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.

Rating review
Muswellbrook Shire Council (Council) requires consultancy services for review of Council’s rating structure.
1. Background

Muswellbrook Shire Local Government Area (LGA) and its surroundings are currently the main centre for coal mining activity and power generation the NSW. Liddell and Bayswater power stations produce 12 per cent of the National Energy Market and are large employers in the Shire. However, the two coal-fired power stations – Liddell and Bayswater – have planned closure dates of 2023 and 2035 respectively. The report considered in this Call for Expressions of Interest should take into account the upcoming closures and the impact on the local economy and community.


2. Scope of Work
Review of Council’s rating and, particularly, the energy generation sub-category of the business rating taking into account:
• Legislative requirements and any relevant guidelines;
• Parity with other rating categories; and
• The services outlined in the Report on social and economic adjustment services. This report is currently being finalised by the University of South Australia and will be provided to the successful bidder.


This document should conduct review of Council’s rating and provide Council with a proposed options for rating structure for it to consider.
Council will provide access to the necessary documentation for the review to be completed.


3. Deliverables
1. Initial workshop with a Project Control Group established by Council.
2. Final report that fully addresses all matters set out in the Scope of Work above
3. Presentation of the report and key findings to Council.
4. Assessment Criteria


Tenderers are required to provide evidence of how they meet the criteria by comments, documentation and references.
Assessment Criteria:
• Experience and capability
• Proposed personnel
• Price


5. Timeframe
The overall timeframe of the project should not be longer than 4 weeks.


6. Budget
Proposals are expected within an indicative budget of $20,000 (including GST).


7. Insurance
The organisation must during the currency of this agreement maintain a contract of insurance between the organisation and an insurer acceptable to Council that provides cover with respect to public liability of not less than $20,000,000.

8. Deadline
Please reply to this with a proposal and detailed quote to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 16:00 on Friday, 23 April 2021.


9. Independence
The report must include, if true, a statement that the findings expressed are the author’s or authors’ own and has been prepared independently, fearlessly and without the undue influence of any person.


10. Further information Contact
Aleksandar Mitreski
Mobile: 0477 474 090

Download the Expression of Interest Rating Review

Expression of Interest - Rating Review

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

Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC, QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson visited Muswellbrook on Monday and, during the visit, her Excellency laid the foundation stone for the Donald Horne Building.

The new building will be home to the Upper Hunter Innovation Hub and a primary and secondary school ‘makerspace’ designed to excite the interest of primary and secondary school students, from all local schools, in creative or applied STEM.

The late Donald Horne, AO was raised in Muswellbrook and the town provided much of the literary backdrop for his work The Education of Young Donald (1967). Mr Horne’s family were present for the unveiling of the foundation stone to signify the commencement of construction.

The Donald Horne Building, at 140 Bridge Street in Muswellbrook, will be connected by a glass air-bridge to Loxton House and be situated next to Weidmann Cottage, both of which are State Heritage listed items.

The new building has been designed by Sydney-based architects Collins and Turner to be sensitive to the heritage importance of the adjoining buildings whilst providing a striking new space in Muswellbrook’s town centre.  

Her Excellency also visited the Muswellbrook Cenotaph, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and the Tertiary Education Centre.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

Muswellbrook Shire Council would like to hear from the community regarding the customer service we provide.

The survey takes a few minutes to complete and can be done online or
downloaded and returned to us via email, post or in person to the front counter
of the relocated administration centre.

Customer Satisfaction Survey

Or click the following link to complete online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSCCustomerServiceSurvey

 

 

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.

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

ENDS

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.

ENDS

 

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

ENDS

 

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.

MachEnergy_Community_Info_No 4.Mt Pleasant Operation Rail Loop Link

MachEnergy_Rail_Loop_Project No 3.

Mach_Energy_Update_No_2.

MachEnergy_Community_Info_No 1.

 

 

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!

 

20 MBK Council Rethink Water Garden20 MBK Council Rethink Water HOME

 

 

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).

 

The Outdoor Pool at Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre will open at 11am today (Monday February 22)

- with free entry up to and including Sunday March 7.

Usual entry fees will apply from Monday, March 8.

Meanwhile works continue on schedule on the indoor pools project.

Council thanks all patrons for their patience and understanding as technical issues at the refurbished outdoor pool are resolved.

Please visit pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

 

OUTSIDE OF SENIORS WEEK
FRIDAY, APRIL 9 & 30
Muswellbrook Regional Library
10:30AM-12:30PM
Tech Help at Muswellbrook Library Cost: Free
Join us at the Muswellbrook Library for free tech help sessions with one of our helpful staff members. These BYO device sessions are designed to help you get started on library digital collections, learn how to use your device and general tech assistance. One on one sessions will be held every third Friday commencing from 10:30am at Muswellbrook Library. Sessions can be booked for a maximum of half an hour.
Please contact Muswellbrook Library on 6543 1913 to register your interest.


Home Library Service
Did you know we run a free home library service to housebound members of the Muswellbrook and Denman Communi-ties? We can pick for you or you can use our online catalogue to make a selection of books, DVDs, CDs and Audio books that peak your interest. For full details or to register visit our web-site. http://uhrl.nsw.gov.au/index.php/order-home-delivery
Book Club & Brain Training Sessions
If interested please contact the Muswellbrook Regional Library
WHATS HAPPENING IN THE UPPER HUNTER WEDNESDAYS


'WOW' (aka Work Out Women)
9:30am – 10:30am
Walking and exercises at different locations in Merriwa.
Meet every Wednesday from 9.30am for an hour
Contact Tash Taaffe 0458 574 015.


THURSDAY, APRIL 8
Scone Neighborhood Resource Centre 9:30am – 10:30am
Over 50’s Be Connected
Cost: Free
The workshop is for anyone over 50 years that needs support with his or her digital device. Bring your own phone, ipad or laptop or use one of ours.
Booking essential 6545 2562


SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Gummun Hostel Market Day
8:00am – 1:00PM (ish)
Join us for a bbq breakfast, Devonshire teas & stalls galore
Location: Gummun Hostel Marquet Street, Merriwa

FRIDAY, APRIL 9 & 30
Muswellbrook Regional Library
10:30AM-12:30PM Tech Help at Muswellbrook Library Cost: Free

Join us at the Muswellbrook Library for free tech help sessions with one of our helpful staff members. These BYO device sessions are designed to help you get started on library digital collections, learn how to use your device and general tech assistance. One on one sessions will be held every third Friday commencing from 10:30am at Muswellbrook Library. Sessions can be booked for a maximum of half an hour.
Please contact Muswellbrook Library on 6543 1913 to register your interest.


Home Library Service
Did you know we run a free home library service to housebound members of the Muswellbrook and Denman Communi-ties? We can pick for you or you can use our online catalogue to make a selection of books, DVDs, CDs and Audio books that peak your interest. For full details or to register visit our web-site. http://uhrl.nsw.gov.au/index.php/order-home-delivery
Book Club & Brain Training Sessions
If interested please contact the Muswellbrook Regional Library

 

WEDNESDAY, April 14
CHSP Sector Support Project – Auspice Integrated living.
10:00am - 11:30am
Cost: Free
Are you an older person who lives in the Muswellbrook area?
Do you support an older person?
Would you like to know more about Age care services that you can access in your local community to support you to live well?
If yes, then come along to our Community Chat where you can connect with other local people, get the right type of information that can support you to age well in your local community. Free Morning Tea.
Location: Muswellbrook Reginal Library
Contact: Roz Thomson on 02 6549 3792
RSVP: 7th April 2021


SATURDAY, APRIL 17
Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre
11:30am
Saturday Art Tour
Cost: Free
Join us during Seniors Festival Week on any Saturday at 11.30am for a free guided tour of our exhibitions and permanent Collections.
To join a tour, see our friendly gallery team on arrival.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 18
Penguin Community Garden Group.
Senior’s event 10am to 12pm
Cost: Free
Come share you interest in gardening.
All abilities and knowledge levels welcome.
The group meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0438 276 780 for more information


MONDAY, APRIL 19
Denman Community Garden Group
9:00am
Cost: Free
Come share you interest in gardening.
All abilities and knowledge levels welcome.
The group meets every Monday.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0438 276 780 for more information

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 20
Legal Aid
10:00am – 1:00pm
Civil Law Outreach Clinic
Cost: Free
Legal Aid is available to provide free legal advice and can help with legal issues including debts, fines, Centrelink and housing issues, employment law, discrimination law and assistance for anyone wanting to apply for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme. Legal Aid can also help connect you with other lawyers who can assist with criminal law, family law and care and protection issues.
Civil Law Outreach Clinic is available
every second Tuesday thereafter (April 20)
Location: 2 Francis Street, Muswellbrook
Contact: (02) 4929 5482
Legal Aid Newcastle (and dial ‘3’ for civil law) to make an appointment


SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre
11:30am
Saturday Art Tour
Cost: Free
Join us during Seniors Festival Week on any Saturday at 11.30am for a free guided tour of our exhibitions and permanent Collections.
To join a tour, see our friendly gallery team on arrival.
Fred Jackson, Echidna Feeding Around Waterhole 2011, acrylic on canvas, 88 x 110cm, Purchased by Muswellbrook Shire Council NAIDOC Week 2011, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.


11 JAN - 1 MAY 2021
IN OUR OWN WORDS AN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
To listen and to hear are two of the greatest gifts an Elder can bestow. Through the Aboriginal Oral History Project In Our Own Words, members of the local Aboriginal Community share their stories of heartache, love, resilience and empowerment.

Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture on Earth and the Hunter Valley area is rich in deep cultural landscapes, stories and practices. In Our Own Words not only celebrates Aboriginal people and culture with stories of caring for country, preservation of culture and the deep sense of belonging, but how local Aboriginal people have adapted in a contemporary world, from enterprise development and economic opportunities, to social justice and education.

A defining feature of all those who took this journey was their love of the area and their commitment to a strong future for all Aboriginal people that recognises an often hard past while remaining focused on a strong future for the generations that will follow.

 

2021 Seniors Festival Brochure

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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