Mayor of Dubbo Region


Councillor Ben Shields was first elected to the former Dubbo City Council in 1999 as an 18-year-old who was still studying for his Higher School Certificate.

Councillor Shields is a fifth generation local of Dubbo and has a small advertising and marketing consultancy business.

Since his election to Council back in 1999, Councillor Shields has served 10 years on the board of Local Government NSW (previously Local Government Association of NSW).

In 2012, Councillor Shields was elected Deputy Mayor of the former Dubbo City Council.

At the 2016 merger of the former Dubbo City and Wellington Councils, Councillor Shields was appointed as an advisor to the Local Representation Committee whose job was to advise the new council administrator until elections could take place for the new Regional Council in September 2017.

Following the 2017 Council elections, Councillor Shields was elected as the first Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council.


MAYOR's column

The Mayor's weekly column about issues, events and news in the region.

Mayor's Column 15 November 2017
These days democracy doesn’t mean you elect officials who then become the “be all and end all” of all decision making.
Mayor's Column 8 November 2017
Last week I attended the Inland Forum and the Country Mayors Association in Sydney. The Inland Forum is made up of Armidale, Tamworth, Orange, Bathurst, Wagga, Albury and Dubbo. The Inland Forum has a focus on the Evocities program. Then there is the Country Mayors Association which is made up of Mayors from all over regional and rural NSW. Both groups have an important role in the promotion and advocacy of regional NSW.
Mayor's Column 1 November 2017
Air travel is now so common it can easily be taken for granted. Flying makes it easier to attend a work conference, to meet business clients in metropolitan areas, to attend a family wedding or to see that international event that will only tour the capitals.
Mayor's Column 25 October 2017
Dubbo. It's a great City with a strong economy. When you talk economics though there are a lot of locals who just don't quite understand what drives our economy.
Mayor's Column 18 October 2017
As incoming Mayor, the one issue that is consistently raised with me is the matter of the third waste bin. Like the bulk of the community, I am keen to get this matter sorted.
First column from new mayor
Councillor Ben Shields' first column as mayor of Dubbo Regional Council


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Last Edited: 20 Nov 2017

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