CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CLOSURE NOTICE
Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas and
Closing 4.00pm Friday December 23, 2016
Open 8.30am Monday January 9, 2017
The office will be closed and Transport services
will not operate during this time.
MOBILE OFFICE COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU
Merriwa December 16
Denman January 13
Merriwa January 27
The bus will be at the listed towns from 10.00am
till 12.00pm. So keep an eye out for the bus and
come and have a chat.
Merriwa Cricket Club
The Merriwa Cricket Club would like
to invite everyone to our Christmas party on
December 17 that starts at 3.00pm, the event
will be a day/night match against Belltrees, there
will be a jumping castle, face painting, plenty
of food and refreshments and our friend Santa
will be dropping in to say hi to the kids, all profits
made on the night will be donated to the Create
and Grow Play Group.
We hope to see you there.
St Anne’s Parish Merriwa
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
St Bernard’s Denman December 24 – 6.00pm
St Anthony’s Gungal December 24 – 9.00pm
St Anne’s Merriwa December 25 – 8.30am
St Joseph’s Cassilis December 25 – 10.15am
MASS OF ANOINTING
Saturday Night Vigil December 3
Sunday morning mass December 11 – 8.30am.
Merriwa District Education
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the
Royal Hotel Cassilis at 6.30pm.
When: Thursday December 15, 2016.
All are welcome to join us for the meeting and
For more information contact Jane Hegarty,
Secretary on 6376 1052.
Holy Trinity would like to thank everyone for
purchasing tickets in our recent raffles held at our
recent street stall. Winners were:
First Jenny Johnson
Second Rod Scholes
Third Heather Bishop
Fourth Megan Hourn
Fifth Joe Zammutt
First Arthur Wright
Second Rod Scholes
Third C Thompson
Cassilis Christmas Street Party
CASSILIS CHRISTMAS STREET PARTY IS ON
Held in Buccleugh Street from 5.00pm to 10.00pm
with stalls, fun stuff for kids, Carols and Santa is
There will be stalls, face painting, games for the
kids, carols by candlelight, chocolate wheel and
more, with Santa visiting with treats for children
under 12 years of age (Please do not supply gifts
for Santa to give).
Come and enjoy our Community Christmas Spirit
rain or shine.
PLEASE NOTE that Buccleugh Street will be closed
to traffic from 3.00pm – 10.00pm on December 3
for this event from 3.00pm to 10.00pm.
Merriwa Hospital Auxiliary
The Merriwa Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a
street stall on Friday December 2. We would love
any saleable items of cakes, biscuits, jams, vegies,
eggs etc for our stall from anyone interested in
helping us. We will also have a 100 Club and a
Hamper Raffle to be drawn on the day.
Also on our stall will be items for sale made by the
MPS Residents with these proceeds going back
to the MPS Aged Care Unit for the purchase of
arts and crafts items.
If you need anything picked up please ring Elaine
Sparrow 6548 8560 or Kay Taylor 6548 2281 and
we will call and collect from you.
All proceeds from our stall goes to purchasing
equipment for our Merriwa MPS for the betterment
of staff and patient welfare.
Come see us at the Street Stall on Friday
NEXT MEETING AND CHRISTMAS PARTY
The next meeting of the CWA Merriwa Branch
will be on Monday December 5 at 9.30am at 1 Roach Street, Merriwa.
The meeting will be followed at 11.30am by the
CWA Christmas party and all partners and former
members are welcome.
A $5.00 entry donation per person will go towards
Material Aid, a CWA project which sends needed
items or materials to the South Pacific.
Please RSVP to Vicki on 0412 555 417.
New members are always welcome. Enquiries to:
Barbara Campbell on 6548 5131 or 0428 485 131
or Robyn McAlister on 6548 3274.
The CWA Merriwa rooms are available for
bookings at very reasonable rates – contact Jean
Price on 6548 2456. More information at Merriwa Branch CWA.
Meals on Wheels
December 8 S Hunt and P Kirkby
December 15 A Kemp
December 22 D Alker and L Gill
December 29 D Leggett and P Amidy
Dr Emad Jasem
For all your medical needs
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am -6.00pm
For bookings please call the surgery on 02 6548
Merriwa Surgery will be closed from December
24, 2016 until January 10, 2017. We are sorry for
any inconvenience this closure may cause.
Dr Emad Jasem
MERRIWA LANDCARE CHRISTMAS BBQ AND NATIVE
TREE WORKSHOP EXPO
When: Tuesday December 13 from 4.00pm
Where: Merriwa CWA Rooms
Merriwa Landcare is excited to announce they
have been successful in gaining funding for a
great lineup of workshops and activities for the
local community from Hunter Local Land Services
through the Australian Government’s National
Landcare Programme and Hunter TAFE.
The first great opportunity is a series of Native Tree
Seed Collection, Identification & Propagation
Workshops fully-funded and delivered by Hunter
TAFE right here in Merriwa. Learn how to pick your
local tree species – Discover how to collect seed –
Learn how to propagate tree seedlings – Become
a part of Merriwa Landcare’s Tree Planting and
There are limited places available for this course
so please contact Merriwa Landcare to express
your interest as soon as possible and attend the
Expo on Tuesday December 13 to get more
information and enroll. See next week’s Merriwa
Ringer or Merriwa Connect for more details.
After completing the series of workshops next
year, each participant will receive a Hunter TAFE Statement of Attainment.
Come along to the FREE Barbeque and Expo and
join Merriwa Landcare for more details on other
great opportunities for 2017 including a Native
Bee Workshop, Biodiversity Forum and plans to
establish a local native seed bank. BYO Drinks and
loads of Christmas cheer and enthusiasm!
RSVP for catering to Jenny Lee, Merriwa Landcare
6548 2282 or 0429 337 557
or Maria Cameron, Hunter
LLS 0409 636 765
Land Services Officer – Landholder Support
Department of Primary Industries
JANUARY 2017 QUAD TRAINING DATES
When: January 17 at SCONE
January 18 at MUSWELLBROOK
January 19 at MERRIWA
January 20 in Upper Hunter – venue
Tocal College, in partnership with SafeWork NSW, is offering subsidised quad bike training to
eligible farmers and farm workers. Accreditation is normally worth $410.00 but for a limited time
you can enrol for $100.00.
Get quad safe with a one-day practical course to help farmers and farm workers apply safety
measures around the use of quad bikes on farms. Course meets national unit of competency
AHCMOM212 – Operate quad bikes and is tailored to the experience level of attendees.
To be eligible you need to be:
• A person operating an agricultural business registered in NSW or
• Someone working for an agricultural business registered in NSW
To BOOK in and register CONTACT: Michelle
Houghton, PROfarm coordinator Phone: 6951
2501 or email:[email protected]
MOBILE BLACKSPOT Priority locations round opens
22 November 2017
Applications are now open for the Priority Locations funding round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
This round is designed to improve mobile coverage for Australians in priority locations already announced by the Government.
Providing mobile coverage can be very expensive and challenging given Australia’s vast land mass and difficult terrain. The Government is investing another $60 million through this round to help carriers improve their services to these areas.
Since the Government’s initial announcement, 18 of the 125 initially announced priority locations are having their mobile coverage issue addressed by either a base station funded under round two of the program, or through the carriers expanding or improving their networks. One additional priority location on Flinders Island, Tasmania will also receive improved mobile coverage through the Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
The Government is now seeking suitable applications from the mobile industry to improve mobile coverage for the remaining 106 locations, through a competitive tender process.
To date, more than 300 base stations have already been delivered under rounds one and two of the Mobile Black Spot Program. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus are scheduled to deliver 765 new base stations by the second half of 2018.
How does it work?
Applications for funding will be assessed on a location by location basis against criteria set out in the Program Guidelines.
We expect the outcome of the assessment process will be announced in early 2018. The solutions at the successful locations will be required to be completed by the end of 2018.
Find out more
For more information, including the grant guidelines for the priority locations round,
visit the Mobile Black Spot Program page – https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-program
Merriwa River Rural Fire Service
Merriwa River Rural Fire Service would like to
invite you all to their annual Ham Raffle
Date: December 21
Venue: Merriwa RSL
Tickets on sale from 6.0opm for an 8.0opm draw
$2.00 a ticket or 3 for $5.00. Come one come all!
Due to a generous contribution from Frampton
Freights we are able to purchase 20 Ham from local butcher Max’s Country Cuts.
Best ham in the Upper Hunter it we do say so ourselves”
Bonus prizes from Rosto, IGA Merriwa and
MC for the night will be the one and only Dermott
Merriwa Combine Churches
CAROLS IN THE PARK
Date: Sunday December 10
The Combined Christian Church’s of Merriwa
invite you to join us at Apex park for Carols In
Carols start at 7.00pm and a BBQ will be
available. Starts 6.30pm onwards.
Each year at the Carols in the Park a sausage
sizzle BBQ run by Peter and Wendy Campbell
of the Uniting Church is held with the proceeds
donated to a worthy individual or cause in
This year the proceeds will be donated to the
newly formed Merriwa and District Meals on
This service to our community was reinstated
after community concerns that freshly cooked
meals prepared at our MPS Hospital and
delivered to our senior members by volunteers
was an essential service needed.
Legal requirements and establishment costs
were required in order to become a registered
entity as a registered charity.
Donations from Merriwa Rotary Merriwa Progress
Association and individuals along with personal
guarantees has enabled this service to start.
The personal contact and interaction with the
recipients of this service is well recieved along
with five home cooked meals per week.
The Combined Christian Churches invite you
to join in our carol singing and support for this
This year we will have our local musicians along
with two of our local singers performing.
Quality sound amplification is provided by Mr
Locking forward to seeing you there.
Please note.. if inclement weather prevails..the
Carols event will be transferred to the school of
arts building.. Bow Street Merriwa.
Cr Ron Campbell
When: Saturday December 16
Time: 8.30am till 1.00pm
Come and have your morning coffee with us
and even an egg and bacon roll. Hope to see
you all there.
Foundation of Merriwa
Country Education Foundation of
Merriwa supports youth in our local area through financial grants for education and
employment expenses. Our grants contribute
towards apprenticeships, traineeships,
cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies,
university qualifications or employment.
CEF grants are based on financial need, not
academic success. You will however, need to
demonstrate commitment to achieving your
goal. The four essential selection criteria are:
• You have a demonstrated financial need;
• You are aged 16-24 years;
• You have attended school in or currently
live in the region covered by the Country
Education Foundation of Merriwa, and you
are able to demonstrate commitment to
achieving your goal.
Applications are now open to apply for grants
for the 2018 study year. More information and
the application process can be found at:
In the coming weeks, we will learn from our 2017
recipients how important these grants have
been towards their successful studies this year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should
you require any further information on how to
apply for a grant.
Make the holidays memorable
Six weeks of summer holiday fun are on offer for children and young people in the Upper Hunter Shire.
Don’t miss out on the pool parties, indoor and outdoor sports, crafts at the libraries, and Youth Centres’ activities and excursions. The public swimming pools are also open every day except Christmas Day (Monday, 25 December 2017) and New Year (Monday, 1 January 2018).
Some of the holiday highlights include:
Young people are invited to free pool parties at Merriwa pool on Thursday 21 December, and at Scone and Murrurundi pools on Friday 21 December. From 6pm to 8pm there will be free entry, a sausage sizzle, and supervision by Youth Workers. For more information contact Scone Youth Centre on 0417 287 540.
Laser tag and rock climbing excursion
Laser tag and rock climbing excursion on Tuesday 23 January 2018 supervised by Youth Workers. Cost is $40 and permission notes will be available at Council offices and on the website.
Parkour / Free-G
Ever wanted to try freestyle gymnastics, also known as Free-G or parkour? Learn how to spin, roll, and rebound over obstacles with a Free-G coach. Tuesday 16 January, 9am to 9.45am for 5 to 11 year olds and 10.30am to 11.30am for 12 years and older. Cost is $10 and bookings are essential with Council’s Sports Participation Officer Nicky Western on 0414 806 074.
Enjoy three mornings of gymnastics at Scone Youth Centre hall, 18 to 20 December with a competition in the evening. Cost is $50. Book with Council’s Sports Participation Officer.
Junior triathlon training and racing will be on 28 and 29 December 2017 and 3 and 5 January 2018 in preparation for the triathlon race at Singleton on Sunday 7 January 2018. For more information contact Council’s Sports Participation Officer.
Craft at the libraries
The libraries offer weekly morning craft activities for children. Craft activities are free and bookings are essential to supply the craft materials to make Christmas decorations, wind chimes, snow globes, superhero masks, 3D wooden boats and rockets and more. Book with your library: Aberdeen 6540 1303, Cassilis 6376 1295, Merriwa 6521 7007, Murrurundi 6540 1363, Scone 6540 1183.
For those who need more activities for children five to 12 years, the SOOSH program, located in the grounds of St Mary’s School, Scone runs 8am-6pm weekdays during NSW school holiday periods with afternoon tea provided. Bookings are essential for all SOOSH services and additional costs may apply for excursions and special activities.
During the summer holidays the SOOSH program includes slip and slide, a live reptile show, an excursion to Maitland pool, freestyle gymnastics, ten pin bowling at Tamworth, Going to the cinema at Muswellbrook, and a talent show.
See the full SOOSH program on Council’s website at http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-facilities/childcare/scone-out-of-school-hours.aspx
To enroll your child in SOOSH or to find out about the Government’s childcare subsidy, please contact SOOSH Coordinator Maddy Richardson on 6540 1140.
All the holiday activities are included in the Upper Hunter Shire Council ‘What’s On’ guide. ‘What’s On’ is distributed to school children in the Upper Hunter and is available on Council’s website under Hot Topics or http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-facilities/childcare/school-holiday-activities.aspx
NOTE: Photos are available on request.
Phone: 02 6540 1110 (Mondays & Wednesdays)
02 6540 1358 (Tuesdays)
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Email: [email protected]
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