Opinion

Editorial: Last Hurdle for Sheep Farmers

IT is rare to be able to rally private industry and a swag of government departments to agree on a workable solution for the devastating wild dog problem, but that is exactly what local sheep farmers have been able to achieve. But Craig Murphy, chair of the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Group, said the […]



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Letter: Time to Assess Properly

Council followed its DES Committee advice in Deferring this matter. It needs to use this time well to discover why the wonderful old pub must be carefully kept, and the homes next door to it as well. We can only wonder how this has been allowed to get so far. The Old Court Theatre, our […]



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Editorial: Mayeight!!!!

TALK of changing the date of Australia Day seems to be causing some people to become highly emotional and when you break it down I’m really not sure why. First and foremost there will still be a public holiday and what could be more Australian than that? Secondly, everyone agrees there will still be Australia […]



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Letter: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

It’s always nice to get asked for your opinion. This week I got asked by Michael Johnsen MP if I would like Service New South Wales to open their doors in Muswellbrook by years end instead of in late 2018, or “sooner rather than later”. Given the few opportunities for access to Government in regional […]



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Editorial: Opportunity Rolling Away

IN June Michael Johnsen MP proudly announced in state parliament that $1 billion worth of roadworks were completed or underway in the Upper Hunter electorate. Most notably stating, “Scone, Muswellbrook and Singleton bypasses are now being constructed“. While the words may be in Hansard, the shovels are still in the shed. In Scone it remains […]



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Letter: Nationals Gone Nuclear

AT a time of stagnant incomes and soaring power prices, the National Party and Mr Johnsen have a new found interest in nuclear power that they have been asking the community about. I had hoped they might have been a bit more concerned about kitchen table issues but when you are welded to a bunch […]



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