Shire notes with councillor Maurice Collison

More Rain Needed

Rain over the last two weeks has been well received but we need much more with summer just around the corner.

The Lions club have been organising water for farmers in need that do not have additional incomes and are not connected to a permanent town water supply. If you need water please contact your local Lions Club or Maitland Lion President Geoff Kilmurray on 0434 440 814 .

This project has been made possible by volunteers including the truck drivers such as Lenny Kelman.

Preparing for the fire season

It looks like this summer could be hot and dry so it is now time to have your fire plan in place, starting with cleaning your house gutters and removing any other debris around your house.

Make sure you have bookmarked the Rural Fire Service page on your phone or smart device.

Saleyard Canteen

The new saleyard Canteen is nearly complete after the old one had to be demolished due to a run-away truck.

The Canteen is a very modern building with all the modern cooking equipment installed. It also has toilets and showers and Agents’ office space. You will see a lot of other activities around the Saleyards with construction of the new roof and yards about to start.

Council at the half way point

With the Council’s four year term now half way through, we have many major project to get completed during the next two years.

These include completion of the Scone Golf Course, water pipeline from Scone to Murrurundi; Scone Sale Yard upgrade; White Park under cover arena; the Scone Airport War Bird attraction; the Merriwa to Willow Tree Road upgrade; and the walkway from Kelly Street to Farrams Lane through the old Sports Store. I cannot wait to see these major projects completed.

At the same time staff continue with the normal day to day business of Council, looking after parks and gardens and grading roads, offering community services such as libraries, childcare, and youth activities, waste management, animal control, fixing pipes that break, upgrading equipment before it breaks and all the other shire “housework”.

Merriwa Springtime Show

Many of our neighbouring country towns have had to cancel their annual shows, due to the drought. Well despite being one of the first areas to go into drought, Merriwa Springtime Show is on this weekend! I recommend going along, spending some money supporting the community and having a great time. Visit