Community Portal Committee

call for not-for-profit Merriwa Organisations to Apply for small Grants


To raise the profile of Merriwa, the Merriwa Community Portal Committee is making available to Merriwa community organisations small grants to help enhance and promote Merriwa locally and beyond. 

As part of receiving a Grant, your organisation will be expected to advertise and promote the Merriwa Portal (Visit in your communications through signage or when advertising the organisation’s activities or assets for which the money is used.

Depending on the number and quality of the applications received by the closing date the committee may decide to allocate one or more grants this time depending on amounts requested.  Please note the successful applicante(s) may receive less than requested.

Applications close on the 31st August 2018, the committee hope to make funds available to the successful applicants in October 2018.


How to Apply

To apply send an email or letter to below (limit to one A4 page) which must contain the following information:


  1. Organisation’s Name
  2. Applicant’s Name
  3. Organisation Address
  4. Phone No.
  5. Email Address
  6. Why you are applying for the Grant
  7. Amount requested


For more information contact Kim Fenley, Ph: 0418 570 743 or 6548-3060 or




Merriwa Red Cross

The members of Merriwa Red Cross will be
holding a Street Stall on Friday June 29, 2018.
There will be the usual ‘goodies’ for sale and a
raffle and 100 Club will be operating on the day.
As always, we appreciate any support given by
the Merriwa Community in the form of donations,
‘goodies’ for the stall, and the purchasing our
cakes and biscuits and raffle tickets etc.
We are sincerely grateful to you all for your help.
Cheree Walmsley





Magic of Merriwa’s Merinos

Crowds flock to Rosto Festival of the Fleeces 2018

Nearly six thousand visitors and locals enjoyed the Merriwa Rosto Festival of the Fleeces over the long weekend.

Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said it was a great event.

“The crowd, entertainment and the organisation was fantastic,” Cr Bedggood said.

“The town was looking beautiful despite the drought and there has been great feedback from visitors. I congratulate the festival committee, all the volunteers and Council staff on a job well done.”

The biggest event was on Saturday beginning with an Acknowledgment of Country by Tarnisha Windsor, the always-popular Dog High Jump, hundreds of market stalls and plenty of entertainment and displays.

At noon one hundred sheep in red socks lead the parade through town encouraged by Alan Wright and his daughter Angela and a cheering crowd. Classic cars and machinery, and colourful Merriwa community floats followed.

In its 28th year the festival continues to celebrate the Upper Hunter’s rural and agricultural heritage including sheep farming.


Window Display – The town decorations were magic themed with a display in Landmark Townsend by Merriwa Create and Grow Playgroup winning first prize in the window decorations competition. Second prize went to Di’s Clothing Patch and runners up were Eat@153 and Max’s Cross Country decorated by students of Merriwa Central School.

Parade – The top parade entry was the Merriwa Preschool and Activity Centre, followed by St Joseph’s Primary School and last year’s winners, the Merriwa Springtime Show float.

Bush Poets – On Sunday morning, 60 people attended the Bush Poets Breakfast compered by Peter Mace. First prize for Best Original Poem went to Caroline Maxfield and for presentation of someone else’s poem to Wendy Seddon in the Open category. Locals Tina Taylor won for best original poem and Joel Whaley for his recitation.

Colouring in – Infants: Hazel Chin; Thomas McLean; Archie Constable

            – Preschool: Isabella Campbell; Jacob Sawley; Heidi Lucas

            – Primary: Lily Swan; Rily Boradaile; Mia Jacobs

            – Open: Andrew of Sandy Hollow; Jayden Birtles; Thomas Campbell

Festival Pam Powers Award winner for 2018 went to Hilton Cronin, a dedicated member of the Festival organising committee who is always willing to give a hand. The award is presented in memory of Pam Power, mayor of the former Merriwa Shire Council, and one of the founders of the Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces in 1990.


Chair of the Festival of the Fleeces Committee, Councillor Ron Campbell said the organising committee had done a great job bringing together a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment.

“Monies raised from the Festival are donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the Merriwa Volunteer Rescue Association who provide essential services in the region,” Cr Campbell said.

“Thanks to all the supporters and sponsors.”

Sponsors: Rosto Olives; Ka-Boom Fireworks; LD Campbell Pty Ltd.; Merriwa Tourist Welcoming Centre & Men’s Shed; Merriwa Petroleum & Ag Supplies; Country Women’s Association; Royal Hotel Merriwa; IGA Merriwa plus Liquor; Merriwa Pharmacy; Merriwa Newsagency; BP Service Station; Eat @ 153; Taronga Western Plains Zoo; Discovery Parks; GJs by the Lake; Anglican Parish of Merriwa; St Davids Uniting Church; St Anne’s Catholic Parish; RM Property & Livestock; Osmond’s Pumps; M Nutt Contracting; Merrifield Farm; Martins Stock Haulage; Welderup; Merriwa Veterinary Surgery; Russell’s Earthmoving; Merriwa Tyre and Service Centre; Lenore’s Quilting; Shooters Association; Jake Macintyre; Merriwa Sports Club; Craig Macpherson Haulage; Merriwa Ringer; Max’s Country Meats; Eva Towler; and Jenny Johnson.




Daele Healy
Communications OfficerPhone: 02 6540 1110 (Mondays & Wednesdays)02 6540 1358 (Tuesdays)Fax: 02 6545 2671




A Quality Rural Lifestyle – in a vibrant, caring and sustainable community






Businesses save fees with Upper Hunter Country branding

There’s also $1000 grants for a shopfront make-over


The simple act of adding an ‘Upper Hunter Country’ sticker to an A-frame, chalkboard or tables and chairs on the footpath, will save a business its 2018/19 annual footpath trading licence fees in the Upper Hunter Shire.

Upper Hunter Shire Council is also offering financial assistance to business owners to help revitalise streetscapes in towns across the Shire by way of a grant of up to $1000 to refurbish shopfronts.

The Upper Hunter CBD Shop Front Assistance Fund is to provide one-off assistance to businesses in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone central business districts (CBDs). Council will contribute a one-off allocation of up to $1,000 ex GST (or 50% of project costs – whichever is the least) per standard 15-metre shop front.

These initiatives are part of Council’s strategy to encourage shop owners to promote tourism as well as improving the look of Upper Hunter town’s CBDs.

The Upper Hunter CBD Shop Front Assistance Fund Application Form and Guidelines are available on Council’s website under Do It Online / Apply for It / Community Grants.

Live link:

Copies are also available from Council offices.

To find out more about Upper Hunter Country branding contact Council’s Environmental and Community Services department on 6540 1100.



Daele Healy
Communications OfficerPhone: 02 6540 1110 (Mondays & Wednesdays)02 6540 1358 (Tuesdays)Fax: 02 6545 2671


A Quality Rural Lifestyle – in a vibrant, caring and sustainable community







Merriwa District Progress

The June meeting of the Merriwa District Progress
Association will be on Wednesday June 20 at
the Merriwa RSL commencing at 6.00pm.
Anyone who has concerns about what is
happening or not happening in Merriwa, this is
the place to come and raise them.
Beron Arden-Wood






St David’s Uniting Church


Sheets are out and about for our Pie/Lamington
Drive – the end of School Term is only just round
the corner and there is a lot happening in
Merriwa in June. With School holidays starting on
Friday July 6, it will be an ideal time to stock the
Freezer for those hungry youngsters on holiday!
Orders close on: Wednesday June 20
Delivery: Wednesday, July 4
This will be our last drive till Easter 2019.
Sheets are out and about in town and anybody
wishing to order, if they can’t locate a sheet,
please contact me on 6548 5131 or 0428 485 131
Barbara Campbell




Merriwa CWA



The country of interest is Poland. We have a
wonderful guest speaker. As well as a traditional
two course meal. Why not come along for an
interesting day out.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes.
Please ring Robyn McAlister on 0429 487 241.

We will be having another Kids Cooking day
in the July School Holidays. The goodies will
be Scones for morning tea and Mini Pizza’s for
lunch. Will have dates in the next Ringer or keep
an eye on Facebook.

The next meeting of the CWA Merriwa Branch
will be on Monday June 4 starting at 10.00am in
the CWA rooms. 159 Bettington Steet Merriwa.
New members are always welcome.
Enquiries to: Barbara Campbell on 6548 5131 or
0428 485 131 or Robyn McAlister on 0429 487 241.
The CWA rooms are available for hire at very
reasonable rates by contacting Jean Price on
6548 2456.
Kim Clydsdale






Routine X-Rays available at MPS Again


Routine X-Rays are available in Merriwa again, as of last Wednesday, at the MPS, and every Wednesday from then.

If you are a patient of either of the local GPs they can make a booking for you. If you go to an out of town GP or would like to make your own X-Ray booking phone 6542 2093 and ask for an appointment in Merriwa.









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