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Don’t Hesitate to Call

AS a former tradie, local paramedic, Mark Bell is able to give advice based on experience about drills through hands, falling of rooves and the many hazards in a shed. But today at the Upper Hunter Men’s Shed in Scone amongst talk of cars and serious shed business he stressed the importance of not hesitating […]



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Candidate: David Ewings

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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Candidate: William Bourke

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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Candidate: Pete Wills

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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Candidate: Warwick Stacey

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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Candidate: Skyla Wagstaff

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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Candidate: Richard Stretton

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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Veteran’s Golf: Nov 28

By Graham Turvey Twenty Vets enjoyed their stableford round of golf at Murrurundi plus a chicken salad lunch shouted by Treasurer Bob Minch and kindly served by local Pauline on Tuesday, Nov 28 . It is good to know that Paul Gorman is making a good recovery after recent illness. Doug Roach won the day […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Round 8

By Russell Sakey This weekend had almost everything: 100’s were Jake Teague 134 and Ben Crackett 106. Almost 100’s were: B Parkinson 89, Josh Nobles 75 and Mick Davidson 72.   RESULTS REVIEW Belmore Hotel Bulls 6 / 253 def Warriors 172. Belltrees Bushrangers 6 / 256 def  Aberdeen A 254 Rouchel 5 / 206  […]



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$600 Haircut Worth It

By Des Dugan What’s a haircut worth these days? Around $637.40 according to Willowtree resident Bobby Seckhold. That’s what the Royal Hotel in Murrurundi raised for the Cowboys’ Cancer Foundation over the weekend for removing Bobby’s age-old beard and wiry snowy locks. The event was part of a drive for the newly formed Foundation following […]



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Council Meeting: November 2017

AT last night’s Council meeting the extension to Robertson’s Knob quarry was granted, a subdivision of land on Moobi Road was approved, the application to demolish a heritage building was rejected (Related story: Gold Digger’s Arms to Stand ), a round-a-bout was flagged to replace the traffic lights in the Kelly Street and clarification was […]



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Caravan to Help Homeless

WHEN Lee Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre heard the Council was auctioning off old caravans used at work sites, she saw an opportunity to help the homeless. Last night at the Council meeting a motion was passed to donate the caravan to the Centre. “We have such a need for emergency accommodation […]



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Clarified: Free to Speak

COUNCILLOR Sue Abbott raised a motion at last night’s Council meeting for Councillors to be able to express their own views publicly and to the media. During the meeting the Mayor Wayne Bedggood said that the sentiment was already included in the policy and so there was no need to change it. Cr Sue Abbott […]



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Gold Digger’s Arms to Stand

LAST night the Council voted to reject the development application by MacCallum Inglis to demolish the Gold Digger’s Arms at 77 Main Street, Scone. Councillors Ron Campbell and Kiwa Fisher supported the development, while all other Councillors, excluding Cr Burns who declared a conflict, voted against the development. Bev Atkinson and Meryln Rossington spoke in […]



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Festival Fun For All Ages

LAST night the Scone Horse Festival unveiled its new rebranding. Tammy Selwood from the Ideation Group who developed the new visual branding said they had planned to launch the new materials for the 40th anniversary of the Festival, but the response from the committee was so positive they decided to run it this year. “We […]



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Editorial: Review of Councillor’s Gag

TONIGHT Councillor Sue Abbott will put forward a change to Council’s media policy to once again allow Councillors to express their own views publicly. Currently the media policy precludes Councillors expressing their opinions, positions or even speaking to the media on any matter without the express permission of the Mayor or general manager. Councillors are […]



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Scone Court Report: November 2017

THIS month when Magistrate Prowse was dealing with drink driving matters he took a pragmatic rural approach explaining to a local farmer that he should keep tabs on what he is drinking, as he would keep tabs on how much drench he was giving his cattle and suggested he treated himself as well aas he treated his livestock

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Dartbrook Horse Accident

A 28 year old female fell from a horse she was riding at a property in Dartbrook late this afternoon and is being flown to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. The woman was unconscious at the scene, treated and taken by local paramedics to the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone. Share…



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Second Recommendation to Refuse

ON Monday a recommendation to refuse the development application of MacCallum Inglis to demolish the Gold Digger’s Arms at 77 Main Street, Scone will be on Council’s agenda. The application was first put to Council at the meeting in August, with a decision deferred to allow the applicant time to provide more information to Council’s […]



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Strathearn Fete Tomorrow

STRATHEARN Village in Stafford Street will he holding a fete and garage sale tomorrow. Games including pin the star on the Christmas tree, hoop la and guessing competitions will keep the children entertained. There are plenty of items donated from the community, including plants, clothing, furniture, household items, bric-a-brac. Local businesses have also come out […]



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Scone Stock Report: November 21

THERE were 1292 cattle yarded in a market that saw prices firm to dearer across the board. Fat cattle, export cattle, kill cattle and cows were all generally firm with some slightly cheaper in spots. The majority of the yard was made up of plainer cattle mainly due to the season and also heavier yearling […]



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Time to Pledge

IT is on again, the annual fundraising Skills Auction to raise much needed funds for the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre will be held Saturday February 17 at Scone RSL Club. Lee Watts, manager of the centre was pleased with the fundraising efforts of last years event and will now make it an annual event. “Last […]



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Candidate: Pete Mailler

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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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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