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.

From June 2020, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is replacing three existing rail bridges in Muswellbrook for the purpose of improving rail network reliability.

The project involves replacement of the existing bridges spanning Bridge St, Muscle Creek and Hunter River.  The Bridge St structure will be replaced with a 26 metre long single span concrete bridge, with the Muscle Creek and Hunter River Bridges replaced with a combined 175 metre long multi span concrete bridge.

This project is planned to be complete by June 2022.

6:30am Tuesday 9 February to 6:00pm Friday 12 February
For more information please contact 1300 550 402 (24 hours) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click the link below for more information: 

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Over the past year our nation has faced fire, flood, drought and the coronavirus pandemic.

On Australia Day 2021, we reflect on the selfless and courageous sacrifice of thousands of first responders and frontline workers who put the safety and wellbeing of others before their own.

We reflect on the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that defines us as Australians.
We respect the stories, histories and contributions of all Australians, especially those who have given so much over the past year.
Australia Day 2021 is a day for us to celebrate and thank the first responders and frontline workers who kept going to work, so that the rest of us could stay safe at home.
On Australia Day we celebrate being Australian together.

Reflect, respect, celebrate – we’re all part of the story.
On Australia Day, we reflect on our nation’s true history, which began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture – and on the impact that European settlement had on our First Australians and their way of life.
We respect their extensive of knowledge of land, sea and sky, which allowed them to care for Country as they would a family member.
We reflect on our modern history – the waves of immigration that have shaped us into one of the world’s great multicultural success stories.
We respect that, regardless of where we come from, the faith we follow or the language we grew up speaking, we are all Australian and we all have a contribution to make.
And we celebrate our nation’s place in the world – a proud, ancient, multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to.
We celebrate Country and how the land and sky defines our Australian identity – from the saltwater to the freshwater, from the rainforest to the desert.

 

Come and Join us Celebrate! 

Australia Day Award Ceremony Muswellbrook

Live Stream Monday 25th between 6:00pm-8:00pm

Date: 25 January 2021

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony- Invitation Only 

Venue: Denman Memorial Pool

Date: 26 January 2021

Time: 9:00am to 10:00am

Australia Day Family Fun Day - All Welcome

Venue: Denman Memorial Pool

Date: 26 January 2021

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Free entry to the Denman Memorial Pool between 10:00am and 2:00pm. There will also be Live music, Jumping Castle and a Food and Ice-Cream Van. Community attending the Family Fun Day will receive a $10 Food and Beverage Voucher upon entering the pool to use at either the Food Van or Ice-Cream Van. The community should also be advised that Public health orders and restrictions regarding COVID-19 has been implemented and COVID-19 marshals will be present at the event.

MUSWELLBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL

Heading: Notice of Proposed Development Application

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NO.

2020/136

APPLICANT:

Ken Lees Building Consultancy NSW

PO Box 77

Swansea NSW  2281

 

CONSENT AUTHORITY:

Muswellbrook Shire Council

 

PROPOSED SITE:

LOT: 2 DP: 1179404

1831 Merriwa Road SANDY HOLLOW

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

Alterations and additions to a Heritage Item (Ellamara) and its use as Tourist Accommodation and a Function Centre

INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT STATUS:

The proposed development is integrated development under the provisions of 4.46(1) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requiring approval from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Council has received the above development application which is on public exhibition between 14 January 2021 and 5 February 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 5 February 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.

Details of the proposed development are available on Council’s Website: www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au

DA 2020-136 - Bushfire Assessment Reports

DA 2020-136 - Ellamara Hydraulic Plan

DA 2020-136 - Ellemara Site plan

DA 2020-136 - Landscape Plan

DA 2020-136 - Plan Ellamara Front Fence

DA 2020-136 - Plans and Elevations to Accompany Development Application

DA 2020-136 - Statement Environmental Effects - Ellamara

DA 2020-136 - Statement of Heritage Impact

DA 2020-136 - Traffic Plan

DA 2020-136 - Wastewater Management Plan

Council has received a development application for a Backpackers Accommodation at 14 Haydon Street Muswellbrook. This development application is being publicly notified until 28 January 2021. The documentation accompanying this application may be viewed from Council’s website via the attached link.

Members of the public wishing to make submissions to Council in relation to this application must do so in writing before the close of business 28 January 2021. Further information related to making submissions can be found on Development Application Notice published on Council’s website.

Council will not consider Facebook comments or shares as submissions in relation to this application. Any electronic submissions are to be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’    

DA 2020-133 Notification Plans

DA 2020-133 Statement of Environmental Effects

DA 2020-133 Stormwater Plans

The Aboriginal Oral History Project – In Our Own Words

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

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Contact: Derek Finnigan, Deputy General Manager Muswellbrook Shire Council

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P: 02 6549 3700

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Muswellbrook Shire Future Fund 2020

20 November, 2020

Council welcomes grant for new water pipeline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ENDS

 

November 25, 2020

Council offers rebates for solar and or renewable energy installation for rural residents and businesses.

Council is looking to increase the amount of renewable energy being used in the Muswellbrook Shire.

Under Council’s renewable energy rebate program businesses and residents in rural areas of the Muswellbrook Shire are eligible for a $1000 rebate per applicant to install solar or other renewable energy at their home or business to assist in reducing the ever-increasing cost of electricity.

There are no size limits on the installations and the rebates will be awarded on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of $1000 per applicant offered.  Council’s rebate will be in addition to any state or federally funded rebates that are currently available.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact accredited solar/renewable energy companies to discuss their needs to decide whether solar or renewable energy is right for their situation.

Rebates are only available for residents in rural areas of Muswellbrook, Denman and Sandy Hollow.

These rebates are for new installations only and will not be awarded retrospectively. 

Rebates will be paid once the solar/renewable energy is installed and operating at the residence or business.

This program will be available until May 31, 2021 or until the grants are exhausted.

For further information and to discuss whether you are eligible for this rebate and to obtain a rebate form, please contact Tracy Ward from the Sustainability Unit on 6549 3700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

The Planning Institute of Australia NSW Awards for Planning Excellence recognise and acknowledge quality, innovation and excellence in Planning. Muswellbrook Shire Council was honoured to win the 2020 Presidents’s Award for the report commissioned by Council - "Best Practice Mine Closures - Overview Report". The PIA congratulated Council for its recognition of the importantance of early planning and investment in preparation for successful economic transition and for engaging experts to assist with the process.

Best Practice Mine Closures_Overview Report

AQUA AEROBICS
Denman Memorial Pool Aqua Aerobics is back! An aqua aerobics class is now commencing
Monday mornings at 11:15 am starting 16th November,  call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for bookings.

 

LEARN TO SWIM

DENMAN MEMORIAL POOL - LEARN TO SWIM

(not Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre as it is closed)

Holiday Intensives start !
4th January 2021 1st week
11th January 2021 2nd week
18th January 2021 3rd week

Our regular LEARN TO SWIM classes have started. Call us now 65472333 or enrol now for 2021

Download Enrolment Form

DENMAN POOL HOURS
Saturday 11:00am –7 :00pm
Sunday 11:00am –7:00pm
Monday - Friday
6:00am – 7:30am  11:30pm – 7:00pm

 

COVID Safe Plan
The Centre will follow all NSW Public Health Orders and our peak body Royal Life Saving;

• Logon COVID Tracer on entry;
• Apply personal hygiene and shower before arrival
• Change rooms and toilet facilities are available, cleaned as per cleaning schedule;
• Groups of up to 20 family members are welcome to swim together
• All persons are to abide by the social distancing rules 1.5metre distancing ( pool noodle length);
• Maximum 100 people on site at one time, this will be monitored;
• Normal Pool rules apply

COVID Safe Plan
The Centre will follow all NSW Public Health Orders and our peak body Royal Life Saving.

 (02) 65472333

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

MachEnergy Community Info map

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

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

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

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

MachEnergy_Community_Info_No 4.Mt Pleasant Operation Rail Loop Link

MachEnergy_Rail_Loop_Project No 3.

Mach_Energy_Update_No_2.

MachEnergy_Community_Info_No 1.

Transport for NSW have advised that they will be carrying out night work on the New England Highway and Lorne Street intersection, Muswellbrook from Monday 26 October

The NSW Government is funding the completion of work to finalise the upgrade and prepare for new traffic lights to be turned on.

Transport for NSW will carry out the work, which includes line marking, traffic signal work and traffic light installation, to improve safety at the intersection.

Works will be carried out between 6pm and 5am from Monday to Wednesday and are expected to be completed in two shifts, weather permitting.

It is expected that the traffic lights will be switched on during the morning of Wednesday 28 October, weather permitting.

FAQ

How will the works affect you? The works will involve the use of machinery. Transport for NSW will make every effort to minimise noise by arranging the work in stages at different locations, completing noisier activities earlier in the night and turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.

Traffic changes: There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the work zone is safe. Lane closures, stop/slow traffic arrangements and a 40km/h speed limit will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times.

Please keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs. For the latest traffic updates, call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.

Contact: For any questions, please contact Work Supervisor, David Murphy on 0413 388 683 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on projects, visit roads-maritime.transport.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for your patience during this important work.


 

For more information on our projects, visit roads-maritime.transport.nsw.gov.au

Lorne Street Muswellbrook - NOTIFICATION

Level 2 Water Restrictions 2c
 

From March 2nd 2020, Muswellbrook Shire will be on LEVEL 2 Water Restrictions.

Mandatory Level 2 Water Restrictions have been implemented from 2 March to encourage responsible water usage in the community and respond to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter. Despite recent rainfall Muswellbrook’s water source, Glenbawn Dam is still at only 40% capacity.

A moratorium on the enforcement of Mandatory Level 2 Water Restrictions will be in place until 6 April, 2020. After 6 April non-compliance with Mandatory Level 2 Water Restrictions may result in enforcement action.

Exemptions

Business are not impacted by Level 2 water restrictions.

For special cases you may apply to Muswellbrook Shire Council for an exemption from the restriction.
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Watering using the Odds and Evens system applies

  • If your street number is odd, you can water in accordance with the restrictions 
  • on odd days.
  • If your street number is even, you can water in accordance with the restrictions on even days.
  • If your street number is a range, then the first number in the range determines whether you water on odd or even days. E.g. If your property is 12-15 Smith Street, you can water on even days in accordance with the restrictions.
  • If your property has no street number, treat it as even, you can water in accordance with the restrictions on even days.

TARGET MAXIMUM RESIDENTIAL WATER USAGE –240 litres per person per day

Watering lawns

Water your lawn from
*OCTOBER TO APRIL (during daylight savings)
Permitted every second day using odds and evens system
during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*APRIL TO OCTOBER
Permitted every second day using odds and evens
system during these times:
between 7:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Watering residential gardens

Water your garden from
*October to April
Permitted every second day using odds and evens system during these times:
between 6:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 9:00pm

*April to October
Permitted every second day using odds and evens system during these times:
between 7:00am - 10:00am
between 4:00pm - 7:00pm

 

Top up or fill garden water features

Permitted
 

Irrigation of new turf

Permitted for one week after laying, after which level 2 restrictions on watering lawns applies (see above)
 

Wash down walls, paved surfaces or windows

Not permitted
 

Top up swimming pools/spa

Permitted during these times:
between 7:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 

First fill of private swimming pool

Permitted during these times:
between 7:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 

Wash vehicles and boats at home

Permitted using a bucket and rinsing with a trigger hose, on the lawn, between 9:00am - 12:00pm
 

Baths and showers

Permitted
 

Wash Clothes

Permitted
 

Use evaporative air conditioners

Permitted
 

Use inflatable or temporary pool

Permitted. First fill then top up during these times:
between 7:00am - 9:00am
between 6:00pm - 8:00pm

 

 

Download Level 2 Water Restrictions Fact Sheet

For further information call the Council Administration 02 65493700

 

 

Muswellbrook Aquatic Centre closed due to upgrade

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

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

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

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

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

Project

Project Start Location

Project End Location

Hill Street Railway Crossing Water Main

Bridge Street

Hunter Terrace

William Street Water Main

Market Street

Sowerby Street

Hill Street Water Main

Bridge Street

Sowerby Street

Brook Street Water Main- Upper Section

Sowerby Street

King Street

Brook Street Water Main- Lower Section

Scott Street

Hunter Terrace

Scott Street Water Main

Hill Street

End of Scott Street

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

 

PROJECT UPDATE

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

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Muswellbrook Water Main Renewal Program?

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

The works involve:

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

Why do we need this project?

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

When will this project start and finish?

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

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

What are the construction hours?

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

How will I be impacted during construction?

Local residents may notice:

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

How will the water mains be constructed?

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

Will my driveway be affected?

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

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

Will there be a visual impact?

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

Will there be traffic Management?

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

Will my water or sewerage be affected during these works?

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

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

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

on: Phone: 02 6549 3840

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

Please also visit www.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au for regular updates of the Muswellbrook Water Main Renewals Program.

 

 

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

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

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

 

20 MBK Council Rethink Water Garden20 MBK Council Rethink Water HOME

 

 

Level 1 Water Restriction List

Download useful tips for RETHINKING WATER - All 8 pamphlets

RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

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

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

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

2019-2020 Pesticide Use Notification Plan

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

Numbers are on the rise in the Muswellbrook Shire.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 Community Strategic Plan

 2017-2021 Delivery Program

2020-2021 Operational Plan

 2019-2020 Operational Plan

 2019-2029 Long Term Financial Plan

 Strategic Asset Management Plan

 2013-2017 Workforce Management Plan

 2017-2018 Annual Report

 2018-2019 Annual Report

 2019-2020 Annual Report

 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey report

 2019/2020 Fees and Charges

 Community Participation Plan

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

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

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

 

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

 

Logan Hartmann meeting Working Dog for the first time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the history of Blue Heelers

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

 

RWTW Construction Aerial Progress to April 2018

01 April 2018 Update:

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

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

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

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

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

 

03 November 2017:

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

Construction of Muswellbrook's RWTW between August and October 2017

04 October 2017 Update:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25 August 2017 update:

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

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

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

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

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

Site being prepared for concrete foundation pouring

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

 

Baby swimming lessons in the Muswellbrook indoor pool

The Denman Aquatic Centre learn to swim program is run in a friendly, fun and professional manner by our Austswim accredited instructors. Lessons run for half an hour.

Denman Memorial Pool Aqua Aerobics is back!

An aqua aerobics class is now commencing Monday mornings at 11:15 am starting 16th November,  call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for bookings.

 

COVID Safe Plan
The Centre will follow all NSW Public Health Orders and our peak body Royal Life Saving.

 (02) 65472333

Denman Summer Season Hours

 

OPEN Saturday 3rd October 2020

HOURS
Saturday 11:00am –7 :00pm
Sunday 11:00am –7:00pm
Monday - Friday
6:00am – 7:30am  11:30pm – 7:00pm

COVID Safe Plan
The Centre will follow all NSW Public Health Orders and our peak body Royal Life Saving;

• Logon COVID Tracer on entry;
• Apply personal hygiene and shower before arrival
• Change rooms and toilet facilities are available, cleaned as per cleaning schedule;
• Groups of up to 20 family members are welcome to swim together
• All persons are to abide by the social distancing rules 1.5metre distancing ( pool noodle length);
• Maximum 100 people on site at one time, this will be monitored;
• Normal Pool rules apply

There will be COVID trained marshals/lifeguards onsite enforcing COVID Safe Plan ie social distancing.

Learn to Swim Classes
• Learn to swim will be available mid-November
• Bookings will be taken for people that are interested for a 6 week Learn to Swim program
• Denman Pool is not heated

 Pool

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.

 

May 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.

However, 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 your understanding and will be pleased to answer any questions. Please contact 6549 3700 for further information.

Lesson in progress at Muswellbrook Indoor Pool

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

For further information contact the Aquatic Centre

Call us at the pool  (02) 6549 3786

or drop by, Wilkinson Avenue in Muswellbrook

Lesson in progress at Muswellbrook Indoor Pool

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

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

Over the past year our nation has faced fire, flood, drought and the coronavirus pandemic.

On Australia Day 2021, we reflect on the selfless and courageous sacrifice of thousands of first responders and frontline workers who put the safety and wellbeing of others before their own.

We reflect on the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that defines us as Australians.
We respect the stories, histories and contributions of all Australians, especially those who have given so much over the past year.
Australia Day 2021 is a day for us to celebrate and thank the first responders and frontline workers who kept going to work, so that the rest of us could stay safe at home.
On Australia Day we celebrate being Australian together.

Reflect, respect, celebrate – we’re all part of the story.
On Australia Day, we reflect on our nation’s true history, which began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture – and on the impact that European settlement had on our First Australians and their way of life.
We respect their extensive of knowledge of land, sea and sky, which allowed them to care for Country as they would a family member.
We reflect on our modern history – the waves of immigration that have shaped us into one of the world’s great multicultural success stories.
We respect that, regardless of where we come from, the faith we follow or the language we grew up speaking, we are all Australian and we all have a contribution to make.
And we celebrate our nation’s place in the world – a proud, ancient, multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to.
We celebrate Country and how the land and sky defines our Australian identity – from the saltwater to the freshwater, from the rainforest to the desert.

Come and Join us Celebrate! 

Australia Day Award Ceremony 

is an invitation only event but you can 

Live Stream on Facebook/MuswellbrookShireCouncil

Monday 25th between 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony- Invitation Only 

Venue: Denman Memorial Pool

Date: 26 January 2021

Time: 9:00am to 10:00am

 

Australia Day Family Fun Day - All Welcome

Venue: Denman Memorial Pool

Date: 26 January 2021

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Free entry to the Denman Memorial Pool between 10:00am and 2:00pm. There will also be Live music, Jumping Castle and a Food and Ice-Cream Van. Community attending the Family Fun Day will receive a $10 Food and Beverage Voucher upon entering the pool to use at either the Food Van or Ice-Cream Van. The community should also be advised that Public health orders and restrictions regarding COVID-19 has been implemented and COVID-19 marshals will be present at the event.

Council Closure and Affected Services Due to Administration Centre Relocation

Muswellbrook Shire Council administration services will be affected on Friday 16 October and Monday 19 October to facilitate the Administration Centre’s relocation to Campbell’s Corner.

The following services will limited on Friday 16 October and unavailable on Monday 19 October:
• Muswellbrook Administration Building
• Ranger Services
Emergency services will be available at all times by calling 6549 3700.

Services will resume as normal on Tuesday 20 October at the new Administration Centre located at Campbell’s Corner.

Now you can pay your rates, pay your water bill and keep track of your invoices and statements online at the Online service portal.

Make your account now.

https://eservice.muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au/eservice/start.do

Overall North with Numbers HIRES 13

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

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

 

 Overall South with Numbers HIRES 14

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

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

  

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

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

 Download All Maps

 

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

 

Muswellbrook Flying Fox Camp Management Plan

Rethink Water in the home and garden. Every drop counts since Mandatory Level 1 Water Restrictions have been implemented in the Muswellbrook Shire. We are encouraging responsible water usage in the community and proactively responding to ongoing drought conditions in the Upper Hunter.

 

Download useful tips for RETHINKING WATER - All 8 pamphlets

RETHINK Water in the Garden

RETHINK Water in the Home

RETHINK Water About your water meter

RETHINK Water Grey Water

RETHINK Water in the Pool

RETHINK Waste Water System (OSSM)

RETHINK Water Pollution

RETHINK Water Bottled VS Tap

Muscle Creek Shaping Up!

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

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

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


Work to date at Muscle Creek

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

Muswellbrook Shire Council Sustainability Coordinator Mark Scandrett said:

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

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

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

Singleton Council Director Planning & Infrastructure Mark Ihlein said:

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

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

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

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