President's Column | May 7, 2019


Nominations for the 2019 Dungog District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards have now closed. Celebrating 13 years in 2019 these awards offer the community an opportunity to reward business and individuals in the Dungog Shire who have stepped up to the plate, provided good quality service and promoted the Dungog Shire. These awards offer the opportunity for all businesses, not just Dungog District Chamber members, to be nominated and recognised. Our process involves members of the community, such as you, to nominate in 12 categories businesses, individuals and community organisations, which we believe is the essence of the success of these awards.


The awards would not be possible of course without the continued support of our valued sponsors including our major sponsor the Dungog Chronicle. Also, this year we are delighted to announce our major sponsor The Dungog Chronicle, will present to the winner of the Overall Business Excellence category an advertising package with the Dungog Chronicle which is valued in excess of $5,000.00. This is in addition to the winner’s trophy presented at the awards ceremony.


This year 415 separate nominations that converted to 148 discrete business or individual nominations were received. A full list of the nominees is available in this edition of the Dungog Chronicle and is also available on our website  Judging will now commence with winners and runners up announced on the 18th May, 2019. The process includes consideration of the comments on the nomination form together with enquires to selected businesses, individuals and organisations. The results are not formulated by how many nominations businesses individuals or organisations receive, but on merit.


Our winners in selected categories, also have the opportunity to proceed to the Hunter Business Chamber Awards and then to the NSW State Business Awards. This offers these business the opportunity to showcase their business and the Dungog Shire to the region and then, possibly the State.


This year, the awards program will culminate in a gala awards presentation evening at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall on 18th May, 2019 when the winners and runners up will be announced.  This evening brings together members of the community to celebrate their achievements over the last year and everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to join us, or perhaps make a group booking for your business, tickets are $65.00 per head and can be reserved by going to or emailing