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 Wellington Column 31 October 2018
“Congratulations”, “hats off”, “well done”, “bravo”, “great work”, and “top marks” are all the words I would like to use to thank the highly creative and energetic crew of Wellington Arts who organised the Fong Lee Lane Festival last Friday night.
Mayor's Column 31 October 2018
At Monday night’s October meeting of Dubbo Regional Council I unveiled a Mayoral Minute that proposed Council would undertake the steps to transfer part of Theresa Maliphant Park to NSW Health for more parking at the Hospital.
Mayor's Wellington Column 24 October
Since Wellington merged with Dubbo in May 2016, the town has benefited from unprecedented funding from the state government, which has allowed for some major projects to happen.
Mayor's Column 24 October 2018
What a big month October has been for the Dubbo Region. I think everyone knew it was going to be massive with the royal visit but it exceeded even my expectations.
Mayor's Wellington Column 17 October 2018
Good news for Wellington last week with two of the town’s biggest attractions taking another step forward.


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: 20 Dec 2018

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