Dungog general manager Craig Deasey and councillor Neville Bale have resigned

TOUGH JOB: Dungog Council General Manager Craig Deasey has tendered his resignation effective from July 4. Picture: Simone De Peak
TOUGH JOB: Dungog Council General Manager Craig Deasey has tendered his resignation effective from July 4. Picture: Simone De Peak

Dungog council’s general manager Craig Deasey and councillor Neville Bale have called it quits. 

They tendered their resignations separately on Thursday, citing health reasons for the decision.

Dungog Mayor, Cr Harold Johnston, said Mr Deasey would continue in the role until July 4.

Councillor Neville Bale’s resignation is effective immediately.

Dungog and District Tennis Association president Brad Griffith with Dungog Council general manager Craig Deasey and young tennis players (at back) Abbie Pritchard, Lucy Byron, Georgia Stewart and Ella Kennedy. Picture taken in 2012.

Dungog and District Tennis Association president Brad Griffith with Dungog Council general manager Craig Deasey and young tennis players (at back) Abbie Pritchard, Lucy Byron, Georgia Stewart and Ella Kennedy. Picture taken in 2012.

“He’s resigned for health reasons and for his general well-being and it will be effective from July 4,” Cr Johnston said.

“He has served in local government for 29 years and has worked for four councils.

“He has been at Dungog since before I came there.”

Mr Deasey will leave the job with a Medal of the Order of Australia which he received in 2011 for his outstanding public service to the Dungog Shire communities.

“His service is summed up with Craig getting a public service medal – you don’t get that lightly,” Cr Johnston said.

“He is a high achiever and more dedicated to his job than he should be for his own well-being.”

Dungog council general manager Craig Deasey has decided to end his time with the council. Picture: Simone De Peak

Dungog council general manager Craig Deasey has decided to end his time with the council. Picture: Simone De Peak

Mr Deasey thought Dungog council should merge with Port Stephens Council and a union was the best action for the community. 

He applied to renew his contract in 2014 for another five years with the council as the Fit for the Future program unfolded.

At that time Cr Johnston said it was “important council maintains stability and continuity in respect of the whole organisation throughout this process”. 

“Bearing in mind the outstanding service and dedication the general manager brings to this council and the annual reviews that consistently measure performance as ‘more than satisfactory’ I have no hesitation in Mr Deasey’s term being renewed for a further five years,” Cr Johnston said in 2014. 

Trivia night emcee Craig Deasey interviewing Jane Baker (centre) and Cheryl Hyde.

Trivia night emcee Craig Deasey interviewing Jane Baker (centre) and Cheryl Hyde.

Councillor Bale’s resignation comes after he was absent at a recent council meeting following an operation. 

“He has resigned due to health issues, effective immediately,” Cr Johnston said.

Neville Bale in 2016. Cr Bale has resigned from Dungog council.

Neville Bale in 2016. Cr Bale has resigned from Dungog council.

Deputy mayor Tony McKenzie resigned immediately last month due to health.