“Dungog Common” is not a notified a common under the Commons Management Act 1989, but a “Temporary Common”, and subsequently revoked under:
1. Crown Lands Occupation Act 1861, reserved gazetted March 6 1874 (Folio 683), “unalienated and unappropriated
Crown Lands” “devoted to temporary commonage”, 1280 acres (518 hectares ha, bounded by Wardell’s, Brown’s,
Mackay’s properties) and 450 acres (182 ha, Dungog Town Reserve) [papers Ms 73-3,509].
2. Crown Lands Act 1884, revoked the “temporary commonage” gazetted November 30 1895 (Folio 7816). All lands
(1280, 450 acres) described above [papers 95-9, 181 Dep].
3. Crown Lands Act 1884 S101 land reserved “from sale for temporary common for the use of the residents at
Dungog”, gazetted in 30 November 1895 (folio 7817), 750 acres (303 ha) “partly in lieu of Dungog Temporary
Common (bounded by Wardells, Brown’s properties) [papers Ms 95-9, 181 Dep].
4. Crown Lands Consolidation Act 1913 revoked the whole of Reserve 22175 for temporary common (notified
30/11/1895) from sale lease etc, gazetted Jun 23 1972 (Folio 2490) approximately 660 acres (270 ha) [papers T

Today, the lands cover about 588 ha in three sections:
1: “Dungog Common” of about 524 ha
2: Travelling Stock Reserves west of “Dungog Common” of about 28 ha
3: Travelling Stock Reserves east of “Dungog Common” of about 35 ha.

Current situation

Maitland office of the Department of Primary Industries commenced consultation with stakeholder groups in February 2011 after Dungog Shire Council asked for assistance in the future management of of the Common.
There has been a diversity of other recorded activities over the lands. Walkers, mountain bike riders, trail-bikes, off-road vehicles, horse riders, apiary site and ecological investigations are some of them. The user groups originate from Dungog and locality, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and overseas. Many user groups were co-ordinated locally by the ”Dungog Commoners Inc” comprising local volunteers until they partnered with the Maitland office in 2011 to coordinate events, especially applications, insurances and land remediation.
Major recreational events now use the Common throughout the year, for example, the Common Mountain Bike Festival, the Dungog Challenge Duathalon, Dash and Dawdle, and Dungog High School and State Zone Cross Country Championships. Proposals are also at hand to provide rustic campsites and an open-air cinema.

The land shows evidence of relics, including from a rifle range, mining activity, stockyard structures, market gardens, and Aboriginal stone tool campsites along creek lines.

A full copy of the proposal to reserve the Common as “Dungog Common Recreation Reserve” can be downloaded here.

The Dungog Commoners Inc. was formed as a group of like minded people to help establish the sustainability and legal side of the trail network. The ultimate aim for the Commoners was to have the common managed by a community Trust. This was achieved in 2014 and the Common is now managed by the Dungog Common Recreation Reserve Trust. The Commoners also include members of different user groups including walkers, horse riders and other users. The aim is to establish a relationship with the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA) and manage the area in a sustainable way that sees all users accommodated. To date LMPA has been very supportive of our vision for the future of The Common and we hope to continue to work closely with them.