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About Muswellbrook Shire

Aboriginal people of Muswellbrook Shire

 

The Traditional Owners of the land covered by the Muswellbrook Shire are the Wanaruah and the Kamilaroi peoples.

 

Aboriginal peoples living in Muswellbrook Shire comprise 4.7% of the total population according to the most recent ABS census data. Muswellbrook Shire Council provides a range of resources that support Reconciliation in the community.

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How to get to Muswellbrook Shire

Muswellbrook Shire - in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW

 

The Shire of Muswellbrook is centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley, and covers an area of 3401.55 km² being located approximately 130km north-west of Newcastle.

 

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Climate of Muswellbrook Shire

 

The climate of Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter is characterised by hot summer days often relieved by evening 'southerly busters' and cool, dry winters. Summer temperatures often reach over 40°c for several days in January and February.  Winter temperatures can result in frequent frosts in the coldest months.

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Population Statistics Muswellbrook Shire

 

For the most up to date population statistic visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

Hospitals and health services for Muswellbrook Shire

 

Here is a list of health care facilities within Muswellbrook Shire

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Towns/suburbs of Muswellbrook Shire

 

This is a list of towns/suburbs within Muswellbrook Shire Council.

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Public transport options for Muswellbrook Shire

 

Here are the details for bus, train and taxi services for Muswellbrook Shire.

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Real estate agents servicing Muswellbrook Shire

Muswellbrook Shire has six real estate agents handling residential, commercial and rural properties.

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Communications media for Muswellbrook Shire

Muswelbrook Shire has access to all forms of media including print, radio, television and the Internet. Unlike many other areas in Australia, we do have local media outlets based here that cover the entire area, these are:

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Some quick stats

Muswellbrook Shire covers 3,402km², of which 1,455km (43%) is national parks. The preliminary 2011 population of Muswellbrook Shire is 16,923 people.

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Muswellbrook Shire industry profile

 

The Shire of Muswellbrook is centrally located in the Upper Hunter Valley, approximately 130km north-west of Newcastle. Lake Liddell delineates the Muswellbrook Shire boundary to the east, Wollemi National Park to the west, Aberdeen to the north and Coricudgy State Forest to the south.

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Agriculture in Muswellbrook Shire

 

The Upper Hunter area is a rich agricultural resource for the state of NSW contributing to milk production and beef production. A thoroughbred region second internationally to only Kentucky in the USAand a wine production region of quality with domestic and international markets.

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Muswellbrook Shire's coal industry

 

Coal mining commenced in Muswellbrook Shire in the late 1800s; initially underground mining and then, beginning in 1944, open cut mining. The oldest mine operating is Muswellbrook Coal, which celebrated its centenary in 2006. Technological advances coupled with a growing demand for coal, particularly for thermal coal, has resulted in an increase in open cut mines being established in Muswellbrook Shire.

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Power and energy industry of Muswellbrook Shire

 

Macquarie Generation is a State Owned Corporation established in 1996. Their core business is the production and wholesale of electricity to the National Electricity Market.

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Transport industry of Muswellbrook Shire

 

The area is well serviced when it comes to travelling to and from the Shire. There is easy movement around Muswellbrook area with train, bus and taxi services.

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Retail industry in Muswellbrook Shire

 

The retail section of the shire has been built upon the success of the Agricultural, Coal and Power Industries. Employing 15.8%* of the workforce, it is second only to the mining industry in number of people employed. The  extension of Muswellbrook Marketplace, was completed in 2002 and now boasts Big W, Woolworth's and 35 specialty shops,  Muswellbrook has the advantage of the shopping centre being in the heart of the existing shopping area.

12th/16th Hunter River Lancers

Hunter River Lancers coat of arms

A brief history of the Hunter River Lancers

A volunteer cavalry regiment of bushmen was raised in June 1897 and was designated the 'Australian Horse'.

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Blue Heeler country

Blue Heeler

 

The Australian Cattle Dog, also called the Blue Heeler, was initially bred at Dartbrook, 12 kilometres north of the town of Muswellbrook.

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Primary schools for Muswellbrook Shire

A list of primary schools within Muswellbrook Shire.

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Child care facilities for Muswellbrook Shire

There are four primary child care facilities for Muswellbrook Shire.

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High schools for Muswellbrook Shire

A list of high schools servicing residents of Muswellbrook Shire.

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Tertiary education for Muswellbrook Shire

A list of tertiary education institutes near Muswellbrook Shire.

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Employment agencies servicing the Hunter

 

Industry training agencies servicing Muswellbrook Shire

These training agencies have been listed because they offer training for a prominant industry within Muswellbrook Shire and are conveniently located within the Upper Hunter region. Some of these listings also offer employment services.

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Each year we ask you to make a nomination for the Australia Day Awards

Nominations for a Muswellbrook Shire Australia Day Award are generally open between September and November each year. During this time you may nominate online or pick up an entry form from the Muswellbrook Shire Council Administration Centre or either Muswellbrook or Denman libraries during business hours..

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