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Why are country towns still important? Our Leader Troy Grant has called for answers from high schoolers in his local electorate. It’s not often that people are encouraged to stand up on their soap box. But Troy has called on youngsters in Dubbo and surrounding areas to do just that. And there’s more than just glory up for grabs.

The Soap Box Challenge is a chance for rural teens to speak up about what makes country towns still relevant. Inspired by Troy's own experiences on the soap box, this public speaking competition is a series of events inviting students from across the Dubbo electorate to have their say. High school students will compete at a preliminary round in their local area before progressing to the final showdown, should their five minute speech impress the panel.

For those of you who live in or near Dubbo, the finals will be held at the Victoria Park Rotunda on Sunday 3rd April from 2pm – 4pm, after a community BBQ from 12.30pm.

The female and male winner of each area will receive a trophy and cash prizes, not to mention a lifelong talent that builds confidence and communication skills.

For more information, please contact Troy at

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