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News Week Starting 29/10/21

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 Country Womens Association News

Hi Everyone. Hope we are all enjoying some new found freedom. We have a few things coming up but firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to Robyn McAlister, Vicki Hanson and all their hard working helpers for the lovely donation to the CWA from their Plant stall that
was held over the long week end.


President Barbara Campbell
Vice President Kay Burgess and Paulette Bakker
Secretary Kim Clydsdale
Treasurer Vicki Hanson
International Officer Teena Laing
Cultural Officer Vicki Hanson
Catering Officer Barbara Campbell
Handicraft Officer Courtney McMullen
Cookery Officer Paulette Bakker
Publicity Officer Kim Clydsdale
Ag & Environment Office Lorraine Hood
Hall Convenor Kim Clydsdale


Friday 19th November 2021 – We will be having a street stall, with all our usual cakes and some plants as well as our 100 club.


Start time 10.00am – We will be starting a craft day every fourth Monday of the month. Bring along your morning tea or lunch and craft to enjoy a nice social day. Bring any craft you wish to do and if you would like to learn something new, all you have to do is ask. Learn to Knit or crochet even some sewing. Everyone is welcome it is NOT just for CWA members, your children are more than welcome.


Our next meeting is Monday 8 November 2021 at 10.00am at the CWA Rooms, 159 Bettington Street, Merriwa. New members are always welcome, so why not drop in and say hello.

Enquiries to Barbara Campbell on 0265 485131 or 0428 485 131 or Kym Clydsdale on 0565 482558 or 0421 910 658.

The CWA rooms are available for hire at very reasonable rates by contacting Kim Clydsdale on 0265 482558 or 0421 910 658.

Kim Clydsdale


Merriwa Ringer


An invitation is extended to community members to discuss the future of the Merriwa Ringer. 

A meeting will take place at the Merriwa RSL Club on Wednesday November 10 at 12 noon. 

All Welcome. 

For further information contact Darren Noonan Principal Merriwa Central School 65482119.



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 0428485131 or 65485131

Barbara Campbell
St. Davids Uniting Church


Can Assist

Can Assist Merriwa would like to acknowledge RM Property & Livestock for their continued support with covering our telephone expenses
for the next 12 months. 

Can Assist Merriwa has been established to assist residents in the area who have been diagnosed with Cancer. We support financially with contributions toward travel, utilities, Pharmaceutical and practical support. Our network raises awareness of inequities facing country people with Cancer, our Volunteers collaborate with Health professionals to understand these challenges.

If we can assist you on your path to wellness contact Can Assist Merriwa 0431 939 093 or 6548 5191 email merriwa@canassist.org.au



Merriwa Landcare


If you haven’t already heard, exciting things are happening with Merriwa Landcare’s establishment of a community nursery. Whilst we are still working on setting up at our home location, we have already commenced doing the main work of growing native plants for distribution into our local community.

Seeds have been germinated and we are having a community working bee to pot up the seedlings from the germination trays into individual tubes (allowing the baby plants to get growing). So, if you can give an hour or two of time, come along to our ‘potting up sessions’

DATE: Tuesday 9 November 2021
TIMES: Session 1 – 9:30am to 11:30am OR Session 2 – 1:30 to 3:30pm
LOCATION: Merriwa School of Arts, Bow Street, Merriwa

(Morning and afternoon tea will be provided)

(COVID requirements will be met including the 4 square metre spacing rule and double vaccinated volunteers only. All necessary equipment will be provided). Please wear suitable clothing and closed in shoes.

This is an ideal way to get back out in the community after the COVID lockdown, now is your chance to become involved in this exciting grassroots project. Native plant production is labour intensive so many hands make light work.

For more information contact:  Paul Melehan Mob: 0408 499 838 Email:upperhunterlandcare@gmail.com

This project is supported by The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife and is part of the Merriwa Landcare ‘Greenthumbs’ project.

Paul Melehan


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


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


Upper Hunter Shire Council will continue to explore options to update 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 work to get the project into a shovel-ready position.

For more information visit, upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

Notice of Public Exhibition – Planning Proposal PP-2021-5072

Proposed amendment to the Upper Hunter Local Environmental Plan 2013.

The abovementioned planning proposal is to amend the boundaries of the Merriwa Heritage Conservation Area to better reflect the areas of actual heritage significance. The proposed modification will amend the Heritage Map (Sheet HER_005A) of the Upper Hunter Local Environmental Plan 2013.

The proposal will enable Council to manage the heritage conservation area more effectively and improve community confidence in the Local Environmental Plan heritage map whilst still promoting and conserving local heritage.

Land Affected: Land within the boundaries of the existing 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:

Mail: PO Box 208 SCONE NSW 2337 or Email: council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au 

Submissions should be received by close of business, Friday 26 November 2021.

Council has been authorised as the local plan-making authority by the Gateway Determination issued by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment on 28 September 2021.


The official opening of Hunter Warbirds is set to coincide with Warbirds Over Scone on March 26 and 27 2022.

To stay up-to date on the new Hunter Warbirds Aviation Centre, make sure you follow them on Facebook @HunterWarbirds You can get your tickets via https://www.warbirdsoverscone.com.au/#tickets

For more information, visit www.hunterwarbirds.com.au


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
• Playground inspections and maintenance
• Capital works tree planting
• Cassilis Hall Maintenance
• Resheeting – Pembroke Road
• Maintenance Grading – Wollar Road.
• Heavy patching – Golden Highway
• 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:

• Flight Springs Road
• Pages Creek Road
• Roma Road

Hannah White


Congratulations Lachlan

On behalf of all the family I would like to congratulate our son Lochie Walmsley on a fabulous year of rugby league. Loch took the opportunity offered to him by Whitehaven RL and headed over to the UK to further his rugby league career and to chase a dream of playing for Scotland.

He has had a great season for Whitehaven helping them make it to a finals spot, was named Betfred Championship Entertainer of the Year and made his Test debut for Scotland where he converted 5 from 5 goals to help Scotland to a 30 all draw with Jamaica.

We are all immensely proud of Loch and look forward to watching him continue in his quest to further his career, 2022 will see Loch make the move south to play for Halifax RL and hopefully once again play for Scotland in the World Cup at the end of the year.

Thank you to everyone who has followed his journey with keen interest and for the many messages of congratulations and well wishes, he has been overwhelmed and humbled by the attention.

Simon & Jane Walmsley


Merriwa Rotary


Australia’s (and the World’s) richest turf race, the Everest, is over….. With due respect, I can take a guess that not many of us can name the winner.

THE RACE THAT STOPS THE NATION will be with us on November 2.

IT WILL BE THE RACE THAT STOPS MERRIWA, on Monday, Cup Eve when Rotary Merriwa will be holding our club’s traditional MELBOURNE CUP CALCUTTA evening at the Sports Club. It is always an entertaining evening delivered by a spontaneously witty compère

Tickets for the CALCUTTA and SWEEP will be on sale at various locations in Bettington Street, every day until the end of this week, as well as on Cup Eve Monday morning in the street and right up to the start at the Sports Club that night.

As in past years, an excellent meal , provided by Kylie, will be available. Bookings for a meal should be made with Rotarians in advance, as our numbers will be limited by Covid-19 requirements. Anyone wishing to book meals for the evening should contact Rob Goodear or Will Mulligan. 

BE IN IT, so you can (hopefully) WIN IT !

Mark Smith



Merriwa RSL Club

The Friday night Members Lucky Badge 7pm draw for $340.00 was not won the number was 201, this week it jackpots to $360.00. 

The 8.30pm Members Badge draw worth $650.00 was not won the number was 6, this week it jackpots to $700.00.

The 9pm Members Badge draw for $240.00 was not won the number was 315, this week it jackpots to $260.00. LTPS/19/36118

The Sunday Members Badge Draw for $1550.00 was not won last week the number was 401, this week it jackpots to $1600.00 and 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 AGM is to be held on Sunday 21 November 2021 in the Clubs Auditorium at 11.30am.

Wednesday Nights from 6.00pm – $6.00 PINTS. 

Dine & 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 1st prize, $5.00 schooners & 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 & 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 AGM 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.


Due to government regulations, we are unable to permit members or guests onto our premises unless they have proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you are asked by staff or directors to present your Green Tick you will need to present it, do not be offended when you are refused entry if you’re unable to provide this. We hope that you understand that this is not our policy and that we must follow the directive of the NSW Government, therefore we will not tolerate aggressive behaviour if you are not happy about these rules. Thank you for your understanding.


Merriwa Rotary will be holding a dinner and calcutta at the club on November 1. Come along and enjoy the fun night and a delicious meal, contact Rotary to book a seat. We are also selling sweeps and calcutta tickets over the bar for Rotary if you’re interested in purchasing any.


CanAssist will be holding a BIG Christmas Raffle on December 11. Lots of prizes up for grabs, just in time for Christmas!

Brendan Cowell

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