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Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shire councils are inviting local businesses – big and small - to participate in a free economic development initiative that is a joint collaboration between the two councils.

The ‘We LIVE Here’ cards will work like an EFTPOS gift card once loaded, and will only be able to be used in the two shires, ensuring local expenditure and economic development for the region. 

The project is a drought relief initiative. Australians are contributing to help those impacted by the drought with deliveries of water, feed and essential supplies.  The cash donations are now able to be funneled by charities to We LIVE Here gift cards and provided to those in need as a result of the drought. 

The more participating businesses we have, the greater choice individuals will have in how to use the funds.

The cards can also be individually purchased as an option for Christmas gifts.  The We LIVE Here card can been purchased by large companies as staff Christmas gifts, ensuring widespread use and a lack of stigma as a charitable aid. 

The cards can be loaded with funds from $10 to $1000, can only be loaded once (no top ups) but can be used multiple times or spent all at once. They expire after three years. Purchasers can check card balances online or by phone, and registered cards can be replaced if lost. 

The project will be rolling out in the week beginning 19 November 2018 and local businesses are encouraged to register to activate their EFTPOS machine to accept the cards.  Council will provide participating businesses with promotional aids to advertise their acceptance of the investment cards.

Please download the business registration form here

We Live Here Business Registration Form

 

 

Muswellbrook Shire Council considered a range of items including development applications, tenders, and Council’s Annual Financial Statements and Annual Report at the November 2018 Ordinary Meeting.

Councillors were presented with the 2017/18 Financial Statements and Annual Report which were adopted.

Council agreed to fund a pilot water/energy operation in Sandy Hollow in partnership with Restech and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It is understand that of the 18 ARENA funded projects in NSW, this is the third for the Muswellbrook Shire. This project is for a pilot demonstration plant located at the Sandy Hollow Water Treatment Plant, which aims to reduce energy costs and integrate solar panels and energy storage into the pumping systems to build a more efficient operation. The novelty in the approach is in considering the water treatment plant as a system, and using all of the engineering freedoms in mechanical, hydrological and electrical engineering to optimise the system as a whole. The result is the motors and design of the loads they drive only operate at full power in short periods or ‘batches’ with known regularity. It is anticipated that the system will each year save 31 MWh of electricity, $9,500 in annual energy costs, and produce compliant drinking water.

Council allocated $250,000 towards the design and planning approvals necessary to facilitate the relocation of Council’s Administration Centre to Muswellbrook’s business precinct. The relocation will facilitate the establishment of the Richard Gill National School of Music Education and meets a key goal of the Muswellbrook Town Centre Strategy.

Council also determined to hold an Extraordinary Meeting on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 at 5.00 pm to further consider two tenders recommended for acceptance.

Council held over to the November Corporate Policy and Planning Committee consideration of reports on the draft Local Orders Policy, a review of the Future Fund Policy and amendments to the Development Control Plan concerning stormwater management. Consideration of a Development Application for proposed office and car parking facilities at Bayswater Power Station were referred to the Development Assessment Committee for determination.

Other decisions from the meeting included:

  • Approval of two development applications – a dwelling in Lorne Street, Muswellbrook and for renovations and additions to the Muswellbrook Racing Club. The General Manager was delegated the authority to determine a development application with respect to a board house proposed for Wollombi Road, Muswellbrook.
  • Endorsement of a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment on the proposed planning framework for the regulation of short-term rental accommodation, including a determination that in residential, village, industrial and recreational zones, a maximum limit of 180 days be imposed on the number of days each year a home can be made available for short term rental, such as Air BnB.
  • Adoption of a Denman Tourist Park Master Plan within the Denman Recreation Area, which was recently publicly exhibited. It will incorporated into the Denman Recreation Area Master Plan.  A decision on the location of the proposed netball courts will be considered at a workshop of Councillors in the near future.
  • Delegated to the General Manager the determination of the necessary arrangements to proceed with a rezoning proposal for Ironbark Ridge.
  • Council received the report of the recommendations of the Community Panel, which met in October 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year, Muswellbrook Shire Council celebrates Australia Day by honouring local people who make a difference in our  community.

Australia Day Awards are presented to individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to Muswellbrook Shire in the field of community service, sport, agriculture, social inclusion, arts and culture, sustainability and education. 

Nominations close Friday 30 November 2018

 

Citizen of the Year Award

  • The Citizen of the Year is awarded to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution and service to the community either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.
  • The Award recognises outstanding personal achievement in employment, academic, research, overcoming a disability by the nominee.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Citizen of the Year NOMINATION FORM

Youth Citizen of the Year Award

  • The Young Citizen of the Year is awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution and service to the community either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.
  • The Young Citizen of the Year nominees should be no more than 25 years of age at 1st January 2018.
  • Assessment of contribution and service to the community in relation to age of nominee.
  • Assessment of contribution to school activities in addition to community service.
  • An amount of $500 will be presented to the Young Citizen of the Year awardee.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Young Citizen of the Year NOMINATION FORM

Cultural Contributor Award

  • The Outstanding Contributor to Culture in Muswellbrook Shire is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to the culture in Muswellbrook Shire either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.
  • Selection criteria:       
    • Level of involvement in the nominee's chosen sphere of the arts.
    • Impact that involvement would have had on others, i.e. would it have increased awareness or increased participation of others in that medium or the arts in general.
    • Whether the nominee has supported an organisation or events.
    • Whether the nominee has been an advocate for their art.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Oustanding Contributor to Culture Year NOMINATION FORM

Youth Cultural Contributor Award

  • The Outstanding Contributor to Culture in Muswellbrook Shire - Youth is awarded to people who have made a significant contribution to the culture in Muswellbrook Shire either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.
  • The Young Citizen of the Year nominees should be no more than 25 years of age at 1st January 2019.
  • Selection criteria:       
    • Level of involvement in the nominee's chosen sphere of the arts.
    • Impact that involvement would have had on others, i.e. would it have increased awareness or increased participation of others in that medium or the arts in general.
    • Whether the nominee has supported an organisation or events
    • Whether the nominee has been an advocate for their art.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Oustanding Contributor to Culture Year NOMINATION FORM

 

Sustainability Award

  • The Sustainability Award is awarded to individuals/organisations/companies who have made a significant contribution and service to the environment in the Muswellbrook Shire either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Sustainability Award NOMINATION FORM

 

Education Award

  • The Education Award will be an award to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution to Education and Training in the community either as a result of a particular event or in performing a service over a number of years.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Education Award NOMINATION FORM

 

Northoak Award

This award was presented to Muswellbrook Shire Council by members of The Northoak Sports and Social Club to mark the closure of the OAK Factory on 30 June 1994. This award is to recognise Outstanding Achievements in Agriculture within the Shire of Muswellbrook. It is a Perpetual Trophy known as The Northoak Award to be presented each year on Australia Day.

  • For person or persons who have shown outstanding performance, have invented or shown innovative skill in any agricultural field.
  • Specifically for agriculture achievement or associated innovation towards agriculture – not manufacture.
  • There is no age limit.
  • A judging panel of three persons will select the Awardee each year.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Northoak Award for Primary Production NOMINATION FORM

 

Services to Sport Award

  • The nominee for Services to Sport award must be a resident of Muswellbrook Shire who has made a significant contribution to sport in any way.
  • Nominee must be an Australian citizen AND resident of Muswellbrook Shire.
  • The nominee shall reside in the Shire of Muswellbrook for at least 9 months of the year of nomination.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Services to Sport Award NOMINATION FORM

 

Social Inclusion Award

  • The Social Inclusion Award will be awarded to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution and service to social inclusion including disability, aged care or to fostering stronger relationships between communities within our Shire.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Social Inclusion Award NOMINATION FORM

 

Sportsperson of the Year Award

  • Nominee must be an Australian citizen AND resident of Muswellbrook Shire.
  • The nominee shall reside in the Shire of Muswellbrook for at least 9 months of the year of nomination.
  • The Sportsperson of the Year should be aged more than 18 years as at 1st January of the relevant award year.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Sportsperson of the Year Award NOMINATION FORM

 

Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award

  • The Junior Sportsperson of the Year nominees should be no more than 18 years of age at the 1st January in the year of presentation.
  • Nominee must be an Australian citizen AND resident of Muswellbrook Shire.
  • The nominee shall reside in the Shire of Muswellbrook for at least 9 months of the year of nomination.
  • In considering nominations, the achievements of the nominee will be judged on the depth of competition and level of commitment/determination shown by nominee.
  • Nominations may be based on outstanding achievement(s) in a particular sport at either an international, national, state, regional or local level.  However, a person/teams dedication, commitment and service to their sport in the Muswellbrook community will be just as highly regarded.
  • A junior may only receive an award in one sporting category.  If they are selected for the Sportsperson of the Year, they are no longer eligible for the Junior Sportsperson Award and it will be awarded to another junior.
  • Where the Junior Sportsperson is eligible for the Sportsperson of the Year Award, no award will be given for the Junior Sportsperson of the year.
  • An amount of $500 will be awarded as part of the Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award. If there is more than one awardee, the amount of $500 will be divided between the winners.

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS Junior Sportsperson Award NOMINATION FORM

Alternate nomination submission options

Paper-based nominations may be mailed, marked CONFIDENTIAL to:
General Manager
Muswellbrook Shire Council
PO Box 122
MUSWELLBROOK  NSW  2333

Your nomination may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michelle Sandell-Hay
PA to the General Manager
Phone:  65493762
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Council is exhibiting a planning proposal under the provisions of Section 3.34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The objective of the planning proposal is to amend the Muswellbrook Local Environmental Plan 2009 to realign the proposed Muswellbrook bypass corridor.

The planning proposal and supporting documentation are on public exhibition during business hours at the Council Offices at 157 Maitland Street, Muswellbrook or via the Council Website (www.council.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au) for the period Friday, 2 November 2018 until Monday, 3 December 2018. Interested persons are invited to inspect the planning proposal and supporting documentation. Written submissions concerning the proposed changes to the LEP may be made to Council during the exhibition period. Submissions should be in writing and can be posted, faxed to 65493700, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The last day for the receipt of submissions is close of business Monday, 3 December 2018. Please note confidentiality is not available to respondents. The details of any submissions may be included in a Council report or forwarded to the proponent where it may help to resolve issues raised in the submission. Information (including copies of submissions) may also be released. Submissions are balanced with Council’s statutory obligations, the rights of the proponent and the public interest. Council must consider any submissions made before it decides whether to proceed with or abandon a proposal. Where relevant, a Political Donation and Gift Disclosure Statement must accompany any submission lodged with Council. Under Section 110.4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 any person who makes a submission to Council is required to disclose any political donation or gift. If you have any enquiries please contact Council on 6549 3700. Written submissions made in relation to the Planning Proposal should be addressed to: The General Manager Muswellbrook Shire Council PO Box 122 Muswellbrook NSW 2333

Attachments are included at the following links. 

1.Planning Proposal & Attachment

2.Council Report & Resolution

3.RMS LETTER

4.Muswellbrook Bypass Options Report July 2018

5.Draft LEP MAPS

6.Gateway Determination

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2018/19 Urban resealing programme

Weather permitting, Muswellbrook Shire Council will be carrying out resealing of the following road sections during October to February 2019. Letter box notifications will be distributed to affected residents prior to the carrying out of the works. Enquiries relating to any of the works may be directed to Council’s Works Engineer, Joseph Thurairatnam, on 02 6549 3822.

Rural Roads 

Rosella Close and Top Knot Place will be completed in November 2018 and all other roads have been scheduled to be completed before end of February 2019.

Baerami Creek Road  9.0 – 10.8 km from Bylong Valley Way

Castlerock Road         2.0 – 4.0 km from Kayuga Rd

Martindale Road         9.0 – 9.8 km from Yarrawa Rd

Pamger Drive             0.04 – 1.55 km from New England Highway

Wybong Road             9.9 – 14.3 km from Kayuga Rd

Rosella Close              0.28 – 0.41 km from Woodlands Ridge Rd

Top Knot Place           0.0 – 0.47 km from Woodlands Ridge Rd

 

Denman Road and Golden Highway:

Various segments on Denman road and Golden Highway will be completed in November 2018.

 

Muswellbrook urban: Complete

Arlingham Close         0.0 – 0.13 km from Ironbark Rd

Bimbadeen Drive        0.01 – 0.58 km from New England Highway

Forbes Street              0.0 – 0.70 km from Sydney St

Jillaroo Way                0.0 – 0.54 km from Ironbark Rd

McGregor Street         0.0 – 0.22 km from Henry Dangar Drive

Mitchell Street             0.0 – 0.21 km from Sydney St

Mussell Street             0.0 – 0.22 km from Henry Dangar Drive

Osborn Avenue           0.0 – 0.59 km from Skellatar Stock Route

Wanaruah Crescent    0.0 – 0.69 km from Henry Dangar Drive

 

 

Meetings of Council’s Infrastructure and Corporate Policy and Planning Comittees will be held on Wednesday 28 November 2018, commencing at 4.30pm at the Administration Centre, Maitland Street, Muswellbrook. Members of the public are invited to be in attendance at these meetings.

Changes to Bulky Waste Collection 2018

Muswellbrook Shire Council has responded to community feedback and changed the process for collecting bulk waste.

There will now be two Bulky Waste collections over 12 months and each collection will collect all bulk waste including Garden Organics, Metals, Electronics and Bulky Household Waste.

Bulky waste must be stacked in four different lots:

i) Garden Organics: hedge or shrub prunings, twigs, leaves, small branches up to 150mm diameter. Clean garden organic material is processed into pasteurised garden mulch.

ii) Metals: empty whitegoods (remove all doors) car batteries, disassemble bed frames. Metal items are sent to be recycled into steel and other products.

iii) Electronics: kitchen appliances, televisions, computers and peripheral devices. Electronic items are sent to be disassembled and components recycled.

iv) Bulky Household Waste: larger items such as unrepairable furniture, old floor coverings, broken glass (wrap in newspaper) and Mattresses may be put out for bulky pickup. Clean, dry inner spring mattresses will be collected separately, disassembled locally for recycling where possible. Latex or foam mattresses, or mattresses which pose a safety risk will be landfilled.. Items that are beyond their useful life will go into landfill.

 

Zone 1 Muswellbrook South

(you are in Zone 1 if your current domestic bins are collected on Mondays or Tuesdays) 
Stack your bulky waste during the weekend of Sunday 11th November 2018
Collection starts 7:00am Monday 12th November 2018

 

Zone 2 Muswellbrook North

(you are in Zone 2 if your current domestic bins are collected on Thursdays or Fridays) 
Stack your bulky waste during the weekend of Sunday 18th November 2018

Collection starts 7:00am Monday 19th November 2018

 

Zone 3 Denman & Sandy Hollow

(you are in Zone 3 if your current domestic bins are collected on Wednesdays) 
Stack your bulky waste during the weekend of Sunday 25th November 2018
Collection starts 7:00am Monday 26th November 2018

Guidelines:

Stack items neatly next to the kerb - DO NOT BLOCK the footpath or road.

Keep waste under 2 cubic metres per household (e.g. the size of a standard ute tray).

It must be possible for two people to safely lift items.

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

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

Bundle Garden Organics

REDUCE  REUSE  RECYCLE

These items will not be collected

 - Liquids Hazardous chemicals or materials (including barbed wire)

 - Foodstuffs Commercial or industrial waste

 - Tyres Commercial building material

 - Motor car bodies

 - Earth or stone, bricks, rubble or unreasonably heavy or bulky objects.
 - Unreasonably heavy or bulky objects

 - Asbestos

- Small items that can go in your red lidded bin for normal collection

 

For more information and the list of items not accepted in the Bulky Waste Kerbside Collection go to: https://www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/special-collection-services/annual-bulky-waste

PUBLIC EXHIBITION

Local Strategic Planning Statement 2018-2038 Draft

The following document will be placed on public exhibition until 4.30pm, 11 December, 2018.

For further information on the Muswellbrook Local Strategic Planning Statement 2018-2038 Draft

please contact Council’s Assistant Director – Environment & Community Services - Projects on 02 6549 3868.

All interested parties are encouraged and invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submissions, addressed to:

The General Manager

Muswellbrook Shire Council

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.

 

Muswellbrook Local Strategic Planning Statement 2018-2038 Draft document is available at this link. 

Draft Muswellbrook Local Strategic Planning Statement 2018-2038

Last year, Muswellbrook Shire Council applied for a permanent increase in rates across the Shire to fund a number of projects and programs identified as community priorities. The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) approved Council’s application for one year and IPART has invited Council to apply for the continuation of the Special Rate Variation (SRV) and to include it permanently in the rate base.

Council is progressing with the program of works approved for funding by IPART. In order to see those projects through to completion, Council proposes to apply again to IPART to continue the SRV into the future.

Council is applying in line with the timetable set by the NSW Office of Local Government Guidelines. These Guidelines advise councils on how to seek a rate variation and require applications to be submitted to IPART by early February 2019.

Council is now seeking your feedback on the continuation of the SRV. To better understand your thoughts on this matter, Council has commissioned Jetty Research to conduct a telephone survey of at least 500 residents to gauge the level of community awareness of the proposed continuation. Calls will commence from Thursday, 18 October 2018.

You will be asked to indicate a preference between the following:

Option 1: A continuation of the Special Rate Variation – continuing permanently in the rate base IPART’s approved one-off Special Rate Variation for 2018/19 of 14.73% (including 2.3% rate peg) and increasing the 2018/19 rate base for 2019/20 by IPART’s 2.7% rate peg.

In return you will get:

  • An additional allocation of $300,000 per year for stormwater drainage and $100,000 per year for roads and parks asset maintenance programs.
  • Development of the Olympic Park Sports Precinct and the Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre with a combined value of $26,010,000 made up of:
    • an SRV contribution of $11,800,000;
    • grants of $10,500,000;
    • voluntary planning agreements contributions of $3,710,000; and
    • annual operational maintenance and net yearly operational contributions of $700,000
      • Please note: if the above grants and voluntary planning agreements are not received or if the amounts received are less than the figures above, one or both projects may be suspended, reduced in size or cancelled and the Special Rate Variation will be revisited, and ratepayers informed of any material changes.
    • An additional $250,000 towards the Job Creation program and $62,000 to offset a shortfall in rating revenues arising from a change in NSW Government policy with respect to biodiversity offsets.

Option 2: Discontinuation of the Special Rate Variation – the Special Rate Variation of 12.43% (excluding 2.3% rate peg from 2018/19) will not be continued in 2019/20 and your rates will return to the pre-SRV rating amount, which will be adjusted only by IPART’s 2019/20 rate peg of 2.7%.

In return for this option:

  • There will be no additional funds available for stormwater drainage, roads or parks.
  • The development of the Olympic Park Sports Precinct and the Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre will not proceed.
  • No additional funds for the Job Creation program and no recovery of rates for mining biodiversity offsets.

Have your say on the proposed continuation of the Special Rate Variation

A telephone survey of residents will take place from 18 October to provide you with the opportunity to give your feedback on the continuation of the SRV and the proposed projects.

You can also participate in the online survey at https://muswellbrook2018.questionpro.com from 18 October 2018 through until 9.00AM on 5 November 2018.

Should you prefer to write, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or address your letter to:

The General Manager

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PO Box 122

Muswellbrook NSW 2333

It is important that you have your say. Provide your feedback by 29 November 2018 to ensure it is included in Council’s application to IPART.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Special Rate Variation?

A council may apply to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Variation (SRV) to their rates. Muswellbrook Shire Council did so last year and was granted a one-off increase and invited to apply for its continuation in 2019/20.

Didn’t Council apply for a Special Rate Variation last year?

Yes. Council made an application for a permanent increase in rates last year to fund:

  • improvements in stormwater management, particularly in Denman
  • upgrades to Muswellbrook’s Olympic Park precinct
  • a new Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre; and
  • additional support for job creation across the Shire.

IPART approved the application for one year and has invited Council to apply to continue the Special Rate Variation into the future, to ensure the full delivery of these key community projects and programs.

What is the SRV process?

The Office of Local Government establishes the guidelines, which are available at www.olg.nsw.gov.au.

The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) asses and determine each council’s application under powers delegated by the NSW Minister for Local Government.

In order to proceed with the projects and continue the SRV as approved by IPART, Council seeks feedback from the community on the proposed continuation and the projects and programs it will fund.

What am I providing feedback on?

Residents and other stakeholders are asked to provide feedback on their awareness of the proposed continuation of the SRV and the projects to be funded. Council has engaged Jetty Research to conduct a telephone survey of 500 residents of the Shire – ensuring that those surveyed are representative of the Shire’s population by age, gender and place of residence – to seek the views of the community. All residents are encouraged to provide their feedback to Council by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., post PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333, or telephone 6549 3700 by 29 November 2018.

Will financial hardship be considered in deciding to continue with the SRV?

Council has a long history of supporting residents who experience financial hardship, including those who may have a reduced capacity to pay their Council rates. This policy setting will continue and be extended to any approved change in the rating structure. While Council does not expect that the continuation of the SRV will result in a significant number of applications, those that are received will be considered against the criteria of the policy. Generally, the policy aims to provide assistance where possible, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005, to those ratepayers who are experiencing genuine financial difficulties in paying their rates and charges. Council also has the power to approve assistance in exceptional circumstances beyond the standards set in the policy document on a case by case basis.  Earlier this year, Council elected to not pass on the SRV to farmland ratepayers in view of the prolonged drought conditions and increased the Pensioner Rebate to eligible ratepayers to cover the impact of the SRV.

What are the projects proposed for funding and why do we need them?

Improved Stormwater Infrastructure

Council’s stormwater drainage network began life in 1950 and remains to this day not fully developed. Together with the network’s age, this has resulted in a decline in its overall condition, capacity, ability to manage pollutants and control erosion and sedimentation. The pipe network consists of concrete pipes and box culverts.

Council has undertaken a comprehensive audit of the system to identify areas of need. The results are out in the following plans:

  • Denman Drainage Strategy;
  • Merton Street Drainage Design
  • Denman Drainage Strategy Review and Upgrade Options
  • Industrial Estate Drainage Design
  • Possum Gully Drainage Study
  • Bell Street Catchment Study
  • Mill Street Catchment Study
  • St Heliers Street Drainage Study
  • Safety Review of Detention Basins

With the support of the community, Council will be able to provide funding for an ongoing program of works to improve stormwater management across the Shire.

Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre

After speaking with the community about the original concept, Council has incorporated your feedback into an updated plan and presented it to the community for comment as part of last year’s SRV application.

The new concept for this project includes a 500 seat theatre, stage, orchestra pit, back of house and associated car parking for Muswellbrook’s CBD. The facility will be capable of hosting travelling performances, local productions and regional conventions.

Council has held an architectural competition for the design of the Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre and entries are currently on public exhibition and you are encouraged to have your say on how the facility will look. It is proposed to be constructed at the site of the Brook Street Plaza and Council will work with existing tenants to facilitate relocation before any work commences.

The final design entries can be viewed at: https://www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/index.php/2015-05-29-01-29-46/3045-regional-entertainment-and-conference-centre

Muswellbrook Olympic Park Precinct Upgrade

A master plan was developed for this popular and well utilised precinct, in close consultation with user groups. The proposed upgrades include:

  • Field improvements
  • Additional amenities
  • Improved, safe access
  • New car parking
  • Additional storage
  • Additional vehicle and bus connections
  • Better cycleway and pedestrian connections
  • Design work for a regional standard grandstand to attract larger sporting fixtures.

Has Council sought funding from the Government for these projects?

Yes. Council has applied for funding from the NSW Government to contribute to the upgrade of the Olympic Park Precinct and for the Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre, totaling around $10 million. Both funding proposals are dependent upon the continuation of the SRV being approved.

Voluntary Level 1 Water Restrictions Now in Place.

While Muswellbrook Shire Council does not have an imminent water shortage it is conscious of, and sensitive to, ongoing drought conditions and possibly an extended bushfire season and wishes to encourage the community to use water effectively and sustainably. In addition, neighbouring rural areas are facing potable water shortages and Council, in partnership with local Lions Clubs, is supplying free water to be carted to farming families to top up domestic water tanks. In order to support these measures Voluntary Level 1 Water Restrictions have been adopted. It is estimated that water use can be reduced by approximately 5 percent when Voluntary Level 1 Water Restrictions are in place.

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Muswellbrook Shire Council is donating free water to be carted to farming families to top up domestic water tanks.

Spread the news.

Local Lions Clubs are the contact for water deliveries. For further information,

please contact Maitland Lions Club President Geoff Kilmurray on 0434 440 814.

 

Background

Muswellbrook Shire Council adopted the Denman Town Centre Master Plan on 8 November 2016 following an extensive and extended consultation process including community consultation, meetings with key stakeholders and individual businesses. Key elements of the plan were to identify a main civic node, consider traffic flow, safety and improve connectivity. In the 2018-2019 budget Council allocated $2.5 million to begin the upgrade and dedicated $1.94 million to reconstruction of Memorial Hall.

Project Overview

Ogilvie Street will be reconstructed providing for new road pavement and kerb and gutter; widening of footpaths; implementation of a one-way flow of traffic (Palace to Paxton Street). The project includes construction of a two way service road with carpark at the southern side of the town centre; improvement of stormwater drainage; replacement of old water mains; construction of parking bay for long vehicles in Paxton Street and the redevelopment of Memorial Park.

Redevelopment of Memorial Park will include an event lawn, paved plaza area, space for public art, enhancement of the existing memorial; new amenities and a new play area for children.

Reconstruction of the Memorial Hall, whilst maintaining the heritage value, will be built to a modern standard, be fully air-conditioned and include the addition of a bar, back of house, retractable tiered seating and cinema projection facilities.

Project Benefits

The renewal of the streetscape and provision of off street parking will have a positive impact on the Community due to improved parking availability, accessibility and amenity of public spaces.

Reconstruction of the Memorial Hall will re-establish an important venue for community, social and entertainment events whilst enhancing the use of the building with modern design which do not detract from the heritage values. Involving the Community and Stakeholders Council will continue to keep the community informed.

 

Denman Town Centre Upgrade

Project Manager

Kellie Scholes Phone 6549 3756

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Denman Memorial Hall

Project Manager

Dennis Fernandes Phone 6549 3743

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Project Updates

 

November 2018 updates:

  • 10-11 November under boring near the levee
  • 5 November drilling commenced under road

October 2018 updates:

  • 24-26 October carpark sealing
  • 22-26 October continuation of demolition and propping of Denman Memorial Hall
  • 22 October commencement of temporary water main installation and preparation works for new water main construction Ogilvie Street
  • 8 October the demolition works start at the rear of the Denman Memorial Hall to enable reconstruction to commence as per publicly exhibited plans

Water Mains Renewal Ogilvie Street Updates

September 2018 update:

  • 8 October the demolition works start at the rear of the Denman Memorial Hall to enable reconstruction to commence as per publicly exhibited plans.
  • 27/9 removal of trees in Ogilvie Street (between Paxton and Palace Streets) in preparation for future water main construction
  • Carpark earthworks for pavement construction
  • Project update information session – 9am Friday 21 September
  • NOTICE OF WORKS IN DENMAN – Wednesday 19th September – Carrying out investigation for underground pipes and drainage
  • Carpark construction underway with piped drainage and pits within adjoining properties
  • Project update information session – 9am Friday 14 September
  • Project update information session – 9am Friday 7 September

August 2018 update:

  • Project update information session - 9am Friday 31 August
  • Carpark drainage construction commenced
  • Denman Memorial Hall Design and Construct Tender has been awarded to contractor, project is progressing and works will be starting soon. Further communications will be published when program of works and commencement date is confirmed
  • Work is commencing 21 August on Stage 1 - Carpark

July 2018 update:

  • Commencing soon will be the construction of service road and carpark at southern end and upgrade the water mains.
  • Works have begun to remove the steel pergola from the front of the façade at the Memorial Hall. The structure will be relocated into storage before being reconstructed at a new location in Denman.

The Denman Town Centre Landscape Concept, Civil Concept and Long Vehicle Parking Paxton Street Concepts are available at the following links. 

Denman Town Centre Landscape Concept

Denman Town Centre Civil Concept

Denman Town Centre Paxton St Long Vehicle Parking Concept

COMPOption 3

Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre Design Concepts

Muswellbrook Shire Council hereby gives notice of public exhibition of the five design concepts for the proposed Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

Construction of a Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre will be the cornerstone of the purpose-built civic services precinct, identified as a catalyst site in the Muswellbrook Town Centre Strategy and a priority in the NSW Government’s Hunter Regional Plan 2036.

The proposed Centre will provide a flexible performance space for Upper Hunter schools, performance groups, and the broader community.  It will meet the need arising from the lack of availability of comparable facilities in the town and in the broader Upper Hunter region.  It will facilitate vocational education and training opportunities in the performing arts.

The five design concepts will be on public exhibition until Thursday 8 November 2018 at Council’s Administration Centre and Council libraries (Denman and Muswellbrook) during business hours and will be available on Council’s website www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

All interested parties are encouraged and invited to inspect the exhibited documents and make written submissions, addressed to:

The General Manager

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PO Box 122

Muswellbrook NSW 2333

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

For further information please contact Council’s Project Manager – Property and Building Services, Dennis Fernandes on 02 6549 3700.

 

The Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre Competition 5 Finalists are available at this link. 

Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre Finalists

Environment Protection Licences

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issues environment protection licences to the owners or operators of various industrial premises under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act). Licence conditions relate to pollution prevention and monitoring, and cleaner production through recycling and reuse and the implementation of best practice.

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s sewage treatment facilities, water treatment facilities and waste facility are subject to NSW government legislation that requires approval for their sustainable operation.

Below are quick links to the latest EPA Licences monitoring results.

 

Click here to view the latest results for the 2018-2019 Muswellbrook Waste Water Monitoring Results 1593

 

Click here to view the latest results for the 2018-2019 Denman Waste Water Monitoring Results 5059

 

Click here to visit the Enviromental Protection Authority

 

For further information please contact Council on 02 6549 3700.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of $4.5 million for community projects for the Muswellbrook Shire in the second round of grants from the Ridgelands Community Fund.

Established last year as a condition of the 2013 mining exploration licence granted to Ridgelands Coal Resources, the $5 million fund aims to invest in the development of communities in which the company operates.

Last week, Ridgelands Coal Resources amended its deed poll establishing the Community Fund Investment Committee to remove the company’s right of veto of decisions of the Committee. Council commends Ridgelands on this decision, which has allowed the remaining funds to be released for 27 community projects.

Council, together with Ridgelands and the Community Fund Investment Committee community members met on Monday this week to allocate the remaining funds and Council is delighted with the funding outcomes.

Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush said: “Some of the recipients have been fundraising for years and years to get their projects off the ground. To know that these allocations today will make it possible to progress those projects to completion is simply fantastic.

“This is a great range of social, cultural, economic and environmental projects, which will greatly improve the liveability of our Shire, particularly in the Wybong, Denman, Sandy Hollow, and Ridgelands areas.

“Council congratulates Ridgelands on resolving this matter and disbursing the remaining $4.5 million.”

The Ridgelands Community Fund Investment Committee approved the following projects:

  1. Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Learn to Swim Pool ($700,000);
  2. Muswellbrook Black Box ($500,000);
  3. Denman Childcare Centre ($470,000);
  4. Denman Memorial Hall ($400,000);
  5. Denman Main Street Masterplan ($400,000);
  6. Wybong Community Hall ($350,000);
  7. Denman Pony Club Canteen Complex ($341,000);
  8. University of Newcastle Upper Hunter Campus – Stage II ($300,000);
  9. Denman Hospital – staff accommodation ($216,000);
  10. Sandy Hollow Hall ($158,000);
  11. Denman and District Heritage Village – Expansion ($155,331);
  12. Family Action Centre – Stage I Polyclinic ($120,000);
  13. Upper Hunter Community Services Toy Box Mobile Outreach Service ($65,871);
  14. Upper Hunter Riding for the Disabled – Arena completion ($50,000);
  15. Denman District and Development Association – Denman News ($40,114);
  16. Where There Is A Will – teacher training ($40,000);
  17. Wybong Hall Committee – Community Workshops ($33,450);
  18. Muswellbrook High School P&C – Canteen upgrade ($30,000);
  19. Wyong Rural Fire Service – mobile telephone tower feasibility ($25,000);
  20. Zone 7 Pony Club Incorporated – camp ($15,000);
  21. Sandy Hollow Progress Association – Masterplan of Honey Lane block ($10,000);
  22. Sandy Hollow Progress Association – Cattle Initiative ($10,000);
  23. Hunter Region Landcare Network – Sandy Hollow outdoor classroom ($7,518);
  24. Muswellbrook RSL Amateur Swimming Club – Dolphin Swimming System ($7,500);
  25. Muswellbrook Girl Guides – Glenalla Revegetation Project Stage II ($5,000);
  26. Transcare Hunter Limited – Muswellbrook Seniors Expo ($1,744); and
  27. Muswellbrook Little Athletics – Discus cage ($1,100).

Ridgelands Resources medium

 Today, Mr Michael Johnsen MP announced $24,420 for a new fence for Denman Memorial Park.

Mr Johnsen was approached to fund the project by Mr Paul Freeman, the former President of the Denman Business Chamber. Mr Johnsen further claimed that: “local government was not able to assist”.

Council spoke with Mr Freeman in October last year and wrote to the Denman Business Chamber in January this year noting that:

“Mr Freeman’s request for a white and maroon fence was unlikely to be approved as it was inconsistent with the Public Domain Manual Style Guide for Denman but that the fence would be replaced (consistently with the Style Guide), in any event, as part of the Denman Master Plan at some stage.”

The Denman Masterplan works will commence on 1 July 2018. The Denman Memorial Park works and wider Denman Masterplan will create a fantastic new streetscape in Denman and provide much desired improvements to the Town’s War Memorial.

Council has already committed $2.5M to the works and the State Government has shortlisted a further $2.5M of funding from Resources for Regions to the project.

Council was aware that Mr Freeman had contacted Mr Johnsen as the State Member but did not receive any correspondence from Mr Johnsen prior to him issuing his release.

Michael Johnsen is to be congratulated for finding $24,420 and Council will continue to work with the Community to realise the Denman Town Centre upgrades, including refurbishment of Memorial Park.

 

Fiona Plesman

Acting General Manager

 

Denman

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s strategy for the future was under the microscope when the Community Panel met for the second time. The panel convened with councillors and senior staff members to discuss, in particular, Council’s application for a special rate variation.

Council canvassed panel members about their participation in the meeting

 

Tania Dart of  Wybong
Tania Dart of Wybong

What have you learned by participating on the Community Panel?

“I’ve been learning about the vision that the Council has for the town. They’re working on the viability of our town.”

What have you enjoyed most about your experience so far?

“I enjoyed meeting the Councillors outside an election period. They were happy to answer questions and interact with the panel.”

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

“People need to give the Council a bit more credit for what they’re doing and they’re vision. If people as a whole had the information that we have now, they’d have a more positive perception of the Council. I think the Community Panel is a really good concept.”

 

Phillip Minter of Muswellbrook
Phillip Minter of Muswellbrook

What would you like to tell people about your experience on the Community Panel so far?

“I’ve learned a lot about all of the work that Council’s doing. I didn’t know about it before.”

What have you enjoyed most about participating on the panel?

“It was good to meet the Councillors in person and have a say.”

 

Pete Carmichael of South Muswellbrook
Pete Carmichael of South Muswellbrook

What have you learned by participating on the Community Panel?

“Muswellbrook is in for an exciting time – an exciting future.”

What have you enjoyed most about participating on the panel?

“Learning about what’s going on behind the scenes. It will revamp the town.”

What did you think about meeting the Councillors?

“I worked with a couple of the Councillors at Mt Arthur and they share the same concerns for the town that I do. We need to ensure Muswellbrook continues to grow and prosper.”

 

Sue O’Neill of Muswellbrook
Sue O’Neill of Muswellbrook

How would you describe your experience on the Community Panel?

“I’m getting to know what our Council does, what they’re planning to do and about their vision for our Shire. I’m getting involved with our Council.”

What have you enjoyed about participating on the panel?

“I’m enjoying the information and the interaction with real people, who are our Council.”

What did you think about meeting the Councillors?

“I’ve enjoyed being able to ask questions and make suggestions. I think we have a really exciting Council, with exciting plans for our Shire.”

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

“We didn’t plan to stay here [in Muswellbrook] forever, but it looks like we will now. It’s the people who make Muswellbrook.”

NSW highway patrol vwhicle

The NSW Police Force is currently undertaking a review of the State's regional policing command structure. Among the proposals under consideration is the splitting of the Hunter Valley command in two, with Scone and surrounds to be absorbed by the Tamworth-based Oxley command. The other half would be taken in by the Maitland-based Central Hunter.

Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook Shire Councils today called upon the NSW Government to retain the Hunter Valley Local Area Command (LAC) and its headquarters in Muswellbrook.

Mayor of Upper Hunter Wayne Bedggood said:

"The communities of the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook shires are very closely connected. We share common natural boundaries and a well-integrated road network". "Splitting the command will fragment these commonalities and put at risk issues such as response time to emergencies and emergency management in general" he said

The two councils share resources in times of emergency and the NSW Police have an absolutely critical role in emergency management during those times.

Mayor of Muswellbrook Martin Rush said: "We have had a close and enormously beneficial working relationship with the Hunter Valley Local Area Command over a long period of time.We have been involved in joint initiatives to combat a range of anti-social behavior and crime."

Those initiatives have included a range of rural specific issues such as stock theft, search and rescue in National Parks, graffiti management and alcohol management – through an Upper Hunter Liquor Accord (across the whole Upper Hunter). The two councils coordinate, as an Upper Hunter Region, with the LAC and other Upper Hunter State agencies, issues around health, family violence and social inclusion – taking a whole-of-government approach to dealing with these issues in the Upper Hunter.

Mayor Wayne Beddgood said:

"I am reassured by the comments of the Police Minister who has indicated that it is "very highly unlikely that such a move will take place."

The Police Minister Troy Grant said on radio 2NM today with respect to the amalgamation of the Hunter Valley LAC with Central Hunter LAC that 'no decision has been made' and that he is yet to be presented with a formal proposal.

The Minister confirmed it was 'highly unlikely' that the Hunter Valley LAC would be merged with Central Hunter LAC based in Maitland:

CENATIEMPO: Can you categorically rule out that Hunter Valley will become part of Central Hunter?

GRANT: It's highly unlikely. I can't rule anything in or out as I haven't been presented with anything... until I get something presented to me with an argument for or against anything... I can't rule anything in or out cause I don't know what potential it will look like ... it's just very highly unlikely.

"Whilst the review of regional command structures for the NSW Police continues, it does not remove the fact that police numbers in the Hunter Valley command are still at least ten officers short", Mayor Bedggood said.

"Any review of policing in the Upper Hunter must reaffirm the need for additional police numbers to ensure that our communities meet the benchmark set for regional policing across New South Wales. For instance, the Hunter Valley LAC remains the only non-coastal regional command without a Rural Crime Investigator", Mayor Rush said.

Both councils urged their communities to report instances of criminal activity to ensure that crime statistics properly reflect the situation on the ground and which will support the need for additional police resources for the region.

Muswellbrook Shire’s new Community Recycling Centre for Household Problem Wastes is almost ready! Are you?

You may have received the Community Recycle Centre (CRC) information brochure in your most recent rates notice – this brochure gives you details of all the items you will soon be able to drop off for FREE at the CRC.

The facility will be operational and ready to accept your Household Problem Wastes within the next few weeks, however we have still some time before we are able to celebrate an official opening.

This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Timeline

  • Construction complete – 20 July 2017
  • Signage installed – 24 July 2017
  • Receptacles delivered – 04 August 2017
  • Start accepting materials – mid August 2017
  • Formal Opening – 18 January 2018

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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

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.

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

Muswellbrook 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.

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).

 

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.

Lesson in progress at Muswellbrook Indoor Pool

Muswellbrook Shire Council can now process Active Kids Vouchers for Learn to Swim

For further information contact the Aquatic Centre

Call us 02 6541 2999

or drop by, Wilkinson Avenue in Muswellbrook

Lesson in progress at Muswellbrook Indoor Pool

If your child wants to fast-track their swimming level, or simply loves to swim, then sign them up for a Summer Holiday Learn To Swim Intensives program. You can sign up for 1 week, or for every week!

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre

  • 02-05 January 2018 - 4 day program for only $62.00 per student
  • 08-12 January 2018 - 5 day program for only $77.50 per student
  • 15-19 January 2018 - 5 day program for only $77.50 per student
  • 22-25 January 2018 - 4 day program for only $62.00 per student

Denman Aquatic Centre

  • 08-12 January 2018 - 5 day program for only $77.50 per student
  • 15-19 January 2018 - 5 day program for only $77.50 per student

Call Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre on 6541 2999 for more details or to book.

* These lessons will be held in the outdoor pools as the indoor pool will be unergoing maintenance throughout January.

Lesson in progress at Muswellbrook Indoor Pool

Swimming Club competitions will be held on the first Monday of each month from 5.30pm

Limited space will be available for members of the public on the following dates:

  • Monday 6 August 2018
  • Monday 3 September 2018

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is pleased to present a concept design for the proposed restoration of the Denman Memorial Hall.

The historic Denman Memorial Hall suffered significant damage from a fire on 28 December 2015. The interior of the building was extensively damaged by the fire while the heritage exterior has been confirmed as being structurally sound. The design sees the restoration of the hall into a multi-purpose centre.

The building in Ogilvie Street, in the heart of Denman's central business district, commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action in World War One and is a heritage-listed feature of the town.

Denman Memorial Hall - Old Hall vs New Hall

Denman Memorial Hall - Furniture Layout

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

Ask us about the free tailored activities the SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUPPORT PROGRAM offers to your school. The program can include presentations, workshops, demonstrations, audits, special events, tours and more!

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.

A conservation volunteer helping to plant along Muscle Creek

Monday 5 June is World Environment Day aimed at increasing awareness of the importance of the environment to society and the economy. Muswellbrook Shire Council is taking the opportunity to urge the local community to be aware of the actions they can take that will not only help their local environment but will also help their hip pocket. The council is also working on reducing the environmental impact of council’s operations.

Some of council’s initiatives include increasing the amount of solar power council uses, implementing water efficiency programs, completing large scale revegetation of Muscle Creek and launching a renewed war on waste program.

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said “We are hoping the community will support our programs as they will help reduce costs in the long term and make this a better place to live”.

If you are interested in any of these programs please contact Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.”

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*Sampling Point

1. At the effluent re-use intake valve located within the effluent pond as indicated on the plan Sewage Treatment Works Paddock, Paxton St Denman, Plan No. S2 SH20, dated 3/7/86.

3. At the effluent flume to the works on the plan titled Sewage Treatment Works Paddock, Paxton St Denman, Plan No. S2 SH20, dated 3/7/86.

Frequency: Monthly; Method: Representative sample

 

Sampling PointMeasur-
ement Date
Date SampledDate Results ReceivedDate Published
RESULTS
Comments
Oil and Grease (Limit <10 mg/l) pH (Limit 6.5-8.5) Total Suspended Solids (Limit < 30 mg/l) Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Limit < 20 mg/l)
1- Discharge to Utilisation Area

(At the effluent re-use intake valve located within the effluent pond as indicated on the plan Sewage Treatment Works Paddock, Paxton St Denman, Plan No. S2 SH20, dated 3/7/86 - Refer to Map)
Jun -18 13/06/2018 04/07/2018 19/078/2018 2 8.3 13 2 Compliant
July-18 11/07/2018   23/07/2018  28/08/2018  5 8.5   41 Complant except suspended solids could be due to disturbed bed near the sampling point. 
 Aug-18 18/08/2018   28/08/2018 07/09/2018   2  7.6  21 Complaint 
Sept 18  11/09/2018 21/09/2018 15/10/2019 8 8.1 47 5  
Complaint except Suspended solid Could be due to Algal problem
                 
               
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
3 - Total Volume Monitoring*

(At the effluent flume to the works on the plan titled Sewage Treatment Works Paddock, Paxton St Denman, Plan No. S2 SH20, dated 3/7/86 - Refer to Map)
Measur-
ement Date
 Denman Sewer Treatment Plan Volume monitoring (kl/month)
Jun-18   map 8,719 
Jul-17 9,337
 Aug-17 9,376
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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