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Connecting to the NBN

MORE than 2,400 premises in Scone, 550 in Murrurundi and 1,000 in Aberdeen are now connected to the national broadband network (NBN). Mariam Chizari, New South Wales community affairs for the NBN presented an update last week at a Country Women’s Association luncheon about how to connect to the new service and warned about NBN […]



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Cricket Season Begins

By Mac Dawson THERE are nine teams in the Upper Hunter cricket competition this season. Everyone has a hope of making the grand final, it is a very open competition this year. With the Bunnan team folding a few very good players have spread themselves out amoungst different teams, so we won’t know until Christmas […]



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Don’t Play Along

SUZANNE Dean from the department of Fair Trading said phone and online scams are becoming more sophisticated and talked to Scone residents last week about how to protect themselves. At the Country Women’s Association luncheon in Scone, Ms Dean said the best advice to avoid any scam is never to give personal information or click […]



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Koda and Kayah Fly the Flag

TWO Tasmanian devil joeys born at the Devil Ark in the Barrington have attracted plenty of attention online and in the fur at the Australian Reptile Park, after a video of them playing together gained more than 396,000 views in 24 hours. Watch video below. The joeys are two of 51 which have been born […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Oct 3

By Graham Turvey Vets who are going to Henbury on Thursday, October 5 are asked to meet at Muswellbrook Golf Club at 5.00 am to car pool for the trip. Great spring conditions for golf and slow and true greens greeted the 23 Vets who played a stableford event at Muswellbrook on Tuesday, October 3. […]



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Scone Golf Report: Sept 28 – 30

By Lyn Banks A good field of Scone golfers supported the Muswellbrook Bayswater Cup (men) and Bayswater Shield (ladies), on Saturday, September 30. The best result for a Scone player was Ross Banks who had 69 nett to be runner up in A Grade. Meanwhile, a 24 Hole Par 3 event at Aberdeen had a […]



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Scone Stock Report: Oct 3

By Stuart Sheldrake There was a lighter yarding today with 894 cattle because of the long weekend and the sniff of rain about, we didn’t get any but there has been a bit of rain in the north. Few export cattle were yarded in a market that was mostly firm on last week, definitely no […]



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Farram’s Also Broken Into

ON Monday at approximately 4:34am closed circuit cameras captured footage of a thief who had broken into Farram’s in Scone. They are the fourth local business to report a break and enter in the early hours of Monday morning: Business Break-Ins. Watch the video below. The person gained access through breaking glass in the back […]



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New Bike Park for Scone

LEE Watts, manager of the Scone Neighbourhhod Centre said she was excited to announce that Amaroo Park. located in Lang Place, will soon become a bike park following the funding from the state government. “Currently the park has swings, a BBQ and an abundance of open space, ideal for a bike park,” said Mrs Watts. […]



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Security in Scone

Annie Baker, the owner of Asser House Cafe which was broken into on the weekend, thinks it would be good to unify as a business community and use a Scone based security company to patrol locally. “If we all chipped in a bit of money it wouldn’t be much and then we’d all have some […]



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Business Break-ins

ASSER House Cafe, Potter Macqueen and Elder’s Real Estate in Scone were all broken into sometime between Sunday at 8pm and early Monday morning. The thieves broke into the Asser House Café via the side kitchen door, stole the nights takings, an EFTPOS machine and for good measure a can of coke and coke zero […]



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People Flock to Bobadil

By Des Dugan Without doubt, it was a resounding success in downtown Murrurundi over the long weekend as more than 1600 people patronised the 30 stalls at the Michael Reid gallery premises. Labelled the Bobadil House Spring Market, the event was held on an adjoining paddock to the newly-opened Michael Reid gallery behind the historic […]



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Local Player to Captain Australian Side

JACK Archibald has been announced as captain of the Australian polo team for the world cup to be held in Sydney at the end of October. Jack’s Belltrees neighbour Alec White has also made the team along with Ellerston based players Lachie Gilmore and James Lester. “It’s been a big effort for so many guys […]



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What’s on This Weekend: Sep 30 – Oct 1

Saturday, September 30 GLENBAWN FISHING CLASSIC What: Aberdeen Fishing Club Glenbawn Classic. When: Saturday and Sunday Where: Glenbawn Dam, New South Wales. Contact: Aberdeen Fishing Club Related Story: Get Your Rods Ready   Sunday, October 1 ANTIQUE TRACTOR RUN What: Members of the rattling bones and engine moans are doing a tractor trek from Aberdeen […]



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Water Restrictions for Murrurundi

AT midnight tonight Murrurundi will be on level 2 water restrictions due to a drop in the water source levels caused by the ongoing the dry weather conditions. Watering lawns and gardens is restricted to every second day, properties with an even number street address may only water on an even numbered calendar day and […]



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Farmers Preparing for Drier Times

THE Hunter Local Land Services is holding a workshop to help local farmers manage a dry spring. Albert Mullen, sustainable agriculture advisory officer said due to the lack of rain many farmers are looking for options to feed or sell their livestock. “Crunch time is now looming for landholders to make staged decisions on dry […]



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Vale: Bill Saunders

Bill Saunders, born August 20, 1933 passed away peacefully on September 22, 2017 aged 84. Funeral Details: When: 2pm, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Where: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Crn Short Street and Park Street, Scone Loving husband of Marj, father and father-in-law to Wendy and Paul, Peter and Janelle, Sue and Mick, Alison, Mark and […]



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Scone Stock Report: Sept 26

THERE was a yarding of 1,190 penned n a market that was easier once again due to continual dry conditions unfortunately. There was a good penning of cows and export cattle they were probably 6 to 10 cents cheaper. The majority of the yarding was a plainer offer on yarding due to cattle starting to […]



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Huge Flash of Colour

A sea of over 250 clean white runners attended the Youth Council’s Colour Fun Run at the Bill Rose Complex in Scone this morning. The run was devised as a non competitive fun school holiday event for the local area. Mary Spora of the youth council was pleased with the community support of the event […]



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Bio-security Deadline Approaches

THE deadline for landholders to complete their biosecurity plan to meet the Meat and Livestock Australia livestock production assurance requirements is October 1. All cattle, sheep and goat producers will need to have a biosecurity plan for each property identification code (PIC). The new measures are designed to protect your farm, your stock, your market […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Sept 26

By Graham Turvey The greens were in top condition for the Vets when 25 members played their stroke with putting event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday, September 26. Happy 42nd wedding anniversary to Captain Max and Nellie Holz for September 20 and congratulations on the sale of the property. Graham Boles did clearly the […]



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Update: Murrurundi and Moonan Fires

FIRE fighters have downgraded the fire, approximately three kilometres south of Murrurundi, to patrol and a fire at Moonan is also under control. “At Murrurundi it’s pretty much smouldering, we’ve been across this morning and had a look in the chopper and our intent today is between both of the choppers to bomb that,” said […]



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Barefoot and Bowling

IT’s time to get barefoot and bowling for the annual TransCare fundraiser. Local businesses have once again supported the community event with great prizes and people are registering their teams. Alan Gordon, chief executive officer of TransCare said the event began 11 years ago at the suggestion of Brian Brown and is still going strong. […]



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Scone Golf Report: Sept 19-26

By Lyn Banks Scone golfers have started playing on alternate local courses and a number have been attending open days in the Hunter area as well. The ladies had a group of eight head to Merriwa on September 20 for their Open Day and it was also the Hunter River District Ladies Sandgreen Championship. In […]



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Council Meeting: September 2017

OF note at this month’s meeting of the Upper Hunter Shire Council the confidential business of the meeting had an issue that required four Councillors to leave the room. Out one door went Cr Sue Abbott and out another door went Cr Kiwa Fisher, Cr Ron Campbell Collison and Cr Maurice Collison. There were only […]



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Murrurundi Fire – Timely Reminder

THERE is a grass fire burning approximately three kilometres south of Murrurundi and one at Mt Helen’s near Willow Tree. Myles O’Reilly, district coordinator for the Liverpool Range Fire Service said there is no cause for alarm at this stage, but it is a timely reminder for people in townships to have a fire plan. […]



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Fair Trading and Fairer Internet Access

ON Friday the National Broadband Network and Fair Trading will be the focus of discussion at a luncheon held by the Country Women’s Association in Scone. There will be information on the progress of the National Broadband Network for Scone residents and the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading will provide information on knowing […]



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Holiday Colour

EXPENDING energy and making a mess is the hallmark of school holidays and on Wednesday local children are encouraged to do just that at the colour fun run. There will be a 2 kilometre, 4 kilometre and ‘whatever you can’ run, walk or skip distances at the Bill Rose Sports Complex oval followed by paint […]



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Hottest September Day on Record

SATURDAY was the hottest day on record for September in Scone and Murrurundi and a total fire ban persists for the Upper Hunter. Scone reached a top of 35.2 degrees on Saturday topping the previous record of 33.6 degrees on September 24 in 2006. Also on Saturday, Murrurundi had its hottest September day with a […]



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Accident in Susan Street

A collision occurred at approximately 8:35pm at the intersection of Susan Street and Waverley Street involving an small Kia Rio and a courtesy mini-bus. There were approximately eight people in the mini-bus including elderly with two being treated by ambulance for minor injuries. Share…



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Scone Court Report: September 2017

THIS month Magistrate Prowse was again annoyed at documents not being available from the Director of Public Prosecutions office to the court and further confused by the inability of their representatives to appear in Scone court for matters when they readily drive through the town on their way to Tamworth court. But his blood pressure really rose at what he described as the definition of usury from the registry office which charged in excess of $40 for postage, when stamps only cost $1. Even after the matter had ended he continued to voice his outrage, “what an outrage…anyway I am outraged!! It is usury or gouging or both! Anyway, let’s move onto something else before my blood pressure goes any higher.” His consideration of concept of equality was less stressed, “that’s the funny thing about equality, everyone thinks they are entitled to be treated equally.” While he objected to the term “juvie” being used to describe gaol as being American and trivialising gaol he did refer to a phone as a lamb shank bone, which was an interested variation on the dog and bone.

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Total Fire Ban Declared for Tomorrow

A total fire ban has been declared for tomorrow starting at midnight tonight for the Upper Hunter Region with the level being rated as severe. If you are travelling total fire bans have been declared in the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra / Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, Far South Coast, Far Western, Lower Central West Plains, […]



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Changing Murrurundi: Dooleys Store

By Des Dugan IN just over two years Duneet Kalra and Ajaypal Singh have managed to carve out a nice little commercial business in Wallabadah and Murrurundi. The partnership, which first bought the Wallabadah service station two years ago, was an indication of what is to come for Murrurundi. Their purchase of the Maureen and […]



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Inspiring Young Business People

YOUNG people are being encouraged to consider becoming business owners to help create a vision and growth in our community and nominate for the Hunter Young Business Mind Awards program. Ben Wyndham, president of the Scone Chamber of Commerce said young entrepreneurial people can innovate the local economy. “We know we are going to need […]



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Community Help Mona

THE local community have reached out to the Knight family following a fire which destroyed the home of 92 year old Mona Knight. Related story: Fire – Thankfully Nan Wasn’t Home. UPDATE: Wednesday, September 21 – Unfortunately Tess, Mona Kinght’s much loved 13 year old shitsu cross passed away today. “Nan is understandably upset and […]



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