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November 7, 2019
Editorial: Enough of the Emergency Spin!

WHEN the Upper Hunter Shire Council claimed if the airport was not certified by August 2020 key emergency services would not be able to service Scone, I questioned the claim and went straight to the key services to clarify. See story: Council’s Critical Emergency Claims Challenged. It turns out they were not aware of Council’s […]

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September 23, 2019
Letter: Business As Usual Not An Option

Dear Editor, We joined approximately 80,000 other climate change strikers in Sydney today to demand that our federal government starts taking climate action seriously. ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option and yet still Scott Morrison’s government digs its toes in to stay in bed with the big fossil fuel companies. The UN tells […]

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September 18, 2019
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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March 28, 2019
Editorial: Finding the Best Option for Care

MANY changes are occurring in the Aged Care sector and more will no doubt follow in the wake of the Royal Commission. It is becoming more difficult with legislation and accreditation constantly evolving and in country areas staffing is a key concern. Within the industry there is a move to require a registered nurse (RN) […]

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March 25, 2019
Editorial: The Tribe Has Spoken

MICHAEL Johnsen, from the National Party has been returned as the state member for the Upper Hunter electorate by a two-party margin of 4.25%. This election Mr Johnsen’s primary vote only reached 34.56%, down by 4.3% from last election and a far cry from the 54% primary vote of his predecessor George Souris. While Mr […]

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February 19, 2019
Editorial: Robbing the Local Court System

THE average teenager in Scone has more technology at their disposal than the Scone Court House and it is costing the local community in terms of police resources, adjournments to other courts which cost participants time and money and depriving the local community of hearing matters directly in the local public interest. The spirit of […]

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July 3, 2018
Editorial: White Elephant for Blue Horse

THE Council’s decision to pick the most expensive rail overpass option to serve the least amount of residents looks set to deliver another overpriced, unpopular structure…a little like their decision to buy a blue string horse, so now we seem set to have a $31 million white elephant to be its friend. See story: Council […]

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June 13, 2018
Editorial: Hell’s Highway

EMERGENCY services estimate there is a serious accident on the New England Highway around Scone each month, prompting them to dub it “Hell’s Highway”. In the Upper Hunter Shire area last year there were two fatalities, 24 serious injuries, 16 moderate injuries and 6 minor injuries resulting from accidents on our roads. Across the whole […]

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June 5, 2018
Editorial: Keep It Local

IT sounds terrible at first, but bear with me… Stop raising money for Sydney based charities, especially children’s charities and start taking care of our own. I’ve worked for and with, major charities in Sydney, I’ve seen the opulent balls where high net worth individuals each drop tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars at […]

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June 4, 2018
Editorial: Switching Funding Game

ON Friday the government announced $7.7million for the Muswellbrook and Singleton Shires for 10 projects and described it as “major”. See story: Where’s Out Slice. Maths is definitely NOT my forte, but the bucket of money it came from was mining royalties which is more than $1.5 billion a year, so the “major” funding announced […]

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