Councillors are currently putting the final touches on our community engagement program that will involve both a review of the Community Strategic Plan and a proposed Special Rates Variation. The engagement program will be conducted around the three wards of the Shire.
The Community Strategic Plan is your document reflecting your aspirations for the Shire. It was adopted in 2012 and now is the time to review it. Come along and make sure this plan still reflects your aspirations for the Shire.
Council is also looking for your input on the proposed Special Rates Variation. The rates you pay are used to provide services such as bridges and roads maintenance, rubbish collection, library services, swimming pools, and the insurance and maintenance of parks and gardens and of sports fields.
Simply put, Council’s rates have not kept up with the costs involved in providing these services. We need to know what services and levels of service we should be prioritising for you, and at what cost.
We are running some day sessions and some night sessions to make it as convenient as possible for as many of our residents and rate-payers to attend. All the sessions are open to all residents and rate-payers, regardless of which ward you live in.
Sessions are as follows:
• Monday 12 March – Gresford School of Arts, 6pm to 9pm
• Tuesday 13 March – Vacy School of Arts, 10am to 1pm
• Tuesday 13 March – Paterson School of Arts, 6pm to 9pm
• Wednesday 14 March – Doug Walters Pavilion, Dungog, 10am to 1pm
• Wednesday 14 March – Doug Walters Pavilion, Dungog, 6pm to 9pm
• Thursday 15 March – Clarence Town School of Arts, 6pm to 9pm
Friends of Rotary
Members of the Dungog Rotary Club and their friends met at the Tinshed Brewery last week for an informal gathering.
We heard from past District Governor, Janette Jackson, about the great work that Rotary does on major projects such as the world-wide program to eradicate Polio, as well as many domestic projects. John Walton spoke on the many youth programs available through Rotary, including many education and student exchange programs.
Royce Burns talked about Rotary at home and also the idea behind the Friends of Rotary initiative. He stressed the importance of community and the contributions we can all make.
For those of us who are time-poor, we can still make time to Mayoral Update help out once in a while. He asked that we consider making some time to help Rotary, Lions, the CWA, or the other many and varied volunteer organisations that help our community to function.
Rotary is having a fund-raising barn dance at Wallarobba Hall on 24 March.
Local State Member, Michael Johnsen tells us that the NSW Government has announced a partnership with Australia’s peak industry body for business events, Meetings and Events Australia (MEA), to help aspiring event managers living in the Upper Hunter electorate get a head start in their career.
The NSW Government and MEA will be offering a regional scholarship program with a Diploma of Event Management available across NSW.
This is a fantastic opportunity for those wanting to achieve their career goals within the events industry. The course will be delivered via an online learning tool allowing students to complete the tasks at their own pace and in their own time.
For further information and to apply, please visit www.meetinnsw.com.au/scholarships
Saturday 10 March is Gresford Show day. See you at this great community event.