This year feels like it has passed in a flash. It has been a year of many wonderful quiet achievements, much hard work, sad farewells and opportunities for the future. Looking back on 2018, the community centre has seen many new programs and supports being developed and offered, such as the New Parents Group and Clarence Town Playgroup. It has also seen, sadly, the winding back of the Community College and the completion of the Get Ready project. The Dungog Shire Community Centre is forever evolving and adapting, much like the community which we serve and support.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many wonderful volunteers who are part of the Community Centre team for their tireless hours of volunteering, supporting and engaging with the many and varied activities, events and programs the community centre offers. Without these amazing people the centre simply could not provide the services and programs that the community rely on.
Many of the programs and support mechanisms that many in our community call on from time to time are not funded and rely solely on donations from our community, such as the Christmas hampers, lunch and giving tree. And although we see it every year, the generosity and kindness of our community never ceases to amaze, inspire and encourage me when I see the overwhelming support our community, its individuals, services groups and local businesses continue to give to the community centre, ensuring that those in our area who need support have a place they can turn to for care and assistance.
Much of the work of the community centre goes unseen and often unrecognised, simply because the nature of our work is so subtle, quiet and personal for those we work with. For those who work at the community centre, as with many whom work in our sector, it is not a job but rather a passion.
I am forever grateful to the amazing, talented and caring staff of the community centre for their endless energy, skill and devotion, they inspire me every day with their passion and enthusiasm for their work and for this community. As the year draws to a close with many wonderful opportunities for celebration, collaboration and connection I would like to take this moment to say Merry Christmas to you all, from my family to yours. And from all at the community centre we wish all in our community a season of happiness and peace.