Mayoral Update

Mayor Tracy Norman

Congratulations to the Mayor Tracy Norman
The staff of Dungog Shire Council congratulate Cr Tracy Norman on her re-election unopposed to the role of Mayor for the next 12 months. Tracy is a very hard working and committed Mayor who encourages us all to challenge ourselves and do our best. The staff of Council look forward to working closely with Tracy and supporting her in this important role.

Library Grant Application
Following a meeting in August with staff from the NSW State Library, Council has been encouraged to submit an application for funding under the 2019/20 Public Library Infrastructure Grants.  These Grants are for projects that will assist NSW councils to improve public library infrastructure, including buildings and information technology systems. The State Library Audit of Dungog Library that was completed as part of the August meeting advised that our current library size at 230 square metres is well below the recommended size for the catchment population. A minimum library of 621 square metres is recommended for a population of 9,000. As such, Council’s funding application to the 2019/20 Public Library Infrastructure Grants will focus on increasing the library size so that it is better suited to the needs of our community.  Applications close Friday 8 November, 2019.  It would be great to give this much loved service a boost through grant funding.

Rural Lands Strategy Steering Committee – calling for Expressions of Interest
Dungog Shire Council is developing a Rural Lands Strategy to guide the development of the Shire and to manage and protect viable agricultural and environmental lands, allow for sustainable rural residential living and facilitate new opportunities for tourism and rural industry. The Rural Lands Strategy will be a critical input to a new Local Environmental Plan for our local government area.

A Project Steering Committee is being formed to guide the development of the Strategy.  For further information on the Strategy and to find out how you can nominate for community membership on the Steering Committee please go to our website www.dungog.nsw.gov.au. Expressions of interest in membership of the Committee close 5 pm, Friday 4 October 2019.

Notice Boards
Council has installed two notice boards on the front of the Administration Building.  If you would like to promote your event, service or activity on the notice board please drop you flyer into the front counter. Flyers should be A4 in size and be well presented to promote your activity.

Mammothon Challenge
Women across the Hunter New England area are invited to join the Mammothon Challenge which aims to screen 13,205 women between August and October 2019.  So far over 7,000 women have been screened.

Breast screening can pick up breast cancer before it can be seen or felt and when treatment is most likely to be successful. Early detection saves lives. So join women from our Shire and support the Mammothon. Every woman counts! Women over 40 are eligible for a FREE mammogram. Women 50 to 74 years are recommended to have a mammogram every two years. Book your FREE breast screen now: call 13 20 50 or go to https://book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au/. Appointments are currently available at the breast screening mobile units across Hunter New England.

Sculpture on The Farm 2019 Preview and Gala Opening
Only a week to go till the gates open for the 2019 Sculpture on the Farm at ‘Fosterton’ Dungog. Sculpture on the Farm engages with sculptors, the local community of Dungog and the broader community to encourage participation in and understanding of the arts, in particular sculpture. Last year’s inaugural event was wonderful and this year will be even better.  Make sure you don’t miss out. The Gala Opening is Friday 4 October 4pm – 7pm and tickets are available via TryBooking.

Dungog Festival 2019
Check out the website for the events, excitement and entertainment – there is absolutely something for everyone over the October Long Weekend starting on Friday 4 October through to Monday 7 October, 2019. Go to https://www.dungogfestival.com.au/2019-festival-programme for all the programme details. Many of the events are free including the Sunday Street Party which kicks off at 10am. The Dungog Festival is the flagship event of the Dungog Arts Foundation (Board members: Michael Atkins, Amy Martin, Philippa Graham Howard Glenn and Bronwen Redgate – thankyou!) and is made possible by the Shire’s fantastic volunteers and sponsors – thank you to everyone that has contributed, it is an amazing effort. Felicity Fragar as the Festival’s Event Manager has worked tirelessly and I am certain all her hard work will pay off in a wonderful weekend. Thanks also to all our wonderful local galleries and businesses in Dungog who will be working hard over the long weekend to support the events.

Wallarobba Memorial Hall’s Annual Oktoberfest 2019
As part of the Dungog Festival don’t forget to head over to the Wallarobba Memorial Hall for a family and dog friendly event will be held anytime between 1pm to 7pm. Enjoy the best of German food, including sausages, sauerkraut, pies, strudel, goulash and plenty more. The Tinshed Brewery’s craft-brewed beer and cider will be available all afternoon. The hilarious Dachshund race is at 3:00pm. Bring your dog along and enter the fastest and best dressed or just watch this very popular event. Tickets available at the door for $5 (kids and dogs are free)

Dowling Street Upgrade
It is really pleasing that works have commenced on the upgrade of Dowling Street and residents will have noticed this at the Mary Street end.  Thank you for your patience and please phone 4995 7777 if you require any further information.

Good luck to the Year 12 Students at Dungog High School
Congratulations to all those year 12 students who have completed the year.  Dungog Shire Council would like to wish Year 12 all the best as they use the next few weeks to study and prepare for their written examinations for the Higher School Certificate.  For those students not completing written examinations, we wish you well as you embark on your next steps in life after school.  Congratulations to the Principal Janene McIntosh and her staff for all the work they have done preparing the students.

 

Regards Coralie Nichols

General Manager

30 September 2019