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 7 August 2018
The recent decision by Dubbo Regional Council to undertake a complete review of developer contributions will result in a fairer system for everyone.
Mayor's Column 31 July 2018
He’s sporting a few scars but our rhino is back where he belongs sitting outside Dubbo Regional Airport. Just over a week after he was stolen by thieves and allegedly taken away on the back of a ute to Coonabarabran, he was lowered back into place by council workers.
Mayor's Column 24 July 2018
It seems almost everywhere you look at the moment across the Dubbo Region there is a construction site fence, a bulldozer working, heavy machinery or people in high vis vests and hard hats working away.
Mayor's Column 17 July 2018
Last week it was great to announce that residents of the Dubbo region would once again have access to direct flights to Melbourne and Brisbane through Fly Corporate.
Mayor's Column 26 June 2018
During any community consultation undertaken in recent years residents have consistently told the Council that we should be focusing on the river corridor as our most important asset.


Dubbo Regional Council has determined not to participate in a proposed Joint Organisation (JO) due to the significant uncertainty surrounding the likely success and the potential financial burdens on the rate payer in entering and progressing in the JO.

More information (PDF 221.3KB)


A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

June 2018 (PDF 304.9KB)

May 2018 (PDF 298.9KB)

April 2018 (PDF 304.5KB)

March 2018 (PDF 136.5KB)

February 2018 (PDF 304.5KB)

January 2018  (PDF 211.5KB)

December 2017 (PDF 294.7KB)  

November 2017   (PDF 305.1KB)

October 2017 (PDF 305KB)

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Last Edited: 08 Aug 2018

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