In April, the Upper Hunter township of Dungog was left devastated by unprecedented floods, which damaged and destroyed homes, and tragically, saw three people lose their life. In the wake of the catastrophic events, we have partnered with the local community centre to provide specialty support services to those affected by the natural disaster.
The Upper Hunter township of Dungog was left devastated by the unprecedented floods that hit the region on 21 April, with 82 homes left severely damaged or destroyed, 139 individuals forced to evacuate their homes, and tragically, three people lost their life.
The Dungog Shire Community Centre (DSCC) has been leading the recovery effort since the floods hit and as the community now rebuilds, we have lent our support by funding a new project to provide much needed support for those affected.
A $50,000 grant, which was announced by our Chairman, Keith Lynch, at the recent Dungog District Business Awards, will allow the Dungog Shire Community Centre to employ a Community Renewal Project Officer part-time over the next 12 months to deliver a range of community events and activities, and also create pathways to information and services.
Accidental Counselling training will also be offered to those within the community who by the nature of their job, such as teachers, hairdressers and hospitality employees, fall into an informal counselling role.
The support will provide welcome relief for the Centre's existing employees and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to deliver a wide range of service to the Dungog community since the floods.
While our support of the project came from outside traditional funding rounds, special consideration was made to help a community that is in great need.