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

21 May 2019   Council calls on NSW Government to fund Emergency Services Levy increase
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has called a 20 per cent increase in Dubbo Regional Council’s Emergency Services Levy for 2019-20 excessive and called on the NSW Government to fund the almost $200,000 increase from the previous year.
24 Apr 2019   Work begins on designs for Dubbo's Wiradjuri Park
Designs are being drawn up for the Wiradjuri Park at Elizabeth Park (Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens) with Stage 1 of construction expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
10 Apr 2019   Eumungerie streets upgraded through Village Street Sealing program
Work is under way to upgrade two heavily used streets in Eumungerie from gravel to bitumen seal as part of the Village Street Sealing Program.
9 Apr 2019   Windsor Parade Pocket park goes to public exhibition
A plan to beautify one of the main entrances to the city of Dubbo is on public exhibition for community feedback.
9 Apr 2019   Submissions closing for Outdoor Dining Policy
Council is reminding business owners in the Central Business District to have their say on a draft Outdoor Dining Policy which is currently on public exhibition.
           

                     

 

  

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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