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Easter Surprise: Potoroo in the Pouch

TWO long-nosed Potoroos have been found in pouches at Aussie Ark this week, weighing approximately 0.3 grams, less than one Easter egg. The joeys will stay in the pouch between 120 and 130 days and stay close to the mother to feed for 40 days after leaving the pouch. Aussie Ark have been building an […]



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Getting Ready to Tee Off

THE first golf tournament at the new Scone Golf Course is being organised as part of the Horse Festival on May 9. Members of the Club will have first chance to try the new course, with the date still to be determined. Heath Courtney, chief executive officer of Scone Race Club said it was a […]



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They’re Hatching….

AUSTRALIAN Plague Locusts are now hatching in the Upper Hunter, dashing hopes the conditions would be too dry for them to breed. Hunter Local Land Services said they had a great landholder and community response to the first sightings of the locusts during summer, which allowed them to map their movements, but now it is […]



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Murrurundi Pipeline Progress

APPROXIMATELY 30 people gathered in Murrurundi last night for an update on the Murrurundi pipeline, which is due for competition at the end of June 2020. Leed Engineering and Construction, which was awarded the tender for the design and construction of the pipeline from eight companies, met with Council last week to begin work on […]



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Murrurundi Pipeline Meeting – in Murrurundi

THIS afternoon the Upper Hunter Shire Council will update residents on the progress of the Murrurundi pipeline. Please note the meeting will be held in Murrurundi, not Scone. WHEN: 5:30pm-6:30pm, Wednesday, April 10. WHERE: Murrurundi Community Connect Services, Visitor Information Centre, 113 Mayne Street, Murrurundi.   Share…



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Ready for Kinder?

TO help you decide if your child is ready to start kindergarten you can ask the experts tomorrow in Scone. Kim Moroney, Education Officer Early Learning from the Catholic Schools Office, Nadia De Villiers from Happy Dots Occupational Therapy, and Nichola Gay from All Areas Speech Pathology will discuss how to ensure your child is […]



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Unnecessary Farce in Moonan

IN 1969 big things were happening, the Beatles performed their last live concert, Australia withdrew from Vietnam and on the home front the Moonan Mummer’s trod the boards for the first time. The show has gone on every year for the last 50 years, through droughts, depression, prosperity, floods, market crashes, bumper seasons and bush […]



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Cuppa and Connect in Moonan

LOCAL Land Service are holding a Cuppa and Connect at the Victoria Hotel in Moonan tomorrow. Farmers can drop by for a cuppa and some cake and get up to date with subsidies and support during the drought. People are reminded to submit their drought transport subsidies. Applications close on June 30 and all tax […]



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Hendra Case: Progress in Court

LAST week there were developments in the class action case against Zoetis the makers of the Hendra vaccine, with Justice Lee refusing to grant the pharmaceutical company an application seeking orders for their costs to be covered by the participants in the class action. Justice Lee later granted an application by the class-action to subpoena […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: April 9

By Graham Turvey Windy weather at Aberdeen Golf Club for the Vets’ stableford Medal round on Tuesday, 9th April did not stop some top scores from being recorded by the 23 players. Wayne Murphy did best with 42 points from Gary Gray 2nd 41 C/B, Captain Phil Ledgerwood 3rd 41 and Jeff McKeon 4th 39 […]



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Community React to Dartbrook Plans

MORE than 150 people attended the Independent Planning Commission meeting in Muswellbrook today to hear submissions on the proposed modifications at Dartbrook Mine. John Robertson, chief executive officer of Australian Pacific Coal the operators of Dartbrook mine was the first to address the meeting and said they were pleased the NSW Department of Planning had […]



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Murulla Causeway Proposal

THE Murrurundi community is being asked their opinions on an upgrade to the one lane Murulla Street causeway to have a two lane concrete bridge across the Pages River, with two designs ready for feedback. View the two options: Murulla Bridge. The new bridge is lower in one design to cause less visual impact on […]



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PAC Assessing Dartbrook

THE commissioners appointed to assess the Dartbrook mine modification application have toured the mine today and met with the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council, before hearing from residents at tomorrow’s meeting in Muswellbrook. There are 49 people registered to speak at the meeting, but submissions can be made to the Planning Assessment […]



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Dartbrook Mine Overview

THE underground Dartbrook coal mine, located approximately four kilometres west of Aberdeen, was placed into care and maintenance mode by Anglo American in 2006, but new owners Australian Pacific Coal plan to restart the underground operation and conducted a study which supports the viability of converting the mine to an open cut operation. Milestones: 2006: […]



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Last Chance for Dartbrook Submissions

AUSTRALIAN Pacific Coal has lodged a modification to the Dartbrook mine near Aberdeen and submissions to the Planning Assessment Commission close tomorrow. The company has applied to make the underground mine a bord-and-pillar operation as an alternative to longwall, change the method of transferring coal to the train loadout facility using a new enclosed shaft […]



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Weather this Week

THERE is a slight chance of thunderstorms and light showers on Tuesday as a cold front from the south west makes its way across the state. However the Bureau of Meteorology predicts any rain in the Upper Hunter area will be sporadic and isolated. Today the temperature will reach 33 degrees before the cold front […]



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Ready for Rescue in Ellerston

YESTERDAY a new light road crash rescue vehicle, the first of its kind in New South Wales, was unveiled at Ellerston Rural Fire Service. The vehicle is worth more than $120,000, is purpose built for off-road capability and has heavy duty hydraulic cutting equipment for rescue operations. Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner for New South Wales Rural […]



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Half Day Holiday Declared

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has declared a half day public holiday for the Scone Cup on Friday, May 10. The half day holiday will be in place across the Shire, with the exception of the Merriwa district. The Mayor Wayne Bedggood said there was a ‘great deal of community consultation’ to hold the holiday […]



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Community Meeting: Murrurundi Pipeline

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council will be holding a community update at the Scone Council office next Wednesday. WHEN: 5:30pm-6:30pm, Wednesday, April 10. WHERE: Murrurundi Community Connect Services, Visitor Information Centre, 113 Mayne Street, Murrurundi. PLEASE note the change in “where” the session will be held. Share…



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Abortion Alert for Horse Owners

LAST week an equine herpes virus related abortion occurred on a local property and Hunter Local Land Services has issued an alert urging horse owners to be vigilant during the breeding season. Dr Kristi Arnot, district veterinarian for Hunter Local Land Services said horse owners need to be monitoring for the signs of equine herpes […]



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Veteran’s Golf: April 2

By Graham Turvey A very well prepared Aberdeen Golf Club with newly mown fairways and greens, following the wonderful rain of last weekend, greeted the 25 Vets who played a stroke with putting event on Tuesday, April 2. Ross Banks won the handicap and the scratch events with nett 65 on a count back, and […]



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Calling All the Foxy Ladies

JANE Ryan, a successful local financial planner, was inspired by the talents of local women, but saw the need for a space for them to share their ideas and decided to launch a new networking group, ‘All the Foxy Ladies’ in Scone. ADVERTORIAL “I’m constantly surprised by the depth of experience and talent of women […]



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Money for Local Hospitals

LABOR has announced they will provide more money to the Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone and Murrurundi’s Wilson Memorial Hospital to address capital works and more nursing care as part of a state wide plan to improve health services in small rural communities. A $250 million fund for country hospitals and an additional $50 million […]



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Letter: The Health of Politics

The right to clean air; it ought to be a thing. It’s time to press the panic button on the air we breathe in the Upper Hunter and there’s no time to waste. At Tuesday night’s Upper Hunter Health Forum presented by Dr Ben Ewald, Dr John Van Der Kallen and Dr Bob Vickers from […]



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Calling Equine Local Legends

SCONE is bursting with equine legends and the Scone Horse Festival Committee is encouraging people to nominate them to be recognised in this year’s festival awards, with nominations closing next Friday. There are categories for Young Achiever, VIP and and Horse of the Year, with winners being announced at a dinner on Thursday, May 2. […]



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Upper Hunter Cricket: Semi Final Results

By Russell Sakey Rouchel  3 /  160 off 36 overs N Atkinson 43, Andrew Clydsdale 43, W O’Donnell 42* defeated Murrurundi 8 / 159 off 40 overs P Crowe 34, H Hobden 28, J Chapple 28, J Taylor 26*. A Clydsdale 3 / 19, S Brooker 2 / 16, Both sides were missing key players […]



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Weather in the Week Ahead

THERE were isolated showers on Sunday throughout the Upper Hunter, with the Bureau of Meteorology recording the following rainfalls: Scone: 7ml (Figtree Gully) 0.2ml (airport) Aberdeen: 3.8ml Merriwa: 20ml Murrurundi: 5.2ml Predicted temperatures for this week in Scone: Monday: 26 Tuesday: 28 Wednesday: 29 Thursday: 29 Friday: 32 Saturday: 35 Sunday: 35 There is the […]



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Pipeline Contractor Announced

LEED Engineering and Construction, an Adelaide based company, was announced as the successful tenderer for the detailed design and construction of the Murrurundi pipeline for the Upper Hunter Shire Council today. The 40 kilometre pipeline from Glenbawn Dam to Murrurundi will cost $14.2 million, with $13 million from the NSW government and $1.2 million from […]



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Scone Police Catch Slippery Suspect

TODAY local police received a frantic phone call from Scone resident, Karen McDonald who had arrived home to find an intruder of the most dangerous and slippery kind, a three and a half foot brown snake. “I came home and as I went to put my handbag on the wall unit I saw a brown […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE Bureau of Meteorology has said weather will be mainly fine this week with temperatures in the low 30’s. There is the possibility of light showers developing on Tuesday and a chance of thunderstorms reaching the Upper Hunter on Thursday, however the BOM has said they anticipate little if any rainfall. Thunderstorms on Saturday brought […]



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Drug Use Trends in the Upper Hunter

IN Scone Court last month Ben Hoffman a solicitor with Equilaw said he was seeing an increasing number of clients who expected to return a positive test to cannabis, but were shocked to find they also tested positively to methylamphetamine. “Over the past year we’ve seen an increase in people coming before the court with […]



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Scone Golf Report: March 4

By Lyn Banks Five rounds have been completed in the Hunter River District Men’s Senior Pennant golf series. On Sunday, March 3 Scone defeated Branxton 2-1 at Cessnock. Mick Alsleben & Red Palmer won 2 & 1, Ross Banks & George Davidson won 5 & 4 whilst Charlie Manning & David Druce lost 2 & […]



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Candidates in the State Election

THE ballot draw for the state election to be held on March 23 has been held this morning and the following candidates are running in the seat of Upper Hunter: Share…



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Rainfall Overnight

THE Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter area from a brief overnight thunderstorm: Aberdeen: 7ml Merriwa: 0ml Murrurundi: 4ml Scone: 8ml (Airport) 12ml (Kingdon Ponds) There may be light rain around the Barrington, but in the rest of the Upper Hunter not enough to register in the gauge. Share…



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Veteran’s Golf: March 3

By Graham Turvey The fourteen Vets who played a 2-person ambrose event at Murrurundi Golf Club on Tuesday, 5th March were saddened, when it was announced that Murrurundi Golf Course, following our game today, is closed till further notice due to the very dry conditions. Thank you to Christine Smith for the lovely chicken sandwiches […]



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