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Mayor “Personally Affronted!” Hear the Audio…

AT last night’s Council meeting Mayor Wayne Bedggood berated Councillor Sue Abbott for raising a question about the management of conflict of interest with the airport development. Read related story: Conflict Questioned: Mayor “Personally Affronted!” Below is a link to a section of the audio recording from the Council meeting, referring to management of conflict […]



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Council Meeting: September 2019

Councillors present at last night’s meeting included Sue Abbott, Wayne Bedggood, James Burns, Ron Campbell, Maurice Collison, Lorna Driscoll, Kiwa Fisher and Lee Watts. Joshua Brown was absent from the meeting. Waste Levy Returned Cr Abbott put forward a motion that 100 percent of the waste levy Council currently pays to the State Government, be […]



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Scone Airport Development

COUNCIL plans to spend $23 million upgrading the Scone Regional Airport to be compliant with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations being introduced in August 2020 and to develop a Warbird Aviation Attraction. The Council has received $6.2 million from the government for the Warbird Museum and a $6.5 million government grant from the drought […]



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Bring Out Your Bulky

DURING October the Council will be collecting bulky waste from residential properties with waste collection, for free. Last year the Council collected 110 tonnes of waste, saving it from general landfill, which costs Council $82.70 per tonne for the NSW Government Waste Levy. Collection is scheduled for: October 19 – 20: Scone October 26-27: Aberdeen, […]



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Conflict Questioned: Mayor “Personally Affronted!”

AT tonight’s general Council meeting, Mayor Wayne Bedggood berated Councillor Sue Abbott for raising a question about the management of conflict of interest with the airport development. Cr Abbott explained she had been asked by many members of the community if there had been any potential conflict of interest at any of the Council’s sub-committee […]



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Cassie Representing Australia in Taekwondo

ON Wednesday, Cassie Fisher is flying to New Zealand to represent Australia in the International Special Needs Taekwondo Games. Cassie is one of only six competitors representing Australia and she said she is glad she has such great instructors in Scone. “I’ve never been to New Zealand, so there is excitement for me,” said Ms […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THIS week the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting sunny conditions for the week in the Upper Hunter area. With a high pressure system moving through the region, there is a slight chance of shower activity tomorrow in the Murrurundi area, which will then return to sunny conditions.  There will be a front moving on Saturday […]



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Scone Golf Report: September 30

By Lyn Banks SCONE ladies win the Muswellbrook v Scone Interclub Challenge It was another huge week of golf for Scone Golf Club hosting the ladies interclub challenge with Muswellbrook on Thursday, a memorial day for Jason Whitehead on Saturday, and the Men’s Foursomes Championships on Sunday. In total 98 competition players, which included 15 […]



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Johnsen Found Guilty of Firearms Charges

BENJAMIN Johnsen, a professional shooter and son of Michael Johnsen MP, was found guilty of firearm offences in Tamworth court this afternoon and will be unable to have firearms for 14 months. Mr Johnsen, who was employed as a professional dog controller by Local Land Services, was charged by police on April 30 on the […]



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Gummun Place – Health Assessors Monitoring Closely

THE Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has confirmed if Gummun Place in Merriwa is not compliant before the October 28 deadline there are a number of legal mechanisms which may be taken to vary or revoke accreditation as an aged care facility. Ms Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner said her organisation […]



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What’s On

If you’d like your event listed in What’s On, please send the information to: news@scone.com.au. Friday, September 27 Get Back on Your Bike What: ‘Get back on your bike’ with a ride around the Complex or along the cyclepath, with coffee afterwards. There is no need to book for this ride, just turn up with […]



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Council Again on Notice for Gummun Place

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has again been put on notice by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission for their management of the Gummun Place aged care facility in Merriwa, following the failure of the facility to meet 19 of the 44 accreditation standards. The last audit in June 2018 only found six of […]



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Scone Court Report: September 2019

MAGISTRATE David Price presided at Scone Local Court last week and oversaw matters including a brawl in Murrurundi, at which police said there were more than 70 people present, but few reliable accounts of the incident, because witnesses were all moderately to highly intoxicated. This month there was also the matter of a recovered stolen […]



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Veteran’s Golf Report: September 24

By Graham Turvey A beautiful day and a greening golf course greeted the 22 Vets who played a stableford event at Denman on Tuesday, September 24. Kevin Warby did best with 40 points from Gary Gray 35 (including an excellent birdie 3 on the 8th for 5 points), visitor Derek Wynn C/B (gaining a ball), […]



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Airport: A Sure Thing Or A Gamble?

NEXT month preliminary work on the Scone airport will begin and at $23.5 million will be the most expensive capital works program ever undertaken by the Upper Hunter Shire Council. At a community meeting at the Scone Aero Club on Friday, Council said they had to make the decision to close the airport permanently or […]



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Traffic Delays for Bypass

WORK on the northern end of the bypass will disrupt traffic on the New England Highway, commencing this week and finishing on October 5.  Traffic from the highway will be diverted to a new section of Kelly Street near Makybe Diva Street, as the new road surface is built and storm water pipes are laid. […]



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Scone Golf Report: Sept 23

By Lyn Banks IT was a big weekend of golf at Scone Golf Club with a record field being set on Saturday, September 21 for the new course. Fifty five players, which included eight visitors, enjoyed the day for the Clayton Rogers Trophy. Only the early players enjoyed a few holes without wind but this […]



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Weather Week Ahead

THERE will be cooler temperatures today as a cold front moves through the state. During the week a trough will be drawing down some warm air from the western part of the inland and by Friday temperatures will be in the high 20’s, possibly reaching 30. In the lower Hunter there will be rainfall on […]



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Power Outages

THE scheduled power outage planned for tomorrow between 8:30am and 3pm in Scone has been cancelled, but further outages will occur this week in Scone. The cancelled works on Sunday would have impacted: Hayes Street; Park Street; Philip Street; Sherwood Street, Susan Street, Sydney Street; Wareemba Street and Waverley Street.  On Tuesday power to the […]



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Break Out the Popcorn and the Sparkles

THE Scone Film Festival is now the longest running film festival in the Hunter, outlasting many others and offering exclusively Australian short films and set to screen it’s 11th program on Saturday night. Catherine Bolton, president of the Scone Film Festival is excited about opening night on Saturday and the array of great short films […]



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What’s On

If you’d like your event listed in What’s On, please send the information to: news@scone.com.au. Friday, September 20 Luke O’Shea Concert – St Mary’s What: A songwriting workshop at St Mary’s culminates in a short concert by the students followed by a concert by nine time golden guitar winner Luke O’Shea. Bring a chair or […]



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Making it Fun and Keeping it Real

THE digital world can be challenging, but in many ways it can also make life much easier. To help people get the good things out of online, the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre has organised a scavenger hunt on Wednesday, October 16 beginning in Elizabeth Park and taking you….well who knows what Lee has planned?! “We […]



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Rainfall in the Past 24 Hours

THE Bereau of Meteorology has reported the following rainfalls in the Upper Hunter in the 24 hours until 9am this morning: Aberdeen: 17ml Bunnan: 19ml Cassilis: 16ml Glenbawn Dam: 13ml Merriwa: 14ml Moonan: 10ml Murrurundi: 14ml Rouchel Brook: 15ml Scone: 21ml (Figtree) Yarrandi: 16ml



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Editorial: The Overpass: A Tale of the Ridiculous

IN 100 years time when people are waiting at the level crossings on Liverpool Street and Kelly Street and they wonder why an overpass wasn’t placed in town, here is the story of how it failed to happen… IN the beginning, residents waited at the boom gates on Liverpool Street and Kelly Street in Scone […]



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Land Purchased for Overpass

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has purchased land at 2912 Kelly Street, just south of the industrial area of Scone, in the hope of building a rail overpass to link the old industrial area with the meat works and sale yards to the new area and the bypass. In a statement issued by the Council […]



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Scone Stock Report: September 17

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,150 yarded at the Scone sale yards today, with the market firm to five cents easier but the market held up quite well. There were a very good number of export cattle penned. Trade cattle were cheaper on quality and feeder cattle were back 10 cents. However, younger feeder were […]



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Scone Man to Retire After Keno Win

YESTERDAY a Scone man won $73,000 on Keno at the Scone RSL Club and said it came at the perfect time allowing him to retire earlier than expected. The man, who wished to remain anonymous, relived the moment he realised he had won on the Keno 8 Spot ticket when a Keno official phoned him […]



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Grammar’s Approach Yielding Results

THIS week Scone and Murrurundi communities will be able to hear first hand how the Scone Grammar School’s wellbeing program is yielding results at an information night. See details of sessions below. Paul Smart, principal of the Scone Grammar School said the approach to wellbeing has been shown to produce 11 percent better academic results. […]



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Local Farmers Take to YouTube

THE drought is dragging out and while there are no clouds gathering on the horizon, some local farmers have found silver linings talking to other farmers and welcomed the chance to do a YouTube video for the Local Land Services. Rob and Jenny Lee from Merriwa, said there are many tough decisions they have made […]



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Dartbrook Decision May Be Challenged

AUSTRALIAN Pacific Coal, the owners of the Dartbrook mine near Aberdeen, are considering an appeal against a decision by the Independent Planning Commission not to grant a five year licence extension for the mine. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange last week, the Company said the five year extension was necessary to justify […]



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Golden Guitar Winner Inspiring Songs in Scone

NINE time Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea, will be holding a two day music workshop at St Mary’s Primary School Scone this week, culminating in a concert on Friday night. While Luke is a renowned singer and songwriter, he has also had a career as a teacher and loves the opportunity to inspire a new […]



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Enforcement of Water Restrictions Begins

A TEN percent reduction in the high security water allocation at Glenbawn Dam triggered Level 1 water restrictions on July 1 for most of the Upper Hunter Shire area, with enforcement of the restrictions beginning today. Residents who breach the restrictions will be given a warning and on the third breach receive a $200 penalty. […]



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Scone Golf Report: September 16

By Julie Leckie THURSDAY golf was played in sunny but breezy conditions for the Hunter Belle Cheese 18 Hole Stableford with a good number of ladies turning up for the chance to claim prize winning vouchers  to the fabulous Hunter Belle Cheese Café. A huge thank you to Hunter Belle Cheese for sponsoring this event. […]



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Update on Grass Fire

THE grass fire on the New England Highway at Halcombe Hill, near Aberdeen yesterday began when a camper trailer travelling south, lost a wheel and the metal rim sparked a fire.  Aberdeen and Scone Rural Fire Services attended and were able to extinguish the fire quickly. There was community speculation a cigarette may have been […]



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Weather the Week Ahead

TODAY will begin warm dry, but this afternoon a cold front will begin to reach the Upper Hunter, bringing fresh and gusty winds and the possibly of a light shower in the evening. On Tuesday there is the possibility of some thunderstorm activity as the front moves further east, but any rain is expected to […]



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