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Stock Report: Nov 12

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a yarding of approximately 850 cattle this week. The export market was dearer by about 5 to 10 cents, but the trade cattle were slightly cheaper.  The market was slightly easy, due to the forecast weather conditions of continuing dry conditions. Lighter cattle are already tough to sell in our […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Nov 12

By Graham Turvey Twenty Vets appreciated the manicured greens, teeing areas and fairways at Scone Golf Club on Tuesday, November 12 for a stableford event under windy and very warm conditions. Get well soon Treasurer Bob Minch. George Campbell did best to win with 42 points from Graham Huggins 2nd 38 C/B and 3rd Red […]



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Travelling With A Horse?

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has offered free camping space for people travelling with horses and are impacted by road closures due to the fires. Travellers are welcome to erect a temporary yard for a horse at the following sites: Aberdeen: St Andrew’s Reserve, St Andrews Street. Merriwa: Merriwa Showground, 2 Dutton Street. Murrurundi: Rosedale […]



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Fire Update – Highway Closed Near Whittingham

THE New England Highway, near Whittingham, south of Singleton is closed in both directions due to fire. LiveTraffic is has issued advice for motorists to avoid the area. The area impacted, shown on their map, is from Whittingham to the connection with the Golden Highway. Update 2:08pm: The Singleton Shire has further advised there was […]



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Scone Remembers Their Fallen Soldiers

VETERAN, Bruce Brown, led the Remembrance Day ceremony in Scone this year recounting the moment the Treaty of Versailles was signed in a railway carriage in a forest clearing in France, bringing WWI to a close. Mr Brown explained the tradition of remembering the end of WWI with two minutes silence was put forward by […]



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Local Schools Prepared for Bushfires

LOCAL schools have emailed parents with their bushfire plans today, ahead of the catastrophic fire rating tomorrow. All schools have advised parents on their designated evacuation centres if schools need to be evacuated, with procedures for where parents should collect their children. Due to the bushfire rating in Merriwa, students from Merriwa may not be […]



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Scone Golf Report: Nov 7 and 9

By Lyn Banks On Saturday, November 9 at Scone Golf Course a good field played an 18 Hole Stableford for the Field Family Trophies. Windy conditions in the afternoon made play more difficult for those completing rounds then. The morning players generally recorded the better scores. Troy Collison had the best score of the day […]



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Weather the Week Ahead

THERE will be notherly westerly winds today ahead of a change coming through in the late evening, with 50km an hour winds expected t funnel through the Hunter. Tomorrow the temperature will be 37 degrees and there is a chance of dust from westerly winds coming over the ranges, before a southerly comes though. The […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 6 Results

By Russell Sakey Murrurundi 4/117  B Crowe 41*, P Crowe 37, M Crowe 7* defeated Bunnan 102 R Davis 24, C Strong 19, Rouchel defeated Muswellbrook South (Forfeit) Merriwa 3/184  B Strachan 65*, P Ashford 51, C Stokes 41. defeated Aberdeen 8/181, A Hill 79,B Parkinson 28  J Armstrong 3/32, B Strachan 2/20, D Munro […]



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Westpac Chopper Landing in Scone

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has just landed at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to retrieve a 52 year old woman who is suffering head and spinal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Scone. The patient will be transported to the John Hunter Hospital for further care.



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Shout Out To Murrurundi Families

A Current Affair are doing a story on regional towns with water restrictions and what better place to go than Murrurundi? They were especially wrapped to hear Murrurundi is the MOST sustainable town in NSW! They’d love to show Australia, especially their city audience who take water for granted, how water restrictions impact on so […]



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More Fun With Scone Sport

WHEN Adam Brooks was a kid he used to love going into the sports store and now with wife Gilly, he owns one! ADVERTORIAL “I’ve always loved sports and the sports store was such a fun place to go as a kid,” said Adam. “We used to go in and mess about with things, the […]



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Editorial: Enough of the Emergency Spin!

WHEN the Upper Hunter Shire Council claimed if the airport was not certified by August 2020 key emergency services would not be able to service Scone, I questioned the claim and went straight to the key services to clarify. See story: Council’s Critical Emergency Claims Challenged. It turns out they were not aware of Council’s […]



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Murrurundi Wins Most Sustainable

WHEN the Tidy Town judges visited Murrurundi, they were impressed by the town’s great community spirit in a time of adversity and at the awards held on Saturday night in Cessnock, awarded the town the Most Sustainable Regional Community for 2019. The organisers said, “Murrurundi punched above its weight and showed what a small town […]



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Letter: GM Critcises Pinfold’s Letter

To the Editor, I thank Mr Pinfold for his letter and contribution to the debate regarding the redevelopment of Scone Airport. However, there are various assertions contained in his letter that warrant correction. Consultation Fair and Open In his opening remarks Mr Pinfold states that the Airport redevelopment was launched “4 weeks ago”, has “been […]



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DA for Museum and Terminal Approved

THIS afternoon the Hunter and Central Coast Planning Panel approved Council’s development application for the construction of a terminal, warbird museum and car park at Scone regional airport. The Panel stressed that their decision did not include broader concerns about the air side upgrades, which is part of a different process, or the financial investments […]



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Grammar School Stockman’s Challenge

LAST Friday, Scone Grammar School students hosted a Stockman’s Challenge at White Park, with 55 students competing from schools from Arimdale to the Central Coast . The Challenge incorporated practical stockwork elements in horse sports including opening gates and working with cattle. Scone Grammar School took out Champion Primary School and several students winning champion […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: Nov 5

By Graham Turvey It was great to have a chat to Barbara Hunter before the 24 Vets played for the Col Hunter Shield (the trophy to remember Barb’s husband) on Tuesday, 5th November at Muswellbrook Golf Club. The winner for 2019 is Graham Huggins who scored 40 stableford points. Second was Gary Gray 37, 3rd […]



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Scone Court Report: October 2019

WE apologise to readers for the Scone Court Report that the publishing of the court report has been later than normal. The court report takes a lot of work behind the scenes in cross correlating all records of everyone who comes before the local court. Read more…



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 5 Results

By Russell Sakey Muswellbrook Silver 2 / 116-s.Wilkins 38, J Mann 52* defeated Bunnan 115 M Soper 33, C Strong 31, S Davis 20. C Schmierer 4 / 20, S Wilkins 2/35, J Watts 2/51. Belltrees  2/132 h Quinlivan 46, C  Simpson 38*, B McCosker 14*. defeated Bushrangers 127 B Smitth 61, J Teague 26, […]



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Scone Golf Report: Oct 31- Nov 2

By Lyn Banks IT has been another big week of golf for the Scone lady golfers with the finalizing of three major events for the season. On Thursday, October 31 the Medal of Medals round was played for the Melanie’s Jewellers Trophy. The winner with a fine score of 71 nett was Julie Leckie from […]



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Too Many Closed Doors

By Sue Abbott I am feeling somewhat gagged. Prior to the October Ordinary Council Meeting I gave notice 7 days beforehand that I intended to move a motion seeking less closure of council meetings, noting that when certain agenda items were considered confidential in the public interest then more provision of reasons for closure be […]



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Rainfalls and Weather

THE trough which moved across much of the state during the weekend brought some welcome rainfalls to the Upper Hunter yesterday, with rainfall totals listed below.  There is the further chance of showers and possibly a severe thunderstorm this afternoon, as the trough moves further towards the Tasman. For the rest of the week, as […]



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Bypass Work: Changed Traffic Conditions

TODAY traffic on the New England Highway on the northern side of Scone near Makybe Diva Street will be diverted onto a new section of Kelly Street while road building and stormwater pipelines are laid to connect to the bypass to the highway. Traffic will be impacted from 7am until 6pm. For the latest traffic […]



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ACA To Check In On Phillip Street

A Current Affair were excited to learn Phillip Street residents have kept their street residential. Tune in tomorrow night for a few words from Betty and Georgie Shepherd. If you are away from your TV at 7pm you can tune in on 9Live.   Related stories: Proposed Phillip Street Rezoning.



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Council Swoops With Magpie Policy

WHAT could be more Australian than a species of bird which attacks cats? But if the array of contraptions invented by innovative Australian people are not deterring a magpie in your neighbourhood, the Council encourages residents to report the feathered dive bomber. Dr Darryl Jones, behavioural ecologist at Griffith University said only 10 percent of […]



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Scone Golf Report: October 21-25

By Lyn Banks It has been a huge week of golf for the ladies of Scone Golf Club with players contesting the Australian Senior Championship, the Country Cup, Club Medal round and the Hunter River District Champions Playoff at Scone. Julie Leckie and Lyn Banks ventured to Nelson Bay to play two stroke rounds on […]



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Upper Hunter Pasture Field Day Tomorrow

TOMORROW, Hunter Local Land Services are holding a workshop on Maximising Your Home Grown Feed at a property in Aberdeen. The workshop is free for all landholders with morning tea and lunch provided. Topics discussed include: Dryland Temperate Pasture Demonstration Pasture Systems Demonstration Pasture clean up choices before sowing tropical pastures Herbicide Demonstration Site Herbicide […]



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Beef Bonanza a Hit

By Michael Flaherty BEEF Bonanza was held at the new White Park  over the weekend through very windy conditions where 760 students participated from all over NSW.  Vice president of the Beef Bonanza committee, Bryce Whale, was pleased with the new venue and  how the event was attended with record cattle numbers on show despite […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 3 & 4 Results

Bu Russell Sakey Results Round 3: Merriwa 8 / 146  defeated Rouchel 9 / 110 Murrurundi 4 / 124 defeated South Mbk 5 / 121 Belltrees 5 / 74    defeated    Bunnan  72 Bellmore Bulls 6 / 145 defeated Mbk Silver 143 Aberdeen 5 / 181 defeated Mbk Blue 7 / 125     […]



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One Less Feral Cat

CATS kill six million animals each day in Australia, but the last feral cat captured in the soon to open feral proof wildlife sanctuary at Aussie Ark, will no longer be one of them. Staff at the Ark have spent two years preparing the 4,00 hectare sanctuary, riding it of feral foxes, cats and pigs […]



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Another $2.5 Million Needed At Airport

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has consistently quoted the cost for the Scone airport project as $23.5 million, however there is at least another $2.5 million needed for hangar construction, which was not included in the overall cost, bringing the real cost to $26 million. Council’s plan is to build a total of 10 hangars […]



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Phillip Street: Residents Win Rezoning Battle

TONIGHT the Upper Hunter Shire Council voted unanimously not to rezone land in Phillip Street, despite the recommendation from Council staff that the rezoning be approved. Residents spoke passionately in their opposition to the proposal and Hamish Le Poer Trench spoke in support of his wife’s land being rezoned. Cr Ron Campbell asked a resident […]



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Weather The Week Ahead

THERE are relatively dry conditions across the state, but from Wednesday will be the potential for thunderstorms developing over the northern region and parts of the Upper Hunter in the afternoon, which is also the case on Thursday. On Friday, it will be dry and from Saturday a cold front will begin moving across the […]



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Letter: Plan Flawed New One Needed

To the Editor, I attended the Council’s Information Session a few weeks ago, generally supportive of the investment proposed for the Aerodrome itself, to maintain serviceability for at least current operations and the concept of an Aviation Museum based on warbirds. I was concerned at the high costs for the project ($26million) and was therefore […]



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Council’s Critical Emergency Claims Challenged

EMERGENCY services have disagreed with Council’s claims Scone airport needs to be certified by August 2020, otherwise “urgent lifesaving medical support from air ambulance will not be provided” and in a “bushfire event the LGA won’t have local support”. The air ambulance service provider in the local area is contracted by the government for “non-life […]



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Call to Glenrock Station

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been called to Glenrock Station east of Scone, to care for a 65 year old male who has suffered chest injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with sheep, whilst mustering.  The patient is in a stable condition and will be transferred to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.



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Scone Airport: Have Your Say

THE Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel will be in Scone on November 6, to hear from residents about Council’s planned development at the Scone Regional Airport.  If you oppose or support the development, it will be your chance to have a voice about Council’s plans, which and the Regional Planning Panel take into […]



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Beef Bonanza Begins Tomorrow

THE Beef Bonanza held in Scone has become the biggest beef cattle youth event of its kind in Australia and begins its 15th event tomorrow with a record 480 cattle entries at White Park.  The event draws more than 800 competitors ranging in age from primary school students to 18 year old high school students […]



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At Home with the Queen’s Cup

SCONE was fortunate enough to be selected for the Melbourne Cup Tour and can now boast it is the home to the Queen’s Cup. True to form, with understated success, David Paradice carried it into his parent’s home in Scone, in a plastic bag (a nice one) thrown over his shoulder. David’s dad, John “Doc” […]



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Stock Report: October 22

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 775 penned at the Scone saleyards yesterday and half the yarding were cows and bulls for the export market. The market was a lot stronger, the cow job could have been 10 cents dearer on last week’s market with the best cows making up to $2.62. Bulls were very strong […]



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Letter: Call for Thorough Independent Review

To the Editor, Four weeks ago Upper Hunter Shire Council launched its Scone Airport Re-Development Project with an Information Session at Scone Aero Club.  This project had apparently been developed secretly over the past four years.  There was no previous consultation with the airport’s 30 stakeholders (owners, lessees and operators of aircraft, airport businesses, land […]



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Touching Base with Past Patients

THE exceptional people who are part of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service have dedicated their lives to helping people in our community during some of the worst moments of their lives and while that is the job they are dedicated to doing, they really love the opportunity to connect with patients after they are back […]



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Mustangs Of All Description Gallop In To Scone

PAY’S Air Service rolled open the hanger doors on Saturday to more than 80 Mustang car enthusiasts to see the warbirds and seize a rare opportunity to have their car photographed with the P51 Mustang – CA18, in the Horse Capital. See photos below. Brendan Osborne, president of the Mustang Owners Club of Australia – […]



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Letter: Consultant Supports Upgrade

Dear Editor, Re: Scone Aerodrome Upgrade I wish to contribute to the current debate regarding the upgrade of the Scone Aerodrome. In particular I would like to address the comments made by CASA. (Read: CASA Confirms Airport Won’t Close) I have been Council’s Aerodrome Technical consultant on the operation and maintenance for about 5 years. […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE conditions this week are mostly dry with temperatures climbing into the mid-30s mid week, before a cold front moves through the region early Saturday. The cold front will bring west-north westerly winds and the slight chance of a shower or a thunderstorm. Elevated fire danger is predicted for Friday and Saturday. Predicted temperatures in […]



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Scone Golf Report: Oct 19 – 20

By Lyn Banks THE first two rounds of the Scone Golf Club Men’s Championships on the new course were played on October 19 and 20. Despite the dry weather the greenkeeper Craig Waugh and his staff presented the course in excellent condition with smooth fast greens which received many compliments from the players. On Saturday, […]



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What’s On

If you’d like your event listed in What’s On, please send the information to: news@scone.com.au. Friday, October 18 Scone Films Presents: The Keeper What: Based on an incredible true story, The Keeper follows Bert Trautmann (David Kross, The Reader), a German prisoner of war sent to Northern England at the end of WWII, who went […]



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Inglis Reacts to 7:30 Report

INGLIS has issued a statement following the ABC’s 7:30 Report The Dark Side of the Racing Industry, calling for an immediate investigation into abattoirs. Mark Webster, managing director of Inglis said he condemns the alleged action of animal mistreatment and said the following: The alleged vision shown was appalling and the abattoirs involved need to […]



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Airport: Some Good News!

THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority has today confirmed there are no current or outstanding safety issues for the Scone airport, further adding there has been “no recent contact between CASA and the Aerodrome operator.” The clarification was sought following a statement from the general manager of Upper Hunter Shire Council, published yesterday: CASA will not […]



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