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June 3, 2020
Update: Aberdeen Street Service Station

COUNCIL have received a flood mitigation report for the proposed development of a service station, motel and restaurant on Aberdeen Street, near the bypass in Scone. Members of the community have previously expressed concerns about the location of the proposed development in terms of flooding, the impact on existing businesses with another motel and roadside […]

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June 2, 2020
Open Letter: Submission to Council’s Plans

Scone resident, Daryl Dutton, has shared his submission to Council for their Draft Operational Plan and Draft Delivery Program 2017/2018 – 2020/2021. The Plan was on display until last Thursday and has now closed. Council voted not advertise the plan. The letter is addressed to Steve McDonald, general manager of the Upper Hunter Shire Council. […]

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May 26, 2020
Editorial: Disturbing Council Exchange Over Family Violence Vigil

WHEN I report on Council meetings there are often things I find disturbing, but last night, during a discussion about representation at a candlelight vigil for family violence, I found it particularly disturbing. Cr Sue Abbott asked Mayor Wayne Bedggood, if he had sent an email she had written questioning the protocols for who should […]

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May 15, 2020
Council Confirms Local Parks Reopened

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council have confirmed they have reopened community land, in line with the state government’s easing of pandemic restrictions. While social distancing still applies, 10 people may now gather in local public spaces including: parks; playgrounds; barbeque areas; skate parks, and golf courses. Public toilets on Council land will also be reopened.

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May 12, 2020
Campbell’s Corner: Commercial Not Community

AT last month’s Council meeting it was decided Campbell’s Corner, which was recently purchased by Council, would be classified as commercial property not community. Councillor Sue Abbott raised concerns that the community were angered when the library building had also been classified as commercial, which allowed Council to sell the asset without any community consultation. […]

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May 11, 2020
Council Don’t Want Their Plans Advertised

AT last month’s Council meeting, it was decided Council would not advertise they were seeking community input for their operational plan and instead simply place a notice on their own website. Kim Kennedy, a Scone resident who is keen to see improvements at the Bill Rose Complex and local parks said she is frustrated Council […]

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May 6, 2020
$1million Footbridge Being Planned

COUNCIL’S Scone revitalisation committee are planning to build a $1 million pedestrian footbridge at Kingdon Street. See photos below. In April’s committee meeting Mayor Wayne Bedggood asked for a progress report and was told discussions were underway with the Australian Rail Track Corporation and Transport for New South Wales. Councillor Sue Abbott, who regularly uses […]

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April 28, 2020
Council Approve GM’s Development In Main Street

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council approved the development application for 19 Main Street, Scone by the Council’s general manager last night. (Related story: Council to Consider General Manager’s Development.) Cr Sue Abbott said she thought the decision should be given to a neighbouring Shire to remove any potential conflict of interest. However, Council’s own approval […]

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April 27, 2020
Tenders Blow Out On Airport Project

ALL tenders in relation to the airport development were over budget and none were accepted by Council. The tenders included ground lighting upgrade, construction of the warbirds museum and terminal building and the airside infrastructure upgrades. The Mayor explained another tender process would not occur because the time frames involved may jeopardise grant funding from […]

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April 27, 2020
Covid Shadow Cast Over Airport Viability

COUNCILLOR Sue Abbott has put forward a notice of motion for tonight’s Council meeting to pause the proposed $23million Scone airport development until the economic ramifications of the pandemic are better understood and an independent review of the business case has been made. Update: Airport Project to be Independently Reviewed. The Council has plans to […]

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