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 Column 17 October 2018
In the coming days your council will be embarking on unprecedented polling of ratepayers and their views on the proposed River Street Bridge.
Mayor's Wellington Column 10 October 2018
I have heard the calls from Wellington residents and have been looking for a solution to the closure of the damaged suspension bridge between Cameron Park and Pioneer Park.
Mayor's Column 10 October 2018
I’m very pleased to learn that the issue of hospital parking has been put on the political agenda. It seems to me that after I first raised the issue over 12 months ago, health authorities are now taking the issue seriously.
Mayor's Wellington Column 3 October 2018
Providing services to a community is a difficult task. Providing services to an outside community is even harder!
Mayor's Column 3 October 2018
I always say Dubbo is the natural home of big events in Western NSW and we proved that again on the weekend with the incredible success that was the New South Wales Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout.
  

 

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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