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Council Apologises for “Pruning” Trees

FOLLOWING community outcry about trees being cut down in Main Street and removed in Kingdon Street the Council has issued an apology for not consulting with the community, on their Facebook page: Upper Hunter Shire Council  Editor’s Note: The picture on Council’s Facebook page brought an ironic smile to our faces – see below. In […]



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Murrurundi Connections Inspiring the Archibald

DAVID Darcy, who was awarded the People’s Choice Award in the Archibald Prize this week, was “chuffed” with the award, but not once mentioned the recognition for himself as an artist, instead he was chuffed about the recognition the award will bring to his portrait subject, Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward, to the issue of domestic violence […]



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Aussie Ark Takes On Weeds

By Taylah Fellows WEEDS are taking over the Barrington Tops and not for profit organisation, Aussie Ark has had enough. The Scotch broom weed, which thrives in cool climates has ‘nearly taken over’ the Barrington Tops, increasing the risk of fire, killing native species in the area, altering nitrogen levels in the soil and providing […]



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What’s On

Saturday, August 17 Scone First Trial Run The first Park Run is being held in Scone at the Bill Rose Sports Complex in Scone. To make registering easier you can log on to: Park Run and your details can then be used at any Park Run event. The event is dog friendly, dogs must be […]



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Proposed New Life for Drayton South Licence

YESTERDAY, Malabar Coal’s environmental impact statement to develop an underground coal mine, on the licence previously operated as Drayton South, went put on public display. The proposed underground coal mine, known as the Maxwell Project, is proposed to employ 350 people. Wayne Seabrook, chairman of Malabar Coal, an Australian-owned and New South Wales based company […]



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Illegal Hunters On Notice – New Powers for Conviction

NEW powers for Game Licensing Unit inspectors are yielding results with illegal hunters, following the conviction in Oberon Local Court last month, of a driver who failed to stop for an inspection. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for Game Licensing Unit (GLU) inspectors during a routine patrol near Oberon and was issued […]



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Student Scrapbooking Classes: Limited Spots Left!

By Taylah Fellows CREATIVE papercraft classes are being offered exclusively to primary school students at the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, beginning next week. During the next four Thursdays, students in kindergarten to year six have the unique opportunity to use their Creative Kids Arts Voucher provided by the NSW government to learn how to make […]



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Nature Strips Stripped of Nature

LAST week three trees on Main Street, next to the Council offices in Scone, were chopped down in a shroud of community confusion and yesterday six more trees on Kingdon Street, near the Uniting Church were cleared. Read more…



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Public Speaking Brilliance at Belltrees

By Taylah Fellows CHIP packets were a hot topic of discussion last week at the Belltrees Public School annual public speaking event. Twelve-year-old veteran public speaker, Archie Mamone shrugged off his nerves and came out guns a-blazing in his stage three senior group, delivering a speech on the necessity of air in chip packets. See photos […]



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Rouchel Bushman’s Carnival Finally Returns

By Taylah Fellows CAMPDRAFT competitors are preparing for the return of the Rouchel Bushman’s Carnival next weekend at the Rouchel Recreation Grounds. The draft has been running for decades but has been cancelled for the past two years due to poor weather conditions. See photos below. April Docherty, secretary for the carnival, said the organisers […]



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Westpac: Murrurundi Baby Transferred

OVERNIGHT the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to Murrurundi Hospital to transfer an 18 month baby girl to Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, suffering a medical condition. Related story: Huge Turn Out Westpac Dinner: See Photos – August 13, 2019. 



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Stock Report: August 13

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,050 cattled penned at the Scone saleyards. The market was fairly firm on last week. There were not as many cows, but the plain cows were firm to slightly cheaper, but the good cows were dearer by five or ten cents. There were a lot of yearling cattle and a […]



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Dartbrook: Council Questions Time Constraint

By Taylah Fellows LAST week the NSW Independent Planning Commission approved modifications for the Dartbook mine, near Aberdeen, allowing mining to recommence. The IPC did not grant Australian Pacific Coal a five year licence extension, with their current licence expiring on December 2022. Steve McDonald, general manager of the Upper Hunter Shire Council, which made […]



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Veteran’s Golf: August 13

By Graham Turvey Thirty two very keen Vets played the final round of their championships on Tuesday, August 13 for the first time at the re-vamped Scone Golf Club. It is a very impressive layout. The Champions for 2019 are: A Grade: Kim Robinson   B Grade: Gary Morley   C Grade: Jim Elder   Nett Champion over […]



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Huge Turnout for Westpac Dinner: Photos Inside

By Taylah Fellows AWE and appreciation filled the air on Saturday night at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service fundraising dinner held at the Sporties Club in Scone. See photo gallery below. The dinner was a huge success with more than 100 attendees turning up to support and donate towards the service. Graham Nickisson, retired veteran […]



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ARCHA Pot of Gold Success

By Taylah Fellows DESPITE harsh weather conditions, the Wideland Motor Group’s ARCHA Pot of Gold Event was a raging success. Competition was fierce with Louise Nash taking out the open non pro reined cow event and Murray Wilkinson winning the open non pro snaffle bit cutting event. Jay Gordon, ARCHA president, said he was impressed […]



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Prince of Jewels Brings Downton Abbey to Scone

By Taylah Fellows CALLING all monarchs and aristocracy fans, the Downton Abbey jewels are coming to Scone tomorrow. The Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) are holding a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet famous costume jewellery designer, Mr Andrew Prince. The Prince of Jewels, who has designed for the likes of Michael Jackson […]



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