NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The NAIDOC Committee in conjunction with Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council is facilitating the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Week Awards for 2021.

The prestigious and historical awards night recognises the achievements of inspirational Aboriginal people living, working and contributing to the Upper Hunter community which has been held biennially since 2010. We proudly highlight our winners, we learn of their journey, their inspirational story and we pay tribute to their achievements.

Proudly supported by Singleton Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council,  Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council and Ungaroo Aboriginal Corporation.

You can pick up a nomination form from any of the mentioned Councils.

Nominations will close 5:00pm Friday 4th June.
Please download the Nomination forms available at the LALC at  https://wanaruahlalc.wixsite.com/wanaruahlalc/copy-of-events

 

The following categories will be included in the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Week Awards:

  • Apprentice of the Year

  • Artist of the Year

  • Community Contribution (organisations or individuals)

  • Elder of the Year (male and female)

  • Posthumous Award

  • Professional Achievement (male and female)

  • Scholar of the Year; Junior (male and female)

  • Scholar of the Year; Senior (male and female)

  • Sportsperson of the Year; Junior (male and female)

  • Sportsperson of the Year; Senior (male and female)

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Youth of the Year

Please download the Nomination forms available at the LALC at  https://wanaruahlalc.wixsite.com/wanaruahlalc/copy-of-events

For more information please contact the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council on

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 02 6543 1288

 

If you are quick, black compost bins and worm farms are on special.

To ask for more information about the compost bins or worm farms, Pre schools, Schools and Community Groups can ask for financial assistance.contact Mick or Tracy from the Sustainability Unit on 65493700.

 compost bin special bIN

How to make a compost bin

Why make a compost bin?

1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of house hold waste is food waste

2. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

3. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

4. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

 

STEP 1 – GETTING STARTED . . . .

Location - Your compost bin should be close to a water source, protected from the wind and have a good drainage
system so that the bottom of the bin doesn’t become water logged.


Bin type - There are many different types to suit your situation. Consider the amount you will compost, how you will
collect the finished product and your budget. The size of your compost bin should be between 1 to 1.5 sq m.

 

STEP 2 – WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BIN . . . .

Mix one part GREEN materials to two parts BROWN materials today!

 

MIX ONE PART MIX TWO PARTS NONE OF THIS STUFF
GREEN
Vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds/ filters, tea leaves/bags
(ensure doesn’t contain
plastic), garden waste,
fresh weeds without
seeds, fresh grass
clippings
BROWN
Dry leaves, dry hay,sawdust, woodchips,dried grass clippings,dried weeds withoutseeds, shredded papernapkins, tissue paper,wood ash
DO NOT COMPOST
– Meat, fish, eggs, dairy products,oily foods, bones, plants infected with disease, plastic/petroleum products, metals, synthetic materials,carnivore’s
(dog or cat) poo 

 

STEP 3 – THE PROCESS . . . .

• Start your composting with a large layer of brown material asthe base.
• Then begin to alternate your layers between green and brown.
• The smaller the waste is, the easier and faster it will break down.
• Always cover your green layer with a brown layer immediately to avoid odours.
• Keep compost moist, but not wet.
• Aerate your compost pile as often as possible. Use an aerator or pitchfork or if you have a tumbler, spin it.

 

Download the Compost Bin Flyer

Download the Worm Farm Flyer

How to make a worm farm

Why make a compost bin?

  1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of household waste is food waste

  2. Create free but nutritious plant food – worms produce products that are high in nitrogen but it must be diluted.

  3. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

  4. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

  5. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

HOW TO GET STARTED. . . .

1. Line the base of the middle level with newspaper or similar.

2. Add compost to top of newspaper to act as bedding.

3. Add worms and cover withnewspaper and material (t-shirt or hessian).

4. Leave until this level is full. Once full put food scraps in top layer and cover with material.

5. Worms will move to top layer.

WHAT WORMS LIKE . . . .

Worms like to eat – Fruit and vegie scraps, small amounts of bread and pasta, coffee grounds, tea (check bags don’t contain plastic), crushed eggshells, moist cardboard and paper.

WHAT WORMS DON’T LIKE . . . .

Don’t feed worms– meat, bones, onion, garlic, dairy, citrus, grease, oils, dog or cat poo.

 

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

Heading: Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/35

APPLICANT:

Upper Hunter Community Services Inc

PO Box 231

Muswellbrook NSW  2333

 

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 140 and 142 DP 261812

5 Jersey Place and 58 Wollombi Road MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Temporary Installation of Portable Building for Community Centre Office and Construction of new Community Centre

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between

5 May 2021 and 20 May 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing addressed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 20 May 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

 

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council, Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application.  All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.

For further information please contact Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

DA 2021-35 Architectural Plans

DA 2021-35 Statement of Environmental Effects

Thomas Mitchell Drive Industrial Area and Denman Road

There will be an interruption to the water supply in Thomas Mitchell Drive Industrial Area  and Denman Road on Sunday  May 9 2021 while essential works are undertaken. Council apologises for any inconvenience and will endeavour to have the water supply restored as soon as possible.

Council is seeking community minded people who would like to volunteer at the Visitor Information Centre located in Denman. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and to promote the Shire. Volunteer for as little as one day a week, fortnight or month – whatever suits your schedule.

There is already a small team of volunteers at Denman VIC who do a fantastic job and we would love to add some more people to the team.

Please follow the link to apply to volunteer https://applynow.net.au/jobs/ni/MSC46122-volunteer-application

Muswellbrook Library will take another step forward in its long-term plans thanks to a grant of $89,000 under the 2020/2021 Public Library Infrastructure Grant program. The grant funds will be used to extend the children’s area, improve accessibility, construct a sensory garden connecting the courtyard to the inside and add new mobile shelving to improve displays and allow flexible use of the space.

The Hon Sam Farraway MLC, Minister for Education, the Hon Sarah Mitchell, President of the NSW Library Council, the Hon George Souris AM and David Layzell NSW Nationals candidate for Upper Hunter, joined Acting Library Coordinator Lauren Allan for a tour of the library and to discuss plans to extend and improve the buildings, spaces and information technology.

“Libraries play a vital role in providing access to information, resources and providing a fun, safe environment for people of all ages to learn, imagine and grow, Mr Farraway said.

“Our regional libraries are about so much more than books; they are a part of the community and it was great to see the vision of the dedicated library staff for these amazing projects.”

From left: Sam Farraway, Susan Mitchell, Lauren Allan, David Layzell and George Souris at Muswellbrook Library.

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

Notice of Proposed Integrated Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2002/342

APPLICANT: 

Mr P J Wild

8440 New England Highway

MUSWELLBROOK  NSW  2333

 

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 30 DP: 815308

8440 New England Highway MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

S4.55(2) Modification - Addition of 30,000tpa of Commercial and Demolition Waste sorting and processing (brick, tile, concrete, asphalt, glass). Recovered materials to be used as a substitute to quarry product for blending and concrete batching.

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT STATUS:

The proposed development is integrated development under the provisions of Section 4.46(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requiring approval from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between

3 May 2021 and 24 May 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing addressed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 24 May 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council, Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application.  All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.

For further information please contact Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

DA 2002-342 Air Quality Impact Assessment

DA 2002-342 Noise Impact Assessment

DA 2002-342 Statement of Environmental Effects

DA 2002-342 Traffic Impact Assessment

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/33

APPLICANT:

Epuron Projects Pty Ltd

Level 11, 75 Miller Street

NORTH SYDNEY  NSW  2060

 

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 197 DP: 752444, LOT: 199 DP: 752444

Sandy Creek Road MCCULLYS GAP

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Continued Operation of Wind Monitoring Mast Development

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between

3 May 2021 and 17 May 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing addressed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 17 May 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

 

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council, Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application.  All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.

For further information please contact Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

DA 2021-33 - Statement of Environmental Effects - Wind Monitoring Tower

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

 Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/32

APPLICANT:

Mr N Gupta

324/158 Day Street

SYDNEY  NSW  2000

 

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 8 DP: 18699

41 Maitland Street MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Staged Development - Demolition, 23 Room Boarding House and Subdivision of One (1) lot in Two (2) Lots.

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between

3 May 2021 and 17 May 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing addressed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 17 May 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information,
including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council,
Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application.  All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.

For further information please contact Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

DA 2021-32 Stage 1 - Development Application Plans

DA 2021-32 Stage 2 - Development Application Plans

DA 2021-32 Statement of Environmental Effects

DA 2021-32 Traffic Impact Assessment

 

Business WoW grant applications to be publicly notified for 28 days.

Local small business groups were recently invited to apply for financial support through Council’s War on Waste (WoW) program, funded through the NSW Better Waste and Recycling Fund and aimed at diverting waste from landfill and reducing the amount of waste produced.

Small or medium business (as defined by the ATO) based in the Muswellbrook Shire Local Government Area were eligible to apply for up to $6000 in funding on a matched funding basis. Four applications were received and assessed by council officers according to the amount of waste reduction that is likely to occur as a result of the project.

Criteria for the assessment included measurement by the weight of the amount of waste likely to be diverted from landfill and the level of awareness raising and education the project is likely to have, measured by the number of people likely to be impacted by the project.

Reducing waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill, it benefits the environment by reducing gas emissions, the need for new materials and can also save money at home and the workplace.

In line with Council’s resolution from the March Ordinary Council Meeting, legal advice was sought from Local Government Legal who recommended that Council publish the recommended applicants for the Business War on Waste grant program for 28 days ahead of the next council meeting.

The recommended Business War on Waste grant program applicants were:

• Vines Restaurant – to assist with the construction of a chicken coop for the purpose of reducing food waste ($6000)

• Double Picc Café - to assist with funding for a reusable cup system ($6000)

• Hollydene Wines - to assist with funding a glass crushing machine to turn bottles into sand ($4000)

At last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting (April 27, 2021) Council resolved to publicly notify the recommendations for grant funding for 28 days prior to considering a resolution to grant the funding under the WoW program.

This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

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This document is to provide candidates contesting the May 2021 byelection for the State seat of Upper Hunter with a range of projects for funding consideration.

2021-MSC Advocacy Agenda for Byelection

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

Heading: Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/30

APPLICANT:

McDonald's Australia Limited

C/- SLR Consulting Australia

Suite 2, 125 Bull Street

NEWCASTLE WEST NSW  2302

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 101 DP: 1266515

83-89 Maitland Street MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Change of operation hours (McDonalds)

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 29 April 2021 and 14 May 2021.
During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing addressed to
the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 14 May 2021

Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

Please note that the notification period for this development application has been extended since previously notified
to surrounding property owners to allow adequate time for submissions to be received.

 

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter,
it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information,
including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council,
Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application. 
All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.

For further information please contact Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

 

DA 2021-30 Crime Risk Assessment

DA 20210-DA 2021-30 Noise Assessment

DA 2021-30 Plan of Management McDonald's Operation

DA 2021-30 Statement of Environmental Effects

Council’s DRAFT 2021/22 Operational Plan, including Budget and Fees and Charges, was endorsed for public exhibition for a period of at least 28 days at the 27 April 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is required to prepare a Draft Operational Plan, including Budget and Fees and Charges, outlining activities to be carried out in the following financial year and place the Draft on public exhibition for at least 28 days.

The DRAFT 2021/22 Operational Plan is now available to view or download:

DRAFT 2021/22 Operational Plan

Hard copies of the DRAFT 2021/22 Operational Plan are available for viewing at Council’s Administration Centre, located at Campbell’s Corner or at Denman and Muswellbrook libraries during opening hours.

All public submissions received by the close of the public exhibition period will be reported to Council for consideration at the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 29 June 2021. Submissions should be sent to: The General Manager, PO Box 122, MUSWELLBROOK 2333 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 28 May 2021.

 

 STATEMENT CONCERNING COMMENTS MADE BY CR STEVE REYNOLDS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED ADDITIONAL MINING OPERATION TO THE NORTH OF MANGOOLA’S EXISTING OPERATION

Council understands that Cr Steve Reynolds has alleged in correspondence to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) and to local media that the first he was aware of Council’s position was “from the IPC transcript and related media”. He also claims that he “has since spoken to other councillors who were in the same position.”

With respect to the last point, Council notes that the only other councillor who makes that allegation is Cr Graeme McNeill.

The IPC has the power to do three things:

  1. approve the mining application unconditionally (that is, without any conditions),
  2. approve the mining application conditionally, or
  3. refuse the application.

Council’s position was first communicated to Cr Reynolds (and all councillors – including Cr Graeme McNeill) on 13 September 2019. (A copy of the email and submission is available as an attachment to this statement on council’s website.) All councillors were given an opportunity to comment on the content of the submission. Council’s position is clear, and the primary concerns can be stated briefly as follows:

A.the cumulative assessment of ecology required of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements is entirely absent,

B.despite a requirement to minimise the number and size of voids, the applicant had not (and has still not) disclosed its methodology in arriving at its view that it should be permitted to increase the number and cumulative size of voids, and

C.the mining application is inconsistent with Council’s adopted Mining-affected Road Network Strategy.

Cr Steve Reynold’s further alleges that the process leading to the delegation of the submission to staff officers was “very ambiguous and states ‘providing advice’”. He relies on a resolution of Council of 22 December 2020. Cr Steve Reynold’s omits the fact, however, that the resolution of delegation occurred not on 22 December 2020 but on 27 August 2019. He was present at the meeting and voted in support of the resolution and delegation. A resolution was made in similar terms on 30 June 2020.

Council organised for Cr Steve Reynolds and Cr Graeme McNeill (and other councillors) to attend a site visit at the applicant’s mine on 18 November 2020. A copy of the applicant’s presentation was also provided to councillors. Other councillors had also attended the mine site at other times.

Notwithstanding the site visit, neither Crs Steve Reynolds nor Graeme McNeill raised any issue with Council’s position. Nor did they make any further comment on the application despite having ample opportunity to do so.

Cr Steve Reynold’s alleges that he met with Council’s General Manager at some unspecified point and was told: “Council does not oppose the project”. The allegation is denied. In the middle of 2020, councillors were told that if the conditions proposed by Council were accepted by the mine, Council’s submission would, for the purposes of the law, be one of support but that if the proposed conditions could not be agreed and the additional information provided, Council’s submission would, for the purposes of the law, be one of opposition. At the time of that discussion, the applicant’s position with respect to Council’s concerns was not known.

Moreover, Cr Steve Reynolds, if he was at all dissatisfied with Council’s position, made under delegation following his consultation and resolution, had the opportunity to have the matter brought to Council and Council’s position overturned at a meeting which he attended on 30 March 2021. Crs Steve Reynolds and Graeme McNeill both attended that meeting and did not seek to overturn Council’s position. That meeting took place after the comments made by the councillors to the Independent Planning Commission and local media. Cr Steve Reynold’s has had almost two years to engage in the application process.

Council is satisfied with its processes and its position on the development application. The application is not in the public interest. That is not to suggest that Council does not support the existing mining operation and the workforce jobs created by the project, but that the modification application is woefully inadequate.

 

Authorised by Fiona Plesman, General Manager of Muswellbrook Shire Council

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P: 02 6549 3700

21 April 2021

Download Letter of Statement RE Cr Reynolds

2021 NSW Local Government elections

Saturday, 04 September 2021

If you are interested in running for the Local council election in September, we encourage you to follow this link:

https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Elections/Local-government-elections/Local-Government-Elections-2021

Every month an Election Bulletins will provide political participants and local councils with key information, webinars and more about these elections.

Bulletin No.5 Issued 15 April 2021

In consultation with Upper Hunter Community Services, draft concept plans for Wollombi Park and Hunter Park have been prepared. 

The objectives of the plans include to:

  • Promote and enhance community identity and sense of belonging;
  • Provide active and passive recreation opportunities with safety and amenity for all users; and
  • Explore opportunities for residential development on Council vacant land at Wollombi Road.

The Wollombi Park concept plan has been designed to accommodate a wide range of community activities with a primary focus on families and teenagers.  Hunter Park has been designed for families and younger children, considered in relation and complementary to its proximity to Wollombi Park.  Hunter Park is more intimate than Wollombi Park and is located central to residences in the Wollombi Road precinct.

All interested parties are encouraged and invited to make written submissions, with comments about the concepts,

addressed to the General Manger via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via post: 

 

The General Manager

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Council will not consider Facebook comments or shares as submissions in relation to this application.  Any electronic submissions are to be made via the abovementioned email.

The Concept Plans will be on public exhibition on Councils website and a hardcopy will be available to view at Council’s Administration Centre, located in Campbells Corner.  This information will be available until Thursday, 6 May 2021.

For further information please contact Paul Chandler on 02 6549 3700.

2019-2020-0421 Hunter Park Concept (1)

2019-2020-0421 Wollombi Park Concept (1)

The Revised Muswellbrook Shire Council (MSC) Councillor meetings with Developers and Lobbyists Policy has been placed on public exhibition until Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

The MSC Councillor meetings with Developers and Lobbyists Policy is available for download at the following link.

MSCxxxCouncillor meetings with Developers and Lobbyists Policy draft

All interested parties are invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submission, addressed 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.

Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions - currently in place

Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire. Please use water responsibly.

RESIDENTIAL

-260 litres per person

WATERING LAWNS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

WATERING RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:

between 6:00am - 10:00am

between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Topping up, filling garden water features    Permitted
   
Irrigation of new turf       Permitted for one week after laying after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies 
   
Washing down walls or paved surfaces  Not Permitted
   
Topping up private swimming pools/spas Permitted
   
Washing cars at home  Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time
   
Baths, showers Permitted
   
Use of evaporative air conditioners Permitted
   
Inflatable or temporary children’s pools Permitted

 

NON RESIDENTIAL  260 litres per person

WATERING LAWNS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

WATERING NON RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:

between 6:00am - 10:00am

between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

First fill of public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc. Permitted
   
Topping up public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc Permitted
   
Turf farm irrigation, market gardens Permitted
   
Irrigation of new turf on non-residential premises Permitted for one week after laying after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies
   
Commercial or Government nurseries Permitted
   
Public car and truck wash facilities Permitted
   
Construction industry eg mortar or concrete mix Permitted
   
Construction - wash down, paint prep, curing. Permitted
   
Cleaning - exteriors Permitted with trigger hoses anytime
   
Abattoirs Permitted 
   
Food or pet food production Permitted
   
Canneries Permitted
   
Pet care Permitted
   
Public water features Permitted
   
Child care Permitted
   
Public parks, gardens, aviaries, plant houses, zoos Permitted
   
Schools, technical colleges, colleges, universities Permitted
   
Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, rehab centers Permitted
   
Aged accommodation Permitted
   
Motels, caravan parks, cabins Permitted
   
Hotels, registered clubs Permitted
   
Businesses with cooling towers Permitted

 Level 1 Water Restriction List

TW Zero Workshop 04

 

FREE workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers

5:30pm Wednesday 31 March 2021

Muswellbrook Library - Bookings Essential

The two-hour session will offer practical advice about:

• current driving rules and requirements for L and P platers

• how learners benefit from supervised on-road driving

• how you can help make learning to drive a safe and positive experience.

Refreshments provided

For more information about the workshop,

or to book, contact Alison Balding T 0429 664 036 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Council adopted the Olympic Park Masterplan in 2018.


The aims of the Masterplan are:

  • To prepare an overall master plan for Olympic Park Precinct which will give a clear vision for the precinct

  • To integrate Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre and Urban Riparian Landcare master plans’ outcomes into the overall masterplan

  • To identify opportunities for improvements including public domain, recreational, parking, traffic movement and landscaping

  • To enhance connection between Olympic Park Precinct, town centre and neighbouring residential areas

  • To incorporate crime prevention through environmental design principles into planning and development activities

  • To provide a coordinated and strategic planning approach to the development of the area and

  • To develop detailed concept design for identified key areas

For more information please contact Kellie Scholes on 02 6549 3756.

 2016-2017-0277 Olympic Park Master Plan Summary - Adopted 20180213

 Environmental Impacts NE30034

Council climb aboard the Green Caffeen train

Swap-and-go coffee cup scheme, Green Caffeen, in partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council and other regional councils, is making it easier for locals to enjoy a takeaway coffee without the eco guilt.

Council is working to reduce waste to landfill and innovate in industry. Single use coffee cups don’t fit the bill when it comes to a reuse economy so we have partnered with swap-and-go pioneers Green Caffeen to help the community make their next cup of coffee circular with an Australian-made sustainable cup reuse scheme free of charge for coffee drinkers and cafes.

Coffee drinkers simply download the Green Caffeen app and sigh up and get a reusable cup from the Gallery Café or any other participating café. Enjoy your coffee then return the cup to any Green Caffeen café. If you return the cup within 30 days, it’s completely free – like a library for coffee cups.

Green Caffeen is leading the reusable drive in Australia with more than 18,000 people and 580 cafes already signed up.

“We are excited to bring Green Caffeen to the Upper Hunter. It’s a simple concept that allows cafes and coffee and tea drinkers the chance to transition away from single use cups and we welcome enquiries from all cafes looking to do their bit for the planet in 2021.” – Damien Clarke, co-founder of Green Caffeen.

With this simple reusable scheme customers can avoid the confusion around single use cups. Forget trying to determine if a cup is compostable, recyclable or biodegradable and switch to the easy way to reuse.

How it works

  • Download the Green Caffeen app and sign up with your details
  • Scan a reusable cup at a participating café
  • Return your reusable cup to any participating café within 30 days (if not returned within 30 days you will incur a fee of $12.99 - to ensure there’s plenty of cups in the system – just like an overdue library book)
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat!

Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Fiona Plesman hosted a lunch on International Women’s Day (IWD) for council staff and invited guests from Bengalla and Mt Pleasant mines, local community organisations and local businesses.

Ms Plesman gave a short history of International Women’s Day before introducing guest speaker Cr Jacinta Ledlin. With “choose to challenge” the theme for IWD 2021, both speakers encouraged the audience to “choose” the “challenge” of Council and consider nominating to stand in the September Local Government elections.

Special guests included Reverend Angela Peverell, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Muswellbrook; Tracey Chapman, Commander Hunter Valley LAC;  Linda Keeping,  Two Rivers Winery and Australia Day Award Winner Jeanette Masterton Travers, Denman and District Progress Association;  Sharon Wallace, Sandy Hollow Progress Association; Fiona Hartin,  Bengalla Mining Company and Jennifer Leckie, Muswellbrook Chamber of commerce and Industry.

“Where there are women – inevitably there are children – welcome Robert and Grae to the 2021 International Women’s Day lunch” – Fiona Plesman

Council has announced that its continued vision for the revitalisation of Muswellbrook’s town centre will include a multi-use precinct with quality retail, commercial, civic, cultural, entertainment, education and community amenities.

The Muswellbrook Town Centre Masterplan features a Civic Square which would link the education precinct which includes the Muswellbrook Library, the University of Newcastle Upper Hunter campus, TAFE Town campus and Upper Hunter Innovation Hub with the cultural precinct which includes the Conservatorium of Music and the proposed Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

Additionally, the Square will include an open Town Green, eateries including cafes and small bars as well as additional surface and underground car parking.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Rod Scholes, said:

“This project is central to bringing the community together, highlighting important Aboriginal and European heritage, and building a strong and proud identity in the heart of the town.

Well preserved heritage buildings, modern new additions and welcoming outdoor public spaces and facilities are all elements of the proposed Civic Square.

One of the key elements to come out of a series of community forums held during the development process was a lack of “green” public spaces in town. The multi-functional Civic Square and Town Green will encourage community congregation and accommodate cultural events, performances, seasonal events and activities such as Anzac services and Christmas markets.”

Civic Square Plan

19 February 2021

WITH the completion of recent works, part of the revitalisation of Denman’s town centre, improvements to Denman Memorial Park are set to be officially opened on Tuesday, 23 February, and Council’s vision of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan is being realised.

The masterplan features the rebuilding of the Memorial Hall, a new main street streetscape, parking and new facilities for recreation vehicles, improvements to the park, including the installation of a new playground and amenities and the construction of a viewing platform near the Hunter River levee bank.

General manager Fiona Plesman said that:

“all these projects form part of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan, designed to enhance the heritage aspect of Ogilvie Street and other public areas within the town as it builds on existing boutique tourism offerings and develops as a significant regional tourist centre.

Welcome grant funding from Infrastructure NSW has assisted with the upgrade. Stage one saw civil works in Paxton Street including new storm water drainage, kerb and gutter and the construction of a layby for parking long vehicles and coaches.  

Stage two featured landscaping and outdoor furnishings on Ogilvie Street and at the park. Native plant species were used where possible, an event lawn installed, improvements to the existing War Memorial with sandstone paving, up lighting and new flagpoles and the installation of barbecue and picnic facilities - all designed to complement and enhance the appeal of the park.

Stage three, completed recently, saw an accessible and inclusive playground installation guided by the principle of Everyone Can Play and designed for every member of the community regardless of age or physical capability.”

The new amenities block at the park includes a Changing Places facility which will greatly enhance accessibility and provide an important benefit as an appealing and inclusive stop-over point for families and those who require accessible amenities.

"The availability of the Changing Places facility will be an asset for Denman and complement those already existing in Dubbo and Newcastle.

"The Denman Town Centre Masterplan broadly outlines the community's vision for the Denman town centre in terms of streetscape, public domain assets and function and provided a basis for the designs for Ogilvie Street, the refurbishment of the Denman Memorial Hall and upgrade of Denman Memorial Park and Council is extremely proud of the outcome and looking forward to the opening of the playground tomorrow,” Ms Plesman added.

The masterplan can be viewed on Muswellbrook Shire Council's web site at www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

Council has commenced works on a major line marking project on Bylong Valley Way, an important regional road that has  never been line marked for its entire length before.

While this may not seem to be anything extraordinary, it is another improvement by Council to make this busy road safer for all road users.

Council maintains 39 kilometres of the Bylong Valley Way and has been, over time, upgrading and improving the standard of the road by widening the road pavement to allow for line marking. 

 Remarkably, until the early 1990s, some sections of this road remained unsealed and delineated. The addition of line marking with edge lines, centreline and delineators will vastly improve road safety in the section through Muswellbrook Shire.

Council’s roads, drainage and works teams have been progressively upgrading sections of the road, to the extent that they can be sealed. Sealing is often described as one of the cheapest, most effective means of ensuring road safety.

Bylong Valley Way is an increasingly important road, not only for residents and industry, but also as a tourist route. The line marking works will have a considerable positive effect on ensuring road safety for all users of Bylong Valley Way.

ARTC - Muswellbrook Bridge Replacement - Proposed Closure Bridge St - May 25th - 27th, Rail Closedown

Advice from ARTC on upcoming road closures to conduct works on the rail bridge over Bridge St on the New England Highway, 

• Proposed for night shift only for Tuesday (25/5) and Wednesday (26/5) nights 1800 to 0600.

• Contingency closure also proposed during the day on the Thursday (27/5) between 1000 and 1400.

• Southbound traffic detoured along the High Vehicle detour.

• Short stoppages (up to 3min) placed on Northbound traffic during the single lane closures.

Download the proposed plan MBR-LOR-TR-PLN-00005

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Muswellbrook Bridges Replacement -outside of normal hours construction work-community notice April 6:30am Tuesday 27 April to 6:00pm Friday 30 April.

Please note: construction will continue during standard construction hours outside of this period

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March 2021

    From April 6 to April 9 there will be works to the following at Bridge Street bridge.
  • Construction of concrete Pilecaps at Bridge St – Day and Night works. Essentially just steel fixing, formwork installation and concrete pours.
  • Construction of our casting yard for Muscle Ck and Hunter River Bridge – Day works only.
  • Piling works for Muscle Ck and Hunter River Bridge – Day works only. Note that the works will not impact traffic.

Click the link below for more information: 

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February 2021

From June 2020, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is replacing three existing rail bridges in Muswellbrook for the purpose of improving rail network reliability.

The project involves replacement of the existing bridges spanning Bridge St, Muscle Creek and Hunter River.  The Bridge St structure will be replaced with a 26 metre long single span concrete bridge, with the Muscle Creek and Hunter River Bridges replaced with a combined 175 metre long multi span concrete bridge.

This project is planned to be complete by June 2022.

6:30am Tuesday 9 February to 6:00pm Friday 12 February
For more information please contact 1300 550 402 (24 hours) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click the link below for more information: 

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The Aboriginal Oral History Project – In Our Own Words

http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

You can view the videos and listen to our elders stories.

 http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

January 2021

In 2011 the Nagapawatti Aboriginal Women’s Group identified the need for a project that would allow our Aboriginal people to tell their stories from their perspective.

Our endeavour was to gather these stories without the influence of existing written history which is often written from the perspective of non-Aboriginal people. These stories build on the stories published in Wannin Thanbarran: A Record of Aboriginal and European history in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Area.

The wellbeing of the community is at the heart of the project and Muswellbrook Shire Council thanks the community members who contributed to the project through their guidance, recommendations and by generously sharing their stories.

 It is our aim to ensure that cultural connections are not forgotten and that we preserve invaluable stories for future generations. It is our hope that through the sharing of these experiences and stories there will be an enhanced appreciation and understanding between generations and communities.

We know that the Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture on earth and that the Hunter Valley Area is rich in deep cultural landscapes, stories and practices. Through this book and the series of short films we celebrate Aboriginal people and culture with stories of caring for country, preservation of culture and the deep sense of belonging and how Aboriginal people from the area have adapted in a contemporary world - from enterprise development, job creation and economic opportunities, to social justice, dreaming and education.

What stood out on this journey was the love of the area and a commitment to a positive future for all Aboriginal people that recognises the past while remaining focused on a strong future for the generations that will follow.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is the culmination of three years work for our team and wouldn’t have been possible without the support, assistance and advice of the many people who were involved.

We would particularly like to thank MACH Energy, Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee, the Elders and Community members who participated, Aunty Jean Hands, Noel Downs, Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cr Jacinta Ledlin, Kim Manwarring, Roz Thomson, Joanne Stead, and the 2 Rivers team of Lorrayne Fishenden, Makishia Felton, Roslynn Riggs, Pene Riggs, Emma Steed, Rebel Heart Photography, Impulse Print Management and a very special mention to Paul Bullen from Management Alternatives Pty Ltd.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, councillors and staff would also like to acknowledge the passing of Aunty Margaret Matthews and Uncle Barry French who were prominent figures of the local Aboriginal community and the Muswellbrook community, they were valuable contributors to this project.

In Our Own Words is available for purchase at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre for $5

Exhibition Date: 11 January 2021 to 2 May 2021

 

 

January 2019

 

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

 

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

 

4 January 2021

Grants for sport and recreation groups announced

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sport and Recreation Small and Large Capital Grants Programme is a successful initiative that allows local user groups to fund priority projects using matched funding.

Successful applicants in Round 6 of the programme, approved at the Ordinary Council Meeting on December 22, 2020, are:

  • The Brook Cricket Club: $650
  • Denman Pony Club: $1989
  • Denman Senior Rugby League Club: $2000
  • Glen Gallic Shooting club: $1437
  • Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club: $600
  • Muswellbrook Netball Club: $1149.50
  • Muswellbrook Rugby Union Club: $1025
  • Muswellbrook Touch Football: $1000
  • Denman Pony Club: $10,876
  • Lake Liddell Recreation area Reserve $5000
  • Muswellbrook Park Tennis: $33,550
  • Muswellbrook Senior Rugby League: $2500

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Contact: Derek Finnigan, Deputy General Manager Muswellbrook Shire Council

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P: 02 6549 3700

 

Muswellbrook Shire Council established the Future Fund six years ago to ensure that some of the vast benefits of the thermal coal mining and thermal coal power generation industries flowed to future generations.  In the shorter term, the Fund sponsors projects and initiatives to create jobs and improve education and training outcomes in the local community.

The Future Fund has restored several heritage buildings in the Shire including Loxton House, Weidmann Cottage and Campbell’s Corner, consolidated carparking in the town centre and improved the quality of the commercial building stock. It has also provided education infrastructure – including buildings for the University of Newcastle, the town campus of TAFE, a purpose-built space for the Conservatorium of Music and a residential student accommodation facility. Recently Council added a commercial building in Canberra to its Future Fund portfolio.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley, supports its community of 17,000 residents with infrastructure, cultural, recreational, education and community facilities and services. And that for almost 150 years, coal mining in the Shire has been as a key local industry and employer and together with thermal coal power generation accounts for a significant proportion of the Shire’s employment.

“Council established the Future Fund in 2014 to secure the economic future of the Shire and its Council and to assist in the process of economic diversification and transition. Objectives of the Future Fund include supporting local industry and the facilitation of new and emerging industries, and to help secure ongoing job opportunities for local workers” – Mayor Martin Rush.

The Future Fund Committee was established under the NSW Local Government Act 1993. The Committee, which has at least two external members, reviews the budget and assets of the Future Fund to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are met. The Committee acts as an advisory body to Council and senior management on issues relating to acquisition, development, demolition or disposal of the Fund’s assets.

 

Muswellbrook Shire Future Fund 2020

20 November, 2020

Council welcomes grant for new water pipeline

Muswellbrook Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of $18.9million grant funding under the NSW State Government’s Growing Local Economies fund for the construction of a new water pipeline. The 11km Upper Hunter Water Security Project pipeline would supply water from Denman to Hollydeen with a further 6.5km pipeline connecting Hollydeen to Sandy Hollow opening the door for new business opportunities and delivering water security to local communities.

Council’s General Manager Fiona Plesman said the financial support for the pipeline from the State Government will provide a major impetus to investment in the Shire and unlock the potential for the development of agribusiness and the creation of hundreds of jobs associated with agribusiness opportunities - such as the proposed Yarraman Abattoir and Feedlot project.

“Council has been working with FJT Australia since 2016 when the company met the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEAR’s) for an Environmental Impact Statement from the NSW Department of Planning. Access to water and water security were identified then as a major hinderance to this and other agribusinesses, such as poultry meat, moving forward.

“I would like to congratulate council staff and FJT Australia personnel for their perseverance and belief in the project, as well as staff from the NSW Department of Planning for their assistance and enthusiasm. The need to intensify and diversify agriculture production in Muswellbrook Shire is a major focus for council as part of its diversification efforts and this development has the potential to move the dial along,” she said.

FJT Australia spokesperson Gary Williams said the Yarraman Abattoir and Feedlot had been slated as a State Significant Development and would involve the establishment of a modern abattoir and feedlot using best current practice systems in construction equipment, animal handling and environmental considerations.

“A multi-species abattoir with the capacity to process 1000 cattle or 1400 sheep per day and a 25,000 head feedlot would generate up to 600 new jobs, give the area a substantial boost and generate an enormous flow on effect for Denman and surrounding communities,” he said.

A key strategic goal of Muswellbrook Shire Council is the diversification of the economy and driving opportunities for sustainable job creation. Council has been working closely with Government agencies and industry to develop Muswellbrook Shire as a centre for high employment intensive agriculture.

The water pipeline will enhance security of water supply to local communities such as Sandy Hollow, augment resilience to manage the impacts of future droughts and support local agricultural employers, improve water connectivity to the water network of Muswellbrook Shire and the Upper Hunter, provide water security to the west and north-west areas of the shire and help to facilitate the region’s economic growth.

The Growing Local Economies fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which will improve the economic growth and productivity of the state. While several approvals and conditions need to be met before the project can commence construction Council is confident these will be met, and the project proceed. Works will be carried out by specialist external service providers under Council supervision.

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27 November 2020

PLANNING AWARDS HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMIES

The annual Planning Institute of Australia NSW Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in Planning.

Muswellbrook Shire Council and the University of South Australia were last night awarded the prestigious President’s Award at the 2020 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.

PIA NSW president Juliet Grant said the award was given for the study commissioned by Muswellbrook Shire Council titled: Identifying measures of success for a global best-practice thermal coal mine and thermal coal-fired power station closure which recognises the importance of preparing for the diversification of the economy in response to restructuring in coal and power generation and the growth of new industries and rural tourism.

In awarding the prize Ms Grant noted that by acting on the recommendations in the report Muswellbrook Shire Council is determined to ensure that the Upper Hunter region undertakes a successful regional economic transition.

Council’s General Manager, Fiona Plesman said Council was honoured to win the President’s Award.The PIA congratulated Council for its recognition of the importance of early planning and investment in preparing for successful economic transition and for engaging experts to assist with the process.” she said.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. The 2020 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence are a stepping-stone to PIA’s National Awards for planning excellence.

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26 November 2020

Resources for Regions program delivers funds for major projects

General Manager of Muswellbrook Shire Council, Fiona Plesman, said she was thrilled with today’s announcement by the NSW Government that a total of $3,750.318 is coming to the community from round seven of the revamped Resources for Regions program.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro delivered the news this morning, paving the way for Council to progress three major projects in Muswellbrook. The Muswellbrook Entertainment and Conference Centre project was awarded $2,850.318 and $900,000 was allocated for two STEM education projects at the Upper Hunter Innovation Precinct.

“This funding is great news for council and will allow us to continue to move forward with projects that are well into the planning stage. An entertainment centre is one of council’s signature projects and deemed to be an essential factor in the development of a new CBD civic centre and of Muswellbrook as a regional centre. Stage two of the Innovation Precinct will be constructed between and incorporate Loxton House and Weidman Cottage, preserving these important heritage sites for generations to come.

“Council is laying the foundations now for the future and investing in STEM programs and creativity is a big part of those plans. A “makerspace” an innovative rapid prototyping laboratory, will be constructed in the Innovation Hub, alongside a STEM learning environment and equipment library,” she said.

“I would like to thank the State Government for committing to a review of the Resources for Regions program and for delivering on the revised program, which will see funding for a broad range of projects into the future,” Ms Plesman said.

Resources for Regions, designed to secure mining towns a better return on the mining royalties they deliver to State Government each year, was revised earlier this year to include provision of funding of community programs as well as infrastructure.

Round seven of the funding pool has delivered more than $10 million for 21 projects across four local government areas in the Upper Hunter

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Mayor Martin Rush presented Council’s 2020/21 Budget to a breakfast meeting of the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Please find the presentation Pdf for download.

Budget 2020/21 Presentation

March 24 2021

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January 20 2021

MachEnergy Community Info map

MACH Energy Australia owns and operates the Mount Pleasant Operation (MPO) which is located approximately 3km north-west of Muswellbrook.

This Community Information is to inform you of upcoming planned construction works to be undertaken as part of the approved Modification 4 for the Mount Pleasant Operation.

MPO’s existing rail infrastructure is currently located on land south of Wybong Road. Modification 4 was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in November 2018 and sought to relocate rail, water and associated electricity supply infrastructure.

Please contact the External Relations Manager, Ngaire Baker on 1800 886 889 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on this project.

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APRIl 15, 2021

MBK Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade Update

Fitness Centre and Indoor Pool to reopen on April 19 with COVID-19 Safe Plan in place

Fitness Centre:

  • the existing gym facility is now setup for public use
  • a COVID-19 Safe Plan is in place
  • capacity is 24 people in fitness area at one time, 5 people per each spin class
  • the gym facility will operate separately to the indoor pool
  • entry will be via the Boronia Building car park 

Indoor Pool 

  • installation of the indoor pool heat pumps has been completed
  • the indoor pool has been filled and water treatment is underway
  • a public entry into the indoor pool has been established alongside a temporary office space for staff to process patrons
  • a partition wall has been installed to separate the indoor pool area from ongoing construction works
  • a COVID-19 Safe Plan for the indoor pool area is in place
  • capacity is 60 people at any one time in the indoor pool area

Outdoor Pool

  • the outdoor pool will be closed to the public and winterised after the indoor pool opens

Council advises the community that this completes the second stage of the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade.

Works continue stage three which will include a heated learn-to-swim pool, children's wet play area, kiosk, sauna, spa, foyer and 24/7 entry to the gym when these works are completed later this year.

 

Please note: The NSW Government Public Health Notice for swimming pools remains in effect and COVID – 19 restrictions will be in place. Numbers at the pool will be capped at 60 at any one time and visitors to the pool will be required to scan a QR Code and be temperature tested before entry. Each visit to the pool will be limited to two hours per person and COVID marshals will always be on duty.

 

February 1, 2021

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre out door pool is now open.
Free entry until Sunday February 7th.

Visit https://pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/ for further infomation.

 

January 6, 2021

The refurbishment of the White Memorial Pool – the 50m outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre- is running around three weeks behind schedule as a result of weather delays and is now expected to reopen towards the end of January.

Relining and tiling works have been completed and the finished works will include a wet deck, all access ramps, shade structures, lighting for night events and new reticulation and pumping works.

Works will continue the indoor pool project - which includes a heated learn-to-swim pool, wet children's play space, extended cafe, extended solar PV array and a sauna and spa – and remains on schedule for completion by the end of March.

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Update

Works are due to start on the refurbishment of the 50 metre outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic Center with the aim of reopening the pool by the end of 2020.

The works program includes the lining of the pool, installation of a wet deck, removal of the existing concrete hob and gutters and construction of an access ramp which will extend the longevity and efficient operation of the pool and enable compliance of the pool body to current standards.

The 50 metre outdoor pool was opened on 3 February, 1929, making it more than 90 years old. Water leaks have been an issue for a number of years and it is considered that the refurbishment will extend the life of the pool for a further 25 years.

While the Aquatic Centre is closed for the upgrade Council has arranged for Muswellbrook Swimming Club members to be transported to Singleton by bus for training during winter and, if necessary, to Denman for summer.

Denman Memorial Pool will open, for organized swim activity and exercise purposes only, on October 6 (Monday to Friday).

As determined by the current NSW Public Health Notice no recreational swimming is allowed at this time.

22 JUly 2020 - MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE upgrade  

Following closure to comply with Public Health Orders, Council negotiated with the construction contractor for the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Project to include all additions of the adopted master plan in the redevelopment and reduce the length of the construction programme for this important community facility.

The additions include the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a water activity park, learn to swim and therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, party room, spa and sauna, viewing deck, and upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access, during which time the centre will remain closed.

This construction programme has created the opportunity for Council to bring forward the refurbishment of the outdoor 50 metre pool. The outdoor pool will remain closed during the winter season as per the usual practice and reopen when works are completed. Understanding the importance of the outdoor pool to the community, as much as practicable, delivery for summer will be a high priority.

Council recognises that these works will be inconvenient and frustrating for many users of the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and asks for the community’s patience during this construction period. The end result of the completed redevelopment and refurbishment works will bring forward an exciting new level of service and greatly improved facilities for the community to enjoy.

Council appreciates the community’s understanding, and for further project information, or to answer any questions regarding membership, please contact Council on 6549 3700.

1-2 FEBRUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE

Council advises that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2.

The work includes the removal of bonded asbestos pipe encased in concrete. All work will be completed in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.

Council has engaged a licenced demolition and asbestos removalist to undertake the work including the engagement of an experienced occupational hygienist to ensure safe operations at all times.

Major construction works for the Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Winter season. The Early Works Program currently underway includes the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and toddler pools, investigation of leaking, relocation of services and pressure testing

Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, and dry play party room.

29 JANUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE

Muswellbrook Shire Council advise that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2. 



2 DECEMBER, 2019 – EARLY WORKS PROGRAM

The Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Masterplan, adopted by Muswellbrook Shire Council earlier this year following extensive community consultation, is an ambitious and exciting upgrade of one of the town’s most popular facilities.

Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, dry play party room and viewing deck.

Major construction works on the Aquatic Centre upgrade will take place during the 2020 winter season. However,  an Early Works Program, including  investigation of  leakage in the 50m outdoor pool and the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and Toddler pools, relocation of services and pressure testing, will get underway in January.

The outdoor 50m pool, indoor pool and fitness centre will remain open during the Early Works Program although access to some areas of the facility will be restricted. Learn to Swim classes will be held in the outdoor pool over eight weeks of the first term next year. The upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access will be completed as part of the major works program.

Successful grant funding applications support the redevelopment with $1 million granted towards the water activity park from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities fund and $900,000 towards the Learn to Swim and Therapy pool from the Ridgeland’s Community Fund.

 

Queries to:

Matt Lysaught 
Manager Property and Building Services

or

Paul Chandler, Project Manager

Property and Building Services

(02) 6549 3700

Rethink Water in the home and garden. Every drop counts since Mandatory Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire.

We are encouraging responsible water usage in the community and proactively responding to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter.

Download all or any of the 8 brochures on tips for saving water below!

 

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Download useful tips for RETHINKING WATER - All 8 pamphlets

RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

Feral cats threaten the survival of over 100 native species throughout Australia and have caused the extinction of some ground-dwelling birds and small mammals.

Numbers are on the rise in the Muswellbrook Shire.

In an effort to stem this predation by feral cats Muswellbrook Shire Council will no longer charge a fee for the loan of a cage trap, for a 12 month trial period from 1 July 2019.

The trapping of feral cats by using cage traps is an effective tool in urban and residential areas where domestic cats are also present and individual wild cats need to be targeted.

Non-target animals can be released unharmed and trapped feral cats can be taken to Council animal care facility or local vet clinics for disposal.

Council previously charged a deposit, refundable on return of the cage trap, and a fee for the use of a cage trap but will now just require identification.

Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats but live and reproduce in the wild and survive by hunting or scavenging and can carry infectious diseases which can be transmitted to native animals, domestic livestock and humans.

The cats are predominantly solitary and nocturnal, spending most of the day in the safety of a shelter such as a rabbit burrow, log or rock pile. They are carnivores, generally eating small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects and mostly feed at night.

Predation by feral cats is listed as a key threatening process under section 188 of Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), which was updated in 2008.

Many native animals are struggling to survive so reducing the number killed by this introduced predator will help their populations to grow.

The NSW Government introduced the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework with the purpose of encouraging and assisting councils to better communicate and consult with their communities to reflect their vision. Council has prepared a suite of documents aligned to the IP&R framework that capture the aspirations of our Shire’s communities and provide the strategic plans and resourcing strategies required to implement the priorities confirmed by the community. Council’s Annual Report provides the community with an update on Council’s yearly progress and activities.

Further information on the IP&R framework can be found at: https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Intergrated-Planning-and-Reporting-Guidelines-March-2013.pdf

 

 

 Community Strategic Plan

 2017-2021 Delivery Program

2020-2021 Operational Plan

 2019-2020 Operational Plan

 2019-2029 Long Term Financial Plan

 Strategic Asset Management Plan

 2013-2017 Workforce Management Plan

 2017-2018 Annual Report

 2018-2019 Annual Report

 2019-2020 Annual Report

 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey report

 2019/2020 Fees and Charges

 Community Participation Plan

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

 

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

 

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
Pouring the concrete slab

 

RWTW Construction Aerial Progress to April 2018

01 April 2018 Update:

Construction at the Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW) continues to progress, with expectations for the commissioning of the new treatment facility in the second half of this year.  Decommissioning and demolition of the old facility will continue into early 2019.  Current construction is within budget - while meeting design, quality and safety expectations.

Following the construction of the walls of the process reactor (IDEA tanks) witnessed in the video above, water tightness testing is progressing, with much of the mechanical infrastructure beginning to be delivered to site. Assembly of the electrical switchgear and testing has occurred and testing of the control systems is underway. The 3 Megalitre final reuse water reservoir has been constructed with testing to be performed in the near future.

All attempts are being made to utilise local suppliers and contractors from the Shire to enhance local economic development. Construction is progressing well and in accordance with design approvals given by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Authority.

The Recycle Water Treatment Works is mainly funded by MSC, with a portion of funding provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF). 

 

03 November 2017:

Aerial footage of construction of the Recycle Water Treatment Works at Muswellbrook between August and October 2017.

Construction of Muswellbrook's RWTW between August and October 2017

04 October 2017 Update:

Muswellbrook Shire Council is progressing well with the Construction of the new RWTW. The project is on schedule and cost, whilst satisfying quality, safety and other expectations.

In September, the significant milestone of pouring the post tensioned single pour slab of the main process reactor (IDEA tanks) was undertaken. This innovative construction technique proceeded as planned and with all risks mitigated.
Mark Tildsley – Downer’s Project Manager explained “The concrete base pour marks a significant project milestone in the construction of the Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW), a world-leading recycled water treatment solution that will see long term economic and sustainable benefits for the local community. Local suppliers delivered more than 800 cubic meters of concrete and in close partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council and the Downer team on the ground. The day ran smoothly with no incidents or injuries.”

Timelapse: Pouring 800 cubic metres of concrete for the new Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Pl

The pouring of the slab was the largest single concrete slab pour ever performed for Council, utilising 116 deliveries of concrete from a fleet of 20 trucks, and 2 crews of over 40 workers. All adjacent residents were advised of the increased truck movements and the early start on 5 September 2017 at 03H00. Work continued through the day and was completed by 18h30.

This construction activity was a great success largely due to extensive planning and good communication with all Stakeholders i.e. concrete suppliers, Highway Patrol and RMS regarding other traffic movements on road for the day.
Fatigue management of the crews was managed by ‘job rotation’, ensuring there were sufficient employees on the job at all times to keep the pour ‘live’, but still ensuring the crew got appropriate breaks.

The RWTW is mainly funded by MSC, with a portion of funding provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF).

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

 

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

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

 

We have a new website - please visit pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The NAIDOC Committee in conjunction with Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council is facilitating the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Week Awards for 2021.

The prestigious and historical awards night recognises the achievements of inspirational Aboriginal people living, working and contributing to the Upper Hunter community which has been held biennially since 2010. We proudly highlight our winners, we learn of their journey, their inspirational story and we pay tribute to their achievements.

Proudly supported by Singleton Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council,  Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council and Ungaroo Aboriginal Corporation.

You can pick up a nomination form from any of the mentioned Councils.

Nominations will close 5:00pm Friday 4th June.

 

The following categories will be included in the Upper Hunter NAIDOC Week Awards:

  • Apprentice of the Year

  • Artist of the Year

  • Community Contribution (organisations or individuals)

  • Elder of the Year (male and female)

  • Posthumous Award

  • Professional Achievement (male and female)

  • Scholar of the Year; Junior (male and female)

  • Scholar of the Year; Senior (male and female)

  • Sportsperson of the Year; Junior (male and female)

  • Sportsperson of the Year; Senior (male and female)

  • Volunteer of the Year

  • Youth of the Year

Please download the Nomination forms available at the LALC at  https://wanaruahlalc.wixsite.com/wanaruahlalc/copy-of-events

For more information please contact the Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council on

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 02 6543 1288

 

If you are quick, black compost bins and worm farms are on special.

To ask for more information about the compost bins or worm farms, Pre schools, Schools and Community Groups can ask for financial assistance.contact Mick or Tracy from the Sustainability Unit on 65493700.

 compost bin special bIN

How to make a compost bin

Why make a compost bin?

1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of house hold waste is food waste

2. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

3. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

4. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

 

STEP 1 – GETTING STARTED . . . .

Location - Your compost bin should be close to a water source, protected from the wind and have a good drainage
system so that the bottom of the bin doesn’t become water logged.


Bin type - There are many different types to suit your situation. Consider the amount you will compost, how you will
collect the finished product and your budget. The size of your compost bin should be between 1 to 1.5 sq m.

 

STEP 2 – WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BIN . . . .

Mix one part GREEN materials to two parts BROWN materials today!

 

MIX ONE PART MIX TWO PARTS NONE OF THIS STUFF
GREEN
Vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds/ filters, tea leaves/bags
(ensure doesn’t contain
plastic), garden waste,
fresh weeds without
seeds, fresh grass
clippings
BROWN
Dry leaves, dry hay,sawdust, woodchips,dried grass clippings,dried weeds withoutseeds, shredded papernapkins, tissue paper,wood ash
DO NOT COMPOST
– Meat, fish, eggs, dairy products,oily foods, bones, plants infected with disease, plastic/petroleum products, metals, synthetic materials,carnivore’s
(dog or cat) poo 

 

STEP 3 – THE PROCESS . . . .

• Start your composting with a large layer of brown material asthe base.
• Then begin to alternate your layers between green and brown.
• The smaller the waste is, the easier and faster it will break down.
• Always cover your green layer with a brown layer immediately to avoid odours.
• Keep compost moist, but not wet.
• Aerate your compost pile as often as possible. Use an aerator or pitchfork or if you have a tumbler, spin it.

 

Download the Compost Bin Flyer

Download the Worm Farm Flyer

How to make a worm farm

Why make a compost bin?

  1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of household waste is food waste

  2. Create free but nutritious plant food – worms produce products that are high in nitrogen but it must be diluted.

  3. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

  4. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

  5. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

HOW TO GET STARTED. . . .

1. Line the base of the middle level with newspaper or similar.

2. Add compost to top of newspaper to act as bedding.

3. Add worms and cover withnewspaper and material (t-shirt or hessian).

4. Leave until this level is full. Once full put food scraps in top layer and cover with material.

5. Worms will move to top layer.

WHAT WORMS LIKE . . . .

Worms like to eat – Fruit and vegie scraps, small amounts of bread and pasta, coffee grounds, tea (check bags don’t contain plastic), crushed eggshells, moist cardboard and paper.

WHAT WORMS DON’T LIKE . . . .

Don’t feed worms– meat, bones, onion, garlic, dairy, citrus, grease, oils, dog or cat poo.

 

 

WELCOME to the a free and interactive, self-guided walking tour and treasure hunt of ten public art and culture sites around Bridge Street, Muswellbrook CBD.

The tour is an easy <1.5km walk, so whether you’re a visitor or a local, get out and about exploring Muswellbrook and discover art, culture and history in the Muswellbrook Art Hunt!

Get started - here is your link to the treasure hunt guide.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project – In Our Own Words

http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

You can view the videos and listen to our elders stories.

 http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

JANUARY 2021

In 2011 the Nagapawatti Aboriginal Women’s Group identified the need for a project that would allow our Aboriginal people to tell their stories from their perspective.

Our endeavour was to gather these stories without the influence of existing written history which is often written from the perspective of non-Aboriginal people. These stories build on the stories published in Wannin Thanbarran: A Record of Aboriginal and European history in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Area.

The wellbeing of the community is at the heart of the project and Muswellbrook Shire Council thanks the community members who contributed to the project through their guidance, recommendations and by generously sharing their stories.

 It is our aim to ensure that cultural connections are not forgotten and that we preserve invaluable stories for future generations. It is our hope that through the sharing of these experiences and stories there will be an enhanced appreciation and understanding between generations and communities.

We know that the Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture on earth and that the Hunter Valley Area is rich in deep cultural landscapes, stories and practices. Through this book and the series of short films we celebrate Aboriginal people and culture with stories of caring for country, preservation of culture and the deep sense of belonging and how Aboriginal people from the area have adapted in a contemporary world - from enterprise development, job creation and economic opportunities, to social justice, dreaming and education.

What stood out on this journey was the love of the area and a commitment to a positive future for all Aboriginal people that recognises the past while remaining focused on a strong future for the generations that will follow.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is the culmination of three years work for our team and wouldn’t have been possible without the support, assistance and advice of the many people who were involved.

We would particularly like to thank MACH Energy, Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee, the Elders and Community members who participated, Aunty Jean Hands, Noel Downs, Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cr Jacinta Ledlin, Kim Manwarring, Roz Thomson, Joanne Stead, and the 2 Rivers team of Lorrayne Fishenden, Makishia Felton, Roslynn Riggs, Pene Riggs, Emma Steed, Rebel Heart Photography, Impulse Print Management and a very special mention to Paul Bullen from Management Alternatives Pty Ltd.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, councillors and staff would also like to acknowledge the passing of Aunty Margaret Matthews and Uncle Barry French who were prominent figures of the local Aboriginal community and the Muswellbrook community, they were valuable contributors to this project.

In Our Own Words is available for purchase at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre for $5

Exhibition Date: 11 January 2021 to 2 May 2021

JANUARY 2019

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

Now you can pay your rates, pay your water bill and keep track of your invoices and statements online at the Online service portal.

Make your account now.

https://eservice.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/eservice/start.do

Overall North with Numbers HIRES 13

North Muswellbrook Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination Sign location Meters Steps Minutes
 1 Muscle Creek Loop Simpson Park 2230 2753 30
 2 Regional Art Gallery / Town Bell Street 1090 1345 15
 3 Muscle Creek Loop Bell Street 2230 2753 30
           
 8 Regional Art Gallery / Town Railway Station 278 343 4
 9 Shops / Marketplace Railway Station 740 914 12
           
 13 Netball / Playground Karoola Park 1254 1548 17
 14 AFL Field Karoola Park 740 914 10
 15 Volunteer Park Victoria Park 1800 2222 25
 16 Victoria Park Volunteer Park 1800 2222 25

 

 Overall South with Numbers HIRES 14

South Muswellbrook Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination  Sign Location Meters Steps Minutes
4 Shops / Skate Park  McDonalds 985 1216 14
5 Indoor Sports Centre / Skate Park  Corner of Bell Street & Maitland Street 1300 1604 18
6 Pool / Gym  Corner of Bell Street & Maitland Street 1000 1235 14
7 Town Centre  Bell Street 1680 2074 23
           
10 Woollybutt Loop  Rutherford Road 2500 3086 34
11 Indoor Sports Centre / Skate Park  Highbrook Park 727 898 10
12 Highbrook Park (Playground) Rutherford Road 727 898 10
           
18 Eastbrook Links Loop  Corner of Bimbadeen Drive & Maitland Street 2520 3111 34
17 Shops / Skate Park  Corner of Bimbadeen Drive & Maitland Street 1180 1457 18

  

Denman & Sandy Hollow Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination  Sign Location Meters Steps Minutes
19 Denman loop  Corner Ogilive & Virginia St Denman 2600 3210 35
20 Ogilive (Main) Street  Babbington St Denman 980 1210 14
21 Giant's Leap Lookout (Return)  Sandy Hollow Service Station 2000 2469 120

 Download All Maps

 

Download the Muswellbrook Flying Fox Camp Management Plan using the link below:

 

Muswellbrook Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

Rethink Water in the home and garden. Every drop counts since Mandatory Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire. We are encouraging responsible water usage in the community and proactively responding to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter.

 

Download useful tips for RETHINKING WATER - All 8 pamphlets

RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

Muscle Creek Shaping Up!

Muswellbrook Shire Council with the support of local community groups and volunteers is returning the much-abused Muscle Creek to its former glory. The aim of the work is to improve the environmental and recreational values of this important waterway.

Muscle Creek, named for the freshwater mussels that were once abundant, is a meandering waterway that runs through Muswellbrook. Over the years of urbanisation, weeds and litter had taken over to the point where the creek had become underutilised and its beauty forgotten.  

Council’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mark Scandrett said “There is momentum building amongst the community and they are encouraged by what they are seeing. The Club to Club project is definitely having an impact, and we can now see what a Muscle Creek without weeds and litter will look like. We see the great potential to use Muscle Creek as a showcase for revegetation and sustainability. With community support the creek can become a real community asset and a place where people meet and learn about living sustainably.”


Work to date at Muscle Creek

New South Wales Environmental Trust

The New South Wales Environmental Trust has funded several projects along Muscle Creek. The Club to Club project from 2016 to 2019 helped rehabilitate the riparian zone between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook Workers Club.

In 2019 the Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Restoration Project grant funded a rehabilitation project along Muscle Creek adjacent to the Muswellbrook Golf Club.

In 2020 the Rehabilitation of Muscle Creek for Community and Environmental Benefit project was granted for works between the railway line and Muscle Creek.

NSW Environment Trust 50

Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Masterplan

Council recently adopted the Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Masterplan. This plan will guide future works around Muswellbrook, including Muscle Creek.

Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Master Plan 2018

 


Regeneration

Over five hectares of weeds have been removed from the creek and more than 10,000 native plants have replaced them. Large non-native weed trees such as willows, pepper and pine trees have been removed. This work improves instream and creek bank habitat, allows easier access for recreation, filters pollutants and helps reduce erosion.


Community involvement

Without the support of the community the works undertaken along the creek would not have been possible. See contact details below for how you can be involved.


Muscle Creek Landcare

The Muscle Creek Landcare group and other dedicated volunteers have invested many years into the area, planting numerous native plants and removing weeds. Their close involvement and interest in the waterway has seen the vegetation progressively improve.

The group undertakes activities such as revegetation, clean ups and nursery work.

 

Club To Club

The Club to Club project, started in 2016, A New South Wales Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant using the project title “Club to Club” aims at rehabilitating the urban riparian zone between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook Workers Club. It relies on a mixture of contractor works and volunteer working bees.

This work has improved habitat and connectivity for threatened and endangered species as well as engaged the community and improved their understanding of the importance of the health of riparian ecosystems.

 

Nature Trails – The two ‘Muscle Creek Nature Trails’ were constructed by multiple contractors and the NSW Soil Conservation Service. These stepping stone creek crossings, which allow users to cross the creek without blocking fish passage, were assisted by grant funding from the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust’s “Habitat Action Grant Program”.  This project is the first stage of plans to bring the community back into contact with Muscle Creek.

A number of other sections of the Muscle Creek Nature Trail are planned that will integrate with and support proposed works at Olympic Park and the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre. With picnic areas, informative signage and exercise areas, we are hoping to see a lot more people using Muscle Creek in a responsible manner.

 

Recreational Fishing Trust’s Habitat Action Grant Program

A Habitat Action Grant from the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust helped fund the Haydon Street Nature Trail in 2017.

A Fish Habitat Project starting in 2019 was funded by a Recreational Fishing Trust’s Habitat Action Grant Program from the Department of Industry. This work invloved more rehabilitation works between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and Muscle Creek.



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

A large part of Council’s Sustainable Futures Program is The Sustainability Hub. The Hub, located on Wilkinson Ave, is set to be a hive of activity throughout 2018. A number of community groups are planning a variety of events at the Hub. Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sustainability Unit manage the Hub but rely heavily on community support.

Throughout the year The Muswellbrook Penguin Garden Club, Muscle Creek Landcare, Goodstart Learning Centre, Warrior Disability Services, Endeavour Group Australia (EGA) and Muswellbrook Girl Guides will be involved in activities based around sustainability. Muswellbrook Shire Council will also host a variety of workshops on practical sustainable living.

The Muswellbrook Penguin Garden Club, meet monthly, and are planning workshops and working bees on pallet wall gardens, worm farms, composting, healthy food gardens, healthy eating and lots more. The Penguin Garden Club, auspiced by Council, grows local food for local charities and has a composting and worm farm system. The group is featured on the cover of the local 2018 Yellow Pages in recognition of the work they do and received Council’s environmental award at the 2018 Australia Day Awards. The group has established 15 garden beds and has successfully gained grants and other donations to support daily operations. In partnership with Red Door Kitchen, Warrior Disability Services collect food scraps for composting and the food grown in the garden is donated back to the kitchen. Another local disability services group EGA runs the worm farm for the garden club.

Muscle Creek Landcare, meet the first Saturday of each month and will continue to plant and maintain native plants along the creek, collect litter and hold nursery activities. Goodstart Early Learning Centre and Muswellbrook Girl Guides will help by sowing seeds and growing and looking after plants.

Other groups involved in the Sustainable Futures Program at the Sustainability Hub are:

  • Hunter Valley Aboriginal Corporation (HVAC)

“Its where people with interest in gardening get together and learn from each other, we all have differing knowledge and skills and we all share a similar passion. We all care about our community and giving back in some small way, too. We run workshops on various subjects to learn and teach each other and to share knowledge, it’s a great experience”. Ross Pahuru, General Manager, Hunter Valley Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Penguin Garden Club

    “Teaming up with the Sustainability Hub has provided the Girl Guides with easily accessible, hands-on experience to explore sustainability in their day to day lives. Assisting in our aim to “empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting and responsible community members” Sally Jackson Unit Leader – 2A Muswellbrook Guides. - Muswellbrook Girl Guides

    “Having moved from North Queensland, for me, spending time at the gardens has enabled me to learn about composting, saving and planting seeds and growing plants in a cold climate. Working with others in the community has enabled me to meet some great people and make new friends”. Muriel Green, Penguin Garden Club member.

  • Goodstart Learning Centre

    "As the need for greater sustainability becomes more apparent globally, so does the importance of embedding sustainability in our children's programs. Through these hands-on experiences, we are able to involve our children in opportunities such as this to explore and learn about their local environments. Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their worlds. This lays the foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood." Stacey Goodall, Preschool Teacher, Goodstart Early Learning Centre.

  • Muswellbrook Out of School Hours Care
  • Muswellbrook Pre School
  • Ability Links
  • Warrior Disability Services
  • Brookside Christian School

For more information about the Sustainability Hub contact the Sustainability Unit on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hoses and Ladders board game to create awareness of water conservation

 

Hoses and Ladder Waterwise board game
Download the Hoses and Ladder Waterwise board game template here

 

To celebrate Water Week 2017, Council's Sustainability team have released their version of snakes and ladders. The game is actually 'Hoses and Ladders' and illustrates water saving habits in a fun and interactive way!

Print the file in A3 and use a dice, and tokens of your choice. And don't forget, be waterwise! :-)

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

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.

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.

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