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.

Council continuing to work on key projects despite Coronavirus
A while back I spoke about the great work that is still going on at Council, ensuring that when life begins to return to “normal” not only will existing facilities be ready, but so will exciting new ones. The cafe at the Adventure Playground is one of those.
Current Joint Organisation not a Good Fit for Dubbo
A lot of people have asked me about Council’s decision at the April Ordinary Meeting with regards to Joint Organisations for the region so I thought I would explain Council's decision.
Incredible $10 million project to hypercharge tourism in Dubbo
Every so often a project comes along that has the potential to transform a region and hypercharge its tourism potential. That is exactly what has happened with the Destination Dubbo - International Ready project.
Opportunities available for Wellington businesses
There is so much attention on the Covid-19 pandemic at the moment and rightly so. Wellington residents and everyone around the region have done a fantastic job at adhering to the social distancing requirements. I would urge everyone to continue doing that to ensure our lives can return to normal as soon as possible.
Progress Still Being Made by Council Despite Disruption
It’s almost impossible to turn on the television, open a newspaper or visit a website without seeing the latest on Covid-19 AKA the Coronavirus. It’s understandable given the massive impact it is having on our lives but sometimes it is nice to focus on positive news.


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.





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Last Edited: 08 Jan 2021

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