Archive for January, 2018

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January 31, 2018
Editorial: Rate Variation Circus

WHEN it comes to special rate variations what goes up, won’t come down. If IPART approves the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s application for a 20 percent rate rise over three years, our rates will remain at that level forever more and then we will still be subject to the usual consumer price index (CPI) rates […]

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January 31, 2018
Veteran’s Golf: January 30

By Bob Minch We had 17 players only, on a warm a sometime appreciable breeze – getting dry as well. The winner today with 37 is Phil Ledgerwood, 2nd Red Palmer 35 c/b, 3rd Ross Banks 35 Ball Comp. John Norman, Bob Thorley, Peter Leehy, Brian Dever, Bob Minch, Rod Upton, Bruce Robinson, Bradmans – […]

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January 31, 2018
Getting Ready for Tennis in Gundy

THE Gundy tennis court is a hidden gem backing onto the Pages River at the Showground that has fallen into disrepair, but a group of residents have begun work to bring it back to life for the local community. Kylie McGregegor Vella said while the group are not tennis players they saw an opportunity to […]

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January 30, 2018
Time to Support Farmers in Drought

FARMERS in the Upper Hunter should have the same drought support as farmers in Queensland, who are given up to $40,000 per farm, per year, believes John Preston of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. Mr Preston, a Singleton resident, was in Rockhampton today learning more about the Queensland drought support package and is keen […]

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January 30, 2018
Blue Horse Causes Blue

LAST night Council voted to buy a $15,000 Blue Horse to help attract tourists to the area. The sculpture, Big Blue, by Nick Adams was on display in the Shire during the 2016 Horse Festival. Mayor Wayne Bedggood declared a conflict of interest and left the room while the motion was debated. Councillors Lee Watts […]

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January 30, 2018
Council Apply to Increase Rates

AT last night’s Council meeting a motion was passed to apply to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to raise rates in the Upper Hunter Shire Council by approximately 20 percent in the next three years. The decision was made despite a survey of residents which showed 56 percent did not want the variation, […]

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January 29, 2018
Scone Junior Cricket: Round 9 Results

UNDER 10’s No results entered for this age group UNDER 12’s Muswellbrook Gill 5/136 defeated Scone Bushrangers 3/97 Scone Wanderers 3/95 defeated Scone Cavaliers 8/90 Muswellbrook Hallet 3/112 defeated Murrurundi 9/66 UNDER 14’s Scone Cavaliers 4/94 defeated Scone Wanderers 7/92 Denman 6/132 defeated Muswellbrook Bower 4/89   ROUND 10 This round was abandoned to due […]

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January 29, 2018
Local Fires Update – Jan 29

FOUR fires continue to burn locally, but have been contained or brought under control. Myles O’Reilly, district coordinator for the Liverpool Plains Rural Fire Service, said the all crews were busy during the weekend but they feel they are on the home stretch. “The fires last week certainly have posed their challenges for the whole […]

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January 29, 2018
Editorial: Inspiring Individuals

LAST year I attended a funeral of a cousin, Jill, who had received an OAM for her work with koalas and the environment. When I saw her brother I noticed he was wearing an OAM on his tie and assumed it was Jill’s, but he had earned one himself for his work in the environment. […]

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January 27, 2018
Heaven Ridge Fire

A fire which began from a lightening strike, mid-afternoon yesterday continues to burn at the top of Dry Creek. Mark Murphy, from Liverpool Range Rural Fire Service said, “the fire bombers are working on it and the ground crews have been on it all day.” “We have a dozer going in tomorrow morning and we […]

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