President’s Column

President’s Column

Coming events

Spring and autumn are typically popular times for events around the Shire and this Sunday 22 October the 6th Annual Dungog Rumble will be held in Dungog from 9 am to 5 pm featuring Hot Rods, Custom Classics, restored vehicles and motorcycles.  On the same day in East Gresford there will be a “Back to Gresford” day with pumpkin bowling, vintage tractors, classic cars and a horse and sulky and St Helens Catholic Church will be celebrating 150 years.

Clarence Town is also doing some great things over the next few weeks.  The Clarence Town River Country Festival will be held over the weekend 27-29 October.  The Festival will include a number of events with the opening night at the Erringhi Hotel on Friday evening and the Hoedown on Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm.  There will also be an exhibition titled “Unfinished Stories” at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall over the weekend, and at the Bowling Club there will be markets on Saturday morning and a car show from 10 am on Sunday.

And the 2nd Clarence Town Swim-in and Military Vehicle Rally will be held in Clarence Town 2-5 November, with a parade through town and a display of vehicles at the Clarence Town Village Green on Saturday morning.  The event will be based at the Williams River Holiday Park.

Community consultation re Future Towns Program

Dungog Shire Council has received funding from the NSW State Government via the Future Towns Program for improving the town centre in Dungog and is seeking community input and ideas.  The program aims to deliver strategic investments to secure the economic future of regional NSW and recognises the importance of active and engaging town centres in supporting economic growth, talent retention and drawing new business to the community.

The upcoming consultation will occur in Dungog 24-26 October and will include a pop-up place making office, a place making ‘walk-shop’ and a place making demonstration workshop at the Visitor Information Centre. More information about the consultation is available elsewhere in this edition of the Chronicle and also on the Council’s and Chamber’s website and the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Christmas party

And the big news for the lead up to Christmas is the announcement of the Dowling Street Christmas street party from 5 pm on Wednesday, 6 December. More details will be coming soon but the party is designed to encourage local business and is a joint initiative between the Chamber of Commerce and Dungog Shire Council, with the support and involvement of community groups.  The focus of the evening will be at the Visitors Information Centre with lots of activities and competitions. A street parade is planned, a visit from Santa and lots more.  Businesses are being encouraged to extend their trading hours, and the event will coincide with the IGA Food and Wine Fair.

The Chamber will also be conducting our traditional Christmas decoration competition with Dungog Dollars prizes to be spent at participating businesses.

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Lewis

President – Dungog District Chamber of Commerce