President's Column | June 28, 2018


Posted at 10:58h in President's Column, Uncategorized by DDCC

Following consultation with the Community Reference Panel regarding the Special Rates Variation (SRV) Dungog Shire Council has now announced a proposed scenario which adopts a tapered approach as follows:

Year 1 & 2 = 15% (2.5% rate cap plus 12.5% SRV)

Years 3, 4 & 5 = 10% (2.5% rate cap plus 7.5% SRV)

Years 6 & 7 =6% (2.5% rate cap plus 3.5% SRV)

Council will now hold community consultation sessions throughout the Shire commencing on 3rd July 2018. Community members are encouraged and welcome to attend any of the sessions details of which are available on the council website

The Chamber recently met at Norris It for our monthly networking meeting. A great turn up this month from business owners, operators and community representatives who had the opportunity to hear about rebranding for Norris It which will now be known as Restart IT, offering Repairs, sales, maintenance and education. We also had the opportunity to try the V8 Simulator which was set up for the night. I was inspiring to hear how this business has developed since its inception in 2013 and future plans.

Our next dinner meeting with the “Pies in July” to be held at Clarence Towns School of Arts Hall on Thursday 19th July 2018.

For those involved in running events, Dungog Shire Council would like to invite you to a free workshop that will assist you in better understanding public liability insurance and managing risk at your events. This workshop is a must for anyone running an event, large or small, including Council 355 Committees, members of Dungog Shire Events Inc., local not for profits, community organisations, and sporting groups running events in the Dungog Shire.

The workshop will be presented by Council’s insurers Statewide Mutual on 4th July 2018 at the James Theatre for more info and to RSVP please contact Ivan Skaines, Council’s Co-ordinator, Economic Development, Tourism & Events on 4995 7777 or

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Lewis

President – Dungog District Chamber of Commerce