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.

Local media a critical service for regional NSW
There is a real crisis going on in regional Australia right now. In this case it’s not just the drought, not just population decline, not only inept politicians, not just the bushfires or social disadvantage. I’m referring to the demise of an essential service to regional cities and towns - local media.
NRL Match key to helping region recover from Coronavirus
On Monday night I tabled a Mayoral Minute to Council proposing to bring an NRL game to Dubbo in the near future. It might surprise a few people that the most unsporting Councillor to be elected would be the one who would drive this but despite not knowing my football racquet from my tennis stick, I know just how good it would be for our region.
Huge Challenges and huge benefits in four years since merger
This month marks the fourth anniversary of the merger between Dubbo City and Wellington Councils. There certainly has been a lot of challenges merging the two organisations, but one thing is certain, the region is in much better condition four years on than what it was pre-merger.
New pedestrian bridge to add value to Wellington's Cameron Park
You may notice a new sign in Cameron Park next time you go for a walk. This very exciting addition is designed to draw attention to Council’s plans for a new pedestrian bridge across the Bell River.
Council continuing to work on key projects despite Coronavirus
A while back I spoke about the great work that is still going on at Council, ensuring that when life begins to return to “normal” not only will existing facilities be ready, but so will exciting new ones. The cafe at the Adventure Playground is one of those.


Media Releases

13 Aug 2020   Dubbo's New Premier Sporting Precinct Ready For Action
The newly redeveloped Victoria Park Sporting Precinct has been officially opened by Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields and local member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders.
10 Aug 2020   Extra Facilities at South Dubbo Oval to Help Grow AFL in Region
The former Girl Guides Hall at South Dubbo Oval will be offered to the Dubbo (Demons) Australian Football League (AFL) and Dubbo Junior Australian Football League (DJAFL) clubs by Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) to provide them with much-needed space for change rooms and a clubhouse.
6 Aug 2020   Councils Collaborating to Bring a New Flight Route to Dubbo
Following a confidential report to its July meeting, Council’s Airport Advisory Panel has committed to a partnered trial of a new flight route between Dubbo and Ballina (Byron Bay) to help stimulate the regional economy and increase access to domestic markets.
5 Aug 2020   Dubbo Region Hosts Japanese Ambassador
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) was delighted to host the Japanese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Reiichiro Takahashi and his wife Mrs Masako Takahashi in Dubbo on Tuesday afternoon.
30 Jul 2020   A Wider and Safer Purvis Lane
Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has invested over $7 million dollars to redevelop Dubbo’s Purvis Lane into a wider and safer transport link, providing a strategic connection for freight travelling from the Newell Highway to the growing northern industrial area.





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Last Edited: 18 Aug 2020

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