Shire Notes with Councillor Ron Campbell

ANOTHER great weekend of racing and entertainment with large crowds at this premier event.

The Scone Cup was won by the horse named Duca Valentinois with Day 2 seeing local horse Clearly Innocent win impressively. 

Our local thoroughbred studs featured in the breeding of many of those featured, which shows the importance of the local area to the industry.

These events bring a great boost to the local economy especially following yet another successful Scone Horse Festival which is one of the “not to miss” events of the Upper Hunter.

Community Strategic Plan and Budget

THANK you to all residents, council staff and Councillors who attended these presentations.

This is a great opportunity to have your say in the proposed programs and expenditure of our shire.

If however you were unable to attend any of these sessions, then please forward a submission in writing to any of the council offices in person or online. 

Murrurundi Flying Fox Colony

COUNCIL is engaging with various agencies and government departments for grants and funds to assist in the best way to manage this colony.

There does not appear to be a silver bullet answer that can easily solve this problem, however I do encourage all affected residents to engage constructively with council to achieve an outcome.  

Council has received some funding from the state government, via Local Government NSW this week to erect covers at the local school.

Festival of the Fleeces

THE next festival event in the Upper Hunter Shire is the Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces from June 9 to 11.

We start with the opening night on Friday and then move on to Saturday with all the fun of street markets, the grand parade led by the running of the sheep with red socks and finishing with fireworks in the evening.

We then quietly wind down with the Poets Breakfast on Sunday and joined by local identity, Tim McLoughlin”.

Another “not to be missed” event in our shire.