Dubbo should give itself a pat on the back | Opinion

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing the community rally together for a good cause?

It’s certainly hard to think of many things that can bring a city together than helping those who need it.

And in Dubbo we see it time and time again.

Already we have seen the way the community rallied to help those who lost their homes and property in the Sir Ivan bushfire.

One of those hit hardest by the bushfires, Warren Jarvis, is having a house built almost completely by generosity of the community. 

Other community campaigns have had similar success.

And now people are digging deep to help build a liberty swing for Dubbo’s disabled children.

The community embraced Tracy Hanna’s idea when she took to Facebook in March saying she wanted a Liberty Swing in Dubbo.

She won over council, to the point they decide to incorporate her swing into their plans for the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens and also gave $15,000 to help get it started.

That left Tracy needing a further $20,000 by October to make it a reality. It was a daunting task that Tracy took on but just three weeks in, she has $4000 already donated and much more on the way.

There is one liberty swing in place at Taronga Western Plains Zoo but it will be good to have a second one within the city.

Council has a grand plan for the botanic gardens, which includes an adventure playground where the liberty swing will be placed. In the long-term it will also include a cafe and other developments and the liberty swing will add to its value.

Ms Hanna has organised a committee to help her and just hours after being given the go-ahead from council she had already organised a black tie bingo event at Dubbo RSL in July.

Now she is in the process of organising a family lawn bowls day and other raffles.

It’s good to see businesses have come on board, donating large sums and also items that can be used as prizes.

For the hundreds who showed their support to Ms Hanna when she was lobbying for council to allow the placement of a liberty swing, please continue that support by donating.

As Ms Hanna said, if everyone in Dubbo donated one dollar, there would almost be enough to build two swings.

So one should prove pretty easy.