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 14 February 2018
Right here in the Dubbo Region and across NSW, the community are directing its elected representatives to take decisive action to decrease the road toll.
Mayor's Column 7 February 2018
Years ago, when people asked me about Dubbo, and if we had any traffic problems, I would jokingly say the only traffic congestion we have is in the McDonalds drive through. That’s not the case today.
Mayor's Column 31 January 2018
A significant document crossed the Mayor’s desk last week. It was not unlike a lot of paperwork that requires my signature, however, this ordinary looking contract document is significant because it proves that people power can work.
Mayor's Column 24 January 2018
The annual debate over our national day is in full swing where opposing views are flying around more than the usual summer flies that traditionally go with Australia Day.
Mayor's Column 17 January 2018
As we approach the two year anniversary of the forced merger between Dubbo and Wellington, I have observed a lot of issues, some of which were anticipated and some that have come as a complete surprise.
Mayor's Column 10 January 2018
Right now your Councillors are considering proposals and options available to our new region which provide for a better range of housing availability to meet a changing demand and enable growth in the sector while also ensuring there options for affordable housing types
Mayor's Column 3 January 2018
One of my first actions as Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council was to seek a review of the introduction of the third bin and the decision to cut general waste collection to a fortnightly service.
Mayor's Column 27 December 2017
2017 is hurtling to a close and Dubbo is in holiday mood. The weather may be hot but one of the great things about Dubbo is that the City doesn’t stop.
Mayor's Column 20 December 2017
20 December 2017 One of the big challenges I knew I would face when I was elected Mayor of the Dubbo Region would be the difficulties related to the sheer size of our new Regional Council and being able to fully appreciate the local issues for each community.
Mayor's Column 13 December
Just like our nurses who have the Nurses Association, teachers with the Teachers Federation and Police with the Police Association, local councils also has an industry association that represents their interests.
Mayor's Column 6 December
One of the great things about being Mayor is having the pleasure of launching exciting initiatives like the Smile it’s Christmas campaign, which was officially opened last Friday at the Church Street Rotunda.
Mayor's Column 29 November 2017
Tony McGrane used to say that Dubbo’s most understated asset is its river. Now that Dubbo Regional Council takes in both Wellington and Dubbo this statement is more relevant than ever.
Mayor's Column 22 November
Every year there is chatter about Council’s budget. Rate increases are always something that annoys people, and rightfully so.
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


A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

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: 13 Feb 2018

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