Recent News

Even a Scratch Could be Deadly

“If you feel like a stick has scratched you, turn around and check none of the sticks are moving,” said snake catcher Judy Martin. “Brown snakes don’t leave puncture wounds and their bite can feel like a scratch,” Ms Martin said. Mark Bell, manager of Scone Ambulance said he has seen patients deteriorate quickly from […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Even a Scratch Could be Deadly

Festival’s Reputation Takes Off

QANTAS has released their 101 holidays list and among well established festivals such as Floriade in Canberra and the MONA FOMA in Tasmania is the Scone Literary Festival. The Festival is only in it’s fifth year, but is growing in popularity and literary line-up. Janie Jordan, interim president of the Festival said they were thrilled. […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Festival’s Reputation Takes Off

Veteran’s Golf: October 2

By Graham Turvey MANY thanks to Gary Morley for his generous annual sponsorship of the Vets’ mulligans stableford round, played this year on Tuesday, 2nd October at Muswellbrook Golf Club. We received apologies from former captain Max Holz and Nellie. There were 18 players and George Campbell came out on top with 39 points in […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Veteran’s Golf: October 2

Honouring the Game and Dougal Archibald

THE Dougal Archibald Trophy was played in Scone on the weekend, with Ellerston taking out the honours this year. While the grounds were drier this year due to the drought, the country polo tradition of bringing the community together was a welcome respite. See photos of the game and winners below. Ian Archibald, brother of […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Honouring the Game and Dougal Archibald

Browns Will Suffer the Drought

A SMALL silver lining with the drought is it will impact on the brown snake population. According to snake catcher Judy Martin, brown snakes need water for their eggs and the female does not get access to water the eggs will die. “Snakes do not breed every year, so they often skip a year and […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Browns Will Suffer the Drought

Snake Catcher Says Get Ready

CURRENTLY there are only three licenced snake catchers in New South Wales due to processing issues with the Office of Environment and Heritage, however the local Wildlife Aid is still able to manage snakes. Wildlife Aid can be reached on: T: 0429 850 089. Daryl Clayton is a snake catcher with Wildlife Aid based in […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Snake Catcher Says Get Ready

Remembering the People Behind the Kings

By Trish Taylor On Saturday 22nd September 2018 King of the Ranges members gathered at Rosedale Complex Murrurundi to remember six Committee members who have sadly passed away in recent years and who had given many hours to ensure continuation of the King of the Ranges event. The date was significant as King of the […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Remembering the People Behind the Kings

Big Weekends for Scone Polo

SCONE Polo Club had a big day on Sunday hosting the Beersheba Cup, the previously postponed Macintyre Cup and the Hunter Valley Cup round robin event at their Gundy polo fields to be followed this weekend with the Dougal Archibald trophy. Last weekend Ellerston Grey were the winners in the Macintyre Cup defeating Ellerston Blue […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Big Weekends for Scone Polo

What’s On This Weekend: Sept 28 – 30

If you would like your event included in What’s On This Weekend please contact us. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 DOUGAL ARCHIBALD TROPHY  – Polo What: Dougal Archibald Cup – Polo tournament. Cup played at 3pm on Sunday.  When: 1:30pm – 5pm Where: Scone Polo Fields, Waverley Road, Gundy. Directions: Turn off Gundy Road, into Waverley Road, […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on What’s On This Weekend: Sept 28 – 30

“Prices Slashed” in Aberdeen

LOCAL real estate agents are questioning if Upper Hunter Shire Council has any due process for selling land in the Shire, following an exclusive listing of land in Aberdeen despite Council’s previous assurances to local agents that there would be a fair and transparent process. The land in Perth Street, Aberdeen is listed on www.realestate.com.au […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on “Prices Slashed” in Aberdeen

Students Invited to Hit the Keyboard

THERE’S fame and fortune to be had for local high school students with the Scone Literary Festival writing competition. The 500 word stories must feature the theme Magic and Power, the winner receives $500 and students from the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook Shires can enter. “We are all about encouraging the love of writing and […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Students Invited to Hit the Keyboard

Farmers the Winner with Chicken Dinner

THE Belmore Hotel is running “Parma for a Famer” and has raised $1,672 for Rural Aid. Romy Kelaher from the Belmore said they are encouraging customers to buy a parma for dinner or make a donation when they buy a drink. “The drought is affecting so many people in our community and we have seen […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Farmers the Winner with Chicken Dinner

Scone Set for Triathlons

THE inaugural event for the Scone Triathlon Club will be held on October 7. “The first one will be a duathlon, because we figured the pool would be a bit cold for a triathlon straight up,” said Nicky Western. Nicky Western who has won two age world championships, a national age championship and a few […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Scone Set for Triathlons

Tennis Win for Gundy

THE original ant bed tennis courts in Gundy were recently restored through community fundraising and now a $18,310 government grant will allow the Gundy Social Tennis Club to put down a synthetic surface. Rachel Roberts, president of the Club said it will be great for the people of Gundy, especially the children. “I was fairly […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Tennis Win for Gundy

Veteran’s Golf: September 25

By Graham Turvey THIRTEEN vets played a stableford event at Murrurundi Golf Club – always a pleasure – on a beautiful spring morning and with lots of harmless repartee as usual, on Tuesday, 25th Sept. Tommy Thompson blitzed the field with 43 points, from starter and orderer of the lunch pies John Norman 2nd with […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Veteran’s Golf: September 25

Calling All the Rugby Ladies

SCONE held the first all women’s rugby 7’s tournament last year, attracting teams and a buzz throughout the state and the call is out for the second tournament in November. Bridget Hunt, secretary and treasurer for the Tournament said they have already attracted more teams than last year. “There are 10 senior teams set to […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Calling All the Rugby Ladies

Scone Court Report: August 2018

IN court this month Magistrate Soars noted the high prevalence of drink driving in such a small community. She noted drink driving offences occurred throughout other areas where she presides but said, “it appears to be even more prevalent when I am sitting down here and people seem blasé.”

The following matters appeared before Scone local court this month: read more…



Posted in Feature, Recent News | Comments Off on Scone Court Report: August 2018

What’s On This Weekend: Aug 25-26

Friday, August 24 League Tag Grandfinals: Two League Tag teams from the Scone Thoroughbreds are playing in the grandfinals in Muswellbrook. Under 12’s: 5:20pm, Olympic Park, Wilson Avenue, Muswellbrook. Under 14’s: 6:2pm, Olympic Park, Wilson Avenue, Muswellbrook. Scone Films: Ocean’s 8 What: Scone Films resents a screening of Ocean’s 8 starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on What’s On This Weekend: Aug 25-26

Rain Forecast: Better than Nothing…

THE Bureau of Meteorology has advised while there is the likelihood of rain this weekend, most of the rainfall is expected on the north-west slopes and plains will be blocked by the Liverpool Range. There is a low pressure system currently over South Australia currently tracking across the north of the state which will generate […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Rain Forecast: Better than Nothing…

Rescue Plan for Bum Breather

THE conservation team from the Aussie Ark, located on the Barrington Tops are set to rescue Australia’s oldest turtle the the Manning River turtle more widely known as the “bum breather”. The endangered turtle is believed to have existed in Australia for more than 55 million years and earned the title of bum breather because […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Rescue Plan for Bum Breather

Veteran’s Golf: August 21

By Graham Turvey THE A Grade Champion of the UHVGA for 2018 is Captain Phil Ledgerwood who won by 4 shots. B Grade Champion is Lindsay Hodge who won by 2 and C Grade Champion is Brian Dever who won by 6. The Nett winner is Gary Gray with 147 nett. Twenty-two Vets played the […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Veteran’s Golf: August 21

All Hands Needed for Fire Season

THE Rural Fire Service are imploring people to volunteer ahead of this year’s fire season, which will start a month early on September 1. Tim Butcher, from Liverpool Plains Rural Fire Service has said volunteers have spent the last 12 months combating fires and this fire season is of high concern. “The inherent dryness of […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on All Hands Needed for Fire Season

Drought Priorities

THIS weekend the federal government announced additional funding for drought affected areas, including grants of $1 million to local government areas. The Upper Hunter Shire Council was identified as a Council which may be eligible for a grant  to support infrastructure and upgrades including carting water. Steve McDonald, general manager for the Upper Hunter Shire […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Drought Priorities

Most Affordable Rent in the State?

LOCAL real estate agents and community support workers have scoffed at a report by Compass Housing claiming the Upper Hunter Shire is the most affordable area in the state for rent. The Affordable Housing Income Gap Report states that residents of Scone and surrounds only pay 20 percent of their income on rent, that there […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Most Affordable Rent in the State?

Good Eggs Win Delicious Gold Medal

MERRIWA’s Papanui Open Range Eggs were awarded a gold medal at the Delicious Produce Awards last week in Sydney. It is the third consecutive award for the local egg producers from Delicious and Di Killen said  the award is nice news during the drought. “We are always so thrilled to get an award it’s recognition […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Good Eggs Win Delicious Gold Medal

Fireworks Warning

A private fireworks show is planned for tonight in Scone at approximately 7:30pm and pet owners are advised to ensure their animals are secured. The fireworks will be released in the south-eastern part of the town in the vicinity of Scone High School and Safework, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Fire and Rescue and Police […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Fireworks Warning

Birds Get Savvier

THE first Savvy Birds event was a great success, with the event in Scone drawing the same number of women as their events in Tamworth. Dimity Smith, co-founder of Savvy Birds said the feedback from the more than 50 women who attended had been amazing. “We couldn’t believe that many people in Scone came to […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Birds Get Savvier

Bumper Crop of Quolls

THIS week pouches were checked and 30 Eastern quoll joeys were discovered at the Aussie Ark in the Barrington. The Eastern quoll became extinct on mainland Australia in 1963 due to foxes and feral cats, but survives in the wild in Tasmania. Last year the the quolls were bred for the first time at the […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Bumper Crop of Quolls

Khan’s Ride Conquered

THE Archiblad brothers and their cousin have finished the Mongol Derby, with no bones broken and more than $150,000 raised for multiple sclerosis research raised. Touted as the toughest horse race in the world it stretches 1,000 kilometres over ten days, is inspired by the horse messenger system of Genghis Khan and only has 45 […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Khan’s Ride Conquered

What’s On This Weekend: Aug 17-19

FRIDAY, August 17 NSW Floral Art Exhibition What: Scone will host a NSW Floral Art Exhibition this weekend with 21 exhibitors from across New South Wales, including artists who have competed internationally. People are welcome to come a view the displays or participate in 11 classes to hone your floral artistry. When: 9am to 5pm […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on What’s On This Weekend: Aug 17-19

Total Fire Ban Issued

THE New South Wales Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the Greater Hunter due to worsening weather conditions than originally forecast with strong winds and drier conditions. Winds in the Upper Hunter are approximately 45 kilometres an hour, with gusts of 50 to 60 kilometres expected. With a top temperature today […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Total Fire Ban Issued

Bypass Update Tonight – More Truck Movements

TONIGHT Daracon and the Roads and Maritime Services will provide an update to residents on the Scone bypass at the Council Chambers. Shay Riley-Lewis, community liaison for Daracon said she will provide an update on what will be happening during the next month. “In August there will be work on the water main and sewerage […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Bypass Update Tonight – More Truck Movements

Veteran’s Golf: August 15

By Graham Turvey IT was great to have Vice President Rod Upton back with us – not playing because of his sore hand but helping to collate the scores on the white board, at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, August 14. Twenty-seven Vets played in the first round of the Championships plus the usual stroke […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Veteran’s Golf: August 15

Stock Report: August 14

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE was a bit more competition in the cattle market yesterday, with a few nibbles everywhere. There is a bit more activity happening out of the south in Victoria and Tasmania where they have had a bit of rain. It is a bit of hope that they might come and help the […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Stock Report: August 14

Agents Shuffled on Council Land

LOCAL real estate agents were shocked to receive an unsigned letter from the Upper Hunter Shire Council advising them their agreement with Council to sell land in the Aberdeen Heights subdivision had been terminated and the “agreement has now been issued to an agent as an exclusive listing.” The agents voiced their concerns to scone.com.au […]



Posted in Recent News | Comments Off on Agents Shuffled on Council Land