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 26 December 2018
Christmas is over for another year and I hope everyone had a relaxing time with family and friends. As we come to the end of another year, it is worth looking back at some of the major achievements of Dubbo Regional Council during 2018.
Mayor's Wellington Column 19 December 2018
In February at the next meeting of Council, Councillors will grapple with a dilemma that will cause a lot of chatter among the community.
Mayor's Column 19 December 2018
The results are in and Dubbo has spoken loud and clear. More than two-thirds of people who responded to Dubbo Regional Council’s survey on a third bridge said they don’t want it at River Street.
Mayor's Column 12 December 2018
It is now less than two weeks to Christmas and Dubbo is really embracing the festive spirit.
Mayor's Wellington Column 12 December 2018
Councillor Greg Mohr has been busy working with Council’s staff on a town beautification program for Wellington.


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.

November 2018 (PDF 208.6KB)

October 2018 (PDF 303.8KB)

September 2018 (PDF 304.1KB)

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 Jan 2019

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