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Update: Local river levels

The road between Satur and Scone is closed, except for people returning home.

Kingdon Ponds reached a peak of 3.88metres at 3:10pm today and is now 3.79m and steady.

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Flooding on Aberdeen Street

KINGDON Ponds in Scone is currently at 3.88 metres and near its peak.

Flooding has caused the evacuation of some homes in Aberdeen Street.

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Weather: Rainfalls and river levels

THE Bureau of Meteorology has advised today will bring the heaviest rainfalls, with showers persisting throughout the weekend and into early next week. 

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Local road closures and cancelled school bus runs

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has reported the following bus services will not run today due to the weather:

  • Merriwa
  • Bunnan (town loop will run)
  • Brawboy (Town loop will run)
  • Ellerston.

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Accident at Parkville

AT approximately 5:15am emergency services were called to a single vehicle crash into a tree,

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Scone Films: Friday’s screening

SCONE Films has reemerged from covid restrictions and the show will go on tomorrow night,

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Veteran’s Golf Report: Nov 23

By Graham Turvey

Thank you to Paul Constable and the volunteers at Aberdeen Golf Club for the immaculate condition of the course for our stroke and putting event – the final for the Jack White Trophy for 2021,

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Scone Golf Report: Nov 17-20

By Lyn Banks

THERE were ideal conditions for golf on Thursday, November 18 as the Scone lady golfers commenced their summer series of golf with 18 Hole and 9 Hole Stableford events.

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Weather, rainfalls and rivers

RIVERS and creeks are up across the district, with rain expected throughout the week.

See some images below.

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Voting has begun for Council elections

PRE-POLL voting has opened in Scone today for the Upper Hunter Shire Council elections.

Pre-poll in Merriwa and Murrurundi will open next week and polling booths across the Shire will be available on election day,

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Kingdon Ponds falling, following flood warning

KINGDON Ponds has begun to fall, following it reaching a peak of approximately 3.6 metres at 8am this morning.

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Westpac called to Omadale

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to Omadale, north of Moonan Brook at approximately 11am,

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Final call out for extras

EXTRAS are still needed for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart being filmed in the Upper Hunter and starring Sigourney Weaver. 

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Whitewash over troubled bridge

RESIDENTS of Murulla Street were shocked last month to lean Council had backflipped on their commitment to upgrade the causeway instead of building a bridge and today when they learned the State government was still considering their proposal were outraged to learn Council had withdrawn the request they said they were outraged. Read more..



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Scone golf report: November 15

By Lyn Banks

Heavy rain during Thursday and Friday impacted severely on the golf course playability on Saturday November 13 at Scone with no carts being permitted.

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Joyce protests against coal protests

DEPUTY Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce was in Singleton today to protest the coal protests, which he claims has already cost $60million in revenue.

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Covid numbers – Monday

THERE were 44 new cases of covid identified in the Hunter New England health area in the past 24 hours and there are currently 914 active cases in the area.

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State funding given to community groups

TODAY David Layzell announced $400,000 in funding for 25 projects throughout his state electorate, including $86,651 for community groups in the Upper Hunter Shire area:

  • Gundy –

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Weather the week ahead and rainfalls

THE system which brought rainfall last week is moving offshore and bringing cooler temperatures and while there may still be cloudy conditions,

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Westpac sets down in Scone overnight

THIS afternoon the Westpac Rescue Helicopter set down at Scone Airport.

The crew were returning to Tamworth after transferring a patient to Newcastle.

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Rainfalls and rivers

THE Bureau predicted heavy rains this week and they were delivered. Below are the rainfalls for the 24 hours until this morning and some local river levels at 9am.

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Reflecting on war, loss and peace

THE heavens held off, while Scone stopped to remember the fallen today and marked two minutes silence at 11am.

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Rainfalls recorded

THE Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rainfalls until 9amthis morning, with more rain over the region today:

  • Aberdeen: 18
  • Bunnan: 24
  • Cassilis: 13
  • Ellerston: 25
  • Glenbawn Dam: 22
  • Kars Springs: 13
  • Merriwa: 13
  • Murrurundi: 50
  • Parkville: 14
  • Rouchel: 26
  • Scone: 18
  • Upper Rouchel: 26

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Remembrance Day Ceremony

THE Remembrance Day Ceremony to mark the end of the First World War and remember all those who have been through war will be held at 10:30am at the Scone War Memorial Swimming Pool,

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Campbell: @ wrong!

THE Office of Local Government stipulates no candidates in an election can use Council resources for their election campaign,

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Kelly Street: Stalled or revitalised?

ONE of the most popular entries for the Blue Horse Cup readers given the tip on,

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Scone Golf Report: Nov 3 – 6

By Lyn Banks

THE Scone lady golfers concluded two major events of the season on Thursday,

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Covid update: Tuesday

IN the Hunter New England health district there have been 62 new cases diagnosed in the past 24 hours,

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Covid update: Monday

THERE were 40 new cases of covid identified in the Hunter New England health district and there are currently 1,590 active cases in the area.

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Weather and rainfalls

THE cloud cover will continue to break up today with a shower or two throughout today and tomorrow.

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Editorial: More gag attempts…more intimidation…

YESTERDAY I had to refer a matter to police, which is now being investigated, I’ll leave that investigation to occur and then yes,

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Editorial: Fine…send me in!

WHILE writing how the Mayor wanted to hunt down Council staff who were acting in the best interests of the residents and trying to hold Councillors and other staff to account, I reached my “enough” point. Read more…



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Editorial: Mayor learns nothing and launches leak hunt

YESTERDAY, Mayor Maurice Collison became aware of the story Editorial: NCAT orders Council to hand over emails and promptly emailed all Councillors and the General Manager to order a leak-hunt.

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Editorial: NCAT orders Council to hand over emails

THE Information and Privacy Commission issued a recommendation to Council to review their decision not to release emails to scone.com.au and when the matter was referred to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) the IPC sent their own legal representation to argue Council needed to release them.

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Friday: Covid numbers

WHILE covid is now spreading within regional communities, thanks to vaccination rates, the overall cases numbers throughout the state are decreasing,

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Wednesday: Covid numbers

THERE were 79 new cases of covid identified in the Hunter New England Health area in the past 24 hours,

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Win for Merriwa residents from NCAT

COUNCIL spent $9,593 in legal fees trying to withhold the Geotechnical Report on the Merriwa-Willow Tree Road, but the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found there was no evidence to support any of Council’s grounds and ordered them to release the Report in full. Read more…



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Accident near Turanville Road

THERE has been a three vehicle accident on the New England Highway, near the Turanville Road turnoff.

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Wednesday: Covid numbers

THERE were 83 cases of covid-19 identified in the Hunter New England Health district in the past 24 hours,

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Veteran’s Golf Report: Oct 26

By Graham Turvey

THIRTY veterans enjoyed the excellently presented Aberdeen Golf Club on Tuesday,

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Tuesday: Covid numbers

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Editorial: Campbell found to be verbally abusive and harassing

AN independent reviewer of a code of conduct brought against Cr Ron Campbell found that “the conduct of Councillor Campbell constituted a form of verbal abuse”

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Editorial: Blue Horse Cup – what’s your tip?

THE Council election will held on December 4. Nominations for Councillors opened yesterday and close on November 3.

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Council s**t show in Cassilis

RESIDENTS of Cassilis will need to hold for even longer to get a sewerage system,

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Westpac retrieval at Scott Memorial Hospital

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter came to Scone at 11:40 this morning to stablise a 74 year old man suffering a serious cardiac condition and transfer him to the Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital.

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Monday: Covid numbers

THERE were 59 cases of covid reported in the Hunter New England health district in the past 24 hours.

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Scone Golf Report: Oct 20-23

By Lyn Banks

IT was a warm day for the golfers at Scone on Saturday,

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Weather: the week ahead and recent rainfalls

THERE is a chilly start to the week, but things are set to warm up through the week with temperatures up to eight degrees higher than normal for this time of year.

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Scone Court Report – October 2021

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Covid cases climbing regionally

TODAY there were more cases identified in Singleton and Tamworth and sewerage has tested positive in Quirindi.  » Read more about: Covid cases climbing regionally  »



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