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Merriwa Cattle Missing – Police Seeking Assistance

TWENTY-five cattle that are due to start calving this month have been missing from a Merriwa property on Mount Erin Road since March this year. See photos below. The cows are aged between seven and eleven and comprise of at least twelve grey Charolais cross Angus, five Herefords, two black Angus and one Hereford cross […]



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COVID-19 Flyers Arriving In Your Scone Mailbox

TWO volunteers are dropping off flyers with information on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, right into Scone mailboxes. The flyers contain four basic prevention steps including keeping physical distance, wearing face masks, washing hands and staying at home when ill. Residents Sue Abbott and Bev Atkinson designed the flyer to help limit […]



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Two New Bundles of Joy at Aussie Ark

AUSSIE Ark Conservation Organisation have welcomed two new Tasmanian devil joeys today, Itchy and Scratchy. The two joeys were named after characters from the Simpsons show and will be hand raised by Keeper Hewin Hochkins for the next eight months, as part of Aussie Ark’s insurance population for Tasmanian devils. “I can’t remember the last […]



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Severe Weather Warning – Damaging Winds

DAMAGING winds averaging 60 to 70km per hour will reach the Hunter region this afternoon and continue through to tomorrow morning.  Wind gusts are predicted to reach over 90km per hour and temperatures will dramatically drop overnight, as the vigorous cold front sweeps through. Wind speeds could average 80 to 90 km per hour and […]



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Stock Report August 18

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Veterans Golf Report: August 18

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BHP Confirms It Will Offload Thermal Coal Assets

AFTER years of speculation, mining giant BHP has announced its intention to move away from thermal coal over the next few years and Mount Arthur is now at risk of shutting down if the right buyer can’t be found. The announcement was made today after BHP released its 2020 Financial Year Results, with plans to […]



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Scone Golf Report: August 12-16

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Ruth Makes Masks For Scone!

SCONENITE Ruth Corbett-Hanger is busy making masks during COVID-19, with some now available for collection at the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre. Ruth graciously took scone.com.au on a step-by-step journey, showing us how she makes the masks from the comfort of her own home. See video below Ruth lost count of how many masks she has […]



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Pregnancy Toxaemia Found in Upper Hunter Ewes

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COVID-19: NSW to Remain on Alert

NEW South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is anxious about the number of COVID-19 cases with unknown sources in the state. Only seven new cases were recorded in NSW today, six of which are from local transmission. Although case numbers have declined since last week, the Premier advised NSW residents to remain vigilant in checking for […]



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Upper Hunter Dressage Event: “It’s Good to be Back”

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Godolphin Donates To Scone Neighbourhood Centre

MAJOR thoroughbred player Godolphin, have made a generous donation to the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre today, with funds going towards supporting Scone’s most vulnerable. Lee Watts Manager of the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre, is very excited to receive the donation and thanked Godolphin for “recognising and supporting our communities most vulnerable”. “We are always grateful […]



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Sydney Scores Scone’s Inglis Yearling Sale

THE Scone Yearling Sale is permanently relocating to the Sydney Riverside Stables and will be re-branded as the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) May Yearling Sale, to increase standards and boost revenue. Read more…



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Scone Golf Report: August 5-8

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Update: Accident in Scone

THERE was an accident at the southern end of the Scone bypass at approximately 2:11pm today, near the 100km zone. Witnesses report there was a collision between a 4WD and a sedan. There were no serious injuries reported. The wire guides dividing the Scone exit from the bypass were impacted. Traffic is slow in the […]



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Accident: Highway at Scone

LIVE Traffic have reported an accident at the intersection of Gundy Road and the New England Highway in Scone, which occurred at approximately 2:11pm. Initial reports are a 4WD and van have collided and emergency services are on scene.  UPDATE: Accident in Scone.  



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Light Dusting Of Snow

THE Moonan Cottage kindly shared these pictures of Stewarts Brook State Forest with a light dusting of snow this morning. Snow may be possible tomorrow with more moisture moving from the south, however temperatures are expected to rise to 3 degrees. If you do go to the Barrington, locals warn to drive safely as the […]



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COVID-19: Hotel Quarantine For Returning NSW Residents

STARTING today, New South Wales residents returning from Victoria must now enter via Sydney Airport and go directly to a hotel quarantine facility for 14 days, with the exemption of residents who live close to the border. Both NSW Police and NSW Health will manage the quarantine facilities and mandatory hotel quarantining will still apply […]



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Glencore Explains Approach to Shutdowns

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Scone Chamber Postpones Women’s Network Event

THE Scone Chamber Women’s Network event has been postponed until further notice, due to COVID-19 health concerns and the subsequent closing of State borders. The event was initially limited to 50 attendees and was to be held at the Scone Race Club next Thursday, August 13. Event organiser Jillian Lennon said although the event is […]



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Glencore Announces Shutdowns

GLENCORE which operates coal mines including Mangoola, Mount Owen, Ravensworth, Ulan, Integra, Bulga and Hunter Valley Operations has announced shutdowns this morning following major financial losses and lower demand for Australian coal. Yesterday, Glencore reported a total comprehensive loss attributable to equity holders of $4.2billion. The company has said the approach to manage production will […]



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New Q Fever Vaccine Underway

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Scone and Aberdeen Boil Water Alert: It’s Not Over Yet!

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council have announced the boil water alert for Scone and Aberdeen will remain in place until at least next Monday, August 10, after water quality test results did not meet New South Wales Health standards. So far, Council have flushed around 5 million litres of dirty water and said the water […]



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Upper Hunter Parthenium Weed: Preparing For Spring

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COVID-19: New Cases In Newcastle

TWO new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Newcastle area today, a male in his 20s and a male teenager, with all close contacts required to immediately self-isolate and get tested. Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) have complied a new hot-spot list and are still working to identify any further contacts or […]



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Stock Report August 4

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Boil Water Alert Over For Murrurundi

MURRURUNDI’S water supply has been manually switched and is now being sourced from the Pages River infiltration gallery, ending the boiled water alert. The Upper Hunter Shire Council have announced the water is now being stored, chlorinated and coming out of taps, thanks to the storage tanks along the Murrurundi pipeline, which serve as a […]



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COVID-19: QLD Closes Border to NSW On Saturday

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the State will close it’s borders to New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, effective from 1 am this Saturday, August 8. Premier Palaszczuk  said the decision was made after continuous Queensland border breaches. “As we know, there have been a large number of active cases in Victoria […]



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Scone Saleyards: The Plan to Stop the Bleeding

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Veterans Golf Report: August 4

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Murrurundi Skate Park: Get Ready To Grind!

MURRURUNDI skaters met at the Youth Centre today to weigh in on the new skate park to be built at the Wilson Memorial Sports Complex, but the ultimate style question remains, will it include a bowl or a street skate layout? The new skate facility is part of a $256,252 project that will also include […]



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Local Police Targeting Livestock Theft

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The Fixer: Glenn Inglis Appointed As Council’s Interim GM

FOLLOWING consultation with the Office of Local Government, the Upper Hunter Shire Council has appointed Glenn Inglis as the interim general manager at an extraordinary Council meeting held this evening. Read more… Loginor Subscribe to read full story.



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Council Flushing Out Scone Reservoir

UPPER Hunter Shire Council staff are currently flushing out the Scone reservoir in Barton Street, in order to address the current water quality issues. Council advised anyone who sees running water down Barton Street over the next 36 hours, to not panic. Related Stories Boil Water Alert Extended to Aberdeen and Murrurundi Sconites: Time to […]



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