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

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.
30 Sep 2019   Business Downturn Prompts Action in Wellington
A Buy Local or Bye Local campaign campaign by Dubbo Regional Council and the Wellington Business Chamber will encourage more people to shop locally.
           

                     

 

  

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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