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Dr Lisa O’Sullivan and Cameron Morley from the State Library visited Merriwa today for the opening of its new library. Lisa and Cameron joined the Hon Michael Johnsen, member for Upper Hunter and Mayor Wayne Bedggood.
It was a wonderful celebration and great to see so many members of the public enjoying this new space.
Tarnisha Winsor, Upper Hunter Shire Young Citizen of the Year and Leader of the Central School Indigenous Youth Council, gave the Welcome to Country. The program included performances from local schools and playgroups, a story by local children’s authors Tony and Anne Bishop and a talk by Aboriginal Elder Fran Dunn. There were plenty of children's activities and a sausage sizzle to feed the happy crowd.
Merriwa is known for the Festival of the Fleeces, part of which includes running a mob of sheep down the main street wearing red socks. As part of the celebration, Rosie the sheep (wearing her red socks) was available for plenty of pats.
The relocated and upgraded Merriwa Library was funded by $117,500 Public Library Infrastructure Grant funding.