Mayor of Dubbo Region


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 column

The Mayor's weekly column about issues, events and news in the region.

Mayor's Column 14 February 2018
Right here in the Dubbo Region and across NSW, the community are directing its elected representatives to take decisive action to decrease the road toll.
Mayor's Column 7 February 2018
Years ago, when people asked me about Dubbo, and if we had any traffic problems, I would jokingly say the only traffic congestion we have is in the McDonalds drive through. That’s not the case today.
Mayor's Column 31 January 2018
A significant document crossed the Mayor’s desk last week. It was not unlike a lot of paperwork that requires my signature, however, this ordinary looking contract document is significant because it proves that people power can work.
Mayor's Column 24 January 2018
The annual debate over our national day is in full swing where opposing views are flying around more than the usual summer flies that traditionally go with Australia Day.
Mayor's Column 17 January 2018
As we approach the two year anniversary of the forced merger between Dubbo and Wellington, I have observed a lot of issues, some of which were anticipated and some that have come as a complete surprise.


Dubbo Regional Council has determined not to participate in a proposed Joint Organisation (JO) due to the significant uncertainty surrounding the likely success and the potential financial burdens on the rate payer in entering and progressing in the JO.

More information (PDF 221.3KB)


A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

September 2018 (PDF 105.5KB)

August 2018 (PDF 307.2KB)

July 2018 (PDF 305.3KB)

June 2018 (PDF 304.9KB)

May 2018 (PDF 298.9KB)

April 2018 (PDF 304.5KB)

March 2018 (PDF 136.5KB)

February 2018 (PDF 304.5KB)

January 2018  (PDF 211.5KB)

December 2017 (PDF 294.7KB)  

November 2017   (PDF 305.1KB)

October 2017 (PDF 305KB)

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Last Edited: 03 Oct 2018

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