Council Happenings - 22 May 2020

Dungog Waste Management Facility reopening on Saturdays

From this Saturday 23 May, the Dungog Waste Management Facility will RE-OPEN to the general public from 8am - 12pm, in accordance with updated government directives relating to COVID-19. 

The revised opening hours for the facility are as follows:

  • Monday: 8am - 5pm
  • Friday: 8am - 5pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 12pm

The Waste Management Facility will continue to operate under restricted conditions (by appointment only) each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

We ask that anyone accessing the facility please continue to observe social distancing measures for the protection of themselves and council staff.

Flying Fox Management Grants Program

At this week’s council meeting, council resolved to make an application for grant funding to support the preparation of a shire-wide Flying Fox Management Plan to reduce the community impacts of flying-fox camps in the Dungog region.

Council has been working with the community to minimise the impacts of a flying-fox camp at Clarence Town and the application for grant funding comes in response to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s recently launched program aimed at assisting the management of flying-fox camps around NSW.

Council plans to provide in-kind contributions to support the implementation of the plan and in principle, commits to its adoption and will address any actions within its resource capabilities. 

Stronger Country Communities Fund – Round 3 

Council has been successful in receiving funding for three eligible projects under Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund grants program.

Under the program, council has received funding for the construction of a new amenities building to service users of the Gresford Sporting Complex and for construction of a single multi-purpose court within the Paterson Sportsground Facility.

Council has also received partial funding for surface and drainage upgrades at Bennett Park and will continue to work with the funding provider and the Bennett Park user groups to identify other available funding sources and/or a reduction in the scope of works.

Council is also contributing funding toward these important community projects and has resolved to investigate additional avenues to fully fund these assets. 

Return and Earn Kiosk

The long-awaited Return and Earn Reverse Vending Machine is now in action! 

Any residents looking to help the environment by recycling their used containers for some extra cash can now do so via the new facility located at the Dungog SES site. 

The Return and Earn kiosk is operated by TOMRA Cleanaway and funded by the NSW Government. To find out how it works or to get in touch with the operators visit

Vouchers can be redeemed at Lovey’s IGA or electronically via an app on your smartphone.

Did you know…? Dungog Shire Council is now on Instagram!

That’s right. Council has launched a new Instagram account as another way of communicating with local residents and businesses, and showcasing the best of what Dungog has to offer. To connect with us, search @dungogshirecouncil 

We’d love to share your photos of our beautiful community. Tag @dungogshirecouncil  or #dungogshirecouncil for your chance to be featured!