City of Dubbo
|City of Dubbo
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||12.0324/km2 (31.164/sq mi)|
|Area||3,425 km2 (1,322.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Mathew Dickerson (Independent)|
The City of Dubbo is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Mitchell, Newell, and the Golden highways, the Main Western railway line, and the Macquarie River.
The Dubbo local government area came into being on 19 February 1872, when the Municipal District of Dubbo was approved by the Colonial Secretary. The first six aldermen were elected into office on 22 April 1872 with 82 votes being cast for a wide field of candidates.
Talbragar Shire was amalgamated with the Dubbo City Council on 1 April 1980. At that time the area of the city was 3,321 square kilometres (1,282 sq mi); and with a population estimated at 29,000.
Current composition and election method
Dubbo City Council is composed of eleven Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Independents and Unaligned||11|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
|Ben Shields||Unaligned||Deputy Mayor|
|Greg Mohr||Unaligned||Elected on Ben Shields ticket|
The Dubbo City Council staffs around 350 permanent employees, and is responsible for the city and surrounding areas. The Civic Administration Building is located on the corner of Darling and Church Streets and now has a "One Stop Shop" for all customers of the council.
As a regional centre, the City of Dubbo provides services far beyond its own population base. It serves 130,000 people, and one third of the geographic area of New South Wales. The main industry sectors represented in the City of Dubbo are retail, health, manufacturing, transport, tourism, education, construction, business services, agriculture, and government services.
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