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“Coast -The Edge” family art exhibition

A NEW art exhibition featuring work from local photographer Roger Skinner, his brother Ian and sister Sally are now on display at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.

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The government’s long term vision for coal mine dependant communities

RECOGNISING that coal is likely to have a finite lifespan as an energy source, the government is working to support coal-dependent communities to diversify for the future,

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Candidates on: Voluntary Assisted Dying

THE Dying with Dignity NSW group held an online forum to canvass the Upper Hunter candidates to discover how they would vote when the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 comes before NSW Parliament.

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Norman criticises cash splashing

FOLLOWING the $8 million Resources for Region announcement by the coalition government this morning,

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Latest disappearance from The Cottage

SOMEONE stole a uniquely designed light fitting from the front veranda of The Cottage restaurant in Scone on the weekend,

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$75 million Resources for Regions Round Eight

THE Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro joined NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter David Layzelle and Singleton Mayor Cr Sue Moore at Singleton Rugby Club to make an announcement on the $75 million Resources for Regions Round Eight for council and community projects.

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Liddell replacement plant in Illawarra

THE New South Wales Government will spend $83 million on a dual fuel capable hydrogen/gas power plant in Illawarra to help replace the Liddell Power Station before its closure in 2023.

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Premier encourages Pfizer vaccine registration

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian is encouraging New South Wales residents aged between 40 and 49 to register to receive the Pfizer vaccine “as soon as possible.”

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Weather: The week ahead

A CHILLY week of weather in Scone this week, with tops of of 21 degrees during the day and over night temperatures falling between two and seven degrees.

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Redistributing mining royalties

ALTHOUGH the Upper Hunter sends billions in mining royalties to Sydney to bolster state coffers,

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All the fanfare of the Scone Cup

IT was the driest Scone Cup to date and we don’t mean the weather with patrons waiting one or two hours in line to get a drink.

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Candidates on: Scone TAFE sale, education and training

LOCALS were sure to let the Upper Hunter by-election candidates know they remain unhappy with the Scone TAFE sale at the NSW Farmers community forum on Wednesday night.

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Community laundry coming to Scone

THE Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SNRC) has received $19,878 of grant funding to create a community laundry,

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Candidates on: Property tax and the Emergency Services Levy

UPPER Hunter farmers are concerned about high rates caused by increases to the Emergency Services Levy and a looming property tax,

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Norman demands action on doctors shortage

INDEPENDENT candidate Tracy Norman is demanding the State Health Minister to act on the shortage of doctors and allied professionals in the Upper Hunter.

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More scandal for the Berejiklian government

NEW South Wales police have confirmed detectives from the child abuse and sex crime squad have formed strike force Condello to investigate allegations of sexual violence released offences against a state Member of Parliament.

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Candidates on: Water trading and protecting land

LAST night Upper Hunter landholders asked nine by-election candidates what they think about current water policy and ways to protect agricultural land.

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Merriwa-Cassilis Alliance talk TransGrid at Parliament

REPRESENTATIVES of the Merriwa- Cassilis Alliance met with Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Environment and Energy Matt Kean this week to discuss the proposed TransGrid power line project.

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Who killed the dairy industry?

SHOOTERS, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) Party Chair and MLC, Mark Banasiak, has accused the Nationals of siding with the Animal Justice Party to amend and remove paragraphs in the final report on the dairy industry,

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Candidates on: Road funding and Merriwa-Willow Tree Road debacle

THE Merriwa-Willow Tree Road closure and the need for additional road funding was a hot topic of discussion at the NSW Farmers meet the candidates forum last night.

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Candidates on: Agricultural jobs and assisting young farmers

LAST night Upper Hunter election candidates stepped away from the mining discussion to field questions from the agricultural community.

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Why Malcolm Turnbull is backing Kirsty O’Connell

FORMER Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind independent candidate Kirsty O’Connell in the upcoming by-election,

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Are more TAFE sell-offs underway in the Upper Hunter?

Photo: TAFE Farrier courses show the importance of a hands-on approach to learning. Farrier at work trimming the horse’s hoof.

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Mouse plagues parliament discussion- ends in funding

NEW South Wales Farmers and the Country Women’s Association held a parliamentary briefing on Tuesday,

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Underfunded community groups ignored

SUE Abbott, Greens Candidate for Upper Hunter said groups that support the communities’ most vulnerable are being ignored during the by-election.

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NSW Farmers Scone candidate forum: An overview

LAST night New South Wales Farmers held an agriculture-focused forum at the Scone RSL Club,

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Plans to reinvigorate public assets and transport

ONE Nation candidate Dale McNamara said if elected, he will fight for a daily return ‘commuter train’ from Tamworth to Newcastle,  » Read more about: Plans to reinvigorate public assets and transport  »



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Stock Report: May 11

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Celebrity heads wear Scone hats

LAURA Hall, Scone’s very own hat entrepreneur officially launched her Main Street store Phylli last night,

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By-election spending spree

INDEPENDENT candidate Kirsty O’Connell says dividends are being paid to the Upper Hunter as a result of rising political competition prior to the May 22 by-election.

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Rouchel tennis courts upgrade and new community hub

ROUCHEL’s neglected Tennis Courts are getting a new lease of life with the boost of a $150,000 grant to create modern tennis courts as well as a new Pavillion and community hub on the grounds.

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NEIGHbour-Art Gallery: The stationary horse parade

LOCAL businesses have shown tremendous enthusiasm towards this year’s 40th anniversary Scone Horse Festival NEIGHbour-Art Initiative.

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Veterans Golf Report: May 11

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Concern over Upper Hunter coal production gap

LAST night, the Australian Institute of Research hosted a “reality check” forum at Muswellbrook, discussing concerns over a 38 percent production gap in Upper Hunter coal mines.

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Murray Bain Oval and Jefferson Park to be sold?

LABOR warns the government will sell off public assets such as Murray Bain Oval in Scone, Jefferson Oval in Aberdeen and Quirindi Jockey Club to housing developers along with other public lands throughout the Upper Hunter. Read more…



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Johnsen’s espoused strong government links – disassociate

MICHAEL Johnsen, disgraced former Upper Hunter state member, is attempting to reinvent himself as a government strategist and reputation manager,

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Behind the scenes of the Westpac Rescue Service

TO mark the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service End of Financial Year (EOFY) Donation Appeal today,

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Mike Pritchard named 40th Scone Horse Festival VIP

CHAMPAGNE, canapes and candlelight filled the Arrowfield Stud pavilion on Friday night, as equine lovers came together to celebrate the beginning of the 40th Scone Horse Festival.

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Golf Report May 5-10

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Drayton clears the air on EBA

LAST week One Nation circulated an enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) which outlined conditions for casual workers and was signed by Jeff Drayton,

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Labor demands delivery on school upgrade

LABOR candidate Jeff Drayton and Shadow Minister for Education Prue Car called out the State Government today for not delivering on promised upgrades to Muswellbrook South Public School.

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Pushing drowning stats down with fitness challenge

MURRURUNDI mum Dayna Hynes and her friend and Push 48 co-organiser, Jennifer Sanders decided to start a fitness challenge to purchase swimming lessons for the town’s public school.

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Extra pick me up for Sconeites

SCONE Neighbourhood Resource Centre Manager Lee Watts will be joined by Jan, Jaala and Monica in opening the coffee van on Tuesday and Wednesday,

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Nationals fund empty Muswellbrook Hospital wing

DEPUTY Premier John Barilaro announced this morning $45 million will go towards completing the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment.

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Early polling booths open

THIS morning early voting booths opened for the Upper Hunter by-election.

If you are unable to go to a polling booth on the day of the election,

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Candidates on: Rural health care

RURAL health care was a major discussion topic at the Merriwa and Muswellbrook RSL Clubs for the ‘meet the candidates’

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Next phase of COVID vaccine roll-out

PREMIER Gladys Berejiklian has announced more access to the COVID-19 vaccine across five mass vaccination sites,

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Meet the by-election candidates at Scone

NEW South Wales Farmers is hosting a ‘meet the candidates’ forum to discuss key agricultural issues at the Scone RSL this Wednesday,

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Weather: The week ahead

SUNNY conditions and a top of 23 degrees in Scone today, with showers predicted from tomorrow through to Thursday,

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Singleton, Muswellbrook mining royalties farce

Although Singleton and Muswellbrook injected $1.52 billion of coal royalties into the NSW state coffers in 2019-20,

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