President's Column | January 20, 2019

The Chamber is pleased to announce that we will present a "Meet the Candidates" Forum on Thursday 28th February 2019 at the Dungog RSL to allow local voters the opportunity to meet candidates who have enrolled for the upcoming NSW State Election.

All known candidates have been extended an invitation and are expected to attend .The forum will allow each candidate to present their platform, where they stand on key issues and what they hope to achieve for the Dungog Shire.

Members and guests are welcome to attend however you must reserve your seat for the forum by emailing or registering

Guest are encouraged to remain after the forum for a meal or drink to catch up the candidates one on one.

I have been very pleased over the last couple weeks to be able to provide letters of support on behalf of the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce to the Committees organising the Sculpture on the Farm and the Dungog Tea Party for their applications for funding under the Incubator Event Fund. The Dungog Tea Party will be held 20-25 August 2019 and the Sculpture on the Farm over the October Long Weekend 2019.

The Fund is a Destination NSW program that offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity. The fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.

Both these events are organised by volunteer committees and will do much to encourage spending in local businesses, bring visitors to the Shire and promote Dungog Shire to the wider community.

These and other events organised by teams of volunteers across the Shire do much to attract visitors to our area, and are also of interest to locals and it was a pleasure to offer these letters of support.

Preparations are also underway for this year’s Business Awards. The awards will take place on Saturday 18th May, 2019 and will once again recognise excellence in business over fourteen categories. Sponsorship opportunities will open soon and we look forward to bringing the awards to the community.