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.

Savings of $9 million show Council's commitment to ratepayers
It’s always a highlight for me when I get to show ratepayers how Council is being responsible with their money so a report showing $9 million of savings since 2017 was fantastic.
Updated Purchasing Policy a Big Win For Local Businesses
It’s been years coming. For at least the last 20 years that I have been on Council local businesses have been calling, in some cases in near desperation, for greater support for local businesses and suppliers.
Kmart is Part of the Key to Retail Success for Dubbo
I had no idea just how popular the news of Kmart coming to Dubbo would be or just how quickly it would spread when it was first announced but the impact will really be noticed when it arrives in October.
Taking Bad Plans for South Bridge Off the Table the Right Move
There is no doubt that the council’s plan for a South Bridge in South West Dubbo has created a lot of chatter among residents – particularly by locals who live in South Dubbo around the Tamworth Street area.
Government Support a Further Boost to Dubbo Bid for NRL
The push for an NRL game in Dubbo continues to build momentum with the NSW Government also throwing their support behind Council’s goal to bring a match to Apex Oval in 2021.
  

 

Media Releases

14 May 2020   Victoria Park Redevelopment Project Boosts Local Economy Through Pandemic Slowdown
Work on the $3.1 million Victoria Park redevelopment is progressing with the laying of a new field base, irrigation system and turf at No.1 Oval now complete.
4 May 2020   Dubbo Mayor Proposes City's Airport as Potential Regional Base for Virgin Australia
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has offered Dubbo as a potential base for the operation for Virgin Australia (or a potentially rebranded version of the entity) for the airline’s regional fleet maintenance and regular passenger transport services, as part of a NSW Government package.
30 Apr 2020   Council Facilities to Reopen to Assist Transport Industry
Truck drivers will have better access to public restrooms in the Dubbo Region during the Covid-19 pandemic with Dubbo Regional Council reopening two facilities.
15 Apr 2020   Council to Close 10 Walkways in Bid to Reduce Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
Council will begin the process of closing 10 public walkways across Dubbo in a bid to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
14 Apr 2020   Council Offers Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rates Financial Assistance Policy
Council will offer a COVID-19 Rates Financial Assistance Policy that will provide affected ratepayers with payment options and assistance if they are currently experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

April 2020 

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019

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: 27 Oct 2020

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