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Large Crowd At Town Meeting

Last Thursday night, over 130 people gathered at the Harden Country Club Auditorium for the first Harden Shire community consultation meeting regarding the “Fit for the Future” reforms. The topic for community consideration was the possibility of a Harden-Cootamundra Shire Council merger. Councillors from the Cootamundra Shire, including Mayor of Cootamundra, Jim Slattery, Cootamundra General… Keep Reading


Jugiong Family Hit The Stage

The Butt family are making a name for themselves on the local theartre scene. Leigh who is playing the lead role of Daddy Warbucks is very proud to be performing with his three daughters Georgie (Boylan sister and other roles), Katie (Duffy an orphan), and Eliza (Annie) in the upcoming performances in the Musical “Annie” with… Keep Reading

Rhoades on Roads

With the looming June 30th ‘Fit for the Future’ proposal submission deadline, questions are being raised about the ability of the reforms to address road funding shortfalls. “The ‘Fit for the Future’ reform package may have been designed to help solve some of the challenges faced by Councils, but unfortunately the issue of road funding… Keep Reading


Jugiong Campdraft

Over 920 entries were received for the 2015 Jugiong Annual Campdraft, with the event taking place last week from the 1st to the 3rd of April. Including the finals, 1,100 runs were made at the event, with over $18,000 in prize money up for grabs. The sport of camp drafting originates from stock mustering. In… Keep Reading

Amalgamation consultation begins

The community consultation process for the ‘Fit for the Future’ reforms has begun in earnest, with the Harden Shire Council holding meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and the Harden Rotary Club on Monday evening. Two amalgamation options are open to the Harden Shire: a Harden-Young-Boorowa ‘Hilltops’ Council; and a union of Harden and Cootamundra.… Keep Reading

Freak storm turns Jugiong Rd white

At around 5:00pm on Anzac Day, a storm cell passed over the Jugiong Road 15km south of Harden, leaving the appearance of a veritable winter wonderland over the landscape. Thick hail blanketed hills and paddocks, and made road conditions treacherous for drivers caught in the storm. A freak hail storm hail storm on Anzac Day… Keep Reading


Amalgamation draws near

Harden Shire Councillors are still in discussions with the Councillors of neighbouring shires, as the June 30 deadline for shire council amalgamation decisions looms closer. Harden Shire Councillors will be holding a meeting with Young Shire Councillors on April 7th, and hold subsequent meetings with Boorowa and Cootamundra Shire Councillors. “We are still exploring our… Keep Reading

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Writer’s festival has stories to tell

The 3-day long Jugiong Writers’ Festival was a rousing success, with writers attending from all over the country. The inaugural festival, which was held on the 6th – 8th of March, attracted high-calibre and amateur wordsmiths alike. The festival was opened by former Deputy Prime Minister, Australian ambassador to the Vatican, and author, Tim Fisher.… Keep Reading

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