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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12804

Mr LAWLER —The week beginning 22 November this year was a special week for the city of Dubbo. There were many celebrations in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the settling of Dubbo. I was very fortunate to have been born and raised and to have spent most of my time in Dubbo. In fact, I still recall as a child going to the proclamation of Dubbo becoming a city. We have a rich history in Dubbo, going back to the time that Jean Emile Serisier opened the first store. Tuesday, 23 November was an especially great day in that special week. The day was marked by the celebration of a ball in Dubbo that was attended by hundreds of people. Though I was at this place, I understand it was probably the best ball that has been held in Dubbo in its entire history. There was also a great display of fireworks.

It was a week of special events, and a great deal of credit must go to the Dubbo 150 Committee, chaired by Jill McCann and hugely assisted by Richard Lawson, Wally Flynn, Pauline Griffiths, Tony McGrane, Alan Smith, Rosemary Langford, Peter Handcock, Peter Carolan and Warwick McCarthy. The celebration started on Saturday, 20 November with a street parade. Dubbo is not particularly well known for its support of street parades, but the community really got behind this one. It went for a good two hours along the street. There were floats from many service clubs, schools, businesses, charity groups and community groups—you name it, they were represented. Dubbo Christian School won the prize for the best float, even though competition was stiff from many of the other schools, including St John's and Dubbo Public School. It was a truly fantastic response for the organisers in getting this parade off the ground. Many other events were highlighted during the week, all of which were well attended and appreciated. (Time expired)