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March 8, 2020
Opinion: Women’s Voices Not Heard Enough

International Women’s Day and one woman every week is killed by a current or former partner International Women’s Day has been co-opted into a global celebration, but on this International Women’s Day knowing that more than 50 women are killed each year in Australia by savage acts of domestic violence I believe we have to […]

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December 18, 2019
LETTER: No Confidence in Council Compliance

Dear Editor,  Re: Council Culture – Confirmed Concern I first wrote to UHSC General Manager, Steve McDonald 10 weeks ago, concerned that the Council was incorrectly recording resolutions from meetings, thereby keeping secret from you, information you would expect and have a right to know. In disgust and frustration, I presented directly to the full […]

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December 3, 2019
Letter: Council Culture Of Secrecy Confirmed

Dear Editor, I first wrote to the General Manager, Steve McDonald 10 weeks ago, concerned that the Council was incorrectly recording Council resolutions from meetings and thereby keeping secret from you, information you would expect and have a right to know. I have NOT HAD A RESPONSE, despite two more letters and published Letters to […]

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November 20, 2019
Letter: What is Council Hiding?

The Editor, When the Upper Hunter Shire Council keeps the truth from you, what are they covering up? On the 24th September, 8 weeks ago, without response to date, I wrote to the Council General Manager and the Director Corporate Services to advise them that the Council was keeping information from you, that you are […]

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November 14, 2019
Letter: $10.8 Million Reasons To Question

To the Editor, On 7 November Upper Hunter Shire Council’s General Manager made several comments on scone.com.au in response to my letter of 23 October.  The response from the General Manager seemed to be like saying, don’t you worry about that, it’s only $10.8 million, just a trifle and nothing to worry about, now off […]

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November 7, 2019
Letter: GM Critcises Pinfold’s Letter

To the Editor, I thank Mr Pinfold for his letter and contribution to the debate regarding the redevelopment of Scone Airport. However, there are various assertions contained in his letter that warrant correction. Consultation Fair and Open In his opening remarks Mr Pinfold states that the Airport redevelopment was launched “4 weeks ago”, has “been […]

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October 28, 2019
Letter: Plan Flawed New One Needed

To the Editor, I attended the Council’s Information Session a few weeks ago, generally supportive of the investment proposed for the Aerodrome itself, to maintain serviceability for at least current operations and the concept of an Aviation Museum based on warbirds. I was concerned at the high costs for the project ($26million) and was therefore […]

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October 23, 2019
Letter: Call for Thorough Independent Review

To the Editor, Four weeks ago Upper Hunter Shire Council launched its Scone Airport Re-Development Project with an Information Session at Scone Aero Club.  This project had apparently been developed secretly over the past four years.  There was no previous consultation with the airport’s 30 stakeholders (owners, lessees and operators of aircraft, airport businesses, land […]

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October 21, 2019
Letter: Consultant Supports Upgrade

Dear Editor, Re: Scone Aerodrome Upgrade I wish to contribute to the current debate regarding the upgrade of the Scone Aerodrome. In particular I would like to address the comments made by CASA. (Read: CASA Confirms Airport Won’t Close) I have been Council’s Aerodrome Technical consultant on the operation and maintenance for about 5 years. […]

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October 16, 2019
Letter: Council Rebukes Dutton on Airport

Dear Editor, It is broken and we do need to fix it. Council is committed to saving the Upper Hunter’s only regional airport. It has been operating for over 60 years and Scone Regional Airport could still be operating in another 60 years. But if we fail to act now, it will not be licensed […]

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