Council wishes to advise that the following roads will be temporarily closed on Tuesday 25 April 2017 to conduct the annual ANZAC Day march and ceremony. There will be detours in place around the road closures. Please obey signage and instruction given by traffic controllers. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Denman

  • Palace Street from Turtle to Ogilvie Streets (11:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Ogilvie Street from Palace to Paxton Streets (11:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Paxton Street from Ogilvie to Crinoline Streets (11:30am to 1:00pm)
  • Isobel Street (12:00pm to 1:00pm)

Muswellbrook

  • The New England Highway between Sydney Street and Hill Street from 9:20am to 11:45am
  • Market Street between Carl Street and Bridge Street from 8:30am to 11.45am
  • William Street between Market Street & Sowerby Street from 9.00am to 11.45am

Additional temporary barriers will be placed in Muswellbrook

At this year’s Muswellbrook ANZAC Day ceremony and march there will be additional barriers in place to provide a clear path and assist the marching party to return to the QE11 Building in preparation for the ceremony. The barricades around the QE11 building site will remain in place during the ceremony to assist with the control of the horses and to act as a buffer between the horses and the crowd. The barriers on the Arts Centre side will be removed prior to the commencement of the ceremony and once the officials and guests are in place. Council appreciates your understanding and asks that you remain patient during this time.

Aerial view of road depicting where temporary barricades will be placed, at the intersection of William Street, between 9:00am and 11:45am for the ANZAC Day march

Race event at Muswellbrook Cup

Council is seeking community feedback on the existing arrangement for a half day public holiday (from noon onward) for the Muswellbrook Cup on 08 December 2017.

Council is also seeking views on whether the Muswellbrook Cup should instead be either a part day public holiday (from noon to 6pm only) or merely a local event day. A 'local event day' is recognised as a day of special significance to the community in name only and does not attract entitlement to paid leave or penalty rates unless specified in the form of an enterprise agreement or by contract.

Online Survey

The below Draft Environmental Sustainability Policy is on public exhibition until 4.30pm, 28 April 2017.

Draft Environmental Sustainability 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 Sustainability Co-Ordinator, Mark Scandrett on 02 6549 3783.

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.

A hub for business and research innovation and a rail noise attenuation project will now proceed in Muswellbrook, as Council is pleased to confirm that two funding applications to the NSW Resources for Regions program have been successful.

Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush has welcomed the announcement of $3.4 million in

Resources for Regions funding for stage 2 of the Hunter Region Innovation Precinct and the construction of a rail noise abatement wall in cooperation with the Australia Rail Track Corporation.

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.

Sad dog disapointed next to no pooping sign

To ensure the comfort, safety and health of the whole community the Companion Animals Act places certain responsibilities on all pet owners:

‘A dog that is in a public place must be under the effective control of some competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held by (or secured to) the person.

Council hands down a balanced budget that supports economic diversification, jobs growth and major capital projects, while continuing to meet the State Government’s Fit for the Future benchmarks.

Grazing Cattle

Muswellbrook Mayor, Cr Martin Rush, has welcomed plans for a feedlot and abattoir near Denman in the west of the shire.

FJT Australia this week lodged an application with the Department of Planning to construct an export abattoir at ‘Hollydene’ 8km west of Denman and a feedlot at ‘Yarraman’ near Wybong.

If approved, the facility will create 500 full time equivalent jobs locally. Council has also welcomed the company’s commitment to hiring local workers in the first instance.

model of the RWTW

19 September 2016 update:

Muswellbrook Shire Council has finalised the detailed design for the proposed (RWTW).  

The process for the engagement of Contractors to construct the new RWTW commenced via an Early Tender Involvement process in Mid 2016. Council has approved of 5 shortlisted Contractors who have been provided with tender documentation and specifications to provide tender responses before the end of October 2016. 

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.

Development Application No. 106/2013/2
Applicant: Reverend S Dulley St Albans Anglican Church PO Box 125 Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Proposed Site: Lot 18, Sec 6, DP 758740 20 Brook Street Muswellbrook
Proposed Development: Section 96(1a) Modification: Complete Deconstruction and Rebuilding of New Replica Bell Tower. Delete Conditions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre are proud to be hosting the Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 24 May 2017, featuring The Cow Tripped Over The Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura Wood.

To find out more about the National Simultaneous Storytime call Muswellbrook Library on 6543 1913.

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 .

lane closed sign in front of pool

Limited indoor pool lanes are available between 5:45 and 7:00pm on the below dates due to Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club training:

  • 03 April 2017
  • 01 May 2017
  • 05 June 2017
  • 03 July 2017
  • 07 August 2017
  • 04 September 2017

On the 14th May 2017 Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre will be closed all day for the Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club to host the state-wide Winter Sprint Series championships.
To find out more about Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club find them on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starts 02 May 2017. Only $120!

The new Mums & Bubs Bootcamp gives you the boost you need to reclaim your health and vitality after the birth of your child. This weekly program is designed to be fun, stress-free and inclusive. You can start Mums & Bubs Bootcamp from  6 weeks after childbirth. Expectant mums are also welcome.

Programme starts 02 May for 8 weeks.

11:00-11:45am Tuesdays at Muswellbrook Fitness Centre. Costs only $120, includes entry.
Call us on 6541 2999 to book your place.

 

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a fairer system to fund NSW Fire and Emergency services. Previously, only insured property owners contributed directly to the Fire and Emergency services. Now under the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017, the levy will be charged on your rates and charges notice and Council will forward all funds collected for this levy to the State Government.

The FESL will be made up of a fixed charge and an ad valorem amount based on the classification of your land, and the NSW Valuer General’s unimproved value of your land.

Notification regarding what your land classification will be for the purposes of this levy will be issued to you in late April 2017.

If you disagree with your classification you can request a review by completing the below Fire and Emergency Services Levy classification review application and returning to Council either by:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Post to: The Manager, PO Box 122, MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333
  • Or in person at the Muswellbrook Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Street, Muswellbrook.

Fire and Emergency Services Levy classifi cation review application form

This levy will be identified separately on your annual rates and charges notice, which is issued in July and payment will be in line with Council’s rates and charges either annually or by the quarterly instalments.

Further information about the FESL is available at www.fesl.nsw.gov.au or by phoning the hotline on 1300 787 872.

Fire and Emergency Services Levy Fact Sheet

Take the FlyingfoxEngage Survey.
It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is working with the NSW Government and the local community to develop a management plan for the Muswellbrook flying-fox camp.

Please complete and share this survey to share your experience and ideas about how to manage the camp.

All responses will be considered in developing the plan.

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.

a garden that has been freshly mulched. A sample bag of mulch in the foreground.

Grab a trailer load of quality mulch for only $30 per tonne!

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.”

Club to Club volunteers working together to remove weeds and plant trees along Muscle Creek

The Club to Club Community Conservation Project took place at Muscle Creek over last weekend. Volunteers helped remove exotic vines that strangle native vegetation, and planted 240 native trees to help restore habitat and improve creek stability.

Club to Club is a 3 year Muswellbrook Shire Council project which aims to involve the community in restoration works on Muscle Creek to improve habitat, vegetation connectivity and water quality.

 

The weekend was a great success with the Saturday working bee attracting 30 volunteers alone.

 

Council’s Sustainability Officer Nicholas Alexander said: “The weekend was a great success with the Saturday working bee attracting 30 volunteers alone.

“The Club to Club project focussed on Muscle Creek, between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook District Workers Club, and complemented previous works near Bridge Street.”

“Council also has contractors currently working near the Bell Street bridge. The weeds are particularly bad in this spot, which is why it was necessary to get professional help.”

The Club to Club project is possible thanks to funding from the New South Wales Government through the Environmental Trust and involved partners Muswellbrook Golf Club, Remington Motor Inn and Muswellbrook District Workers Club. The working bees were managed by Conservation Volunteers Australia.

If you would like to be involved in future conservation efforts please contact Nicholas Alexander, Councils Sustainability Officer for Conservation and Landcare on 6549 3708.

Wednesday 22 May is World Water Day 2017 - a timely reminder to stop and think about where the water goes after you pull the plug in your kitchen sink, or what happens to shower water after it flows down the drain.

Take the FlyingfoxEngage Survey.
It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is working with the NSW Government and the local community to develop a management plan for the Muswellbrook flying-fox camp.

Please complete and share this survey to share your experience and ideas about how to manage the camp.

All responses will be considered in developing the plan.

Muswellbrook Shire Council would like to thank those groups and individuals that gave up their time on Sunday morning to participate in Clean Up Australia Day despite the weather. This year the focus was on litter and participants targeted hot spots such as both skate parks in Denman and Muswellbrook, local fast food outlets as well as main streets in both towns.

Council’s Sustainability Officer, Tracy Ward said: “It was a rainy start to the day but 50 people still turned up in Muswellbrook and Denman to clean up. I’d like to thank our Scout and Girl Guide groups that participate every year as well as those individuals that show up year in, year out. This year also saw the Red Door Community Kitchen get a group together to help out”

Council would also like to acknowledge council staff and councillors as well as local businesses that got in and helped out including Cummins South Pacific, Muswellbrook McDonalds, Final Form Regen and Stan Ray.

Council is dedicated to the environment and has actively participated in Clean Up Australia Day for twenty seven years. Council not only encourages residents to participate in Clean Up Australia Day but to take pride in our Shire and keep it clean every day.

Please contact Tracy Ward, Sustainability Officer - Projects, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02 6549 3778.

Volunteers at Denman Clean Up site
Volunteers at Denman Clean Up site

Volunteers at Denman Clean Up site
Volunteers at Muswellbrook Clean Up site

Volunteering with the Better Earth team gives you an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded volunteers, while doing your part to look after our precious parklands, beaches, wetlands and forests. We have a range of fantastic projects you can join. You can volunteer for a few hours, one day or spend a whole week with us – whatever suits you.

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.

Are you interested in caring for the land?
Protecting native habitats?
Learning about native plants and animals?
Keeping your local area beautiful?

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