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.

Drug Rehab Centre funding a boost for Dubbo Region
I couldn’t be more pleased with last week’s announcement that Dubbo has secured $3 million in federal funding to go towards a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.
St Mary's closing classes would be bad for Wellington
Last week I attended a concerning meeting at St Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington, to discuss the future of the school and the possibility of class closures.
National crisis presents great opportunity for Dubbo Region
China’s National Sword policy is certainly a crisis that has yet to get mainstream national attention. But I can assure people that the issue is huge and will certainly become a major political issue that needs to be sorted out.
Change coming for tip users in former Wellington Council area
A hot topic for anyone who has to take their rubbish to a waste transfer system around the Dubbo Region is the plan to restrict the opening hours of a number of tips in the coming months.
Dubbo residents urged to think before they vote in NSW Election
As Dubbo residents head to the polls this weekend, I thought I would use this opportunity to reflect on the state of play that our city and region is in politically.
  

 

Media Releases

4 Nov 2019   Wellington's own Rhino is poached for his horn
Dubbo Regional Council is devastated to report that ‘Arthur’ the rhino, which usually stands in Wellington, has had his horn poached.
31 Oct 2019   Qantas Airfares On Sale and Region set to Benefit
Qantas has announced an airfare sale from Sydney to a range of regional destinations including Dubbo between December 2019 and mid-2020. The sale includes Sydney to Dubbo from $119 one way.
31 Oct 2019   Mayor calls for economic assistance for businesses affected by water restrictions
Businesses across Regional NSW have been dealt a financial blow by tightening water restrictions and will require financial assistance to continue, Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has said.
21 Oct 2019   Dubbo gifts bronze kangaroo sculpture to sister city Minokamo
A delegation from Dubbo has presented the Japanese city of Minokamo with a bronze sculpture of kangaroos to mark the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship.
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.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

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: 16 Nov 2019

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