Mayor of the Dubbo Region - Ben Shields

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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 blog

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

Budget a tough task for Council
The process for adopting the 2019/2020 Council budget is almost done. Like other years, Councillors and senior staff can breathe a slight of relief once the long and daunting process is over.
Wellington on its way to being a heart-safe town
I am very excited about a push going on in Wellington to get more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) installed around the town.
Dubbo's relationship with Minokamo is something special
Later this year, Dubbo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of our sister city partnership with the Japanese city of Minokamo.
Wellington has a win with St Mary's set to keep classes
The Wellington community got some great news last week when the Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst announced St Mary’s Catholic School would continue to offer Kindergarten to Year 10 education.
Region set to move into level 2 water restrictions
At Monday night’s Ordinary Meeting of Council, my Mayoral Minute to move the Dubbo Region into level 2 water restrictions was endorsed by Council.
  

Media Releases

21 May 2019   Council calls on NSW Government to fund Emergency Services Levy increase
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has called a 20 per cent increase in Dubbo Regional Council’s Emergency Services Levy for 2019-20 excessive and called on the NSW Government to fund the almost $200,000 increase from the previous year.
24 Apr 2019   Work begins on designs for Dubbo's Wiradjuri Park
Designs are being drawn up for the Wiradjuri Park at Elizabeth Park (Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens) with Stage 1 of construction expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
10 Apr 2019   Eumungerie streets upgraded through Village Street Sealing program
Work is under way to upgrade two heavily used streets in Eumungerie from gravel to bitumen seal as part of the Village Street Sealing Program.
9 Apr 2019   Windsor Parade Pocket park goes to public exhibition
A plan to beautify one of the main entrances to the city of Dubbo is on public exhibition for community feedback.
9 Apr 2019   Submissions closing for Outdoor Dining Policy
Council is reminding business owners in the Central Business District to have their say on a draft Outdoor Dining Policy which is currently on public exhibition.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

May 2019 (PDF 117.5KB)

April 2019 (PDF 151KB)

March 2019 (PDF 159.6KB)

February 2019 (PDF 124.1KB)

January 2019 (PDF 113.1KB)

December 2018 (PDF 208.9KB)            

November 2018 (PDF 208.6KB)

October 2018 (PDF 303.8KB)

September 2018 (PDF 304.1KB)

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

e: clrben.shields@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 19 Jun 2019

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