Should these seats be set aside for some famous faces at the opening of the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre or should they be filled by local dignitaries?Bindi Irwin can’t do it, because it’s her birthday the next day.
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Jessica Mauboy is out of the country.

Cate Blanchett has all but ruled it out.

Does Dubbo need a high-profile person to open the new $18.6m theatre?

Dubbo mayor Allan Smith thinks the night is fine to rely on “homegrown” talent, and he’s set to cut that ribbon on July 23 after council so far had not received any replies from unnamed celebrities it’s invited to do the honours.

So the Daily Liberal made a couple of calls yesterday to ascertain the availability of several Aussie stars – and hit the streets to discover who you want to officially open the theatre.

Dubbo resident Jo Kleinig said Pink would be a big name to draw people to the city and her friends Laura Rohdy and Krys Baker thought Rolf Harris and John Williamson respectively.

Other residents suggested sportspeople, politicians and the woman who represents Queen Elizabeth II in Australia.

Actor and artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company Cate Blanchett was the Daily Liberal’s first choice, but a theatre company spokeswoman said Ms Blanchett and family were taking some well-deserved rest until the end of July.

“On behalf of Cate, Andrew (Upton) and the Sydney Theatre Company team however, we would like to wish the Mayor of Dubbo, Councillor Allan Smith, the Dubbo City Council and the wider community all the very best for the opening of your new theatre and convention centre,” the spokeswoman said.

“Sydney Theatre Company has an active regional touring program and we look forward to one of our productions heading your way in the future.”

Meanwhile Bindi Irwin remains an unlikely starter.

Although the Daily Liberal did not receive a response from Australia Zoo to its enquiry, it was noted on their website that the wildlife warrior has an engagement locked in for July 24.

It will be her “12th Hollywood Birthday” and people can walk the red carpet for the occasion at the zoo, with free entry for children.

Actor Ray Meagher clutched a Gold Logie this year but it is uncertain if he will handle a canapé at Dubbo.

Channel 7 said Home and Away was in a production break, making it difficult for them to reach the soap star.

Dubbo favourite Kellie Dickerson is busy juggling jobs, most notably musical direction of Wicked the Broadway Musical.

Ms Dickerson had previously visited family at Dubbo with her partner, the late Rob Guest, but yesterday Wicked’s publicist did not respond to the Daily Liberal’s inquiry.

Manager of Ms Mauboy David Champion said although the singer could not make it to Dubbo this time because of international recording commitments, it was not to say she would not in the future.

“Jessica is a country girl, she’s been to Dubbo before, and would like to come back to perform in the theatre later in the year,” he said.

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