From the mayor’s desk

Uncle Tom Kelly Bridge

News that the new bridge over the Kalang River at Urunga is to be named in honour of Gumbaynggirr Elder, Uncle Tom Kelly has been well received.  Uncle Tom was a valued council employee for 39 years and an active contributor to our community in the areas of education, culture and indigenous programs.  This is a fantastic outcome due to the hard work of many people including the council and Lisa Kelly and I offer my congratulations to Uncle Tom’s family and our Gumbaynggirr community on this recognition.

Seniors Festival

It’s good to see activities have been organised in our shire to celebrate this year’s NSW Seniors Festival. It is important that as a community we acknowledge and celebrate the contribution made by our wonderful seniors, as sharing their wisdom and learning from their experiences can help shape a better community for everybody and I encourage participation in the events.

In keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Let’s Do More Together’, free introductory computer lessons for seniors will be held at the Urunga Neighbourhood Centre, a luncheon with guest speakers will be held at North Beach Bowling Club and Dorrigo will host a movie afternoon at the Old Gazette Theatre.

To kick off the activities an information session on aged care services was held over morning tea at a Dorrigo café. For further details including transport visit council’s website at or contact Anna Joy on 6655 7300.

Bellingen Youth Hub

The six monthly report on the Bellingen Youth Hub activities was presented to the March council meeting and I am pleased to say that the centre continues to go from strength to strength.

A total of 138 different groups have used the facility since it opened nearly six years ago and I congratulate the staff, volunteers and community groups who all combine to provide quality programs and recreational activities for our young people.

Successful ongoing programs include the Two Way Street driver education, Youth Clinic, Boulder Wall, Drop in Program, art classes LGBTQI Program as well as Gumbaynggirr Language classes.  New Initiatives planned are PoP (Paint our Poles) project, new music mentorship program, Warrior Circles as well as a Kitchen Connections Program.


Finally, I wish to give a shout out to our local Rural Fire Service volunteers who travelled to Glen Innes to attend the annual Region North Exercise.  Well done to everyone, especially the Thora Crew who were awarded Best Performing Crew and Best Presented Truck. It is comforting to know our community is in such great hands.

Until next time

Cr Dominic King

5 April 2018