Message from the Mayor - 16 October 2020

Dungog Shire Council had an exciting win this week, receiving third prize in the Statewide Mutual Annual Roadshow competition, which encouraged local government organisations to explore the opportunities provided by drone technology.

This achievement will see council receiving a $1400 D1 Store DJI Mavic Mini Drone and a training package valued at $3200 to enable the commercial license necessary for drone operation.

Selected from among 38 organisations, many staff contributed to ideas and objectives for the use of drone technology across council operations.

Although the full functionality of this technology can’t be gauged until the drone has been received and training completed, it is hoped the drone will assist in:

  • Completion of volumetric surveys at the Dungog Waste Management facility
  • River system surveillance and other conservation and agricultural activities
  • Natural disaster identification, prevention and assistance including bushfire and flood
  • Compliance activities
  • Capturing aerial footage for regional tourism and promotional purposes

On behalf of Dungog Shire Council, I commend all staff involved in this application process and look forward to the possibilities and efficiencies resulting from this innovative technology.

As always, I encourage all residents to contact me regarding any issues, activities or events happening in our shire.

To do so, please phone 4995 7777 or email and I look forward to hearing from you.

We’re all in this together.



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