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What's happening across the Upper Hunter on Australia Day, Sunday January 26th?


This year Aberdeen and Scone are holding a combined event where the Scone and Aberdeen Award winners will be announced. Congratulate our Upper Hunter Australia Day Award winners and in the afternoon enjoy free entry at the pools.

The Australia Day Ambassadors will share their stories and help to present the Australia Day awards. The Upper Hunter Shire Australia Day Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen are chosen from the town winners.

Merriwa: RSL, Bettington St
- 10.30am Ambassador’s Address, Australia Day Awards Ceremony
- 12.30 free barbecue lunch
- 2pm – 6pm free entry to Merriwa pool, local entertainment, prizes and sausages sizzle

Murrurundi: Wilson Memorial Oval
- 9am markets
- 10am Grand Parade starts from Rosedale Complex
- 11am Australia Day Awards, for Citizen, Achiever and Community Group of the Year
- 7 a side cricket match for juniors and seniors
- Barbecue provided by the P&C
- Enjoy live music by Chloe and James
- 1pm to 6pm free entry to Murrurundi pool

Scone: Council Chambers, 135 Liverpool Street
- 8.30am Barbecue breakfast
- 9.30am Awards Ceremony including Australian Citizenship, Ambassador’s Address and Australia Day Awards
- Scone RSL Pipes and Drums, Scone Singers.
- Noon to 4pm free entry to Scone pool

Australia Day Ambassadors
Scone and Aberdeen: Taylor Corry has been an Australia Day Ambassador for several years and won two silver medals in swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Merriwa: Gardening guru, radio broadcaster, television presenter (Better Homes and Gardens) and author, Graham Ross, has educated, entertained and inspired Australia’s gardening community and aspiring green thumbs during a career that has spanned over 50 years.


Muswellbrook Shire Council will host three special events to celebrate Australia Day weekend in 2020.

A cocktail party in the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music’s Atherstone Room on Saturday, January 25 at 4.30pm will kick off the weekend’s festivities when the awards for the Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year for 2020 will be announced.

Following this event, at 6pm, the opening night of the exciting Archibald Prize Regional Tour and announcement of the winners of the Junior Archies is on at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. All are welcome.

The following day, Sunday, January 26, Council will hold a citizenship ceremony as well as presentations for Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Services to Sport, Sustainability, Social Inclusion and the North Oak awards, at the Denman Memorial Hall from 9am.

Afterwards, between 1pm and 4pm, the festivities will continue with a free family fun day at the Denman Memorial Hall with barbecue lunch, entertainment and activities for the kids. Both the Muswellbrook and Denman pools will be open with free entry from 1pm to 4pm.

If you would like to attend the cocktail party at the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music please RSVP to Susanne Tobin on 6549 3708 for catering purposes.


The countdown is on to the Australia Day long weekend and everyone is invited to start the celebrations with X-Factor finalists Audio Vixen, who will headline a free concert at the Singleton Civic Centre as part of Twilight on 25 January.

The free indoor concert is a new introduction to the second annual sunset community event, but there’ll still be a host of entertainment options including a mechanical bull, jumping castles, classic car display, face painting as well as food trucks, wine and beer.

Australia Day celebrations

Singleton’s official Australia Day proceedings, including the address by Singleton Australia Day guest John Flannery, the announcement of the Singleton Citizen and Young Achiever of the Year and citizenship ceremony in which 38 people will become Australians, will be held on Australia Day at the Singleton Civic Centre on Sunday 26 January 2019.

Singleton Rotary Club will cook up a barbecue breakfast for a gold coin donation from 8am, followed by the official ceremony at 9am.

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