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.

Appetite for NRL shows what it means to Dubbo
It has been fascinating to see the response to my Mayoral Minute to bring an NRL match to Dubbo. There is no doubt whatsoever that Dubbo is a sporting town and the enthusiasm to see a match here is incredible.
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.
  

 

Media Releases

8 Jan 2021   "If The Public Don't Want It, The Public Don't Get It" - Mayor's Views on Talbragar Street Beautification Plan
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has re-confirmed his approach to genuine community consultation.
10 Dec 2020   Nationwide Indigenous Art Competition Launched in Dubbo
Indigenous artists from across Australia are being invited to apply for one of the country’s largest art competitions, as part of Dubbo Regional Council’s (DRC’s) $13 million Destination Dubbo: International Ready project.
10 Dec 2020   Old Dubbo Road Set For $2.3 Million Upgrade
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed $2.368 million of funding from the Australian and NSW Governments to upgrade the Old Dubbo Road.
8 Dec 2020   Council to Begin Process of Renaming No.1 Oval as Tony Kelly Oval
Following a Mayoral Minute from Councillor Ben Shields, Dubbo Regional Council will begin the process of renaming Victoria Park’s No.1 Oval to Tony Kelly Oval to acknowledge the former general manager’s contributions to the Dubbo Region.
26 Nov 2020   Vale - Anthony (Tony) George Kelly
Councillors and staff of Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Anthony (Tony) Kelly, employed by Dubbo City Council from 26 June 1968 until his retirement in November 2004, some 36 years of service.
           

                     

 

  

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

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

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 08 Jan 2021

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