Have your say on the holidays in 2016 and 2017
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Have your say on the holidays in 2016 and 2017

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The existing half day public holiday for the Scone Cup is possible only with the support of the Upper Hunter community.

It’s time again to put your views by completing a short online survey for the Upper Hunter Shire Council.

In previous surveys most respondents supported the Scone Cup holiday arrangements.

The half day public holiday has applied to Aberdeen, Blandford, Bunnan, Ellerston, Gundy, Moonan Brook, Murrurundi, Parkville, Scone, Rouchel, Timor and Wingen. In the past it has not applied to the Merriwa and Cassilis districts but that could change if there is community support.

Council is required to again seek your views and then make a request to the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations who determines arrangements for local public holidays.

Individuals, businesses and organisations are encouraged to have their say by completing a survey on the Council’s website www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au under ‘Hot Topics’.

The survey asks:

  • Should parts of the Upper Hunter Shire continue to have a half day public holiday (from noon) for the Scone Cup in 2016 and in 2017 or should that change?
  • Should Merriwa and Cassilis districts be included in Scone Cup public holidays in 2016 and 2017?
  • Alternately should Merriwa and Cassilis districts have a special day prior to the 2016 and 2017 Merriwa Springtime Show instead?

Residents, businesses and organisations are also encouraged to put their views by emailing council@upperhunter.nsw.gov.au or writing to the General Manager, Upper Hunter Shire Council, at PO Box 208, Scone 2337.

Council will also contact stakeholders such as schools, chambers of commerce and banks for their views.

Feedback must be received by Friday 29 January 2016.

Wayne Bedggood