Mayor of the Dubbo Region - Ben Shields

Ben Shields

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.

Lions Park upgrade to benefit Wellington children
It was exciting to be able to open yet another playground at Wellington, with the substantially upgraded Lions Park helping entertain local children.
Roads named in honour of significant contributors to city
There have been so many good news stories to come out of the growth at Dubbo City Regional Airport and there was another last week when three great contributors to Dubbo were honoured with streets named after them.
Council's focus on positive future for Wellington
In recent times positivity has certainly been increasing in Wellington but it’s important that we as a community continue to focus on moving forward and not looking back.
Exciting times for Wellington with pool opening
This weekend is a significant and exciting moment for community with the new Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre opening.
Government assistance needed to help region's economy through drought
As everyone is now acutely aware, we are in one of the worst droughts on record and as a region Dubbo moved to Level 4 water restrictions at the start of the month.
  

 

Media Releases

9 Jun 2020   Police Success Highlights Government Inaction
With more than $500,000 seized by NSW Police Force that ultimately dismantled a complex drug syndicate in Wellington and Sydney, Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields is calling on monies seized under the proceeds of crime be re-directed by the NSW Government to tangible ‘on the ground’ crime prevention measures.
26 May 2020   Mayor Spearheads Plan To Bring NRL Match to Dubbo
Dubbo Regional Council will investigate the potential to host an NRL match in the next three years after a Mayoral Minute was unanimously endorsed at the May Ordinary meeting of Council on Monday night.
20 May 2020   Economic Recovery Taskforce to Help Lead Dubbo's Post-Pandemic Resurgence
Councillors will vote on the creation of a Regional Recovery Taskforce aimed at helping the region’s economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at the May Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday night.
19 May 2020   Stronger Communities Funding Helped Dubbo Region Through Merger Process
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said Dubbo has unfairly been criticised for grants received through the Stronger Communities fund to assist in the merger of Dubbo City and Wellington Shire Councils.
14 May 2020   Victoria Park Redevelopment Project Boosts Local Economy Through Pandemic Slowdown
Work on the $3.1 million Victoria Park redevelopment is progressing with the laying of a new field base, irrigation system and turf at No.1 Oval now complete.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

April 2020 

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019 

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018 

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

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

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 17 Jun 2020

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