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Murrurundi Pipeline Now Being Laid

COUNCILLOR Lee Watts was excited to see the water pipeline to Murrurundi being laid this morning at Murrurundi near O’Connell Street, which is due for completion on June 2020. “What the community have experienced over the last few years and it’s got harder and harder for them, to be able to bring a project such […]



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Gallery: Animals in the Snow

THERE is approximately six inches of snow at Tomalla with animals of both the rare native kind and the domestic kind are all going about their business as usual. Special thanks to the Aussie Ark for their images and the Payne’s.



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Scone Golf Report: August 8 – 10

By Lyn Banks On Thursday, August 8 the Scone lady golfers hosted an invitation day for the Dordie Bragg Trophy. Twenty visitors joined with the locals to play an 18 Hole Irish Stableford team event with the best two scores to count on each hole. A shotgun start meant all could finish together and enjoy […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

AFTER a cold weekend the weather is stabilising as the cold front moves out towards the Tasman Sea. The Bureau of Meteorology said there will be no more rainfall or snow dust expected in Scone this week. The weather will be dry with light to mild winds from Monday to Friday and temperatures will increase […]



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Dam Water Release Delayed

THE planned release of 20 gigalitres of water from Glenbawn Dam to help native Australian bass swim down river to spawn has been postponed until next year. (Read: Glenbawn to Release 20 Gigalitres). The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment emailed water users on Friday afternoon advising them that, “consultation with the community and key […]



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Snow Lovers Turned Away

POLICE and National Parks are reportedly finding it difficult to close roads over the Barrington due to the number of vehicles in the area. Neil Bailey, owner of the Victoria Hotel in Moonan Flat said the conditions in the area very icy and dangerous. “Police have been trying to close the roads, but there are […]



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Rug Up This Weekend!

By Taylah Fellows RUG up because winter has arrived this weekend for Wideland Motor Group’s ARCHA Pot of Gold in Scone. There has been a light dusting of snow on the Barrington overnight and the Scone catchment has received a modest one millimetre of rain over the past 24 hours. A severe weather warning has […]



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What’s On

Saturday, August 10 ARCHA Pot of Gold What: The Australian Reigned Cow Horse Association (ARCHA) is in Scone for the first time, staging a two day event with a range of exciting cow horse competitions including reining, cutting, boxing and the famous down-the-fence advanced boxing event. When: 8am, Saturday and 7am, Sunday Where: The Area, […]



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Johnsen Votes Against Legalising Abortion

By Taylah Fellows “THIS law may be 119 years old, but you know what, just because they were all males back then doesn’t mean they were all stupid and doesn’t mean that they didn’t care,” the Hon., Michael Johnsen MP said. With hands in his pockets, Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter addressed the New […]



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Dartbrook Mine Approved to Reopen

TODAY the Independent Planning Commission approved the mothballed Dartbrook coal mine near Aberdeen to recommence operations using bord-and-pillar underground mining techniques. Australian Pacific Coal, which owns the mine, has been approved to commence bord-and-pillar operations instead of longwall mining and to vary their coal clearance system to the coal handling plan, but was knocked back […]



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Iconic Pine Falls at Pub

THE iconic pine tree at the Victoria Hotel, Moonan Flat, fell in winds yesterday at approximately 3pm. Owner of the Victoria Hotel, Scott Bailey, said they were fortunate the tree fell when it did, when it was quiet and nobody was injured. See photos below. “We’re fully booked out, so it could have been catastrophic,” […]



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Snow Time Caution

By Taylah Fellows SNOW is predicted to fall in the Barrington Region this weekend accompanied by heavy wind speeds reaching between 40 and 50km. There is a severe weather warning issued to Scone today due to wind speeds that are expected to average between 60 and 70km per hour, later this afternoon. The Bureau of […]



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Helping Parents Better Support Children

By Taylah Fellows PARENTS now have the chance to learn how to better identify, support and manage the mental wellbeing of their children, through free online and face-to-face education courses.  Lea Waters, Professor of Positive Psychology at the University of Victoria will be in Scone on Monday to launch the ‘Strength Switch Parenting Course’ with […]



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Setting the Record Straight

SCONE.COM.AU recently published an article The Case For Rezoning Industrial, in which we gave who we thought was the owner of two blocks in Phillip Street the opportunity to explain their plans for rezoning, we apologise to our readers, as we have now been made aware that the person we interviewed was not the owner […]



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Computer Tutor Volunteers Wanted

By Taylah Fellows SCONE neighbourhood resource centre is getting senior citizens over the age of fifty online every Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30. The Be Connected Program is a federal initiative aimed at getting elderly Australians up and running online with confidence. Lee Watts, manager at the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, is running the tutorial lessons […]



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Internet Down in Scone

NO need to switch the router on and off, it is not just a problem with your internet, the whole of Scone is experiencing an internet outage. Fortunately, mobile phone coverage is not affected so you can “google that stuff” and read Scone.com.au on your mobile device. We’ve put a call into Telstra to ask […]



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Donate and De-stress at the Belltrees Ball

By Taylah Fellows THE highlight of the Belltrees social calendar is on again, giving locals the chance to forget about the drought, kick up their heels and raise money for the Belltrees Primary School. The Belltrees P&C Black Tie Ball now in it’s second year will be held on Saturday, August 24. The fundraising event […]



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Cowboys Choose Scone White Park

By Taylah Fellows FOR the first time the Australian Reigned Cow Horse Association (ARCHA) is coming to Scone to host their ‘Wideland Motor Group’s Pot of Gold’ event this weekend August 10 and 11. The two day event will showcase a range of exciting cow horse competitions including reining, cutting, boxing and the famous down-the-fence […]



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Scone Stock Report: August 6

By Stuart Sheldrake THERE were 1,100 cattle yarded at the Scone sale yards today, a few less than last week’s yarding. There is still quite a few numbers due to a good market and deteriorating conditions. The difference was probably not as many cows yarded this week, however good cows were firm to five cents […]



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Veteran’s Golf: Aug 6

By Graham Turvey The 31 Vets had to all hit-off from the first tee for a change due to the coring of some greens at Muswellbrook on Tuesday, August 6 in the (stroke) first round of the 2019 Championships. Brian Dever had the best nett score of 65 from Terry Mitchell 2nd 68, Les Brown […]



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Should Scone Reject ‘Wrapped in Plastic’?

By Taylah Fellows Single-use plastics have become a way of life, from buying a sausage roll wrapped in plastic at the footy, to turning away from bubblers and preferring even our water to be wrapped in plastic. The Upper Hunter Shire Council is looking to turn the tide on our habits by introducing a new […]



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Trackwork: Three-Day Disruption

TRAINS from Scone will be replaced by buses as trackwork commences today until Friday morning. More than 1,200 rail workers will be working on 110 jobs on the tracks between Port Kooragang and Narrabri and on the Ulan line. Jonathan Vandervoort, group executive for the Hunter Valley Network for the Australian Rail Track Authority, said maintenance […]



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Previous Phillip Street Owners Glad to be Gone

BILL Taylor and his wife Julie were shocked to hear the land they owned in Phillip Street may be turned into industrial lots and said Council’s claim that the land was undesirable for residential was a slap in the face. Bill and Julie Taylor purchased the two blocks in Phillip Street from Betty Shepherd approximately […]



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Literary Festival Gets Lit

By Taylah Fellows THE Scone Literary Festival will be back better than ever next year thanks to a $10,000 donation from Council’s Tourism Budget. The Festival will return for a sixth consecutive year on March 13 to 15, 2020, drawing in crowds from throughout Australia. At this month’s Council meeting Councillors Sue Abbott, Kiwa Fisher […]



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Burton’s Weigh In On Rezoning

BURTON’s, which spent $6 million developing Scone’s new industrial area and employment precinct, said they would seek compensation from the Upper Hunter Shire Council through the Land and Environment Court if rezoning of land in Phillip Street from residential to industrial is approved. The Scone Business Park, owned and developed by the Burton’s, comprises of […]



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Weather: The Week Ahead

THE warming weather phase at the beginning of this week will take a sudden change on Thursday with temperatures dipping significantly and a wind chill factor that will make it feel like 10 degrees. The Bureau of Meteorology has said the next couple of days will be sunny heading for a maximum of 21 degrees, […]



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Scone Golf Report: Aug 1, 3

By Lyn Banks On Saturday, August 3 at Scone Golf Course an 18 Hole Stroke event for the Monthly Mug was played. The day was near perfect for the fifty competition golfers with the later players having some wind to contend with. The course was in its usual excellent condition, and if players stayed on […]



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WATCH: A Current Affair Story on Phillip Street

IF you missed the A Current Affair story on Friday night about the proposed rezoning of Phillip Street, Scone you can watch the story online: Progress Over People. You may have to download the Nine Now app to watch the story, simply follow the prompts. Related stories: Proposed Phillip Street Rezoning.



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Gallery: Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour in Scone

THE whirlwind tour of the Lexus Melbourne Cup swept through the Upper Hunter this week, beginning with a lavish morning tea with the community at Godolphin where people could hold the Cup and celebrate the horses’ birthday and Lonhro’s 21st. The Cup then moved on to Aberdeen Primary school, White Park, Strathearn House, the Bill […]



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TONIGHT: A Current Affair Features Scone

A Current Affair will air a story about Scone residents who are battling Council to save their street from being rezoned industrial. The story will focus on local icon Betty Shepherd, who broke the glass ceiling by becoming the world’s first female registered horse trainer, but now at 88 years of age has a tougher […]



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Rezoning: Not Fair Business Play

MICK O’Brien owner of O’Brien’s Machinery Scone said the disparity in Council’s rezoning proposal for Phillip Street was not fair play for local businesses or residents. See related story: Residents Rally to Oppose Rezoning. Mr O’Brien knows the area of the proposed rezoning well, having operated his machinery business in the shed near where Scone […]



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Westpac Headed To Scone – For Fundraiser

By Taylah Fellows THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is coming to town on Saturday, August 10 for a fundraiser dinner at the Sporties Club.  Attendees can share a meal and swap stories with Westpac chief executive officer Richard Jones and veteran aircrew officer Graham Nickisson, who are looking forward to returning to Scone for the […]



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Veteran’s Golf: July 30

BY Graham Turvey The 12 Vets who played a stableford Medal event at Murrurundi Gold Club (The Wonderful World of Wombats) on Tuesday, July 30, greatly missed Bob Thorley. We hope you are back playing with us soon Bob. Thanks for the pies for lunch John Norman. Terry Mitchell did best with 34 points from […]



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Letts: Racing Legend in Town with the Cup

JOHN Letts, is an ambassador for the Melbourne Cup and as a jockey, won two Melbourne Cups. The Lexus Melbourne Cup tour this year has 39 destinations, through six countries before arriving at Flemington on the first Tuesday in November. Watch video of John below. John has been on tour with the Cup for many […]



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Lonhro Celebrates 21st With A Carrot

TODAY is the horses’ birthday in Australia and one of the greatest horses in Australian racing history, Lonhro, celebrated his 21st birthday at Godolphin. Lonhro was paraded in front an adoring crowd and momentarily drew more attention than the Lexus Melbourne Cup 2019, which was also on display. After his star appearance, he went back […]



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