SCONE LITERARY FESTIVAL:

LITERARY LUNCH A FIRST FOR MERRIWA

 

The Scone Literary Festival is holding a literary lunch at Merriwa in March for the first time in its bid to be more inclusive with events around the Shire.

The lunch is being held in conjunction with Merriwa CWA and the Upper Hunter Library Network and features two highly acclaimed regional writers, Richard Anderson, a farmer from Quirindi and Nicole Alexander, who hails from Moree.

Bookings are open for the event at TryBooking. Tickets are $35.00 per head.

 

VENUE:                CWA Rooms, 159 Bettington Street, Merriwa

DATE:                    March 13, 2020

TIME:                    12 NOON – 2PM

 

We encourage all lovers of words and anyone who wants to do something a little different and hear a lively discussion about rural writing to book now. Seats are limited and we’d love to see a great roll-up for this inaugural event

For more information, contact Janie Jordan, President on 0414-645 507 or email info@sconeliteraryfestival.com.au

 

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Chance for teens to shine at Burn Bright Camp

Upper Hunter Shire Council is offering a free, life-changing opportunity to local young people aged 15 to 18 years, interested in experiencing a Burn Bright Camp during the July 2020 school holidays.

Burn Bright Camps help young people develop their well-being skills, to face challenges and adversity.

The Camp provides a range of fun activities including sharing of stories, music and video to establish a safe space for freedom of thoughts and self-expression and a collaborative, inclusive team culture. Over four days and three nights the young people will focus on values, service, grit and vision with group activities, motivational speakers and youth mentors.

Burn Bright Camp will run from 9-12 July 2020 at Vision Valley Conference Centre, Arcadia.

Council will cover all costs of the Camp including transport.

In 2020 the Camp is an alternative experience to the Upper Hunter Shire Young Endeavour Scheme, which Council has offered for 20 years.

To apply, young people must submit a short written explanation of why this opportunity would be beneficial to them and must be nominated by a school representative, parent or guardian or community member over 18 years of age. Young nominees must be an Australian citizen, have a normal postal address within the Upper Hunter Shire and be aged between 15 and 18 years at the time of the camp.

More information and expressions of interest forms are available at any Council administration office, http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-services/youth-services.aspx or email youthservices@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

For more information about the camp visit www.burnbright.org.au

Nominations close Friday, 6 February 2020. 

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Emergency Fodder and Water

PLAN NOW FOR CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR

Fire affected landholders are being urged to call 1800 814 647 to discuss their emergency fodder and water needs ahead of the Christmas and
New Year period. The unprecedented scale of the bushfire disaster,
the number of affected landholders and the difficulty in sourcing transportation and services over the holiday break means that landholders
requiring support should act early to ensure access to emergency supplies.

The Agricultural and Animal Services Functional Area will be maintaining essential services and local staff will remain on standby to assist with
any animal assessment, emergency water or fodder needs.

Staff will prioritise the most urgent cases where there is an imminent and urgent risk to animal survival or animal welfare.

The fire situation across NSW remains extremely serious with in excess of 6,000 landholders thought to have been affected. New properties are being impacted daily Communications Officer
Local Land Services – Hunter

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Tour de Merriwa
Bike Ride

SUNDAY MARCH 8, 2020

Le Tour de Merriwa is a community social cycling event aimed at locals and tourists alike to enjoy a ride along the rolling hills and newly sealed
surface of Coulsons Creek Road (AKA The Willow Tree Road, AKA The Range Road, AKA The Scone Double Bypass, AKA The Barnaby Highway).
The course starts from the rear of the Merriwa Tourist Welcoming centre and proceeds 42 kilometres (uphill) to the top of the range at which point participants turn around and enjoy the downhill journey back to Merriwa (total 84 kilometres). There will be drink stations and refreshments at 20 kilometres and at the top of the range. Journey highlights include passing
the magnificent Brindley Park, the olive groves of Terragong, the happy chooks of Papanui, the black angus cattle of Tarnuk and Coolie, the historic Dales homestead, the hidden mountain vineyards of Towarri, the beautiful rugged hills of The Echo and, at the top, an expansive view over the Liverpool Plains.

The event aims to promote cycle tourism in the Merriwa area and raise awareness about the upgrade of the road between Merriwa and Willow Tree which will significantly reduce road travel times between the Central and Western inland (Orange, Mudgee) and the Northern Inland (Tamworth and beyond).

The organisers have attempted to keep costs to a minimum. We estimate the entry fee will be around $55.00 (discount available for Cycling Australia members) which includes insurance, Coffee (local barista made), Drink (for that hard earned thirst) and Lunch vouchers as well as refreshments during the ride.

Online registrations will be opening very soon. We would like to encourage community members to actively promote the event – we all have a friend or family member that has been bitten by the lycra bug – why not invite them
up for some fresh country air and to sample our fresh coffee and local produce. We also have a very cool range of merchandise available including T-Shirts ($25.00) and cycling jerseys ($65.00). These will be available to order when registering online.

Follow “Tour de Merriwa and The Recyclists” on Facebook for updates.
Special thanks to Nicky Western, the UHSC sports participation officer for organising the required permits, licences and grants to stage the event.
On ya bike Merriwa! Vive le Tour!
Robert Smith

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Merriwa Branch CWA

OUR NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be on Monday February
10, 2020 at the new time of 9.30am at the CWA
rooms, 159 Bettington Street, Merriwa. New
members are always welcome. So why not
drop in and say hello.
Enquiries to
Penelope Fenley – 6548 3060 or
Kim Clydsdale – 6548 2558 or 0421 910 658
The CWA rooms are available for hire at very
reasonable rates by contacting Kim Clydsdale
on 6548 2558 or 0421 910 658
Kim Clydsdale
President

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Merriwa Parkrun
WEEKLY FREE 5KM TIMED RUN

What is Merriwa parkrun? It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 8.00am.
Where is it? The event takes place at Rotary Park, Telfer Street, Merriwa, NSW 2329.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

Register at https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.

 

 

Merriwa parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email merriwahelpers@parkrun.com to help. We are friendly.

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sansko café – please come and join us! Participate in parkrun on Show Day to receive a free ticket to the Merriwa Springtime Show. You must show your barcode and walk/run/ volunteer to receive your ticket.
Ashleigh Golden

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Non Emergency Medical
Transport

We are required to give Area Health at least 48 hours notice of planned trips. To do this we need Clients to make their booking
with us in that time.

Telephone 6548 2653 or Office, Bottle Museum, between 9.30 and 3.30 weekdays.
Lorna Parnell
Office Manager

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Merriwa Parkrun
WEEKLY FREE 5KM TIMED RUN

What is Merriwa parkrun? It is a 5km run

– it’s you against the clock.

When is it? Every Saturday at 8.00am.
Where is it? The event takes place at Rotary Park, Telfer Street, Merriwa, NSW 2329.

What does it cost to join in? Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring
a printed copy of your barcode If you forget it, you won’t get a time. Register at https://www.parkrun.com.au/register/

How fast do I have to be? We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace.

Merriwa parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email merriwahelpers@parkrun.com to help. We are friendly..

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Sansko café – please come and join us! Participate in parkrun on Show Day to receive a free ticket to the Merriwa Springtime Show. You must show your barcode and walk/run/ volunteer to receive your ticket.
Ashleigh Golden

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Hunter Medical Practice -Update
Dr Noman Jawaad
Dr Ahmed Jalal
Dr Joe Paul

Merriwa – Cnr Brisbane and Mackenzie Streets – 65325013
Denman – 51 – 53 Ogilivie Street – 65473955
Muswellbrook – 80 Brook Street – 65431717

 Currently ours hours are 8am – 6pm over the 3 practices 

Merriwa hrs currently are Monday 1 Dr, Wednesday 1 Dr and Thursday 2 Drs 1 week then the next week is Wednesday 1 Dr and Thursday 2 Drs 

Denman is Wednesday 2 Drs and Thursday 1 Dr 1 weekthen the next week is Monday 1 Dr, Wednesday 2 Drs and Thursday 1 Dr

Muswellbrook is Monday 2 Drs , Tuesday 3 Drs and Friday 3 Drs 

We also have a Diabetes Educator attend our Denman and Muswellbrook rooms, a dietitian attending Muswellbrook as well as a Podiatrist. 

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Merriwa Business Gift Card

 CHECK. IT. OUT.

Why Leave Town (WLT) gift cards are here and ready to be purchased. These are a great way to support local businesses, as it ensures that the money stays within the Merriwa community.

The WLT gift cards can be purchased from:
Merriwa Home Hardware
Merriwa Pharmacy
newsXpress Merriwa

WLT gift cards can be redeemed at any of the following participating businesses:
Cross Country Merriwa 
Di’s Clothing Patch
Eat at 153
IGA Merriwa
Landmark Townsend Merriwa
Max’s Country Cuts
Merriwa Café & Bakery
Merriwa Petroleum & Ag Supplies
Merriwa Post Office
Merriwa tyre and service centre
Sansko Cafe
Welderup MWA Pty Ltd

These gift cards can also be purchased online, so even if you yourself are not a local, you can still purchase them as gifts, and send them to locals.

https://www.whyleavetown.com/purchase-online

#merriwansw #supportinglocal #shoppinglocal #whyleavetown #whyleavetownmerriwa#WLTMerriwa

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NEMTS Merriwa

FREE TRAVEL FOR FARMING FAMILIES
Merriwa Non Emergency Medical Transport is offering all Farming Families in our District FREE travel to Medical Appointments for the duration of this severe drought.

Just mention that you are a farmer when making your booking. Phone 6548 2653 or at the office in the Bottle Museum, 9.30am to 3.00pm. All types of Medical Appointments are covered by this
offer. We travel to Newcastle, Tamworth and Orange and all in between plus to Sydney.
Bryan Baker

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Merriwa Cup Race 2019

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Timelapse Painting Merriwa Silos

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  Merriwa Community Diary

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