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Once again the year is flying with no sign of winter yet or rain. I would say that rain will certainly usher winter in very quickly if and when it comes. It is still unbelievably warm and this drought has been very severe in some parts of the State. When you see eucalypts in their death throws it is a sure sign of a bad drought.

Our first luncheon for the year was very well attended at the Commercial Hotel with the following present: Ross & Judy Tighe, John & Helen McLean, Len & Virginia Edwards, Jude & Maree Maloney, Gordon & Mrs Whiteman, Bill Greenwood, Lorraine Beecroft, Ilma Murphy, Margaret Rich, Kylie McKeown, Ian & Beryl Hobson, Superintendent Peter McKenna, Doug & Deb Gott, Don & Pam Urqhuart, Ralph Harris, Keith Grimshaw, Clem & Marg Long, Garry Garbutt. Ron & Jan Wiegold. Apologies: Faye & Col Selwood, Paul & Vicki Jones, David Etheridge, Ron Steer, Brian O’Leary, Pam Garbutt, Mark & Lyndal Powderly

The week prior to the luncheon I received a call from Kylie McKeown, P.A to Peter McKenna, our recently appointed new Commander of the Orana Mid-Western Police District. Kylie advised that he had intimated that he would like to meet and address as many of the RPA members living in the district as he could. As a result of this we had the Commander and Kylie as our guests for the luncheon and he gave a talk on the new structure of the force and its workings. He came over as a no nonsense, hands on officer who would back his men in regaining some of the lost respect on the streets. Peter was very well received and all present appreciated him taking the time to give us this informative talk. We look forward to working with him in the future.


This was held recently and proved to be very successful event with organisers and those in attendance extremely happy with the outcome. Hereunder is a report by the organiser, Charlie Hallorhan APM.

Charlie wrote - “I hope you all had a wonderful Friendship week recently at Dubbo, I certainly did. All got home safely and back to the normal activities at home. A big thanks for the support and informative talks from the Police Minister Troy Grant, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, Superintendent McKenna, and Councilor Jane Diffey”. The dollars over from the weekend have been forwarded to Police Legacy.
I believe you all would have contributed in excess of $10,000-00 to the community of Dubbo during the week.

2019 Friendship Week - I will keep you all in touch as soon as a decision is made as to where we will host the Friendship Week 2019. Once again THANK YOU for your support and help, making this such a successful FRIENDSHIP WEEK Regards Charles Halloran

A letter of appreciation was received from Robert Patrech “Charlie I had some reservations about out west, heat and flies mainly but this was one of the best weeks so far not only caught up with Police I hadn’t seen in 30yrs but also had coffee with some friends from Brewarrina. Great Job Charlie and much appreciated. Regards Bob Patrech”

That’s all for now

Rosco (Ross Tighe)



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