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Dive into Wings, Wheels and Wine 2018

The Mudgee Aero Club will be bringing back the very successful Wings, Wheels and Wine air show this month with a line up of high-flying entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Being held on Sunday 29 April at the Mudgee Airport, the event will give locals the chance to see thrilling aerial displays take to the skies.

For the motoring enthusiasts there will also be a whole range of interesting vehicles on display – from veteran to vintage and classic.

And what Mudgee event would be complete without a sampling of exquisite wines from our local wineries? There will be tastings on the day and food available too.

On top of all that the Australian Defence forced will be bringing along one of their hot air balloons and offering tethered flights all day, which will be great fun for the kids.

There will be plenty to see, do and taste at this unique Mudgee event.

Tickets for Wings, Wheels and Wine 2018 can be purchased at the gate on the day.

Adults cost $25; children 5-15 years $10 and children 0-4 are FREE. Family tickets can be purchased for $50 (2x adults and 2x child).

For further information about the event visit or email


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All good things will come to “The End” Festival

Head to the historic gold-mining village of Hill End this weekend (April 20-22) for a celebration of arts, culture and heritage at “The End” Festival.

Now in its third year, this unique festival will feature live bluegrass, folk and country music, the best of the region’s wine, craft beer and food, as well as art installations and exhibitions.

There’ll also be ticketed music and cabaret shows in The Royal Hall, as well as village heritage and ghost tours.

Visit the Makers Market while you’re there where you will be able to see artisans working in traditional practices with natural materials demonstrating age-old techniques and selling original works.

Visitors can learn their crafts by booking into a series of workshops ranging from beer brewing to leather belt making. There will also be free art workshops and games for children.

The End will have something for everyone, whether you want to check out the great music program, sample local produce, explore the town, or wander through free art installations and exhibitions.

The festival is a free event except for the ticketed concerts in The Royal Hall. Ticketed events will take place on Friday 20 April and Saturday 21 April at night.

Those wanting to stay in town can find accommodation at the Village Campground and the Glendora Campground. There is also accommodation available in Mudgee and Bathurst with buses running to the event.

For further details about The End Festival, and to purchase tickets for the Royal Hall shows, visit

Take advantage of Australia’s record low interest rate streak

They say that you should make hay while the sun shines and that’s never been more applicable for Australian mortgage holders than it is now.

At the Reserve Bank’s April meeting the official cash rate was kept on hold at the historic low of just 1.5 per cent, making for a record breaking period of no interest rate movements up or down.

The RBA’s last interest rate movement was in August 2016 when they reduced the cash rate by 0.25 per cent.

April’s meeting made for the 18th consecutive board meeting where the RBA has not budged from its position. The previous record of 17 meetings occurred between February 1995 and July 1996 when the cash rate was at a much higher 7.5 per cent.

What mortgage holders should do?

With interest rates remaining at record lows and showing no signs of movement any time soon the best thing that borrowers can do is pay down their mortgages as quickly as they can.

Low interest rates make it easier to chip away at a loan’s principal amount, which will help reduce the amount of interest paid overall as well as the period needed to pay the loan off.

A few ways to pay off a loan faster:

  • Make lump sum payments – Whenever you come into extra money, such as a tax return or bonus, consider putting it straight onto your home loan. This will help reduce your principal and see you paying less interest.
  • Pay a higher rate than you need to – Put a little bit extra aside with each payment if you can afford to. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an extra $20 or $100 a month. Every little bit extra you pay now can have a ripple effect that could save you thousands in the long run.
  • Pay more frequentlyThose making monthly repayments should consider switching to fortnightly or even weekly payments. Most lenders set up monthly payments by default but do accept more frequent payments. Since interest is calculated daily, more frequent payments will help you save interest over the life of your loan.
  • Negotiate a better rate – The less interest you pay, the easier it will be to make a dent in your home loan amount. It’s always worth a regular chat with your lender to see if they can get you a better deal that will help you own your home sooner.

New organic waste service coming to Mudgee region

Disposing of organic waste in Mudgee is about to get easier with the Mid-Western Regional Council set to introduce a new food and garden waste collection service from July 1.

The new service is being introduced in an effort to help divert waste from landfill. At present, the average household waste bin is made up of 60% kitchen food waste and garden material that could be diverted from landfill and turned into a new resource.

Standalone residential properties with an existing garbage collection service will receive a new bin with a lime green lid, along with a kitchen caddy, throughout May and June as part of the service rollout.

Items such as leftovers, expired foods, tea bags and coffee grounds will all be able to be disposed of using the new service. People will be able to use it to throw away garden waste such as lawn/grass clippings, twigs and small prunings, leaves (dry or green) and flowers.

Soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes and serviettes will also be able to be placed in the new bins.

An education pack will be provided with the new bins to help residents understand what can and can’t be placed in the bins.

The new organic waste bin service will operate weekly along with the general waste collection. Blue and yellow recycling bins will rotate fortnightly.

According to the council’s website, the new service will deliver a cost saving to the region by diverting 3,000 tonnes per annum from landfill, extending the life of the current Waste Facility by 10 to 15 years and subsequently saving millions of dollars in replacement landfill space.

For more information about the new organic waste service visit Council’s website

Combine art and wine at Rosby workshop

Visitors to Rosby Wines will get the chance to unleash their creative talents at this Saturday’s (April 14) Art and Wine in the Vines.

Led by respected artist and tutor David Newman-White, this special event will see aspiring artists learn how to create an awe-inspiring masterpiece they can take home.

Attendees will be shown how to paint using traditional approaches and materials before an opportunity to explore and experiment with different techniques and applications including acrylic and related media.

This workshop offers a unique way to practice your artistic skills in a relaxing, social and supportive environment with no prior art experience required.

Cost for the workshop is $99, which includes basic materials and complimentary morning tea & lunch with Rosby Wines.

There will be limited numbers so book in early to secure your place!

Need to know:

When: Saturday 14th April 2018 9.30am-4.00pm,

Where: Rosby Mud Hut, 122 Strikes Lane, Eurunderee MUDGEE

Note: Participants are required to bring along their own canvas/paper. All the other basic materials for the workshop will be provided however if you have any of your own art supplies it would be an idea to bring them along.

Contact: Kay Norton-Knight 0428 635 993

Regional property values outperform capitals in March

Figures from CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index for March have revealed a 0.4 per cent rise in regional dwelling values, which is in contrast to a 0.2 per cent decline in capital city home values.

The report also found that regional home values performed better over the entire quarter with a rise of 1.1 per cent, compared to a 0.9 per cent fall in the capitals.

According to CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless, regional markets are now consistently outperforming the combined capitals.

“The stronger combined regional markets performance continues a trend that began to emerge in October last year where regional housing markets showed an overall improvement in the pace of capital gains while the combined capitals trend softened,” Lawless said.

It was found that Tasmania was the strongest performing regional market, with dwelling values outside of Hobart 5.4 per cent higher over the past twelve months. However on a more geographically granular basis, the best performing regional areas tend to be located on the periphery of major cities.

High property prices and strong demand in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra metropolitan regions appears to be having a flow-on effect for satellite cities. People are moving to places they can find affordable housing options.

CoreLogic’s figures show that outside of the capital cities, Victoria’s Geelong has shown the strongest value growth over the past year, where dwelling values are up 10 per cent over the past twelve months. This was followed by the Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven region in NSW (up 9.5 per cent) and the Capital Region and Newcastle/Lake Macquarie regions, both recording value increases of 8.3 per cent over the past twelve months.

The Central West region also saw significant home value increases over the past 12 months, up 7.1 per cent.

It is uncertain whether this trend will continue, however as the major cities continue to grow, and with no apparent end in sight to the housing affordability crisis, there may not be many options left for buyers except to move away from the major capitals and into regional areas.

Even with capital city values trending lower, the rate of decline is now easing. This can be seen in in Sydney where month-to-month falls have generally been more substantial than other capital cities.

In December 2017 and January 2018, Sydney dwelling values were falling at a monthly rate of 0.9 per cent, reducing to 0.6 per cent in February and now just 0.3 per cent in March.

According to Mr Lawless, “If the trend towards an improving rate of decline persists, the Sydney housing market may have already moved through its peak rate of decline, after dwelling values have fallen by 3.9 per cent since their end of month peak in July last year.”

Bushfire danger period extended in Mudgee region

Local residents should take note that the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has extended the Bush Fire Danger Period for the Mid-Western Regional Council area due to prevailing hot and dry conditions.

The Bush Fire Danger Period usually ends on March 31, however due to this year’s weather conditions it has had to be extended until April 31, 2018. The danger period started earlier last year (September instead of October), making it an exceptionally long fire season for the region.

The extension means that permits are still required for anyone wishing to light a fire in the region.

Fire permits can be obtained by contacting your local brigade permit officer or the Cudgegong Fire Control Centre on (02) 6372 4434 during business hours.

Residents will also need to notify any adjoining neighbours at least 24 hours before burning.

It’s important for local residents to not become complacent as the bush fire danger period comes to an end. Everyone should learn about their bushfire risk and take all necessary steps to keep their family and home safe.

Preparing your home

According to the NSW RFS website, the top actions everyone can take help keep their homes safe include:

TRIM – Trim overhanging trees and shrubs. This can stop the fire spreading to your home.

MOW – Mow grass and remove the cuttings. Have a cleared area around your home.

REMOVE – Remove material that can burn around your home (e.g. Door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, paint, outdoor furniture)

CLEAR – Clear and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home. Burning embers can set your home on fire

PREPARE – Prepare a sturdy hose or hoses that will reach all around your home. Make sure you’ve got a reliable source of water.

Further information about Bush Fire Danger Periods and how to plan and prepare for bushfires can be found on the NSW RFS website –

Have your say on Mudgee skatepark redesign

Sliding and flipping at the Mudgee skatepark is about to get a whole lot more fun, thanks to a planned upgrade from the Mid-Western Regional Council.

A draft redesign and extension of the park, located on the corner of Perry and Horatio Streets, is currently available for community feedback on the council’s website.

Users of the park were invited to have their say on the park earlier in the year via surveys and an onsite meeting to help come up with the current draft plan.

The council noted that park users were looking to see a vast array of items installed at the skate park including pipes, box jumps, bowls, spines, step ups and street obstacles. These were identified as priority installations in addition to further drainage, shade and seating.

This community feedback has been incorporated into the current proposed design and park users are encouraged to have their say yet again before a final design concept is selected.

The upgrade is being undertaken as part of the council’s 2017/18 Operational Plan. An upgrade to the Gulgong skatepark has been proposed in the draft 2018/19 Operational Plan to be considered by council this year.

Those wanting to have their say can do so by sending feedback to council via by 12 noon Friday 6 April.

5 surprising ways to increase your home’s value

So you’ve done all the common tricks to help add value to your home – you’ve painted and renovated the kitchen and bathroom – but what else can you do?

There are plenty of things you can change at a property to help increase its appeal to buyers and help add value. Oftentimes it only takes a few simple changes to have a big impact.

Create a sense of space

You may not be able to increase the size of your block, but there are things you can do to help increase the size of living areas. Moving furniture around and getting rid of clutter can help make rooms feel larger and provide more open space. But if you really want to open up a space then knocking out a non-structural wall may be an option. Replacing swinging doors with sliding doors is another space saving idea.

Paint the roof 

Many sellers consider painting their exterior walls when they go to sell their home, while forgetting about the roof. A painted roof is like the icing on a cake, it helps it look more polished and finished and will vastly improve a property’s kerb appeal. Pressure cleaning may be another option for improving appearance, depending on the type of roof.

Hire an interior expert

Little things can make a big impact when it comes to the look and feel of a property so to help make sure you get them right it could be worth hiring an interior stylist. They will be able to provide advice on colour choices and pick out statement features that will make a property look more upmarket and help it resonate more with property buyers. 

Add an outdoor entertaining area

Most Australians love to spend their free time outdoors, so it makes sense that they love homes that incorporate outdoor living. Find a space outside your home where you can add a BBQ and tables and chairs. The best outdoor areas lead seamlessly from indoor living areas.

Find a “wow” factor

 It helps to have something at your property that makes it stand out from others. Whether it’s marble bench tops, heritage features or a large butler’s pantry, find something that will capture buyer’s imagination and have them daydreaming about what life would be like if they purchased your home.

For further advice about adding value to your home contact McGrath Central Tablelands.

Discover the region’s gardens at 2018 Kandos Gardens Fair

Looking for inspiration for your next garden project?

The Kandos CWA has put together an autumn weekend of open gardens in and around Kandos and Rylstone for green thumbs to explore on April 7 & 8 2018.

There will be 11 open town and country gardens around Running Stream, Ilford, Kandos, Rylstone and the Cudgegong area – simply look out for the red and orange flags on the days of the event.

The weekend will feature guest speakers & demonstrations including Gay Stanton, landscape designer; Christine Corner, Crave Natural and more. There will also be stalls food and a range of entertainment. You will be able to find plants, produce, artwork, ceramics and garden books.

The Kandos Garden Fair will have something for everyone and will provide plenty of garden inspiration to help give visitors ideas they can take home and create for themselves.

This year will mark the 5th biennial Kandos Gardens Fair. It is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to local charities and organisations including the CWA.

Tickets can be found at the garden gates for $20 for all gardens, or $5 per garden. Purchase tickets online at or phone 02 6372 1020 (small booking fee applies).

For more information visit or follow the event on Facebook –

Participating garden venues:

  • ‘Keewaydin’ 6121 Castlereagh Highway, Running Stream
  • ‘Redbank’ Tara Loop Road, Ilford
  • ‘St Veda’ 899 Tara Loup Road, Ilford
  • ‘Nirvana’ 1588 Bylong Valley Way, Kandos
  • ‘Good Samaritan Convent’ Fleming Street, Kandos
  • ‘Hazelgrove’ 1857 Bylong Valley Way, Kandos
  • ‘Pat’s Place’ 83 Mudgee Street, Rylstone
  • ‘Ache ‘n Back Acres’ Panorama Court ,Tongbong Road, Rylstone
  • ‘Lara’ Pinnacle Swamp Road, Rylstone
  • ‘Coomber’ 487 Cudgegong Road, Rylstone – Homestead + Guesthouse [2 Gardens]