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Week Starting Monday 6th May 2024


Upper Hunter Shire Council 


🚗 Free 6 Week Merriwa Driver access program 🚗
Birrang Enterprise Driver Licence Access Program is coming to Merriwa. This program will bring qualified driving instructors who will develop a lesson plan and structure lessons specifically for each individual. We will ensure that each student is developing the skills required for the learner to become a safe and confident driver.
You may also be applicable to receive 3hrs in your log book for every 1hr driving lesson (conditions apply).
There will be two sign up days available. If you can please pre-register using the link below:
Non-School Students:
📍 Merriwa Library
🗓️ 7 May, 2024
⏰ 9:00am – 1:00pm
🪪 Please Bring 100 Points of ID
School Students:
📍Merriwa Central School
🗓️7 May, 2024
🪪 Please Bring 100 Points of ID
Please pre-register to reserve your place using the google form:
👉 Please take this opportunity to help you gain your L and P plates and become a safer driver on the road.
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🌟 Have Your Say on Our Future! 🌟
Upper Hunter Shire Council invites you to participate in shaping our community’s direction for the next financial year. We’re currently seeking your input on our Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan for 2024 – 2025.
📋 Review the draft documents online or visit us at Council Offices and Libraries. 📚
🗓️ Community Consultation Sessions:
  • Tomorrow, 7 May: Aberdeen Community Hall, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • 9 May: Cassilis Community Hall, 5:00 – 6:30 PM & Merriwa School of Arts, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  • 13 May: Scone Council Chambers, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • 15 May: Murrurundi CWA Hall, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • 20 May: Moonan Flat Community Hall, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Join a session to discuss our plans, ask questions, and provide your feedback. Your insights are crucial!
📄 To view the document, and for details on how to provide feedback, head to:
The consultation period is open until close of business, 31 May 2024.
Let’s work together to build a better future for the Upper Hunter Shire! 🌱
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🛏️ 🛞 The Mattress & Tyre Muster is back for 2024, on Saturday, 25 May! 🛞 🛏️
👉 This is an opportunity for Upper Hunter Shire households to dispose of one mattress and four tyres (up to and including light truck sizes) for no charge. Any additional items will be charged at their standard, advertised rate.
Tyres and mattresses can be dropped off during normal opening hours at: Aberdeen, Cassilis, Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone waste facilities.
📣 Please note this initiative is only for domestic customers that are residents of Upper Hunter Shire. No businesses / commercial customers. Proof of residency will be required to take advantage of this free drop-off event.

Can Assist Merriwa

Special meeting 6pm at Merriwa Sports club 8th May everyone welcome.

Fine tune canteen for May 25th
See you there.
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Merriwa & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.


Our next meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 8th May at the Merriwa CWA.
Eat at 153 is kindly catering for this breakfast meeting. Members and non members welcome. Cost for members is $10, and $15 for non members.
Please RSVP to merriwachamber@gmail.com so we can finalise numbers by Monday 6th.

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We need someone to help sell raffle tickets for a few hours on Fridays, outside the Merriwa Pharmacy.

No tech skills needed, just bring your enthusiasm! We’ll provide you with the paper forms and pens etc, we just ask that you assist will collecting the completed forms and ensuring the correct dollar amount is collected.
Interested? Please leave a comment, send us a DM or get in touch with Carlita on 0458 482 889!
Let’s make a difference together! 🎉
*If you are able to volunteer some time on another day, we would also love to hear from you*

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🌿Save the Date! 🌿
Join us for “The Art of Bonsai Workshop”, hosted by local bonsai enthusiast, Alan Prentice. Sponsored by Kwik Kopy, in partnership with the Merriwa & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Merriwa CWA.
🗓️ Saturday 11th May from 2pm – 4pm
📍 Merriwa CWA Hall
Dive into the world of bonsai with masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions, and more. Reserve your spot now: https://events.humanitix.com/the-art-of-bonsai
Afternoon tea will be kindly provided by the Merriwa CWA. We respectfully request a donation to go towards the catering.
Don’t miss out on this serene and creative experience! Please note that RSVP is essential as places are limited to 20.

Hunter Local Land Services 


We are excited to be working with Peter Crowe of Macelbri Kelpies, Timor to bring to the Upper Hunter for this one-day sheep dog training school in Cassilis.

Designed for the intermediate-expert dog trainer, these dog training schools are designed to boost your dog’s skills in the yard and in the paddock. You will learn tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your dog.

*Two dogs per participant. All dogs must be parvo vaccinated in the last 12 months – proof will need to be provided.

In the interest of sheep welfare, biting dogs are expected to be muzzled. Fence-sitters welcome – all levels!

Limited positions are available and you must live in the Upper Hunter region.

11th May 2024

Register your interest online.

You will be contacted to confirm if you have secured a place. Further information including times and location will be emailed after registration.

We welcome beginners to also register their interest for future dog training school opportunities.

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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
MERRIWA on 29 May and DUNGOG on 30 May.
Register now 👉 https://brnw.ch/21wHzjp


Cassilis Bowling Club & Ma’s Tucker


Looking for something to do with your mother or special friend on Mother’s Day this year?

Come and join us for a Mexican Feast followed by Housie at the Cassilis Bowling Club.

Bookings now open until May 8th, 2024.


Royal Hotel Merriwa 



Merriwa CWA 


The MERRIWA CWA will holding a workshop BUNTING MADE-EASY on Tuesday the 14th May at 10.00am – material supplied, free Morning Tea.

Please phone 0412555417 to register


Merriwa RSL Club

𝑳𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄


Hunter Valley Ranch Sorting

Join Hunter Valley Ranch Sorting for a fun weekend of Ranch Sorting……
⁺˚⋆。°✩ 18 & 19 ✸ May ✸ 𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟺 ✩°。⋆˚⁺
𝐚𝐭 Merriwa.
🖊️ Entries are open & close Thursday May 9th, 2024.
📪 Fill in your entry form here:
🌟 Waivers for 2024 must be signed & returned before the event if you haven’t competed this year.
🌟 Canteen
🌟 Powered camping sites
😂 Fun & laughter always guaranteed
❓If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
📅 HVRS 2024 dates ~ 3 & 4 August ~ 28 & 29 September ~ 2024 Finals: 9 & 10 November
Merriwa Physical Culture invites you to a night out to have fun, dress up and raise some money for a little girl Sadie 4; who  has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. Sadie’s mum Bec is a teacher at Gunnedah Physie and is apart of our New England Zone Physie Family, and we would like to show our support.

The night will begin with dinner and drinks at 6.45pm, so please arrive before this time.

Bingo will commence at 7.30pm and we will be entertained by Beverly Fabulosity, our Local Drag Queen.
Tickets are $35 each. This includes dinner, 1 drink and your bingo tickets for the evening.
The meals will be alternate drop of a hamburger and chips and a chicken schnitzel, chips and salad.
There will be a raffle, lucky door, as well as coin roll and a game or two. Don’t forget your bingo dauber or Texta’s to play along.
Beverly will have some for sale on the night.
RSA CONDITIONS APPLY. Merriwa Sports Club promotes Responsible Service of Alcohol.
To book and pay for your tickets please head to: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/merriwaphysie/events/234753

For group booking please contact Tess Williams 0437944353   


Cassilis Country Music Inc


Come along for a fun night of trivia and games that will have you leaving with a huge smile and maybe a prize or two!
All proceeds will be going directly to sponsoring our, “Kids Corner” entertainment at Cassilis Country Music Inc.
Message us on Facebook or call Cassilis Bowling Club on 6376 1002 to book your team and just pay us when you arrive 😊



Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces

7th, 8th, 9th JUNE

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Get ready for an unforgettable kick-off at the Festival of the Fleeces! 🎉 Join us for Opening Night at the Merriwa RSL on Friday the 7th—it’s the ultimate festival kick-off you can’t miss!
🎟️ FREE tickets available now on Try Booking: https://www.trybooking.com/CQVJV
(Entry without a ticket if numbers permit—so book yours ASAP!)
🤝 Meet our incredible sponsors and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the festival preparations! 💃 Dance the night away and soak up the festive vibes! 🕺
Plus, don’t forget to bring your money for our exciting auction—get ready to snag some incredible bargains! 💰


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Join us at the RSL for the closing of the festival with the Bush Brekky Show on Sunday the 9th, featuring the incredible bush poet Carol Heuchan and the talented bush balladeer Graeme Doubleday with Lyn Jarrett and Reece Blinman.

It’s a free, ticketed event! Don’t have breakfast at home, because you can purchase an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast prepared by chef Ray from the RSL bistro starting from 8am. 🍳🥓 See you there!

Here’s the link for tickets, if you need assistance feel free to reach out!



For more information check out their website and Facebook page

Upper Hunter Shire Council

📢 Upper Hunter Place Brand Identity: Have Your Say! 📢

This is a unique opportunity for the local community to get involved at the early stages of this exciting project, and help shape the future place identity for the Upper Hunter region!
What is a place identity?
🔹 Designed to represent the unique attributes of Upper Hunter
🔹 A unifying voice for the region
🔹 Created with and for the community
🔹 Supports the Shire’s social, economic and tourism goals.
What to expect:
🔹 A collaborative 2 hour in-person workshop
🔹 Facilitated by external brand identity specialists, For The People
🔹 Share your thoughts on what makes our community special
🔹 What are your hopes and concerns for the future?
🔹 Local stories, tips, and anecdotes – we want to get to know Upper Hunter through your eyes as a local!
How to get involved?
🔹 Register your interest for your local community workshop upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/brand
🔹 Taking place in Scone, Merriwa, Murrurundi
🔹 From Monday 6th – Thursday 10th May 2024
Visit our website to register your interest: upperhunter.nsw.gov.au/brand, and we’ll put your name on the registration list.
*Please note, numbers are limited for each session – so you must register your interest in advance. Registration does not guarantee a spot in the session, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Once you’ve registered, a council member will contact you to confirm your attendance.
🤝 This project is proudly funded by the NSW State Government.

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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

  • Flaggs Road – Flood recovery works
  • Scone Road – Slashing
  • Cassilis Intersection Upgrade
  • Culvert Extension – Golden Highway
  • 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
  • Playground inspections
  • Actions requests as required

Water and Sewer

  • Sewer treatment plant operation and maintenance
  • Dutton Street – Water main
  • Water and sewer distribution systems and 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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