evolution. 

Update on riverbank erosion near the Tracker Riley ...

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Easter in Dubbo is a very busy time! 

We have lots of new Aussies in Dubbo after the latest Citizenship Ceremony. 

The Yeoval Progress Association had Dubbo Regional Councillors at their latest meeting. 

The Western Plains Science and Engineering Challenge was held at the Showground. 

The Gift of Life Baton, the symbol of the World Transplant Games, passed through Dubbo. 

An update on the appointment of a new Commander for the Oran...

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World’s first DNA database to combat littering – or is it just a joke? 

Should we have a Dubbo version of Monopoly? 

Students in Year 5 visit the Chamber. 

Lots of meetings involving the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone. 

What should the Library of tomorrow look like? 

What happened at the Variety Activate Inclusion Sports Day Event? 

What can Council do about the increasing number of homeless people in Dubbo? 

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Councillors resolved to move the Council Chambers to another location in the Council building. 

An annual report will now be delivered to the community on the drinking water in the Dubbo LGA. 

A report has been completed that analyses short-term worker accommodation requirements. 

The Macquarie Conservatorium of Music needs a new home. 

Councillors considered changing the airport charging system to include a Maximum Take-off Weight...

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Why did His Excellency General the Honourable David John Hurley AC DSC (Retd) call the Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council this week? 

Who is the new VRA Commissioner and why was he in Dubbo? 

Why did the Councillors tour Jinchilla Gardens and how many of the Councillors can now play the didgeridoo? 

Why did ‘Boys to the Bush’ visit Council? 

Waste2Art is now officially opened. 

The Mayor is putting on leathers and riding a motorbike t...

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Is Council about to move the Council Chambers to another location? 

Does the latest building summary show an improvement in the number of applications being approved by Council? 

With the Rural Fire Service called in to action this week, how does Council fit in to the big picture? 

How much did Pioneer Park receiving in flood repair funding? 

Planning continues for the latest housing precinct in Dubbo. 

Real Estate Agents will soon...

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What is the future for the Fowler Steam Engine located in Wellington? 

News from the latest Developers’ Forum. 

Councillors attend their first workshop to discuss the budget for 2023/2024 financial year. 

Kumon State Combined Athletics Carnival brings thousands to Dubbo. 

Wellington Vintage Fair a great success. 

Macquarie Anglican Grammar School discusses a new podcast. 

Holi Mela Festival of Colours held on Saturday in Dubbo. 


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How many McDonald’s is too many and what is Council doing about it? 

When will construction start on the Wiradjuri Cultural Tourism Centre? 

Where is Council going to spend the additional $5 million that it received for roads? 

What is going to happen with the severe erosion that occurred at Pioneer Park and at the Duke of Wellington Bridge in Wellington? 

New technology being trialled by Council parking officers. 


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Thanks to SES after our recent storms and a last update on green waste. 

New residents welcomed to Dubbo. 

Meeting held on-site to discuss 12 Mile Road and Goolma Road. 

City of Dubbo Eisteddfod AGM. 

Wellington Australia Day committee debrief meeting. 

$9.23 million from the State Government to develop 6,000 residential blocks of land. 

Final submissions received for the Macquarie River Masterplan. 

NSW Touch Junior State Cup bein...

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The community suffered significant storm damage on Thursday night. What is Council doing to help the clean up? 

Under Section 226 (d) of the Local Government Act, a Mayor has rarely used powers. Why were these powers exercised recently? 

Would you like to donate a commemorative Park Bench? Council needs a policy for that! 

Backyard sheds are becoming larger all the time. A Development Control Plan is required. 

Minimum lot sizes ar...

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Why is Dubbo letting surrounding areas snare the big football and cricket matches? 

What futuristic flight testing is taking place at Bodangora Airstrip? 

Why did residents from the Comobella area meet with Council representatives at Comobella Hall this week? 

Is the location for Council meetings about to throw away almost 50 years of history for the sake of efficiency? 

What was achieved at the latest Central West Orana Renewable ...

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Update on Australia Day ceremonies in Dubbo and Wellington. 

Sandy Beach sand movements being discussed with NSW Fisheries. 

Boothenba Road upgraded at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets intersection. 

Rural Fire Service Training Centre and upcoming Aerial Firefighting conference. 

Pumped Hydro scheme proposed near Burrendong Dam. 

Council taking part in a trial with NSW Government’s OneRoad system which will feed information dir...

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2023 Swimming NSW Country Regional Meeting currently being held in Dubbo. 

NSW Country Athletic Championships currently being held at Barden Park. 

Council developing a business case for the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone Green Energy Hub. 

New Horseland store opened in Dubbo. 

New Zoo Hospital facility at the Zoo. 

Roads, roads, roads. 

Smokescreen Film Series returns to the Western Plains Cultural Centre. 

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