Dubbo Regional Council elects Matthew Dickerson as Mayor, Richard Ivey Deputy Mayor

Dubbo Regional Council elected its new mayor and deputy, Matthew Dickerson and Richard Ivey running unopposed.

The 10 members of the new council were sworn in at a special meeting this afternoon.

Mr Dickerson, who previously served as mayor for five years, said it was an honor to return to office with such a diverse array of councillors.

“The people who have been chosen to represent Dubbo Regional Council are a fantastic mix of different backgrounds, different ages, different experiences,” he said.

“In a board that works well, you want a whole range of different people to bring their ideas to the table.”

Mr Ivey described his appointment as ‘symbolic’ of the importance of the Wellington ward to the council.

“Wellington and Dubbo have a lot in common, and I think one can do a lot for the benefit of the other,” he said.

The new councilors were sworn in at the extraordinary assembly.(ABC Western Plains: Madeline Austin)

Transparency a priority

One of the main goals of the new mayor and his deputy will be to restore trust between the community and the council, which they say is lacking.

“The community looked at the previous advice and the malfunction and said we didn’t really want this,” Mr Ivey said.

“The council must work for the betterment not just of Wellington but of the whole region.”

And while Mr. Dickerson is not focused on past issues on the board during the previous term, he is determined to make transparency a top priority.

“Just because we have a new group of advisers doesn’t mean we’re snapping our fingers and saying, ‘That’s it, trust us again’.”

Part of ensuring the community had faith and confidence in his council involved being transparent as much as possible, he said.

“We have to make sure that we communicate better; sometimes I think the councils in general are not always open about the decisions that are made.

“It’s about these honest conversations that if we don’t have the money to build something, we have to say we don’t have the money to build it and that’s the harsh reality.”

Elna M. Lemons