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Covid: NSW to trial home quarantine

THE Premier said the government is working towards reopening international borders when the state reaches 80 percent double vaccination and will be trialing a home quarantine system beginning at the end of the month.

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Why testing can actually avoid another lockdown

EVEN though there have been active cases of covid identified in the Upper Hunter and Singleton Shires and even though there have been venues of contact in Muswellbrook and Singleton,

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Covid numbers for today

THERE were 12 local government areas which came out of lockdown today, including the Upper Hunter Shire Council.

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Lock down lifted – but some restrictions

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council is one of 12 local government areas which are no longer in lock down,

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Barilaro at media conference: Drum roll for good news?

DEPUTY Premier John Barilaro is at this morning’s media conference and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard has said there will be good news announced for regional areas.

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Why Scone is leading the way with vaccinations

AT a 76.3 percent vaccination rate, the Upper Hunter Shire area is above the regional average of 73.7 percent and on track to be protected when restrictions lift and the virus spreads.

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Covid: Government confirms new law for all businesses

THIS morning Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed there would be law at 70 percent vaccination requiring all businesses to be vaccinated and most retail and hospitality venues will not be able to accept customers who are unvaccinated.

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More covid cases in Singleton

ANOTHER two cases have been identified in the Singleton Shire, bringing the current total to four cases.

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Covid Update: 1,253 hospitalised

THE state average for first vaccinations is now 78.8 percent and second doses 46.5 percent.

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Rainfall in past 24 hours

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded the following rain totals across the Upper Hunter Shire:

  • Aberdeen: 12mm
  • Blandford: 9.2mm
  • Bunnan: 22mm
  • Cassilis: 4mm
  • Ellerston: 14mm
  • Glenbawn: 17mm
  • Kars Springs: 23mm
  • Merriwa: 8mm
  • Murrurundi: 6mm
  • Parkville: 13mm
  • Rouchel: 18mm
  • Scone: 16mm
  • Wingen: 16mm

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Veteran’s golf cancelled due to rain

The veteran’s golf today at Denman has been cancelled due to the rain and the forecast for showers for the rest of the day till late afternoon.

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Layzell calls for local lockdown lift

UPPER Hunter Member of Parliament, David Layzell has called for the government to release areas of the electorate from lockdown.

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Man charged for threatening with a gun

AT 5:30 this afternoon police were called to Jersey Place, Muswellbrook following reports of a 38 year old man allegedly pointing a gun at another man following an argument and also verbally threatening a woman.

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Scone Golf Report: Sept 8-11

By Lyn Banks

On Thursday, September 9 eighteen Scone lady golfers played an 18 Hole Stroke / Stableford event for the Monthly Medal.

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Muswellbrook man transported to Newcastle

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew to Muswellbrook Hospital this afternoon to care for a 56 year old man who was suffering a serious respiratory condition. 

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Less information and changes to contact tracing

NSW contact tracers are no longer calling most individuals with covid, businesses are being asked to do their own contact tracing and NSW Fire and Ambulance services are concerned at the government’s plans to have 150 fire service staff support ambulance.

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Covid: Even at 80 percent unvaccinated won’t enjoy freedoms

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian was at the media conference this morning, but has said she “won’t necessarily be here.”

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Editorial: Political pandemic picnic

POP quiz, which scenario presents the lowest risk of covid infection:

  1. hordes of people on Sydney beaches in groups of whatever they felt like,

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No sign of vaccine hesitancy in Merriwa

DAVID Layzell, Upper Hunter Member of Parliament wondered yesterday if the Merriwa pop-up clinic would get through the 1,000 Pfizer vaccines he had secured,

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Covid: Case identified in Singleton

ONE of the new cases identified in in the past 24 hours is in Singleton,

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Muswellbrook vaccination clinic Saturday

ON Saturday, a pop-up vaccination clinic will be in Muswellbrook.

Any adult resident of the Muswellbrook area is able to go to the clinic to access the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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What is your town’s vaccination rate?

THE government has said restrictions will ease once the state reaches 70 percent second vaccination targets,

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Merriwa vaccination clinic opens tomorrow

TOMORROW a pop-up vaccination clinic will be in Merriwa.

Any resident, over the age of 12,

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Covid: The reopening roadmap rules

THE New South Wales government issued their “Reopening NSW roadmap” for the easing of restrictions once the state reaches 70 percent double vaccination rates in the adult population. 

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Covid: Hunter not coming out of lockdown

PARTS of regional New South Wales will come out of lockdown on Saturday, however the Hunter will remain in lockdown.

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Editorial: Decoding government covid speak – what they really mean

EVERY time I hear the government say “living with covid” I get annoyed with the banality of their words and their attempt to soften the blow of the reality.

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Miner positive – hotspot concern in Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter

HUNTER New England Health has confirmed a mine worker has tested positive and are concerned the Upper Hunter could change overnight and become a hotspot of transmission.

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Contact venues identified in Muswellbrook

HUNTER New England Health have advised there are two venues of concern in Muswellbrook.

Anyone who has attended the venues on the dates and times below are casual contacts and must self-isolate and get tested immediately.

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Call for more testing in Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook

HUNTER New England Health have said they are concerned about testing rates in the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook,

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Westpac retrieves man from Murrurundi

THE Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to Murrurundi Hospital this morning, to transfer a 61 year old man with a serious medical condition to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

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Police: illegal deer hunting in Kars Springs

TWO men will appear in Scone court next month on offences relating to illegal hunting and firearms and a third man was fined.

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Risk of covid still low for children

PROFESSOR Kristine McCartney, paediatrician and director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) said the risk of hospitalisation for children from covid was only two percent,

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Covid: regions will need to keep up

THE state has reached 72 percent first vaccination rate and 42 percent fully vaccinated.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro indicated it was unlikely the regions would emerge from lockdown at any stage soon and stressed the regions need to keep pace with vaccinations across the state.

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Scone Golf Report: Sept 2 – 4

By Lyn Banks

IT was a breezy day on Saturday September 4 at Scone when sixty two golfers played a Stroke / Stableford event for the Monthly Mug and Grade prizes.

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Covid case at Mount Pleasant

MACH Energy has confirmed there has been a contractor test positive to covid at their Mt Pleasant operation. 

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AJ search volunteers to get covid tested

VOLUNTEERS in the search for Anthony AJ Elfalak have been recommended to self-isolate and be tested for covid.

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Premier: “Don’t get left behind”

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has urged people to get vaccinated and “don’t get left behind.”

The Premier explained only people who were fully vaccinated would be able to enjoy certain restrictions being eased when the state reached key vaccination milestones of 70 percent and 80 percent. 

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What’s in the vaccines?

THE Queensland government have issued an excellent explanation of what is in the two main covid-19 vaccines being used in Australia.

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Covid casual contact location – Singleton

NSW Health has advised the 7-Eleven at 1/3 Maitland Rd, Singleton is a casual contact site.

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Statement from AJ’s family

Yesterday the family of Anthony AJ Elfalak, who was missing for more than three days in Putty,

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Covid: Today a small positive of the welcome kind

FIRST, some good news, from today people who are fully vaccinated can meet in groups of five adults (plus children) outside to “recreate”

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The moment AJ was found by PolAir

POLICE said PolAir noticed some movement in a creek bed and when they circled back around to check,

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AJ found alive

THREE year old AJ who went missing on his family property in Putty has been found alive on the property.

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White ute seized by police in Bulga

POLICE have confirmed they have seized a white dual cab Ford ute from a property in Bulga,

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Covid: Regional numbers continue to grow

THERE are another 1,485 cases of covid-19 identified in New South Wales in the past 24 hours.

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Covid case confirmed in Gundy

ONE case of covid has been identified in Gundy today, however the person has been in isolation and there are no venues of concern associated with the case.

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Covid confirmed at Hunter Valley Operations

HUNTER Valley Operations (HVO), a Glencore managed mine site, has confirmed two scaffolders with covid-19 were at HVO and their Howick coal handling preparation plant (CHPP) between Tuesday and Thursday this week.

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Covid case in Dungog

HUNTER New England Health have confirmed one of the 15 new cases of covid-19 in the area is in the Dungog local government area.

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Covid: Hospitalised surpass 1,000

THERE are now 1,041 people requiring hospitalisation for covid-19 in New South Wales.

More than 11,000 are being cared for at home,

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Search continues – have you seen AJ or the Toyota?

THE search for 3 year old missing AJ, has continued throughout the night, with more than 200 people scouring 650 acres of property in Putty, while police also investigate the sighting of a suspicious Toyota….read more.



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