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Listen In On Council Meetings

THIS month Council will begin audio recording their monthly general council meeting and publish the files to their website within the week. The standing committees of development and environmental services (D&E), finance and infrastructure services will also be recorded and available to the public.  Steve McDonald, general manager for Upper Hunter Shire Council, said it […]



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Light Up While In The Boat

WITH shorter days and colder water during winter, NSW Maritime are reminding boaters to use their navigation lights. Mark Hutchings, executive director of NSW Maritime, said at this time of year it is important to use lights properly. “NSW Maritime’s Boating Safety Officers (BSOs) conduct early morning and night patrols to ensure vessels are displaying […]



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Days Numbered for Old Hospital

IF the walls of the Wilson memorial Hospital in Murrurundi could talk they could tell the stories of generations of Murrurundi residents from the birth of new family members to the passing of loved ones.

The current building has stood firm for 100 years, but now its days are numbered as plans take shape for a new hospital building. Read more…



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Scone Stock Report: July 16

By Stuart Sheldrake THE market headed north this week, it was a lot dearer on last week by 20 to 30 cents on a penning of 909 cattle. Numbers throughout the country are down and processors are starting worry about where they are going to obtain cattle from. There was a very good run of […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: July 16

By Bob Minch Only 10 players braved the cool breeze at Denman this morning. The winner being Denman President Gary Ashmead with 34 points from Martin Byrne 32 on a count back from Brian Dever 32. And from best at Aberdeen last week to Bradmans this week Rod Upton. Balls went to G.Huggins, Red Palmer, […]



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Vote to Lift Moonan Flat

THE community of Moonan Flat are in the running for a community grant worth $109,000 to implement a village water system and renovate the heart of their community the Soldier’s Memorial Hall, but they need your support to vote for their project – “Lifting the Moonan Flat”. Please note: This is not a Council matter. […]



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Splash Park for Scone?

RESIDENTS can vote now to support Spray and Play in Amaroo Park, Lang Place, Scone. The Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre have applied for a community grant and residents can vote to have the project approved for government funding. Please note: This is not a Council matter. The funding applied for by community groups is from […]



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Residents Urged to Clean Up Their Fireplaces

FOLLOWING air quality complaints, the Upper Hunter Shire will be issuing letters to 750 Scone households warning them of the health impacts of excessively smoking chimneys and advising residents on better wood fire efficiency. The Upper Hunter Shire Council has advised residents to: clean the flue each year; burn only dry, aged hardwood; open the […]



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Local Young Farmers Bucking the Trend

TOM Hunt was elected president of the re-established NSW Farmers Scone branch last night, leading a new executive who are possibly the youngest in the state. The new committee include two vice-presidents, Brad Smith and Danny Worth and two secretary and treasurers, Rolanda Clout and Gillian Miles. The first order of business was reforming the […]



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Upper Hunter Gears Up For Breeding

THE cattle breeding season in the Upper Hunter begins in October and runs through December, but the three months prior to joining is critical to ensure heifers and cows are in the right condition to successfully calve. Approximately 60 percent of fertilised embryos make it to a live calf, regardless of if it is through […]



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Farmers’ First Meeting in 15 Years

TONIGHT local farmers will have the first meeting of the NSW Farmers Scone branch in 15 years, as young farmers step up to reinvigorate a local voice. Mick Collins, regional services manager for NSW Farmers said a meeting of 18 young farmers recently sparked the interest in re-establishing the Scone branch and merging the branch […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE light rain during the weekend only brought 1 millimetre to some parts of the Upper Hunter. Wind gusts of 60 km per hour on Saturday dropped down to gusts of 50km on Sunday, with light winds prevailing today. There was a very light dusting of snow on the Barrington during the weekend and while […]



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Scone Golf Report: July 15

By Julie Leckie LAST Thursday the ladies were playing for the Jo Brown Trophy in an 18 Hole Individual Stableford event in addition to the inaugural Coloured Ball Team Challenge played as teams of three. Despite chilly and windy conditions everyone set off in good spirits trying to unravel the rules of the Coloured Ball […]



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Wilson Memorial to Remain Graded as a Hospital

CONSTRUCTION on the new Wilson Memorial Hospital at Murrurundi is due to begin by the end of the year, with a builder to be appointed within the next few months.  The funding for the new building is from the Multi Purpose Service program, however the facility will remain graded as a hospital with services, staffing […]



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Gallery: Highland Games 2019

THE 20th Anniversary of the Aberdeen Highland Games was full of colour and fun. Special thanks to Amanda Ray Images for the gallery. If you would like pictures from the Games, please contact Amanda. Read more…



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Firefighters Plea for Water Locations

FARMERS are being asked to contact the Liverpool Plains Rural Bush Fire service to help them locate and record reliable water sources in the local area, as their concerns escalate to source water to fight fires. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported during the next three months temperatures will be hotter than average and rainfall […]



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Hotter and Drier in the Upper Hunter

YESTERDAY the Bureau of Meteorology released their Climate Outlook, which paints a hotter and drier picture for the next three months. The Bureau has published the report online providing maps of predicted rainfall and temperatures. A spokesperson from the BOM interpreted the report for the Upper Hunter and gave the following advice: “On the maximum […]



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Brumbies Honour Brian Morgan

THE Scone Brumbies Rugby Club raised $11,000 on the weekend for the Mark Hughes Foundation in honour of Brian Morgan. Read more…



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Bestiality Case in Tamworth

TODAY a matter which was adjourned from Scone Local Court a few months ago, was mentioned in Tamworth local court, relating to a female who is alleged to have engaged in an act of bestiality with kelpie-cross dogs. There is speculation the female charged may have been coerced into the act and there is a […]



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