Welcome to Dubbo!
For weeks the Dubbo community have been preparing for today’s royal visit.
Grass has been watered, grown and mown, wet weather plans have been made (everyone does have their raincoat and poncho right?), and decorations have been hung. Dubbo officially has Royal fever and today is the day we have been waiting for!
Back when the visit was announced there were many questioning Why Dubbo?, well we are here to say once again, why not?
The Dubbo community has been through so much over the past years, and more recently with the drought, the entire city has been affected in one way or another.
Farmers have lost livestock and income, and businesses has suffered. This visit, and the little rain that’s been around lately, is bring us all out of the drought fog, and into the light of spring.
Dubbo has extended its hand of friendship to royalty before. First for the Queen and Prince Philip during their 1954 tour and again in 1992. Prince Edward flew in for the day too in 2006.
And on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will bring their glow (Pregnancy glow too for the Duchess) to the city, with the picnic in the park and residents ready for a celebration.
The planned visit to a drought-stricken farm visit will take place after the Duke and Duchess have arrived and toured the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Though as planned as it was, the idea of a drought-affected farm may look a little different to what the national media believes it would, after Dubbo received over 50mm of rain in the last few weeks.
Make no mistake though, while the farmers are feeling relief from the rainfalls, it hasn’t broken the drought, and any media attention on the plight of our farmers will assist them in getting the message across.
That splash of green grass will make for some great photos, we just have to make sure what’s underneath is not hidden from view.
We are also looking forward to seeing the number of businesses benefit from the influx of visitors to town. So many have gone to such great lengths to make sure their shop fronts look royally up-to-scratch, we are happy to see the busy nature of the streets around town – something we haven’t seen in awhile.
So we hope you enjoy the day in town. We sure will.
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