Message from the Mayor - 11 June 2021

As we brace for some cooler weather this coming long weekend, there has already been snowfall across the Barrington Tops this week, with good snow coverage remaining due to the wintry temperatures we’re currently experiencing.

Over the long weekend last year, Dungog experienced a record number of visitors, with people traveling from near and far following COVID-19 lockdowns across much of the country.

With cold but sunny conditions also predicted for this year’s Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend, we again hope to see an influx of visitors to our shire, attracting people to our local businesses and community facilities and creating a boost for our local economy.

For anyone traveling from Gloucester or Scone, please take note the Barrington Tops Forest Road (Gloucester to Scone) currently remains CLOSED. Motorists should exercise extreme caution as the narrow, unsealed road is very slippery.

For further details visit the NSW State Forests Facebook page.

Although this road is outside the Dungog LGA, we have been advised that during snow events, the status of roads on Barrington Tops can change at short notice or during your visit. NSW Police may close the road at any time to ensure visitor safety.

This may prevent access to snow covered areas and result in visitors having to turn back after long periods of travel.

Other top tips for traveling in these weather conditions include:

✔️  Leave the two-wheel-drive at home - four-wheel-drives are best suited for driving in snow and ice conditions.

✔️  Check weather and road conditions before you leave home.

✔️  Pack additional warm clothing and extra food and water.

✔️  Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

For the latest information on weather conditions or road closures that may affect your long weekend travel plans visit the Bureau of Meterology website and NSW SES website.

I wish you all a safe and happy long weekend and for anyone traveling in and around the Dungog Shire, I hope you enjoy all of the attractions our region has to offer.  

For any other activities, events or happenings around our shire, you can contact me by phone on 4995 7777 or by email on

I look forward to hearing from you.



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