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.

Dubbo Region Survived The Test Of Droughts, Fires And COVID In 2020
There was no doubt 2020 was tough for everyone but Dubbo exceeded all expectations for resilience and will start 2021 in a strong place.
CBD Rejuvenation Key to Dubbo's Strong Economy
Dubbo is meeting the challenge of keeping its main street relevant during the rise of internet shopping.
Dubbo Not Getting a Fair Go From Government When it Comes to a Bypass
The NSW Government is building or investigating 10 highway bypasses of major towns and cities but Dubbo isn't one of them.
Only Thing Worse Than a Pub With No Beer is a Hospital With No Doctors
Wellington is making progress and Council working hard but the state of health services in the town is a concern.
There's No Doubt, Dubbo Needs a Ring Road
There is a great lost opportunity for Dubbo with the state government’s insistence of building the $210 million River Street Bridge project.
  

 

Media Releases

4 May 2020   Dubbo Mayor Proposes City's Airport as Potential Regional Base for Virgin Australia
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has offered Dubbo as a potential base for the operation for Virgin Australia (or a potentially rebranded version of the entity) for the airline’s regional fleet maintenance and regular passenger transport services, as part of a NSW Government package.
30 Apr 2020   Council Facilities to Reopen to Assist Transport Industry
Truck drivers will have better access to public restrooms in the Dubbo Region during the Covid-19 pandemic with Dubbo Regional Council reopening two facilities.
15 Apr 2020   Council to Close 10 Walkways in Bid to Reduce Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
Council will begin the process of closing 10 public walkways across Dubbo in a bid to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
14 Apr 2020   Council Offers Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rates Financial Assistance Policy
Council will offer a COVID-19 Rates Financial Assistance Policy that will provide affected ratepayers with payment options and assistance if they are currently experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
8 Apr 2020   Major Projects Progress Despite Disruption of COVID-19 Pandemic
Major infrastructure projects within the Dubbo Region are continuing despite the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
           

                     

 

  

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

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

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 05 Jan 2021

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