REPLY TO NOW HEAR THIS
Last week’s Dungog Chronicle column, Hear This, by Tom Boorer, went into detail about the construction of a tourist map for short drives, eating outlets and so forth to bring tourism to our shire.
I would like to inform the author that such a map has been circulating for about eight to 10 years. It’s called: “Great Country Drives ... Dungog Shire".
There are countless other pamplets on pushbikes, walks, picnic areas and camping sites, plus bird watching.
In my opinion this letter shows a lack of knowledge and is an insult to the Chamber of Commerce, which has just realeased a full colour/informative brochure that took many hours of fact-gathering.
The council tourism officers and volunteers, State Forest, NPWS and the tourism committee have all have spent considerable money, time and effort to produce a series of quality guides. They also conduct guided tours, thanks to volunteers.
Maybe the author might like to take up this volunteer work?
Another thought – maybe if the pizza shop the columnist referred to had a brochure stand in the shop, with these brochures in it, it would help tourism and others to be better informed?
Councillor, Dungog Shire Council
My husband and I purchased our property on Merchants Road, Martins Creek, almost 14 years ago with our then four young children.
He was transferred to Newcastle from western Sydney with his job and has since been retrenched from his position after 17 years.
He has just gotten another job back in western Sydney (due to no work in Newcastle). As all our children have grown and now have their own lives, we wish to sell our property.
When we first moved here we were told by neighbours and the explosions were only once to twice a week.
Now they explode at the quarry every day and my whole house shakes.
We have damage to our house which has been repaired over and over again, and we are afraid with the quarry and the explosions we will not get the money that we would like for our property.
I have written complaints and asked for a monitor to see how bad the explosions and noise are but nothing.
With the expansions I am afraid, with the continued explosions, my house will be damaged more.
Robyn Darnley, Martins Creek
DISAPPOINTED AT DUNGOG
I attended the Dungog Carols by Candlelight last Wednesday evening with high expectations and left very disappointed.
The problem was not with the organisation and certainly not with the quality of the bits of the music I could hear.
The problem was that the event was attended by two completely different audiences.
There were lots of young children who were greatly enjoying the freedom of noisily running round with their friends, waving their lights and waiting for the arrival of the Fire Brigade Santa Claus and who were, I think, completely oblivious of the real significance of the event.
The second and very different group were those who wanted to enjoy carols and the excellent choir and singers.
This presented the organisers with an impossible task.
I suggest the solution is to hold two different events – one for those children who want to run around shouting and singing “Jingle Bells” and the other to involve quality singers with a repertoire of genuine Christmas carols.
These two events could be held at separate times or consecutively on the same evening.