President's Column | July 25, 2018

With pleasant weather conditions over the school holiday period, campers and recreational vehicles were certainly out and about together with a consistent stream of day visitors to the Shire. Dungog Shire Visitor’s Information Centre reported a large number of enquiries with visitors from both interstate and overseas. Business has also reported a good trading over the holiday period with some choosing to trade extended hours.

The Chamber of Commerce works very closely with Ivan Skaines, Council’s Economic Development, Tourism and Events Co-ordinator and Wendy Farrow, Tourism Officer in looking at ways to improve the service of the Dungog Shire Visitor Information Centre. For example, the VIC main website, which lists accommodation options, information about events and things to see and do is currently being upgraded with the support of Dungog Shire Events to make it more interactive. Members of Dungog Regional Tourism and the Dungog Chamber of Commerce are given priority listing on the website.

Many thanks to Shaw’s Bakery from Clarence Town, Clarence Town School of Arts and everyone else involved in bringing together the fabulous “Pies in July” dinner network meeting at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall recently. Over 30 members and friends enjoyed a wonderful selection of the not so humble pie and a variety of delicious desserts all made by Shaw’s Bakery. Our monthly networking evenings and social events offer an ideal platform for meeting, discussing and promoting business services and products.

Our next meeting will be a combined 2018 Annual General Meeting and dinner meeting to be held at Settlers Arms Hotel on Thursday 23rd August at 6.30pm. In accordance with the Constitution of the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce, to be eligible for nomination to office or to vote in the election process, you must be a current member of the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce. Subscription renewals were recently issued and we request that you attend to payment of your membership subscription at your earliest convenience, if you haven’t already done so.

With the Dungog Festival coming up on 28 Sept – 1st Oct, sponsorship opportunities will close on Friday 27th July 2018. If you would like the opportunity to showcase your business, sponsorship packages with special rates for those within the Shire are available.T here are 5 local sponsorship packages on offer which you can choose from. To find out more about sponsorship or other ways you can become involved with festival head to or contact Sarah Crawford on 0410332236

Kind Regards,

Jennifer Lewis

President – Dungog District Chamber of Commerce