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.

State Budget a Golden Opportunity for Dubbo Region to Secure Rehab Centre
The NSW Budget has been delayed to November because of COVID but that gives Council a chance to lobby for much-needed Alcohol and Other Drug Rehabilitation facility.
Historic Land Swap Deal to Shape Future of Victoria Park Cultural Precinct
Last week I was part of a historic land swap deal with Dubbo RSL that means Council now owns the entire block that includes Victoria Park, the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre and Western Plains Cultural Centre.
Constant Evolution Ensures Council Remains at the Top of its Game
One of the things I am particularly proud of at Dubbo Regional Council is the constant evaluation of processes and attempts to make improvements.
Dubbo Region Bucking COVID Trend with Booming Local Economy
Properties in Wellington are in demand and Dubbo housing and rental markets are tight, proving the region is recovering from COVID better than expected.
D-Day Looms for Macquarie Conservatorium as they Face Uncertain Future
The Conservatorium’s lease on the old Dubbo Infants School on Bultje Street will expire on December 31 2022 and unless something happens, they will be without a home.
  

 

Media Releases

8 Jan 2021   "If The Public Don't Want It, The Public Don't Get It" - Mayor's Views on Talbragar Street Beautification Plan
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has re-confirmed his approach to genuine community consultation.
10 Dec 2020   Nationwide Indigenous Art Competition Launched in Dubbo
Indigenous artists from across Australia are being invited to apply for one of the country’s largest art competitions, as part of Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC’s) $13 million Destination Dubbo: International Ready project.
10 Dec 2020   Old Dubbo Road Set For $2.3 Million Upgrade
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed $2.368 million of funding from the Australian and NSW Governments to upgrade the Old Dubbo Road.
8 Dec 2020   Council to Begin Process of Renaming No.1 Oval as Tony Kelly Oval
Following a Mayoral Minute from Councillor Ben Shields, Dubbo Regional Council will begin the process of renaming Victoria Park’s No.1 Oval to Tony Kelly Oval to acknowledge the former general manager’s contributions to the Dubbo Region.
26 Nov 2020   Vale - Anthony (Tony) George Kelly
Councillors and staff of Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Anthony (Tony) Kelly, employed by Dubbo City Council from 26 June 1968 until his retirement in November 2004, some 36 years of service.
           

                     

 

  

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

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

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 08 Jan 2021

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