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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:


MATTRESS MUSTER BACK ON IN MAITLAND

Council will hold a Mattress Muster on Saturday 28 October from 8.30am to 12.00pm at the Council Depot Carpark on Metford Road, East Maitland. The Mattress Muster recycling initiative has been a big success in Maitland and as a result of seven musters since October 2014, Council has received over 4,000 mattresses. There have also been more than 800 vehicles bring in mattresses since November 2016. Each household in the Maitland local government area has the opportunity to recycle up to four mattresses as part of the muster on the weekend. Cot mattresses, innerspring mattresses and ensemble bases will be accepted, however a mattress with an ensemble base will be counted as two items.

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FOUR CREATIVES TO GET THEIR ARTS ABOUT TOWN

With applications now assessed in the Arts About Town grant program, Council can reveal that four artists have been selected as grant recipients. The Arts About Town grant program invites artists to create temporary and semi-permanent works for public spaces, streets and laneways across the city identified as being in need of transforming and revitalising.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS

Nominations are open for the 2017 Australia Day Awards across the three categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals who work tirelessly to enrich the community through their commitment and service to others.

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SPOTLIGHT ON MAITLAND FOR BLUE STAR REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS CEREMONY

As last year’s overall winner of the Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Regional Sustainability Award, Maitland will this weekend welcome around 80 delegates for the 2017 award ceremony.

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HMAS MAITLAND TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ENTRY

Around 30 officers and sailors from HMAS Maitland will be in The Levee, Central Maitland from 10.00am on Saturday 21 October to exercise their right to Freedom of Entry to the City. It comes after HMAS Maitland first gained the Freedom of Entry to Maitland in 2006.

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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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COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM NOW OPEN

Applications for Maitland City Council’s Community Grants program are now open and local community organisations are encouraged to apply. The grants assist organisations to deliver projects, community events, services, and facilities in Maitland that foster community partnerships, promote access to community resources and ultimately provide benefit to the wider community.

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REHABILITATION WORKS UNDERWAY AT ANAMBAH

Council has commenced works on the old Anambah landfill site, located on the corner of the New England Highway and Anambah Road. The work will consist of truck movements of material to the site and around the site, and earthmoving and drilling equipment will also be in use on site over the coming months.

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RENOWNED ENVIRONMENTALIST TIM SILVERWOOD TO PRESENT IN MAITLAND

As part of an environmental education campaign, Council will be hosting a special community presentation by renowned environmentalist Tim Silverwood. The free presentation will be held at Thornton Public School on Wednesday 23 August from 6.00pm to 7.30pm and is open to all members of the community. RSVP’s for Mr Silverwood’s presentation are essential by calling 4934 9700 or emailing maitlandgreencommunities@maitland.nsw.gov.au no later than Monday 21 August.

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION AT AROMA WITH MAITLAND YOUR SAY

Grab a coffee and some chocolate and join the conversation with the Maitland Your Say team at this year’s Aroma Festival, happening this weekend in The Riverside Carpark at The Levee. Have your say on a range of projects open for consultation at the festival, including the Hunter River Access Plan, the Maitland Urban Settlement and Local Planning Strategy and if you’re interested in Maitland’s heritage, come and share your ideas about the Open Museum concept.

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SHARE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OPEN MUSEUM EXPERIENCES IN MAITLAND

Council is seeking your ideas around options for contemporary museum experiences in Maitland, under the banner of Open Museums, Open Minds. The consultation process officially kicks off at the Maitland Aroma Festival this weekend, so come along and have your say. A range of posters which represent some themes of contemporary museum experiences, using examples from Maitland and beyond, will feature in Stillsbury Lane within the festival precinct. Visitors will have the opportunity to stop and ask questions, complete a quick survey or simply write down their ideas directly on to the posters.

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A GREAT LINE UP BREWING FOR BITTER & TWISTED 2017

Craft beer lovers will rejoice at the first round announcement of brewers attending this year’s Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival at the historic Maitland Gaol on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November.

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ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI AND THE DELTA RIGGS TO HEADLINE BITTER AND TWISTED 2017

Fitzroy indie pop five piece Architecture in Helsinki and Melbourne rock band The Delta Riggs will headline the 2017 Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival, when it returns to Maitland Gaol on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November.

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ILLEGAL DUMPERS CAUGHT OUT IN MAITLAND

In a joint campaign between Maitland City Council and the Hunter/Central Coast Regional Illegal Dumping Squad, illegal dumpers have been identified and fined sending a strong message to those that undertake this offence. During a recent grant project funded by the NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative, two offenders were captured on camera illegally dumping.

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BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER TAKES A NEW LOOK AT OUR PAST

Winner of Book of the Year and Indigenous Writers Prize in the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Bruce Pascoe will appear for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking program on Thursday 3 August at Tocal Agricultural College.

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