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Week Starting 4th March 2024

Merriwa Surgery Closure

Merriwa Surgery will be closed the week of the 4th March 2024 and will reopen on Monday 11th March 2024. 

Sorry for any inconvenience 


 Le Tour de Merriwa


Entries are now open for Le Tour de Merriwa 5éme Edition 🇫🇷 Saturday 9th March and The Giro de Cassilis 2éme Edition 🇮🇹 Sunday 10th March.

This is a not for profit community event with all revenue being returned to community organisations including Merriwa Rescue Squad – VRA Rescue NSW, Merriwa River RFS, Cassilis District Development Group, NSW RFS – Cassilis Brigade, Merriwa CWA and Merriwa Mens Shed.
A set portion of every ticket sold goes towards supporting these vital community groups.
We have deliberately kept entry fees low to encourage participation and to allow as many people to enjoy our beautiful district.
E-Bikes are also welcome at both events!! 


registrations will also be taken on the day

Le tour de Merriwa will be held on gravel roads on Saturday 9th March 2024, starting at 8am.  Choose between a 50km loop, or add on the ride to the end of the road to make an 84km ride.  The ride will start and finish at the back of the Merriwa Tourist Welcoming Centre, where there will be food stalls and coffee post ride.  A bbq, drink, on course food, vehicle support and bib number are all included in the entry fee.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45720644 – Dales Morning tea stop and back 42km round trip (all tar) (you can also turn around before the morning tea stop and head back to town)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45720686 – Hidden Valley turnaround point 74km round trip (all tar) with option for an extra 26km out to the end of the tar on Mountain station road to equal 100km.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45720802 – Mountain Station Gravel loop with Dales morning tea stop 50km (mix of tar and Rough Gravel)
The Giro de Cassilis will be at 9.30am on Sunday 10th March – starting from the community hall, Llangollan Road, Cassilis.  It is an out and back 30km or 48km ride on quiet, gravel roads, finishing with a bbq and drink.  The turn around points are Talbragar River or the intersection with Vinegaroy Road. Vehicle support and bib number are also included in the entry fee, along with the post ride bbq and drink.
Both courses have a mix of sealed and Rough Gravel suitable for Gravel and Mountain Bikes
– Morning Tea Stop at Talbragar River (CWA date loaf, bananas)
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45727385 – Short Course – Talbragar River Return 30km
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/45727441 – Long Course – Vinegaroy Rd Return 48km

To stay up to date, follow Le Tour de Merriwa on Facebook

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In conjunction with Le Tour de Merriwa, the Merriwa RSL Club are holding a market day on Saturday 9th from 11am in the Auditorium area. There will be a variety of items available including handmade items, local products and more! 

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The Merriwa CWA will also be holding a Le Petite DeJeuner (a little breakfast) in support of Le Tour De Merriwa. Come and be transported to France and enjoy the flavour of French food and music at the CWA ROOMS on Saturday 9 March from 9am to 12 noon cost $12.00 per person.

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On Sunday in support of Giro de Cassilis – Erica’s Bread Bar will be open from 7.30am to 11am – 16 Buccleugh St, Cassilis



 Merriwa & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc


Exciting news! We’re gearing up for an epic online raffle, set to go live on March 1st!

 But here’s the thing – we’re on a mission to make this raffle absolutely mind-blowing, and we need your help to make it happen. We’ve already secured some incredible donations, but we would love to secure some more!
If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this electrifying event, please reach out to Megan at megan@rmproperty.net or Carlita at carlita@merriwahardware.com. Every donation counts, and every dollar raised will be dedicated to our shared pathway fund, helping us reach our $60,000 goal.
Let’s make this raffle an unforgettable success together!


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 🎉🎉Exciting news from the Merriwa Shared Pathway Fund! Thanks to a recent generous donation from the Merriwa Rotary Club and the ongoing dedication of the Merriwa Men’s Shed, who have been diligently collecting and recycling cans and bottles, we’ve surpassed the halfway mark, reaching $32,707.39 🎉🎉
We’re grateful to the local businesses that have supported us by placing donation tins on their counters, and to all individuals who have contributed. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference!
To contribute, donations can be made via our GoFundMe page at https://gofund.me/3508bd7d or through direct donations to the Merriwa and District Chamber of Commerce. The account details are as follows:
🏦 Bank: Regional Australia Bank
🔢 BSB: 932 000
💼 Account: 100 498 003
🏢 Account Name: Merriwa and District Chamber of Commerce
Thank you for your support. 💚
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🌟 Save the Date!🌟

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📢 Hey there, awesome members of the Merriwa and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry! 📢

Get ready because our next meetup is happening bright and early on Wednesday, 6th March 2024, starting at 7:30 am sharp. But hey, let’s be punctual and aim to arrive by 7:15 am to kick things off smoothly! ⏰
We’re stoked to announce that we’ll be gathering at the Merriwa CWA hall, where the lovely CWA ladies will be treating us to a scrumptious breakfast. 🥐☕ It’s only fair to show our appreciation with a small fee of $10 per person. Be sure to RSVP to Megan at megan@rmproperty.net by 1st March 2024, so we can make sure there’s plenty of food for everyone.
Got any dietary needs? No worries! Just give us a heads-up, and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of. 🥗
And wait, there’s more! 🌟 We’ve got a special guest speaker lined up: Katrina Kiely from Muswellbrook Shire Council. She’s the Community Connector for The Welcome Experience program, and let’s just say, her journey from city life to regional NSW is nothing short of fascinating! 🏞️
Katrina’s got a knack for storytelling, so get ready to be entertained and inspired by her adventures. 🎙️ From stakeholder engagement to being a tequila ambassador (yep, you read that right!), she’s done it all!
Join us for a morning of great company, learning, and of course, delicious food! 🤝🍽️ Don’t miss out on what promises to be an awesome event!


Merriwa Springtime Show


The Merriwa Show Society had its AGM in early February and was unable to find individuals to fill the following positions
– Treasurer
– Publicity Officer
– Assistant secretary
For the Merriwa Spring Time Show to go ahead in 2024 these positions (especially treasurer) need to be filled. 
If anyone in the community is interested and would like some more information please feel free to contact Tyler Austin (0427823393)
For anyone interested our next meeting is Wednesday 6th of March at the Merriwa RSL 6:30pm



We’re off and bunting, have had some keen contributions already!
The aim 🏹 is to have enough bunting for the whole of Bettington Street for The Festival of the Fleeces!
If you are interested it’s either knitting or crocheting triangles to make Bunting for Bettington St!
Any colour any pattern just make them roughly 14cm and at the widest point 12cm.
Please drop them into Megan at RM Property and Livestock




Merriwa District Progress Association has been successful in seeking the installation of wheel buffers along Bettington Street. We’d like to thank the Council for responding to this need in such a timely fashion.
These wheel buffers are a safety feature aimed at stopping kerbside collisions with obstacles on the footpath (bins, signs, verandah posts, electrical poles). No doubt we are all aware of the expensive damage this incidents can cause to vehicles. It also goes without saying that the cost to repair the infrastructure is borne initially by Council but ultimately by ratepayers. The wheel buffers will also eliminate the likelihood of low-slung vehicles backing onto the kerb and scraping rear bumpers.
The budget for the 50 (approx) wheel buffers comes from a $200,000 grant obtained by Council for the beautification of the Merriwa CBD.
The MDPA has also requested:
· uplighting of trees in Bettington Street
· engraving images into the footpaths in Bettington Street and
· illuminating the pedestrian crossing over Vennacher Street (between the Royal Hotel and the Regional Australia Bank).
We expect to see some of these initiatives starting soon.
If you have ideas for the ongoing social, economic, environmental, cultural or educational development of Merriwa, if you’d like to join the MDPA, we’d love to hear from you (merriwaprogress@gmail.com or go to www.mdpa.org.au).

Merriwa Tennis Club


Please get your teams to me asap – Start date is 18th of March. I also have some people I can assist to place in your team 🎾 To register, please get in touch with the Merriwa Tennis Club via facebook by clicking HERE


Cassilis Public School


Notice of Annual General Meeting
Under the CPS P&C Association Constitution, an Annual General Meeting (AGM) must be held once in every calendar year.
The AGM will be held at 2:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 18th March at Cassilis Public School. The AGM is advertised to the whole school community and all P&C Association members at least 14 days prior to the meeting.
In short, the AGM comprises a set of Business Items:
• Previous AGM Minutes
• President’s Annual Report
• Treasurer’s Annual Report
• Audited Statement of Income & Expenditure (certified)
• Appointment of Auditor for the relevant year
This is then followed by the election of the Office Bearers and other positions of the P&C. All P&C Office Bearer positions become vacant at the AGM and can be filled by nomination.
The positions to be made vacant are as follows:
o The President
o The Vice-President(s)
o The Treasurer
o Secretary
All nominations for vacant positions must be Members of the CPS P&C Association.

Upper Hunter Shire Council 


Join us to Celebrate International Women’s Day! 🎉  🏉✨ An Evening with Demi Hayes 🏉✨
🗓️ When: Friday 8 March 2024
📍 Where: Merriwa RSL Auditorium
⏰ Time: 6pm – 8pm
💰 Cost: $5 per Person
Celebrate the strength and achievements of women with Australian Women’s 7’s Captain and Olympian, Demi Hayes! 🌟 A true inspiration and a country girl at her core, Demi’s journey from her family’s cattle property to the Olympic fields is a story of dedication and passion. Don’t miss this empowering evening!
Secure your spot now: BOOK HERE

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📣🎉 Upper Hunter Shire Seniors Festival 🎉📣

Join us for a fortnight of fun, friendship, and festivities during the Upper Hunter Shire Seniors Festival! Whether reuniting with old friends or meeting new ones, this festival is your opportunity to laugh, share, and try something new.
Check out what’s happening…
🧘‍♂️ Chair Yoga:
Murrurundi Visitor Information Centre: 11 March, 10am
Scone Library: 18 March, 10am
Merriwa Library: 18 March, 2pm
🚶‍♀️ Heart Foundation Walking Group:
Merriwa Showground: 12 March, 9:30am
Bill Rose Sports Complex, Scone: 16 March, 9:30am
🙏 Tai Chi:
Scone Youth Centre: 21 March, 10:30am
🏓 Pickleball:
Scone Netball Courts: 22 March, 10am
📚 Free Seniors Rights ‘One-Stop-Shop’ Info Days: Get valuable information on aged care advocacy, services, and access during our informative Seniors Rights days.
Murrurundi Library: 15 March, 11am
Aberdeen Library: 22 March, 1:30pm
Merriwa Library: 22 March, 10am
Scone Library: 26 March, 10am
Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities to stay active, informed, and connected. Booking is essential, so call us on 02 6540 1100 to reserve your spot.
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Laugh Mob’s “Life Drawing with a Comedian” in Upper Hunter 🎨
Arts Upper Hunter is excited to bring you a unique blend of art and comedy with “Life Drawing with a Comedian” featuring Sean Michaels. It’s a hilarious, interactive show for all skill levels, promising a night of laughter and creativity.
Event Details:
🗓️ Tuesday 26 March, 2024
⏰ 1pm, at Merriwa CWA.
📣 Ages 15 and up, with no nude content.
Adults: $25 (plus booking fee)
Concessions: $18 (plus booking fee)
Bookings: Merriwa tickets available at: https://www.123tix.com.au/…/laugh-mob-life-drawing-with…
Brought to you by Arts Upper Hunter and supported by Upper Hunter Shire Council. For more, contact rado@artsupperhunter.com.au or call John O’Brien on 0409 38 509. Don’t miss out on this mix of art, comedy, and community!



The club bistro is now closed and is set to reopen as 𝘾𝙝𝙚𝙛 𝙍𝙖𝙮 𝘽𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙤 from Monday 11th March
Our menu will expand to include Australian meals in 2 weeks after Ray and his team have settled in.
The menu can be found by clicking here
𝑶𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑯𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔 ⏱️
Open 7 days a week! Monday – Sunday!
The club will now be opened late on Sundays 🥂
Lunch 12-2PM
Dinner 5-9PM
Please note lunch specials will only be Monday-Friday.
During our shut down period, between the 4-10th March we will be allowing patrons to bring take away food into the club for consumption.
Pizzas will still be available from the bar 🍕

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MARKET DAY – Saturday 9th March

The Merriwa RSL Club Market Day IS BACK! 👏🏼 Clothes, handmade items, plus so much more! 🎉
📞 Call Patsy on 0448 472 777 to book a table. $10 per table.

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𝑼𝒑𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑳𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄! 🎵🎤
Saturday 16th March • 7:30-10:30PM
Lock in the date and enjoy a night out with some live music from Louis Burt 🎸





Merriwa Junior Rugby League

🤍🖤 MJRLFC Season Launch🖤🤍

Tuesday 19th March – 4pm @ Merriwa No.1 Oval
Followed by a BBQ for the kids at The Sporties from 5:30pm.
Games, Giveaways, BBQ and Fun 🙌

Training every Tuesday and Thursday from 19th March.
Season begins for GLT Friday 4th May and Juniors Saturday 5th May.
Bring on a fantastic season Magpies.

Don’t forget to register.

For more information – visit their Facebook page 






Hunter Local Land Services 


If you are in the Upper Hunter and want to learn more about tree identification and Cultural Knowledge, then we have one of your upcoming Saturday’s sorted!
Together with Hunter Region Landcare Network we are pleased to invite your to one (or more!) these insightful workshops targeted to Upper Hunter landholders.
🌳 Plant & tree ID
🌱 Vegetation & ecosystem types
🍠 Bush Tucker
🤝 Cultural Knowledge sharing
🥪 Bush Tucker lunch
📍 Scone area – 16 March
📍 Merriwa area – 23 March
📍 Singleton/Broke area – 20 April
For more information and how to register visit our events page 👉 https://brnw.ch/21wHijf
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What’s in your pasture and what does it tell you about your soils and landscape?
Join expert presenters Carol and Harry Rose for an in-paddock Pasture Management Day, where we will be discussing:
❎ Preventing weeds using Integrated Pest Management
💪 Mechanical, Cultural, biological, chemical control options
🍀 Ground cover
⚠️ Biosecurity
➕ Much more
Kicking off in GLOUCESTER on 15 March and heading to LAKE MACQUARIE on 9 April, MERRIWA on 29 May and DUNGOG on 30 May.

Royal Hotel Cassilis


Gather your friends for a night of brain-bending fun at our trivia extravaganza, once again hosted by Neece Carrigan. Put your knowledge to the test with a wide range of questions spanning pop culture, history, science, and more.

Prizes, bragging rights, and plenty of laughs await as teams compete to be crowned trivia champions!

Saturday 30th March 2024


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Hop on over for an egg-citing Easter egg hunt! Join us for a morning of fun and adventure as we search high and low for hidden treasures. Bring your baskets and your best hunting skills for a chance to find special prizes and treats. Don’t miss out on the egg-stravaganza!
Sunday 31st March 2024







Merriwa Races 


Sunday 27th April 2024 – Gates open 11am. Local Races commence 1pm. 

For more information visit their website: https://www.merriwaraceclub.com.au/

And our event pages: https://merriwa.nsw.au/events/


Merriwa Sports Club 


🐎🐎 Rock the night away after the races. Carrot Bowen & The Collective live from 7:30pm🐎🐎


Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

Festival of the Fleeces 2024 is on its way!
Check out our website for more information and regular updates to this year’s festivities.
Can’t wait to see you all there.


 Cassilis Rodeo 


Click to go to Facebook Page

Upper Hunter Shire Council


🌱Join Our Drought Resilience Plan Consultation! 🌱

Upper Hunter Shire, Singleton Council and Muswellbrook Shire Council are developing a drought resilience plan, thanks to funding from the Australian Government and the NSW Government under the Future Drought Fund. This strategy aims to enhance our region’s ability to withstand future droughts, focusing on historical impacts, mitigation, adaptation, and community-led actions.
Mayor Maurice Collison says, “This is about our commitment to thriving in the face of climatic challenges, with our community’s needs at the forefront.”
🗣️ We Need Your Input! Your insights and experiences are crucial. Share your thoughts to help shape a sustainable future for the Upper Hunter.
👉 For details and to contribute, visit: https://survey.zohopublic.com.au/zs/2iBOdv
The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2024. 

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🚧 Street Sweeping Schedule Alert: February – March 2024 🍃
Upper Hunter Shire Council is gearing up for our Street Sweeping Program in the following areas:
📍 Scone: 26 February – 29 March
📍 Aberdeen: 28 February – 27 March
📍 Murrurundi, Merriwa, and Cassilis: 4 March – 29 March
🚗 Residents, please make sure that all vehicles, trailers, caravans, and other items are removed from gutters and kerbsides. This helps us in efficiently cleaning our streets.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our streets clean and safe! 🌿

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On display until 15 March 2024, 04:30 PM

A draft planning agreement between Upper Hunter Shire Council and Goulburn River Fund Pty Ltd as trustee for the Goulburn River Trust has been prepared in respect of the Goulburn River Solar Farm Project.     

The draft agreement including an explanatory note can be viewed at Upper Hunter Shire Council’s Offices at 135 Liverpool Street, Scone, 42 Vennacher Street, Merriwa and 47 Mayne Street, Murrurundi during normal business hours. The draft agreement can also be viewed on Council’s website at: www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au.

Exhibition Period: from 15 February 2024 to 15 March 2024

Written submissions are invited from members of the public and should be addressed to:

The General Manager
Upper Hunter Shire Council
PO Box 208
SCONE  NSW  2337

Email:  council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au

Phone: (02) 6540 1100 for further information.

Submissions must be received by close of business Wednesday 13 March 2024.

Related Information: 

Explanatory Note

Voluntary Planning Agreement

Direct link to Council webpage

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Each week Upper Hunter Shire Council prepares a report detailing the work that our infrastructure crews plan to deliver in the coming week. 

Scheduled work is merely an indication of what we intend to undertake and is not a guarantee of work being carried out. As factors such as weather, resource availability and unexpected needs can impact Councils priorities for the coming week. 


Works Delivery

  • Cooba Bulga Road – Maintenance grading
  • Golden Highway – Reactive heavy patching
  • Cullingral Road – Slashing
  • Idaville Road – Bridge abutments
  • King George V Avenue – Footpath construction
  • Bettington Street – Tire stop installments
  • Rest area maintenance
  • Road inspections as required
  • Action requests as required

Parks and Facilities

  • Amenities maintenance
  • Cemetery maintenance
  • Parks, sports fields, rest areas, entrances/approaches, Showground Passive areas and reserves mowing and maintenance
  • Weed control
  • Playground inspections
  • Actions requests as required

Water and Sewer

  • Sewer treatment plant operation and maintenance
  • Water treatment operation and maintenance
  • Actions requests as required


Have you seen something that needs attention?

Please use the Customer Request Management Form available online by clicking here to lodge an action with UHSC.

Alternatively, you can download and use the Snap, Send, Solve app from the App store. This app allows you to submit requests with various authorities or Local Council with ease. Learn more about the Snap, Send, Solve app here


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