Shire notes with councillor Lorna Driscoll

Each year dozens of individuals and organisations are recognised for their achievements and contributions to the community, through the Upper Hunter Shire Australia Day Awards.

Nominating is a simple way to thank and acknowledge generous and inspiring people.

Awards will be presented at Australia Day celebrations in Scone, Cassilis (Merriwa awards), Aberdeen and Murrurundi on Saturday 26 January 2019, and all nominees are recognised during the ceremonies for their achievements and contributions.

Awards go to Community Groups, Citizen, Young Citizen (under 25 years), Achiever, and Young Achiever (sport, culture, environment, professional, schooling, etc). In Merriwa there are also awards for Sustainability in Business and Environmental Achievement. The Australia Day Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen, are chosen from the town winners.

Nomination forms are available at all Council offices, Libraries, or you can even fill in the form online on Council’s website under ‘Hot Topics’.

Nominations close Friday 9 November (but the Australia Day Committees will still accept nominations put in online over the weekend).

Remembrance Day ceremonies this Sunday​

Council has contributed 3000 poppies to RSL branches in the Shire for Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November 2018.

Remembrance Day commemorations are organised in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone by local RSL branches. Community members are invited to attend and bring family to pay respects, gathering from around 10.30am at Cenotaphs and other memorials.

Aberdeen RSL sub branch held their Field of Remembrance for the Centenary of Armistice last Friday with local students in attendance. Each of the 300 crosses have a poppy and the name of a service person from the Aberdeen Honour Roll.

In the lead up to Remembrance Day 2018, come into Upper Hunter Shire Libraries and put your message or the name of someone not forgotten, on the leaf of special wreaths, to be laid at memorials on Sunday.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts and appreciation of their sacrifice.