Mayor of the Dubbo Region - Ben Shields

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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.

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.
  

 

Media Releases

8 Mar 2019   Mayor welcomes $20 million Rehabilitation Centre commitment
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields has welcomed an election commitment of up to $20 million for a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility for Dubbo by the Labor Party.
7 Mar 2019   Wellington to receive visit from Weekend Sunrise weatherman
Wellington will be promoted to a national audience on Saturday when Weekend Sunrise weatherman James Tobin will be in town to promote the region.
1 Mar 2019   Dubbo and Minokamo to mark 30 years as sister cities with special visit
Dubbo residents have a chance to be part of a special delegation that will travel to Minokamo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a sister city relationship between the cities.
1 Mar 2019   Council supports young driver education over three years
Dubbo Regional Council will provide sponsorship to the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program over the next three years following a resolution by Council.
26 Feb 2019   Second Community Forum to be held at Wellington
Dubbo Regional Council will hold an informal community forum at Wellington on Monday, 4 March to give the public a chance to meet with Councillors and Senior Staff.
           

                     

 

POSITION STATEMENT - JOINT ORGANISATIONS

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)

 

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS

A monthly calendar of the Mayoral Appointments.

February 2019 (PDF 124.1KB)

January 2019 (PDF 113.1KB)

December 2018 (PDF 208.9KB)            

November 2018 (PDF 208.6KB)

October 2018 (PDF 303.8KB)

September 2018 (PDF 304.1KB)

 

Contact 

m: 0418 639 053

e: clrben.shields@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

e: mayor@dubbo.nsw.gov.au

Last Edited: 12 Mar 2019

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