Mayor of the Dubbo Region - Ben Shields

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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.

Progress on major projects at Wellington
It's an exciting time for Wellington residents with a number of projects underway and other work going on to improve the region.
Three years on, merger has brought benefits for Dubbo
It's been three years since the Dubbo City and Wellington Councils were amalgamated to form the Dubbo Regional Council and it is amazing to see how much progress has been made in that time.
Wellington going ahead three years after Council merger
It's no secret the merger of Dubbo City and Wellington Councils brought fear within the Wellington community about being overshadowed by Dubbo and a loss of identity. I would hope that three years on those fears have been alleviated.
Now not the time for increase in rates and charges
One of the most controversial things a Council can do is raise rates and charges and it is something I have regularly opposed during my nearly 20 years on Council.
Welcome boost to mobile service at Gollan
In our modern world, digital communication is essential and it is virtually impossible to operate without good access to mobile phone reception and data so a new tower at gollan is excellent news.
  

Media Releases

6 Jun 2019   Mayor welcomes St Mary's Catholic School review outcome
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed news that St Mary’s Catholic School at Wellington will continue to offer education from Kindergarten through to Year 10.
31 May 2019   Switch to LED street lighting to make big savings
Dubbo will have whiter and more reliable street lights and make significant long-term financial savings after Council endorsed a Mayoral Minute to convert to smart-enabled LED lighting.
31 May 2019   Level 2 water restrictions commence tomorrow for the Dubbo Region
Level 2 water restrictions across the local government area will be in effect as of Saturday 1 June 2019 as a proactive response to the ongoing drought.
29 May 2019   Road to be named in honour of sister city partnership
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has announced a private road in the city will be named “Minokamo Way” to mark the 30th anniversary of the sister city partnership between Dubbo and Minokamo.
24 May 2019   Milestones reached at major projects in Wellington
Work is progressing on the redevelopment of the Wellington Aquatic Leisure Centre with the pools, main building and plant room all reaching milestones.
           

                     

 

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

May 2019 (PDF 117.5KB)

April 2019 (PDF 151KB)

March 2019 (PDF 159.6KB)

February 2019 (PDF 124.1KB)

January 2019 (PDF 113.1KB)

December 2018 (PDF 208.9KB)            

November 2018 (PDF 208.6KB)

October 2018 (PDF 303.8KB)

September 2018 (PDF 304.1KB)

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

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

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 06 Jun 2019

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