Murrurundi Recent News
Australia Day Awards 2014
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Upper Hunter Shire Councillor Lee Watts, Murrurundi Special Award for Excellence winner Zina Daniels, Young Citizen of the Year Jake Speck, Young Sportstar Jake Chapple, AMbassador and Olympian Boxer Rick Timperi, Murrurundi Citizen of the Year Brian Hunt and Upper Hunter Shire Deputy Mayor Wayne Bedggood.
Murrurundi Young Sportstar Jake Chapple with Abassador and Olympian Boxer Rick Timperi.
Murrurundi Citizen of the Year Brian Hunt and Young Citizen of the Year Jake Speck.
Opera Murrurndi 2013 a sound success!!
This years Opera Murrurundi was once again a sound success with over 160 people enjoying the two operatic evenings at St Paul's Anglican Church in Murrurundi. Opera Singers from Sydney came to Murrurundi to present a full program of operatic delights which received enthusiastic applause from both evening audiences.
Mandy Archibald, the President of the Murrurundi Arts & District Arts Council said, "Once again we see the enthusiasm and support for Opera in the Upper Hunter. This event held every two years, continues to attract a wide audience who come from all over the district. It is a very special occasion which people love to attend. Both young and old".
Five opera singers from Sydney travelled from Sydney to enjoy the hospitality of the people from Murrurundi. "We simply love to come to the country to experience your beautiful life style and to share all the years of hard work it takes to become an established opera singer. The audiences in Murrurundi are so appreciative and supportive. This is a venue we would not want to miss", said one of the singers.
Opera Murrurundi 2015 will be on once more, with the Friday evening as usual, with the possibility of a Saturday afternoon of opera and an a Saturday evening as well focused around a meal at a local restaurant with operatic interludes.
See images of Opera Murrurundi HERE
King of the Ranges takes out tourism award
The Upper Hunter's annual King of the Ranges festival has taken out a major tourism award.
The Murrurundi event which has just celebrated its 10th year, has been recognised in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community awards, taking out the special event and tourism category.
Event Secretary, Hillary Turner says it is great recognition of the hard work put into the bush festival each year, which is aimed at keeping alive the traditions of stockriding.
"It now takes place over four days," she said.
"It's been based around keeping alive the skills of Australian stockmen and stockwomen.
"So the competition is based around these everyday skills they still use.
"Around the challenge we've built this really family-friendly bush festival, attracting people from Sydney and across the state.
"Last year we had over 5,000 people attend."
The real War Horses and their riders remembered
The greatest horse charge in our history, the Battle of Beersheba was commemorated in Murrurundi on Saturday morning where the public were welcome to attend.
Each year for more than a decade the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop have held the service in memory of the heroic efforts of Australian troops and their steeds on 31 October 1917.
“We do it to recognise and remember what the men and their horses did for us in World War 1,” secretary of the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop, Del Ross, said.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Michael Johnsen who has emceed the event for several years said the Battle of Beersheba was an extraordinary part of Australian history with strong links to families still living in the Upper Hunter.
“They were mostly stockmen, drovers, farmers, graziers, or station hands,” Cr Johnsen said.
“800 horses and riders thundering toward gun fire and trenches and changed the history of the war in the Middle East.”
During the service the Murrurundi 12th Light Horse Troop on horseback lead in by the Scone Pipe Band and children from Blandford and Murrurundi public schools.
This was be followed by original World War 1 equipment, a limba (the vehicle that carried ammunition) and a canon which was captured in France.
A cross was erected for the ceremony and the sports ground became a temporary war memorial. During the service a catapult party which includes former servicemen guarded the cross.
After the service there was a laying of wreaths at the cross.
The public were invited to attend the ceremony which was held at 11am, Saturday October 26 on Wilson Memorial Oval, Murrurundi.
New Meeting called for 30th September - to Save our Fire Brigade!!
Another meeting has been called on Monday 30th September at 7.00pm at the Murrurundi Bowling Club to discuss further the future of the Murruurndi Fire Brigade Service and to provide information for people who may be interested in becoming retained firefighters at the Murrurundi Fire Station.
Murrurundi & district community members are encouraged to attend
Murrurundi Fire Brigade Special Meeting - 9th September 2013
The chair of the Murrurundi Community Leader's Forum, Rodney Swansborough, chaired a special community meeting to discuss the future of the NSW Fire & Rescue Services in Murrurundi.
This request came from the Upper Hunter Shire Council which is concerned about insufficient people from within the community joining up as retained firefighters.
Three Senior Officers from NSW Fire & Rescue Services, including the Deputy Commissioner spoke at the special meeting.
Three Senior Officers from NSW Fire & Rescue Services were at the meeting, as well as Councillor Wayne
Beddgood and The General Manager of the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Darryl Dutton. Rodney
Swansborough, Chairman of the Murrurundi Community Leader's Forum chaired the special meeting.
The Fire Brigade in Murrurundi could cease to operate if the number of retained firefighters from within the community does not increase.
For information on how to become a retained firefighter click HERE.
The meeting was held on Monday 9th September at 5.00pm in the Shire Council Library Rooms in Mayne Street Murrurundi.
The guest speaker was Chief Superintendent Neil Harris Area Commander - Regional West NSW Fire and Rescue.
Well over 30 members of the community attended.
Pages River Warriors receive grant
Wednesday 14th August 2013
Joel Fitzgibbons came to CTC Murrurundi today to congratulate the "Page's River warriors" on being selected to receive a small tools grant from the govenment.
We received $1200 towards buying tools to help us clean up the Page's River, we will be starting from the river bank along side Wilson Memorial Oval.
If you would like to help us we are planning a working bee on September 1st at 10.00am to get this project under way.
If you would like to help us with this worthwile project come and join us along the river bank of 1st September.
Ring Robyn Orman 02 6546 6440 or Heather Ranclaud on 02 6540 1356
'Page's River Warriors'
Upper Hunter on show for Tidy Towns assessors
Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns assessors will be visiting the Upper Hunter next week.
Ms Fran Cormer will be assessing projects in Aberdeen and Merriwa on Monday 5 August, and Mr Bernard Johnston will be assessing projects in Murrurundi, Blandford, Moonan Flat, and Wingen.
Upper Hunter towns have done well in the Tidy Towns competition in the past.
Last year Murrurundi was the winner in the Waste Management and Litter Reduction category for Adopt a Spot and also winner for Overall Town category B population 351 to 1200.
Wingen was Highly Commended in the New Town category in 2012, Merriwa Railway Restoration Project received a Highly Commended in the Cultural Heritage Category and other community projects in Murrurundi and Aberdeen were chosen as finalists.
Murrurundi Landcare Tidy Towns Committee recently received funds from Keep Australia Beautiful and the NSW EPA to help “keep it nice” at the entrance to Murrurundi.
Committee chairperson Mrs Robyn Orman, said the Murrurundi Landcare Tidy Towns Committee was delighted at the grants.
“We will receive $5,100, which means we can install bins and signage at the eastern entrance to town, to encourage travellers and truck drivers on the New England Highway to ‘do the right thing’ in Murrurundi.”
The Murrurundi committee has also earned a Volunteer Equipment Grant to purchase hand tools for work on the Pages River, removing weeds and planting and watering native species as part of the Pages River Nature Walk.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Michael Johnsen, congratulated the Committee.“This Committee already has runs on the board with outstanding results in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities program over the past five years” said Mayor Johnsen.
“Council is pleased to support the efforts of volunteer organisations. These projects are further examples of the community demonstrating pride of place in the Upper Hunter Shire.”
Murrurundi Men's Shed gets $10,000 grant
The Murrurundi Community Men’s Shed came about two years ago and has been operating out of the small shed near the Murrurundi Community Youth Centre near the Rosedale Complex.
The group has some 17 members who have certainly outgrown their current premise. The Men's Shed has just recently received $10,000 in State Government Community Building Partnership funding so that they can build their own fully serviced steel framed colour bond clad shed.
The Upper Hunter Shire Council has said it will waive the normal development fees and assist with site works up to $3000,
The men’s shed have submitted a development application to the council to erect the shed on land adjacent to Wilson Memorial Oval, however do have some other options in mind as well.
Murrurundi Community Men’s Shed secretary Phillip Dunn said with the assistance of Minerals Council of Australia and Community Building Partnership grants they have purchased some really good tools and would like to be able to use them properly.
“We are just so limited for space in the current location, but now all this will change now that we have received this grant.”
Mr Dunn said the group has already completed projects for the Murrurundi Pre-school, youth centre; Settler’s Cottage and the Arts Council and they are currently working on a story book chair for the Murrurundi Public School garden.
Mr Dunn said that men can just come along for a chat at the Men's Shed, and can simply enjoy the compnay of other men.
"We are even happy to pick blokes up from around our community if they have difficulty with transport", Mr Dunn said.
“This grant means we can get on with building our shed and get more men involved in our projects”
Murrurundi & District Arts Council sponsors the website
The vote was unanimous. The Murrurundi Arts Council have recently become a major sponsor of the Murrurundi Community Portal Website. The Arts Council have given a $500 sponsorship to help towwards the ongoing expenses of the website.
Other sponsors include The King of the Ranges Committee and David Bettington Rural Real Estate.
The President of the Arts Council, Mandy Archibald said the website was making a huge contribution to the community by bringing everything associated with Murrurundi into one place.
"Not only are we sharing our community with the world, but also with one another," Mandy Archibald said. "Now the residents of Murrurundi can find out what is happening in their own village. This in itself is a great bonus, and lets us all know just how vibrant our community life really is"
The sponsorship is to be renewed on an annual basis.
Chair of Murrurundi Community Leader's Forum speaks to Shire Council
The Mayor of the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Michael Johnsen invited Rodney Swansborough, to address the Shire Councillors at their regular monthly Council meeting in July.
Mr Swansborough was asked to outline to Council the development of Murrurundi's Community Portal Website which was launched by the Mayor on July 11th.
The Murrurundi website has over 80 pages of information, with many "community editors" taking up the opportunity to look after individual pages within the website. As well, businesses are upgrading their business listings to enhance their presence in the website and across the internet.
Mr Swansborough demonstrated on the Council's "big screen", the features of the website, highlighting particularly the OzDirectory, the self-management administration for community groups and businesses and the smart phone (mobile) App.
The Counillors showed very keen interest in the website and have indicated a real desire to have similar website portals for Scone, Aberdeen and Merriwa-Cassilis.
Mr Swansborough has been invited to address the Economic and Tourism Committee of the Upper Hunter Shire Council, with the aim to progress the role out of the Community Website Portals across the whole Shire.
King of the Ranges becomes a major sponsor of website
The King of the Ranges committee has voted at their July meeting to become a major sponsor og Murrurundi's Community Website. They have donated $500.00 which will go to the ongoing maintenance costs of the website.
Rodney Swansborough, Chairman of the Murrurundi Community Leader's Forum, presented the features of the webiste to the last meeting of the King of the Ranges.
The meeting was very enthusiatic to support the website seeing its benefits for the whole community, and as a way of getting information out to the local community as well as any internet user.
Mr Swansborough in response to this sponsorship from the King of the Ranges said that every member in the community would benefit from this sponsorship.
"The King of the Ranges is a major event in our community and well known across Australia. We are proud to have The King of the Ranges as a aponsor of the website", Mr Swansborough said.