President’s Column

President’s Column

With Local Government elections on 9 September the list of candidates registered at the time of writing this was surprisingly short. Given the interest and comments of many residents of the Dungog Shire I suspect perhaps a flurry of activity with many more last minute contenders deciding to stand for council. Nomination close today 9 August, 2017 at 12 noon.

Whilst some politicians consider local government as the lowest rung of the Australian political system, its obvious strong local government is vital, particularly in a  small rural community. That’s why we need top-quality councillors from a wide variety of backgrounds, who are able to not only serve as the voice of their communities but operate at the strategic level to help deliver the first-rate services and infrastructure that communities need.

We need to look forward from the protracted controversial reform process which was supposed to make councils “fit for the future” and  failed,  leaving our local council floundering over the past local government term.

Leading up to the election on 9 September Dungog District Chamber of Commerce is staging a “Meet the Candidates” evening at the James Theatre, Brown Street, Dungog on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 at 6.30 pm. Each candidate is invited to attend and be offered approximately 5 minutes to present their policy platform and vision for the future.  There will be no questions from the audience, however if people wish to ask questions of the candidates they can catch up afterwards or make their own contact. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In addition to our growing list of new businesses opening up in Dowling Street over the last few months I am happy to report the upcoming opening of a contemporary art gallery in Dowling Street, Dungog. The gallery will offer flexible exhibition spaces,   public art based experiences such as events and workshops. The gallery is expected to open within the next couple of weeks.