Shire notes with councillor Kiwa Fisher

Child Safe Sport Workshop

If you are involved in Junior Sport - maybe you are on a club committee or you volunteer your time helping out -  a Child Safe Sport Workshop is being hosted at the Upper Hunter Shire Council chambers in Scone next Tuesday 4 September from 6pm to 9pm.

The workshop, which is free, has been developed by the NSW Office of Sport in response to a specific recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, and has been designed to help sporting clubs and their personnel to understand the practical steps that can be taken to create safer clubs for children and young adults.

Participants will also learn about useful resources, tools, templates and tips to assist them in safeguarding kids in sport from abuse and harm. An overview of the ‘Working with Children Check’ and club’s responsibilities with that process will also be given. To book a spot or for further information, please visit

Congratulations Tarnisha 

A big congratulations to Merriwa Central School student Tarnisha Windsor of Cassilis on becoming a finalist in the NSW Training Awards Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Student of the Year 2018. 

Tarnisha is no stranger to awards as she is the current Upper Hunter Young Citizen of the Year and also won the Peter Hilder Memorial Award for an Indigenous Vocational Education and Training Student. 

Council was lucky to have her as a trainee in the past and she made a big impression whilst helping organise events for Reconciliation and NAIDOC Weeks. Attendees at this year’s Festival of the Fleeces in Merriwa will have seen her begin the event with an Acknowledgment of Country. The best of luck to Tarnisha for the awards night at the Sydney Town Hall on 12 September.

Grand Final

Congratulations too to Scone Rugby League for a clean sweep of all four finals and commiserations to the Aberdeen Tigers, the minor premiers, who went down narrowly whilst defending their crown.