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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Council has prepared the following documents, which are on public exhibition between 15 May and 12 June 2017.

Draft 2017/2018 Operational Plan

Draft 2017/2018 Estimates - Operational and Capital Budget

The above linked draft documents are also available for inspection during normal business hours, free of charge, at the Council Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Street Muswellbrook, and at Muswellbrook and Denman libraries.

Members of the public may make written submission to Council on the draft documents. Submissions must be received by close of business on 02 June 2017.

2017/18 Budget Overview

2017/18 Budget Highlights

For further information please contact Melissa Cleary on 6549 3715.

Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony branding

The Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee invites you to the annual raising of the Aboriginal Flag during National Reconciliation Week.

Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time: 10 – 11:30am

Venue: Reconciliation Mural
Simpson Park
Market Street, Muswellbrook

The Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee invites you to morning tea following the ceremony to celebrate this important week.

The theme of National Reconciliation Week 2017 is: 'Let’s Take the Next Steps’

In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey.

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90% of Australian vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

On the 3rd June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land – that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title.

RSVP: Contact Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3764 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clean drinking water being poured into a glass

Council is planning a major upgrade to a component of its Muswellbrook water treatment plant clarifier – which is used to remove particulates or suspended solids. The works are programmed to commence on Wednesday 17 May 2017 and be completed by Sunday 18 June 2017.

The clarifier upgrade is designed to improve treatment performance effectiveness and maintain water supply compliance to the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011.

People seeking further information should contact Council on 6549 3840.

Race event at Muswellbrook Cup

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

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

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Loxton House rear exterior artist's impression

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works The 3D model

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

Woman at cafe checking her email on a tablet

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

Sad dog disapointed next to no pooping sign

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

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

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

model of the RWTW

19 September 2016 update:

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

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

Quality garden mulch for only $30 per tonne

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

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

Development Application No. 8/2017
Applicant: MM Hyndes Bailey & Co PO Box 26 Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Proposed Site: Lot 122 DP 750924 Almond Street Denman
Proposed Development: Subdivision - one (1) lot into one hundred and thirty eight (138) lots

lane closed sign in front of pool

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

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

On the 14th May 2017 Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre will be closed between 10am and 12pm for the Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club to host the state-wide Winter Sprint Series championships. The pool will re-open to the public from 12pm to 4pm.
To find out more about Muswellbrook Amateur RSL Youth Swimming Club find them on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starts 02 May 2017. Only $120!

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

Programme starts 02 May for 8 weeks.

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

 

From 1 July, the NSW Government is changing the system for funding NSW Fire and Emergency services.

Previously property owners contributed directly to the Fire and Emergency services fund via their property insurance premiums. Now, under the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017, all property owners will be charged the levy via their rates and charges notice.

Please note the FESL is a State Government charge. Council's role is to forward all funds collected to the NSW State Government.

The FESL will be made up of a fixed charge and an ad valorem amount, based on the NSW Valuer General’s assessment of unimproved land value and a property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant.

Notifications regarding land classifications for the purposes of this levy will be issued in late April 2017.

Property owners can request a review of their land classification by completing the Fire and Emergency Services Levy classification review application and returning to Council in person, by post or email.

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

For further information about the NSW Government FESL please visit www.fesl.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 787 872.

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!

Muswellbrook Shire Council's new Waste Sustainability Officer Mick Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said:

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

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

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

Singleton Council Director Planning & Infrastructure Mark Ihlein said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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