President's Column | October 1


Passionate volunteer groups are the back bone of Dungog Shire and our community is privileged to be able to enjoy the generous spirit of so many.  Volunteers of all ages participate in many activities even though they may never see or know the name of someone who benefited from their work.  As gratifying as it is to see the immediate impact of our volunteer effort, volunteers who chip in behind the scenes can take pride in knowing that they are making a contribution to the greater community good.  And, when they see or learn about the impact there effort has made, they can smile and know that volunteers like them probably helped make it happen.


Together with many others Dungog District Chamber of Commerce, is a volunteer group of local business people who are passionate about supporting and maintaining local business within our beautiful Shire.


A recent (Facebook) comment that the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce should be held accountable for the recent closure of a local business has got me thinking. Our committee spends many hours of their own time promoting local business, events, other activities, and the shire generally. We are continually trying to find ways to encourage people to shop and use services locally, keep our businesses open, maintain our vibrant town and village streetscapes and support businesses throughout the district. We are a not for profit association, run by volunteers. Our promotions, events and initiatives are funded predominately by our membership fees. The occasional grant or funding from any outside source is always embraced and utilised to its maximum benefit.


Perhaps you have some new ideas to bring to the table? I can always be contacted at


Our next Chamber dinner network meeting will be something a little different. To offer an opportunity to get to know some of our accommodation providers and tourism operators in the Shire, we will be meeting at Retreat 2 Main Creek for our dinner. The evening will offer the opportunity to not only inspect Retreat 2 Main Creek but also visit the fabulous Carawirry Forrest Escape together with Yeranda at Barrington Tops and Bower Cottages. A smorgasbord dinner will be available. Members and guest are welcome. To book email