City of Dubbo


City of Dubbo
Dubbo
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Population: 41,211(2009)[1]
Established: 1872
Area: 3425 km² (1,322.4 sq mi)
Mayor: Alan Smith
Council Seat: Dubbo (Church Street)
Region: Orana
State District: Dubbo
Federal Division: Parkes
Website: http://www.dubbo.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around Dubbo:
Narromine Gilgandra Warrumbungle
Narromine Dubbo Wellington
Parkes Parkes Wellington
For the seat in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, see Electoral district of Dubbo.

Dubbo is a Local Government Area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The City is traversed by the Mitchell Highway, the Newell Highway, the Golden Highway and the Main Western railway line.

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

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Council

The Dubbo City Council consists of eleven elected councillors who are elected for a four year term. The City is not divided into ridings or wards. Therefore, each councillor represents the whole local government area, and not a specific subsection of the City. The eleven councillors meet every year in September to elect the mayor. The mayor must be a member of council.[3].[4] The current makeup of the council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 11
Total 11

The current council, elected in 2008, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ben Shields Independent
  Tina Reynolds Independent
  Greg Matthews Unaffiliated
  Ann Barnard Independent Elected on Ben Shields's ticket
  Richard Mutton Independent
  Allan Smith Independent Mayor
  Lyn Griffiths Unaffiliated
  Peter Bartley Independent
  Matthew Dickerson Independent
  Rod Towney Independent Deputy Mayor
  Keith Harris Independent Elected on Tina Reynolds's 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.

History

The Dubbo local government area came into being on February 19, 1872, when the Municipal District of Dubbo was approved by the Colonial secretary. The first six aldermen were elected into office on April 22, 1872 with 82 votes being cast for a wide field of candidates[5].

Talbragar Shire was amalgamated with the Dubbo City Council on 1 April 1980. At that time the area of the city was 3321 square kilometres, and with a population estimated at 29,000[5].

Industry

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

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

  • Japan Minokamo, Japan, since 1989.
  • Australia Warringah, New South Wales, since 1994.
  • China Wujiang, China, since 1995.
  • Australia Newcastle, New South Wales, since 1995.

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3218.0Main%20Features42008-09?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3218.0&issue=2008-09&num=&view=. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c 2004-2005 Annual report Dubbo City Council website, accessed November 11, 2006
  3. ^ Councillors Dubbo City Council website, accessed November 11, 2006
  4. ^ a b c "Dubbo City Council". 2008 Election results. Electoral Commission NSW. http://www.lg.elections.nsw.gov.au/LGE2008/result.Dubbo.html. Retrieved 2009-06-16. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b History of Dubbo City Council Dubbo City Council website, accessed November 11, 2006
  6. ^ Dubbo Sister Cities

External links

Coordinates: 32°15′S 148°36′E / 32.25°S 148.6°E / -32.25; 148.6


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