Surprisingly few candidates for election

With local government elections on September 9 the list of candidates registered at the time of writing this was surprisingly short.

Given the interest and comments of many residents of the Dungog Shire I suspect perhaps a flurry of activity with many more last minute contenders deciding to stand for council.

Nomination close today on August 9, 2017 at noon.

VITAL ROLE TO PLAY

While some politicians consider local government as the lowest rung of the Australian political system, it’s obvious strong local government is vital, particularly in a  small rural community.

That’s why we need top-quality councillors from a wide variety of backgrounds, who are able to not only serve as the voice of their communities but operate at the strategic level to help deliver the first-rate services and infrastructure that communities need.

We need to look forward from the protracted controversial reform process which was supposed to make councils “fit for the future” and  failed,  leaving our local council floundering over the past local government term.

MEET CANDIDATES

Leading up to the election on September 9, the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce is staging a “Meet the Candidates” evening at the James Theatre, Brown Street, Dungog on Wednesday, August 6, 2017 at 6.30pm.

Each candidate is invited to attend and be offered approximately five minutes to present their policy platform and vision for the future.

There will be no questions from the audience, however, if people wish to ask questions of the candidates they can catch up afterwards or make their own contact.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

ART GALLERY

In addition to our growing list of new businesses opening up in Dowling Street over the past few months I am delighted to report the upcoming opening of a contemporary art gallery in Dowling Street, Dungog.

The gallery will offer flexible exhibition spaces, public art based experiences such as events and workshops. The gallery is expected to open in the next couple of weeks.

Jennifer Lewis, Dungog Chamber of Commerce