City of Dubbo

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional city, see Dubbo. For the seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, see Electoral district of Dubbo.
City of Dubbo
New South Wales
Dubbo LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°15′S 148°36′E / 32.250°S 148.600°E / -32.250; 148.600Coordinates: 32°15′S 148°36′E / 32.250°S 148.600°E / -32.250; 148.600
Population 41,211 (2011)[1]
 • Density 12.0324/km2 (31.164/sq mi)
Established 1872
Area 3,425 km2 (1,322.4 sq mi)
Mayor Mathew Dickerson (Independent)
Council seat Dubbo
Region Orana
State electorate(s) Dubbo
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website City of Dubbo
LGAs around City of Dubbo:
Narromine Gilgandra Warrumbungle
Narromine City of Dubbo Wellington
Parkes Parkes Wellington

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 largest population centre is the regional city of Dubbo. The local government area also includes the villages of Eumungerie, Mogriguy, Brocklehurst, Wongarbon, Toongi, and Rawsonville.[2]

The Mayor of the City of Dubbo Council is Cr. Mathew Dickerson, an independent politician.


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.[3]

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.[3]


Current composition and election method[edit]

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:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 11
Total 11

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ben Shields Unaligned Deputy Mayor[5]
  Mathew Dickerson Independent Mayor[5]
  John Walkom Unaligned
  Bill Kelly Independent
  Greg Mohr Unaligned Elected on Ben Shields ticket
  Allan Smith Independent
  Kevin Parker Unaligned
  Tina Reynolds Independent
  Greg Mathews Unaligned
  Lyn Griffiths Independent
  Rod Towney Independent

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.[2] The main industry sectors represented in the City of Dubbo are retail, health, manufacturing, transport, tourism, education, construction, business services, agriculture, and government services.[2]

Sister cities[edit]

The City of Dubbo has four sister cities:[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Dubbo (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Annual report: 2004-2005" (PDF). Dubbo City Council. 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "History of Dubbo City Council". Dubbo City Council. Retrieved 11 November 2006. 
  4. ^ a b "Dubbo City Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b van de Wetering, Jodie (25 September 2012). "Check your new council details". ABC Western Plains (Australia). Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Dubbo Sister Cities

External links[edit]

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