Message from the Mayor - 1 October 2021

It was wonderful to see everyone who attended the Meet the Mayor sessions held across our shire this week. After Dungog’s release from the stay-at-home orders, this was a great opportunity to safely engage with residents and listen to your feedback on how to make Dungog Shire an even better place to live.

The final session will be held tonight outside of William’s River Café in Clarence Town from 4pm- 6pm. No appointments are necessary so feel free to drop in and have a chat about any ideas or issues impacting our community.

As we continue to move toward greater freedoms, I remind all residents to exercise caution and common sense to help keep our community safe. The NSW Government has released its official roadmap of what life will look like when we achieve 70% and 80% vaccinations and I know many of us are looking forward to what this means for our daily lives.

Speaking of which, Dungog Shire is sitting in second position for our Vaccine Challenge against all Upper Hunter LGA’s. 83.5% of residents have received a first dose and 53.2% of us are now fully vaccinated, which is an incredible community effort! We are only trailing the Upper Hunter at this point, so thank you to everyone who has come forward to do their part.

If you are yet to be vaccinated, contact your local GP or pharmacist, or make a booking via the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

In more positive news, it’s great to see the pools at Dungog and Clarence Town reopening today to provide an important sporting and recreation facility for all community members. Full details on how to enjoy a safe swimming season are listed in the latest edition of Council Happenings below.

There is also much infrastructure construction currently happening in every corner of the shire. From the rehabilitation of Segment 1 of Clarence Town Road, to on-site pre-construction activities for the new Clarence Town bridge, and commencement of construction for the first three bridge replacements under the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Bridges program -- Archinals, Bruxner and Mary Carlton’s – happening this month, our shire is a hive of activity.

As these infrastructure upgrades take place, we continue to lobby for further grant funding to improve our local road network, as we work toward our goal of providing the quality infrastructure network our community deserves.

We also ask all residents and road users to please exercise extra caution when traveling through roadworks and construction zones, and adhere to the posted speed limits for your safety and protection. We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation while these critical works are carried out.

For any other happenings in the shire, please get in touch via phone on 4995 7777 or by email on shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au

I look forward to hearing from you.

JOHN CONNORS
Mayor

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