2015 CountryNSW Expo

Dungog Shire attended the 2015 CountryNSW Expo on Saturday, 1 August to Sunday, 2 August 2015 at the Howie Complex, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Following the flood/storms that affected the area in April this year Michael Johnsen, MLA, Member for the Upper Hunter facilitated Dungog Shire having a complementary stand at the 2015 CountryNSW Expo.  Over the last few years our Council had participated in the Expo but in a consortium with other Hunter Region Councils.

Attendance at the Expo was a partnership between Dungog Shire Council (including the Dungog Shire Visitor Information Centre) and Dungog District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC). The stand contained posters showcasing the area, various promotional materials from businesses in the Shire and a pack with information about local real estate, job advertisements, a copy of the local Telephone Directory, contact details for local pre-schools, primary and high schools and colleges, train times, information about upcoming events, copies of the Dungog Chronicle and local community papers, and maps of the area.

Over the two days the stand was staffed by representatives of both Council and the Chamber:

  • Councillor Harold Johnston, Mayor, Dungog Shire Council and Mrs Elaine Johnston
  • Carol Skafte-Zauss, owner Curlew Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Dungog and DDCC member
  • Kate Murphy Facilitator Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre, Kurri and DDCC member
  • Ivan Skaines, Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Co-ordinator

On Sunday, 2 August the Member for the Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen also assisted with staffing the stand.

The outcomes of attendance at the Expo over the weekend were as follows:

  • Approximately 200 bags were distributed containing information about the Dungog Shire
  • Contact was made with several key prospects who are already seriously considering moving to the Shire including one business who would have both an online and shop front presence and would also be interested in hosting events
  • Obtaining the names and addresses of approximately 25 people who expressed genuine interest in learning more about Shire and visiting the area
  • An Expression of Interest has been prepared outlining how Dungog Shire meets various criteria (within three hours of Sydney, water and power availability, B-double access etc) for the establishment of a mushroom farm in the area. This lead was provided by the organiser of the Expo and our Expression of Interest included a letter of support from the Member for the Upper Hunter.

See our flyer with case studies about new and expanding businesses in the Dungog Shire in the right column.

Click on the image below to see our case studies about new and expanding businesses in the Dungog Shire (created for the 2015 CountryNSW Expo)