Dungog Council's tourism and events coordinator says farewell

PASSION FOR THE AREA: Ivan Skaines is no longer in the role of events and tourism co-ordinator for the shire, but remains passionate about the future of the shire.
PASSION FOR THE AREA: Ivan Skaines is no longer in the role of events and tourism co-ordinator for the shire, but remains passionate about the future of the shire.

The new year will bring a change in direction for Torryburn’s Ivan Skaines.

The man charged with promoting the shire and its events as the Economic Development, Tourism and Events Coordinator finished up his role on December 31 last year following a council restructure.

While his role has come to an end, his passion for the area is unlikely to diminish.

Having attended Eccleston Public School and later Dungog High, he returned to the area to take up his council role in 2010.

He has plans to stay in the area and as well as looking for part time employment will continue with a Diploma in Events Management for which he received a NSW Government scholarship.

Mr Skaines said one of the memorable events in his time at council included the Mumford and Sons concert which involved collaboration with all council departments.

He said one of the things he is most proud of is “working with businesses, community groups and event organisers to promote and sell Dungog Shire.”

His start at council coincided with the announcement the Tillegra Dam would not go ahead and later the shire had to endure the aftermath of the 2015 storm and the uncertainty surrounding the council mergers.

“This change isn’t the only change I have experienced and I certainly want to leave council on a positive note,” he said.

A farewell dinner for Mr Skaines organised by Dungog Regional Tourism will be held on Thursday, January 17 at Yabbies Bistro, Paterson Tavern at 6.30 for 7pm.

Bookings can be made by phoning 0437511070.