Roads named in honour of significant contributors to city


There have been so many good news stories to come out of the growth at Dubbo City Regional Airport and there was another last week when three great contributors to Dubbo were honoured with streets named after them.

Family and friends of the late Olaf Weyand, Max Walters, and Noel Howe were on hand for a special presentation on Thursday and had a chance to see just how far the airport has come. Each of the three men had a special connection with the airport or the emergency services precinct there.

Former Deputy Mayor of Dubbo Max Walters was recognised for his role in the formation of the Dubbo Rescue Squad with the naming of Walters Way. Not only did Mr Walters play an integral role locally, but he also approached the Police Commissioner to discuss training and that led to the establishment of the Volunteer Rescue Squad across the state. As we all know, the VRA plays an integral role in vehicle rescue and searches and recoveries on land and water. Dubbo’s squad remains particularly strong thanks to the work of Mr Walters.

A large group from the Dubbo Rescue Squad were in attendance on Thursday, along with Mr Walters’ wife Ros Walters.

Walters Way leads to combined Volunteer Rescue Squad and State Emergency Service headquarters at the airport. I can’t think of a more fitting way to recognise his contribution.

The Late Olaf Weyand flew in the Sydney to London and Return Air Race in 1969 before going on to establish AirLink. He also used his passion for photography to capture the region in pictures from the air and developed infrared technology that detected irregularities in irrigation systems with the Department of Agriculture. Weyand Drive has been named after Mr Weyand, because he had such a passion for the aviation industry.

I’m delighted Dr Jane Weyand was able to be present on Thursday to see her late husband’s efforts recognized.

Likewise the family of Noel Howe were also present to see Howe Place unveiled. Mr Howe’s wife Heather and his daughter Carol, who travelled from Broome, Western Australia to be there, were so proud and pleased with the recognition.

Mr Howe was an extremely respected flight instructor and owned a flying school in Dubbo for many decades, which led him to help re-establish Dubbo’s Aero Club in 1994.

Olaf Weyand and Noel Howe played such an important role in the aero industry in Dubbo that it was only right they have a place in the streets of the airport.

All three families were also presented with a replica of the street signs that are now in place, which they will able to display in their own homes. I want to thank everyone involved in the organization of Thursday’s event. It is fantastic to be able to recognize the efforts of people who played such a role in Dubbo’s history.

Last Edited: 05 Dec 2019

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