Upper Hunter Council Shire notes with Cr Ron Campbell

AS a frequent traveller on the road between Merriwa and Willow Tree, it is pleasing to note the substantial progress of works each time.

Council workers have done particularly well with the added difficulty of having to transport large amounts of water to do the work.

Improvement in roads infrastructure always brings with it benefits, not only to individual travellers, but also an increase in tourism and freight movements.

This is all part of the projected increase in development of the Hunter region, which will mean in increase in population and services.

Our shire can benefit greatly from this expansion.

The Scone Bypass presents both challenges and opportunities to renew Kelly Street.

The next Scone bypass community update will be 6pm on Tuesday, February 26, at Council Chambers in Liverpool Street.

It is an opportunity to ask questions directly of the Bypass Project team about the project schedule. There is no need to RSVP.


AS this drought continues the toll on water reserves continues to dominate the media and remains high on council’s work agenda especially in regard to the residents of Murrurundi.

Council has increased the number of water deliveries to Murrurundi to keep up with demand.

The bulk of water is still coming from the emergency bore, with the rest being trucked in several times a day.

The Murrurundi dam is now too low to use at all. The Litree filtration plant has greatly enhanced the quality of water, however the problem of old pipes, and a lack of water to flush them is still creating some water quality issues for some residents.

Running taps for a few minutes should clear discolouration, and there is no need to waste the water, it can be used to flush the toilet.

Better a few hundred litres are flushed by residents at points of the reticulation system, than the council uses tens of thousands of litres to flush the whole mains system.

If it remains discoloured, contact council.

There are a number of drought initiatives funded by the federal government to help people cope with the drought and the  ongoing weather pattern.

More information is on council’s website.

Cassilis Rodeo

SOME bigger but none better is the slogan and how true that was.

Crowds turned up to enjoy the proceedings and were not disappointed with the entertainment.

Despite the drought people were ready for fun and entertainment, with spirits high with enthusiasm.