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.

About time city saw action at former RAAF Base
Work is underway at the former RAAF Base on Cobra Street and all I can say is ‘It’s about time’.
More CCTV makes Dubbo and Wellington safer
Dubbo and Wellington residents can feel safer when walking down the street with 72 additional CCTV cameras installed or upgraded, and now operating across the region. I am a big fan of CCTV because it is a proven deterrent of crime and allows residents to feel safer.
Review of region's waste services desperately needed
At Monday night’s Council meeting I tabled an important Mayoral Minute which asked Council staff to look at the issues surrounding opening hours and charges associated with landfill and waste transfer stations across the Local Government Area (LGA).
No Time to Waste Getting Rehab Centre for Dubbo Region
The Dubbo region needs a drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation centre if we are to overcome the social problems that grip us.
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.
  

 

Media Releases

26 May 2020   Mayor Spearheads Plan To Bring NRL Match to Dubbo
Dubbo Regional Council will investigate the potential to host an NRL match in the next three years after a Mayoral Minute was unanimously endorsed at the May Ordinary meeting of Council on Monday night.
20 May 2020   Economic Recovery Taskforce to Help Lead Dubbo's Post-Pandemic Resurgence
Councillors will vote on the creation of a Regional Recovery Taskforce aimed at helping the region’s economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic at the May Ordinary Meeting of Council on Monday night.
19 May 2020   Stronger Communities Funding Helped Dubbo Region Through Merger Process
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said Dubbo has unfairly been criticised for grants received through the Stronger Communities fund to assist in the merger of Dubbo City and Wellington Shire Councils.
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.
           

                     

 

 

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: 07 Aug 2020

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