Mayor's Message - 17 July 2020

Council once again livestreamed our monthly council meeting to share information with residents and interested parties in real time via our Facebook platform when we met this Wednesday 15 July.

The meeting video has so far been viewed by almost 600 people, and we apologise to anyone impacted by the slight technical difficulties we experienced during proceedings.

Like you, we are learning how to deliver information via new channels following the widespread impacts of COVID-19, and we appreciate your cooperation and support as we navigate this new way of living.

For anyone keen to tune in, the video will be on council’s Facebook page for a period of one month. Visit

Myself and our new General Manager, Mr Gareth Curtis, also met with Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, The Hon. Bronwyn Taylor MLC, and Member for the Upper Hunter, Mr Michael Johnsen MP, when they visited the Dungog Common this week.

They were very impressed with the new flow track and the vision for The Common that is coming to life to attract attention from far and wide.

I commend everyone involved with the shared vision and ongoing improvements being made at this recreational facility that is growing in popularity to really put Dungog on the map!

Our shire has also recently attracted a visit from NSW Opposition leader, Ms Jodi McKay MP, Shadow Roads Minister, Mr John Graham MLC, and Shadow Minister for the Hunter, Mr Clayton Barr MP, to speak with councillors and community members about our concerns regarding the transfer of 15,000km of rural and regional roads to the NSW Government.

We are calling on the state government to provide assurance that this transfer won’t impact on our financial viability to maintain our local roads or threaten local jobs.

As always, I am contactable and willing to listen to any ideas or concerns residents might have.  To get in touch, phone 4995 7777 or email and I will be happy to hear from you.

We’re all in this together.


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