President's Column | April 3, 2018


With a number well planned and coordinated events across the Dungog Shire, visitors and locals were out in force enjoying the Easter break and great autumn weather conditions.

Both the Gresford Billy Cart Derby and Easter Fair and Dungog Rodeo reported record numbers in attendance. Clarence Town Markets and Lion Car boot sale have also reported good numbers. Many businesses who chose to take advantage of the holiday break by extending their trading hours have also reported good trading particularly on Easter Saturday.

Congratulations and thank you to the many people involved in presenting these events. It is not an easy job and the hard work by all these volunteers in pulling these events together undoubtedly benefits the whole community. Events attract visitors and visitors spend money which boosts the local economy both on and off the event site. The economic benefits of successful events ripple throughout a local economy affecting tourism and non-tourism- related businesses alike.

Dungog District Chamber of Commerce business awards celebrate 12 years in 2018. These awards are open for nomination in 12 categories to all businesses, organisations and employees in the Dungog Shire. Our 12 categories are diverse and offer the opportunity for recognition in many different areas including community service to environmental and sustainability practice. Unlike many larger Chambers our awards are not exclusive to members of the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce. The awards are also open to nomination by the public unlike many awards which are now conducted by self-nomination. Our awards are not decided by the amount of nominations for a particular nominee but on merit by our judges.

As nominations draw to a close on Wednesday 11th April we encourage you to support our local business community and nominate a business, organisation or person who you think deserves recognition. You can lodge your nomination at

This year our programme will culminate with our awards presentation at the Dungog RSL on May 12th when we will announce the winners and runners up. Tickets are now available to purchase online at or by contacting Sarah Crawford on 0410 332 236