Notice of Proposed Development Application 

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/32

APPLICANT:

Mr N Gupta

324/158 Day Street

SYDNEY  NSW  2000

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 8 DP: 18699

41 Maitland Street MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Staged Development - Demolition, 23 Room Boarding House and Subdivision of One (1) Lot in Two (2) Lots.

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 16 September 2021 and 1 October 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed below.

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 1 October 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

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 Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3700. 

DA 2021-32 Drawings

DA 2021-32 Flood Impact Assessment

DA 2021-32 Plan of Management

DA 2021-32 Statement of Environmental Effects

 

Notice of Proposed Development Application 

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/99

APPLICANT:

Milestone Town Planning

Suite 9, 17 Thurlow Street

Redfern NSW 2016

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 802 DP: 1189685

Rutherford Road MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Alterations and Additions to Muswellbrook Indoor Sports/Youth Centre

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 16 September 2021 and 1 October 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed below.

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 1 October 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

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 Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3700.

DA 2021-99 Notification Plan

DA 2021-99 Statement of Environmental Effects

 

The Olympic Park Grandstand And Amenities Design – Option 3 is on public exhibition until 1st October 2021.

The Olympic Park Master Plan forms the basis of the Olympic Park Precinct Upgrade project, part of Council’s 2019 Special Rate Variation application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Stage 1 of the master plan includes the following:

  • Safer vehicle access, including the construction of a bridge over Muscle Creek
  • Car parking
  • Additional storage facilities
  • Improved cycleway and pedestrian connections
  • Landscaping
  • Field improvements
  • New grandstand
  • Additional amenities

Public submissions on the Grandstand and Amenities Design – Option 3 are welcome and may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, PO Box 122 MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333. All submissions must be received by 4pm 1st October 2021.

Olympic Park Grandstand And Amenities Design - Option 3

 

Muswellbrook Shire Council's Sport and Recreation Large and Small Capital Grants Program is now open for applications from local sporting and community groups.

Grants will be awarded for maintenance, refurbishment and improvements to, or replacement of, public sporting or recreation facilities within the shire.

Grants are available on a matched funding (dollar-for-dollar) basis up to a value of $2000 per project (small category grants) and $50,000 (large category grants).

The grants program is in addition to council's General Recreation Program, which funds works for the community's fields, facilities and playgrounds.

Council’s general manager Fiona Plesman said the goal of the program is to improve facilities and create tighter bonds between council and user groups and build capacity within sporting associations.

"The need for matched funding assists in community building within user groups through group-based fundraising meetings and events and engenders a greater sense of pride and sense of ownership of the facilities.

"It also helps to encourage clubs to continue to operate sustainably at the same time as they address the cost of wear and tear on equipment and facilities," she said.

In previous years, the grants program has been fully subscribed.

"We've been pleased to award funding to a variety of facility improvements across the shire and look forward to doing so again in the latest round.

"The program is a great opportunity for council to assist local sporting and community groups, to afford a higher standard of equipment and facilities for the entire community to enjoy.

Previously the small grants program has funded such improvements as defibrillators, scoreboard repairs, line-marking machines, refrigerators, PA systems, light pole footings and track laying equipment, while the large grants program has provided funding assistance for concrete tiered seating, field lighting, a discus cage and the widening of cricket pitches."

 

Applications for this round of funding will be open from 1 September 2021 to 30 September 2021.

Forms can be either printed out or filled in online and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Sport and Recreation Small Capital Grants Program Application

Sport and Recreation Large Capital Grants Program Application

Council’s Administration Centre is currently closed due to COVID-19 Public Health Orders. However, if unable to obtain an application form and guidelines via the website please call 6549 3700 for assistance.

 

Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2021/95

APPLICANT:

Dinesh Corporation Pty Ltd

PO Box 167

STRATHFIELD  NSW  2135

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 1 DP: 533209, LOT: 1 DP: 89801, LOT: 12 DP: 586032

42-50 Sydney Street MUSWELLBROOK, 42 Sydney Street MUSWELLBROOK

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Alterations and additions to Car Wash Facility

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 2 September 2021 and 16 September 2021. During this public exhibition period, the documentation accompanying this application may be viewed on Council’s website.

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 Thursday 16 September 2021.  Any submissions by way of an objection should be supported by the grounds for that objection.

 

Where you wish to be contacted by Council regarding the progression of this matter, it is requested that any submission or correspondence contain your contact information, including a preferred contact email address. This will be used by Council for any further contact in relation to this matter.

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 Planning and Regulatory Services Department on 02 6549 3745.

 

DA 2021-95 Notification Plans

What Council discussed, decided and held over

Muswellbrook Shire Council Ordinary Council Meeting Tuesday 31 August 2021

 

Environmental Services

Development Application 2021-33 for the continued operation of a wind monitoring mast, Sandy Creek Rd, McCullys Gap was approved for a period of six months from the date of determination.

Development Application 2021-30 proposing 24 hour/7 days operation of the drive-thru at Macdonald’s Muswellbrook was approved for a 12-month trial period and new, highly visible “residential area” signage recommended for installation.

Public Exhibition – the following draft sections of Council’s Development Control Plan are to be placed on Public Exhibition for 60 days:

  • Section 13 – Flooding
  • Section 16 – Car Parking and Access.

A Draft Planning Proposal will seek an amendment to the Muswellbrook Local Environment Plan 2009 to insert a new clause, 4.1C Exceptions to minimum lot size for boundary adjustments and amend Clause 7.5 for erection of dwelling houses on land in certain rural and environment protection zones. The draft requires approval from the Director General of Planning Industry and Environment before being placed on Public Exhibition.

2021-2022 Major Landcare Capital Works Program was endorsed. The program includes further rehabilitation and maintenance works at Muscle Creek, a native plant walkway in Hyde Park Denman and grant funding for local Landcare groups.

 

Community Infrastructure

The Draft Development Servicing Plan-Water Supply and Draft Development Servicing Plan - Sewerage Services will be placed on Public Exhibition for 30 days. A further report will be submitted to Council following the Public Exhibition period.

 

Corporate and Community Services

An internal working party is to be formed to start planning for the 2022 Australia Day Awards, Citizenship Ceremony and Family Fun Day. Nominations for the Awards are open now and close on September 30.

Sponsorship of $20,000 was approved for the HunterWise Outreach 2022 program. HunterWise aims to promote STEM learning in regional communities and works to positively influence school age girls’ perceptions of and participation in STEM.

Following community consultation Council will apply to the Minister for Employment and Public Services for a Half Day Public Holiday (from noon) on Friday 1 April for Muswellbrook Cup Race Day.

The updated Olympic Park Masterplan – Grandstand and Amenities Design – Option 3 will be placed on Public Exhibition for not less than 28 days. Council will prepare a Development Application for the design if no substantive changes or recommendations are received in submissions.

 

General Business

The following nominees were appointed to the MSC Future Fund Committee: Reverend Angela Peverall (Chair) Martin Rush, Ross Peasely, The Mayor MSC, Fiona Plesman (Secretary) David Walsh (Treasurer).

 

 

Authorised by Fiona Plesman General Manager Muswellbrook Shire Council                                 

Date: 1 September 2021

 

ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO BE ADDRESSED TO THE GENERAL MANAGER PO BOX 122 MUSWELLBROOK NSW  2333

P: (02) 6549 3700  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  W: www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

The second round of Community Grants for 2021 is now open for applications. The grants provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit community groups and organisations that work towards enhancing the social, cultural and recreational well-being of the communities of Muswellbrook Shire.

There are two funding rounds each year and the number and value of grants given in any funding period is subject to the total annual funding pool.

Round 2 of the 2021 grant program is now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 17 September 2021.

Please download the application form and guidelines and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Criteria:

  1. Grant applications will be considered from “not for profit” local educational and community groups in Muswellbrook Local Government Area. These guidelines also apply to Community Rural Halls funding applications, except where specified. Capital projects for sporting groups are not eligible as funding is available through Council’s Small and Large Capital Grants program.
  2. Funding will be provided for local initiatives and projects that will address at least one of the goals outlined in Appendix 1 (page 19) of the Muswellbrook Shire Council Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 - click here for download.
  3. 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.
  4. Grants are not available for organisations that owe money to Muswellbrook Shire Council or have not completed a previous grant acquittal.
  5. Applicants must provide a current copy of their Certificate of Currency as evidence of public liability cover of at least $20m.
  6. Applications may not be submitted for work that has already taken place.
  7. If grants are for structures, relevant approvals must be in evidence before funding will be made available.

Community Grants Guidelines

Community Grants Application Form

 Visit Council’s grant finding portal at https://muswellbrook.grantguru.com.au/ for more grant application resources, including Grants Explained and Top Tips.

 

Devastatingly, around 20 people die in home fires each year. Winter is a critical time for fire prevention and education due to the spike in home fires, fire-related deaths and injuries.

During winter Fire and Rescue NSW attends more than 1000 home fires – this is roughly one third of reported home fires annually.

Winter also makes up half of all reported fire-related injuries, with around 200 injuries.

Fire and Rescue NSW is dedicated to reducing these numbers to zero through their Safety Visits and educational programs. But what can you do to help stay out of harm?

  • Check you have a working smoke alarm. Use a broom to click the test button of your smoke alarm, if you do not hear an alarm sound, you will need to replace the battery or replace the alarm.
  • Create an Home Fire Escape Plan and practise it with those in your home.
  • Keep looking when cooking
  • Don’t overload power boards
  • Keep everything a metre from the heater
  • Never use wheat bags to warm your bed
  • Check electric blankets for frayed cords and other damage
  • Don’t use outdoor heating and cooking equipment inside the home as it can be fatal Most importantly, if a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).

Most importantly, if a fire does occur, get out, stay out and call Triple Zero (000).

For more tips on keeping fire safe this winter visit fire.nsw.gov.au/winter.

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

Australia Day Awards are open to Muswellbrook Shire community members who are Australian citizens who have made a noteworthy contribution or achieved something outstanding in their work, studies or community service during the current year, or over several years.

Nominations are now open and close on 30 September 2021.

Award categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Open Award.

The Awards will be presented at the Australia Day Award Ceremony on Tuesday 25 January 2022

Location to be advised pending COVID restrictions

Download the fillable Australia Day Nomination guidelines and form:

2022 Australia Day Nomination Form and Guidelines

Enquiries – please contact Council on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING NOMINATING TO STAND FOR COUNCIL IN THE 4 DECEMBER ELECTIONS HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE

 

Commitments for New Councillors
• The first meeting of the new council will be held on 11 January, 2022. At this meeting a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be elected and dates for Council meetings for 12 months will be set.


• Orientation Program - ‘Elected Life’ is a two day workshop for all councillors on Thursday & Friday 10th and 11th February. This is a comprehensive two day program delivered by Local Government NSW that will introduce new councillors and refresh continuing councillors with the Code of Conduct, Code of Meeting Practice, the Role of Councillor, and key aspects of the Local Government Act. The course will be delivered by experienced trainer Maire Sheehan.


• Strategic Planning two day conference on Thursday and Friday 24 & 25 February. The purpose of the two day residential conference is to review the Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program and determine forward goals for the next four years of council; review council’s long term financial plan and key planning documents. Review all major projects and received detailed information on their status and delivery timeframes.

Contacts and Resources

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Therefore, it is very important that everyone follows safe measures in place to keep yourself and our community safe. We have compiled a list of contact information and resources to help you to stay informed, seek help, protect yourself and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

HELPLINES AND INFORMATION RESOURCES DIRECTORY

National Coronavirus Helpline

1800 020 080

Information about COVID 19 and vaccines

CRISIS SUPPORT | You can call the below crisis lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mental Health Line

1800 011 511

A mental health professional will answer your call about mental health concerns for you or someone you are concerned about, including children, teens, adults and older people.

Lifeline

Call 13 11 14 (24/7)
Text line 0477 13 11 14  (available 12pm - 12am).

24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

National services that provides free 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide.

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800

A telephone counselling support line for children and young people ages 5 to 25 and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Talk to a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Calls are confidential. They will listen, provide information and advice and point you in the right direction to seek further support.

 

 

   

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING | Take care of yourself and your mental wellbeing

Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 

1800 512 348

coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/

Australian Government ‘Head to Health’ COVID 19 Support

Information, tips and resources to support you and your loved ones’
mental health. Visit
headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19-support

HeadSpace – How to Cope with Stress related to COVID 19

Information for young people on how to cope with stress related to COVID-19. Visit
headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/ 

Keep Our Mob Safe – Stop the Spread

Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Visit www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/05/coronavirus-covid-19-booklet-keep-our-mob-safe.pdf

Coronavirus Information in Your Language

Updates in your language. Visit www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus

 

 

 

STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Latest COVID-19 news and updates

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Keep up to date with NSW case locations

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#search-suburbs

Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread.

www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/coronavirus/

Learn about COVID-19

www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus Australia App

Download the official government app for official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia. www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/coronavirus-australia-app

Stay at home if you are unwell and get tested:

www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx

Physical distancing

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/social-distancing

Practise good hygiene

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/practising-good-hygiene

Check-in when you go out

www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/check-in

 

 

 

LOCAL SUPPORT

Heart to Heart, Safer Rural Conversations (domestic and family violence support)

Marina: 0418 786 878

Una: 0409 982 852

Upper Hunter Homeless Support

02 6542 5051

Muswellbrook Women’s and Children’s refuge

02 6543 4277

Upper Hunter Community Services

02 6542 3555

 

 

 

TELEPHONE COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT

Domestic Violence Line

1800 656 643

 

NSW Rape Crisis

1800 424 017

 

Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service

1800 211 028

 

Victim Support Services

1800 633 063

 

Men’s Referral Service: No to Violence

1300 766 491

 

RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets

02 9770 7555

 

LGBTQIA+ SERVICES

Acon

02 9206 2000

 

Q Life

1800 184 527

 

Twenty10

02 8594 9555

 
     

Council is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure the continuation of essential services for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

 

16/09/2021 

SERVICES REOPENING FROM MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

 

Administration Centre – Campbells Corner

Open:         Monday to Friday; 8.30am-4pm

Muswellbrook and Denman Waste Facilities

Muswellbrook Waste Facility and Denman Transfer Station will open on Saturday 18 September for the essential disposal of domestic waste, including green waste, for existing bookings.

The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will be closed on Sunday 19 September and reopen and resume normal operating hours from Monday 20 September, with bookings no longer required.

 

Muswellbrook Waste Facility:

Open          Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm

Denman Transfer Station:

Open          Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm

 

Muswellbrook Fitness Centre

Open:         Monday to Friday; 6am-7pm

Saturday; 9am -4pm

Sunday; 10am – 4pm

 

Muswellbrook and Denman - Outdoor Pools

Will reopen on Saturday 2 October 2021

 

Muswellbrook Outdoor Pool

Open:         Monday – Friday - 6am – 7pm

Saturday - 9am – 7pm

Sunday - 10am – 7pm

 

Denman Outdoor Pool

Open:         Monday - Friday - 6am – 7am, 11am – 6:30pm

Saturday - 11am – 6:30pm

Sunday; 11am – 6:30pm

*Indoor Aquatic Centre remains closed due to construction work.

 

Muswellbrook Shire Libraries

Muswellbrook Library

Open:         Monday - Friday; 10am-5pm

Saturday - 10am – 1pm

*Denman Library will reopen week beginning the 27 September

 

Muswellbrook Art Gallery

Open:         Monday – Saturday; 10am – 4pm

 

Exhibitions for the next 2 weeks:

- Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize

- Growth, Colour, Light, Life: Surrounded by Nature: Georgina Mason

- Gundi: There’s No Place Like Home – Healing Country Finding Me

- Into the Woods: Hanna Kay

 

Gallery Café

Full café dining inside and outside

Open:         Monday - Saturday; 7am – 2:30pm

 

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15/09/2021

Waste Facilities Open by Appointment

The Muswellbrook Waste Facility and Denman Transfer Station will be open on Saturday 18 September for the essential disposal of domestic waste, including green waste.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility will be closed on Sunday 19 September and reopen on Monday 20 September for usual operating hours.

In line with NSW Health criteria and to discourage non-essential travel, all customers are required to make a booking by calling 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility: Usual hours - 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm
Denman Transfer Station: Open Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm

When visiting waste facilities, you must:

  • not visit the facility if you are sick or feel unwell.
  • phone 6549 3852 to book your visit. Maximum 2 people per visit.
  • check in using the QR codes at the entry or provide your details for staff to enter if you do not have a phone.
  • wear a mask while onsite and practice social distancing between customers and staff.
  • avoid approaching and querying facility staff about the restrictions and other general matters. If you wish to clarify any issues, please do so via phone enquiry prior to your visit.
  • unload your own vehicle - other customers and staff are unable to assist.
  • pay using EFTPOS if possible.
  • The Reuse Shop remains closed.

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14/09/2021 

DRIVE THROUGH COVID TESTING CLINIC OPEN DAILY UNTIL TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

The Drive Through COVID Testing Clinic at Muswellbrook Showground will be open at the following times:

  • Tuesday 14 September 7.30am to 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 15 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Thursday 16 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Friday 17 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Saturday 18 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Sunday 19 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Monday 20 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 21 September 7.30am to 2:30pm

ENTRY IS VIA MAITLAND STREET – follow the signs.

 

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9/09/2021

The Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility will be open to residents without kerbside collection service for the disposal of essential domestic waste on Saturday 11 September between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

The Denman Waste Transfer Station will be open to residents without kerbside collection service for the disposal of essential domestic waste on Friday 10 September and Saturday 11 September between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Bookings are essential for both the Muswellbrook and Denman waste management sites. Please call 6549 3852 to make a booking.

 

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8/09/2021

DRIVE THROUGH COVID TESTING CLINIC

Muswellbrook’s Drive Through COVID Testing Clinic will be open from Friday 10 September at the Muswellbrook Showground - entry via Maitland Street. 

The drive-through clinic will be open at the following times:

  • Friday 10 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday 11 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Sunday 12 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Monday 13 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 14 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm 

WALK IN VACCINATION CLINIC – Saturday 11 September

While underpinned by a strong public health system, local Walk-In Vaccination Clinics are providing invaluable support to ensure that vaccination targets are met in regional NSW.

By harnessing the advocacy of Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, resources of Muswellbrook Shire Council, with Dr Noman Jawaad and volunteers from Rotary Club Muswellbrook, a walk-in clinic will be held in Muswellbrook on Saturday 11 September.

The details are:

  • It is a Walk-In Vaccination Clinic, no appointment is necessary
  • Will provide AstraZeneca vaccination only
  • Arrangements for the essential second vaccination will be made
  • Is for those aged 18 years and over
  • Is at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre, Rutherford Road, Muswellbrook
  • On Saturday 11th September from 10am until 4pm
  • Bring identification and your Medicare card

COVID-19 can cause serious health issues. Getting a vaccination is a safe and effective way of protecting yourself. Vaccines strengthen the immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses.

By getting vaccinated you are protecting yourself and your community. There is early evidence that COVID-19 vaccines also help to reduce the spread of the virus. For more information go to www.health.nsw.gov.au or speak to your GP.

 

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27/08/2021

The NSW Government reported  882 coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, two deaths. Hunter New England Health recorded two new cases – one in Cessnock LGA and one in Port Stephens LGA. There were no cases reported in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter LGA’s with no COVID-19 fragments detected in sewage in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Scone.

 

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26/08/2021

Lockdown Extended for Two Weeks

The NSW Government reported 1029 coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, three deaths.   The current lockdown for all of Regional/Rural NSW, including Muswellbrook, has been extended until 10 September.   Hunter New England recorded no new cases overnight in the Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no COVID-19 fragments detected in the sewage in Muswellbrook, Singleton, or Scone.

 

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25/08/2021

The NSW Government has reported 919 cases overnight and, sadly, two deaths.  Hunter New England Health  recorded four new cases: one each in Newcastle LGA, Port Stephens LGA, Cessnock LGA, and Lake Macquarie LGA. There are no cases in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no detections of COVID-19 fragments in sewage.

Muswellbrook Shire continues to do very well, however, the Delta strain is very infectious so please adhere to the Public Health Orders and current restrictions; stay at home unless absolutely essential and thanks to those in the community who are getting vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

 

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24/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 753 coronavirus cases overnight, no deaths were recorded. The Newcastle area appears to be settling with one new case, linked to a previous case and in isolation.

NSW has reached 6 million vaccinations, ahead of target, and there will be an announcement later this week in relation to easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people in September and also an update on Rural/Regional NSW lockdown. No cases have been reported for Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter LGA’s and no detection of COVID fragments in the sewage for Singleton, Muswellbrook or Scone.

 

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23/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 818 coronavirus cases overnight, 42 were infectious in the community and there were, sadly, three deaths. Hunter New England Health reported two new cases; one from Lake Macquarie LGA and one from Cessnock LGA. There are no cases in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no sewage detection in Muswellbrook Singleton or Scone.

PAYING YOUR RATES

The first instalment for Council rates is due on the 31 August 2021. There are several options for paying your rates should the Administration Centre remain closed due to COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

Remote payment options include:

  • Online via the MyHub service portal
  • By phone with a credit card
  • B-Pay
  • Direct Debit
  • Payment at Westpac Bank ( need to take notice)
  • By post with a cheque or money order

Should none of these options be available to you please call Customer Service  on 6549 3700 during business hours to discuss your options. Residents unable to access any of the above payment options may be eligible for  an extension of the payment date until the Shire comes out of lockdown, with no further charges or penalties incurred.

 

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20/08/2021

The NSW state-wide lockdown has been extended for regional NSW to at least 28 August 2021. The State Government reported 642 cases overnight, 41 of those infectious in the community and, sadly, four deaths. Lockdown for the LGA’s of Greater Sydney have been extended to the end of September with strict curfews in place. New England Local Health District has reported three new cases, two in the Newcastle area, one in Maitland.  There were no cases in Muswellbrook or Singleton and no detections following sewage testing for Singleton, Muswellbrook or Scone.

The following changes to Council’s operations and facilities remain in place: 

  • All of Council’s community services, including the customer service desk at Campbell’s Corner, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the art gallery and fitness centre are closed. The Gallery Café is open for takeaway only from 7am to 1pm Monday to Friday.
  • Staff are available to answer queries during business hours from Monday to Friday on 6549 3700 and many services are available online via the website - including payments and transactions and customer requests.
  • The animal shelter is closed to the public and Rangers are on duty for limited services only.
  • The planning and development activities that facilitate essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.
  • Muswellbrook Council continues to undertake regular sewage testing, as it has been for more than 12 months.

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19/08/2021

Lockdown Extended                                                                        

The NSW state-wide lockdown has been extended for regional NSW to at least 28 August 2021 and you must stay within your local government area. The NSW Government reported 681 cases overnight, 59 of those infectious in the community and, sadly, one death. New England Local Health District has  reported five new cases, all in the Newcastle area.  There were no cases report in Muswellbrook or Singleton.

The following changes to Council’s operations and facilities remain in place:

  • All of Council’s community services, including the customer service desk at Campbell’s Corner, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the art gallery and café and fitness centre are closed.
  • Staff are available to answer queries on 6549 3700 and many services are available online via the website - including payments and transactions and customer requests.
  • The animal shelter is closed to the public and Rangers are on duty for limited services only.
  • The planning and development activities that facilitate essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.
  • Muswellbrook Council continues to undertake regular sewage testing, as it has been for more than 12 months.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility

In line with advice from NSW Government Council will provide access to Muswellbrook Waste Facility, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, with the following conditions:

  • The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will provide access to General Waste transfer bins for extenuating circumstances only - such as waste that poses a health risk, rural residents who do not have kerbside collection (wheelie bin pick up), residents moving house.
  • Bookings are required – phone 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm to book a time.
  • QR Code check-in is required in compliance with the Public Health Order
  • Payment is by EFTPOS
  • The Denman Transfer Station is closed.
  • The Reuse Shop and Community Recycling Centre are closed
  • Garden waste, recycling, scrap metals and oil drop off are not currently available
  • Commercial waste and kerbside collection will continue as usual

Library Home Delivery Service

  • Muswellbrook Shire Libraries are offering a contactless home delivery service to all library members who live in the Muswellbrook and Denman townships.
  • Library staff will deliver personally selected items to you at your home address if you are a current library member (if you are not you can join online.)

Call the library on 6543 1913 or visit the website https://libraries.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/contactless.../

 

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18/08/2021

The NSW Government reports 633 new coronavirus cases today, 63 people were infectious while in the community, and, sadly, three deaths.  While there are infectious people out in the community coronavirus cases will continue to grow. The message from the government is very clear - reduce mobility and stay at home. So please remember while we remain in lockdown in Muswellbrook if you have approval to work from home, then limit your movement between the workplace, worksites and home. 

Hunter New England area has confirmed 15 new cases today: 10 in Newcastle, 3 in Lake Macquarie, 2 in Maitland and 0 in Muswellbrook and Singleton.

Muswellbrook has been joined by Singleton and Scone in undertaking testing of sewerage for COVID-19 fragments on a weekly basis. Muswellbrook Shire Council has been testing sewerage for more than 12 months,  since soon after the first outbreak of coronavirus in 2020, while Singleton and Scone are collecting samples for the first time this week.

NOTICE – Septic Inspections scheduled for 18 and 25 August 2021 have been POSTPONED - Bureen Road, Muswellbrook NSW 2333

In line with the Public Health Order and NSW lockdown restrictions, Muswellbrook Shire Council advises that the septic inspections scheduled for Bureen Road on Wednesday 18 and 25 August 2021 have been postponed.  Council will make contact to organise an alternate date. Should you wish to discuss this matter please call Council’s Environmental Health Department on 6549 3700.

The planning and development activities that facilitate approved essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are still being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.

 

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17/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 452 coronavirus cases overnight, 50 infectious in the community and , sadly, one death.

579 Infringement Notices have been issued by the police and there are 10 new confirmed cases for the Hunter New England region 10 new confirmed cases – five in Maitland, three in Lake Macquarie and two in Newcastle.

There are still zero cases in Muswellbrook and Singleton.

Infection in the workplace is still very high in some places. Please continue to limit your movement where ever possible, adhere to the public health order at all times and make every effort to get vaccinated!

 

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16/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 478 new coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, seven deaths.   Operation “Stay Home” is underway with a strong focus on compliance from NSW Police. Over 500 infringement notices have been issued, 120 of those for not wearing a mask.  Even if you are fully vaccinated you must still adhere to the Public Health Orders.

  • 16 new cases have been reported in the Hunter New England area.
  • Eight are From Maitland LGA, five from Newcastle LGA, two from Lake Macquarie and one from Port Stephens.
  • Zero cases for Muswellbrook and Singleton. The one case reported for Singleton has been reallocated to the Cessnock LGA. This is due to the suburbs the cases were associated with sharing both LGAs and it has since been found that the reported post is in the Cessnock LGA.

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13/08/2021

NSW Health has confirmed 390 coronavirus cases today. Sixty cases were infectious in the community and, sadly, two deaths have been reported.

Over the last 24 hours there were:

  • 404 Infringement Notices issued by police
  • 41 people charged with breaching Public Health Orders
  • 391 people hospitalised
  • 63 people in intensive care, 55 of whom are not vaccinated
  • 30 people are on ventilation.
  • Many people continue to leave Sydney and Newcastle for Regional areas.
  • Dubbo has 25 confirmed cases.
  • Newcastle and Maitland have five new cases and many new exposure sites.
  • Armidale has four cases.
  • Tamworth, Singleton and Muswellbrook have zero cases.

The Muswellbrook Hospital COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Keep up to date over the weekend by visiting the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au 

Stay safe, stay home, check on friends and family, especially those who live alone, and if possible – get vaccinated.

 

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12/08/2021

Lock down extended by one week

The lock down period in Muswellbrook LGA has been extended by one week.  There were 345 coronavirus cases confirmed overnight, 60 were infectious in the community and, sadly, two deaths. Positive cases continue to rise in the Maitland and Newcastle LGA’s, however no further cases have been reported in Tamworth or Armidale. No confirmed cases for Singleton or Muswellbrook.

 

Muswellbrook Waste Facility

In line with advice from NSW Government Council will provide access to Muswellbrook Waste Facility, from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with the following conditions:

  • The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will provide access to General Waste transfer bins for extenuating circumstances only - such as waste that poses a health risk, rural residents who do not have kerbside collection (wheelie bin pick up), residents moving house.
  • Bookings are required – phone 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm to book a time.
  • QR Code check-in is required in compliance with the Public Health Order
  • Payment is by EFTPOS
  • The Denman Transfer Station is closed.
  • The Reuse Shop and Community Recycling Centre are closed
  • Garden waste, recycling, scrap metals and oil drop off are not currently available
  • Commercial waste and kerbside collection will continue as usual

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11/08/2021

The NSW Government reports 344 coronavirus cases today, unfortunately 65 are infectious in the community and, sadly, there have been two more deaths.  No additional cases have been reported in Tamworth or Armidale. There are no confirmed cases in Singleton and Muswellbrook

There are 14 new cases in Newcastle and several new locations of concern.  The Central Coast has two new confirmed cases and two cases have been reported in Dubbo, with Dubbo going into lockdown at 1pm today.

The Premier will confirm tomorrow, Thursday 12 August, after further advice from NSW Health, whether lockdown will continue.

 

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10/08/2021

Today’s update from the State Government is concerning with 356 cases confirmed overnight, over a third of those were infectious in the community, and sadly three more deaths.

The government reports that the majority of rising numbers are due to a lack of compliance, some people continue to flout the rules and not take this virus and the restrictions seriously.

Newcastle cases continue to rise, please find locations here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../nsw-covid-19-case-locations-map

Thankfully, no further cases were reported in Armidale or Tamworth.

NO CASES reported in Singleton or Muswellbrook.

 

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9/08/2021 

The NSW Government reported 273 cases overnight, 64 active in the community, one death. A positive case from Newcastle travelled to Tamworth and visited several venues, therefore Tamworth will go into lockdown from 5pm today. Case numbers and exposure sites in Newcastle continue to grow. The good news is there are no confirmed cases in Muswellbrook or Singleton.

Please keep up the good work everyone and get vaccinated as soon as you can.

 

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6/08/2021

Outdoor Recreational and Exercise Facilities

Outdoor recreational and exercise facilities remain open and currently include parks, playgrounds, and public toilets.

If you are using these facilities, please follow the current Public Health Orders and health advice, maintain physical distancing, wash hands regularly and if in an area that is crowded come back at another time.

The frequency of cleaning for public toilets has been increased, but equipment at outdoor facilities is not being cleaned or disinfected.

Sporting fields are open for informal exercise but closed for organised sport.

BBQ facilities are closed.

Community centres and halls are closed.

 

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6 August 2021

COVID-19 Testing Clinics 

Consult the NSW Health website for up to date information. 

  • Singleton Hospital drive-through clinic

    Monday – Friday 1.20pm - 3.20pm 

    Saturday – Sunday 10am - 2pm 

  • Scone Hospital clinic

    Monday – Friday 9.30am - 11.30am

    Saturday – Sunday 2pm - 4pm 

  • Muswellbrook Hospital clinic

    Monday – Friday 9.30am - 11.30am 

    Saturday – Sunday 9.30am - 12.30pm 

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6 August 2021

Hospital Visitor Restrictions for Lockdown LGAs

For the duration of the stay-at-home orders, hospital visitors will be limited to help keep patients safe.

While the new limits may be upsetting you are encouraged to stay connected to loved ones via phone calls and other virtual methods.

Visitors will now only be allowed by exception, for example:

  • for patients who are in a critical condition
  • for patients receiving palliative care
  • parents visiting children
  • partners supporting women giving birth
  • for compassionate reasons (speak directly with the in charge nursing staff)

No visitors under 12 years old are allowed.

Maximum 2 visitors per patient per day.

Please note there may be additional restrictions for patients receiving higher levels of care.

 

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5 August 2021

COVID-19 Update: One Week Lockdown from 5pm Thursday 5 August

From 5pm today, Thursday 5 August, Newcastle and the Hunter region will enter seven days of stay-at-home orders.

These affect people who live in the Council areas of Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton. It also applies to anyone, and their household who has visited these areas on or after Friday 31 July.

Under these stay at home orders you can only leave home for:

  • essential goods and services
  • medical or compassionate care
  • outdoor exercise
  • work or education that cannot be done from home
  • You cannot have visitors to your home
  • schools will move to online learning

Muswellbrook Shire Council activated its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) as of midday today.

This means:

  • all Council Community Services will be closed from 5pm today until Monday 16 August. This includes the Customer Service Counter at the Administration Building, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the Arts Centre and Gallery Café and the gym at the Aquatic Centre.
  • the Muswellbrook Waste and Recycling Centre and Denman Waste Transfer Station will be closed until further notice. Kerbside Collection (wheelie bins) will continue as usual.
  • Water and Wastewater operations are an essential service and services will continue as usual.
  • the Animal Shelter is closed to the public. Rangers will be on duty for limited services, including environmental incident reports and animal impound releases.

During lockdown, contact Council on 02 6549 3700 for essential reports only.

 

The below Draft Section 355 Committee Guidelines are on public exhibition until 1st October 2021.

In accordance with Section 355 and Section 377 of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), Council is permitted to delegate certain functions to a committee of the council. These committees allow for interested members of the Muswellbrook Shire community to actively participate in the provision and/or management of Council facilities and services. The aim of each Committee is to accurately reflect the Council’s vision and aims as informed by the community. This provides for a dual benefit by providing protection to the community members operating under Council delegation and providing Council with assistance in carrying out its function. 

The Section 355 Committee Guidelines are designed to implement the legislative requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) and other legislation, regulations and guidelines imposed to ensure that both the Council and the Committees are compliant. Principally, the purpose of these guidelines is to outline the roles and responsibilities of both the Council and the Committee to allow for an effective and valuable partnership.

Public submissions on the draft guidelines are welcome and may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to the General Manager, Muswellbrook Shire Council, PO Box 122 MUSWELLBROOK NSW 2333. All submissions must be received by 4pm 1st October 2021.

  

Draft Section 355 Committee Guidelines

 

 

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

 

ZONE 1 MUSWELLBROOK SOUTH - SEE MAP 1A, 1B, 2A,2B

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 29th August 2021
COLLECTION STARTS 7:00am Monday 30th August 2021

ZONE 2 MUSWELLBROOK NORTH - SEE MAP 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B

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 5th September 2021

COLLECTION STARTS 7:00am Monday 6th September 2021

ZONE 3 DENMAN & SANDY HOLLOW - SEE MAP 3A,  3B

You are in Zone 3 if your current domestic bins are collected on Wednesdays

STACK your bulky waste during the weekend of Sunday 12th September 2021

COLLECTION STARTS  7:00am Monday 13th September 2021

 

GUIDELINES

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

- Stack items in separate piles as per approved items list below.

- Keep total 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.

 

 

APPROVED ITEMS

Bulky waste must be stacked in separate piles:

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, disassembled 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 and 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.

THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED

Links are provided for alternate disposal solutions:

        - 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

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

        - Asbestos

 

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Can I vote if I don’t live in Muswellbrook Shire?

If you are not a resident, you may be entitled to vote if you own, occupy or lease property in Muswellbrook Shire as a corporation, business or individual.

Check your eligibility here

The non-residential roll will close on Monday 25 October at 6pm. 

To claim for inclusion on the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and ratepaying lessees you will need to complete one of the below forms and submit to Muswellbrook Shire Council.

Form for individual owners, occupiers and ratepaying lessees Local Government Elections – Non-residential Roll Individual Application

Form for nomination of an elector by joint/several, corporate or trustee owners, occupiers or ratepaying lessees:  Local Government Elections - Non-residential Roll Nominee Application

The form must be received by the General Manager of Muswellbrook Shire Council by Monday 25 October 2021 via post, hand delivered to the Administration Building or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have further questions, contact Council.

 

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Council elections set for 4 December 2021

The NSW Government have announced that the new date for local government elections is Saturday 4 December 2021.

The decision was made after extensive consultation with and on advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health to the COVID-19 situation.

 What this means for Muswellbrook Council:

  • Current councillors will continue to hold their civic offices until council elections are held on 4 December 2021.
  • Mayoral elections must be held for mayors elected in September 2019 when their two year-terms expire in September 2021.
  • Council will not be required to hold by-elections to fill vacancies or to apply to the Minister to dispense with the requirement to hold a by-election before ordinary council elections are held on 4 December 2021.
  • The postponement of the next ordinary local government elections will not affect the timing of future council elections, and the subsequent ordinary local government elections will still proceed in September 2024.

New Key Dates:

  • 25 October - Electoral roles close at 6pm
  • 25 October - Candidate nominations open
  • 3 November - Candidate nominations close. Registration of electoral material commences
  • 5 November – Caretaker period commences
  • 22 November – Pre-poll voting opens
  • 26 November – Registration of electoral material closes at 5pm
  • 27 November – Declared institution voting closes at 6pm. Prepoll voting closes at 6pm
  • 29 November – Postal vote applications close at 5pm
  • 3 December – Declared institution voting closes at 6pm. Pre-poll voting closes at 6pm
  • 4 December – Election Day – 8am-6pm
  • 17 December – Return of postal votes closes at 6pm
  • 21-23 December – Results declared progressively as counts are finalised by election managers

 More information, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the Office of Local Government website: www.olg.nsw.gov.au

 Updated 11/08/2021

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Thinking of nominating as a candidate for your local council?

If you’re considering nominating as a candidate for the 2021 NSW Local Government elections, you should read this notice. It provides general guidance about the process of nominating, and candidates’ obligations and responsibilities. Prospective candidates should seek their own independent legal advice if they are unsure whether they are eligible to run for public office in a local council or how the law applies to their specific circumstances.
Nominate as a Mayor or Councillor
To nominate as a Mayor or Councillor you must lodge a nomination form, either by delivering it to the Returning Officer or by using the Electoral Commission’s online nomination system.
Nominating incorporates the following:
• Part A – Candidate details
• Part B – Nominator details
• Part C - Candidate information sheet
• Part D – Statistical information sheet and
• A nomination deposit.

For more information: https://elections.nsw.gov.au/Political-participants/Candidates-and-groups

Download Candidate-Nominations-LGE21-Council-Pro-Forma

Candidate webinars

The candidate webinar scheduled for today is being rescheduled due to the ‘stay at home health order’
impacting NSW Electoral Commission staff. However, candidates and interested parties can still register
for the remaining webinars. Also, the first 3 webinars have been recorded and can be viewed at any
time.

To register or view the recordings, click on the link below:
https://elections.nsw.gov.au/Political-participants/Candidates-and-groups/Candidate-nominations-for-local-elections/Six-steps-to-being-a-candidate#webinars2

Candidate Handbook
For all the information you need on becoming a candidate:
https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Political-participants/Candidates-and-groups/Candidate-nominations-for-local-elections/Six-steps-to-being-a-candidate

Local election work opportunities

Expressions of interest are now open to work at the elections in September. Working at an election is a great way for members of the community to earn money, learn new skills and deliver democracy by helping people to have their say. There are positions available during the election period and on election day itself. More information, including position descriptions, pay rates, and the link to apply, can be found on our website.


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Please find the Muswelbrook Shire Council's adopted 2021-2022 Fees and Charges

2021-2022 Fees and Charges

A genuine opportunity to support the local economy and community Be part of securing the future and preparing for successful economic transition  Make a positive contribution to the future generations of the Muswellbrook Shire About us Muswellbrook Shire Council supports its community of 17,000 residents with infrastructure, cultural, recreational, education and community facilities and services. The Shire is centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley, approximately 130km north-west of Newcastle. For almost 150 years, coal mining in the Shire has been as a key local industry and employer. Coal mining together with thermal coal power generation accounts for a significant proportion of the Shire’s employment. In 2014, Council established the Future Fund to secure the economic future of the Shire and its Council and to assist in the process of economic diversification and transition. Objectives of the Future Fund include supporting local industry and the facilitation of new and emerging industries, and to help secure ongoing job opportunities for local workers. Muswellbrook Shire Council has established a Future Fund Committee under the NSW Local Government Act 1993. The Future Fund Committee reviews the budget and assets of the Future Fund to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are met. The Committee acts as an advisory body to Council and senior management on issues relating to acquisition, development, demolition or disposal of the Fund’s assets. The Committee provides an annual report to Council on the performance of the Future Fund. The Committee consists of three external members (one of whom is the Chairperson). The committee meets at least six times per year. Appointments will be for a term of five years. Muswellbrook Shire Council is currently seeking suitably skilled and experienced individuals for appointment as independent external members of Council’s Future Fund Committee. About you: To be considered for these important governance roles, your expression of interest must clearly demonstrate how your skills, qualifications and experience align with one of the following criteria: • Strategic or development assessment planning; • Accounting, finance or economics; • The law; • Property or real estate management. Please forward your expressions of interest in the form of a cover letter and CV addressing the listed criteria, marked “Confidential” to Matthew Lysaught, Muswellbrook Shire Council, PO Box 122 Muswellbrook NSW 2333 or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5.00pm on Friday, 17 July, 2021.

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Muswellbrook Shire Council undertakes its procurement activities in accordance with NSW Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (Part 7 - Tendering).

Council's Statement of Business Ethics demonstrates the ethical standards that Councillors, staff and delegates are bound by and the requirements of suppliers, consultants and contractors in dealing with Council.

Vendorpanel

Muswellbrook Shire Council uses Vendorpanel to advertise for quotes and tenders. VendorPanel is an electronic tendering portal which simplifies the tender process for both Council and our suppliers.

The VendorPanel system is a simple and consistent way to hear about opportunities from Muswellbrook Shire Council. The VendorPanel system is:

  • Free of charge for suppliers and contractors to register
  • Easy to set up (just add your business details and relevant compliance documents)
  • Easy to download documentation, ask questions and respond online, saving valuable time
  • Increases opportunities for suppliers and contractors

Register for VendorPanel  

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Sponsors play a vital role in Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre’s exhibition events and programs. Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is seeking Expressions of Interest for annual sponsors across a range of exhibition events and programs for the 2021/2022 financial year.

About the Gallery

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is located on the New England Highway, three hours’ drive northwest of Sydney and under two hours from Newcastle. The town of Muswellbrook lies in the Upper Hunter Region among a diverse rural and industrial economy encompassing coal mining, farming, viticulture, electricity generation and the equine industry.

Achieving regional gallery status in 1976, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre presents a diverse and engaging exhibition program of curated exhibitions drawn from the collections, local and national art prizes, along with the work of contemporary practicing visual artists in a spacious, historic-meets-modern gallery space.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is home to the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection and the Max Watters Collection, both of which were established in the late 1950s. The Max Watters Collection is regarded as one of the most significant collections of its type in rural Australia and showcases some of the most influential names in Australian contemporary art. These works are complemented by the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection, the core of which are the works acquired as a direct result of the Muswellbrook Art Prize, among the richest art prizes in Australia.

Sponsors

Sponsors are sought to provide support to Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre’s exhibition events and programs by:

  1. Partnering with Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre to deliver exhibition events and programs consistent with the theme and aims of the activity and the sponsor’s brand.
  2. Supporting Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre through sponsorship to allow the gallery to deliver high-quality experiences and outcomes.
  3. Working with Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre to deliver in-kind benefits for exhibition events and programs.

Sponsors receive benefits which may include:

  • acknowledgement on event marketing material and collateral
  • acknowledgement through speaking opportunities or official speeches
  • signage and branding opportunities at the event 
  • event experiences

Each potential partnership presents a unique opportunity which can be tailored to suit the partner’s objectives, targets and capacities. Each opportunity will be considered for its unique benefits and suitability for each event. Potential sponsors should consider their objectives in partnering with the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre as well as their potential partnership capacity.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event/Program

Opportunities

Muswellbrook Art Prize (national art competition)

Prize Money: major sponsor $30,000; intermediate sponsor $10,000; minor sponsor $5,000

Viola Bromley Art Prize (local art competition)

Prize Money: major sponsor $6,000; intermediate sponsor $2,000; minor sponsor $1,000

Exhibition Launch (6 annually)

Provision of goods and services: catering; produce; wine, beer and beverages; entertainment (music, dance); guest accommodation

Exhibitions

Catalogue design and production; installation costs; publicity; transport; printing costs; touring costs (incoming/outgoing)

Artist in Residence

Artist fees; materials and production costs; travel; accommodation; meals and incidentals; public workshops

Workshops – Monthly Family Program, Tutored Adult Workshops, Term Youth Art Program

Tutoring; art materials; catering

Artwork

Commissioned artworks for exhibition (acquisitive and non-acquisitive), collection and public spaces; conservation (Adopt-an-Artwork)

Selection Criteria for all Events

The selected organisation: 

  • has no religious or political affiliation or purpose
  • is not a tobacco company or tobacco related brand
  • promotes core values which align with those of the event or program and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
  • has a brand that positively aligns with Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre and the event or program for which the Expression of Interest is lodged
  • must provide benefit to the event or program
  • has public liability insurance up to $10 million where required to activate on-site.

Appointments will be made for one year. All proposals will be evaluated by a panel for each event or program. Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre reserves the right to proceed with any of the events/programs mentioned above without appointing an event sponsor. Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre may make direct approaches to potential sponsors as a part of this process.

How to apply

All Expressions of Interest are to outline the following:

  • Details regarding the current business of the applicant including history of operation, products and services and area of operation

  • The objectives of the business in seeking exhibition event/program sponsorship 

  • The nature of the partnership sought (refer to points 1-3 above)

  • How they meet the selection criteria as detailed above

  • Best contact details for further discussions

We advise applicants read Muswellbrook Shire Council Financial Assistance and Sponsorship Policy before applying.

Potential Sponsors should email expressions of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications should be no longer than 5 pages and no larger than 5MB.

Any enquiries regarding the EOI should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is a service and facility owned and operated by Muswellbrook Shire Council.

Image: Winnner 2020 MAP Sally Stokes, ‘Somewhere Deep Within’ 2020, oil on linen, 153 x 153cm

Following a hiatus in 2020, the Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are being relaunched as the Viola Bromley Art Prize later this year and Muswellbrook Shire Council is seeking a sponsor to help to deliver the event.

Viola Bromley was part of a small group invited to arrange the Festival of the Valley Art Prize in 1958 -  the forerunner to the Muswellbrook Art Prize - and played a significant part in the construction of an art gallery in the Muswellbrook Town Hall site in 1975-1976 and in gaining the newly built Muswellbrook Municipal Art Gallery regional gallery status. In recognition of service to the visual arts, Viola Bromley was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988 and inducted into the Muswellbrook Shire Hall of Fame in 2009.

The relaunch of the annual art competition will also see it return to an acquisitive prize, as was the case in 1979 when it was known as the Viola Bromley Acquisitive Prize.

As with the Muswellbrook Local Art Awards, the Viola Bromley Art Prize will be open to all artists residing in the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires with a total prize value of $6,000 and consists of:

  • Painting (acquisitive) $1,500

  • Works on Paper (acquisitive) $1,500

  • Sculpture (acquisitive) $1,500

  • Photography (acquisitive) $1,500

The winning acquisitive works will become part of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection and will assist in achieving the objectives of the Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection Policy in collecting the works of artists from the Upper Hunter Region.

The sponsor of the $6,000 Viola Bromley Art Prize will receive benefits which will be tailored to suit the partner’s objectives, targets and capacities which may include acknowledgement on event marketing material and collateral; acknowledgement through speaking opportunities or official speeches; signage and branding opportunities at the event; event experiences.

Full details of this and other sponsorship opportunities are available to view or download from Council’s website. Expressions of Interest should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Draft Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy is Muswellbrook Shire Council’s water utility 30-year strategy for the provision of appropriate, affordable, cost-effective and sustainable urban water services that meet the needs of the community and protect public health and the environment. The key outcomes of the Draft Strategy are a 30-year Total Asset Management Plan, a 30-year financial plan and a drought and emergency response contingency plan. On Public Exhibition until Friday July 2. Draft Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy

Newcastle-based award-winning company North Construction and Building Pty Ltd (North) have been announced as the winning tender for the construction of Stage 2 of the Upper Hunter Innovation Precinct in Muswellbrook town centre.

A successful application from Muswellbrook Shire Council to Infrastructure NSW’s Restart NSW Fund has resulted in $1.4M towards this project and construction is now underway.

Council’s general manager Fiona Plesman said Stage 2 of the precinct is the much-anticipated construction of a dedicated high-tech laboratory and office space which will give local students greater access higher education and the knowledge and creative economy.

“As outlined in Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Council is committed to investing in educational infrastructure and this facility, situated in the heart of the innovation precinct adjacent to TAFE and University of Newcastle campuses and the Muswellbrook Library, will deliver accessible STEM and technical education to students, local innovators, community organisations and businesses.

“North, winners of several building awards, have constructed many successful projects in the Hunter region and we welcome the company as the successful tenderer for this exciting project and look forward to the completion of Stage 2,” she said.

The Restart NSW Fund was established by the NSW Government in 2011 to enable the funding and delivery of targeted high priority infrastructure projects with the objective of improving economic growth and productivity, particularly in regional NSW.

The way development applications are lodged, and submissions are made is changing. From 1 July 2021 they will only be accepted online through the NSW Planning Portal. 

The following applications are now required to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal

  • Development applications

  • Modifications of development application

  • Review of determination of a development application

  • Construction certificate

  • Occupation certificate

  • Subdivision certificate

  • Complying development certificate

  • Principle Certifying Authority (PCA)

Over time it is expected that most other applications for permits and licences issued by Council will also need to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.

The Planning Portal at  www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au is already in use, so you can jump on to register, login, lodge and track your application online or just to have a have a look.

 Applicants must have an email address and be able to provide electronic drawings to upload. Hand drawn plans must be scanned not photographed as photos can create distortions that alter the accuracy of the drawing.

Council staff are available to assist with enquiries regarding the new application process and can provide preliminary quotes for Council fees and charges. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can use a computer at your local library or at Council’s Administration Centre at Campbells Corner.

Planning Portal FAQ's

What happens when I submit my application via the NSW Planning Portal?

Once you have submitted your application via the Portal, Council will be notified. Council staff will then review your application to determine if any additional information is required. Should any additional information be required, you will receive an email notification generated from the Portal requesting the information.

When Council is satisfied with the documentation submitted with your application, you will receive an email notification generated from the Portal requesting fees to be paid for your application. Once fees are paid, your application will be formally lodged with Council.

Do I have to use the Planning Portal to lodge an application?

Yes, the following application will now only be accepted through the Portal:

  • Development applications

  • Modifications of development application

  • Review of determination of a development application

  • Construction certificate

  • Occupation certificate

  • Subdivision certificate

  • Complying development certificate

  • Principle Certifying Authority (PCA)

Over time more types of applications will need to be lodged via the Portal.

How do I pay my application fees?

You will receive an email notification requesting fees to be paid. The email will direct you to log onto the Portal where you will find instructions on how to make your payment. Alternatively call the Customer Experience Team to make payment on 02 4934 9700.

NB: your application will not progress until fees are paid.

I’m having technical issues with the Portal

Service NSW are available to provide technical support for the NSW Planning Portal.

All enquiries can be referred to Service NSW by either emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 1300 305 695

How do I submit additional information requested on my application?

Council may request additional information to support the assessment of the application. This additional information is required to be submitted via the NSW Planning Portal.

For detailed steps on how to submit additional documentation via the Portal, please refer to the relevant Quick Reference Guide.

NB: additional documentation received via email or hardcopy will not be accepted. All additional information must be submitted to Council through the Portal.

What information is publicly available for applications submitted via the Portal?

Council’s Application Tracker provides information on development applications, construction certificates and complying development certificates.

The NSW Application Tracker can also be used by the general public to search for applications that have been submitted via the NSW Planning Portal

I have more questions, who do I ask?

For more information, please see Quick Reference Guides on the Planning Portal website or contact Council.

Community groups and businesses in the Shire will be able to more easily find and apply for grants with the help of a new grant finder.

Muswellbrook Shire Council has joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, Grant Guru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for community and business grants.

The Grant Guru portal can be used to find available grants and filter grants by specifying location, industry and type of project. The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise the chance of receiving the funding needed.

Council’s community services manager Kim Manwarring said Council wants to help locals find and apply for grants.

"There are a lot of great funding opportunities out there, but the process of finding and applying for grants can be daunting and time consuming and many people don’t know where to start looking.

“The grant finder is an exciting tool and we encourage community groups, sports clubs, not-for-profit organisations and business to jump on board,” Ms Manwarring said.

Council’s grants and community engagement co-ordinator Ivan Skaines said that Muswellbrook Council joins 150 councils nationwide who have introduced the portal to their communities.

 "Grant Guru takes the guess work out of searching for grants and help groups and businesses navigate the process. With more than 1,180 grants worth $99.5B available, ideas can become reality.

Visit the Muswellbrook Shire Council website and click on the Grant Guru link https://muswellbrook.grantguru.com.au/ for more information and to register.

Several local schools and organisations were recently awarded funding as part of Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Community War on Waste (WoW) program, funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less, Recycle More, an initiative aimed at diverting waste from landfill and reducing the amount of waste produced.

St Joseph's School in Denman will use the grant to purchase worm farms and compost bins to help with their efforts to become more sustainable. Year 4 teacher Courtney Smith said the school are excited to receive the grant.

“We will now be able to have another vegetable garden and move our compost over to the new bins and we look forward to working with Mick and council to continue our “war on waste,” she said.

John Marco, president of Muswellbrook Junior Rugby League, said the club would use the grant to establish a container recycling scheme.

“This will help to reduce our waste footprint, improve our clubs recycling habits and raise funds by collecting all recyclable items for the earn and return depot.”

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sustainability Officer Mick Brady said the projects will showcase to residents and other community groups the steps they can take to reduce waste.

“We are focusing on food waste because about 40 percent of the waste from an average household’s red lidded bin is food. This is something everyone can do something about. Reducing waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill, it also benefits the environment by reducing gas emissions, the need for new materials and can also save money at home and the workplace”.

Recipients of funding through the WoW community grant program from a total funding pool of $24,000 were:

  • St Joseph’s School Denman for a food waste education program involving setting up worm farm and composting system.
  • Muswellbrook Preschool for a food waste education program and worm farm.
  • St Nicholas Early Education for a food waste education program, worm farm and composting system.
  • Richard Gill School for garden beds and a composting system.
  • Muswellbrook Junior Rugby League to establish a container deposit scheme.

For more information on reducing waste, contact Council on 6549 3700, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow us on Facebook at Sustainable Futures – Muswellbrook.

 

 

Are you planning a project or program that will benefit the Muswellbrook Shire community?

Do you need support to maintain or grow your business? Are you looking for funding for a personal project?

Muswellbrook Shire Council has partnered with GrantGuru to create a custom search tool for Government and non-government grants and funding opportunities relevant to local individuals, businesses, community groups, and not-for-profits.

The Funding Finder is powerful, yet easy to use, and can be accessed at muswellbrook.grantguru.com.au

The NSW Government introduced the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) framework with the purpose of encouraging and assisting councils to better communicate and consult with their communities to reflect their vision. Council has prepared a suite of documents aligned to the IP&R framework that capture the aspirations of our Shire’s communities and provide the strategic plans and resourcing strategies required to implement the priorities confirmed by the community. Council’s Annual Report provides the community with an update on Council’s yearly progress and activities.

Further information on the IP&R framework can be found at: https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Intergrated-Planning-and-Reporting-Guidelines-March-2013.pdf

 

 

  Community Strategic Plan

  2017-2021 Delivery Program

2021-2022 Operational Plan

2020-2021 Operational Plan

  2019-2020 Operational Plan

  2019-2029 Long Term Financial Plan

  Strategic Asset Management Plan

  2013-2017 Workforce Management Plan

  2017-2018 Annual Report

  2018-2019 Annual Report

  2019-2020 Annual Report

  2019 Community Satisfaction Survey Report

  2021 Community Satisfaction Survey Report

  2019/2020 Fees and Charges

  2021/2022 Fees and Charges

  Community Participation Plan

If you are quick, black compost bins and worm farms are on special.

To ask for more information about the compost bins or worm farms, Pre schools, Schools and Community Groups can ask for financial assistance.contact Mick or Tracy from the Sustainability Unit on 65493700.

 compost bin special bIN

How to make a compost bin

Why make a compost bin?

1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of house hold waste is food waste

2. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

3. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

4. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

 

STEP 1 – GETTING STARTED . . . .

Location - Your compost bin should be close to a water source, protected from the wind and have a good drainage
system so that the bottom of the bin doesn’t become water logged.


Bin type - There are many different types to suit your situation. Consider the amount you will compost, how you will
collect the finished product and your budget. The size of your compost bin should be between 1 to 1.5 sq m.

 

STEP 2 – WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BIN . . . .

Mix one part GREEN materials to two parts BROWN materials today!

 

MIX ONE PART MIX TWO PARTS NONE OF THIS STUFF
GREEN
Vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds/ filters, tea leaves/bags
(ensure doesn’t contain
plastic), garden waste,
fresh weeds without
seeds, fresh grass
clippings
BROWN
Dry leaves, dry hay,sawdust, woodchips,dried grass clippings,dried weeds withoutseeds, shredded papernapkins, tissue paper,wood ash
DO NOT COMPOST
– Meat, fish, eggs, dairy products,oily foods, bones, plants infected with disease, plastic/petroleum products, metals, synthetic materials,carnivore’s
(dog or cat) poo 

 

STEP 3 – THE PROCESS . . . .

• Start your composting with a large layer of brown material asthe base.
• Then begin to alternate your layers between green and brown.
• The smaller the waste is, the easier and faster it will break down.
• Always cover your green layer with a brown layer immediately to avoid odours.
• Keep compost moist, but not wet.
• Aerate your compost pile as often as possible. Use an aerator or pitchfork or if you have a tumbler, spin it.

 

Download the Compost Bin Flyer

Download the Worm Farm Flyer

How to make a worm farm

Why make a compost bin?

  1. Reduce food waste to landfill - About 40% of household waste is food waste

  2. Create free but nutritious plant food – worms produce products that are high in nitrogen but it must be diluted.

  3. Teach kids how to take responsibility for things - simple way to give kids some responsibility

  4. Creates a free but nutritious plant food and improves water retention - compost is a great soil improver

  5. Reduce harmful methane gas - a greenhouse gas.

HOW TO GET STARTED. . . .

1. Line the base of the middle level with newspaper or similar.

2. Add compost to top of newspaper to act as bedding.

3. Add worms and cover withnewspaper and material (t-shirt or hessian).

4. Leave until this level is full. Once full put food scraps in top layer and cover with material.

5. Worms will move to top layer.

WHAT WORMS LIKE . . . .

Worms like to eat – Fruit and vegie scraps, small amounts of bread and pasta, coffee grounds, tea (check bags don’t contain plastic), crushed eggshells, moist cardboard and paper.

WHAT WORMS DON’T LIKE . . . .

Don’t feed worms– meat, bones, onion, garlic, dairy, citrus, grease, oils, dog or cat poo.

 

Muswellbrook Library will take another step forward in its long-term plans thanks to a grant of $89,000 under the 2020/2021 Public Library Infrastructure Grant program. The grant funds will be used to extend the children’s area, improve accessibility, construct a sensory garden connecting the courtyard to the inside and add new mobile shelving to improve displays and allow flexible use of the space.

The Hon Sam Farraway MLC, Minister for Education, the Hon Sarah Mitchell, President of the NSW Library Council, the Hon George Souris AM and David Layzell NSW Nationals candidate for Upper Hunter, joined Acting Library Coordinator Lauren Allan for a tour of the library and to discuss plans to extend and improve the buildings, spaces and information technology.

“Libraries play a vital role in providing access to information, resources and providing a fun, safe environment for people of all ages to learn, imagine and grow, Mr Farraway said.

“Our regional libraries are about so much more than books; they are a part of the community and it was great to see the vision of the dedicated library staff for these amazing projects.”

From left: Sam Farraway, Susan Mitchell, Lauren Allan, David Layzell and George Souris at Muswellbrook Library.

This document is to provide candidates contesting the May 2021 byelection for the State seat of Upper Hunter with a range of projects for funding consideration.

2021-MSC Advocacy Agenda for Byelection

 STATEMENT CONCERNING COMMENTS MADE BY CR STEVE REYNOLDS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED ADDITIONAL MINING OPERATION TO THE NORTH OF MANGOOLA’S EXISTING OPERATION

Council understands that Cr Steve Reynolds has alleged in correspondence to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) and to local media that the first he was aware of Council’s position was “from the IPC transcript and related media”. He also claims that he “has since spoken to other councillors who were in the same position.”

With respect to the last point, Council notes that the only other councillor who makes that allegation is Cr Graeme McNeill.

The IPC has the power to do three things:

  1. approve the mining application unconditionally (that is, without any conditions),
  2. approve the mining application conditionally, or
  3. refuse the application.

Council’s position was first communicated to Cr Reynolds (and all councillors – including Cr Graeme McNeill) on 13 September 2019. (A copy of the email and submission is available as an attachment to this statement on council’s website.) All councillors were given an opportunity to comment on the content of the submission. Council’s position is clear, and the primary concerns can be stated briefly as follows:

A.the cumulative assessment of ecology required of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements is entirely absent,

B.despite a requirement to minimise the number and size of voids, the applicant had not (and has still not) disclosed its methodology in arriving at its view that it should be permitted to increase the number and cumulative size of voids, and

C.the mining application is inconsistent with Council’s adopted Mining-affected Road Network Strategy.

Cr Steve Reynold’s further alleges that the process leading to the delegation of the submission to staff officers was “very ambiguous and states ‘providing advice’”. He relies on a resolution of Council of 22 December 2020. Cr Steve Reynold’s omits the fact, however, that the resolution of delegation occurred not on 22 December 2020 but on 27 August 2019. He was present at the meeting and voted in support of the resolution and delegation. A resolution was made in similar terms on 30 June 2020.

Council organised for Cr Steve Reynolds and Cr Graeme McNeill (and other councillors) to attend a site visit at the applicant’s mine on 18 November 2020. A copy of the applicant’s presentation was also provided to councillors. Other councillors had also attended the mine site at other times.

Notwithstanding the site visit, neither Crs Steve Reynolds nor Graeme McNeill raised any issue with Council’s position. Nor did they make any further comment on the application despite having ample opportunity to do so.

Cr Steve Reynold’s alleges that he met with Council’s General Manager at some unspecified point and was told: “Council does not oppose the project”. The allegation is denied. In the middle of 2020, councillors were told that if the conditions proposed by Council were accepted by the mine, Council’s submission would, for the purposes of the law, be one of support but that if the proposed conditions could not be agreed and the additional information provided, Council’s submission would, for the purposes of the law, be one of opposition. At the time of that discussion, the applicant’s position with respect to Council’s concerns was not known.

Moreover, Cr Steve Reynolds, if he was at all dissatisfied with Council’s position, made under delegation following his consultation and resolution, had the opportunity to have the matter brought to Council and Council’s position overturned at a meeting which he attended on 30 March 2021. Crs Steve Reynolds and Graeme McNeill both attended that meeting and did not seek to overturn Council’s position. That meeting took place after the comments made by the councillors to the Independent Planning Commission and local media. Cr Steve Reynold’s has had almost two years to engage in the application process.

Council is satisfied with its processes and its position on the development application. The application is not in the public interest. That is not to suggest that Council does not support the existing mining operation and the workforce jobs created by the project, but that the modification application is woefully inadequate.

 

Authorised by Fiona Plesman, General Manager of Muswellbrook Shire Council

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P: 02 6549 3700

21 April 2021

Download Letter of Statement RE Cr Reynolds

Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions - currently in place

Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire. Please use water responsibly.

RESIDENTIAL

-260 litres per person

WATERING LAWNS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

WATERING RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:

between 6:00am - 10:00am

between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Topping up, filling garden water features    Permitted
   
Irrigation of new turf       Permitted for one week after laying after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies 
   
Washing down walls or paved surfaces  Not Permitted
   
Topping up private swimming pools/spas Permitted
   
Washing cars at home  Permitted with bucket and rinse with trigger hose on lawn at any time
   
Baths, showers Permitted
   
Use of evaporative air conditioners Permitted
   
Inflatable or temporary children’s pools Permitted

 

NON RESIDENTIAL  260 litres per person

WATERING LAWNS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

WATERING NON RESIDENTIAL GARDENS

Watering systems, microsprays, drip systems and soaker hoses, non fixed sprinklers and hand held hoses only.

*October to April Permitted daily during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October Permitted daily during these times:

between 6:00am - 10:00am

between 4:00pm - 10:00pm

First fill of public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc. Permitted
   
Topping up public swimming pools/spas, including those in motels etc Permitted
   
Turf farm irrigation, market gardens Permitted
   
Irrigation of new turf on non-residential premises Permitted for one week after laying after which level 1 restriction on watering lawns applies
   
Commercial or Government nurseries Permitted
   
Public car and truck wash facilities Permitted
   
Construction industry eg mortar or concrete mix Permitted
   
Construction - wash down, paint prep, curing. Permitted
   
Cleaning - exteriors Permitted with trigger hoses anytime
   
Abattoirs Permitted 
   
Food or pet food production Permitted
   
Canneries Permitted
   
Pet care Permitted
   
Public water features Permitted
   
Child care Permitted
   
Public parks, gardens, aviaries, plant houses, zoos Permitted
   
Schools, technical colleges, colleges, universities Permitted
   
Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, rehab centers Permitted
   
Aged accommodation Permitted
   
Motels, caravan parks, cabins Permitted
   
Hotels, registered clubs Permitted
   
Businesses with cooling towers Permitted

 Level 1 Water Restriction List

TW Zero Workshop 04

 

FREE workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers

5:30pm Wednesday 31 March 2021

Muswellbrook Library - Bookings Essential

The two-hour session will offer practical advice about:

• current driving rules and requirements for L and P platers

• how learners benefit from supervised on-road driving

• how you can help make learning to drive a safe and positive experience.

Refreshments provided

For more information about the workshop,

or to book, contact Alison Balding T 0429 664 036 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Council adopted the Olympic Park Masterplan in 2018.


The aims of the Masterplan are:

  • To prepare an overall master plan for Olympic Park Precinct which will give a clear vision for the precinct

  • To integrate Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre and Urban Riparian Landcare master plans’ outcomes into the overall masterplan

  • To identify opportunities for improvements including public domain, recreational, parking, traffic movement and landscaping

  • To enhance connection between Olympic Park Precinct, town centre and neighbouring residential areas

  • To incorporate crime prevention through environmental design principles into planning and development activities

  • To provide a coordinated and strategic planning approach to the development of the area and

  • To develop detailed concept design for identified key areas

For more information please contact Kellie Scholes on 02 6549 3756.

 2016-2017-0277 Olympic Park Master Plan Summary - Adopted 20180213

 Environmental Impacts NE30034

Council climb aboard the Green Caffeen train

Swap-and-go coffee cup scheme, Green Caffeen, in partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council and other regional councils, is making it easier for locals to enjoy a takeaway coffee without the eco guilt.

Council is working to reduce waste to landfill and innovate in industry. Single use coffee cups don’t fit the bill when it comes to a reuse economy so we have partnered with swap-and-go pioneers Green Caffeen to help the community make their next cup of coffee circular with an Australian-made sustainable cup reuse scheme free of charge for coffee drinkers and cafes.

Coffee drinkers simply download the Green Caffeen app and sigh up and get a reusable cup from the Gallery Café or any other participating café. Enjoy your coffee then return the cup to any Green Caffeen café. If you return the cup within 30 days, it’s completely free – like a library for coffee cups.

Green Caffeen is leading the reusable drive in Australia with more than 18,000 people and 580 cafes already signed up.

“We are excited to bring Green Caffeen to the Upper Hunter. It’s a simple concept that allows cafes and coffee and tea drinkers the chance to transition away from single use cups and we welcome enquiries from all cafes looking to do their bit for the planet in 2021.” – Damien Clarke, co-founder of Green Caffeen.

With this simple reusable scheme customers can avoid the confusion around single use cups. Forget trying to determine if a cup is compostable, recyclable or biodegradable and switch to the easy way to reuse.

How it works

  • Download the Green Caffeen app and sign up with your details
  • Scan a reusable cup at a participating café
  • Return your reusable cup to any participating café within 30 days (if not returned within 30 days you will incur a fee of $12.99 - to ensure there’s plenty of cups in the system – just like an overdue library book)
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat!

Muswellbrook Shire Council general manager Fiona Plesman hosted a lunch on International Women’s Day (IWD) for council staff and invited guests from Bengalla and Mt Pleasant mines, local community organisations and local businesses.

Ms Plesman gave a short history of International Women’s Day before introducing guest speaker Cr Jacinta Ledlin. With “choose to challenge” the theme for IWD 2021, both speakers encouraged the audience to “choose” the “challenge” of Council and consider nominating to stand in the September Local Government elections.

Special guests included Reverend Angela Peverell, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Muswellbrook; Tracey Chapman, Commander Hunter Valley LAC;  Linda Keeping,  Two Rivers Winery and Australia Day Award Winner Jeanette Masterton Travers, Denman and District Progress Association;  Sharon Wallace, Sandy Hollow Progress Association; Fiona Hartin,  Bengalla Mining Company and Jennifer Leckie, Muswellbrook Chamber of commerce and Industry.

“Where there are women – inevitably there are children – welcome Robert and Grae to the 2021 International Women’s Day lunch” – Fiona Plesman

Council has announced that its continued vision for the revitalisation of Muswellbrook’s town centre will include a multi-use precinct with quality retail, commercial, civic, cultural, entertainment, education and community amenities.

The Muswellbrook Town Centre Masterplan features a Civic Square which would link the education precinct which includes the Muswellbrook Library, the University of Newcastle Upper Hunter campus, TAFE Town campus and Upper Hunter Innovation Hub with the cultural precinct which includes the Conservatorium of Music and the proposed Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

Additionally, the Square will include an open Town Green, eateries including cafes and small bars as well as additional surface and underground car parking.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Rod Scholes, said:

“This project is central to bringing the community together, highlighting important Aboriginal and European heritage, and building a strong and proud identity in the heart of the town.

Well preserved heritage buildings, modern new additions and welcoming outdoor public spaces and facilities are all elements of the proposed Civic Square.

One of the key elements to come out of a series of community forums held during the development process was a lack of “green” public spaces in town. The multi-functional Civic Square and Town Green will encourage community congregation and accommodate cultural events, performances, seasonal events and activities such as Anzac services and Christmas markets.”

Civic Square Plan

19 February 2021

WITH the completion of recent works, part of the revitalisation of Denman’s town centre, improvements to Denman Memorial Park are set to be officially opened on Tuesday, 23 February, and Council’s vision of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan is being realised.

The masterplan features the rebuilding of the Memorial Hall, a new main street streetscape, parking and new facilities for recreation vehicles, improvements to the park, including the installation of a new playground and amenities and the construction of a viewing platform near the Hunter River levee bank.

General manager Fiona Plesman said that:

“all these projects form part of the Denman Town Centre Masterplan, designed to enhance the heritage aspect of Ogilvie Street and other public areas within the town as it builds on existing boutique tourism offerings and develops as a significant regional tourist centre.

Welcome grant funding from Infrastructure NSW has assisted with the upgrade. Stage one saw civil works in Paxton Street including new storm water drainage, kerb and gutter and the construction of a layby for parking long vehicles and coaches.  

Stage two featured landscaping and outdoor furnishings on Ogilvie Street and at the park. Native plant species were used where possible, an event lawn installed, improvements to the existing War Memorial with sandstone paving, up lighting and new flagpoles and the installation of barbecue and picnic facilities - all designed to complement and enhance the appeal of the park.

Stage three, completed recently, saw an accessible and inclusive playground installation guided by the principle of Everyone Can Play and designed for every member of the community regardless of age or physical capability.”

The new amenities block at the park includes a Changing Places facility which will greatly enhance accessibility and provide an important benefit as an appealing and inclusive stop-over point for families and those who require accessible amenities.

"The availability of the Changing Places facility will be an asset for Denman and complement those already existing in Dubbo and Newcastle.

"The Denman Town Centre Masterplan broadly outlines the community's vision for the Denman town centre in terms of streetscape, public domain assets and function and provided a basis for the designs for Ogilvie Street, the refurbishment of the Denman Memorial Hall and upgrade of Denman Memorial Park and Council is extremely proud of the outcome and looking forward to the opening of the playground tomorrow,” Ms Plesman added.

The masterplan can be viewed on Muswellbrook Shire Council's web site at www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

The Aboriginal Oral History Project – In Our Own Words

http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

You can view the videos and listen to our elders stories.

 http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

JANUARY 2021

In 2011 the Nagapawatti Aboriginal Women’s Group identified the need for a project that would allow our Aboriginal people to tell their stories from their perspective.

Our endeavour was to gather these stories without the influence of existing written history which is often written from the perspective of non-Aboriginal people. These stories build on the stories published in Wannin Thanbarran: A Record of Aboriginal and European history in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Area.

The wellbeing of the community is at the heart of the project and Muswellbrook Shire Council thanks the community members who contributed to the project through their guidance, recommendations and by generously sharing their stories.

 It is our aim to ensure that cultural connections are not forgotten and that we preserve invaluable stories for future generations. It is our hope that through the sharing of these experiences and stories there will be an enhanced appreciation and understanding between generations and communities.

We know that the Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture on earth and that the Hunter Valley Area is rich in deep cultural landscapes, stories and practices. Through this book and the series of short films we celebrate Aboriginal people and culture with stories of caring for country, preservation of culture and the deep sense of belonging and how Aboriginal people from the area have adapted in a contemporary world - from enterprise development, job creation and economic opportunities, to social justice, dreaming and education.

What stood out on this journey was the love of the area and a commitment to a positive future for all Aboriginal people that recognises the past while remaining focused on a strong future for the generations that will follow.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is the culmination of three years work for our team and wouldn’t have been possible without the support, assistance and advice of the many people who were involved.

We would particularly like to thank MACH Energy, Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee, the Elders and Community members who participated, Aunty Jean Hands, Noel Downs, Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cr Jacinta Ledlin, Kim Manwarring, Roz Thomson, Joanne Stead, and the 2 Rivers team of Lorrayne Fishenden, Makishia Felton, Roslynn Riggs, Pene Riggs, Emma Steed, Rebel Heart Photography, Impulse Print Management and a very special mention to Paul Bullen from Management Alternatives Pty Ltd.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, councillors and staff would also like to acknowledge the passing of Aunty Margaret Matthews and Uncle Barry French who were prominent figures of the local Aboriginal community and the Muswellbrook community, they were valuable contributors to this project.

In Our Own Words is available for purchase at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre for $5

Exhibition Date: 11 January 2021 to 2 May 2021

JANUARY 2019

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

Council has commenced works on a major line marking project on Bylong Valley Way, an important regional road that has  never been line marked for its entire length before.

While this may not seem to be anything extraordinary, it is another improvement by Council to make this busy road safer for all road users.

Council maintains 39 kilometres of the Bylong Valley Way and has been, over time, upgrading and improving the standard of the road by widening the road pavement to allow for line marking. 

 Remarkably, until the early 1990s, some sections of this road remained unsealed and delineated. The addition of line marking with edge lines, centreline and delineators will vastly improve road safety in the section through Muswellbrook Shire.

Council’s roads, drainage and works teams have been progressively upgrading sections of the road, to the extent that they can be sealed. Sealing is often described as one of the cheapest, most effective means of ensuring road safety.

Bylong Valley Way is an increasingly important road, not only for residents and industry, but also as a tourist route. The line marking works will have a considerable positive effect on ensuring road safety for all users of Bylong Valley Way.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project – In Our Own Words

http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

You can view the videos and listen to our elders stories.

 http://upperhunter.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info/

January 2021

In 2011 the Nagapawatti Aboriginal Women’s Group identified the need for a project that would allow our Aboriginal people to tell their stories from their perspective.

Our endeavour was to gather these stories without the influence of existing written history which is often written from the perspective of non-Aboriginal people. These stories build on the stories published in Wannin Thanbarran: A Record of Aboriginal and European history in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Area.

The wellbeing of the community is at the heart of the project and Muswellbrook Shire Council thanks the community members who contributed to the project through their guidance, recommendations and by generously sharing their stories.

 It is our aim to ensure that cultural connections are not forgotten and that we preserve invaluable stories for future generations. It is our hope that through the sharing of these experiences and stories there will be an enhanced appreciation and understanding between generations and communities.

We know that the Aboriginal culture is the oldest living culture on earth and that the Hunter Valley Area is rich in deep cultural landscapes, stories and practices. Through this book and the series of short films we celebrate Aboriginal people and culture with stories of caring for country, preservation of culture and the deep sense of belonging and how Aboriginal people from the area have adapted in a contemporary world - from enterprise development, job creation and economic opportunities, to social justice, dreaming and education.

What stood out on this journey was the love of the area and a commitment to a positive future for all Aboriginal people that recognises the past while remaining focused on a strong future for the generations that will follow.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is the culmination of three years work for our team and wouldn’t have been possible without the support, assistance and advice of the many people who were involved.

We would particularly like to thank MACH Energy, Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee, the Elders and Community members who participated, Aunty Jean Hands, Noel Downs, Wanaruah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Cr Jacinta Ledlin, Kim Manwarring, Roz Thomson, Joanne Stead, and the 2 Rivers team of Lorrayne Fishenden, Makishia Felton, Roslynn Riggs, Pene Riggs, Emma Steed, Rebel Heart Photography, Impulse Print Management and a very special mention to Paul Bullen from Management Alternatives Pty Ltd.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, councillors and staff would also like to acknowledge the passing of Aunty Margaret Matthews and Uncle Barry French who were prominent figures of the local Aboriginal community and the Muswellbrook community, they were valuable contributors to this project.

In Our Own Words is available for purchase at the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre for $5

Exhibition Date: 11 January 2021 to 2 May 2021

 

 

January 2019

 

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

 

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

 

4 January 2021

Grants for sport and recreation groups announced

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sport and Recreation Small and Large Capital Grants Programme is a successful initiative that allows local user groups to fund priority projects using matched funding.

Successful applicants in Round 6 of the programme, approved at the Ordinary Council Meeting on December 22, 2020, are:

  • The Brook Cricket Club: $650
  • Denman Pony Club: $1989
  • Denman Senior Rugby League Club: $2000
  • Glen Gallic Shooting club: $1437
  • Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club: $600
  • Muswellbrook Netball Club: $1149.50
  • Muswellbrook Rugby Union Club: $1025
  • Muswellbrook Touch Football: $1000
  • Denman Pony Club: $10,876
  • Lake Liddell Recreation area Reserve $5000
  • Muswellbrook Park Tennis: $33,550
  • Muswellbrook Senior Rugby League: $2500

ENDS

Contact: Derek Finnigan, Deputy General Manager Muswellbrook Shire Council

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Muswellbrook Shire Council established the Future Fund six years ago to ensure that some of the vast benefits of the thermal coal mining and thermal coal power generation industries flowed to future generations.  In the shorter term, the Fund sponsors projects and initiatives to create jobs and improve education and training outcomes in the local community.

The Future Fund has restored several heritage buildings in the Shire including Loxton House, Weidmann Cottage and Campbell’s Corner, consolidated carparking in the town centre and improved the quality of the commercial building stock. It has also provided education infrastructure – including buildings for the University of Newcastle, the town campus of TAFE, a purpose-built space for the Conservatorium of Music and a residential student accommodation facility. Recently Council added a commercial building in Canberra to its Future Fund portfolio.

Muswellbrook Shire Council, centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley, supports its community of 17,000 residents with infrastructure, cultural, recreational, education and community facilities and services. And that for almost 150 years, coal mining in the Shire has been as a key local industry and employer and together with thermal coal power generation accounts for a significant proportion of the Shire’s employment.

“Council established the Future Fund in 2014 to secure the economic future of the Shire and its Council and to assist in the process of economic diversification and transition. Objectives of the Future Fund include supporting local industry and the facilitation of new and emerging industries, and to help secure ongoing job opportunities for local workers” – Mayor Martin Rush.

The Future Fund Committee was established under the NSW Local Government Act 1993. The Committee, which has at least two external members, reviews the budget and assets of the Future Fund to ensure that the objectives of the Fund are met. The Committee acts as an advisory body to Council and senior management on issues relating to acquisition, development, demolition or disposal of the Fund’s assets.

 

Muswellbrook Shire Future Fund 2020

20 November, 2020

Council welcomes grant for new water pipeline

Muswellbrook Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of $18.9million grant funding under the NSW State Government’s Growing Local Economies fund for the construction of a new water pipeline. The 11km Upper Hunter Water Security Project pipeline would supply water from Denman to Hollydeen with a further 6.5km pipeline connecting Hollydeen to Sandy Hollow opening the door for new business opportunities and delivering water security to local communities.

Council’s General Manager Fiona Plesman said the financial support for the pipeline from the State Government will provide a major impetus to investment in the Shire and unlock the potential for the development of agribusiness and the creation of hundreds of jobs associated with agribusiness opportunities - such as the proposed Yarraman Abattoir and Feedlot project.

“Council has been working with FJT Australia since 2016 when the company met the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEAR’s) for an Environmental Impact Statement from the NSW Department of Planning. Access to water and water security were identified then as a major hinderance to this and other agribusinesses, such as poultry meat, moving forward.

“I would like to congratulate council staff and FJT Australia personnel for their perseverance and belief in the project, as well as staff from the NSW Department of Planning for their assistance and enthusiasm. The need to intensify and diversify agriculture production in Muswellbrook Shire is a major focus for council as part of its diversification efforts and this development has the potential to move the dial along,” she said.

FJT Australia spokesperson Gary Williams said the Yarraman Abattoir and Feedlot had been slated as a State Significant Development and would involve the establishment of a modern abattoir and feedlot using best current practice systems in construction equipment, animal handling and environmental considerations.

“A multi-species abattoir with the capacity to process 1000 cattle or 1400 sheep per day and a 25,000 head feedlot would generate up to 600 new jobs, give the area a substantial boost and generate an enormous flow on effect for Denman and surrounding communities,” he said.

A key strategic goal of Muswellbrook Shire Council is the diversification of the economy and driving opportunities for sustainable job creation. Council has been working closely with Government agencies and industry to develop Muswellbrook Shire as a centre for high employment intensive agriculture.

The water pipeline will enhance security of water supply to local communities such as Sandy Hollow, augment resilience to manage the impacts of future droughts and support local agricultural employers, improve water connectivity to the water network of Muswellbrook Shire and the Upper Hunter, provide water security to the west and north-west areas of the shire and help to facilitate the region’s economic growth.

The Growing Local Economies fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which will improve the economic growth and productivity of the state. While several approvals and conditions need to be met before the project can commence construction Council is confident these will be met, and the project proceed. Works will be carried out by specialist external service providers under Council supervision.

ENDS

 

27 November 2020

PLANNING AWARDS HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMIES

The annual Planning Institute of Australia NSW Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in Planning.

Muswellbrook Shire Council and the University of South Australia were last night awarded the prestigious President’s Award at the 2020 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.

PIA NSW president Juliet Grant said the award was given for the study commissioned by Muswellbrook Shire Council titled: Identifying measures of success for a global best-practice thermal coal mine and thermal coal-fired power station closure which recognises the importance of preparing for the diversification of the economy in response to restructuring in coal and power generation and the growth of new industries and rural tourism.

In awarding the prize Ms Grant noted that by acting on the recommendations in the report Muswellbrook Shire Council is determined to ensure that the Upper Hunter region undertakes a successful regional economic transition.

Council’s General Manager, Fiona Plesman said Council was honoured to win the President’s Award.The PIA congratulated Council for its recognition of the importance of early planning and investment in preparing for successful economic transition and for engaging experts to assist with the process.” she said.

The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. The 2020 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence are a stepping-stone to PIA’s National Awards for planning excellence.

ENDS

 

26 November 2020

Resources for Regions program delivers funds for major projects

General Manager of Muswellbrook Shire Council, Fiona Plesman, said she was thrilled with today’s announcement by the NSW Government that a total of $3,750.318 is coming to the community from round seven of the revamped Resources for Regions program.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro delivered the news this morning, paving the way for Council to progress three major projects in Muswellbrook. The Muswellbrook Entertainment and Conference Centre project was awarded $2,850.318 and $900,000 was allocated for two STEM education projects at the Upper Hunter Innovation Precinct.

“This funding is great news for council and will allow us to continue to move forward with projects that are well into the planning stage. An entertainment centre is one of council’s signature projects and deemed to be an essential factor in the development of a new CBD civic centre and of Muswellbrook as a regional centre. Stage two of the Innovation Precinct will be constructed between and incorporate Loxton House and Weidman Cottage, preserving these important heritage sites for generations to come.

“Council is laying the foundations now for the future and investing in STEM programs and creativity is a big part of those plans. A “makerspace” an innovative rapid prototyping laboratory, will be constructed in the Innovation Hub, alongside a STEM learning environment and equipment library,” she said.

“I would like to thank the State Government for committing to a review of the Resources for Regions program and for delivering on the revised program, which will see funding for a broad range of projects into the future,” Ms Plesman said.

Resources for Regions, designed to secure mining towns a better return on the mining royalties they deliver to State Government each year, was revised earlier this year to include provision of funding of community programs as well as infrastructure.

Round seven of the funding pool has delivered more than $10 million for 21 projects across four local government areas in the Upper Hunter

ENDS

 

Mayor Martin Rush presented Council’s 2020/21 Budget to a breakfast meeting of the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Please find the presentation Pdf for download.

Budget 2020/21 Presentation

March 24 2021

Mach Energy Postcard Wybong Road closure for website Page 1

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January 20 2021

MachEnergy Community Info map

MACH Energy Australia owns and operates the Mount Pleasant Operation (MPO) which is located approximately 3km north-west of Muswellbrook.

This Community Information is to inform you of upcoming planned construction works to be undertaken as part of the approved Modification 4 for the Mount Pleasant Operation.

MPO’s existing rail infrastructure is currently located on land south of Wybong Road. Modification 4 was approved by the Department of Planning and Environment in November 2018 and sought to relocate rail, water and associated electricity supply infrastructure.

Please contact the External Relations Manager, Ngaire Baker on 1800 886 889 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on this project.

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July 9, 2021

Council shares the frustration being felt across the community by ongoing delays of construction works at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and - with current COVID-19 restrictions in place – the matter is, for the time being, out of our hands.

A recent incident on site resulted in the construction site being closed while an investigation was carried out, a report prepared, and remediation works undertaken – which has had an impact on project milestones.

Following on from that, the COVID-19 public health notice issued by the NSW Government means that contractors need to show evidence of a satisfactory, approved COVID-19 safe plan before they can resume work on the site.

And, while works are taking longer than first expected, it is deemed to be in the best interest of public safety for the centre to remain closed while the bulk of the works are completed.

This means all classes, including learn to swim and aqua aerobics, are cancelled for now. Residents who enrolled for the learn to swim program have had payments credited while swim memberships will be extended by the length of the closed period on reopening.

The new state-of-the-art aquatic and fitness centre is a major construction project which will significantly improve and expand the swim and recreation facilities at the centre and include a new water activity park, heated learn to swim and therapy pool, spa and sauna, new kiosk, entrance and foyer, a party room and viewing deck.

The Fitness Centre remains open and is operating on winter hours: Monday to Friday: 6am-7pm, Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Council again apologises for the inconvenience and thanks the community for their patience as we endeavour to deliver a positive outcome for the whole community as soon as possible.

Mayor Rod Scholes 9 July 2021

JUne 22, 2021

The Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre remains closed and all classes, including learn to swim and aqua aerobics, are cancelled as construction works continue.
Works are taking longer than first expected and, in the best interest of public safety, the centre will remain closed until works are completed.

The Fitness Centre is open and operating on winter hours.

Winter Hours at the Fitness Centre are:

Monday to Friday: 6am-7pm
Saturday 9am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Customers may be also enquiring about:

  • Intensive Learn to Swim Program (LTS), this is on hold until further notice.
  • LTS Program, people’s accounts have  be credited;
  • Swim Membership will be extended from the date of reopening.

Council apologises for any inconvenience as we endeavour to deliver a positive outcome for the whole community very soon.

APRIl 15, 2021

MBK Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade Update

Fitness Centre and Indoor Pool to reopen on April 19 with COVID-19 Safe Plan in place

Fitness Centre:

  • the existing gym facility is now setup for public use
  • a COVID-19 Safe Plan is in place
  • capacity is 24 people in fitness area at one time, 5 people per each spin class
  • the gym facility will operate separately to the indoor pool
  • entry will be via the Boronia Building car park 

Indoor Pool 

  • installation of the indoor pool heat pumps has been completed
  • the indoor pool has been filled and water treatment is underway
  • a public entry into the indoor pool has been established alongside a temporary office space for staff to process patrons
  • a partition wall has been installed to separate the indoor pool area from ongoing construction works
  • a COVID-19 Safe Plan for the indoor pool area is in place
  • capacity is 60 people at any one time in the indoor pool area

Outdoor Pool

  • the outdoor pool will be closed to the public and winterised after the indoor pool opens

Council advises the community that this completes the second stage of the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Upgrade.

Works continue stage three which will include a heated learn-to-swim pool, children's wet play area, kiosk, sauna, spa, foyer and 24/7 entry to the gym when these works are completed later this year.

 

Please note: The NSW Government Public Health Notice for swimming pools remains in effect and COVID – 19 restrictions will be in place. Numbers at the pool will be capped at 60 at any one time and visitors to the pool will be required to scan a QR Code and be temperature tested before entry. Each visit to the pool will be limited to two hours per person and COVID marshals will always be on duty.

 

February 1, 2021

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre out door pool is now open.
Free entry until Sunday February 7th.

Visit https://pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/ for further infomation.

 

January 6, 2021

The refurbishment of the White Memorial Pool – the 50m outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre- is running around three weeks behind schedule as a result of weather delays and is now expected to reopen towards the end of January.

Relining and tiling works have been completed and the finished works will include a wet deck, all access ramps, shade structures, lighting for night events and new reticulation and pumping works.

Works will continue the indoor pool project - which includes a heated learn-to-swim pool, wet children's play space, extended cafe, extended solar PV array and a sauna and spa – and remains on schedule for completion by the end of March.

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Update

Works are due to start on the refurbishment of the 50 metre outdoor pool at the Muswellbrook Aquatic Center with the aim of reopening the pool by the end of 2020.

The works program includes the lining of the pool, installation of a wet deck, removal of the existing concrete hob and gutters and construction of an access ramp which will extend the longevity and efficient operation of the pool and enable compliance of the pool body to current standards.

The 50 metre outdoor pool was opened on 3 February, 1929, making it more than 90 years old. Water leaks have been an issue for a number of years and it is considered that the refurbishment will extend the life of the pool for a further 25 years.

While the Aquatic Centre is closed for the upgrade Council has arranged for Muswellbrook Swimming Club members to be transported to Singleton by bus for training during winter and, if necessary, to Denman for summer.

Denman Memorial Pool will open, for organized swim activity and exercise purposes only, on October 6 (Monday to Friday).

As determined by the current NSW Public Health Notice no recreational swimming is allowed at this time.

22 JUly 2020 - MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE upgrade  

Following closure to comply with Public Health Orders, Council negotiated with the construction contractor for the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre Upgrade Project to include all additions of the adopted master plan in the redevelopment and reduce the length of the construction programme for this important community facility.

The additions include the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a water activity park, learn to swim and therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, party room, spa and sauna, viewing deck, and upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access, during which time the centre will remain closed.

This construction programme has created the opportunity for Council to bring forward the refurbishment of the outdoor 50 metre pool. The outdoor pool will remain closed during the winter season as per the usual practice and reopen when works are completed. Understanding the importance of the outdoor pool to the community, as much as practicable, delivery for summer will be a high priority.

Council recognises that these works will be inconvenient and frustrating for many users of the Aquatic and Fitness Centre and asks for the community’s patience during this construction period. The end result of the completed redevelopment and refurbishment works will bring forward an exciting new level of service and greatly improved facilities for the community to enjoy.

Council appreciates the community’s understanding, and for further project information, or to answer any questions regarding membership, please contact Council on 6549 3700.

1-2 FEBRUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE

Council advises that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2.

The work includes the removal of bonded asbestos pipe encased in concrete. All work will be completed in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.

Council has engaged a licenced demolition and asbestos removalist to undertake the work including the engagement of an experienced occupational hygienist to ensure safe operations at all times.

Major construction works for the Aquatic and Fitness Centre upgrade are scheduled to take place during the 2020 Winter season. The Early Works Program currently underway includes the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and toddler pools, investigation of leaking, relocation of services and pressure testing

Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, and dry play party room.

29 JANUARY, 2020 - TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF MUSWELLBROOK AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTRE

Muswellbrook Shire Council advise that to facilitate further demolition works as part of the Early Works Program the Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre will be closed on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2. 



2 DECEMBER, 2019 – EARLY WORKS PROGRAM

The Muswellbrook Aquatic and Fitness Centre Masterplan, adopted by Muswellbrook Shire Council earlier this year following extensive community consultation, is an ambitious and exciting upgrade of one of the town’s most popular facilities.

Significant features of the upgrade are the construction of a state of the art indoor area featuring a new water activity park, Learn to Swim and Therapy pool, new entrance and foyer, kiosk, dry play party room and viewing deck.

Major construction works on the Aquatic Centre upgrade will take place during the 2020 winter season. However,  an Early Works Program, including  investigation of  leakage in the 50m outdoor pool and the demolition of the outdoor Learn to Swim and Toddler pools, relocation of services and pressure testing, will get underway in January.

The outdoor 50m pool, indoor pool and fitness centre will remain open during the Early Works Program although access to some areas of the facility will be restricted. Learn to Swim classes will be held in the outdoor pool over eight weeks of the first term next year. The upgrade of the fitness centre to allow 24/7 access will be completed as part of the major works program.

Successful grant funding applications support the redevelopment with $1 million granted towards the water activity park from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities fund and $900,000 towards the Learn to Swim and Therapy pool from the Ridgeland’s Community Fund.

 

Queries to:

Matt Lysaught 
Manager Property and Building Services

or

Paul Chandler, Project Manager

Property and Building Services

(02) 6549 3700

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

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

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

 

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Download useful tips for RETHINKING WATER - All 8 pamphlets

RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

Feral cats threaten the survival of over 100 native species throughout Australia and have caused the extinction of some ground-dwelling birds and small mammals.

Numbers are on the rise in the Muswellbrook Shire.

In an effort to stem this predation by feral cats Muswellbrook Shire Council will no longer charge a fee for the loan of a cage trap, for a 12 month trial period from 1 July 2019.

The trapping of feral cats by using cage traps is an effective tool in urban and residential areas where domestic cats are also present and individual wild cats need to be targeted.

Non-target animals can be released unharmed and trapped feral cats can be taken to Council animal care facility or local vet clinics for disposal.

Council previously charged a deposit, refundable on return of the cage trap, and a fee for the use of a cage trap but will now just require identification.

Feral cats are the same species as domestic cats but live and reproduce in the wild and survive by hunting or scavenging and can carry infectious diseases which can be transmitted to native animals, domestic livestock and humans.

The cats are predominantly solitary and nocturnal, spending most of the day in the safety of a shelter such as a rabbit burrow, log or rock pile. They are carnivores, generally eating small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects and mostly feed at night.

Predation by feral cats is listed as a key threatening process under section 188 of Australia’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), which was updated in 2008.

Many native animals are struggling to survive so reducing the number killed by this introduced predator will help their populations to grow.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is moving into its final stage of gathering stories of our Aboriginal Community Members.

2 Rivers Pty Ltd Production Team spent 2 weeks filming the stories of 14 Elders, cultural leaders and community members utilising the Muswellbrook Conservatorium of Music venue. People’s stories recorded ranged from stories of removal and dispossession to remembering when land rights came to Muswellbrook and hope for the future through our young leaders. The Project has an remaining 6 stories to interview before the stories are collated and made available for everyone through online digital resources as well as the production of a booklet of people stories. The Aboriginal Oral History Project has been a long time in the making the original concept was developed in the Aboriginal Community after the production of the Wannin Thanbarran a History of Aboriginal and European Contact in the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter Valley and the www.workingwithindigenousaustralians.info Project.

The Aboriginal Oral History Project is a joint project between Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Reconciliation Committee and MACH Energy Australia Aboriginal Community Development Fund.

 

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Top Left, Uncle Glen Morris, Top Right Uncle Garry Wright with interviewer Lorrayne Riggs from 2 Rivers Pty Ltd and Aunty Jean Hands, Bottom Left

 

Logan Hartmann meeting Working Dog for the first time

Working dogs have long been an important part of the Muswellbrook Shire’s history – and the latest incarnation has found a permanent home at Campbell’s Corner.

The design was submitted as a possible successor to replace the Blue Heeler statue opposite Loxton House – the original landmark, a source of local pride and sometime shenanigans, was deemed to be at the end of its life and in need of replacing.

While Newcastle-based artist Tanya Bartlett’s design was not chosen to replace the ailing “Hunter’ it gained many admirers – and was subsequently acquired by Council.

General Manager Steve McDonald said that while it wasn’t the submission chosen as a replacement, the sculpture was so captivating that Council wanted to find a permanent home for it.

“Council feels it will make an excellent addition to that space” he said.

The Australian cattle dog, commonly called the Blue Heeler, was bred by Thomas Hall at Dartmoor, a large property about 12km north of Muswellbrook, in the 1840’s. Seeking a hardy dog capable of coping with the harsh conditions of the Australian bush he crossed a dingo with a Northumberland Blue Merle and was instrumental in the development of this iconic breed.

The original statue was erected in recognition of the cattle dog’s contribution to Australian rural life and the development of our Blue Heeler in the Hunter.

In its new home at Campbell’s Corner this latest “Bluey” continues the legend.

Find out more about the history of Blue Heelers

Image: Logan Hartmann meeting Working Dog for the first time
Pouring the concrete slab

 

RWTW Construction Aerial Progress to April 2018

01 April 2018 Update:

Construction at the Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW) continues to progress, with expectations for the commissioning of the new treatment facility in the second half of this year.  Decommissioning and demolition of the old facility will continue into early 2019.  Current construction is within budget - while meeting design, quality and safety expectations.

Following the construction of the walls of the process reactor (IDEA tanks) witnessed in the video above, water tightness testing is progressing, with much of the mechanical infrastructure beginning to be delivered to site. Assembly of the electrical switchgear and testing has occurred and testing of the control systems is underway. The 3 Megalitre final reuse water reservoir has been constructed with testing to be performed in the near future.

All attempts are being made to utilise local suppliers and contractors from the Shire to enhance local economic development. Construction is progressing well and in accordance with design approvals given by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Authority.

The Recycle Water Treatment Works is mainly funded by MSC, with a portion of funding provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF). 

 

03 November 2017:

Aerial footage of construction of the Recycle Water Treatment Works at Muswellbrook between August and October 2017.

Construction of Muswellbrook's RWTW between August and October 2017

04 October 2017 Update:

Muswellbrook Shire Council is progressing well with the Construction of the new RWTW. The project is on schedule and cost, whilst satisfying quality, safety and other expectations.

In September, the significant milestone of pouring the post tensioned single pour slab of the main process reactor (IDEA tanks) was undertaken. This innovative construction technique proceeded as planned and with all risks mitigated.
Mark Tildsley – Downer’s Project Manager explained “The concrete base pour marks a significant project milestone in the construction of the Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW), a world-leading recycled water treatment solution that will see long term economic and sustainable benefits for the local community. Local suppliers delivered more than 800 cubic meters of concrete and in close partnership with Muswellbrook Shire Council and the Downer team on the ground. The day ran smoothly with no incidents or injuries.”

Timelapse: Pouring 800 cubic metres of concrete for the new Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Pl

The pouring of the slab was the largest single concrete slab pour ever performed for Council, utilising 116 deliveries of concrete from a fleet of 20 trucks, and 2 crews of over 40 workers. All adjacent residents were advised of the increased truck movements and the early start on 5 September 2017 at 03H00. Work continued through the day and was completed by 18h30.

This construction activity was a great success largely due to extensive planning and good communication with all Stakeholders i.e. concrete suppliers, Highway Patrol and RMS regarding other traffic movements on road for the day.
Fatigue management of the crews was managed by ‘job rotation’, ensuring there were sufficient employees on the job at all times to keep the pour ‘live’, but still ensuring the crew got appropriate breaks.

The RWTW is mainly funded by MSC, with a portion of funding provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF).

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

 

25 August 2017 update:

Good news; Muswellbrook Shire Council is progressing well with the Construction of the new RWTW.

Downer Utilities Australia was awarded the contract in May 2017 and has to date established on site and completed the majority of the bulk earthworks activities. Initial concrete pours commenced in early August and steel reinforcement has been placed for the Intermittent decanting extended aeration (IDEA) process tank structures.

The big single slab pour is planned for early September 2017, where the post tensioned slab will be constructed. To enable this continuous single concrete pour, which is envisaged to take 10hrs, planning has been performed including traffic routes for the delivery of concrete to the works site, at the corner of Skellatar Stock Route and Denman Rd.

Weather permitting, it is planned that Concrete trucks will be hauling concrete to site via Thomas Mitchel Drive and Denman Rd on 05 September 2017 between 3:00am and 12:30pm.

It is not expected that the delivery of concrete will cause challenged to motorists, nevertheless, motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the Thomas Mitchel Drive, Denman Rd and Skellatar Stock route. Traffic control will be available and truck movements will be monitored on the day.

Site being prepared for concrete foundation pouring

Funding for the new RWTW will be sourced from Council funds, with a significant portion provided by the NSW Government Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIFF).

 

We have a new website - please visit pools.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

Council is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure the continuation of essential services for the safety and wellbeing of our community.

 

16/09/2021 

SERVICES REOPENING FROM MONDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

 

Administration Centre – Campbells Corner

Open:         Monday to Friday; 8.30am-4pm

Muswellbrook and Denman Waste Facilities

Muswellbrook Waste Facility and Denman Transfer Station will open on Saturday 18 September for the essential disposal of domestic waste, including green waste, for existing bookings.

The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will be closed on Sunday 19 September and reopen and resume normal operating hours from Monday 20 September, with bookings no longer required.

 

Muswellbrook Waste Facility:

Open          Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm

Denman Transfer Station:

Open          Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm

 

Muswellbrook Fitness Centre

Open:         Monday to Friday; 6am-7pm

Saturday; 9am -4pm

Sunday; 10am – 4pm

 

Muswellbrook and Denman - Outdoor Pools

Will reopen on Saturday 2 October 2021

 

Muswellbrook Outdoor Pool

Open:         Monday – Friday - 6am – 7pm

Saturday - 9am – 7pm

Sunday - 10am – 7pm

 

Denman Outdoor Pool

Open:         Monday - Friday - 6am – 7am, 11am – 6:30pm

Saturday - 11am – 6:30pm

Sunday; 11am – 6:30pm

*Indoor Aquatic Centre remains closed due to construction work.

 

Muswellbrook Shire Libraries

Muswellbrook Library

Open:         Monday - Friday; 10am-5pm

Saturday - 10am – 1pm

*Denman Library will reopen week beginning the 27 September

 

Muswellbrook Art Gallery

Open:         Monday – Saturday; 10am – 4pm

 

Exhibitions for the next 2 weeks:

- Mullins Conceptual Photography Prize

- Growth, Colour, Light, Life: Surrounded by Nature: Georgina Mason

- Gundi: There’s No Place Like Home – Healing Country Finding Me

- Into the Woods: Hanna Kay

 

Gallery Café

Full café dining inside and outside

Open:         Monday - Saturday; 7am – 2:30pm

 

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15/09/2021

Waste Facilities Open by Appointment

The Muswellbrook Waste Facility and Denman Transfer Station will be open on Saturday 18 September for the essential disposal of domestic waste, including green waste.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility will be closed on Sunday 19 September and reopen on Monday 20 September for usual operating hours.

In line with NSW Health criteria and to discourage non-essential travel, all customers are required to make a booking by calling 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility: Usual hours - 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm
Denman Transfer Station: Open Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm

When visiting waste facilities, you must:

  • not visit the facility if you are sick or feel unwell.
  • phone 6549 3852 to book your visit. Maximum 2 people per visit.
  • check in using the QR codes at the entry or provide your details for staff to enter if you do not have a phone.
  • wear a mask while onsite and practice social distancing between customers and staff.
  • avoid approaching and querying facility staff about the restrictions and other general matters. If you wish to clarify any issues, please do so via phone enquiry prior to your visit.
  • unload your own vehicle - other customers and staff are unable to assist.
  • pay using EFTPOS if possible.
  • The Reuse Shop remains closed.

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14/09/2021 

DRIVE THROUGH COVID TESTING CLINIC OPEN DAILY UNTIL TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

The Drive Through COVID Testing Clinic at Muswellbrook Showground will be open at the following times:

  • Tuesday 14 September 7.30am to 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 15 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Thursday 16 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Friday 17 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Saturday 18 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Sunday 19 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Monday 20 September 7.30am to 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 21 September 7.30am to 2:30pm

ENTRY IS VIA MAITLAND STREET – follow the signs.

 

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9/09/2021

The Muswellbrook Waste Management Facility will be open to residents without kerbside collection service for the disposal of essential domestic waste on Saturday 11 September between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.

The Denman Waste Transfer Station will be open to residents without kerbside collection service for the disposal of essential domestic waste on Friday 10 September and Saturday 11 September between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Bookings are essential for both the Muswellbrook and Denman waste management sites. Please call 6549 3852 to make a booking.

 

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8/09/2021

DRIVE THROUGH COVID TESTING CLINIC

Muswellbrook’s Drive Through COVID Testing Clinic will be open from Friday 10 September at the Muswellbrook Showground - entry via Maitland Street. 

The drive-through clinic will be open at the following times:

  • Friday 10 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday 11 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Sunday 12 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Monday 13 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 14 September, 7:30am to 3:00pm

WALK IN VACCINATION CLINIC – Saturday 11 September

While underpinned by a strong public health system, local Walk-In Vaccination Clinics are providing invaluable support to ensure that vaccination targets are met in regional NSW.

By harnessing the advocacy of Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, resources of Muswellbrook Shire Council, with Dr Noman Jawaad and volunteers from Rotary Club Muswellbrook, a walk-in clinic will be held in Muswellbrook on Saturday 11 September.

The details are:

  • It is a Walk-In Vaccination Clinic, no appointment is necessary
  • Will provide AstraZeneca vaccination only
  • Arrangements for the essential second vaccination will be made
  • Is for those aged 18 years and over
  • Is at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre, Rutherford Road, Muswellbrook
  • On Saturday 11th September from 10am until 4pm
  • Bring identification and your Medicare card

COVID-19 can cause serious health issues. Getting a vaccination is a safe and effective way of protecting yourself. Vaccines strengthen the immune system by training it to recognise and fight against specific viruses.

By getting vaccinated you are protecting yourself and your community. There is early evidence that COVID-19 vaccines also help to reduce the spread of the virus. For more information go to www.health.nsw.gov.au or speak to your GP.

 

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27/08/2021

The NSW Government reported  882 coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, two deaths. Hunter New England Health recorded two new cases – one in Cessnock LGA and one in Port Stephens LGA. There were no cases reported in Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter LGA’s with no COVID-19 fragments detected in sewage in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Scone.

 

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26/08/2021

Lockdown Extended for Two Weeks

The NSW Government reported 1029 coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, three deaths.   The current lockdown for all of Regional/Rural NSW, including Muswellbrook, has been extended until 10 September.   Hunter New England recorded no new cases overnight in the Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no COVID-19 fragments detected in the sewage in Muswellbrook, Singleton, or Scone.

 

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25/08/2021

The NSW Government has reported 919 cases overnight and, sadly, two deaths.  Hunter New England Health  recorded four new cases: one each in Newcastle LGA, Port Stephens LGA, Cessnock LGA, and Lake Macquarie LGA. There are no cases in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no detections of COVID-19 fragments in sewage.

Muswellbrook Shire continues to do very well, however, the Delta strain is very infectious so please adhere to the Public Health Orders and current restrictions; stay at home unless absolutely essential and thanks to those in the community who are getting vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

 

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24/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 753 coronavirus cases overnight, no deaths were recorded. The Newcastle area appears to be settling with one new case, linked to a previous case and in isolation.

NSW has reached 6 million vaccinations, ahead of target, and there will be an announcement later this week in relation to easing restrictions for fully vaccinated people in September and also an update on Rural/Regional NSW lockdown. No cases have been reported for Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter LGA’s and no detection of COVID fragments in the sewage for Singleton, Muswellbrook or Scone.

 

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23/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 818 coronavirus cases overnight, 42 were infectious in the community and there were, sadly, three deaths. Hunter New England Health reported two new cases; one from Lake Macquarie LGA and one from Cessnock LGA. There are no cases in Muswellbrook, Singleton or Upper Hunter LGA’s and no sewage detection in Muswellbrook Singleton or Scone.

PAYING YOUR RATES

The first instalment for Council rates is due on the 31 August 2021. There are several options for paying your rates should the Administration Centre remain closed due to COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

Remote payment options include:

  • Online via the MyHub service portal
  • By phone with a credit card
  • B-Pay
  • Direct Debit
  • Payment at Westpac Bank ( need to take notice)
  • By post with a cheque or money order

Should none of these options be available to you please call Customer Service  on 6549 3700 during business hours to discuss your options. Residents unable to access any of the above payment options may be eligible for  an extension of the payment date until the Shire comes out of lockdown, with no further charges or penalties incurred.

 

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20/08/2021

The NSW state-wide lockdown has been extended for regional NSW to at least 28 August 2021. The State Government reported 642 cases overnight, 41 of those infectious in the community and, sadly, four deaths. Lockdown for the LGA’s of Greater Sydney have been extended to the end of September with strict curfews in place. New England Local Health District has reported three new cases, two in the Newcastle area, one in Maitland.  There were no cases in Muswellbrook or Singleton and no detections following sewage testing for Singleton, Muswellbrook or Scone.

The following changes to Council’s operations and facilities remain in place: 

  • All of Council’s community services, including the customer service desk at Campbell’s Corner, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the art gallery and fitness centre are closed. The Gallery Café is open for takeaway only from 7am to 1pm Monday to Friday.
  • Staff are available to answer queries during business hours from Monday to Friday on 6549 3700 and many services are available online via the website - including payments and transactions and customer requests.
  • The animal shelter is closed to the public and Rangers are on duty for limited services only.
  • The planning and development activities that facilitate essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.
  • Muswellbrook Council continues to undertake regular sewage testing, as it has been for more than 12 months.

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19/08/2021

Lockdown Extended                                                                        

The NSW state-wide lockdown has been extended for regional NSW to at least 28 August 2021 and you must stay within your local government area. The NSW Government reported 681 cases overnight, 59 of those infectious in the community and, sadly, one death. New England Local Health District has  reported five new cases, all in the Newcastle area.  There were no cases report in Muswellbrook or Singleton.

The following changes to Council’s operations and facilities remain in place:

  • All of Council’s community services, including the customer service desk at Campbell’s Corner, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the art gallery and café and fitness centre are closed.
  • Staff are available to answer queries on 6549 3700 and many services are available online via the website - including payments and transactions and customer requests.
  • The animal shelter is closed to the public and Rangers are on duty for limited services only.
  • The planning and development activities that facilitate essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.
  • Muswellbrook Council continues to undertake regular sewage testing, as it has been for more than 12 months.

Muswellbrook Waste Facility

In line with advice from NSW Government Council will provide access to Muswellbrook Waste Facility, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm, with the following conditions:

  • The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will provide access to General Waste transfer bins for extenuating circumstances only - such as waste that poses a health risk, rural residents who do not have kerbside collection (wheelie bin pick up), residents moving house.
  • Bookings are required – phone 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm to book a time.
  • QR Code check-in is required in compliance with the Public Health Order
  • Payment is by EFTPOS
  • The Denman Transfer Station is closed.
  • The Reuse Shop and Community Recycling Centre are closed
  • Garden waste, recycling, scrap metals and oil drop off are not currently available
  • Commercial waste and kerbside collection will continue as usual

Library Home Delivery Service

  • Muswellbrook Shire Libraries are offering a contactless home delivery service to all library members who live in the Muswellbrook and Denman townships.
  • Library staff will deliver personally selected items to you at your home address if you are a current library member (if you are not you can join online.)

Call the library on 6543 1913 or visit the website https://libraries.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/contactless.../

 

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18/08/2021

The NSW Government reports 633 new coronavirus cases today, 63 people were infectious while in the community, and, sadly, three deaths.  While there are infectious people out in the community coronavirus cases will continue to grow. The message from the government is very clear - reduce mobility and stay at home. So please remember while we remain in lockdown in Muswellbrook if you have approval to work from home, then limit your movement between the workplace, worksites and home. 

Hunter New England area has confirmed 15 new cases today: 10 in Newcastle, 3 in Lake Macquarie, 2 in Maitland and 0 in Muswellbrook and Singleton.

Muswellbrook has been joined by Singleton and Scone in undertaking testing of sewerage for COVID-19 fragments on a weekly basis. Muswellbrook Shire Council has been testing sewerage for more than 12 months,  since soon after the first outbreak of coronavirus in 2020, while Singleton and Scone are collecting samples for the first time this week.

NOTICE – Septic Inspections scheduled for 18 and 25 August 2021 have been POSTPONED - Bureen Road, Muswellbrook NSW 2333

In line with the Public Health Order and NSW lockdown restrictions, Muswellbrook Shire Council advises that the septic inspections scheduled for Bureen Road on Wednesday 18 and 25 August 2021 have been postponed.  Council will make contact to organise an alternate date. Should you wish to discuss this matter please call Council’s Environmental Health Department on 6549 3700.

The planning and development activities that facilitate approved essential services, such as civil construction and house sales, are still being carried out remotely. This includes planning certificates and critical building inspections.

 

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17/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 452 coronavirus cases overnight, 50 infectious in the community and , sadly, one death.

579 Infringement Notices have been issued by the police and there are 10 new confirmed cases for the Hunter New England region 10 new confirmed cases – five in Maitland, three in Lake Macquarie and two in Newcastle.

There are still zero cases in Muswellbrook and Singleton.

Infection in the workplace is still very high in some places. Please continue to limit your movement where ever possible, adhere to the public health order at all times and make every effort to get vaccinated!

 

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16/08/2021

The NSW Government reported 478 new coronavirus cases overnight and, sadly, seven deaths.   Operation “Stay Home” is underway with a strong focus on compliance from NSW Police. Over 500 infringement notices have been issued, 120 of those for not wearing a mask.  Even if you are fully vaccinated you must still adhere to the Public Health Orders.

  • 16 new cases have been reported in the Hunter New England area.
  • Eight are From Maitland LGA, five from Newcastle LGA, two from Lake Macquarie and one from Port Stephens.
  • Zero cases for Muswellbrook and Singleton. The one case reported for Singleton has been reallocated to the Cessnock LGA. This is due to the suburbs the cases were associated with sharing both LGAs and it has since been found that the reported post is in the Cessnock LGA.

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13/08/2021

NSW Health has confirmed 390 coronavirus cases today. Sixty cases were infectious in the community and, sadly, two deaths have been reported.

Over the last 24 hours there were:

  • 404 Infringement Notices issued by police
  • 41 people charged with breaching Public Health Orders
  • 391 people hospitalised
  • 63 people in intensive care, 55 of whom are not vaccinated
  • 30 people are on ventilation.
  • Many people continue to leave Sydney and Newcastle for Regional areas.
  • Dubbo has 25 confirmed cases.
  • Newcastle and Maitland have five new cases and many new exposure sites.
  • Armidale has four cases.
  • Tamworth, Singleton and Muswellbrook have zero cases.

The Muswellbrook Hospital COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Keep up to date over the weekend by visiting the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au 

Stay safe, stay home, check on friends and family, especially those who live alone, and if possible – get vaccinated.

 

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12/08/2021

Lock down extended by one week

The lock down period in Muswellbrook LGA has been extended by one week.  There were 345 coronavirus cases confirmed overnight, 60 were infectious in the community and, sadly, two deaths. Positive cases continue to rise in the Maitland and Newcastle LGA’s, however no further cases have been reported in Tamworth or Armidale. No confirmed cases for Singleton or Muswellbrook.

 

Muswellbrook Waste Facility

In line with advice from NSW Government Council will provide access to Muswellbrook Waste Facility, from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with the following conditions:

  • The Muswellbrook Waste Facility will provide access to General Waste transfer bins for extenuating circumstances only - such as waste that poses a health risk, rural residents who do not have kerbside collection (wheelie bin pick up), residents moving house.
  • Bookings are required – phone 6549 3852 between 8am and 3pm to book a time.
  • QR Code check-in is required in compliance with the Public Health Order
  • Payment is by EFTPOS
  • The Denman Transfer Station is closed.
  • The Reuse Shop and Community Recycling Centre are closed
  • Garden waste, recycling, scrap metals and oil drop off are not currently available
  • Commercial waste and kerbside collection will continue as usual

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11/08/2021

The NSW Government reports 344 coronavirus cases today, unfortunately 65 are infectious in the community and, sadly, there have been two more deaths.  No additional cases have been reported in Tamworth or Armidale. There are no confirmed cases in Singleton and Muswellbrook

There are 14 new cases in Newcastle and several new locations of concern.  The Central Coast has two new confirmed cases and two cases have been reported in Dubbo, with Dubbo going into lockdown at 1pm today.

The Premier will confirm tomorrow, Thursday 12 August, after further advice from NSW Health, whether lockdown will continue.

 

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10/08/2021

Today’s update from the State Government is concerning with 356 cases confirmed overnight, over a third of those were infectious in the community, and sadly three more deaths.

The government reports that the majority of rising numbers are due to a lack of compliance, some people continue to flout the rules and not take this virus and the restrictions seriously.

Newcastle cases continue to rise, please find locations here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/.../nsw-covid-19-case-locations-map

Thankfully, no further cases were reported in Armidale or Tamworth.

NO CASES reported in Singleton or Muswellbrook.

 

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9/08/2021 

The NSW Government reported 273 cases overnight, 64 active in the community, one death. A positive case from Newcastle travelled to Tamworth and visited several venues, therefore Tamworth will go into lockdown from 5pm today. Case numbers and exposure sites in Newcastle continue to grow. The good news is there are no confirmed cases in Muswellbrook or Singleton.

Please keep up the good work everyone and get vaccinated as soon as you can.

 

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6/08/2021

Outdoor Recreational and Exercise Facilities

Outdoor recreational and exercise facilities remain open and currently include parks, playgrounds, and public toilets.

If you are using these facilities, please follow the current Public Health Orders and health advice, maintain physical distancing, wash hands regularly and if in an area that is crowded come back at another time.

The frequency of cleaning for public toilets has been increased, but equipment at outdoor facilities is not being cleaned or disinfected.

Sporting fields are open for informal exercise but closed for organised sport.

BBQ facilities are closed.

Community centres and halls are closed.

 

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6 August 2021

COVID-19 Testing Clinics 

Consult the NSW Health website for up to date information. 

  • Singleton Hospital drive-through clinic

    Monday – Friday 1.20pm - 3.20pm 

    Saturday – Sunday 10am - 2pm 

  • Scone Hospital clinic

    Monday – Friday 9.30am - 11.30am

    Saturday – Sunday 2pm - 4pm 

  • Muswellbrook Hospital clinic

    Monday – Friday 9.30am - 11.30am 

    Saturday – Sunday 9.30am - 12.30pm 

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6 August 2021

Hospital Visitor Restrictions for Lockdown LGAs

For the duration of the stay-at-home orders, hospital visitors will be limited to help keep patients safe.

While the new limits may be upsetting you are encouraged to stay connected to loved ones via phone calls and other virtual methods.

Visitors will now only be allowed by exception, for example:

  • for patients who are in a critical condition
  • for patients receiving palliative care
  • parents visiting children
  • partners supporting women giving birth
  • for compassionate reasons (speak directly with the in charge nursing staff)

No visitors under 12 years old are allowed.

Maximum 2 visitors per patient per day.

Please note there may be additional restrictions for patients receiving higher levels of care.

 

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5 August 2021

COVID-19 Update: One Week Lockdown from 5pm Thursday 5 August

From 5pm today, Thursday 5 August, Newcastle and the Hunter region will enter seven days of stay-at-home orders.

These affect people who live in the Council areas of Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton. It also applies to anyone, and their household who has visited these areas on or after Friday 31 July.

Under these stay at home orders you can only leave home for:

  • essential goods and services
  • medical or compassionate care
  • outdoor exercise
  • work or education that cannot be done from home
  • You cannot have visitors to your home
  • schools will move to online learning

Muswellbrook Shire Council activated its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) as of midday today.

This means:

  • all Council Community Services will be closed from 5pm today until Monday 16 August. This includes the Customer Service Counter at the Administration Building, Muswellbrook and Denman libraries, the Arts Centre and Gallery Café and the gym at the Aquatic Centre.
  • the Muswellbrook Waste and Recycling Centre and Denman Waste Transfer Station will be closed until further notice. Kerbside Collection (wheelie bins) will continue as usual.
  • Water and Wastewater operations are an essential service and services will continue as usual.
  • the Animal Shelter is closed to the public. Rangers will be on duty for limited services, including environmental incident reports and animal impound releases.

During lockdown, contact Council on 02 6549 3700 for essential reports only.

 

Overall North with Numbers HIRES 13

North Muswellbrook Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination Sign location Meters Steps Minutes
 1 Muscle Creek Loop Simpson Park 2230 2753 30
 2 Regional Art Gallery / Town Bell Street 1090 1345 15
 3 Muscle Creek Loop Bell Street 2230 2753 30
           
 8 Regional Art Gallery / Town Railway Station 278 343 4
 9 Shops / Marketplace Railway Station 740 914 12
           
 13 Netball / Playground Karoola Park 1254 1548 17
 14 AFL Field Karoola Park 740 914 10
 15 Volunteer Park Victoria Park 1800 2222 25
 16 Victoria Park Volunteer Park 1800 2222 25

 

 Overall South with Numbers HIRES 14

South Muswellbrook Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination  Sign Location Meters Steps Minutes
4 Shops / Skate Park  McDonalds 985 1216 14
5 Indoor Sports Centre / Skate Park  Corner of Bell Street & Maitland Street 1300 1604 18
6 Pool / Gym  Corner of Bell Street & Maitland Street 1000 1235 14
7 Town Centre  Bell Street 1680 2074 23
           
10 Woollybutt Loop  Rutherford Road 2500 3086 34
11 Indoor Sports Centre / Skate Park  Highbrook Park 727 898 10
12 Highbrook Park (Playground) Rutherford Road 727 898 10
           
18 Eastbrook Links Loop  Corner of Bimbadeen Drive & Maitland Street 2520 3111 34
17 Shops / Skate Park  Corner of Bimbadeen Drive & Maitland Street 1180 1457 18

  

Denman & Sandy Hollow Destinations - to access the walking maps, click on the Sign Location area to link to the map for download.

Sign Number Destination  Sign Location Meters Steps Minutes
19 Denman loop  Corner Ogilive & Virginia St Denman 2600 3210 35
20 Ogilive (Main) Street  Babbington St Denman 980 1210 14
21 Giant's Leap Lookout (Return)  Sandy Hollow Service Station 2000 2469 120

 Download All Maps

 

Download the Muswellbrook Flying Fox Camp Management Plan using the link below:

 

Muswellbrook Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

Rethink Water in the home and garden. Every drop counts since Mandatory Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire. We are encouraging responsible water usage in the community and proactively responding to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter.

 

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RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

Muscle Creek Shaping Up!

Muswellbrook Shire Council with the support of local community groups and volunteers is returning the much-abused Muscle Creek to its former glory. The aim of the work is to improve the environmental and recreational values of this important waterway.

Muscle Creek, named for the freshwater mussels that were once abundant, is a meandering waterway that runs through Muswellbrook. Over the years of urbanisation, weeds and litter had taken over to the point where the creek had become underutilised and its beauty forgotten.  

Council’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mark Scandrett said “There is momentum building amongst the community and they are encouraged by what they are seeing. The Club to Club project is definitely having an impact, and we can now see what a Muscle Creek without weeds and litter will look like. We see the great potential to use Muscle Creek as a showcase for revegetation and sustainability. With community support the creek can become a real community asset and a place where people meet and learn about living sustainably.”


Work to date at Muscle Creek

New South Wales Environmental Trust

The New South Wales Environmental Trust has funded several projects along Muscle Creek. The Club to Club project from 2016 to 2019 helped rehabilitate the riparian zone between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook Workers Club.

In 2019 the Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Restoration Project grant funded a rehabilitation project along Muscle Creek adjacent to the Muswellbrook Golf Club.

In 2020 the Rehabilitation of Muscle Creek for Community and Environmental Benefit project was granted for works between the railway line and Muscle Creek.

NSW Environment Trust 50

Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Masterplan

Council recently adopted the Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Landcare Masterplan. This plan will guide future works around Muswellbrook, including Muscle Creek.

Muswellbrook Urban Riparian Master Plan 2018

 


Regeneration

Over five hectares of weeds have been removed from the creek and more than 10,000 native plants have replaced them. Large non-native weed trees such as willows, pepper and pine trees have been removed. This work improves instream and creek bank habitat, allows easier access for recreation, filters pollutants and helps reduce erosion.


Community involvement

Without the support of the community the works undertaken along the creek would not have been possible. See contact details below for how you can be involved.


Muscle Creek Landcare

The Muscle Creek Landcare group and other dedicated volunteers have invested many years into the area, planting numerous native plants and removing weeds. Their close involvement and interest in the waterway has seen the vegetation progressively improve.

The group undertakes activities such as revegetation, clean ups and nursery work.

 

Club To Club

The Club to Club project, started in 2016, A New South Wales Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant using the project title “Club to Club” aims at rehabilitating the urban riparian zone between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook Workers Club. It relies on a mixture of contractor works and volunteer working bees.

This work has improved habitat and connectivity for threatened and endangered species as well as engaged the community and improved their understanding of the importance of the health of riparian ecosystems.

 

Nature Trails – The two ‘Muscle Creek Nature Trails’ were constructed by multiple contractors and the NSW Soil Conservation Service. These stepping stone creek crossings, which allow users to cross the creek without blocking fish passage, were assisted by grant funding from the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust’s “Habitat Action Grant Program”.  This project is the first stage of plans to bring the community back into contact with Muscle Creek.

A number of other sections of the Muscle Creek Nature Trail are planned that will integrate with and support proposed works at Olympic Park and the Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre. With picnic areas, informative signage and exercise areas, we are hoping to see a lot more people using Muscle Creek in a responsible manner.

 

Recreational Fishing Trust’s Habitat Action Grant Program

A Habitat Action Grant from the NSW DPI Fisheries’ Recreational Fishing Trust helped fund the Haydon Street Nature Trail in 2017.

A Fish Habitat Project starting in 2019 was funded by a Recreational Fishing Trust’s Habitat Action Grant Program from the Department of Industry. This work invloved more rehabilitation works between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and Muscle Creek.



Mick Brady, Sustainability Officer – Waste, putting a waste education sticker on a bin

A large part of Council’s Sustainable Futures Program is The Sustainability Hub. The Hub, located on Wilkinson Ave, is set to be a hive of activity throughout 2018. A number of community groups are planning a variety of events at the Hub. Muswellbrook Shire Council’s Sustainability Unit manage the Hub but rely heavily on community support.

Throughout the year The Muswellbrook Penguin Garden Club, Muscle Creek Landcare, Goodstart Learning Centre, Warrior Disability Services, Endeavour Group Australia (EGA) and Muswellbrook Girl Guides will be involved in activities based around sustainability. Muswellbrook Shire Council will also host a variety of workshops on practical sustainable living.

The Muswellbrook Penguin Garden Club, meet monthly, and are planning workshops and working bees on pallet wall gardens, worm farms, composting, healthy food gardens, healthy eating and lots more. The Penguin Garden Club, auspiced by Council, grows local food for local charities and has a composting and worm farm system. The group is featured on the cover of the local 2018 Yellow Pages in recognition of the work they do and received Council’s environmental award at the 2018 Australia Day Awards. The group has established 15 garden beds and has successfully gained grants and other donations to support daily operations. In partnership with Red Door Kitchen, Warrior Disability Services collect food scraps for composting and the food grown in the garden is donated back to the kitchen. Another local disability services group EGA runs the worm farm for the garden club.

Muscle Creek Landcare, meet the first Saturday of each month and will continue to plant and maintain native plants along the creek, collect litter and hold nursery activities. Goodstart Early Learning Centre and Muswellbrook Girl Guides will help by sowing seeds and growing and looking after plants.

Other groups involved in the Sustainable Futures Program at the Sustainability Hub are:

  • Hunter Valley Aboriginal Corporation (HVAC)

“Its where people with interest in gardening get together and learn from each other, we all have differing knowledge and skills and we all share a similar passion. We all care about our community and giving back in some small way, too. We run workshops on various subjects to learn and teach each other and to share knowledge, it’s a great experience”. Ross Pahuru, General Manager, Hunter Valley Aboriginal Corporation.

  • Penguin Garden Club

    “Teaming up with the Sustainability Hub has provided the Girl Guides with easily accessible, hands-on experience to explore sustainability in their day to day lives. Assisting in our aim to “empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting and responsible community members” Sally Jackson Unit Leader – 2A Muswellbrook Guides. - Muswellbrook Girl Guides

    “Having moved from North Queensland, for me, spending time at the gardens has enabled me to learn about composting, saving and planting seeds and growing plants in a cold climate. Working with others in the community has enabled me to meet some great people and make new friends”. Muriel Green, Penguin Garden Club member.

  • Goodstart Learning Centre

    "As the need for greater sustainability becomes more apparent globally, so does the importance of embedding sustainability in our children's programs. Through these hands-on experiences, we are able to involve our children in opportunities such as this to explore and learn about their local environments. Practicing sustainability empowers children to construct knowledge, explore values and develop an appreciation of the environment and its relationship to their worlds. This lays the foundations for an environmentally responsible adulthood." Stacey Goodall, Preschool Teacher, Goodstart Early Learning Centre.

  • Muswellbrook Out of School Hours Care
  • Muswellbrook Pre School
  • Ability Links
  • Warrior Disability Services
  • Brookside Christian School

For more information about the Sustainability Hub contact the Sustainability Unit on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hoses and Ladders board game to create awareness of water conservation

 

Hoses and Ladder Waterwise board game
Download the Hoses and Ladder Waterwise board game template here

 

To celebrate Water Week 2017, Council's Sustainability team have released their version of snakes and ladders. The game is actually 'Hoses and Ladders' and illustrates water saving habits in a fun and interactive way!

Print the file in A3 and use a dice, and tokens of your choice. And don't forget, be waterwise! :-)

Mick Brady, Sustainability Officer – Waste, putting a waste education sticker on a bin

Muswellbrook residents may have noticed some colourful characters appearing on their wheelie bins.

They are the “Waste Wranglers” introduced as part of Muswellbrook Shire Council’s waste education program.

Max the Minimiser, Reece the Recycler and Gene the Gardener are delivering important messages a reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

All recyclable material collected from households in Muswellbrook is taken to the Material Recovery Facility at Gateshead. Here, the recyclables are sorted and separated and then sold to a variety of markets.

The State Government imposes a waste levy on Council, so any material put into landfill attracts a cost and avoiding landfill is a high priority.

There are also many other benefits of recycling. Putting recyclable material into landfill also means using more raw materials which wastes a lot of natural resources such as energy and water.

“The Council puts a lot of effort into recycling because it makes economic and environmental sense. We want to give honest feedback to the community that recycling is important and help them make the right choices” Mick Brady, council’s sustainability officer for waste, said.

Council will continue to use the Waste Wranglers as part of their ongoing War on Waste education program.

The Waste Wranglers characters, Max, Reece and Gene

Keep a look out for the Waste Wranglers! They are here to help you get your rubbish SORTED.

These characters will be appearing, as stickers, on random wheelie bins throughout Muswellbrook in coming weeks and have an important story to tell.

The characters will be launched during Keep Australia Beautiful week (21-27 August) and have been created to help educate the community about what rubbish goes into what bin.

“Max the Minimiser” “Reece the Recycler” and “Gene the Gardener” will be used to deliver important messages about reducing the waste that goes to landfill.

Mick Brady, Council’s Sustainability Officer – Waste said

“We hope the Waste Wranglers will be a popular way of getting the message across about sorting waste and the benefits to the community of not sending waste to landfill. To kick off our War on Waste campaign we will be putting Max, Reece or Gene on bins along with a message about what goes in the different bins”.

Council will use the Waste Wranglers as part of their ongoing War on Waste program.

The Waste Wrangler characters

Local solar contractors, electrical contractors and plumbing contractors with Council’s Sustainability Team at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre

Muswellbrook Shire Council’s 40% renewable energy target is another step closer with the implementation of a carbon neutral pilot project at the Muswellbrook Indoor Sports Centre.

After assessing the centre as suitable for a “Carbon Neutral” pilot project, Council’s Sustainability Unit began looking at ways to reduce the energy consumption. As a result the Centre has had a major technology upgrade.

This upgrade included the installation of new LED lighting to replace high energy use fixtures in the centre resulting in cutting electricity usage in half.

Council is also installing a 10 KW solar and battery storage system at the centre to generate and store its own energy, to potentially take the facility completely off the grid and not be reliant on external power.

Mark Scandrett (Councils Sustainability Coordinator said

“As the centre is used mostly at night, three Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries are being installed to store solar power generated during the day so that the centre can run during the night without drawing any power from the grid.”

Council will run a twelve month trial of the system to be sure that the solar and battery system provide enough power before disconnecting the facility from electricity grid which save Council hundreds of dollars each year in network charges.

As extra environmental benefits and to make the building completely Carbon Neutral, underground rain water storage tanks have been installed to supply water to the bathrooms and landscaping undertaken using low water use plants.

The Sustainability Unit hopes to roll out further carbon neutral projects on other Council owned properties in the near future.

Volunteers pulling out weeds along Muscle Creek

After a period of dormancy Muscle Creek Landcare group is again up and running, fighting against weed infestation and helping native ecosystems in the heart of Muswellbrook.

Muscle Creek Landcare was first formed in the mid 90’s by long-time member Stephen Thatcher, who has confirmed he will be on hand to work with the group. The Landcare group have, historically, secured funding and worked on a wide range of projects, including weed removal, native plantings and bank stabilisation works.

Council’s Sustainability Officer for Landcare Nicholas Alexander said: “It’s great to get this group active again. They did so much for the creek, and continued involvement by the community will ensure it has a healthy future”.

Denman local Rebecca Sowter is the new group supervisor and has high hopes for a restored Landcare group. “I am really excited to be part of the group and show the community what Landcare has to offer”.

The Muswellbrook Shire Council has been instrumental in the revitalisation of the group and has supplied equipment for their activities.

Muscle Creek Landcare meet at Fitzgerald Park at 10:00am on the first Saturday of every month.

For more information or to be involved in future Landcare projects contact Nicholas Alexander, Councils Sustainability Officer for Conservation and Landcare on 6549 3708.

Muswellbrook Shire Council's new Waste Sustainability Officer Mick Brady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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