36 years of the Denman News
On August 16, 1979 a group of concerned residents called a public meeting in the wake of the merger of Denman Shire Council and Muswellbrook Municipal Shire Council the previous July, to ensure that the continued development of Denman was not forgotten.
Out of this meeting sprang the Denman and District Development Association. To Muswellbrook Shire Council’s credit, it has have been true to its word and we have not been forgotten. The present management committee of DDDA acknowledges the support of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services; whatever state government has been in power we have always received funding. We thank them. Many community residents who have been management committee members have over these years helped build up the reputation of the DDDA, to them we say thank you. To Mary Lewis, Ian Wolfgang, Neville Aurisch, Richard Harris, Rev David Simpson and David Roe a big thankyou for your forthright thinking, for today we have one of the best community groups, which works for the benefit of Denman.
Pictured L-R: Errol George, David Roe, Mayor Martin Rush, Robert Lewis and Jeanette Travers. Anniversary of the DADDA & Denman News 13th April 2013
We have a centre to be proud of thanks to Muswellbrook council, which built a new library for our community and also made rooms available to lease. Our bi-monthly meetings with council have continued all through these years. Ian Wolfgang had the foresight to suggest that Denman needed something else, a publication, to keep the community informed, and the first edition of the Denman News was appeared on April 22, 1983.
From humble beginnings the Denman News has prospered through the hard work of various volunteer committees who gave so much of their time. Today we have more technology, which allows us to produce an amazing newsletter for our community. We produce 900 copies to distribute in Denman and the district. All this would not have been possible without the foresight of the founders of the DADDA, as well as the many people, from volunteers to employees, who have given their all as coordinators and production staff for the last 36 years.
The present management committee is proud of the Denman News and the DADDA, but we must never forget their humble beginnings.
To the businesses and residents who have supported the Denman News we say thank you. Long may it continue but it won’t without that support. We serve you, but we also rely on you to remain viable.