Dubbo Regional Council

The Dubbo Regional Council is a local government area located in the Central West and Orana regions of New South Wales, Australia. The council was formed on 12 May 2016 through a merger of the City of Dubbo and Wellington Council. Originally named Western Plains Regional Council, the name was changed to Dubbo Regional Council on 7 September 2016.[3]

Dubbo Regional Council
New South Wales
Location of Dubbo Regional Council in New South Wales
Coordinates32°15′S 148°36′E
Population
 • Density6.6450/km2 (17.2106/sq mi)
Established12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area7,536 km2 (2,909.7 sq mi)[3]
MayorBen Shields
Council seatDubbo
Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
LGAs around Dubbo Regional Council:
Gilgandra Warrumbungle
Narromine Dubbo Regional Council Mid-Western
Cabonne

The council comprises an area of 7,536 square kilometres (2,910 sq mi) and occupies part of the central western plains of New South Wales, surrounding the regional centre of Dubbo. As at the 2016 census, the council had an estimated population of 50,077.[1]

The first and current Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council is Councillor Ben Shields, elected to the position on 28 September 2017.[3]

Towns and localities

As well as the regional centre of Dubbo, the following towns and localities are located within Dubbo Regional Council:

Heritage listings

Dubbo Regional Council area has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Dubbo
Euchareena
Stuart Town
Wellington

Demographics

The population for the predecessor councils was estimated in 2015 as:[19]

  • 41,934 in City of Dubbo
  • 9,073 in Wellington Council
Selected historical census data for Dubbo Regional Council local government area
Census year2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night50,077
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales46th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English
Australian
Italian
Chinese
Irish
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian
Mandarin
Cantonese
Korean
Greek
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic
No religion
Anglican
Eastern Orthodox
Buddhism
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$
% of Australian median income
Family incomeMedian weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household incomeMedian weekly household income
% of Australian median income

Council

Current composition and election method

The inaugural Dubbo Regional Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally. The Council is divided into five ward, each electing two councillors. 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 current makeup of the council is as follows:

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 9
  Country Labor 1
Total 10

The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[20][21]

WardCouncillorPartyNotes
Dubbo Central   John Ryan Unaligned
  Vicki Etheridge Independent Ran on Ben Shields team
Dubbo East   Dayne Gumley Independent Ran on Ben Shields team
  Stephen Lawrence Country Labor Deputy Mayor
Dubbo North   Jane Diffey Independent
  Ben Shields Unaligned Mayor
Dubbo South   Greg Mohr Independent Ran on Ben Shields team
  Kevin Parker Unaligned
Wellington   David Grant Independent
  Anne Jones Independent

See also

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Western Plains Regional (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. "Dubbo Regional Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  4. "Dubbo RAAF Stores Depot (former)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01701. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. "Talbragar Shire Council Chambers". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00219. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. "CBC Bank". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00039. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. "CML Building". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00180. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. "Kemwah Court". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00544. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. "Old Dubbo Gaol". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01689. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. "Dubbo Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01130. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. "Dubbo rail bridge over Macquarie River". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01032. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. "Dundullimal". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01497. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  13. "Nubrygyn Inn and Cemetery". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01976. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. "Stuart Town Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01253. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. "John Fowler 7nhp Steam Road Locomotive". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01867. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. "Wellington Convict and Mission Site - Maynggu Ganai". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01859. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. "Wellington Post Office". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01415. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. "Blacks Camp". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01865. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  19. "Regional Population Growth, Australia. Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2015), 2005 to 2015 Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  20. "Dubbo Regional Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2017. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  21. Walker, Ben (14 September 2017). "OFFICIAL: Dubbo Regional Council results determined". Daily Liberal. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
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