Ian Stubbs Honorary Freeman Title - 2017.09.29

Published on 02 October 2017

City of Busselton Council has resolved to confer the award of Honorary Freeman of the Municipality upon former CEO and Mayor of the City, Mr Ian Stubbs OAM.  

Mr Stubbs has accepted the award and now joins a small group of individuals who have had the award bestowed upon them for their exceptional contribution to the community. This includes the Hon. Barry House who was also recognised by Council as befitting of the award.

Mayor Grant Henley said Ian Stubbs had a significant influence on Local Government and the long-term development of this municipality.

“Many of the major improvements to facilities, infrastructure and services local people and visitors enjoy today are the direct result of his strategic planning,  leadership and networking skills which helped raise the profile of the municipality at State and Federal level.

He spearheaded both the Busselton and Dunsborough Foreshore redevelopments and was a keen supporter of CBD renewal programs. He advocated strongly for the redevelopment of the Civic and Administration Building and was a key driver in the Busselton Margaret River Airport Expansion Project.   

Ian was integral in cementing the City’s position as the Events Capital of WA and played a major role in attracting the cruise ship industry to the region.  The economic, social and cultural benefits returned to this community as a direct result of his dedication and hard work; cannot be understated.

Ian was a big vision leader who actively sought a genuine connection with his community. His commitment to recognising the contribution of volunteers and his willingness to make himself available to others made him an effective and well-respected leader.  As a community we own him a great deal and it is most fitting that we honour his service by confirming upon him this important title.”

 Background Ian Stubbs.

  • Mr Stubbs’ long-standing career in Local Government commenced in 1968.
  • His was Shire Clerk at the then Shire of Busselton in 1990 and served as Shire Clerk in the Shires of Wyndham-East Kimberley, Toodyay and Dandaragan.  
  • He has acted as a consultant for Local Government.
  • He became the Shire’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer in 1994 and retired from this position in 1996.  
  • He was elected onto the Busselton Shire Council in 2007 and was appointed Shire President in 2009.
  • In 2011 he was re-elected for a further four year term and voted unopposed by fellow Councillors for a second term as the Shire President.
  • He became the municipality’s first Mayor when the Shire of Busselton became the City of Busselton in January 2012. In 2013 he was voted in for another term as Mayor.
  • He was a board member on the South West Development Commission and Regional Development Australia South west.
  • He received the Order of Australia Medal in June 2014 through the WA Local Government Association for his service to Local Government.


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