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.

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.
Progress on major projects at Wellington
It's an exciting time for Wellington residents with a number of projects underway and other work going on to improve the region.
Three years on, merger has brought benefits for Dubbo
It's been three years since the Dubbo City and Wellington Councils were amalgamated to form the Dubbo Regional Council and it is amazing to see how much progress has been made in that time.
Wellington going ahead three years after Council merger
It's no secret the merger of Dubbo City and Wellington Councils brought fear within the Wellington community about being overshadowed by Dubbo and a loss of identity. I would hope that three years on those fears have been alleviated.
Now not the time for increase in rates and charges
One of the most controversial things a Council can do is raise rates and charges and it is something I have regularly opposed during my nearly 20 years on Council.
  

 

Media Releases

1 Oct 2019   Dubbo Well and Truly Open for Business, Despite Drought
Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields, says people considering a trip to the Dubbo Region shouldn’t worry about their stay affecting the local water supply as the region’s usually high, all-year-round visitor occupancy is factored in to water use planning.
30 Sep 2019   Business Downturn Prompts Action in Wellington
A Buy Local or Bye Local campaign campaign by Dubbo Regional Council and the Wellington Business Chamber will encourage more people to shop locally.
27 Aug 2019   New air services to link regional NSW to Dubbo welcomed
Dubbo City Regional Airport is extending its reach even further, with the re-introduction of passenger air services to Cobar, Bourke, Walgett and Lightning Ridge.
21 Aug 2019   Independent report into Apex Oval ordered
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has requested the decision regarding the relocation of finals at Apex Oval in the coming months to be determined by Councillors at the next Ordinary Council meeting, on Monday 26 August 2019.
1 Aug 2019   Village Street Sealing Program continues in Wongarbon
Wongarbon residents will soon benefit from an improved road system with Dubbo Regional Council carrying out sealing works at Bundemar Street, Wongarbon.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

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: 10 Oct 2019

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