Tag: Upper Hunter Shire Council

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December 5, 2019
PETITION: Airport Development Review

A petition has been launched calling for an independent review of the Upper Hunter Shire Council’s business case underpinning the proposed airport development, to be lodged with the New South Wales State Parliament. 

Concerned residents said they were supportive of the airport redevelopment and warbird museum, but wanted an independent thorough assessment to ensure the largest capital expenditure ever undertaken by the Shire was realistic and would not leave ratepayers repaying a $10.8 million loan if projections are realised. Read more…

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December 3, 2019
Letter: Council Culture Of Secrecy Confirmed

Dear Editor, I first wrote to the General Manager, Steve McDonald 10 weeks ago, concerned that the Council was incorrectly recording Council resolutions from meetings and thereby keeping secret from you, information you would expect and have a right to know. I have NOT HAD A RESPONSE, despite two more letters and published Letters to […]

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December 3, 2019
Scone Cup Holiday – Your Say

EACH year the Upper Hunter Shire Council asks for community submissions on the holiday arrangements for the Scone Cup, which will be held on Friday, May 15 next year. Submissions can be made in writing or in an online survey and close on December 24. Public holiday options for Scone Cup 2020 are: No holiday; […]

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November 28, 2019
Airport Motion: Hear The Meeting For Yourself

COUNCIL have released the audio file of the November meeting, which includes the motion relating to the airport. The entire file is more than 2 hours in duration, so we have broken it down into the main sections relating to the call for an independent review of the airport project, with each speaker and the […]

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November 28, 2019
What Has Council Confidentially Purchased?

AT November’s Council meeting this week, Daryl Dutton questioned Council’s use of confidential closed meetings for strategic purchases and said he believed Council was breaching the Code of Practice guidelines by not disclosing the details of the resolutions after they were decided. Listen to this section of the meeting, in the audio file below. Mr […]

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November 28, 2019
Editorial: No Plan for Tourists

“IF you build it they will come” might have been a great line for a movie about ghosts coming to play baseball in a cornfield, but it’s not a great basis to justify a $10.8million ratepayer funded investment in an airport. From a business perspective there have been many people question the financials including David […]

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November 28, 2019
Trees to Stay – Gutters to Move

COUNCIL have decided to keep 13 mature trees in Hill Street and Gundy Road, Scone following a consultant arborist’s report which assessed the health of the trees and recommended kerb and guttering be moved.  On Hill Street, between Liverpool and Kingdon Street, the gutter will be moved 30 centimetres to protect nine Pistacia Atlantica trees […]

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November 26, 2019
Public Speak Out At Council Meeting On Airport

THE Council chambers were packed with more than 50 members of the public in attendance for the airport development motion to have an independent review of the underlying business assumptions before the project proceeds, with emotions running high amongst participants and Councillors alike. There were six members of the community who addressed Council on the […]

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November 26, 2019
Johnsen Tells Council to Get to Work

IN an unorthodox move, Michael Johnsen, the Upper Hunter state member of parliament, addressed Councillors at last night’s Council meeting and told them to “just get on with the job” of the airport development. Stating that the state government had given grant money and the project plan had passed through various government departments including Infrastructure, […]

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November 26, 2019
Council Asks: Should We Reduce Water Rates for Racing?

LAST night the Council moved a motion for water rates for the Scone Race Club to be reduced, however there is a period of public consultation for their amendment to the Council’s revenue policy before the matter is finalised by Council and Council issued a media release this afternoon asking for community feedback. Read: Council […]

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