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News week starting 1/11/2021

Merriwa Rotary


At our last Rotary meeting we had a ZOOM link with AGNIEZSKA FEDOR, (aka AGGIE) from Poland who spent a year with our club ten years ago. (Ten years ago, of course, live meetings between people half a planet away would have been just a dream.)

Aggie has obviously done very well since she returned home, having graduated in Medicine and is now planning to specialise in Paediatrics

She has married since graduating. Her husband who is also a medical graduate, plans to specialise in Neurology and they are both working in a hospital in South East Poland.

It was a pleasure for Merriwa Club members to renew our connection with Aggie.

Helen and Mark Whale hosted Aggie for part of her stay with us. Here is more information on Aggie’ stay, courtesy of Helen.

Agniezska Fedor travelled to Australia as an exchange student from Warsaw, Poland in 2011 (?)While here she was hosted by the Goodear, Inder, McNaught, Nixon and Whale families. Aggie, as she was fondly known as here, soon endeared herself to all who knew her in the Merriwa community and beyond. She loved her experience in Australia and gave everything a go. She learned to ride horses, took subjects in Merriwa Central School that she didn’t even know existed in Poland, and even successfully took part in the first Merriwa Talent Quest. Aggie completed her schooling back in Poland and went on to University to become a Doctor. She returned to Australia in 2019 with her fiancé Iggie. They have since married.

Mark Smith


Merriwa Rugby League Football Club


When: Sunday November 7
Time: 3.00pm
Location: Merriwa RSL.

All positions declared vacant. Hope to see lots of people there.

Jessyca Morgan


Merriwa Red Cross 


The members of Merriwa Red Cross would like to thank the Merriwa Community for your generous support of our activities in the very trying circumstances which we have experienced this year. Without your help, Red Cross would not be able to achieve any of its supporter services. Please know that your generosity is very much appreciated.

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and every best wish for the New Year.

Cheree Walmsley
Liaison Officer Merriwa Red Cross


Well Done

Well done Ranger (AKA Lachlan Walmsley), your parents must be over the moon with the success you are making for yourself. You have always worked hard for your dream.

Hylt Cronin


Samaritans Purse Christmas Boxes 

COVID isn’t curtailing collecting the Christmas boxes for 2022, in fact with the spread and the effect of the virus on communities, the boxes will be even more necessary.

I have the boxes available, and would encourage anyone who would like to help some of the children who are not as fortunate as we are, to fill a box. To see the joy on the faces of the children, as they receive the gift of the box, brings such joy to the giver. This gift is probably the first they have ever received.

Samaritans Purse send a video to the distributor – that’s how I can say I have seen the joy.

This year the boxes will be going to Madagascar and Cambodia. Boxes will be collected from Merriwa by mid November.

If anyone would like to fill a box or two, please contact me on 0428 485 131 or 6548 5131

Barbara Campbell
St. Davids Uniting Church


Can Assist


Can Assist Merriwa is holding their annual Christmas Ham raffle.

DATE: December 11
VENUE: Merriwa Sports Club
COST: $1.00 a ticket
TICKETS: On sale from 5.00pm for 7.30pm draw.

30 Christmas Ham with more prizes added as the day approaches.

All monies raised go directly to assisting those diagnosed with Cancer in Merriwa and the surrounding settlements. If we can help or if you just need to chat, give us a call on 0431 939 093 or 6548 5191.

Marlene Rogers


Merriwa Wellbeing Superspreaders

Our Merriwa Wellbeing Superspreaders gathered to celebrate the end of their three months working with a wellbeing coach recently and used the occasion to workshop different ideas to ensure wellbeing remains a priority in their own lives and in the community at large.

Armed with extra skills and tools to enhance their own wellbeing, these Superspreaders are on a mission to infect as many people as possible with what they’ve learned. So if you know any of these Superspreaders please monitor them for signs and symptoms like greater happiness, improved physical health, better relationships and less stress. Most importantly, make sure you become a close contact and ask them as much possible about their experiences so far.

One of our Wellbeing Superspreaders – Darren Marshall – has very kindly shared this overview of what involvement in the program has meant for him:

“After being invited to be a Merriwa Wellbeing Superspreader I was initially a little sceptical and completely unaware that I would benefit from improved wellbeing in my life.

“I have had a marked improvement in my mental health and I owe this to the amazing guidance of my Wellbeing Coach (Emma). Emma was, very subtly, able to guide me into realising key areas in my life that frequently play on my mind (not always for the better!) and turn these into positive goals for me to work towards improving.

“Like so many others, one of my greatest shortfalls was always having an endless list of things to do, combined with full time work as a paramedic, being a husband and also a father of two children. My never ending list created many concerning issues that weren’t even on my radar; I was neglecting time with my children, I wasn’t giving my wife my full attention and I was struggling to switch off from work during my personal time.

“After developing action plans to work towards achieving goals (both big and small) I now feel so energised and I really feel like I am living in the moment. The happiness that I have gained from learning how to prioritise between what is important, what isn’t important and what can wait, has had a profound effect on my wellbeing.

“I owe this to the “Where There’s A Will” charity for allowing me to be a part of something so important! Since becoming a ‘Superspreader’ I find so many opportunities in everyday conversations to share the insights I have gained from the program. This not only creates more genuine and meaningful interactions, but allows me to pay it forward and continue the spread of wellbeing!”

Polly Yuille


Country Education Foundation of Merriwa

See below for details. Email cefmerriwa@gmail.com or DM our Facebook Page for any questions or queries!



Carols in the Park


The Combined Christian Churches ofMerriwa would like to hold the next Carols in the park on December 12, 2021 at 6.00pm in Apex Park Merriwa.

Covt19 restrictions may still be in place, so we may have to modify the way we hold the event..

However, please keep this date free.

Cr Ron Campbell


Merriwa Hospital Auxiliary


Thursday November 18 will be our next General Meeting to be held at the RSL Club at 2.00pm. All members and community are invited to attend. On the agenda will be fundraising ideas and our Christmas Cheer ideas for the MPS residents. All welcome. Membership fees of $5.00 are due and new members are most welcome. See you Thursday November 18 at 2.00pm.

Elaine Sparrow


Meals on Wheels


If you’re community minded and keen to help make someones day, read on. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the delivery of Meals on Wheels once or twice a month.

What: Lunch meal collection from the hospital kitchen and delivered hot to five homes
When: 11.30am for 60-90 minutes
Where: Merriwa
How: You will need your own car and a cheerful “g’day!” to help make someone’s day.

Call Deidre on 0429 320 821 or Dianne Byfield on 0417 237 274 to nominate your preferred day and week.


Upper Hunter Shire Council


Council will be exploring options for the update to the Cassilis Sewer System following the most recent council meeting.

The project is estimated to cost $4.227 million and includes sewer reticulation, pressure sewer system, pump station, rising main, irrigation system plus contingency.

Restart NSW Program has committed $1.22 million to the project with the Upper Hunter Shire Council to contribute $1.47 million.

However, there is a funding shortfall of $2.017 million.

Upper Hunter Shire Council will continue to actively pursue funding options and in the meantime will have the project shovel-ready.


Proposed amendment to the Upper Hunter Local Environmental Plan 2013

The abovementioned planning proposal is currently on display and all members of the public are invited to provide comment.

The planning proposal is to amend the boundaries of the Merriwa Heritage Conservation Area to better reflect the areas of actual heritage significance.

The proposal applies to all land within the Merriwa Heritage Conservation Area.

The planning proposal is available to be inspected at all council offices and can be downloaded from council’s website.

Written submissions are invited from members of the public, and can be submitted via:

Email: council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au or
Mail: PO Box 208,

(In the interest of public clarity, we have decided to provide a direct link to this proposal. https://upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/your-council/media/public-notices/Planning-Proposal-PP-2021-5072.aspx )


The following construction and maintenance works are happening in Merriwa and Cassilis this week.
• Toilets, garbage
• Parks, sports fields and reserves mowing and maintenance
• Public toilet maintenance
• Cemetery construction of concrete plinths
• Cemetery maintenance
• Merriwa Showground upgrade
• Playground inspections and maintenance
• Capital works tree planting
• Cassilis Hall Maintenance
• Resheeting – Pembroke Road
• Maintenance Grading – Tunbridge Road.
• Heavy patching – Golden Highway
• Cullingral Road – Side tracks
• Scope works for Ringwood Road
• Regional Road shoulder grading for reseals.
• Action requests as required.

The following roads are to be inspected next for the grading/maintenance program:
• Mt Erin Road
• Hampshire Road.

Hannah White


Merriwa Tourist Welcoming Centre


Merriwa Tourist Welcoming Centre and Men’s Shed together with Rotary Club of Merriwa are hosting an informal get together – there are many new comers in town and we felt that it would be a great opportunity for us all to get to know each other before the Christmas rush.

If you are new in town. a longtime resident or anything in between do pop in and join us for a pleasant afternoon, there will be a free sausage
sizzle and plenty of space and fresh air so covid restrictions will be complied with.

There will be chairs provided but if you want to bring your own please do so also BYOG and don’t forget the kids!

Additionally a number of our newcomers are keen to get involved in our community but do not know what is available, so we are trying to compile a list of all community activities, be it sport, craft, social or whatever – not everyone gets the Ringer and not everyone is on Facebook, so if you would like your particular organization/group included in our list please send me an email: brigadoon07@bigpond.com.






Pretty much all of us rely on volunteers and these are becoming scarcer with the passage of years, so if we can promote ourselves we might be fortunate and have our newcomers find a project they would like to be involved in.

Edith Shipway
The Management of the Tourist Welcoming Centre




Merriwa RSL Club

The Friday night Members Lucky Badge draw starts at 7.00pm, followed by the 8.30pm Members Badge draw. 

The 9.00pm Members Badge draw is the close of the draw. $260.00. LTPS/19/36118

The Sunday Members Badge Draw will be drawn between 11.30am and 1.30pm and you must be present to win the money. LTP/19/36118

Members must be present to claim any of the draws and present their current membership card upon request. It is an offence to NOT have your membership card on your person when on the premises.

Notice is hereby given that the Merriwa RSL Club LTD Annual General Meeting is to be held on Sunday November 21, 2021 in the Clubs Auditorium at 11.30am.

Wednesday Nights from 6.00pm – $6.00 PINTS.

Dine and Discover vouchers – please register and download or print your vouchers and use them before they expire on the 30 November 2021. If you don’t have a smart phone or computer, contact the local Service NSW department at the UHSC Merriwa office.

Saturday nights – free juke box, pool comp$100.00 first prize, $5.00 schooners and house spirits. From 6.00pm till 10.00pm.

Courtesy Bus – the clubs courtesy bus if available for pickups on Friday’s from 5.30pm (you must book by ringing club), with drop offs at 9.15pm and 10.00pm.

Friday 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Saturday 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Sunday 11.30am to 12.30pm

Bistro hours – lunch Thursday – Sunday 12/2.00pm,
Dinner Monday – Thursday 5.30/7.30pm Friday – Saturday 5.30/8.00pm.

Matt Morgan


Merriwa Sports Club

Please note that the club will no longer trade on Mondays for the foreseeable future. Trade on every other day will remain unchanged.


Merriwa Sports Club Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday November 28 at 11.00am. All members are invited to attend.


Come along and enjoy our Saturday night raffles, 15 prizes up for grabs. The trays and packs are amazing, thanks to Merriwa IGA and Max’s Country Cuts. Raffle begins at 7.30pm. The members draw was drawn on Saturday night, member was not present so the badge draw jackpots to $1025.00 this week. Drawn anytime between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, you must be there to win.


Friday – 5.00-7.00pm
Saturday – ALL DAY! That’s right, all day happy hours. $5.00 schooners, house spirits and wine. ALL Day. Happy Satdy everyone


Tuesday to Friday – 3.30pm to close
Saturday and Sunday – 12.00pm to close.


Friday November 12, 5.30 for 6.00pm start. Don’t have any bowls? No worries. the bowling club have bowls available to use! There will be a raffle and a sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). Late comers will be welcome. Green fees apply.

Pink It Up, if you can, all money raised is going to the McGrath Foundation.


CanAssist will be holding a BIG Christmas Raffle on December 11. Lots of great prizes up for grabs! Hope to see you all there.

Brendan Cowell



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