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Sue Gilroy: “Hold them to account”

SHOOTERS Fishers and Famers (SSF) candidate Sue Gilroy is calling on the government to fund the Singleton and Muswellbrook bypasses including a full interchange,  » Read more about: Sue Gilroy: “Hold them to account”  »



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Local artist gives evidence in McBride murder case

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Golf Report: April 14 and 15

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Proposed childcare changes in Scone

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council is seeking community feedback on its proposal to transfer the Out of School Hours (OOSH) service at St Mary’s Primary School in Scone to the St Nicholas OOSH organisation.  » Read more about: Proposed childcare changes in Scone  »



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Upper Hunter weekend rainfall totals

THE Upper Hunter received some rainfall over the weekend due to an increase in humidity,

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Weather: The week ahead

MOSTLY sunny conditions for Scone this week, with fog lingering this morning due to the light rain received over the weekend.

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Greens call for coal royalties trust fund

GREENS candidate Sue Abbott is calling for a ten-year state investment which would see 20 percent of coal royalties put back into the Upper Hunter as part of a ‘Coal Community and Environment Trust.’

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Layzell relinquishes domain names

NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter by-election David Layzell gave a directive to the Nationals head office to take down the websites and give the domain names back to two of its political party opponents.

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Drayton: Hits back with positive campaign

TODAY Jeff Drayton, Labor candidate signed a pledge to run a positive campaign in the Upper Hunter by-election following ‘below the belt’

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Scone railway station celebrates 150 years

TODAY the Scone historic railway station building is celebrating 150 years of service since its establishment on April 17,

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Travel agents struggling: “We don’t get paid until the client travels”

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Local magpies falling from the sky

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Australian Stock Horse Society 50th Anniversary

THE Australian Stock Horse Society’s (ASHS) 50th Anniversary National Show kicks off today at Tamworth,

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What’s on

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Barilaro: “We pulled their pants down”

IN an exclusive interview with scone.com.au, Leader of the National Party, John Barilaro and National Party candidate David Lazelle said the decision to buy the domain names of other candidates and post National materials on the sites was “a bit of fun”, with Mr Barilaro further defending the tactic as “we pulled their pants down.” Read more…



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Cassilis Campdraft winners

COWBOYS and cowgirls dusted off their riding boots and flocked to the Cassilis campdraft arena last weekend,

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Photo gallery: Community Connecting Day

LEE Watts, Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre Manager said there were smiles all round at the annual Community Connecting Day yesterday.  » Read more about: Photo gallery: Community Connecting Day  »



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One Nation: More coal and more jobs

ONE Nation leader Mark Latham took the opportunity to slam a Labor-Greens-union climate coalition as he officially endorsed Singleton businessman Dale McNamara as One Nation’s candidate for the Upper Hunter by-election today.

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Nationals go straight below the belt

THE National Party has taken the fight for the Upper Hunter by-election into what other candidates have described as the “gutter”,

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Layzell: TAFE “great deal” – Drayton: “For who?”

JEFF Drayton the Labor candidate in the upcoming by-election has hit back at National’s candidate David Layzell after he described the the sale of Scone TAFE as a “great deal”

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Dale McNamara: One Nation candidate

ONE Nation has announced Singleton businessman Dale McNamara as their candidate for the upcoming by-election.

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“Antithesis of mining” – Council loses mining rate case

MUSWELLBROOK Shire Council lost a case in the Supreme Court last month against Mangoola Coal,

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Greens Party Candidate: Sue Abbott

UPPER Hunter Shire Councillor Sue Abbott has been announced as the Green’s Party candidate for the upcoming May 22 by-election.

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David Layzell says $4 milllion from Scone TAFE sell-off should remain in Scone

NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter David Layzell said the sales process could have been handled better with more community consultation and stressed the importance of retaining the $ 4 million funds in Scone.

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Moonan Brook and Hunter Road upgrades

THE Upper Hunter Shire Council has received more than $8 million of government funding for upgrades to Moonan Brook Road and Hunter Road.  » Read more about: Moonan Brook and Hunter Road upgrades  »



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Premier’s Singleton whistle-stop tour

DURING a whistle-stop tour of Singleton today, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said National Party candidate David Layzell is the key to the Coalition maintaining a strong and stable government.

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Local trial to smash meth

LOCAL people may be eligible to participate in a world-first clinical trial to treat methamphetamine addiction,

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Free online pest training

UPPER Hunter landholders who wish to acquire and use 1080, Pindone, RHDV, or PAPP baits this Autumn must get accredited by completing a Vertebrate Pesticide Induction Training (VPIT) course.

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Lee Watts makes a stand

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Stock Report: April 13

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Veterans Golf Report: April 13

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Jeff Drayton rewarded with cake and the Labor candidacy on his 51st birthday today

JEFF Drayton was rewarded with the Labor candidacy for the Upper Hunter seat and a cake on his 51st birthday as he attended a presser in Singleton and called into a John St cafe for a chat with Scone.com.au today.

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Independent candidate Steve Reynolds “running for the region”

STEVE Reynolds, Muswellbrook Shire Councillor, ex-coal miner and father of three has told scone.com.au he will be running as an independent for the upcoming by-election on May 22.

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Former Dungog Mayor Cr Tracy Norman runs as Independent for Upper Hunter by-election

FORMER Dungog Mayor Cr Tracy Norman envisages a transition academy for the Upper Hunter as she announces her candidacy in the Upper Hunter by-election.

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Seniors Week festivities start tomorrow

SENIORS Week festivities kick off tomorrow with a free haircuts, podiatry and beauty pampers available at the Scone Seniors Centre between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm.

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Jeff Drayton stands up for working people

DURING a presser at Singleton’s Burdekin Park today, the Labor Party endorsed CFMEU’s Jeff Drayton as their candidate to contest the Upper Hunter by-election on May 22,

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Cold snap makes mice less visible

THE cold snap experienced in the Upper Hunter this week may have contributed to a significant decline in the number of mice spotted in Upper Hunter homes.

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Labor Party Candidate: Jeff Drayton

JEFF Drayton, Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) Northern District vice president and former Muswellbrook deputy mayor has been announced as the Labor candidate for the May 22 by-election.

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Driver reviver facility facelift

CONSTRUCTION of the new 32 metre squared driver reviver facility will begin this week at the Merriwa Park.

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Sue Gilroy’s open door to constituents

SUE Gilroy said “unlike the incumbent”, if she wins the Upper Hunter seat in the upcoming by-election she will be available and welcome the opportunity to meet with constituents.

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Sue Gilroy is the new candidate for the NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

SUE Gilroy, president of the Singleton Business Chamber has been introduced as the candidate for the Shooters,

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Weather: The week ahead

TEMPERATURES dropped down to 2.6 degrees last night in Scone, with similar over night temperatures predicted tonight and tomorrow.

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Child injured on a Merriwa property

A child is in a serious but stable condition after she fell from a motorcycle on a rural property at Merriwa.

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LED lights up Murrurundi

ALL of Murrurundi’s street lights will be replaced with energy saving LED (light-emitting diode) lights by the end of next week.  » Read more about: LED lights up Murrurundi  »



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Talk of the town: Nationals candidate choice

AS we travel the Shire reporting on local stories we get lots of comments from readers on a range of issues,

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Upper Hunter volunteers can apply for $5000

MORE than $130,000 of funding is available to the New England District under the 2021 Volunteer Grants round.

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McBride murder trial underway

SAYLE Kenneth Newson appeared at Newcastle Supreme Court last week and maintained he is not guilty plea to the murder of Carly McBride.

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Labor calls for TAFE debate

SHADOW Minister for Skills and TAFE Jihad Dib is challenging NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee to a local debate on the future of TAFE in the Upper Hunter.

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Nationals begin campaign at Ravensworth

RAVENSWORTH Mine was chosen by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro to launch the Coalition campaign for the seat of Upper Hunter today and introduce their candidate David Layzell.

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Sue still smiling after shock decision

IN a shock decision last night, 23 National Party members chose David Layzell to represent the Party in the upcoming by-election over favourite Sue Moore.

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