Ratepayer president no Mohr, Greg to resign in February

The man who led a group that has lobbied for all levels of government to give the people of Dubbo a break will step down.

Greg Mohr said he would resign from the presidency of the Dubbo Ratepayers and Residents Association in February.

The confirmation came three months after he won a seat in the chamber of Dubbo City Council.

The association, which also counts Dubbo councillor Ben Shields among its membership, had at times in the previous term taken a stick to city hall.

When asked about his future, Cr Mohr acknowledged difficulties with the dual roles.

The association's constitution would allow him to remain as president, but he would step down early next year, Cr Mohr said.

"I feel it's a bit of a conflict," he said.

The president had not lost his belief in the association's purpose and attended the December meeting this week.

He counted a rally against the carbon tax and an electricity prices forum as two important achievements during his more than four years in the top job.

The association had also been successful in lobbying the council to provide residents with one free drop-off of a trailer-load of rubbish to the tip, he said.

"It was good being a voice between council and the community," Cr Mohr said.

The political landscape has changed since the association was established.

In the past term it was commonly associated with Cr Shields after its strong support of his anti-rate rise platform during the 2008 election campaign, although Cr Shields previously denied it was his mouthpiece.

Cr Shields put in another top performance at this year's election, but this time he followed it up with a successful tilt at the deputy mayor's position.

Cr Mohr said the association was attracting "more and more members" and he was confident the association would continue.

He pledged to continue his involvement but not as president.

faye.wheeler@ruralpress.com

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