FINALISTS ONCE AGAIN!!

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Oh! …and congratulations to us and our members in being nominated! Finalists at the Hunter Business Awards for the 3rd year running. ….with thanks to Hunter Business Chamber and of course to the hard -working committee and executive.

Scone Chamber heads to NSW Business Awards

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Representatives from the Scone Chamber of Commerce are heading to Sydney this evening  for the NSW Business Awards at Luna Park. Scone Chamber won the Best Local Chamber at the Hunter Business awards in August, edging out Singleton, Dungog and … Read More

Horsanity wins Excellence in Innovation Award

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Chamber Member business Horsanity won the Excellence in Innovation Award last Friday at the Tamworth Business Chamber Quality Business Awards. The Chamber would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pammie Seccombe and her team for this wonderful achievement.

Beat The Winter Blues

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Spend $20 or more in any of these participating stores throughout August for your chance to win a $50 or $100 voucher each week! Congratulations to the Winners of the Beat The Winter Blues Promotion! Week 1 Winners $100 Voucher … Read More

RMS Releases Scone Bypass / Rail Bridge Update

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Following the opportunity for the community to provide feedback and submissions on the proposed plans released by the RMS in December 2015, the RMS has now released the following documents:   Project Update for New England Highway Bypass of Scone … Read More

Destination Scone ~ Workshop 1

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Destination Scone ~ Workshop 1: Value, Position and Pitch: Marketing Strategy for Success Wednesday 3 August 2016 5.30pm – 8pm Scone Motor Inn, 53 New England Highway, Scone $30* (Scone Chamber Members) ~ $45 (Non-Members) By failing to prepare, you … Read More

Small business initiative helps keep community strong

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A new ‘shop local’ campaign has launched in Scone, offering free advertising to local businesses in a bid to connect shoppers with small, independently owned traders. Buy Locally Scone is a website dedicated to strengthening the local economy, keeping the … Read More

2016 Federal Election ~ Seat of New England

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The 2016 Federal Election will take place on Saturday 2 July 2016. Click here for election day polling places, pre-poll voting information, postal vote information and more! House of Representatives Not sure who to vote for in the House of … Read More

‘Get Ready’ Community Resilience Forums

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Interactive ‘Get Ready’ Community Resilience Forums will be held at the Central Coast, Lower Hunter & Upper Hunter in June 2016. Who are they for? Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) Small Businesses Primary Producers What will they do? Help you prepare for … Read More

Scone Town Meeting with Tony Windsor

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“Was I prepared to sit back and allow life to go backwards in the electorate of New England, in regional Australia and in the nation generally without attempting to do something about it? The answer is no. I am not … Read More

BHP Billiton Local Buying Program – NOW OPEN

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Eligible small businesses in the Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton local government areas are encouraged to register with the Local Buying Program (LBP) to take advantage of opportunities to supply goods and services to BHP Billiton – Mt Arthur Coal. … Read More

Scone’s CBD Revitalisation plans

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Scone’s CBD Revitalisation Plans are now available from Upper Hunter Shire Council. They illustrate the potential beauty of a Bypassed Scone, without heavy truck movements through the heart of the town. What could more greenery, seating, shade and public art … Read More

Taking the Scone bypass / overpass issue federal

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Upper Hunter Shire Council and the Scone Chamber of Commerce and Industry are continuing to lobby for changes to the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) current design for the Scone bypass and overpass. Mayor Wayne Bedggood, General Manager Waid Crockett … Read More

BHP Billiton Local Buying Program

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The Local Buying Program is a targeted program providing opportunities for small businesses, with less than 25 full-time employees, to competitively supply goods and services to BHP Billiton – Mt Arthur Coal. The Program targets businesses registered or operating with … Read More

Hunter Coal Festival 2016 EOI: Street Parade

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Singleton Business Chamber is delighted to be coordinating a parade on Saturday, April 2nd, to mark the start of the Hunter Coal Festival. The occasion will also pay tribute to the Hunter’s own Toby Price who was launched into international … Read More

What Council wants from Scone bypass design

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Upper Hunter Shire Council’s submission to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) says the proposed Scone bypass and overpass plans do not meet the proposal objectives. An extraordinary Council meeting yesterday (29 February) unanimously supported Council’s 11 page submission and resolved … Read More

BHP Billiton To Boost Local Buying Opportunities

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BHP Billiton will introduce the successful ‘Local Buying Program’ to New South Wales, giving hundreds of local small to medium business owners the opportunity to bid for work with its Mt Arthur Coal mine. The Local Buying Program has been … Read More

Safety training for users of Scone Saleyards

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Regular users of the Scone Regional Livestock Selling Centre and Truck Wash facility will need to undertake site inductions over coming months to improve safety practices for people and animals at the saleyards. Upper Hunter Shire Mayor Wayne Bedggood said … Read More

Social Media Training for Tourism Operators

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Upper Hunter Country Tourism, in collaboration with Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire Councils are excited to announce that in March we will be running two social media workshops at Upper Hunter Shire Council Chamber’s training room on the 15th … Read More

Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) in the Upper Hunter Shire at events in Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone. For more than a century IWD has been a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. In countries such … Read More

Show support to keep sheep in red socks

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Calling for new sponsors and volunteers for the 2016 Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces will celebrate its twenty-sixth year in June and is seeking support to keep the red socks running. The Festival, which … Read More

Upper Hunter Country Tourism Guide

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A new visitor guide promoting the many attractions of the region has been produced by Upper Hunter Country Tourism (UHCT). The glossy 66 page publication includes photos by some of the area’s top photographers and information on festivals and events, … Read More

Awards recognise contribution of TAFE Alumni

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Vocational education and training plays an important role in the Hunter economy, providing the skills local organisations need to successfully compete and Hunter TAFE’s annual Alumni Awards seek to recognise graduates leading the way. Applications are now open for the … Read More

Scone Bypass – Take Action Now

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We have 16 days to be heard! Submissions close on February 19 The Scone Chamber of Commerce strongly objects to the current design of the RMS proposal for the Scone By-Pass. The new plans as presented do not meet ANY … Read More

Thinking business beyond the bypass

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Many Scone business people are concerned about the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) current design for the bypass and overpass. Forty people attended a meeting about the bypass plans last night, organised by Upper Hunter Shire Council and the Scone … Read More

Save the Date: Wednesday 24th Feb

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Scone Chamber are pleased to announce that we are revitalising the Women’s Network for 2016!  Our first event is planned for February 24th:  Fridge to Frypan starting at at 6.30 for a 7pm dinner. Watch this space for more information … Read More

scone.com.au launched

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Your Story. Your News. That is the mantra of the news and information based website launched this week by local Elizabeth Flaherty. The aim of the website is to deliver timely and relevant local news and information. The website is … Read More

RMS community drop-in information sessions

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Upper Hunter Shire Council is urging residents to study carefully Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) latest plans for the $90 million Scone Bypass. RMS community drop-in information sessions on the proposal will be held at Scone Motor Inn on: Thursday … Read More

RMS Scone Bypass plans not good enough

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Upper Hunter Shire Council has urged residents to study carefully Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) latest plans for the $90 million Scone Bypass. Mayor Wayne Bedggood said Council is disappointed the recently released plans for the Scone Bypass on the … Read More

Chamber celebrates a successful year

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Thanks to everyone who attended our Christmas Drinks function. A special thanks to the Willow Tree Hotel for providing a great venue and nibblies. Ben Wyndham, Chamber President, acknowledged the contribution of both the outgoing and current board members and … Read More

Business Community farewells Anne

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Members of the Chamber and the local business community gathered at the Willow Tree Hotel on Wednesday night to farewell Anne Quinell, of the Serendipity Collection. Anne has been a strong contributor to the business community over the years. The … Read More

Light up your business for Christmas

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The big man in red is not too far away, and the Upper Hunter Shire Council is encouraging businesses across the Shire to get into the spirit by decorating their shopfronts! All businesses and retailers in the town centres of … Read More

2015 Scone Chamber AGM

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The 2015 Scone Chamber AGM was held at the Scone Sporties Club on Tuesday the 27th October at 6pm. Thanks to all those who attended. We are pleased to announce the new Board as follows: President: Ben Wyndham, Airspeed Aviation … Read More

2015 Presidents Report

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It has been a rewarding year for the chamber in that we have re-established the newsletter process to keep members better informed and also conducted a number of Breakfast and networking meetings that have been informative and some educational. The … Read More

Tell us your ideas for your Town Centre!

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The Upper Hunter Shire Council is calling on you to tell us your ideas for revitalising your Town Centre. Each major town in the Upper Hunter Shire is getting a Town Centre Revitalisation masterplan and Council needs your help to … Read More

Small Business Grant Seminars

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The Office of State Revenue is holding a number of free seminars throughout New South Wales over the next 2 weeks, starting on 17 August 2015, promoting the NSW Government’s $2,000 Small Business Grant. The Grant provides up to $2,000 … Read More

Amendments to Footpath Trading Policy

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Upper Hunter Shire Council has prepared an amended Footpath Trading Policy to provide greater flexibility for local businesses undertaking activities on Council footpaths and to encourage greater activation of public spaces. In addition, Council is proposing to amend its 2015/16 … Read More

Beat the Winter Blues Promotion popular with shoppers

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Scone Chamber’s “Beat the Winter Blues” Promotion held over the month of July proved popular with participating retailers and shoppers alike. Each week in July two lucky winners received either a $100 or $50 Voucher redeemable at participating stores. The … Read More

Plan your ‘dream build’ online

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Anyone considering building or renovating will welcome the new online planning tools available 24/7 on the Upper Hunter Shire Council website. The tools developed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (NSW DPE) mean faster, easier planning approvals for … Read More

NBN Survey

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The combined Chambers’ of Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton and Denman have joined together to compile this comprehensive survey to gain an understanding of our Region’s internet requirements into the future. This survey will be used to investigate additional resources that may … Read More

Business Courses now enrolling at Hunter TAFE

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Hunter TAFE are now taking enrolments for a range of business courses being offered at Muswellbrook Campus this semester. Courses Include: Certificate II in Business This qualification reflects the role of individuals in a variety of junior administrative positions who … Read More

Clear the air at outdoor eateries

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The air is fresher for ‘al fresco’ dining with new outdoor smoking bans having come into effect across New South Wales from 6 July 2015. Licensed premises, restaurants and cafes need to comply with changes to the Smoke-free Environment Act … Read More

Workshops – Funding Avenues for Small Business

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What funding options are out there for small business? In partnership with the Scone Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this workshop has been designed to help small businesses identify some of the options available to them around funding. There are … Read More

Sponsor youth to sail the seas

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Sponsorship and nominations are being sought for the next Upper Hunter Shire Council Young Endeavour Scheme. Businesses and community groups are urged to contribute toward the $30,000 cost of berths for six lucky young people from the Upper Hunter to … Read More

Beat the Winter Blues Promotion

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Spend $30 or more in each of the participating stores throughout July for your chance to win 1 x $100 or 1 x $50 vouchers. Two winners will be drawn every week. Redeemable at participating stores.   Participating Stores are: … Read More

Annual Wage Review Decision 2015

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Earlier this week the Fair Work Commission handed down its annual wage review decision for 2015. The decision applies to all employees covered by modern awards, enterprise awards or transitional APCSs, as well as award free employees. Members should click … Read More

Membership Card Launched

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Scone Chamber used the breakfast meeting to launch our Membership Card, which entitles holders to a variety of discounts available exclusively to members of the Scone Chamber. The Membership Card includes many Business to Business special offers such as discounts … Read More

NBN Update & Survey

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On Tuesday 21st April the Regional Chambers of Denman, Scone, Singleton and Muswellbrook met with NBN Fixed Wireless Community Relations Advisor, Tony Gibbs at the Muswellbrook Workers Club. All who were present during the evening had three main concerns to be addressed: When … Read More