The below draft policy is on public exhibition until 4.30pm, 18 October, 2017.

Control of Open Burning Policy

All interested parties are invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submission, address to:

• The General Manager, PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333.
• Or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Officer on 02 6549 3780.

The below draft policy is on public exhibition until 4.30pm, 18 October, 2017.

Draft Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

All interested parties are invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submission, address to:

• The General Manager, PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333.
• Or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information please contact Council’s Environmental Officer on 02 6549 3778.

The below draft policy is on public exhibition until 4.30pm, 18 October, 2017.

Draft Code of Conduct

All interested parties are invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submission, address to:

• The General Manager, PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333.
• Or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information please contact Council’s Executive Services Co-ordinator on 02 6549 3744.

Sorry We're Closed sign

On Friday 06 October the following Council facilities and related services will not be available due to a Union Staff Picnic Day:

  • Muswellbrook Administration Centre
  • Muswellbrook Visitor Information Centre
  • Muswellbrook Animal Shelter
  • Muswellbrook and Denman Libraries
  • Denman Swimming Pool

The following service deliveries will remain available to the public:

  • Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre
  • Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre
  • Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility
  • Ranger Services (via answering service)

Emergency services will be available.

Call 6549 3700 to request emergency services during this time.

NSW highway patrol vwhicle

The NSW Police Force is currently undertaking a review of the State's regional policing command structure. Among the proposals under consideration is the splitting of the Hunter Valley command in two, with Scone and surrounds to be absorbed by the Tamworth-based Oxley command. The other half would be taken in by the Maitland-based Central Hunter.

Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook Shire Councils today called upon the NSW Government to retain the Hunter Valley Local Area Command (LAC) and its headquarters in Muswellbrook.

Mayor of Upper Hunter Wayne Bedggood said:

"The communities of the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shires are very closely connected. We share common natural boundaries and a well-integrated road network". "Splitting the command will fragment these commonalities and put at risk issues such as response time to emergencies and emergency management in general" he said

The two councils share resources in times of emergency and the NSW Police have an absolutely critical role in emergency management during those times.

Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush said: "We have had a close and enormously beneficial working relationship with the Hunter Valley Local Area Command over a long period of time.We have been involved in joint initiatives to combat a range of anti-social behavior and crime."

Those initiatives have included a range of rural specific issues such as stock theft, search and rescue in National Parks, graffiti management and alcohol management – through an Upper Hunter Liquor Accord (across the whole Upper Hunter). The two councils coordinate, as an Upper Hunter Region, with the LAC and other Upper Hunter State agencies, issues around health, family violence and social inclusion – taking a whole-of-government approach to dealing with these issues in the Upper Hunter.

Mayor Wayne Beddgood said:

"I am reassured by the comments of the Police Minister who has indicated that it is "very highly unlikely that such a move will take place."

The Police Minister Troy Grant said on radio 2NM today with respect to the amalgamation of the Hunter Valley LAC with Central Hunter LAC that 'no decision has been made' and that he is yet to be presented with a formal proposal.

The Minister confirmed it was 'highly unlikely' that the Hunter Valley LAC would be merged with Central Hunter LAC based in Maitland:

CENATIEMPO: Can you categorically rule out that Hunter Valley will become part of Central Hunter?

GRANT: It's highly unlikely. I can't rule anything in or out as I haven't been presented with anything... until I get something presented to me with an argument for or against anything... I can't rule anything in or out cause I don't know what potential it will look like ... it's just very highly unlikely.

"Whilst the review of regional command structures for the NSW Police continues, it does not remove the fact that police numbers in the Hunter Valley command are still at least ten officers short", Mayor Bedggood said.

"Any review of policing in the Upper Hunter must reaffirm the need for additional police numbers to ensure that our communities meet the benchmark set for regional policing across New South Wales. For instance, the Hunter Valley LAC remains the only non-coastal regional command without a Rural Crime Investigator", Mayor Rush said.

Both councils urged their communities to report instances of criminal activity to ensure that crime statistics properly reflect the situation on the ground and which will support the need for additional police resources for the region.

Magpie

Spring is about to arrive - and alongside what is the favourite season for many - the magpies.

With their intense devotion to protecting their nests and young, magpies are often feared or perceived to be an annoyance at this time of year.

And sometimes we forget that magpies are a unique part of living in Australia and that their intricate and melodic song and busy social activities are a source of relaxation and entertainment.

In the intervening time, however, living in harmony with magpies in spring can be easily achieved by taking some simple precautions.

Nelson Burand-Hicks, Sustainability Officer at Muswellbrook Shire Council, explains:

“The magpie’s territorial behaviour relates to it sometimes seeing us as a threat to its nesting success. The best way to alleviate this threat is to keep the magpie at peace. Not disturbing or harassing the birds is key and taking a temporary alternate route when walking or riding causes less stress to people and the magpies alike.”

If residents are in areas of magpie activity, they are reminded to keep their safety a priority. Wearing a wide brim hat and sunglasses while walking, or wearing a helmet, sunglasses and fitting a bike flag to your bike while riding is advised.

“As with every year, this territorial period will pass, and we will be rewarded with watching new magpie families enjoying the urban and natural areas in our community. Keep clear of territorial magpies as much as possible and they will keep clear of you.”

Magpies are protected throughout NSW and it is illegal or harm or kill magpies or their young. Particularly territorial magpies should be reported to Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3700.

Muswellbrook Shire’s new Community Recycling Centre for Household Problem Wastes is almost ready! Are you?

You may have received the Community Recycle Centre (CRC) information brochure in your most recent rates notice – this brochure gives you details of all the items you will soon be able to drop off for FREE at the CRC.

The facility will be operational and ready to accept your Household Problem Wastes within the next few weeks, however we have still some time before we are able to celebrate an official opening.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Timeline

  • Construction complete – 20 July 2017
  • Signage installed – 24 July 2017
  • Receptacles delivered – 04 August 2017
  • Start accepting materials – mid August 2017
  • Formal Opening – TBA 2017

You didn't get a brochure?

Download the brochure here.

Please take our quick online survey

Please take this 5 minute survey about recycling attitudes within Muswellbrook Shire

BEGIN SURVEY

Logan Hartmann meeting Working Dog for the first time

Working dogs have long been an important part of the Muswellbrook Shire’s history – and the latest incarnation has found a permanent home at Campbell’s Corner.

The design was submitted as a possible successor to replace the Blue Heeler statue opposite Loxton House – the original landmark, a source of local pride and sometime shenanigans, was deemed to be at the end of its life and in need of replacing.

While Newcastle-based artist Tanya Bartlett’s design was not chosen to replace the ailing “Hunter’ it gained many admirers – and was subsequently acquired by Council.

General Manager Steve McDonald said that while it wasn’t the submission chosen as a replacement, the sculpture was so captivating that Council wanted to find a permanent home for it.

“Council feels it will make an excellent addition to that space” he said.

The Australian cattle dog, commonly called the Blue Heeler, was bred by Thomas Hall at Dartmoor, a large property about 12km north of Muswellbrook, in the 1840’s. Seeking a hardy dog capable of coping with the harsh conditions of the Australian bush he crossed a dingo with a Northumberland Blue Merle and was instrumental in the development of this iconic breed.

The original statue was erected in recognition of the cattle dog’s contribution to Australian rural life and the development of our Blue Heeler in the Hunter.

In its new home at Campbell’s Corner this latest “Bluey” continues the legend.

Find out more about the history of Blue Heelers

Image: Logan Hartmann meeting Working Dog for the first time
Footpath closed sign

Council advises of the upcoming construction works to reconstruct the footpath and associated streetscape works in Brook St, Muswellbrook (Bridge St to Sowerby St). Contractors PS and KE Wear have been engaged to undertake the construction work.

The work is scheduled to start on 19 June 2017 with construction commencing in the area of the central median of Brook St and progressing east from Bridge St to the sandstone steps.

Proposed work plans

Streetscape design

Streetscape design

The above plans may also be viewed at the Council Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Rd Muswellbrook.

It is expected that the construction work will cause some inconvenience to the businesses and users of this precinct. Council and the Contractor will make it a priority to minimise any anticipated disruption and keep those directly affected informed with regular communication throughout the construction phase. Those businesses directly affected will be contacted in person in the near future to discuss any site specific matters. You patience will be appreciated while these improvement works take place.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this project please contact the Project Manager Kellie Scholes on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 6549 3756.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has exchanged contracts to purchase the Muswellbrook Marketplace.

Council’s acquisition of the Marketplace will provide a wide range of opportunities to improve the connection between the Marketplace and Muswellbrook’s Main Street, which has been a long standing community priority of the Town Centre Masterplan.

Councillor spokesperson for Finance, Scott Bailey said: “This significant purchase represents a game changer for Muswellbrook’s town centre.

Additionally, Council, in consultation with the Muswellbrook and Denman Business Chambers, will appoint an independent Future Fund Board to provide advice and strategic guidance about the Future Fund’s business and education holdings, including the Marketplace, and to ensure that key day to day commercial decision-making is rigorous, of high quality, and fully compliant with our obligations to competitive neutrality.

“Council expects the Marketplace to return around 6.7% of its capital value each year, and we will work on improvements to the building to attract new and diverse retail opportunities and customers to the town centre.

“Council is committed to being a best practice landlord and will immediately commence engaging with tenants with a view to undertaking a significant but staged renovation of the building.”

The acquisition of Muswellbrook Marketplace for a total purchase price of $34.25M aligns closely with the strategic objectives of the Muswellbrook Town Centre Strategy and Council’s Future Fund.  

Muswellbrook Marketplace will be held as part of Council’s Future Fund and will be funded principally by debt with some equity.  The contract includes a 90 day settlement period.

Loxton House rear exterior artist's impression

Muswellbrook Shire Council is excited to share an artist’s impression of the soon to be renovated Loxton House. Loxton House is now the home of the Upper Hunter Innovation Hub.

Council’s Manager Property and Building Services, Matthew Lysaught said:

“This is the next stage of Council’s plans for the Upper Hunter Innovation Hub following the launch in December last year and an official opening planned for later this year once renovations are complete.”

 

Working in collaboration with the University of Newcastle, Loxton House will be one of the University’s I2N network of innovation hubs across the Hunter Valley.

The Hub will feature office pods, shared meeting facilities and the latest technology in audio-visual services to support innovative businesses in the Shire.

Current tenants include local business Final Form Regen and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

“Council is making every effort to foster economic diversity in the region and we’re keen to hear from local start-ups or existing businesses that are interested in occupying a space in the Hub”, said Mr Lysaught.

For further information, please contact Matthew Lysaught on 6549 3730.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has concluded its formal community consultation process for its Community Strategic Plan including the optional projects and associated Special Rate Variation.

Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works The 3D model

We encourage tenderers for the new Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW) to develop and promote business and industry within the Muswellbrook Local Government area.  To enable this Council seeks to give consideration to the procurement of goods and services that may be supplied by local suppliers.   Tenderers are required to demonstrate commitment to this goal by contracting part of the works to local subcontractors and procuring materials required for the contract from local suppliers.

Woman at cafe checking her email on a tablet

From 25 July 2016 you can register to receive your rates and water notices by email. All you have to do is submit the below form.

model of the RWTW

25 August 2017 update:

Good news; Muswellbrook Shire Council is progressing well with the Construction of the new RWTW.

Downer Utilities Australia was awarded the contract in May 2017 and has to date established on site and completed the majority of the bulk earthworks activities. Initial concrete pours commenced in early August and steel reinforcement has been placed for the Intermittent decanting extended aeration (IDEA) process tank structures.

The big single slab pour is planned for early September 2017, where the post tensioned slab will be constructed. To enable this continuous single concrete pour, which is envisaged to take 10hrs, planning has been performed including traffic routes for the delivery of concrete to the works site, at the corner of Skellatar Stock Route and Denman Rd.

Weather permitting, it is planned that Concrete trucks will be hauling concrete to site via Thomas Mitchel Drive and Denman Rd on 05 September 2017 between 3:00am and 12:30pm.

It is not expected that the delivery of concrete will cause challenged to motorists, nevertheless, motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Thomas Mitchel Drive, Denman Rd and Skellatar Stock route. Traffic control will be available and truck movements will be monitored on the day.

Site being prepared for concrete foundation pouring

Quality garden mulch for only $30 per tonne

Quality assured pasteurised garden mulch is now for sale at Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility.

There's no need to pollute our landfill with used household batteries any longer.

Muswellbrook Shire Council will be carrying out asphalt patching works from Monday 25 September 2017 at the intersections of the following streets, weather permitting and pending on contractor availability.

• Thompson Street
• St James Crescent
• Kamilaroi Street

Due to the nature of the works it will be necessary for the closure of sections of these streets during work hours. Further notification will be carried out the day before any works are undertaken. Council is conscious of the effect these works have on surrounding residences and every effort will be made to minimise the noise and disruption to normal activity.

Council apologises for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience during this time.

If you have any questions regarding this work please contact Muswellbrook Shire Council Technical Officer, Russell Fitzgerald on 0418 110 010.

Entrance to Denman Aquatic Centre

Muswellbrook Shire Council are undertaking a survey in the Denman community and surrounding areas to ensure that Council are meeting activity needs at Denman Aquatic Centre.

Council will use this information to determine what the community wants in regard to how and when the Aquatic Centre is used and the type of activity the centre is used for.

GO TO SURVEY

Survey forms are also be available at the Denman Library until October 18 2017.

Residents who would like to take part in further discussions after the survey is completed can add their name and contact details to the survey form and will be contacted after the survey is completed.

Inflated whale tail at Muswellbrook Indoor pool

Giant Whale Tail is available every Tuesday and Thursday throughout school holidays between 12:00-1:00pm and 1:30-2:30pm for $4.00 per session, plus pool entry.

Pool rockers are available for hire in half hour blocks for only $4.00 at Muswellbrook aquatic centres. Hire a rocker for any occasion, such as having a bit of extra fun with a group of friends, or to include in your next pool party.
Book a rocker with aquatic centre staff .

The ‘Active Over 50’ program is designed to help people aged 50 and over to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.

The activities at Muswellbrook and Denman Aquatic Centres that carry the Staying Active logo have been developed specially for people aged 50 and over and are low-cost exercise options provided by trained fitness instructors. The options at our centres include:

• Gentle exercise in our gym every Monday at 9:30am.

Aqua Aerobics

Pilates/Aqua Step 

And lap swimming.

Group Fitness Timetable

If you’re interested in learning more and staying fit, join others at the pool for sessions listed above.

Please complete our fitness survey before you start and let your doctor know that you are starting a new exercise routine.

Adult Pre-exercise Screening Tool

Don’t forget that we offer discounts to pensioners!

flames in backgroun with title declaring a total fire ban

From midnight Friday 22 September 2017 to midnight Sunday 24 September the NSW Rural Fire Service has issued a total fire ban for the greater Hunter region.

Total Fire Ban rules

  • A total fire ban means no fires out in the open. A total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.
  • During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.
  • No general purpose hot works, such as welding or gas cutting can be done in the open.
  • You can use an electric barbeque for cooking as long as it is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating, and no combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating.
  • The NSW RFS strongly recommends you reconsider activities such as such using a tractor or slashing, to help reduce the chance of a fire starting on your property. Under certain conditions, the NSW RFS may issue a Cease Harvest request.

For more details on total fire ban rules visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Reporting a fire emergency

To report a fire emergency call Triple Zero (000). If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106.

For information on fires

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service

  • TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737
  • To report a fire or emergency (TTY users only), access TTY 106.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition in our community? It could be that they excelled in sport, art, agricultural science or environmental care? Perhaps you know someone who has done wonderful things for the Muswellbrook Shire community? If so, nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

Nominations close midnight 03 December 2017.

Nominate online from 18 September 2017, or pick up a nomination form from the Council Administration Centre.

 

How to make your nomination

  1. Complete your nominee's details and reasons why you think this person/team is deserving on an Australia Day Award. You may upload a picture or document to support your nomination (maximum 2mb).
  2. Provide referees who can support your nomination.
  3. We then ask for your details, this is so we may contact you if we have questions about your nomination. We will let you know when your nomination has been successful too.
  4. After nominations have closed a judging panel will assess all nominations to determine the most deserving awardee for the year.
  5. If your nominee is successful they will hold the title for the rest of the year, and may be invited as a special guest in relevant community events throughout the year.

You can nominate as many people as you like. If you realise you've made a mistake with your submitted nomination, or you need to provide more than two items as evidence just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to assist you.

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With Council’s residential green-waste collection just around the corner - now is the perfect time to do a big garden cleanup. Collections are available in the residential areas of Muswellbrook, Denman and Sandy Hollow.  With Council’s residential green-waste collection just around the corner - now is the perfect time to do a big garden cleanup. Collections are available in the residential areas of Muswellbrook, Denman and Sandy Hollow.  

Place correctly bundled green-waste safely on your kerb by 7:00am Monday 16 October.

Green-waste includes clean prunings, leaves, lawn clippings, and small tree limbs.  Unacceptable material will not be collected.  Residents are responsible for lawful disposal of such items. Crews will only visit your street once.

How to bundle your waste:

  • Stack garden organics neatly next to the edge of the kerb.
  • Do not block the footpath or roadway.
  • Do not block the footpath or roadway.
  • Volume of green-waste must not exceed the equivalent of a level 6’ x 4’ box trailer.
  • Quantities in excess of this will not be collected.

green waste annual cleanup tipsCall  Water and Waste on 6549 3840 for more information.

Bus zones relocated temporarily

While footpath improvements take place along Brook Street in Muswellbrook, Council seeks road users’ cooperation to use alternate parking locations.  Temporary No Stopping signs have been put in place.   
Street parking is expected to be restored at the completion of the current construction works, towards the end of October 2017.

 

Bus Zone and No Parking parking signs

There is no stopping or parking in Bus Zones

You cannot park within 20 metres before a Bus Stop unless there are signs that permit parking, this is for the safety of bus passengers. You must not stop on a length of road to which a No Stopping sign applies, this is for the safety of other vehicles. Noncompliance may incur a penalty of $236.

If you have any questions call the Project Manager, Kellie Scholes 6549 3756.

From 25 July 2016 you can register to receive your rates and water notices by email. All you have to do is submit the below form.

Mick Brady, Sustainability Officer – Waste, putting a waste education sticker on a bin

Muswellbrook residents may have noticed some colourful characters appearing on their wheelie bins.

They are the “Waste Wranglers” introduced as part of Muswellbrook Shire Council’s waste education program.

Max the Minimiser, Reece the Recycler and Gene the Gardener are delivering important messages a reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

All recyclable material collected from households in Muswellbrook is taken to the Material Recovery Facility at Gateshead. Here, the recyclables are sorted and separated and then sold to a variety of markets.

The State Government imposes a waste levy on Council, so any material put into landfill attracts a cost and avoiding landfill is a high priority.

There are also many other benefits of recycling. Putting recyclable material into landfill also means using more raw materials which wastes a lot of natural resources such as energy and water.

“The Council puts a lot of effort into recycling because it makes economic and environmental sense. We want to give honest feedback to the community that recycling is important and help them make the right choices” Mick Brady, council’s sustainability officer for waste, said.

Council will continue to use the Waste Wranglers as part of their ongoing War on Waste education program.

The Waste Wranglers characters, Max, Reece and Gene

Keep a look out for the Waste Wranglers! They are here to help you get your rubbish SORTED.

These characters will be appearing, as stickers, on random wheelie bins throughout Muswellbrook in coming weeks and have an important story to tell.

The characters will be launched during Keep Australia Beautiful week (21-27 August) and have been created to help educate the community about what rubbish goes into what bin.

“Max the Minimiser” “Reece the Recycler” and “Gene the Gardener” will be used to deliver important messages about reducing the waste that goes to landfill.

Mick Brady, Council’s Sustainability Officer – Waste said

“We hope the Waste Wranglers will be a popular way of getting the message across about sorting waste and the benefits to the community of not sending waste to landfill. To kick off our War on Waste campaign we will be putting Max, Reece or Gene on bins along with a message about what goes in the different bins”.

Council will use the Waste Wranglers as part of their ongoing War on Waste program.

The Waste Wrangler characters

Ask us about the free tailored activities the SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUPPORT PROGRAM offers to your school. The program can include presentations, workshops, demonstrations, audits, special events, tours and more!

Local solar contractors, electrical contractors and plumbing contractors with Council’s Sustainability Team at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s 40% renewable energy target is another step closer with the implementation of a carbon neutral pilot project at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre.

After assessing the centre as suitable for a “Carbon Neutral” pilot project, Council’s Sustainability Unit began looking at ways to reduce the energy consumption. As a result the Centre has had a major technology upgrade.

This upgrade included the installation of new LED lighting to replace high energy use fixtures in the centre resulting in cutting electricity usage in half.

Council is also installing a 10 KW solar and battery storage system at the centre to generate and store its own energy, to potentially take the facility completely off the grid and not be reliant on external power.

Mark Scandrett (Councils Sustainability Coordinator said

“As the centre is used mostly at night, three Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries are being installed to store solar power generated during the day so that the centre can run during the night without drawing any power from the grid.”

Council will run a twelve month trial of the system to be sure that the solar and battery system provide enough power before disconnecting the facility from electricity grid which save Council hundreds of dollars each year in network charges.

As extra environmental benefits and to make the building completely Carbon Neutral, underground rain water storage tanks have been installed to supply water to the bathrooms and landscaping undertaken using low water use plants.

The Sustainability Unit hopes to roll out further carbon neutral projects on other Council owned properties in the near future.

Volunteers pulling out weeds along Muscle Creek

After a period of dormancy Muscle Creek Landcare group is again up and running, fighting against weed infestation and helping native ecosystems in the heart of Muswellbrook.

Muscle Creek Landcare was first formed in the mid 90’s by long-time member Stephen Thatcher, who has confirmed he will be on hand to work with the group. The Landcare group have, historically, secured funding and worked on a wide range of projects, including weed removal, native plantings and bank stabilisation works.

Council’s Sustainability Officer for Landcare Nicholas Alexander said: “It’s great to get this group active again. They did so much for the creek, and continued involvement by the community will ensure it has a healthy future”.

Denman local Rebecca Sowter is the new group supervisor and has high hopes for a restored Landcare group. “I am really excited to be part of the group and show the community what Landcare has to offer”.

The Muswellbrook Shire Council has been instrumental in the revitalisation of the group and has supplied equipment for their activities.

Muscle Creek Landcare meet at Fitzgerald Park at 10:00am on the first Saturday of every month.

For more information or to be involved in future Landcare projects contact Nicholas Alexander, Councils Sustainability Officer for Conservation and Landcare on 6549 3708.

A conservation volunteer helping to plant along Muscle Creek

Monday 5 June is World Environment Day aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of the environment to society and the economy. Muswellbrook Shire Council is taking the opportunity to urge the local community to be aware of the actions they can take that will not only help their local environment but will also help their hip pocket. The council is also working on reducing the environmental impact of council’s operations.

Some of council’s initiatives include increasing the amount of solar power council uses, implementing water efficiency programs, completing large scale revegetation of Muscle Creek and launching a renewed war on waste program.

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said “We are hoping the community will support our programs as they will help reduce costs in the long term and make this a better place to live”.

If you are interested in any of these programs please contact Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muswellbrook Shire Council's new Waste Sustainability Officer Mick Brady

On 16 May ABC TV will air a three part series on the enormous and increasing problem of waste in Australia. At the same time Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Unit will launch its own War on Waste with a renewed focus on tackling a range of waste issues.

A new Sustainability Officer has been employed at Council to focus on a range of waste reduction projects. Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Officer – Waste, Mick Brady said:

“Waste is an increasing problem in Australia. By reducing our waste we can save a lot of money. The average Australian household throws out over $3000 per year of food products. On average up to 40% of a household bin is food.”

Council’s War on Waste program will investigate all aspects of the waste stream from all sections of the community. This involved looking at where our waste comes from and what can be done to reduce it.

Council is interested in undertake a range of local projects as part of the war on waste, such as; Introducing public area recycling in town, implementing and supporting community gardens, conducting a waste education program for schools and undertaking a food waste reduction program”.

If you are interested in any of these programs please contact Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sustainability Officer for Waste, Mick Brady team on 02 6549 3794.

Singleton Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council have received joint funding of $84,000 from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to undertake a 2017 wood smoke reduction campaign commencing this month.  

The announcement comes after the councils conducted a successful joint program last year.

The funding will enable both councils to provide further education to the community about the health impacts of wood smoke and correct operation of wood heaters, and to encourage the replacement of older wood heaters not compliant with today’s standards.

The EPA recognises that wood smoke is a major contributor to poor air quality in the region during the winter months.

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said:

“The EPA recognises that wood smoke is a major contributor to poor air quality in the region during the winter months.

“Fine particulates in wood smoke are a concern because they pass through the throat and nose and into the lungs where they can cause respiratory and circulatory problems, especially for the young and elderly, or people with existing medical conditions such as asthma.”

To improve air quality in the upcoming winter months, Singleton and Muswellbrook councils have rebate programs in place for both flue cleaning and wood heater replacement.

Singleton Council Director Planning & Infrastructure Mark Ihlein said:

“Now is the time to take action to reduce the amount of smoke generated by your wood heater.

“For a limited time, Singleton and Muswellbrook councils are offering a $50 rebate when you get your flue cleaned professionally, as a clean flue allows your wood heater to burn more efficiently, producing more heat with less smoke.

“Both councils are also offering a $1500 rebate to replace your wood heater with a less smoky form of heating, such as air conditioning.”

Are you curious about the flying foxes you may be seeing in Muswellbrook Shire? Download this brochure to gain a better understanding of the flying-fox.

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