Upper Hunter Country Tourism and Muswellbrook Shire Council are partnering on a new tourism initiative called ‘Growing Local Tourism Talent’. This initiative introduces participants to the local opportunities that tourism has to offer; it provides

The NSW Department of Industry is providing the opportunity to celebrate and promote small to medium businesses in the Muswellbrook Shire. During Back to Business Week small to medium local home businesses are invited to trial shopfront delivery of their goods or services in Muswellbrook’s CBD and/or to attend a free presentation by Claire Madden, business consultant

Applications for Round 1 of Council’s Sport and Recreation Large Capital Grants Program are now open. Council’s spokesperson for Sport and Recreation, Cr Graeme McNeill, said:

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

Muswellbrook Shire Council has engaged Blooms Irrigation to upgrade the irrigation system at the Muswellbrook Cemetery.

These works will automate the irrigation controls to help manage water usage, and are expected to be conducted over a couple of weeks starting January 31, 2017. The irrigation is currently turned on and off manually; the upgrade will mean this is no longer required and lead to more efficient and sustainable water usage on the site. Turf will be laid over the areas affected by the works, as well as in areas with sparse vegetation.

If there are any concerns regarding these works please contact Council’s Recreation and Property officer Paul Chandler on 6549 3759.

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

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

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

Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works The 3D model

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

Woman at cafe checking her email on a tablet

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

Sad dog disapointed next to no pooping sign

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

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

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

Grazing Cattle

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

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

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

Reconstruction of the iconic heritage building Campbell's Corner has been a priority for Council since its purchase in 2011. Campbell’s Corner is a heritage-listed feature of the town, showcasing a combination of original Victorian architecture and Federation Classic additions. Later expansion and development of the site has made the building an historical map of Muswellbrook’s social and commercial evolution throughout the past century.

The site and its history are an integral part of the town’s sense of identity; the building with its tower and dramatic architecture make an impressive avatar for Muswellbrook
as a whole.

The housing of the Conservatorium within this building is a welcome step towards the further development of Muswellbrook as a centre for both cultural and educational excellence within New South Wales.

When the rollout schedule for the National Broadband Network (NBN) was first released, Muswellbrook Shire was not listed as a priority for delivery.  Just prior to the 2013 election, the Coalition committed to bringing forward the NBN at a cheaper cost to Australian taxpayers than the NBN being delivered by the former Government, by using fibre to the node (FTTN) rather than fibre to the premises (FTTP), with the nationwide rollout predicted to be complete by 2019.  Savings were to be achieved by users and internet service providers paying for the connection to the node.

model of the RWTW

19 September 2016 update:

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

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

Quality garden mulch for only $30 per tonne

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

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

Swimming Club will be starting championship events on Monday nights (club night) from 13 February to 13 March 2017.

Therefore the Outdoor Pool will not be available for general use from 6.00pm on Monday evenings during this 5 week period.

Thankyou for your co-operation and sorry for any inconvenience.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is on the lookout for volunteers from across the community to help our Shire shine.

Clean Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday, 5 March with sites in Muswellbrook and Denman targeted as part of this year’s campaign.

Waste matters. CleanOut your household chemical the right way.

Only household quantities accepted 20kg or 20L maximum container size. Please transport your materials carefully and remain in your vehicle at the collection site. 

Staff from the EPA will be on hand to collect the chemicals so they can be disposed of safely.

Take this opportunity to make your household safe and dispose of old chemicals and problem waste for free.

Drop your household chemicals off  between 9am and 3:30pm on Sat 25 February 2017

at Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre car park Rutherford Road, Muswellbrook

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

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

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

Stack your bulky waste on the kerbside on the weekend prior to collection. With the cooperation of residents adhering to guidelines, the service should conclude by the 24 March 2017

Crews will visit each property only once - be on time!

Do not stack your bulky waste on the kerbside after the cut-off date for your area - you will miss the service. Waste remaining on kerbsides after each zone has been collected is the responsibility of the resident/landowner to legally dispose of.

Denman & Sandy Hollow

Stack your bulky waste 18-19 March
Collection starts 7:00am Monday 20 March 2017

Muswellbrook Township

Stack your bulky waste 4-5 March
Collection starts 7:00am Monday 06 March 2017

Guidelines:

  • Stack items neatly next to the kerb - DO NOT BLOCK the footpath or road.
  • Keep waste under 2 cubic metres per household (e.g. the size of a standard ute tray).
  • It must be possible for two people to safely lift items.
  • Wrap any glass items securely in newspaper and label them “Glass”.
  • Remove all doors and lids from whitegoods. Ensure they are empty.
  • Take E-waste (TVs, computers etc.) to your nearest waste depot for free recycling.
  • Only household items will be collected.

Sort your waste into two piles

Each pile is collected by different crews, and each crew will visit each property only once.

Pile 1: metals/batteries

Pile 2: General household items, e.g fridges, furniture and floor coverings.

Only household items will be collected

The following listed items are examples of what you may dispose of: 

  • old floor coverings
  • stoves
  • refrigerators; doors must be removed from whitegoods prior to being placed on the footpath
  • furniture or other bulky items of a like nature

All items for removal must not be larger or heavier than two people can reasonably lift.

Wrap any glass items securely in newspaper & label them “Glass”.

Remove all doors and lids from whitegoods. Ensure they are completely empty.

Do not include items that would normally go into your weekly kerbside collection.

These items will not be collected, links are provided for alternate disposal solutions:

Any queries should be directed to Muswellbrook Water and Waste on 6549 3840.

Calling all nature lovers to join the working bees this April to be part of this Club to Club Muscle Creek rehabilition project. Club to Club is an initiative to rehabilitate Muscle Creek, between Muswellbrook Golf Club and Muswellbrook District Workers Club to improve habitat and connectivity for threatened and endangered species. This is a great opportunity to discover interesting facts about Muscle Creek, improve habitat and connectivity for threatened and endangered species, and to meet like-minded people.

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

Green Army members conducting the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2016

Muswellbrook’s natural environment is getting a facelift with the help of the Green Army. Hitting the ground running following two weeks of face-to-face training, the Green Army team has spent the last week working at Karoola Park on weed control, mulching and site maintenance of previous years’ National Tree Planting Day sites.

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

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

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