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Who will you nominate for an Australia Day award?

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Upper Hunter Shire Australia Day Awards.

Each year local individuals and organisations are recognised for their achievements and contributions to the community. Nominating is a simple way to thank and acknowledge generous and inspiring people.

Awards will be presented at Australia Day celebrations across the Shire on Wednesday 26 January 2022, and all nominees will be recognised for their achievements and contributions during the ceremonies.

Awards available in Aberdeen, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone districts are:

  • Community Group of the Year.
  • Citizen of the Year is awarded to a person or a couple, who are inspirational role models and have made significant contributions to the community.
  • Young Citizen of the Year is open to a resident under the age of 25 years (as at 26 January 2022).
  • Achiever and Young Achiever are open to residents who are inspirational achievers in any field including sport, culture, environment, professional or schooling.
  • In Merriwa only, there are also awards for Sustainability in Business and Environmental Achievement.

The Upper Hunter Shire Australia Day Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen, are chosen from the town winners.

Nomination forms are available from all Council Administration Offices and Libraries and can be downloaded from Council’s website.

Nominations close Friday 29 October 2021.


Merriwa Pool Staff Required


My name is Mitch, I am an employee of Community Aquatics. We have recently been awarded the contract to manage the Upper Hunter Shire Council swimming pools. I am excited for the pools to reopen this October  (🤞 covid-19 permitting) and bring the community cheer to Merriwa Pool.

We are currently seeking out previous staff. Also looking for new staff in the capacity of lifeguards/pool operators/receptionists to work at Merriwa Pool this Summer (OCT – MAR).

Please go to the Facbook link below for more information.

Yours in Swimming,

Mitch Roberts.



Hunter Medical Practice

Merriwa 6532 5013
Denman 6547 3955
Muswellbrook 6543 1717

As from Monday August 16 opening times for our Merriwa, Denman and Muswellbrook practices will be:

Merriwa – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Denman – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Muswellbrook – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Opening Hours: 8am – 5.30pm for all 

Closed Lunch: 1pm to 2pm

Carol Cronin



Merriwa Surgery


Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am -5.30pm
Closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily
For bookings please call the surgery on 02 6548 2305

Merriwa Surgery would like to advise Dr Jasem will be on leave from July 15, 2021 until September 6, 2021. For those that are concerned Dr Jasem is returning following his leave and will continue to provide ongoing healthcare to the community.

During this time Dr Plaskitt will be in the practice three days per week working Monday’s through to Wednesday’s, unfortunately the surgery will need to be closed for one week during Dr Jasem’s leave commencing Monday August 9, 2021 through to Sunday August 15, 2021.

As of September 1, 2021, we would like to advise changes to our billing, we have previously been a Bulk Billing practice, this is no longer feasible for the practice and changes to mixed billing will commence in September, this means that unless you hold a pensioner concession card or are a child Under 16 years, there will be a fee for your consultation. These fee’s will be available in the surgery in the coming weeks.

Merriwa Surgery continue with our Covid vaccination clinics, please phone reception for more information.

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

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 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 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


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.

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



Merriwa Cup Race 2019


Timelapse Painting Merriwa Silos


  Merriwa Community Diary



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