Mayor's Message - 11 September 2020

Following on from the news that council completed the Dowling Street upgrade utilising Reconophalt -- asphalt that contains high recycled content -- I bring you more news on the sustainability front.

Thanks to the efforts of local community groups campaigning for a ‘Single Use Plastic Free Dungog,’ council partnered with global sustainability specialists Close the Loop, for the collection of used coffee cups as an additive in the manufacture of bitumen across the nation.

In 2019, our local community campaigners forged an alliance with Close the Loop to receive and repurpose used disposable coffee cups across the shire, and council partners with the program by collecting and distributing the cups to the Hunter-wide collection point.

Interestingly, the company responsible for manufacturing the Reconophalt, Downer Group, also partners with Close the Loop to create its asphalt additives, so the very cups our residents are recycling could one day be paving the streets in which they walk.

This truly brings our local sustainability efforts full circle and highlights how small acts can, in fact, have a very big impact.

Other such small acts that have been in the spotlight this week, include small acts of kindness to check in on the wellbeing of friends, family and community members. Thursday September 10 was ‘RUOK Day?’ which aims to encourage us all to meaningfully connect with the people around us to support the mental health and wellbeing of all individuals.

The challenges of COVID-19 have made isolation and anxiety more prominent than ever before and I would encourage you all to check in with those around you, so that we may collectively support one another as a close-knit shire community.

As always, I welcome connection and contact from all residents and I encourage you to get in touch with me via phone 4995 7777 or email I look forward to hearing from you.

We’re all in this together.



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