Law and order, and health. There are no issues more pressing, or more complex, in Dubbo and throughout western NSW.
But in two of the three seminars organised by Roger Fletcher at the Dubbo RSL, they were both tackled head-on.
Mr Fletcher contributed to both meetings and reminded the committee members not to throw too many eggs into their basket.
“We have to come up with two or three workable solutions we can take to the Government,” he said, and both meetings succeeded in getting a clear plan of action for the months ahead.
The 25 people who registered at the health seminar included three local doctors, a representative from the health department and former board members of the Dubbo Base Hospital.
Then an hour later, another 30 registered at the law and order forum.
The health committee appointed Zeke Shaw, a local teacher originally from Wellington, as chairperson for the committee.
Over the three hours a range of ideas were aired, but the committee boiled the group’s concerns down to three main issues.
Better training for nurses, the relocation of ambulance stations to hospital facilities, and better health technology in rural areas are proposals the committee
will formalise before taking a report to state and federal ministers.
Zeke Shaw said the spirit of the health meeting reflected a growing concern with the “dwindling of real health services in remote communities”.
Meanwhile, recent Dubbo by-election candidate Jen Cowley was nominated to chair the law and order committee.
She accepted the nomination but insisted she was not doing so for political purposes.
“This is for my family and my community,” she said.
The group discussed greater enforcement of the Parental Responsibility Act and strengthening of the Young Offenders Act.
Mr Fletcher said he was impressed with the turnout of more than 70 people at yesterday’s seminars.
The meetings continue today, with seminars on transport, industry and conservation held all day at the Dubbo RSL.
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