Barry is involved in a number of activities in Dungog, the main one being the annual Dungog Rumble.
The event came about as Barry was the social organiser for the Rickshaw Hot Rod Club.
Following a road trip to Dungog one Sunday it was decided the club would hold an annual “rumble”.
The first rumble attracted 24 cars and saw a donation of $500 made to Lara Nursing Home.
The following year 40 cars made the trek to Dungog and Lara again received $500.
The third year car numbers doubled and the donation to Lara was boosted to $1200.
Four years after the first rumble was held, 88 cars and 33 bikes came to town and Dungog Radio and Dungog Football Club both received $1200 each.
Last year the turnout of cars and bikes became even bigger with 149 cars and 50 bikes realising a donation of $7000 to Gresford teenager Olivia Everett to help with ongoing costs after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour a number of years ago.
Nominator Bob Lean said the event was helped by generous sponsorship by Dungog businesses, ABC Jumping Castles, Shannon Insurance and Steggles.
“If Dungog had more people like Barry involved in promoting Dungog, the town would be far more progressive,” Mr Lean said.
Jennifer Lewis became the president of the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and has worked tirelessly on many projects that benefit Dungog Shire to make it a thriving place.
In 2015 the chamber took out the Local Chamber Award at the Hunter Business Awards in Newcastle.
During the April super storm event of that year which affected the Dungog Shire, the chamber, led by Jennifer, took on the role of ensuring the business community was being kept well informed of the recovery and how to get back into shape as quickly as possible.
The chamber attended daily meetings with local and government authorities together with community organisations to keep abreast of the recovery efforts.
Jennifer made personal visits to local businesses, nightly emails with information on where support was available, press releases and feedback on the discussions which were happening with government and other officials coming to the area.
Her assistance went above and beyond to give people updates and resources during and after the floods in 2015. Her help to others went beyond the role of a volunteer she cared so much and did her best to help others through this natural disaster.
As president Ms Lewis said one of the most valuable initiatives implemented by the chamber has been their new approach to strategic planning.
“As a member of the committee in 2014-15 we committed to improving our approach to supporting our members and business community by running the organisation better and being more strategic was one of the initiatives we all wanted to move forward with,” she said.
Nominator Lisa Lambert-Smith said Ms Lewis’s dedication and contribution is amazing.
She is a champion of our shire and I feel she deserves recognition for all she does in keeping people connected during strife like the April superstorm.
While still running her own business, she works tirelessly to keep the community informed of events within the local area, promotes local businesses and is a passionate citizen of the Dungog Shire.
Sarah moved back to Dungog with her husband and two daughters in 2009 when she was appointed manager of the Dungog Information and Neighbourhood Service.
In this position she has commenced many new projects including story time at the library for preschoolers, Doug the Reading Bug, Community Kitchen and Dungog Community College.
Such is her dedication to the shire and her job responsibilities that in April 2015 when the storm hit Dungog she was first on the ground working out what could be done for those affected by this catastrophe. This was done while waiting for emergency services to swing into action.
With the assistance of her staff and volunteers, food, clothing and household goods depots were up and running.
Such were her priorities putting the people of Dungog first that Sarah and her staff opened the community centre seven days a week initially such was the need.
Sarah had no training in disaster management but she knew that something had to be done now to help these people, so she proceeded, without any outside assistance, to what she thought had to be done.
In her role as manager of the Dungog Shire Community Centre, she continues to provide assistance to many and varied citizens of the shire.
The work still continues and every day something new arises and funding is low.
Sarah’s single-minded vision of providing help and a service above and beyond her job mandate takes its toll on personal and family life and all without recognition or thought by the community she serves so well.
She was awarded the Paul Harris medal by the Rotary Club of Dungog for her efforts during and after the 2015 super storm.
Sarah has been nominated by Kerry Jeffers.
Most members of the community are unaware of how committed Sue Flannery is to Clarence Town.
Throughout her time living in the area, Sue has asked the question not what the community can do for her, but what can she do for the community.
She offers herself for positions on committees such as the Clarence Town and District Progress Association, Big Morning Tea for Cancer, Dungog Retirement Living, organiser of the Glen William Gymkhana, St John’s Church parish treasurer, parish councillor for Glen William, Glen William School P&C and editor and publisher of Spotlight magazine just to name a few.
Mrs Flannery was heavily involved in the opening of the Rural Transaction Centre in Clarence Town in 2004.
She continues to take an active role in the functioning of the RTC and is a valuable member of the management team.
She was the driving force of the monthly markets in Clarence Town which have proved to be a boom to the local businesses and have an impact on the economic well-being of the community.
Mrs Flannery is a committed Christian and believes that she can best witness to her faith through her involvements.
She is humble and quiet about her work throughout the community, wishing what she sees as best for it and being determined to help achieve that goal.
Mrs Flannery has been nominated by the Clarence Town Progress Association.
Tracy has resided in the Dungog Shire since 2003 and has exemplified outstanding philanthropic dedication to the Dungog Shire community.
The positions she has held and contributions she had made within the community through her business interests has significantly increased the local opportunities for residents and tourism.
The decision to become involved with Dungog Shire Council and all the many volunteer hours and administration involved with being a councillor is a big commitment. This also involves many volunteer hours on several committees including the Dungog Showground committee.
Tracy was the impetus behind the re-born Dungog Festival, gathering people together to investigate and plan the possibilities.
The appropriation of Tracy to be the managing director of the Dungog Arts Foundation that has run the previous three years of the festival meant big gig commitments and many hours of volunteer time.
The success of such festivals is thanks to the enthusiasm and vitality of the volunteers and workers involved.
Not only has she made an extraordinary contribution to the Dungog community in the establishment of her many business interests which have increased local opportunities, but her generosity by way of sponsorship and donations to not-for- profit, non-government organisations that are integral in our community and have made a significant difference to outcomes.
Tracy quietly and sincerely builds and nurtures many community pursuits and needs though hands-on work or mentoring capacities within our diverse needs and is always met with a level head, clear guidance or financial backing.
Tracy has been nominated by Charmaine Dickson, Sarah U’Brien and Bernadette Skuse.
Wirragulla Polo Club member Beau Blundell was selected to play in the Manipur Polo International in India last November.
The Australian team was pitted against teams from England, Kenya, the USA and four Indian teams.
Playing with fellow club member Jock Mackay, they both helped to steer the Australian team to victory. After winning games to get to the semi finals the team defeated England then India in the final.
They became the most successful Australian Polo team to play there in the history of the tournament.
Wirragulla Polo Club was established in 1923 and is one of the oldest polo clubs in Australia.
Beau is a qualified Australian polo coach and president of the club. The club has conducted learn to play polo clinics to residents of the Dungog Shire for the past two years at vastly reduced rates to encourage participation.
Beau has been a director of the NSW Polo Association for six years, representing the Hunter region and of course Dungog.
He has been promoting the shire and the Wirragulla annual tournament which has grown to become a huge event, bringing many visitors to Dungog each year.
Following the success of both Beau and Jock in India, they are looking to host international polo teams at Wirragulla Polo Club and in turn further expose and promote Dungog to Australia and the world.
Beau has been nominated by Wirragulla Polo Club.
Wirragulla Polo Club member Jock Mackay was selected to play in the Manipur Polo International in India last November. The Australian team was pitted against teams from England, Kenya and the USA and four Indian teams.
Playing with fellow club member Beau Blundell, both players helped to steer the Australian team to victory.
After winning games to get to the semi finals the team defeated England then India in the final. They became the most successful Australian Polo team to play there in the history of the tournament.
The rest of the year Jock, who is vice-president of the Wirragulla Polo Club, plays around Australia in the A-grade circuit. He is currently in the World Cup squad for Australia to be held in Sydney in October this year.
At the club’s annual tournament each year a dinner and auction is held and is open to the public. The tournament and dinner raises much needed funds which go to the Westpac Rescue Service. Each year it is the club’s aim to donate around $10,000 to the charity.
The club also runs polo clinics and both Jock and Beau run the coaching clinics and encourage people of all ages to come and join in on the fun and support the club and the charities it is tied to.
Jock has been nominated by Wirragulla Polo Club.
Breanna is an outstanding young person who has not only dedicated herself to developing the skills required to perform at the highest standard in her chosen sport of volleyball, she has also tirelessly supported the literacy needs of younger students at Dungog High School.
She is a dedicated peer tutor and spends every morning at school helping younger students who need assistance in the literacy field.
At just 14 Breanna captains the Dungog High School under-16 and open girls’ volleyball team. She is the Hunter open girls combined high school’s setter and vice-captain of the NSW under-15s girls’ team.
Dungog High School is a relatively small, rural school and it can be a daunting task to compete against much larger public and private schools.
It takes dedication, commitment and a willingness to accept that learning comes from both success and failure.
Breanna’s ability to motivate and lead her peers has seen the formation of a galvanised unit who have successfully placed in the top two teams in each NSW School’s Cup in 2016.
After the completion of the Australian championships Breanna was afforded the honour of being named NSW’s under-15s most valuable player.
School coach Tim Francey said he has relied on her ability to effectively communicate and display the skills she has acquired to assist him in developing junior players.
She is an outstanding young person with a bright, bubbly personality who despite receiving the attention that comes with success, is humble and caring.
Breanna has been nominated by Tim Francey from Dungog High School.
Will is a hard working and dedicated committee member of the Dungog A&H Association.
He rarely misses a meeting and attends most working bees at the showground. With other members he works hard at getting the showground prepared for the show each year.
Will also played for the Dungog Warriors under-17s last year and most weeks turns up early to Bennett Park to help set up and then following the games, helps pack up the football field.
He also assists in the canteen and is also a junior rugby league referee.
Will is currently a first year apprentice carpenter. He is a great role model, setting an example to others and working hard and helping out in his community.
Will has been nominated by Annmaree Rooke.
The team successfully won gold at two NSW School Cups, in Newcastle and Sydney.
They were placed second in the NSW School’s Cup state championships and then entered the final state cup as an open-aged team and won gold.
Seven of the girls made the Hunter representative team. Four represented Northern NSW and one represented NSW at the Australian championships where she was named most valuable player.
Their coach Tim Francey was named girls’ volleyball convenor/manager for the Hunter region.
The team consisted of Breanna Miller, Hayley Forbes, Kaitlyn Forbes, Tabatha Beisler, Maddisyn Fordham, Elyse Standing, Bethany McLoughlin and Bailea Smith.
The team has been nominated by the Rotary Club of Dungog.
From a very early age Ellie Wallace has shown aptitude for a variety of sports.
She represented Glen William Public School in 2009 for swimming, attending the state championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park. She went on to represent both Glen William and Clarence Town public schools in athletics and cross country at zone for five consecutive years.
Ellie also has a love for netball, playing with Dungog Netball Association since age 10, winning numerous grand finals and awarded players’ player most years. She then went on to represent Port Stephens region at state age championships for three years.
In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Ellie was awarded swimming age champion and in 2015 also earned cross country age champion at Dungog High School.
In 2014 and 2015 she attended regional competitions for athletics, zone and regional representation for swimming and zone and regional representation for netball.
In 2014 Ellie added to her achievements by representing Dungog in the regional championships for soccer.
In 2015 she was named Dungog High School’s sportswoman of the year.
2015 and 2016 saw Ellie’s passion for volleyball pay dividends with her being selected in the Hunter region volleyball team as captain and was named most valuable player at the state championships last year. She was a member of the team that won a gold medal in the NSW Schools’ Cup.
In September last year Ellie was awarded the prestigious Pierre De Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic committee. The award recognised Ellie’s sport achievements and the demonstration of those endeavours consistent with the aims of the Olympic movement through participating in a range of sporting activities and made exemplary effort to achieve her personal best and displayed qualities of fair play which has inspired the involvement of others.
Ellie was also responsible for starting a recycling program at Dungog High and was awarded a $500 prize from Samsung to implement changes in the school.
Both on and off the field Ellie is known for her compassion, friendliness and respect for her peers and opponents.
Ellie has been nominated by the Williams Rivers Gardeners.
At the age of two Emma Haskins was suffering from muscle wastage of her left leg and it was recommended she take up dancing.
She has been dancing ever since and four years later starting competing in eisteddfods.
In 2012 Emma completed her British Ballet Organisation classical ballet exams in the top 5 per cent of Australia and was invited to audition in Sydney for the Simon Horril Award for gifted and talented dancers.
Despite missing out on the award her abilities were recognised and she was invited to audition for the BBO associates program for elite classical dancers. She was successful and travelled regularly to Sydney for specialised tuition.
In 2015 Emma travelled to Sydney for BBO dance where she was selected from children all over Australia and New Zealand as the BBO national junior scholar for that year.
She has auditioned for several productions and danced at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in 2013, the International Games in 2014 and has successfully gained a position in the ensemble cast for the production of Grease the Arena Spectacular to be held in Newcastle this year.
2016 has been a very busy year for Emma. She auditioned and successfully gained a position at the Hunter School of Performing Arts and successfully gained positions in the Classical Ballet Ensemble, the Year 7 Contemporary Ensemble and the year 7 dance ensemble.
She has had many eisteddfod wins and places last year including the Classical Ballet Championships, the Winter Dance Festival and Mattara and won all three titles.
Emma also won the Marie Walton junior classical ballet scholarship and was selected to dance a lead role at the PAE production of Shrek.
She has also represented her school at zone and regional level in cross country, athletics and swimming as well as hockey, cricket and touch football and has also started competing in endurance riding.
Emma has been nominated by Clarence Town and District Progress Association.
Adam is a well known local identity in the Paterson/Martins Creek area. He attended Paterson Preschool and Paterson Public School and regularly assists local people in the area. He is a reliable volunteer for many projects including:
* Paterson Public School’s vegetable garden
* Paterson’s Tucker Park picnic area and fence
* Corn saddle at Tucker Park which has been rebuilt
* Paterson Museum fencing
* Paterson Sportsground oval fencing, shower block, power cable trenchng and unisex toilet construction.
Adam owns a small flat-top truck and small excavator, along with many tools which he utilises for constructions. All are free of charge the community.
Adam exhibits the qualities of willingness and generosity for his time to carry out any volunteer work.
Adam has been nominated by Paterson Progress Association.
As a volunteer, Barrie Kingsford has looked after the gardens and pot plants at Paterson Railway Station for 30 years. He has brought his own plants from home to plant at the station.
Up until 2015, Barrie came up to Paterson twice a week to tend the plants but now is only able to make it on Saturdays.
If Barrie had not donated his plants and time, Paterson Railway Station would not have the colourful display to greet travellers.
Barrie Kingsford has been nominated by Virginia Daniels.
Colleen Duffy has given so much to the Dungog Shire.
She is the president of the Clarence Town School of Arts and has brought this hall alive with her efforts, creating events, fundraising and promoting it tirelessly.
Colleen is an integral part of the Clarence Town Progress Association giving time and energy to create great spaces and events for the town. She not only does this but also volunteers for the Dungog Festival.
She writes for the local Spotlight magazine to keep locals informed on events for the shire and is on the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce committee promoting business and tourism to our shire.
She is always behind the scenes and I would like her to get recognition for all she puts in to making our shire what it is today.
Colleen has been nominated by Lisa Lambert-Smith.
Dungog Anglican Church op shop is a volunteer organisation with many regular customers. At times customers help in whichever way they can.
Garry Cross is one such customer.
On a regular basis he goes above and beyond in many ways to assist the smooth functioning of the op shop and has done so for many years.
After finishing work at his place of employment in the morning, Garry arrives to assist in setting up the op shop for the day’s trading. There are always many, many items that need to be moved outdoors in the morning to enable a safe working place to trade indoors. This procedure can be very arduous for the few who open.
Garry enables this procedure to happen without much fuss – thus saving the workers much heavy lifting.
At closing time he quite often returns and assists with putting everything back inside.
Garry is always willing to unload goods that arrive as donations, quite often a ute load, and is happy to deliver any large items for customers they have purchased.
When the op shop opens on a Saturday he is always there to lend a hand in whichever way he can. The op shop operates because of the generosity of many and we consider it a blessing to the people of the Dungog area.
Garry has always been a very willing contributor and we at the op shop recognise and are very grateful for his input.
He has been nominated by the Dungog Anglican Church op shop.
Ian has been nominated for the huge amount of time and effort he has put into the farm yard and animal nursery and piglet racing for the Dungog Show.
Since Ian has been working in this area, it has increased numbers and enthusiasm of the school children who love the opportunity to get close to the animals such as sheep, goats, calves, geese, lambs, llamas, birds, rabbits and chickens just to name a few.
On behalf of the Dungog A&H, we feel he is very worthy to be considered for this award.
Ian has been nominated by Dungog A&H Association.
Kim has a history of being involved in the Dungog Shire community as a volunteer for many years of her residence in Dungog.
She was very committed to St Joseph’s Primary School, the school’s centenary committee and was a local and regional Scout leader for many years.
She joined the volunteer team at Dungog Shire Community Centre in November 2015. She has become an integral part of the volunteer team and has been tireless in her volunteer efforts and ours.
Kim has volunteered well over 300 hours in 2016, spanned over the varied services and programs offered by the centre.
She commenced with the Project Bounce Forward team assisting with any kind of administration work required, the preparation and distribution of flyers also including client surveys that sometimes turned into accidental counselling sessions.
She also volunteered her time at the masked ball which is a community college fundraiser, the community centre’s connect fun day, Sam Cawthorne event, Wrapped with Love day at Dungog High School as well as assisting and setting up of events which involved communications, promotion, catering and engaging with participants to ensure their involvement and wellbeing.
Kim has also become a volunteer for the youth services facilitator Lisa Dyer and has shown great rapport with the students she is involved with and a talent for mentoring young people.
She has shown such a great talent, diversity and ability to relate with clients and members of the community no matter where the situation that the centre has encouraged her to complete a Diploma in Youth, Family and Early Intervention which she commenced last year and will complete this year.
Kim has been nominated by Charmaine Dickson from the Dungog Shire Community Centre.
Kristine has been volunteering at the Dungog Shire Community Centre for one year.
She has undertaken many different roles and supported many varied community programs and has undertaken all her work with passion, dignity and a willingness to help others.
The main focus of her work has been through Project Bounce Forward which was implemented after the April 2015 superstorm.
Kristine was the chief photographer for the Reflections of Resilience first anniversary exhibition.
She was involved in working with many groups across the Dungog Shire to reflect on their experiences and draw strength from their recovery journey to find a word that reflected their resilience.
The result was over 30 photos involving over 200 people from across the Dungog and Stroud areas in a series of amazing images that truly showed what a courageous and strong community we live in.
Kristine supported individuals to find their own strength in their recovery all the while undertaking her own recovery journey.
She has also been involved in the years 11 and 12 motivational day at Dungog High School, an evening with Sam Cawthorne who created the concept of Bounce Forward and assisted 150 school students ice and decorate arrowroot biscuits so they had something to enter in Dungog Show.
Kristine has also supported and assisted other centre programs including Doug the Reading Bug, child minding at Train for School sessions, masked ball photographer, community Christmas program with the preparation and distribution of hampers to those less fortunate and Dungog Community Garden.
Kristine inspires the staff of the community centre with her grace and humility and her belief that you can make a difference.
Kristine has been nominated by Sarah U’Brien from the Dungog Shire Community Centre.
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