IT HAS been a big week for Dubbo on the economic front.
The NSW government has given the Tomingley gold project a green light, removing another of the bureaucratic hurdles.
This should result in gold being produced in the second half of next year.
The $103 million mine's construction will generate about 250 jobs, while it is expected to employ about 100 or so staff during the production process.
On Thursday, the Joint Regional Planning Panel - a device given to local government by the previous Labor government - gave the green light to a $53m five-storey shopping and accommodation complex.
With projects such as these, and others like the Toongi zirconia and rare earths mine and the Cobbora coal mine on the horizon, there is much to be optimistic about.
Now we hear an (as yet un-named) airline is considering, with plenty of potential customers, flights from Dubbo to Melbourne.
The local government election on September 8 offers the city an opportunity to analyse and scrutinise those who would be best to represent the city and its ratepayers.