Authorised By: Pete Green Deputy Zone Commander
As a result of heavy rainfall in the Kingdon Ponds, Dartbrook, Hunter River above Glenbawn and the Rouchel systems, land owners and farmers living adjacent to the Hunter River downstream of Aberdeen Bridge are advised to keep a watch on the river and if necessary relocate or secure farm machinery, irrigation pumps and quarry equipment. If necessary, farmers should move livestock to higher ground. Sudden rises in water levels may be experienced.
Rising water may initially affect low-lying farmland and local roads near rivers and creeks.
Land owners and farmers adjacent to rivers and creeks should monitor river levels and the weather, and: • Be ready to relocate or secure farm machinery, irrigation pumps and other equipment. • Plan/Consider when to move livestock as roads may close early. • If necessary relocate or move livestock to higher ground.


SES Flood Bulletin 1 Monday 17th February

The Community Grants Program 2020 is now open, providing financial assistance to local not-for-profit community groups and organisations, as well as Community Rural Halls, that work towards enhancing the social, cultural and recreational well-being of the communities of Muswellbrook Shire.  Round 1 of the 2020 grant program will open on Monday, 17 February 2020.

Grants are available on a matched funding (dollar for dollar) basis (excluding Community Rural Halls applications). In-kind support contributions (donated goods, services or volunteer work to support the project) will be considered.  Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for more information and the online application form below, which is our preferred application process.  However, a hard copy version of the application form is also available below.

You can make an application up until the close date 5pm Friday, 13 March 2020.

If you have any questions about the Community Grants Program 2020 please contact Ivan Skaines, Co-ordinator Grants and Community Engagement on 6549 3729 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or contact Kim Manwarring, Coordinator, Community Partnerships on 6549 3764 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Grants Guidelines

Community Grants Printable Application Form


Community Grants Application

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Muswellbrook Shire Council in partnership with the Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee is pleased to invite Consultants to provide a Request for Quotation for the development of a Treaty Document. 

Request for Quotation Muswellbrook Shire Council Treaty Document

The Treaty Document is a project to develop a contemporary document that is reflective of current discussions that resulted in the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

The Project is specific to the Aboriginal Community that live and contribute to the Muswellbrook Local Government Area.

Qualified parties are requested to submit a quotation for the work.  Submissions close 5pm, Friday, 20 March 2020.

Please feel free to contact Council’s Community Partnerships Coordinator for any further information on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 987 512.

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Free domestic bulky waste cleanup for Muswellbrook, Denman and Sandy Hollow.

Changes to Bulky Waste Collection 2020


((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 1st March 2020
COLLECTION STARTS 7:00am Monday 2nd March 2020



(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 8th March 2020

COLLECTION STARTS 7:00am Monday 9th March 2020



(you are in Zone 3 if your current domestic bins are collected on Wednesdays)

STACK your bulky waste during the weekend of Sunday 15th March 2020

COLLECTION STARTS  7:00am Monday 16th March 2020


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. 

v) 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.



  • 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



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

SUS027 Bulky CRC
For more information and the list of items not accepted in the Bulky Waste Kerbside Collection go to:


Notice of Proposed Development Application


APPLICANT: Mr. P Ryan C/o Snell Architects 169 Albion Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

CONSENT AUTHORITY: Muswellbrook Shire Council

PROPOSED SITE: LOT: 3 DP: 37789 REF: HOTEL 184 Bridge Street

MUSWELLBROOK PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: Additions and Alterations to existing Hotel

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT STATUS: The proposed development is integrated development under the provisions of Section 4.46 (1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requiring approval from the NSW Environment, Energy and Science (Heritage Council). Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 5 February 2020 and 27 February 2020.

During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on

Council’s website or at Council’s Administration Centre,
157 Maitland Street, Muswellbrook between 9.00am and 4.30pm weekdays.
Any person wishing to make a submission regarding the proposed development should do so in writing
addressed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, to reach Council before the close of business on 27 February 2020.
Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.
All submissions, including personal information, will be made available for public inspection and may be included in full in any reports to Council,
Government Agencies or other relevant bodies in the determination of the application.
All reports are published in the Council Business Paper which is also available to the public.
For further information please contact Council’s Development Co-Coordinator, Mr Hamish McTaggart on 02 6549 3860.
Details of the proposed development are available on Council’s Website:

DA 2020-7 Elevations

DA 2020-7 Heritage Impact Statement

DA 2020-7 Site Analysis

DA 2020-7 Statement of Environmental Effects

DA 2020-7 Stormwater Management Plan

DA 2020-7 Survey - Original (DA212-2006)

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Muswellbrook Aquatic & Fitness Centre Active Over 50s 10:00am—11:00am Cost: $9
This activity includes simple mobility and stretching exercises with mild aerobic activities.
Contact: (02) 6549 3711


integratedliving Australia Community Wellness Day 10:00am—2:00pm FREE
Come along to integratedliving’s Muswellbrook Wellness Centre for our Seniors Festival Community Wellness Day. This free event is your chance to try a chair yoga class and watch demonstrations in our Wellness Gym.
We’ll be offering free health checks and wellness talks and we’ll have some giveaways throughout the day. Plus, you could be one of 20 people to win a free six week Wellness Introductory Program to the Wellness Centre, thanks to the Aged Persons Welfare Foundation!

Enjoy morning tea and find out more about how integratedliving can support you to Live, Feel and Be Well.
Location: Muswellbrook Wellness Gym Boronia Building, 3 Wilkinson Avenue, Muswellbrook NSW
Contact: integratedliving’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 782 896 or direct message us on Facebook to RSVP


Penguin Garden Club Community Garden Appreciation Day 9:00am— 11:00am FREE
Visit the community garden and share your knowledge and passion for gardening. Morning tea provided.
Where: Sustainability Hub Wilkinson Avenue, Muswellbrook.
Contact: Sustainability@muswellbrook.
RSVP: Yes please for catering

MONDAY, February 17

Muswellbrook Aquatic & Fitness Centre Active Over 50s 10:00am—11:00am Cost: $9
This activity includes simple mobility and stretching exercises with mild aerobic activities.
Contact: (02) 6549 3711


 Muswellbrook Regional Library GIANT CHESS 11:00 am FREE

Team chess event and scrabble. Timed 30 minutes games.
Contact: Library on (02) 6543 1913.
RSVP: 10 February 2020


Muswellbrook Aquatic & Fitness Centre Active Over 50s 10:00am— 11:00am Cost: $9
This activity includes simple mobility and stretching exercises with mild aerobic activities.
Contact: (02) 6549 3711


Wanaruah Land Council Elders Group Cultural Activities 11:00am —1:00pm Cost: Gold coin donation
Cultural Activities including Doll Making and Rock Art (subject to change.) Lunch and materials included.
Location: Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council
Contact: Roz Thomson on (02) 6543 1288
Bookings Essential RSVP: 7 February 2020


Upper Hunter Community Services - Muswellbrook Neighbourhood Service Seniors Social 5:30pm—8:30pm FREE
Social gathering for over 55’s with free old time music, finger food available or bring along a light supper.
Location: Denman Memorial Hall
Contact: Vanessa Harshman on (02) 6542 3555
RSVP: by 17 February


Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre David Darcy, “Practice and Process” 10:30am and onwards FREE
2019 Archibald Prize People’s Choice Winner and Murrurundi Artist David Darcy chats about his artistic practice and processes along with his experiences as being a two time Archibald finalist.
Contact: Arts Centre on (02) 6549 3800




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.




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. 


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


Paul Chandler, Project Manager

Property and Building Services

(02) 6549 3700

Muswellbrook Shire Council is committed to working closely with the community to deliver this vital infrastructure project and we want to keep you informed. To maintain our water and wastewater services we will be upgrading sections of the water main network around Muswellbrook.

This is a very important initiative for residents and businesses of Muswellbrook as it will ensure the local community continues to receive a reliable water service.

We understand there will be some short term disturbance, but rest assured in the long term your area will benefit from improved water quality and reliability.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has partnered with H L Mullane & Son Pty ltd to undertake the construction of these new water mains. The works will begin in January 2020 and is expected to be completed by May 2020. The table below details the sections of water main that will be renewed;


Project Start Location

Project End Location

Hill Street Railway Crossing Water Main

Bridge Street

Hunter Terrace

William Street Water Main

Market Street

Sowerby Street

Hill Street Water Main

Bridge Street

Sowerby Street

Brook Street Water Main- Upper Section

Sowerby Street

King Street

Brook Street Water Main- Lower Section

Scott Street

Hunter Terrace

Scott Street Water Main

Hill Street

End of Scott Street

Throughout this project we will provide you with regular updates and will work hard to minimise the inconvenience and impacts. We thank you in advance for your patience during these essential works.



Brook Street Water Main-Upper Section: Construction works are to commence from Monday 13th January 2020 with an estimated completion of early March 2020. Affected residents/businesses will be notified by letter drop and verbal door to door notification before the commencement of works. Construction activities will take place along Hill Street between Sowerby Street to King Street with minor traffic restrictions in place during works.



What is the Muswellbrook Water Main Renewal Program?

The Muswellbrook Water Main Renewal Program is the replacement of the existing water mains throughout Muswellbrook that have reached the end of their useful life.

The works involve:

  • Construction of water mains along road reserves and nature strips
  • Construction of water mains under railway line using trenchless construction techniques
  • Construction of water services up to residents and businesses water meters
  • Removal of redundant water main fittings in roads and nature strips

Why do we need this project?

These works are critical to replacing aged pipes in the water network and to ensure the ongoing integrity and reliability of the water network. They will also help us more effectively manage and minimise water main breaks, leaks and shutdowns.

When will this project start and finish?

Works will commence in Mid-January 2020 and is expected to conclude May 2020 (weather permitting).

Notification letters will be provided to all affected residents and businesses 1 week prior to the works being undertaken.

What are the construction hours?

The majority of works are scheduled to take place during normal hours- 7am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and on occasions 8am to 1pm on Saturdays (weather permitting)

How will I be impacted during construction?

Local residents may notice:

  • An increase in trucks on local roads
  • Periods of noise when heavy machinery is being used
  • Road closures and traffic impacts around the work area
  • Restrictions to driveway access during construction hours
  • Temporary storage/ site set up in selected locations near work areas
  • Temporary water main shutdown (council will advise of shutdown time at least 48 hours in advance)

How will the water mains be constructed?

We will use a mixture of trenchless technology and open cut construction methods. We will try to minimise our impact on the community where possible.

Will my driveway be affected?

There will be some instance where we will need to block, and even open cut , residents driveways to lay the pipe. We will try to utilise trenchless technology wherever possible to undertaken driveway crossings however in the instance where a driveway is cut, we will restore it to its previous condition. Residents in these areas will experience short disruptions to their driveway access.

If we do need to block a residents driveway we will notify the resident individually and where possible provide at least 24 hours’ notice so alternative parking arrangements can be made.

Will there be a visual impact?

During construction, adjacent residents will see the work area set up, including equipment and materials and some sections of the ground will be excavated. Upon completion of the works any disturbed areas will be reinstated as close as possible to their original condition.

Will there be traffic Management?

Traffic management, including lane closures and speed restrictions, will be in place around the work area to ensure the safety of workers and the community. Signage will be in place to guide road users.

Will my water or sewerage be affected during these works?

Affected residents and businesses will experience a water main shutdown near the working area in order to connect your water meter to the new water main. This shutdown will typically be for 1-2 hours in duration, in which residents and businesses won’t have access to water. Council and the contractor will work with all residents and businesses in order to arrange for appropriate times to switch over your water service in order to minimise the disruption. Council will advise residents at least 48 hours in advance when a shutdown is expected.

Who do I contact if I have any questions, issues of concerns?

If would like further information regarding Muswellbrook Water Main Renewal Program, please contact the Muswellbrook Shire Council Water and Waste

on: Phone: 02 6549 3840

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

Please also visit for regular updates of the Muswellbrook Water Main Renewals Program.



Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions - now in place for Muswellbrook, Denman and Sandy Hollow

Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire to encourage responsible water usage in the community and proactively respond to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter.

A moratorium on the enforcement of Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions, introduced to allow the community a period of adjustment to the restrictions, ends on September 1 for Muswellbrook Shire.
After September 1 non-compliance with Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions will be enforced, this means you could be fined for not complying with the water restriction guidelines.


RESIDENTIAL - this means everyone living at their home.

You will try to adhere to or use under 260 litres per person


You can water your lawn using the following: watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only, between the listed times below:

*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


You can water your garden using the following: watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.bewteen the times listed below:

*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


What you can and can't do!

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 - this means businesses and commercial ventures.

You will try to adhere to or use under - 260 litres per person


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 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

Beat the heat

Heat waves can have serious impacts on your health. During the coming heat wave conditions please:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep cool, stay out of the sun and restrict physical activity
  • If you don’t have air conditioning at home, during the hottest part of the day (11am to 5pm) go to an air conditioned facility. The Muswellbrook and Denman library, Marketplace shopping centre and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre are air conditioned.
  • Take care of the elderly and children, they are more affected by extreme heat conditions.  
  • If you can, spare a thought for our feathered friends by placing a birdbath in your garden and look after your pets and animals, make sure they have access to shade and water. Tree shade can be cooler than some shade structures.
  • For more information go to:

Photos of complex


Muswellbrook Shire Council is seeking a skilled, motivated and experienced hospitality professional to complement the newly rebuilt Denman Memorial Hall through the operation of a café/bar and complementary events.

The new design of the Hall allows the successful operator the versatility to cater for numerous activities, from a wine bar to function centre or a theatre or cinema.

The township of Denman is located in the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley, approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Newcastle and 2 ½ hours from Sydney. The town is increasingly developing as a tourist destination and is popular for fine wine, good food and heritage charm.

The Denman Memorial Hall café facility includes a fully equipped kitchen with the capability to be upgraded to a commercial standard. The Hall comprises 232m2 of internal floor space with retractable seating for 142 and would accommodate approximately 100 people banquet style. The courtyard/bar area has been fitted with remote controlled louvers to create a sense of alfresco dining.

The café/bar lease agreement will be held with Muswellbrook Shire Council. Proposed commercial terms include:

Annual Lease Amount:        $55,000 + GST + Outgoings

Annual increase:                   3%

Lease Term:                          5 years

We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from individuals or businesses looking for opportunities to enhance their experience in the hospitality industry by running a high quality venue, showcasing local produce where possible.

It is an expectation that the successful candidate will work closely with Muswellbrook Shire Council and local community groups to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes.

EOIs outlining your vision for the Hall, your experience in the hospitality industry, evidence of capability/references (including personal references and references as to financial capacity) and an understanding of management issues relating to running a food venue, should be mailed to reach us by close of business by 5.00pm on Friday 7th February 2020 

Manager Works, Property & Building Services

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PO Box 122


Further information may be obtained by emailing Council’s Commercial Property Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kylie Long
Commercial Property Officer

02 6549 3760
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Total Fire Ban rules

  • A total fire ban means no fires out in the open. A total fire ban helps limit the potential of fires developing.
  • During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.
  • No general purpose hot works, such as welding or gas cutting can be done in the open.
  • You can use an electric barbeque for cooking as long as it is under the direct control of a responsible adult, who is present at all times while it is operating, and no combustible material is allowed within two metres at any time it is operating.
  • The NSW RFS strongly recommends you reconsider activities such as such using a tractor or slashing, to help reduce the chance of a fire starting on your property. Under certain conditions, the NSW RFS may issue a Cease Harvest request.

For more details on total fire ban rules visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Reporting a fire emergency

To report a fire emergency call Triple Zero (000). If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106.

For information on fires

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service

  • TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737
  • To report a fire or emergency (TTY users only), access TTY 106.

 2019-2020 Resealing Programme

Weather permitting, during December 2019, resealing works will be carried out over a number of Muswellbrook Shire urban, rural and state road sites. Prior to the carrying out of the work, affected residents will be notified by letter drop.

Resurfacing sealed roads in the Muswellbrook Shire is an important way to protect our local road infrastructure and extend its useful life by preventing the deterioration of the bitumen surface, and very valuable subsurface pavement and drainage.

Details of the proposed re-sealing program follow.


Muswellbook Urban



















Denman Urban














Rural Roads


Chainage From




Bylong Valley Way

5.00 KM

6.91 KM


Golden Highway

13.72 KM

14.95 KM


Golden Highway

12.00 KM

13.00 KM


Surveyor General Drive

5.00 KM

6.00 KM


Bylong Valley Way

10.00 KM

13.58 KM


Kayuga Road

14.31 KM

16.80 KM


Resealing work also will be carried out on a number of sections of Denman Road and Golden Highway during this period.

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Public Notice - Skellatar Stock Route Sewer Upgrade

Muswellbrook Shire Council has engaged TCM Civil to undertake the construction of a new sewer rising main along Ironbark Road and Skellatar Stock Route between the corner of Rutherford Road and Ironbark Road and also St. James Primary School. The works will commence on 25th November 2019 and will continue until early March 2019. All work will be undertaken between the hours of 8am to 5pm.


The activities associated with this work include:

  • Civil excavations
  • Minor restrictions to traffic conditions
  • Sewer main construction
  • Road/ Footpath restoration

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during these essential works. If you any questions regarding construction works, please contact TCM Civil on 02 4976 2422. If you would like further information regarding the skellatar stock route sewer upgrade project, please contact Muswellbrook Shire Council Water and Waste on 02 6549 3840 or visit


Download the Frequently Asked Questions Sheet

The Local Sport Defibrillator Program 2019-2020 is now open, offering up to $1 million in grants to grass roots sporting clubs and councils towards the purchase of defibrillators.

With more and more people of all ages participating in amateur sport, it’s vital clubs and councils are equipped to respond to life-threating emergencies.

Sporting clubs across the state are encouraged to apply for grants for this potentially life-saving equipment.


The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program is a four-year $4 million NSW Government program delivered by the NSW Office of Sport.

More than 1,160 grants have been awarded to sporting clubs and councils across NSW since the launch of the program with almost $1 million in grants awarded during 2018/19.

Grants are available for up to 50% of the package.


You can make an application up until the close date  5pm 8 April 2020.


More information is available at



Following the conclusion of the period of consultation Council has determined to introduce new opening times.

Effective from Monday, 28 October 2019 Council will introduce the following new hours of operation for a period of three months.

Denman Waste Transfer Station Hours of operation:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays (closed public holidays).

Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility Hours of operation:
8:00 am– 4:00 pm seven days per week (closed public holidays)

Commercial waste deliveries
will be available at the Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility every Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Access to the tip face for commercial waste deliveries will not be available after 3:30 pm.

Contact for waste management services:
02 6549 3852 (business hours), 02 6549 3700 (after hours). 
Council appreciates the participation of customers and staff in the process of consultation, and looks forward to a further review of the new operating hours following the three month trial. 

Denman Facility 

Where:  Rosemount Road, Denman

Hours:  9.00am to 4.00pm Friday and Saturday
Closed Public Holidays

Call (02) 6549 3700



Licensed to accept

  • General waste
  • Recyclables
  • Used motor oil
  • Scrap metal
  • Batteries (car & truck)
  • DrumMuster containers

    Where: Visit us at the Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility, Coal Road, Muswellbrook

    Hours: 8.00am to 4.00pm daily.
    Closed Public Holidays

    Call  6549 3700 for general enquiries

    For Waste Bookings Call: 6549 3852

    EFTPOS available. 0.82% surcharge on credit card transactions. No ‘cash out’.

    Licensed to accept:

    • General waste
    • Recyclables
    • Scrap metal
    • Timber, tree trunks and branches
    • Concrete and bricks
    • Used motor oil
    • Car batteries
    • Tyres
    • Asbestos (24hrs notice needed)
    • DrumMuster containers

Rethink Water in the home and garden. Every drop counts since Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire.

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

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


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Level 1 Water Restriction List

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

The Pesticide Use Notification Plan (PNUP) has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pesticides Regulation 2017 (the Regulation). The plan sets out how Muswellbrook Shire Council will notify members of the community of pesticide applications it makes or allows to be made to public places that it owns or manages.

Anyone wishing to contact Muswellbrook Shire Council to discuss the Pesticide Use Notification Plan or to obtain details of pesticide applications in public places should contact:

Muswellbrook Shire Council, Works Coordinator – Parks on 02 6549 3818

2019-2020 Pesticide Use Notification Plan

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.

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.

Blasting Licence

Click here to view the latest Blasting Notices


Water Monitoring

Click here to view the latest results for the 2019-2020 Muswellbrook Waste Water Monitoring Results 1593

Click here to view the latest results for the 2019-2020 Denman Waste Water Monitoring Results 5059

Waste Monitoring

Click here to see the latest results for the 2019-2020 Muswellbrook Waste Leachate Report 5980


EPA Environmental Protection Authority link

Click here to visit the Environmental Protection Authority


For further information please contact Muswellbrook Council on 02 6549 3700.

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:



 Community Strategic Plan

 2017-2021 Delivery Program

 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 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 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


 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



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.


  • 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

You didn't get a brochure?

Download the brochure here.

Please take our quick online survey

Please take this 5 minute survey about recycling attitudes within Muswellbrook Shire


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.

If you would like to know What's On at the Pool before you come to swim - please check the Calendars for Muswellbrook and Denman. We are a community pool and sometimes have events like Swimming Classes and School Swimming Carnivals.

Aquatic Centre Muswellbrook Pool Activity Calendar

Aquatic Centre Denman Calendar

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 at the pool  (02) 6549 3786

or drop by, Wilkinson Avenue in Muswellbrook

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

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

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 Level 1 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

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



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.

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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