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

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

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

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

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said:

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

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

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

Singleton Council Director Planning & Infrastructure Mark Ihlein said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take the FlyingfoxEngage Survey.
It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Muswellbrook Shire Council is working with the NSW Government and the local community to develop a management plan for the Muswellbrook flying-fox camp.

Please complete and share this survey to share your experience and ideas about how to manage the camp.

All responses will be considered in developing the plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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