This might look like a path to nowhere, but it actually leads to an emergency door into an operating theatre at Kurri Kurri Hospital.
The first thing that comes to mind is gratitude that operating techniques have improved a lot since the days of the old hospital depicted in the wall's mural, which artist Daniel Joyce has just completed.
Towns With Heart community projects manager Lesley Morris said the mural was based on a combination of old photos.
This included photos of the hospital in its early days, a horse-drawn ambulance, a group of miners and a hospital garden party in 1911.
Miners were eager to establish a hospital at Kurri. When accidents occurred in the mines, there were problems transporting the injured to Maitland, particularly at night.
A temporary hospital was established at Kurri in 1904, while miners, businesses and residents sought to raise money for a district hospital.
Delegates from Abermain, Pelaw Main, Stanford Merthyr and Heddon Greta mines were involved in the plan and miners made contributions to keep the temporary hospital running.
The district hospital was built in 1909-10.
"It was very much an effort by the mining community," Lesley said.
"The community raised the money and was able to get a matching grant from the government."
The new mural will be officially unveiled on Friday. Lesley said it was "mural number 63 in Kurri".
"We keep finding spaces to put murals. All the murals are based on our history, so this one fits in perfectly," she said.
When creating the mural, Daniel sought to keep the integrity of the old photos.
"I wanted it to have the same feel of the old photos," he said.
Asked how he created such art, he said it was partly about following a process.
"I try not to think too much about it. I do spend a lot of my time thinking about when I'll get a surf in next or when the tides will bring some fish in for me," he joked.
Kurri's Col Maybury said it was "a magnificent mural".
On The Waterfront
Let us start by saying we don't want to hear any suggestions of Wharfy McWharf-face. That ship has sailed.
We're referring to MidCoast Council's project to name three wharves at Tea Gardens.
Two of the wharves to be named are public and one is a ferry wharf.
The Tea Gardens waterfront was once a key port for the timber industry, which the council said peaked in the 1880s to early 1900s.
Timber was cut in the Bulahdelah area and carried on cargo vessels to Tea Gardens. It was then transported to markets in Sydney and Newcastle.
The idea is that the wharf names reflect this history.
Suggestions can be made at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say.
Merewether's Phill Duncan was driving home from Mudgee when he saw a commotion on the side of the road near Singleton Army camp.
"I slowed down to see what it was and to my astonishment there were two big pigs, one a boar, devouring a dead roo on the side of the road," Phill said.
"As I drove past slowly and took a good look, they didn't even move."
This was his second such sighting in three weeks.