From the Chambers June 2018

Published on Jun 18, 2018

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We hear from some of the local chambers of commerce and their upcoming activities. Hear from Kurri Kurri Towns with Heart, Around Hermitage, Parish of Pokolbin and Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce…

Kurri Kurri Towns with Heart

Tenders are now being sought for the Pit Horse Statue which will be erected in Rotary Park Kurri Kurri.

A small but dedicated group of local people have been working tirelessly to raise funds for this project over the past few years. With more than $100,000 raised to date, their dream is now going to become a reality.

The project aims to celebrate the role of the pit horses in mining and create a lasting memorial through a life sized bronze statue. The statue will be based upon a pit horse called “Miner”, winner of the Pit Horse Derby in 1952.

The statue has gained widespread support from the community, who have really gotten behind the fundraising activities.  It is hoped that the statue will be in place by mid – late 2019.

The latest mural has been unveiled: “Remembering the Smelter” by artist Daniel Joyce.

This mural commemorates 43 years of operation of the aluminium smelter, which closed in 2012, and is a gift to the community from Hydro. It is mural number 61, located on Hart Road at Loxton and is the second town entry mural.


Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Wollombi Valley Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Wollombi Main Street Seminar. The Wollombi  Main Street is the first destination for many visitors to the Valley and its mix of unique and historic buildings have made it the unofficial ‘face of the Wollombi Valley’. Of course, our Main Street is not only a point of interest for visitors, but also a vital part of daily life for residents of the Valley.

In the 2018 Membership Survey undertaken by the Chamber of Commerce, members noted the success of the Wedding Seminar and indicated that a similar meeting focusing on continuing to revitalise the Main Street would be of benefit.   Business suggestions from this Seminar have the potential to further improve what is already so appealing about Wollombi. Further enhancing the historic and visual appeal and the general functionality of the Main Street will greatly boost tourism and return-visitation, increasing business prosperity throughout the Valley. To build our profile in the tourism sector we need to view the Wollombi Valley as a single entity: our brand is the Wollombi Valley and the lifeblood of that brand is our Main Street. To have it looking and operating at its best benefits the entire Valley.

Businesses are invited to attend this Seminar. Your voice is important, and we look forward to hearing your ideas for the future of the Wollombi Main Street!
When: 10.00am – 12noon, Wednesday 20th June 2018

Where: Wollombi Tennis Club

RSVP:  If you haven’t already RSVP’ed and you plan to attend please click here


Parish of Pokolbin

Parish of Pokolbin are having a membership gathering Tuesday 19th June 2018 at Cypress Lakes @ 5:30 pm.   Please bring along a bottle and enjoy the hospitality of Neil and Sam. Please email with acceptance and numbers

The formal meeting part of the evening will commence at 6pm sharp. All staff and friends also welcome to attend.


Around Hermitage

Around Hermitage have been working on an exciting new project earmarked for launch at the end of June. “Cookery for the Many” is a ‘A Wine Food & Film Extravaganza’, offering a Film about a Cook Book from 1864.

DATE: Saturday, 30 June 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

LOCATION: Hunters Dream, 149 Deasys Road, Pokolbin NSW

A film produced in the Hunter Valley starring the AROUND HERMITAGE team, local chefs and vignerons. Based on the first Australian cookery and home entertaining etiquette book, published in 1864.

We take our “Hunter Valley Wine Country Diners Club” back in time to 1864, the year of the first Australian cookery, home entertaining and etiquette book was published. We visit historical Hunter Valley wineries, homes and towns, as we hunt, gather, travel, bake, boil, fry, smoke, dress and dine from the pages of “Cookery for the Many, as well as for the Upper Ten Thousand” by Tasmanian Aristologist” Edward Abbott.

How are modern Australian dining and entertaining habits influenced by our European ancestors? We’ll find out with the help of the Hunter Valley’s winemakers, chefs, historians and celebrities. We’ll compare the food, wine, lifestyles and entertainment customs of 1800’s ancestors with those of the kitchens and dining rooms of today.


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