News Just In

Murrurundi Pipeline Officially Opened

FROM today, 2 million litres of water per day can now flow from Glenbawn Dam, via Scone, to Murrurundi, with the opening of the Scone to Murrurundi pipeline. Murrurundi residents have been on level 6 restrictions since July 2018, through on of the worst droughts on record, but can now enjoy a longer shower, put […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Murrurundi Pipeline Officially Opened

Murrurundi: Pipeline Open, Level 6 Restrictions Over

MURRURUNDI residents are no longer on Level 6 water restrictions, following the opening of the Scone to Murrurundi Pipeline. The Upper Hunter Shire Council this morning announced Murrurundi will only be on level 2 restrictions, consistent with Aberdeen and Scone.  Level 2 restrictions in Murrurundi include: Murrurundi residents can water lawns and gardens in the […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Murrurundi: Pipeline Open, Level 6 Restrictions Over

Premier: Keeping The Virus Under Control

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian said there were 9,900 people tested in the last 24 hours, which she described as an “amazing result” and helps her feel “confident we can keep the virus under control.” There was only one new case confirmed in the last 24 hours, a Queenslander who was already in travel quarantine, which the […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: Keeping The Virus Under Control

Pandemic Perspective: Some Snippets From The Past

THE last pandemic which occurred in Australia was the Spanish Flu in 1919 and Scone was not immune. Reading through old local newspapers we found lots of parallels to the current pandemic, including the scourge of steamliners, the cancellation of most social activities and the impact on workplaces. Thankfully, 100 years later we better understand […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Pandemic Perspective: Some Snippets From The Past

Crossing Blocked But Traffic Flowing

A train has broken down over the Kelly Street crossing in Scone, but no traffic is left waiting. With the bypass in operation no heavy vehicles are parked up and local traffic is simply using the Liverpool Street crossing and Guernsey Street.



Posted in Just In | Comments Off on Crossing Blocked But Traffic Flowing

Pandemic May Be Turning Point For Reconciliation

TODAY the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre and Upper Hunter Shire Council held a flag raising ceremony as part of Reconciliation Week, with local Wonnarua people and children from local schools, with this year’s theme aptly being “All In This Together.” Richard Lawton, a Bidjara man, who has lived in Scone in Wonnarua country for nearly […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Pandemic May Be Turning Point For Reconciliation

How Bloomfield Rides Out A Pandemic

GENERATIONS of the Haydon family have been on their property Bloomfield in Blandford since 1832. For their family and many others in the Upper Hunter district, covid-19 is not the first pandemic they have weathered. Peter Haydon shared a photo of their family, taken at Bloomfield Homestead in 1919, all wearing masks to protect themselves […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on How Bloomfield Rides Out A Pandemic

Veteran’s Golf Report

By Graham Turvey THE winner of the Ossie Miles Trophy for 2020 is Terry Mitchell who recorded 33 stableford points. Terry won on a count-back from President Paul Gorman 33 2nd with Elie Raad 3rd 32. There were 16 healthy players who braved the rain showers and enjoyed the course that is in fine condition. […]



Posted in Just In, Sports Just In | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Veteran’s Golf Report

Heightened Risk of Hendra

HUNTER Local Land Services has advised a global team of experts have found this winter represents a heightened risk of Hendra virus “spill over”. BatOneHealth have studied the interactions between climate, land use, flying fox ecology, Hendra virus dynamics and the concurrent risk to horses and humans. District Veterinarian Kristi Arnot said BatOneHealth have said […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Heightened Risk of Hendra

Rainfall Readings

THE Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls throughout the Upper Hunter in the past 24 hours until 9am this morning: Aberdeen: 13mm Blandford: 11mm Bunnan: 8mm Cassilis: 5mm Ellerston: 4.6mm Glenbawn Dam: 19mm Merriwa: 6mm Moonan Flat: 18mm Murrurundi: 8mm Parkville: 13mm Rouchel Brook: 24mm Scone: 11mm Wingen: 16mm



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Rainfall Readings

Editorial: Disturbing Council Exchange Over Family Violence Vigil

WHEN I report on Council meetings there are often things I find disturbing, but last night, during a discussion about representation at a candlelight vigil for family violence, I found it particularly disturbing. Cr Sue Abbott asked Mayor Wayne Bedggood, if he had sent an email she had written questioning the protocols for who should […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Editorial: Disturbing Council Exchange Over Family Violence Vigil

Weather: The Week Ahead

THE wet cool conditions will slowly ease over the next few days as the low pressure system from the Tasman Sea weakens. There will be a few showers tomorrow and cloud cover, but from Wednesday onwards conditions will be mostly dry across the area with temperatures creeping up a few degrees. The next significant feature, […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Weather: The Week Ahead

Rainfall Over The Weekend

DURING the weekend there were light showers throughout the Upper Hunter, which have continued today. The Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls over the weekend: Aberdeen: 4mm Blandford: 7.4mm Bunnan: 4mm Cassilis: 3mm Ellerston: 1.8mm Glenbawn Dam: 8.2mm Merriwa: 5mm Moonan Flat: 14mm Murrurundi: 0.6mm Parkville: 5.9mm Rouchel Brook: 13mm Scone: 4.6mm Wingen: 8mm



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Rainfall Over The Weekend

Scone Golf Report: May 23

By Lyn Banks AFTER eight weeks of no competition golf at Scone, the members were keen to test themselves and the course again on Saturday May 23. Play was in groups of up to four with social distancing and some adjusted playing and safety rules involved. 41 players contested the Darryl Dutton and Jock O’Connor […]



Posted in Just In, Sports Just In | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Scone Golf Report: May 23

Premier: Think Twice Before Queuing

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian said that while restrictions may allow for more people in venues, it was important for people to adhere to social distancing principles and consider if standing in a long queue to enter a venue is safe according to the number of people. “Think twice before going out,” said the Premier. “There may […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: Think Twice Before Queuing

Big Blue To Have New Stable

BIG Blue, a large string sculpture of a horse, purchased by Council in 2018, is set to have a new home on one acre, inside the proposed War Bird Museum and Airport Terminal. The design specifications of the new terminal and museum put Big Blue at the front entrance with 10.1 square metres of its […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Big Blue To Have New Stable

BREAKING NEWS: Beauticians To Reopen

THE government has announced beauticians will be allowed to reopen from June 1. To reopen they will need to: adhere to one person per four square metres; have a Covid Safe plan, and an increased cleaning regime. Related story: Home Based Back In Business – Sort Of



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on BREAKING NEWS: Beauticians To Reopen

Time to Wine & Dine

Up to 50 patrons will be allowed inside pubs, clubs and restaurants  from June 1 in a major move out of the Coronavirus crisis by Premier Gladys Berejiklian. The move is likely to see dozens of local restaurants and pubs re-open next month, with many stood down employees set to be reinstated. Patrons will not be […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Time to Wine & Dine

Party Of 50 Soon To Be Allowed

THE Premier has announced from June 1, up to 50 patrons will be allowed inside pubs, clubs and restaurants as part of the easing of covid-19 restrictions. The easing may allow more local restaurants, cafes and clubs to reopen, with 50 a more tenable financial option, than the current 10, although patrons will need to […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Party Of 50 Soon To Be Allowed

Premier: Record Number of Tests Encouraging

MORE than 400,000 tests for covid-19 have been conducted in New South Wales and the Premier has urged more people to come forward and retest each time you have even the mildest symptoms, to ensure any cases are identified early to stop community transmission. “As we restart the economy people need to get tested even […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: Record Number of Tests Encouraging

Charges Laid On 34 Year Old Man – Suspicious Baby Death

NSW Police have just published the following statement in relation to the suspicious death of a seven month old baby from Aberdeen, which died in Muswellbrook hospital on Sunday: A man wanted on five outstanding warrants has been arrested by police following a vehicle stop near Muswellbrook. An extensive police operation was conducted in the […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Charges Laid On 34 Year Old Man – Suspicious Baby Death

Vale: Peter John Smith

May 16, 1945 – May 2, 2020 Passed away in Bathurst, late from Scone. Loved son of Jack and Irene. Loved brother and uncle to his family. A private cremation has been held. Rest in peace, forever in our thoughts.



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Vale: Peter John Smith

Scone Court Report – May 2020

Magistrate Donnelly dealt with a matter involving a P-plater using their phone for GPS and noted many P-platers may not be aware that under the law they can not use their phone for any purpose while driving a car. Full licence drivers are permitted to use their phones for GPS maps and other functions, if it is mounted in the car appropriately and used hands-free, however the same latitude does not apply to P-platers and they must have a specific purpose GPS device mounted in the car. 

Also of note this month was the matter of Ashley Morgan who failed to appear in court on charges relating to driving under the influence of drugs. The Magistrate issued a warrant for the 34 year olds arrest and the police explained there were already four other warrants for Mr Morgan’s arrest relating to other matters not listed in the court documents.  Read more…



Posted in Feature, Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Scone Court Report – May 2020

Premier: 20 May Be Allowed By June 1

THE Premier said the government is in discussions with industry and she wouldn’t rule out allowing 20 people in cafes and restaurants by June 1. In response to a question asking of regional New South Wales could have more lenient restrictions to allow for more economic activity, the Premier said there would only be one […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: 20 May Be Allowed By June 1

Police Confirm Arrest Made in Baby Case

POLICE have confirmed at 6:30pm yesterday they arrested a 34 year old man, following a vehicle stop on the New England Highway at Muswellbook. Please note police have further advised the age of the man arrested is 34 year old not a 36 year old as they first stated. He was taken to Muswellbrook Police […]



Posted in Just In | Comments Off on Police Confirm Arrest Made in Baby Case

Veterans Back In The Swing

 By Graham Turvey Twenty-four keen and healthy Vets played a stableford event at Muswellbrook, under strict COVID-19 social distancing rules, on Tuesday, May 19. A big thank you to Beryl in the pro shop for printing the score cards and processing the results. Christine Smith did best with 36 points, from Terry Mitchell 2nd 34 […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Veterans Back In The Swing

Barilaro Embraces Regional Holidays

Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, said Christmas has come early for regional New South Wales with travel restrictions to be lifted on June 1. “In March my message was strong, to help us protect our regions and stop the spread,” said Mr Barilaro. “Well the work that has been done by the community, by the citizens […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Barilaro Embraces Regional Holidays

Police Ask For Assistance Investigating Baby’s Death

POLICE are calling for anybody who had interaction with the seven month old baby and his family in Aberdeen, in the days and hours before his death on Sunday afternoon. Detective Inspector Matthew Zimmer crime manager Hunter Valley Police District said police were following several lines of enquiry into the death of the baby, but […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Police Ask For Assistance Investigating Baby’s Death

Premier Confirms: Schools Back On Monday

THE Premier announced this morning that schools will return with full face to face teaching beginning on Monday, May 25. The Minister for Education said the Catholic and Independent Schools were in agreement and they would return within the next week or two as well. “During the school holidays we made sure we had everything […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Premier Confirms: Schools Back On Monday

Premier To Ring Bell For State Schools

THE Premier had said schools would make an incremental return to full time face to face teaching during term two, with the first two weeks critical in assessing any outbreaks, but is scheduled to announce a full time return beginning Monday, May 25. The staged approach was to have at least one day a week […]



Posted in Just In | Comments Off on Premier To Ring Bell For State Schools

Suspicious Death Of Baby In Aberdeen

POLICE have confirmed a crime scene established in Aberdeen at a residence on Macqueen Street, opposite the Valley Fair Shopping Centre, is part of an investigation into the suspicious death of a seven month old baby. Yesterday afternoon, a approximately 3pm, the baby was taken to Muswellbrook Hospital in an unresponsive state and was unable […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Suspicious Death Of Baby In Aberdeen

Premier: Tackling Public Transport

THERE were 5,964 tested yesterday and only one new case detected, but another death has brought the total to 48 in New South Wales. The Premier is urging people in Sydney to consider when they use public transport to avoid peak hour and avoid community transmission.  Andrew Constance, Minister for transport said the public transport […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: Tackling Public Transport

Jockey Flown to John Hunter

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to Scone this evening to treat jockey Jenny Duggan who fell from horse Steamboat Sally in race 8 at the Darley Scone Cup Carnival this afternoon. The Westpac medical team met ambulance at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to treat the 42 year old for injuries to her […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Jockey Flown to John Hunter

Westpac Lands in Scone

THE Westpac Rescue Helciopter has just landed at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone. More to come… Update: Jockey Flown To John Hunter.



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Westpac Lands in Scone

Council Confirms Local Parks Reopened

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council have confirmed they have reopened community land, in line with the state government’s easing of pandemic restrictions. While social distancing still applies, 10 people may now gather in local public spaces including: parks; playgrounds; barbeque areas; skate parks, and golf courses. Public toilets on Council land will also be reopened.



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Council Confirms Local Parks Reopened

Premier: New Freedom But Precaution Needed

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian said while today was a good day with the easing of restrictions, people still needed to take the level of precaution that suits their situation. She was heartbroken thinking about the 221,000 people who have lost their jobs in New South Wales and collectively we need to maintain vigilance so that we […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: New Freedom But Precaution Needed

Pubs and Clubs Weighing Options

YESTERDAY the as pubs and clubs were considering if they could open for ten people to dine in, they were advised they would not able allowed to reopen for dine in if their restaurants and cafes were within the walls of a pub or club, but later that afternoon the government back flipped and said […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Pubs and Clubs Weighing Options

Neighbourhood Reopening in Person

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has been busier than ever organising food deliveries and supporting the local community through the pandemic online and over the phone, but on Monday will return to their office to continue their work. Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre said she is looking forward to seeing people […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Neighbourhood Reopening in Person

Premier: Regional Travel Being Considered

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian said she was worried about infection rates climbing with the the easing of restrictions, but is heartened by the people of New South Wales practicing good infection control measures. The Premier also said they were considering travel within regional New South Wales and intrastate. “I don’t support the other state Premiers closing […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: Regional Travel Being Considered

Dining In From Friday

ANNIE Baker is preparing her cafe for Friday, when pandemic restrictions will ease to allow 10 people to go to her cafe, but there is a lot to consider. The government has allowed cafes and restaurants to have 10 customers from Friday, if they ensure they only have one customer per foursquare metres and social […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Dining In From Friday

Local Meatworks Safe, But Barley Under A Cloud

JBS has confirmed their meatworks in Scone will not be affected by China’s important ban on Australian red meat. Four red meat abattoirs have been blacklisted by the Chinese, in Kilcoy, Toowoomba, Dinmore and Casino. China has also announced an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley, the second most grown crop in the country, which […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Local Meatworks Safe, But Barley Under A Cloud

Premier: 6 New Cases – Vigilance Needed

THERE were another six cases of covid-19 detected in New South Wales overnight and the Premier has urged people to remain vigilant about social distancing as restrictions ease on Friday. “From Friday we will be analysing the data very closely, because we appreciate once you ease any restriction, there’s more activity, there’s more chance of […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: 6 New Cases – Vigilance Needed

Woman Flown from Rouchel to John Hunter

A 42 year old woman was treated on scene at a property at Rouchel by paramedics for chest, pelvic and arm injuries sustained after after a fall from a horse. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s critical care medical team also treated and stabilised the woman, before flying her to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.  Previous […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Woman Flown from Rouchel to John Hunter

Westpac Tasked To Rouchel

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been called to a property at Rouchel, to care for a 42 year old female who has sustained injuries after falling from a horse. UPDATE: Woman Flown from Rouchel to John Hunter.



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Westpac Tasked To Rouchel

Campbell’s Corner: Commercial Not Community

AT last month’s Council meeting it was decided Campbell’s Corner, which was recently purchased by Council, would be classified as commercial property not community. Councillor Sue Abbott raised concerns that the community were angered when the library building had also been classified as commercial, which allowed Council to sell the asset without any community consultation. […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Campbell’s Corner: Commercial Not Community

Premier: No New Cases – But We Were Like New York

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has reported there were no new cases of covid-19 reported overnight, from 6,048 people tested, but cautions there are people in the community who may not know they have the disease and it wasn’t long ago that numbers in New South Wales were being compared to New York and Italy. “We were […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: No New Cases – But We Were Like New York

Council Don’t Want Their Plans Advertised

AT last month’s Council meeting, it was decided Council would not advertise they were seeking community input for their operational plan and instead simply place a notice on their own website. Kim Kennedy, a Scone resident who is keen to see improvements at the Bill Rose Complex and local parks said she is frustrated Council […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Council Don’t Want Their Plans Advertised

Excited to be Back at School

LOCAL schools are all taking a slightly different approach in getting back to face to face study, but the excitement of students, teachers and parents seems the same.  Veronica Rolfe, assistant principal at St Joseph’s High School in Aberdeen said their students were quite excited to be back. “Staff and students adapted beautifully to online […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , | Comments Off on Excited to be Back at School

Weather: The Week Ahead

FROSTY conditions in the morning are set to continue tomorrow morning, with sunny days, until Wednesday as a weak front moves through the region. The front will bring cloudy conditions, with the slight possibility of showers on Thursday and Friday. There is snow predicted in Alpine regions above 1,500 metres, but it is unlikely there […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged | Comments Off on Weather: The Week Ahead

Premier: More Than 10 People A Health Hazard

SCHOOLS return this week for more face to face teaching for students across New South Wales and the Premier explained if the next two weeks go well they will aim for full time face to face teaching again. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said with thousands of schools across the state, with hundreds of thousands of children, […]



Posted in Just In | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Premier: More Than 10 People A Health Hazard
Copyright 2020 © Wavelength Group Pty Ltd.    
Site map protected by patent. All rights reserved. Sitemap Terms and Conditions
Website by Delta Web