Samaritans Purse Christmas Box

Thanks Christmas is coming around again, and there have been many changes in our lives since Christmas 2019. All our lives have experienced
many changes. This has not happened in Australia alone, but the whole world over. Samaritan’s Purse is still looking out for the children overseas, and this year is focusing on the Phillipines, which have experienced a number of emergencies as well as COVID.

If anyone would like to fill a box this year, I have them available. Collection of filled boxes will be mid October 2020. Or if anyone would like to contribute but not necessarily fill a box themselves, just contact me as all donations are gratefully received. Donations towards freight are always a great help.

Barbara Campbell
65485131 or 0428485131


October spring clean – Bulky Waste Collection

The Upper Hunter Shire Council’s free Bulky Waste Kerbside Collection is back for residential properties that receive kerbside waste and recycling collection.

In Scone waste must be put out only on 17-18 October 2020. In Aberdeen, Blandford, Bunnan, Cassilis, Gundy, Merriwa, Moonan Flat, Murrurundi, Parkville, and Wingen it is the following weekend, 24 – 25 October 2020.

Residents can get rid of bundles of green waste, furniture, floor coverings (rolled up and no longer than 1.5m), and other non-recyclable waste.

It is important that materials that can be recycled, upcycled or reused do not go into landfill. Every tonne of waste that goes into landfill costs Council $84.10 for the NSW Government Waste Levy.

There’s a few changes this year. Do not put out mattresses, electronics, whitegoods or metals as they will not be collected this year due to the collection and processing costs for these items.

Items need to be stacked neatly next to the kerb, making sure the footpath and roadway is not blocked. Items must be secure and bagged or bundled to avoid windblown littering. The total volume of waste should not exceed that of a 2m3 box trailer.

Waste must only be put out during the weekend for your town and will be collected by 30 October 2020. Waste added after the weekend, will not be collected. Any unacceptable items that remain on the kerb after the collection, could be considered illegal dumping which can attract a fine.

A brochure about the bulky waste kerbside collection is being mailed to households or view the information online http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/our-services/waste-recycling/bulky-waste.aspx

For further information contact Council’s Waste Contractor JR Richards on 1800 312 934.

Daele Healy
Communications Officer

Phone: 0407 739 512

Email: dhealy@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au



Hunter Medical Practice

The Covid-19 situation is not easing yet. We would like to remind our patients of our requirements for entry during this time.
Please call us from your car when you arrive for your appointment as our doors are locked and we have a limit of
how many people we can allow into the waiting room. We are required by NSW Health to ask a series of questions and to
take your temperature before you can come in. These restrictions have been put into place to protect our patients
by lowering the risk of spreading the virus. We are still doing face-to-face consults as well as telephone consults for
those who would prefer it. To contact us, please call 6532 5013.

Hunter Medical Practice would like to advise we will have a female GP working with us from Monday July 13 in our practices at Merriwa and

We will be in Merriwa on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and in Denman on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Please phone 6532 5013 for appointments in
Merriwa and 6547 3955 for appointments in Denman.
Hunter Medical Practice
Dr Noman Jawaad







Merriwa RSL Club

With the raffles yet to restart all badge draws remain on hold, however we have reintroduced some of our happy hours
with some variations;

Saturday’s $5.00 schooners and house spirits 6.00pm till close.
Sunday’s $4.00 schooners 11.30am – 12.30pm
Wednesday’s $6.00 pint night
Friday’s 5.30pm – 7.30pm $5.00 schooners and house spirits.

Our current hours of trade are;
Bar – Monday to Wednesday 11.30am – 9.00pm
Thursday 11.30am – 10.00pm
Friday 11.30am – 11.30pm
Saturday 11.00am – 11.30pm
Sunday 11.00am – 3.30pm
Bistro – Tuesday/Wednesday 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursday/Friday/Saturday 12 noon –
2.00pm/5.30pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 12 noon – 2.00pm

Every Sunday lunch we have pork and lamb roast on the menu. As restrictions are lifted these time may vary a little.
Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your understanding and
support during these strange and unusual times.

Please note some restrictions have been reimposed and we can now only take bookings of up to ten people, this not

only relates to meals but also meetings.

Matt Morgan



Merriwa Sports Club

No bingo for the time being.

Casual bowls available.

Casual Golf available. Donations in honesty box.

Chinese/Australian Restaurant Closed Mondays,
Open for Dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5.00pm to
Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday 12noon
to 2.00pm
For bookings and take away – 6548 3228.

Mondays 3.30pm till 6.00pm
Tuesday 3.30pm till 8.30pm
Wednesday 3.30pm till 8.00pm
Thursday 3.30pm till 8.00pm
Fridays 3.30pm till 8.30pm
Saturdays 12.00pm till 8.30pm
Sundays 3.30pm till 8.00pm.

Just a reminder that everyone has to supply
contact details when entering the club premises
and remain 1.5 metres apart
We would like to take them time to thank all our
valued members and guest for your on going
support during these strange times.
Des Snelgrove

Merriwa Lady Bowlers have commenced
playing Mixed Social Bowls on Wednesdays
commencing at 11.00am. Bowlers and non
bowlers are welcome to come and join in a fun
day of bowls and friendship.

Casual Dress and flat soled shoes to be warn.
For further information contact Loretta Cooper
on 0428 482 679, Beatrice Voysey on 6548 2065
or Philomena Constable on 6548 2320.
Loretta Cooper



Helping Hands

During this period of uncertainty as COVID continues to impact our lives, some are finding it really difficult to stay at home, stay safe and stay connected. Not everyone has the internet, a smart phone or access to social media. Not everyone has family or friends nearby to assist with everyday things like shopping or paying the bills.

Helping Hands is a volunteer network to help those who need it most in our community extending across the old Merriwa Shire boundary. By staying in regular contact with local businesses and services, Helping Hands can help you stay connected with what’s available in Merriwa from the safety of your own home.

We can let you know what services are available and help you to access them. We also work with other charities and community organisations to help distribute donated items such as food hampers, gift cards, clothing even occasionally the odd bale of mulch hay for the garden!

We would love to hear from you if you are a senior, living with a disability or someone doing it tough in some other way. There will be more donated items and groceries coming into the district over the next few months so if this is something that could make a difference to you or your family, let us know.

In keeping with Covid restrictions, we can only assist people who have registered with Helping Hands and given us permission to contact them.
To go on the register call (m:) 0499 377 284 Monday to Friday during business hours. Leave a message and we will get back to you! You can also call this number if you’d like to be a volunteer yourself.
Tash Taaffe
Helping Hands



Merriwa Surgery

Dr Emad Jasem
Dr Adrian Plaskitt (3 days a Month)
For all your medical needs
Opening hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am- 2.00pm
Closed for lunch 2.00pm to 3.00pm daily
For bookings please call the surgery on 02 6548-2305


We are asking that patients who have respiratory symptoms of Corona Virus (COVID – 19) or similar, Please DO NOT present yourself to Merriwa
Surgery. If you are a patient with respiratory symptoms, we ask that you, in the first instance call the healthdirect hotline on 1800 022 222, prior to calling the surgery.

Presenting yourself to the surgery could result in the surgery being closed and quarantined, leaving the Doctor and staff also quarantined and preventing healthcare to the community. Please think of others during this time.

A phone consult can be arranged for those with symptoms following contact in the first instance with the healthdirect hotline as above. For up
to date information on COVID – 19 please visit www.health.gov.au
Dr Emad Jasem



Merriwa Parkrun

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


Non Emergency Medical

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


Merriwa Business Gift Card


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.


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