Dubbo Regional Council mayor Ben Shields has hit back at criticism from councillors who have called for him to resign, saying a 'line has clearly been drawn in the sand'.
On Monday deputy mayor Stephen Lawrence and councillor John Ryan said the mayor had endangered public confidence in council processes, and called for him to "do the right thing and resign".
The pair argue the mayor had circumvented council processes particularly in regard to the multi-million dollar Bunnings redevelopment at the RAAF base in Dubbo and his approach to the Regand Park site.
However the mayor hit back at the allegations, saying he had not undermined council processes or misled perceptions in the community.
"I've always welcomed a proposal if it goes to plan, so this nonsense that I've circumvented process is insane," Cr Shields said.
"Now a proposal is just that ... Whether that development or that proposal gets ticked off because of planning rules and regulations is another thing.
"There is still a chance that the Bunnings development or the Regand park idea will not go ahead because it won't reach planning guidelines.
"The Bunnings has not yet been approved. I'm supporting a proposal and I've always said, and if you go back to any of my media interviews I've always said, if all goes to plan, this will be a good development for Dubbo."
The mayor admitted both councillors had raised concerns over both potential developments, prior to their call for him to step down, and said he believed he had "reached a compromise" with Cr Ryan over the Regand Park site.
"May I point out the very councillor who moved the final motion on Regand park and got his will through was one of the councillors calling for my resignation," Cr Shields said.
"That's bizarre beyond belief. If this isn't a political game I don't know what is."
The mayor said the call for him to resign was a "political stunt" in the lead up to the Local Government elections in September.
He argued the two councillors were circumventing the democratic process, and the right time to overhaul the mayor was at a ballot box or mayoral election.
"While I am very disappointed in their very covert actions and not telling me they're going to do this," Cr Shields said.
"I also acknowledge those two councillors are very good councillors, they bring a lot of talent and knowledge to the table.
"I'm disappointed about this one action going into an election, this one stunt designed to get them a lot of votes."
"This game they're playing right now, is again no different to the nonsense that goes on in Canberra where the leadership revolving door happens all the time, we don't want that in Dubbo."
While Cr Shields admitted in previous councils he had gone to the media without mayoral approval, he believed he had a good working relationship with both Cr Lawrence and Cr Ryan.
"Now we're coming into an election the game has clearly changed, that's the disappointing thing," he said.
The mayor said a line had clearly been drawn in the sand between councillors, but the main thing was to focus on what was best for Dubbo when it came to growth and development.
"I say to the people in Dubbo, if you want to go back to the old ways where development was stifled, where there was a club of people just seemingly blocking things for the sake of it, where bureaucracy was holding up everything, you vote for the Labor party, you vote for the Australian Labor party who will hold Dubbo back."
"But if you are keen to see Dubbo progress and see these great things happening, like the proof is in the pudding, you support the existing council leadership under my leadership."