Message from the Mayor: 22 October 2021

At this month’s council meeting, council received its quarterly progress report on its Delivery Program for the period 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021.

There was a significant volume of works completed and commenced during this period, with highlights including:

  • Successfully advocating for $25M in much-needed road funding through the development of council’s Advocacy Agenda and Critical Infrastructure Priorities List, during the Upper Hunter By-election.
     
  • Effectively supporting one of the shire’s most significant regional and tourism assets, Dungog Common, by working with multiple government and community stakeholders.
  • Restructuring council’s Operational Plan to enable $31.5M worth of funded capital works to take place across the shire in 2021-22.
     
  • Facilitating endorsement of Dungog Regional Tourism’s Destination Management Plan to grow tourism, economic development and regional prosperity.
     
  • Undertaking Organisational and Planning Service Reviews to establish a framework of continuous internal improvement to meet or exceed community expectations.
     
  • Completion of several notable infrastructure projects including Coulston, Spooner, Summer Hill and Tillegra bridges, construction of a new amenities facility at Williams River Holiday Park, lighting works at Dungog Showground, Reg Ford Oval and Clarence Town Reserve, construction of Dungog Netball Courts including lighting, commencement of the $2M Clarence Town Sporting Facility, various park and playground upgrades, and multiple road reconstruction projects.
     
  • Completion and adoption of council’s Annual Financial Budget 2021-2022, undertaking a major upgrade of council’s core IT infrastructure and network design, and council’s investment portfolio strongly outperforming the bank bill index for the quarter by .56%.
     
  • Completion and adoption of the Dungog Shire Flying Fox Management Plan and completion of a comprehensive Kerbside Waste Audit, in preparation for review of the Dungog Waste Strategy.
     
  • Ongoing service improvements to facilitate e-planning and assessment of the modified State Significant Development Application for Martins Creek Quarry.

I would like to congratulate the General Manager and all of the council staff for their achievements during this quarter and look forward to a continuing full and robust program of activities and service improvements.

For a full list of quarterly highlights, please view council’s October Meeting Agenda.

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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