Media

Media enquiries:

All enquiries from the media should be directed to Maitland City Council's media department in the first instance via phone (02) 4931 2818 or email media@maitland.nsw.gov.au .

For after hours media enquiries please phone 0407 029 723.

Current media releases:


LOCALS INVITED TO HELP REIMAGINE MAITLAND

As part of a new funding initiative, Council is looking to work with the community to co-create and reimagine places around Maitland. The new My Place Grants Program supports cheap, quick and fun projects for residents to create places where people feel connected, want to stay longer and have a memorable experience. The program, which is open to anyone, aims to build networks, trial new ideas and transform public places in and around the city. The end result will be a more vibrant, safer and inclusive Maitland for everyone to enjoy.

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SEEDLING GIVEAWAY THIS SATURDAY FOR BIODIVERSITY MONTH

September is Biodiversity Month, which aims to promote the importance of protecting and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world. To celebrate, Council will be giving away native seedlings at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery this Saturday 23 September from 9.00am until all the seedlings are given away. There will be 1,000 native seedlings available and each household in the Maitland local government area can take away up to four native shrubs or seedlings for planting in their backyards as a part of the giveaway.

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MAITLAND TO FORMALLY DECLARE NEW COUNCIL

The Maitland Local Government Election’s Returning Officer Kevin Short will conduct the declaration of the poll this Thursday at 2.00pm at Maitland Town Hall, officially presenting the city’s new Mayor and 12 councillors. For the first time, Maitland will announce a female Mayor in Loretta Baker, who will be taking over from Peter Blackmore OAM who has been in the role since 1999. Along with a new mayor, six new councillors will join the six re-elected councillors in making up the Council.

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SCHOLARSHIPS SEND YOUNG ARTISTS ON THEIR WAY INTO THE WIDER WORLD

The 2018 Brenda Clouten Memorial Travelling Scholarships for Young Achievers in Visual Arts are now open to for young Hunter based artists, providing a unique opportunity for overseas travel and study. The scholarships are open to current tertiary students or 2015/2016 graduates aged 30 or under from the Lower Hunter including Maitland, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Muswellbrook and Singleton. They are awarded on the basis of artistic merit and potential, and are designed to help the recipients undertake a program of professional development in an international context.

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COUNCIL SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT ON GRANT PRIORITIES

Maitland City Council will apply for funding for three community infrastructure projects under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund in October, and Council is asking your help to prioritise which projects are more important for the community. The three projects include the development of five fenced, off leash dog exercise areas around the city, construction of a cycleway from Gillieston Heights to Maitland and improvements to Bakers Brickyard Playground.

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AUSTRALIA’S CHILDREN’S LAUREATE AND AUTHOR LEIGH HOBBS TO VISIT MAITLAND LIBRARY

Continuing the celebration of Children’s Book Week, beloved children’s author and Australia’s Children Laureate Leigh Hobbs will be appearing for Maitland City Library at two special events on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September. Leigh Hobbs is an artist and best selling author of more than 20 children’s books. He is probably best known for books like Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet. Leigh has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award three times and his books have won every major child’s choice awards in Australia. His characters have reached almost cult status, delighting children for more than two decades.

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