President's Column | March 21, 2018


Recent community engagement sessions held throughout the three wards of the Shire by Dungog Shire Council, by all reports, were well attended. The sessions comprised information in relation to the current Community Strategic Plan, procedures for the review thereof and opportunity for community input. The engagement sessions also explained details of the proposed Special Rates Variation and also provided the opportunity for comment and input from the audience. Information regarding these information sessions and presentations, including a special rate variation calculator can be found at Dungog Shire Council’s website

Following these meetings a Community Reference Panel will be appointed and will comprise 15 community representatives, Dungog Shire councillors and council staff. Panel selection will be conducted as an independent process based on information provided in the Expression of Interest submission form which can also be located at the website

Don’t forget Dungog Shire Relay for Life Purple & Yellow Day, this Friday 23rd March. Business houses in the Dungog Shire are asked support Dungog Shire Relay for Life and decorate or dress in purple and yellow. Please let Lyn & Margaret know on 0402 324 164 if you are participating so they can come along and judge your business.

Celebrating 12 years in 2018 the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce Businesses awards are set to receive a record number of nominations. Don’t forget these awards are not decided by way of vote. For example you only need to be nominated once to qualify. Winners and runners up will be decided by our judges and not based on how many times you are nominated. Nomination forms can be found on line at and at businesses around the Shire. You can’t get hold of a nomination form you call me on 0432 128 143. Nominations close on Wednesday 11 April, 2018 and the gala event presentation evening will take place at Dungog RSL on Saturday 12 May, 2018.

It’s not too late to come along to our next dinner meeting which is a garden party at Country Elegance Gardens and Gifts on this Thursday 22nd March, 2018. Bookings are essential so email Colleen at or call 0400 603403. Members and guests are welcome.