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Week Starting 22/10/2021

Merriwa Rotary

This is a long running and successful annual event which ROTARY MERRIWA has been running for decades.

Last year’s Cup Eve event was run on a much reduced scale, so as to meet Covid 19 restrictions. This year, as the restrictions greatly ease, planning is underway for the 2021 event, the draws and Calcutta auction, which will take place at the Merriwa Sports Club on Cup Eve, Monday November 1st, where dinner will be available.

Come along and be part of the excitement!

Last weekend, the first selling of the tickets ….to a very receptive community …took place, at a stall in front of the Welcoming Centre. Compliance with Covid regulations was observed.

Rotarians will be back selling tickets at the site on days leading up to the RACE THAT STOPS THE NATION. Look for the Rotary wheel and posters at the site to tell you that the chance to participate and become a sharer in the Cup fever and possibly a big winner, is there for you.

All funds raised will, as usual, go to support Rotary projects, predominantly in the Merriwa/Cassilis region.


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 Junior Rugby League Football Club


Date: Sunday October 10, 2021
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Merriwa RSL Club – Auditorium

Please note that all rules pertaining to public health orders for a licenced venue apply, ie. mask wearing, social distancing, QR check in.

All positions will be declared vacant!

Even if you are unable to commit to a role for the 2022 season, but you might still like to contribute in some capacity, please consider attending. It would be fantastic to see some fresh faces! We hope to see you there!

If you’re unable to attend, but would like to take on a role, or know of someone who does, we will be accepting nominations via FB messenger or email, merriwamagpiesjrl@gmail.com

Please do NOT attend if you are unwell, are under stay at home orders due to visiting an LGA of concern, or you are a close/casual contact of a positive COVID case.

More information to follow regarding presentation of 2021 trophies/jerseys.

Julie Wilton


Cassilis District Developent Group

Annual General Meeting

Cassilis District Development Group Inc Annual General Meeting to be held Saturday November 27, 2021 at Cassilis War Memorial Park Bar-b-que Facility, starting at 4.00pm with a sausage sizzle afterwards.

Everyone welcome.

RSVP Sarah Witton Secretary 0408 322 470 cassilisdistrictdevelopment@gmail.com.

Jane Hegarty


Merriwa District Progress Association


Notice is hereby given that the Merriwa District Progress Association Inc. will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 6.0pm on Wednesday November 17, 2021 at the Merriwa RSL Club.

For further information, email merriwaprogress@gmail.com

Stephen Gowlland


Merriwa Swimming Club


Date: Thursday October 28, 2021
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Merriwa RSL Club – Fletcher Room

All positions will be declared vacant!

Everyone is welcome to attend and nominations will be accepted on the evening.

Covid rules must be followed when attending and signing in prior to entry is necessary.

Donna Thorley


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.


Wellbeing Superspreaders

Just in case anyone needs any more reasons to join our Merriwa Wellbeing Superspreaders participate in Mental Health First Aid training next month, here’s a few words from Merriwa farmer and former school teacher Heidi Inder who did the course a couple of years ago:

“Mental illness touches everyone’s lives, whether it’s through family or friends, and the more understanding, education and tools we have to identify it and manage it and support other people it’s just go to be a good thing. In the past there’s been a big stigma with mental health issues but education strips it away.

“During the Mental Health First Aid course we learnt strategies to look after ourselves as well as how to support people around you who may have some mental health issue. It just makes you more aware of what the subtle things might be – they mightn’t be saying it directly but it helps you identify other things that might be a sign of a mental health issue.

“We also learnt about strategies to manage our own stress levels because if you’re not well, you can’t help anyone else. You’ve really got to look after yourself, and for a lot of us as mothers we don’t tend to do that and we put ourselves last.”

Importantly, Heidi says the course made her much more aware of the services available.

“For people in rural areas like ours support is so much more accessible for now than what it was 10- 20 years ago. There are so many online services and telehealth and apps that I wasn’t aware of before doing the course.”

Details for the training are outlined below:

When: 9.00am-3.00pm Saturday 13 and Sunday November 14
Where: Merriwa (tbc)
Cost: Free (normally $500.00) To register please email admin@uhwheretheresawill.com.au or call 0409 417 202.

Polly Yuille


Upper Hunter Shire Council


Upper Hunter Shire Council is welcoming a NSW Health decision to add an additional three sewage surveillance points for COVID-19.

Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi will be tested from Monday, October 18 with samples collected weekly and sent to NSW Health for analysis.

The results of the sewage testing will be released on NSW Health’s website and council will inform the community in instances of any positive traces of COVID-19.

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


Upper Hunter Shire Council is seeking feedback on whether the council should continue to support a half-day public holiday for the Scone Cup.

The council will be undertaking broad consultation regarding the impact of the halfday public holiday on the community, business activity, employment, tourism and the local economy.

To have your say on the half-day public holiday, complete the survey via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3VN6635 

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

Community submissions made be made by Tuesday, November 16 at 4.00pm.


Did you know that the average NSW resident runs their taps 1 hour 44 minutes per day 52 minutes more than the Australian average per person?

Water night is a challenge for all students and residents across NSW to not touch their taps from 12pm to 12am on Thursday, October 21 during national water week.

The challenge is designed to get average Aussies to consider how often they reach for the tap and think about their water consumption choices.

For more information and to sign up, visit smartwatermark.org


Upper Hunter Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the Draft Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan. The draft strategy and action plan is now available for comment and all residents are urged to have their say.

Let us know what you think by emailing council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au or submitting a written comment via council’s website.

Submissions will close at 4pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.


If you live in Merriwa or Cassilis and have an existing kerbside waste collection then place your bulky waste on the kerb over the weekend of October 23 and 24, 2021.

Stack your waste neatly and securely on the edge of the kerb. DO NOT BLOCK the footpath or roadway.

Stack your waste into two tidy piles and keep your total waste under the capacity of one standard box trailer load (2m3).

• Pile 1 – Garden organics:
Hedge or shrub prunings, twigs and leaves. Small branches up to 150mm diameter.

• Pile 2 – Bulky Household Waste:
Larger items such as unrepairable furniture, old floor coverings, broken glass (wrapped in newspaper).

For more information visit council’s website or collect an information brochure from your nearest council office.


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
• Bunnan Bridge to Kars Springs construction works
• Bettington Street footpath                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Resheeting – Pembroke Road
• Maintenance Grading – Wollar Road.
• Heavy patching – Mountain Station Road, Idaville Road
• Initial seal preparation – Bow, McCartney Road
• Regional Road shoulder grading for reseals.
• Action requests as required.

The following roads are to be inspected next for the grading/maintenance program:
• Scone Road
• MR358 Road

Hannah White


Merriwa RSL Club

The Friday night Members Lucky Badge 7.00pm draw for $320.00 was not won the number was 401, This week it jackpots to $340.00. 

The 8.30pm Members Badge draw worth $600.00 was not won the number was 54, this week it jackpots to $650.00.

The 9.00pm Members Badge draw for $220.00 was won the number was 103, this week it commencing at $240.00. LTPS/19/36118

The Sunday Members Badge Draw for $1500.00 was not won last week the number was 270, this week it jackpots to $1550.00 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.

DOUBLE THE RAFFLE PRIZES FRIDAY October 22 and Sunday October 24.

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 October 31, 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 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 $1000.00 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.

Brendan Cowell

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