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Candidate: Andrew Potts

scone.com.au has sent each of the 17 candidates in the upcoming by-election for the seat of New England a series of questions and we will publish their responses so you can compare each candidate. As each candidate responds we will publish their answers. You can click on 2017 New England By-Election to read more about […]



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2017 New England By-Election

scone.com.au has sent each of the candidates running in the by-election for New England a series of questions and we will publish their responses below so you can compare each candidate. We will link each name below to their full responses as they return their responses. Further down the page we list stories about the […]



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Rail Work This Week

MAJOR track works are being carried out this week including work between Muswellbrook and Narrabri. Segenhoe Road rail crossing in Aberdeen will be closed until Tuesday at 6pm and residents are told to expect delays on Thursday between 8pm and 10pm. The Australian Rail Track Corporation will be doing track reconstruction, installing new rail, improving […]



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Editorial: System a Cruel Joke

Mark “Bones” Curtis is an incredibly tenacious person waiting for housing for three years and it is difficult to comprehend a housing bureaucracy could be more restrictive to him than the challenges cerebral palsy throws at him everyday. See related story: Left Waiting and Worsening. Our tax dollars are supposed to be well spent helping […]



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Left Waiting and Worsening

THREE years after applying for a transfer and Mark “Bones” Curtis’ cerebral palsy is worsening, but Compass Housing has failed to him a place in Newcastle or Maitland where he can be close to rehabilitation services and public transport.

The wait has become more discouraged since Bones said he saw another Compass Housing tenant who wanted a carport, relocated to Newcastle in only a matter of months.

Mr Curtis has become so frustrated with Compass he is trying to rent privately, but even then the red tap means he misses out on most places.

“They are as useless as an ashtray on a motorbike,” said Mr Curtis.

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Update: Westpac at Dartbrook

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter is transporting a 44 year old male with multiple leg injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident at Dartbrook to John Hunter Hospital. The patient is in a serious but stable condition. Footage of the Helicopter on scene: Share…



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Great Girl’s Weekend in Scone

THE Tuggeranong Vikings won the first Scone Women’s 7’s tournament today beating Maitland Surf and Turf 34 to nil. Organiser, Brad Smith said the rain during the weekend just added to the fun of the games. See photos below. “The rain didn’t worry us too much, you play rugby whether it is rain, hail or […]



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Westpac to Dartbrook

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is on route to a 44 year old male who has been in motorcycle accident at Dartbrook. More details to follow. Share…



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Girls Ready to Play

THIS weekend Scone Brumbies rugby union will host their first women’s 7’s tournament. Kate Brown, a former local Scone resident and Australian rugby union player will be returning home to play in the tournament, but will be playing for a team from the Central Coast. Seven teams are traveling from throughout the state to be […]



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Westpac Chopper: Nov 17

THE Westpac rescue helicopter has transported a 24 yo female patient from Scone Hospital to the Mater Hospital for specialist medical treatment. Share…



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Horse Parade Set for Sunday

THE Scone Horse Festival parade will be moving to Sunday next year, following negotiations with the Denman Food and Wine Festival. David Gatwood, president of the Scone Horse Festival said the change would allow for more tourists to attend the parade and was seen as a good move by other Festival event organisers. “Clearly it’s […]



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Love Made Equal

AUSTRALIA has spoken and the yes votes have it 61.6% to 38.4%. scone.com.au spoke to Scott Cooper a born and bred resident, who as a gay man, has experienced many changes in the way gay and lesbian people are treated and he said he is pleased we have taken another step towards a true egalitarian […]



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Questions for Candidates

WHAT questions would you like to put to the 17 candidates running in the upcoming federal election? There are lots of names on the ballot paper and most of the community wouldn’t recognise most of the names much less know what they stand for, so scone.com.au is developing a list of questions to put to […]



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Veteran’s Golf: November 14

By Graham Turvey Aberdeen Golf Course is always presented well for the Vets and Tuesday, November 14 was no exception when 31 players contested a stroke and putting event. The greens, fairways and tees were all mown and the bunkers raked for us. Thank you to Dog Dowell and all the helpers. Captain Phil Ledgerwood […]



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Scone Junior Cricket – Round 5 Results

Under 14’s Denman vs Scone Cavaliers – No result entered Scone Wanderers 2/78 defeated Muswellbrook Bower 10/77 Under 12’s Murrurundi – BYE Muswellbrook Hallett 1/69 defeated Denman 4/63 Muswellbrook Gill 6/156 defeated Scone Cavaliers 9/81 Scone Bushrangers 2/70 defeated Scone Wanderers 8/66 Wanderers 1st Innings Harry Faulkner – 29         George Patterson – 2/10 Nick Gallagher […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 6

By Russell Sakey Results Belmore Hotel Bulls defeated Belltrees Aberdeen B defeated Murrurundi Rouchel defeated Belltrees Bushrangers Merriwa defeated Aberdeen A Warriors had a bye. Highest score: G.Sheehan 163 for Merriwa against Aberdeen A. Merriwa is enjoying a resurgence as they are putting up large scores and knocking over the opposition cheaply. Details Belmore Hotel […]



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Remembrance Day in Scone

APPROXIMATELY 70 people gathered at the War Memorial Swimming Pool in Scone on Saturday to reflect on the end of World War I. Val Quinell, president of the Scone RSL sub-branch led the commemoration, Reverend Merve Wearne made the opening prayer, Mayor Wayne Bedggood made the address and 15 year old Harry Brown from St […]



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Remembrance in Murrurundi

By Des Dugan Remembrance Day in Murrurundi was a solemn affair on Saturday as a handful of residents turned up to pay respects to wars’ deceased. Officiated by Gary Vale and sermon by Reverend Barbara Morgan, the affair was depleted as schoolkids held a memorial service on Friday at their schools. About 16 people attended […]



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Plenty of Candidates

ON Friday the ballot was drawn for candidates standing in the New England bi-election. A total of 17 candidates have thrown their hat in the ring, a marked increase compared to the 10 candidates at the last election. On the ballot paper for the federal election of the house of representatives requires voters are required […]



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Update: Parkville Bicycle Accident

A 15 year old boy has been transferred to the Westmead Children’s Hospital overnight suffering suspected spinal injuries following a bicycle accident at Parkville yesterday. Related Story: Bicycle Accident Parkville. Share…



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Bicycle Accident Parkville

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has landed at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to meet an ambulance with a 15 year old male suffering suspected spinal injuries following a bicycle accident at Parkville. More details to follow. Update: Parkville Bicycle Accident. Share…



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What’s On: Nov 10 – 12

FRIDAY Scone Films What: Screening of Dunkirk. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. When: 7:30pm Where: Scone Senior Citizen’s Hall, Crn Cooper Street and Oxford Road, Scone. Tickets: $12. Available at Hunt-A-Book Scone or at the […]



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Neighbourhood Grandparents Day

TODAY the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre in partnership with the Scone Library held Grandparents Day sharing stories across the ages. It was a great morning with the children from the Early Learning Centre happy to listen to the stories of Chris Hick, Margaret Kelaher, Alister Widdis and Jean Mary Ellis. Chris Hick spoke about his […]



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Local Land Services Grants

HUNTER Local Land Services has $30,000 to share between community organisations across the region supporting events and projects helping raise awareness of high biodiversity, cultural heritage values and participation in natural resources management. The funding is available to help with the promotion and delivery of events or projects involving natural resource management, Aboriginal traditional land […]



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Scone’s Stargazer

IZZY Roughan returned from NASA’s space camp in the United States last month and is more inspired to fulfill her dream of becoming an astronaut. Izzy, who is a year 12 student at St Joseph’s High School in Aberdeen was one of only 30 students from throughout Australia selected for the program and trained in […]



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Country Minded Candidate

PETE Mailler, a farmer, grazier and the founder of Country Minded will be running in the upcoming election for the seat of New England. Mr Mailler was chairman of the national grains representative organisation and said he became disillusioned with the current political status quo. “I spent a few years wearing out the carpet in […]



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Update: Accident North of Parkville

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter has arrived at the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone to care for the driver of the b-double truck which was in a head on collision with a white ute near Cressfield Stud on New England Highway this morning. The 61 year old Scone man who was the driver of the b-double […]



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Teenagers Talking Suicide

IN what is believed to be a first in Australia, local teenagers will be undertaking mental health first aid training this week and talking about suicide and mental health. Geoff Ahern, a crisis mental health expert will train all year 10 students from Scone High School and Scone Grammar School in teen mental health and […]



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Update: Accident North of Parkville

THE accident north of Parkville on the New England Highway appears to have involved a head on collision between a B- Double semi trailer and a ute. The driver of the B-Double is being treated onsite by ambulance, no information is available on the occupant or occupants of the ute. Live Traffic NSW has indicated […]



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Highway Blocked North of Scone

DETAILS have just come in of a truck and car collision north of Scone on the New England Highway near Cressfield Stud. The highway is blocked and emergency services are on route to the scene. Further updates will be provided when available. Share…



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Scone Junior Cricket – Round 4 Results

Under 10’s Denman v Scone Stars – No result, match cancelled due to weather Scone Scorchers 6/115 defeated Scone Thunder 7/112 Scone Sixers v Muswellbrook Mead – No result entered Aberdeen v Scone Heat – No result entered Under 12’s Muswellbrook Gill 4/43 defeated Murrurundi 10/41 Muswellbrook Hallett 4/116 defeated Scone Bushrangers 6/106 Denman v […]



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General Manager To Go

THE general manager of Upper Hunter Shire Council has announced his resignation and will finish the role on December 31. Mr Crockett has been in the role for five years and will now return to New Zealand to be a chief executive for South Taranaki District Council. The Mayor Wayne Bedggood said he was sad […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket Results: Nov 4

Round 5 results: Belltrees def Warriors Aberdeen B def Belltrees Bushrangers Merriwa def Rouchel Aberdeen A def Murrurundi Belmore Bulls – bye Belltrees 5 / 218 off 40 overs P McTaggart 79, W Osmond 35, A Williams 30, C Simpson 17. M Langan 3 / 33, W King 3 / 40 Warriors 71 off 26 […]



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Highway is Open

POLICE were called to the New England Highway between Scone and Aberdeen this morning at reports of a pedestrian being struck by a truck. The incident was reported to police who attended the scene at 4.40am, the highway was closed with traffic being diverted around Glenbawn Dam. The person was conveyed to John Hunter Hospital, […]



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Barnaby in Scone

BARNABY Joyce was at the Willow Tree Hotel in Scone today campaigning for the seat of New England again as a result of the citizenship ruling in the High Court. The Upper Hunter area is again in the spotlight and key areas for Federal government funding such as the Scone bypass issue are back on […]



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What’s on This Weekend: Nov 4-5

SATURDAY, November 4 Twilight Markets-Food Fiesta and Family Movie Night What: The BLOOM markets, with market and food stalls followed by the outdoor screening of “Moana” on dark. There will be face painters, a free jumping castle and Miss Amy’s School of Dance. Take along your chairs or picnic rugs to enjoy the movie. Everyone is welcome! […]



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Scone Candidate to Run

SCONE resident, David Ewings has been announced as the candidate for Country Labor in the upcoming federal election for the seat of New England. Mr Ewings ran for the first time at the last election for the seat garnering seven percent of the vote, but federal member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon MP said he has […]



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Winning Young Writers

TODAY the Scone Literary Festival announced the winners of the inaugural Scone High School Writing competition, which was won by Kaitland Parker, a year 12 student from Scone Grammar School. The competition was judged by Rosalie Ham, the author of the best selling book The Dressmaker. Ms Ham said Kaitland’s story was evocative with a […]



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Bronze for Best Steak

THE Cottage in Scone received the bronze award for best steak in Australia at the Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards in Melbourne on Monday night. Prime Restaurant in Sydney took the gold and San Telmo in Melbourne the Silver. The awards were judged on more than 60 criteria from the entire dining experience, to […]



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Council Animal Games Continue

LEAH Marchant who voiced her concerns about the treatment of animals at the Scone pound has now been blocked by Council on their Facebook page from seeing any images of lost animals. Ms Marchant runs Scone Lost Dogs and networks with a range of rescue and animal welfare groups to rehome animals, spending her time […]



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RFS Caution for Harvesting

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service and New South Wales Farmers are cautioning landowners to plan harvesting to prevent bush fires. The organisations have developed voluntary grain harvesting guide to help farmers decide when it is safest to harvest. The guide was trialed last fire season and is now being rolled out across the […]



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Water Fee Waived

LATE yesterday afternoon Alex Gillan received an email from Council to advise his water bill would be waived. Mr Gillan’s house burnt down on February 9 yet he received a bill for $403.03 even though the house had only been standing for 22 days during the water bill period. Read: Fuel to the Fire. Mr […]



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Coronial Inquest Begins

THE coronial inquest into the deaths of Jonathon Lawler and Timothy Morgan begins today at Scone courthouse. Mr Lawler was struck and killed by a train at Scone railway station at approximately 2:13am on August 30, 2010, after drinking at the Scone RSL Club and either passing out or falling asleep on the train tracks. […]



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Council Meeting – October 2017

AT last night’s Council meeting the options for the special rate variation were endorsed by Council and concerns regarding Council underwriting the War Birds air show were raised. Also of note were two of the five matters discussed in closed Council including a former resident appealing a water bill (Read: Fuel to the Fire), and […]



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Fuel to the Fire

ALEX Gillan a former resident of Merriwa has been battling Council over a water bill which continued to be charged after his house had been burnt down, which investigators say was deliberately lit. See details of the house fire below. Mr Gillan said he was charged $403.03 for water rates for the whole billing period, […]



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Fundraising Bearing Fruit

IT was a big weekend for the Where There’s A Will Foundation, while an event was taking place at the Scone Race Club the fruits of recent fundraising efforts where to also to be seen with 100 people being trained mental health first aid and 36 local teachers continuing with the graduate certificate in positive […]



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Council Plot Thickens

THERE is a confidential issue being dealt with in Council that is defined as a “security” matter. Last month the matter was not even listed on the agenda, which breaches standard meeting protocols and four Councillors had to leave the discussion; Cr Sue Abbott went out the front door while Councillors Kiwa Fisher, Ron Campbell […]



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Happy Halloween!!

LIKE many children growing up in the 80’s the movies featuring Halloween trick or treating always made me wish we had the same custom in Australia….anything for fancy dress and lollies. I’ve heard the arguments that it is an American tradition that doesn’t belong here and the simple and the simple answer to that is […]



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Light Horse Centenary Commemoration

By Des Dugan It could have been 100 years ago. The troopers were all in their finery, the WW1 wagon was paraded for the first time with two draught horses and the water carrier also got its initial turnout along with the gun and limber. Murrurundi turned on a spectacular event with the 12th Light […]



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Hands of Time a Highlight

SCONE High School held another successful Antique Fair on the weekend and this year also featured a quilt show. A highlight of the opening night were the three antique clocks dating back to the 1850’s which were donated by local resident Peter Bishop. See photo gallery below. One clock was part of a raffle and […]



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