MEADS CREEK WEST – ADVICE

Yesterday’s Severe Fire Danger saw the fire status rise to an Emergency Warning alert level, with homes along Tunbridge Rd being actively defended. The fire is currently at 9,745ha in size and is BEING CONTROLLED. Firefighters will continue to work towards containing the fire above the Goulburn River, and between Policeman’s Track and Ringwood Road. The Northern side of the fire is still quite active and the fire is being attacked by grounds crew and aircraft as it comes out into open country.

 

Advice: Monitor conditions in your area. Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

OAKY CREEK – ADVICE

This fire is at 2,428ha in size and is BEING CONTROLLED. Firefighters continue to work on holding the fire to the current footprint and are being supported with earth-moving machinery.

Advice: Monitor conditions in your area. Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option

KERRY RIDGE – WATCH AND ACT

This fire is at 32,744ha in size and remains OUT OF CONTROL. The fire is continuing to move in an easterly direction to the northern part of the Putty Valley (Gum Tree Hole, Kindarun Hut the Forest vicinity). Fire is 5 km SW of Raspberry Junction. It is burning in Very High fire danger conditions and is currently less than two hours from properties. Under these conditions, fires can be difficult to control. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Advice: Put your Bush Fire Survival Plan into action. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property. Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

WEATHER Central Tablelands area

SATURDAY: Sunny. Areas of smoke haze on and east of the ranges. Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 27 to 33.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. Areas of smoke haze. Light winds becoming southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then tending northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 8 and 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34.

MODAY: Hot. Cloud clearing. Areas of smoke haze. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 11 and 16 with daytime temperatures reaching 33 to 38.

WEATHER Hunter area

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Areas of smoke haze. Light winds becoming northwest to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon then tending northeast to southeasterly in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 29 to 36.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower about the Lower Hunter. Areas of smoke haze. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 34.

MONDAY: Hot. Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke haze. Winds northeast to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 30 to 38.

OTHER INFORMATION • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737. • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

Kind Regards

Insp. Jillian Butler

Public Liaison Officer – Mudgee

Ph: 0427 253 229

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Merriwa Anglican Women’s Guild

The Anglican Woman’s Guild will be holding their
Christmas Street Stall Friday December 6.
Our raffle for Christmas will again be a hamper
and patchwork quilt. The winner will have the first
choice of either prize. Tickets will be available
outside Merriwa Pharmacy on Saturday mornings.

Any saleable goods are graciously accepted
and much appreciated on the day of the street stall.
Margret Wright

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Merriwa Surgery

CLOSURE DATES OVER CHRISTMAS

MERRIWA SURGERY would like to advise that the
surgery will be CLOSED on MONDAY December
16 through to FRIDAY December 27, we will reopen Monday December 30.
Dr Emad, Sharee and staff would like to thank all
our valued patients and hope that you have a
safe, very Merry RAINY Christmas and a happy New Year.
Megan Richards

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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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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5

It is hard to believe that we are merely weeks away from Christmas but before that, we have our annual Community Christmas Party – this year the day coincides with Saint Nicholas Day – a day for presents and fun for all.
The party will be spread from the RSL in Bow Street, where the Jumping Castles will be, to the Welcoming Centre with free sausage sizzle and an opportunity to win $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children Shop locally gift cards, to all the shops along the way to the other end of the party in Vennacher Street.

So the idea is to choose which end of town you want to start your  meandering – if you start in Vennacher street, enjoy the entertainment
there, have your photo taken, have a snag then wander down Bettington Street visiting the shops along the way who will be having their own promotions. 

You can then pop into the Welcoming Centre – hungry again by now – have another sausage sandwich and try your hand at the lucky dip for your chance to win a WLT gift card. The Centre will also have plenty of  interesting items for sale so wander around and see what you can find.

You can then meander to the RSL where the kids can enjoy the Jumping Castle, but do remember that the main street will NOT be closed so do please keep your children close by and safe. If you want to start at the RSL end of town, you can park behind the Welcoming Centre and do the above journey in reverse – whichever way you choose you will find plenty to see and do and have an enjoyable family evening.

Look forward to catching up with everyone on December 5.
Edith Shipway

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Merriwa Swimming Club

Thank you to Merriwa Pharmacy and the lovely Eva Towler for recently running a 100 Club for the Swim Club. The winners were Kay Burgess, Henry Orton and Eva Towler. Congratulations!

Thank you to the Pharmacy for your continued support and for your donation of sunscreen for the Club’s swimmers. I hope everyone is navigating the new online registrations ok. Go to our website: https://
merriwa.swimming.org.au and click on the Join Now tab. Once you are logged in to Swim Central go to the Trolley and find Merriwa SC. Here you can pay your registration in full or use your Active Kids Voucher. If you have any queries about registration please see Bronwyn. Please see Melissa if you have registered and haven’t received your new Swimming NSW bag.
Swim Club training is Mondays with a session at 3.30pm and a second session at 5.00pm. Time trials are at 4.30pm. New members are always
welcome.

Good luck to all swimmers competing at Muswellbrook this weekend.
Melissa Collins

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Merriwa Old Boys Club
SAVE THE DATE

Merriwa Old Boys will be holding their Christmas meeting, followed by BBQ and drinks on Saturday December 7. The meeting will kick off at 4.00pm and will be followed by the BBQ at 5.00pm.

All members, including new interested members are welcome to come along and enjoy the comradery and good times that are an integral part of our Old Boys Club. You won’t be disappointed.

Partners and children are invited to the BBQ lunch which will be held in the BBQ area of the Merriwa RSL Club. Cost will be $20.00 per old boy, which covers all attending family members. See you all Saturday afternoon. Happy
Swooping!
Bruce Blackadder

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Merriwa Red Cross
CHRISTMAS STREET STALL
Date: November 29
Merriwa Red Cross will be holding a Christmas
Street Stall on 29-11-2019.

A Christmas bargain Table hosting new gifts at
bargain prices will be operating along with a 100
club and Christmas raffle.

With the catastrophic conditions of drought and
fires that we have been experiencing, we would
ask for your support once again so that the
work of Red Cross can continue to assist those in
desperate need both locally and in the broader
community.

Philomena Constable

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Merriwa CWA

Hi Everyone, here’s what we have coming up.

EDUCATION GRANTS
Don’t forget our Education Grants – There’s still time to apply. If you need any help or to get the forms just contact Kim Clydsdale on 65482 58 or
0421 910 658.

OUR NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be on Monday November 11 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 on 6548 3060 or Kim Clydsdale on 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

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Carols in the Park

Carols in the Park will be on again this year

WHEN: Sunday December 8
TIME: 7.00pm
WHERE: Apex Park

The Combined Christian Church’s of Merriwa invite you to join us for the Carols in the Park on Sunday December 8, to be held at 7.00pm at Apex Park in Vennacher Street Merriwa. If inclement weather prevails on the day, the
carols will be held in the School of Arts located Bow street Merriwa.

Our local musicians and singers of renound, along with singers from our local schools will also perform. A sausage sizzle stall will operate with the proceeds going to Merriwa VRA. Bring your rug, bring your chair and help us celebrate Christmas Carols in the Park. Hope to see you there.
Ron Campbell

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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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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 www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au under Do It Online / Apply for It / Community Grants.

Live link: http://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/f.ashx/a-zdocuments/Scone-CBD-Shop-Front-Assistance-Program-Guidelines-and-Application-Form-June-2017-Fields_distributed.pdf

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 2671Email: dhealy@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au UPPERHUNTER.NSW.GOV.AU  A Quality Rural Lifestyle – in a vibrant, caring and sustainable community

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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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Merriwa Cup Race 2019

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Timelapse Painting Merriwa Silos

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