Scone Films one of the big winners following recent Upper Hunter Shire Council donations

SCONE Films was one of the big winners when Upper Hunter Shire Council (UHSC) dived into its coffers this week.

At the ordinary general meeting on Monday night, councillors opted to hand out 10 donations, totalling $5286.

The money will help a number of organisations - including Scone Films - cover the expenses of hiring council venues, as well as other incidentals.

"We're thrilled to have been successful in being awarded $2000 from UHSC for the 2019 Scone Short Film Festival," Catherine Boulton said.

"It will be used for promotion and advertising of the event as well as the costs involved in hosting and accommodating directors, producers, writers and actors of some of the movies screened.

"The festival is a celebration of world-class and award-winning Australian short films.

"As always, we look to screen the best line-up of talent that we can find - and a broad range for everyone to enjoy.

"This year's festival, on September 21 and 22, is our 11th.

"The Saturday evening is the main event, with a repeat screening on the Sunday.

"In 2019, it's being offered to local drought-affected families through Hunter Local Land Services, too."

A couple of individuals, who are set to represent Australia, also benefited.

Brendan Kelly received $500 towards his participation in the National High Schools Finals Rodeo in America in July, following a triumphant campaign at Murrurundi, while Tyler Kelly picked up $500 to assist with traveling costs to the United Kingdom next month for International Horse Sports.

To apply for a donation/sponsorship, write to council at, PO Box 208 Scone NSW 2337, or visit an administration office in Merriwa, Murrurundi or Scone for more information.

Upper Hunter Shire Council donations:

* $200 - Cessnock Archers (toward fees and amenities at the Moonan Camping grounds for their 21st anniversary shoot at Moonan Flat on the October long weekend)

* $500 - Brendan Kelly

* $2000 - Scone Films

* $200 - Merriwa Central School (toward the hire of the Merriwa School of Arts - August 6-7 - for its annual Variety Night)

* $500 - Tyler Kelly

* $200 - Merriwa Central School (toward the hire of the Merriwa School of Arts - August 29-30 - for its annual community Little Sprouts Reading Day)

* $200 - Merriwa Tennis Club (to assist starting up the Merriwa Netball Club with bibs and balls)

* $200 - Lions Club of Aberdeen (to install an irrigation system at Aberdeen Jockey Club park)

* $686 - Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces Committee (for the hire of the Merriwa School of Arts)

* $600 - Hunter River District Golf Association (for the representative match at the Scone Golf Course on July 27-28 to cover the cost of green fees)