Dungog District Chamber of Commerce business award nominations close today

You have just enough time to get your nomination in for the 2019 Dungog District Chamber of Commerce business awards if you are quick. Nominations close today Wednesday, April 17 at 5pm. Head to www.ddcc.org.au to nominate in twelve categories and reward those who have provided you with great service throughout the year. Winners and runners up are decided on merit and not the number of nominations, so you only need to be nominated once.

Once closed, nominations will be collated over the coming weeks and a list of all nominees will be published. Winners and runners up will be announced at our gala presentation dinner at the Clarence Town School of Arts Hall on Saturday, May 18 at 6.30pm. Tickets will be $65 and will be available to purchase after nominations close on April 17.

I have received excellent reports about the Paterson Allyn Garden Ramble, which was held from 9am to 4pm on Sunday, April 7. The event was organised by the Paterson Allyn Garden Group, and approximately 50 volunteers worked to stage the event.

Five gardens were showcased - 'Duninald' at Paterson, 'Burgmanns' at Vacy, 'Cawarra' at Gresford and 'Riverglen' and 'Allynbrook Park' in the Allynbrook/Halton area. 'Duninald' and 'Cawarra' were particularly historic properties and gardens.

The organisers said they has approximately 700 visitors at each garden and this figure does not include infants and children at school. This far exceeds their expectations of 200-300 people per garden. People came from as far away as the Northern Territory and the Riverina, with the Central Coast and the Lower Hunter also being the source of many visitors.

The organisers of the Ramble worked very closely with local cafes and pubs to provide food and refreshments to people attending the Ramble and by all accounts all these businesses had a very successful day and most ran out of food by the end of the day. In summary, as a first-time event, the Garden Ramble was a great success, and the weather also contributed to the success of the day. The organisers have said that the event will be held again, but it won't be held annually.

Finally there are still some place for our "Innovation in Business" workshop to be presented by John O'Callaghan, Director, JOC Consulting this Thursday 18 April at Dungog RSL. Members are free, non-members $20. Ring 0432 123 143 to book.