Opinion

Editorial: Finding the Best Option for Care

MANY changes are occurring in the Aged Care sector and more will no doubt follow in the wake of the Royal Commission. It is becoming more difficult with legislation and accreditation constantly evolving and in country areas staffing is a key concern. Within the industry there is a move to require a registered nurse (RN) […]



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Editorial: The Tribe Has Spoken

MICHAEL Johnsen, from the National Party has been returned as the state member for the Upper Hunter electorate by a two-party margin of 4.25%. This election Mr Johnsen’s primary vote only reached 34.56%, down by 4.3% from last election and a far cry from the 54% primary vote of his predecessor George Souris. While Mr […]



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Editorial: Robbing the Local Court System

THE average teenager in Scone has more technology at their disposal than the Scone Court House and it is costing the local community in terms of police resources, adjournments to other courts which cost participants time and money and depriving the local community of hearing matters directly in the local public interest. The spirit of […]



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Editorial: White Elephant for Blue Horse

THE Council’s decision to pick the most expensive rail overpass option to serve the least amount of residents looks set to deliver another overpriced, unpopular structure…a little like their decision to buy a blue string horse, so now we seem set to have a $31 million white elephant to be its friend. See story: Council […]



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Editorial: Hell’s Highway

EMERGENCY services estimate there is a serious accident on the New England Highway around Scone each month, prompting them to dub it “Hell’s Highway”. In the Upper Hunter Shire area last year there were two fatalities, 24 serious injuries, 16 moderate injuries and 6 minor injuries resulting from accidents on our roads. Across the whole […]



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Editorial: Keep It Local

IT sounds terrible at first, but bear with me… Stop raising money for Sydney based charities, especially children’s charities and start taking care of our own. I’ve worked for and with, major charities in Sydney, I’ve seen the opulent balls where high net worth individuals each drop tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars at […]



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