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Shep calls it a day




It is easier to smile than it is to frown.

That is the mantra from former Singleton Council CBD caretaker Graham Sheppard who called time on his role on Wednesday.

Affectionately known as ‘Shep’, he admits he enjoyed his 17 years in the position; yet his initial memories are starting to blur.

“I remember little bits and pieces from day one,” he recalled.

“I was with the department of main roads for 14 years and then I just bummed around for ten or so years after that.

“Then this job was advertised in the local newspaper and I thought I could do that so I had a couple of clever people write up a few CVs and that, then did the job.”

His close friend Michael Akrill believes the outgoing caretaker deserves all the recognition which comes with his long tenure.

“Not just for his efforts here but everything that he has done with the football club and preparing cricket pitches over time as well,” Mr Akrill explained.

“Those ten years before he was working for the Council, he probably had four jobs where one was for five hours and one for three hours and so on.

“Then at times, Shep claims he doesn’t do a lot but you only have to look at the main street and it is clean and tidy and the shop keepers are always happy.”

Throughout his reflection, Shep admitted he took ‘a fair bit of pride’ from his achievements in the role but it was time for a change.

“As Gough Whitlam once said, it is time,” he continued.

“I was chewing on this for about a year and then I bit the bullet a couple of weeks ago.

“There has got to be something different out there and I just have to find it and life will take me where it wants to take me.”

We then asked advice for his successor.

He responded with cheek.

“I had to work it out for myself so the next bloke will have to do the same,” he concluded.

HRT Weekly Update

Hunter River Times Weekly Update, 21 October 2020




In this Hunter River Times weekly update, the voice of the Hunter Di Sneddon urges the community to buy local this Christmas. Local athlete Emily Lambkin wins the NSW Strongman competition and people are encouraged to support Legacy Australia which helps care for the dependents of deceased Australian service men and women.

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Garden brings joy to generations





Many of us struggled to find something to do during the periods of isolation, but not Beryl and Jim Hartin of Muswellbrook.

Their love of gardening has had the opportunity to bloom since they moved into the home they built themselves 58 years ago.

From the vegetable patch that has fed many neighbours and friends, to the flowers that entice birds and bees there is always something to do according to Beryl and Jim.

Beryl and Jim Hartin love nothing more than sharing their garden with family, including great granddaughters Addison (3) and Isla (1) Hartin.

“It’s keeping us healthy, especially this year when we haven’t been able to go anywhere,” Beryl said.

“We just love it.”

For a time there was a pool in the yard but it has since been removed and replaced with a fernery, and the playroom used by the couples four children is now a sewing room with a picturesque outlook.

They have planted large trees to give birds somewhere to nest and they enjoy spending afternoons sitting amongst them listening and watching the wildlife.

On any given evening Beryl and Jim can be found pottering around in the yard where they are often joined by their great granddaughters who live next door.

There is no other way to describe their yard than as a labour of love, but they would not have it any other way.

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House fire in Muswellbrook




Emergency services were called to a house fire in Muswellbrook on Friday morning.

Members from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 392 Muswellbrook and the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen were called at 5:54am, arriving shortly afterward to find a house alight.

“On arrival, we found large amounts of smoke and flames issuing from a house alight and got to work,” a Muswellbrook firefighter explained.

“Crews in breathing apparatus entered the house to confirm there were no occupants and extinguish the fire.

“The house has been fully destroyed internally as a result of the fire.”

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