What's On: Events coming up around the Dungog shire

A talk by Leona Landers

Thursday, November 14, 5pm

A Queensland woman visiting Dungog for the Dave Sands memorial fundraiser at the weekend will give a talk at the CWA Hall on Thursday.

Leona Landers is a descendant of the Mulinjahli and Waka Waka of South East Queensland. Her father Dave Landers was a champion boxer in Queensland who attended Dave Sands' funeral. She is coming to Dungog for the first time for the fundraiser and to meet Mr Sands' family.

Leona has had 25 years experience in national and foreign policy, covering Indigenous, UN, gender and trade and economic issues.

Dave Sands memorial fundraiser

November 16 from 3-8pm

When Dungog Rotary president Bev Irwin passed the Dave Sands Memorial on her way out of town a few years ago, she was overcome with sadness.

The memorial to the renowned boxer on Chichester Road was in such a state of disrepair she took the idea for a new project to her Rotary colleagues.

"I don't travel that way very much and I noticed how bad it looked," she said.

"It's quite derelict."

Rotary immediately got on board and a development application was subsequently lodged with the council to refurbish the monument.

The memorial was erected by Apex in memory of Dave Sands, widely regarded as one of the best boxers never to win a world title, who died at age 26 in a truck accident nearby in 1952.

Meanwhile Susan Carroll and her daughter Kay McBride who several years ago moved in to the property opposite the memorial, regularly clear up around what they originally thought was a bus stop.

They offered to help build the funds for Rotary's project to restore the memorial by hosting a fundraiser at their home - 564 Chichester Dam Road - on November 16 from 3-8pm.

Dowling Street Christmas party

Wednesday, December 4

Mark your calendars - the Dowling Street Christmas Party is back this year, scheduled for Wednesday, December 4 from 5pm to 8pm.

Following the success of the past two years, the Dungog District Chamber of Commerce volunteers are rolling up their sleeves to again present the street party.

Chamber president Jenny Lewis said the event brought businesses, community associations, schools, churches, volunteers and individuals together to offer a positive shared family experience.

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