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Where to trick or treat in Mudgee this year

The spookiest time of year is upon us again and if you’re like the many in Mudgee who are looking for ways to get into the Halloween spirit, there will be a few opportunities to dress up and go trick or treating.

Mudgee Trick or Treat

For those who want to head out on Halloween night with the kids for some good old-fashioned trick or treating, or are simply happy for little guys and ghouls to come knocking on their door, there is a Facebook page called Mudgee Trick or Treating (www.facebook.com/MudgeeTrickOrTreat/) where local residents can list their address and find others that want to get into the Halloween spirit.

The page is currently asking people to contribute their addresses if they want to participate in Mudgee’s trick or treat trail so head on over if you want to get involved.

Hargraves Halloween Movie Under the Stars

Club Mudgee is presenting Hargraves Halloween Cinema Under the Stars where Hotel Transylvania 2 will be playing. There will be a heap of fun activities on the night including disco dancing, Halloween dress-ups, games and prizes.

All of the fun will kick off from 5.30pm on Saturday 21st October at Hargraves Recreational Grounds.

A gold coin donation is asked for on entry with all proceeds supporting Hargraves Public School.

Mudgee Bunnings Family Night

Mudgee Bunnings will be getting into the spooky spirit with a Halloween Family Night on Thursday 26 October from 6pm to 8pm where there will be lots of fun activities for the kids to enjoy.

Bunnings will also be holding free DIY Halloween workshops for the kids on Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October from 11am to 12:30pm on both days.

Contact Mudgee Bunnings on (02) 6378 6700 for more details.

Lithgow Halloween 2017

If you want to celebrate Halloween in a big way then you may want to take the 90-minute drive out to Lithgow on Saturday 28 October.

The event sees Lithgow’s main street taken over by freaky fiends, ghouls and zombies. The main shopping area will be transformed into a fun-filled pedestrian zone with non-stop entertainment, markets, rides and more.

More information on Lithgow’s Halloween celebrations can be found at www.halloween.lithgow.com.

Planning to move from the big smoke to Mudgee? The steps you should take first

Have you been daydreaming about escaping the rat race, crippling mortgage debt and moving to a place that will take away the stress?

As property prices ramp up in places like Sydney, regional areas like Mudgee have been gaining in popularity, but packing up and moving homes isn’t always as easy as it seems.

There is a lot to think about before any move, let alone a move to an entirely new area so it’s important to prepare and do a little bit of research before packing your bags.

Get to know where you want to buy

Spend a bit of time in the specific area you want to buy in before leaping into a new home purchase. It’s often a good idea to rent first so you can get to know different regional pockets and if there is a particular area you like best.

It’s also important to remember that a place will always feel different when you live there compared to when you are on holidays. So if you don’t want to rent first then at least make the effort to visit the area a few different times to get a feel for what it’s like at different times of year. Reading blogs (like this one!), local newspapers and magazines may also help you get a greater insight into what it’s like to live in certain places.

Research the local property market

The Mudgee property market, like other regional areas, is very different to property markets in major cities and one of the main differences you will notice is the price.

Properties in the Mudgee region are a fraction of the price of the $1 million+ properties around Sydney, providing lots of options for people looking for a tree change.

But it’s important that buyers establish what they want in a new home and factor this into their search.

Are you looking for a large acreage property or do you want something low maintenance? Do you want to build a home or do you want an established one? Also think about how important it is for you to be close to the centre of town?

You may need to compromise in one way or another to find the property that suits you best.

Also find out what locals look for in a home because properties in regional areas might have different features of value that you hadn’t considered before.

But don’t be deterred by a property that has been on the market for some time. While some properties may be snapped up in seconds in Sydney, it can take considerably longer to sell in regional areas.

Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions

Talk to local real estate agents and ask them as many questions as you can think of to help you make the right property decision.

Take your time looking at properties and while you might be eager to buy and settle straight away try not to rush into anything, this way you won’t have any regrets later on.

There is a lot to think about and organise before making the move from the city to the country but we find that for most people, once they make the move they never look back.

To find out more about the Mudgee property market feel free to stop in at 79 Church Street when you’re in town and have a chat to the team at McGrath Central Tablelands. We’re happy to help answer any questions you might have about making the tree change to the Mudgee region.

Discover Hill End’s unique buildings at Open Day

Historic buildings all over Hill End will be rolling out the welcome mat as part of Hill End’s Open Day on Sunday 22nd October 2017.

The open day will allow visitors to get a glimpse inside a number of Hill End’s most interesting buildings including home and gardens, The Royal Hall, Court House, school, churches and studios. This will allow people to see how the people of Hill End live, work and play in the historic gold town.

Hill End’s historic buildings tell a story about the history of our local region. While Hill End might be considered a quiet village today, in the boom times of 1872 it had the second largest population in NSW.

The village retains a unique history and the open day will be a chance to speak to the people who have the determination to take on the tasks of keeping its special story alive.

Local volunteers will be available to show visitors through the buildings on the day and answer any questions. The people of Hill End are proud of their village, so head along and chat to them about their beautiful area.

Bring along your camera on the day too as the gardens of Hill End will be in full bloom and make for a stunning backdrop to the village.

Bookings to experience the Hill End Open Day can be made by phoning 02 6337 8333 or emailing HillEndOpenDay@yahoo.com.au.

 

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Halloween Cinema Under the Stars

Hargraves Recreational Grounds will be turned into a ‘Halloween themed’ outdoor cinema for just one night on Saturday 21 October.

Club Mudgee will present the Hargraves Halloween Cinema Under the Stars event, which will give young children and families an opportunity to enjoy a movie night with added disco dancing, Halloween dress-ups, games and prizes.

Head along from 5:30pm to enjoy the disco music and potentially win a prize for your fantastic dance moves, and come dressed up for your chance to prizes for best dressed too.

The slightly spooky cartoon movie Hotel Transylvania 2 will begin at 7:30pm and there will be canteen food available and a chocolate wheel.

The Mid-Western Regional Council has provided assistance to the Cinema Under the Stars event through their Event Assistance Program.

A gold coin donation is asked for on entry with all proceeds supporting Hargraves Public School.

Everyone in the Mid-Western Regional community is invited to head along to this fun family night out.

With the weather warming up, what better way to spend an evening than outdoors watching a movie under the stars?

For further information about the even call Helen on 6373 3691.

Mudgee residents encouraged to spring clean homes ahead of chemical cleanout event

It’s time to tackle the annual task of spring-cleaning our homes, and to make things a little easier Mid-Western Regional Council residents are being offered free and safe disposal of unwanted garden and household chemicals.

All residents in the Mid-Western Council region are eligible to take advantage of the chemical cleanout, which provides an environmentally friendly way to dispose of household problem wastes.

Hazardous chemicals include things like paint products, pesticides, weed killers, solvents, household cleaners and even old gas bottles.

Most people have these kinds of materials somewhere in their home and they can be dangerous if they aren’t disposed of in the correct manner.

The Mudgee Waste Facility at 31 Blaine Road in Caerleon will be accepting unwanted chemicals on Sunday 22 October from 9am to 12pm, so Mudgee residents have plenty of time to clean out their homes and find items that need to be disposed of.

The following materials will be accepted on the day (household quantities only): 

Aerosols, arsenic, batteries, cyanide, flares, fire extinguishers, gas bottles, fuels, fire extinguishers, oils, peroxides, paints, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, photographic chemicals, poisons, smoke detectors, household and garden chemicals.

Residents are reminded to transport all materials safely inside a box or larger container to stop any spills.

The Household Cleanout is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Further information about the Chemical Cleanout can be found at www.cleanout.com.au.

 

Search for gold at this year’s Gulgong Gold & Mining Festival

The Gulgong Gold & Mining Festival is just around the corner, giving us all the chance to celebrate the town’s gold rush heritage with a range of exciting events on Saturday 14 October.

The festival will kick off from 10am with a parade going up Mayne Street, Gulgong that will lead to the Gulgong Gold Experience on Red Hill, where gold was first found in 1870.

The Gulgong Gold Experience will be open from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. The entry fee will be a gold coin donation, with all proceeds to be donated to Breast Cancer research as part of the October Pink up Gulgong activities.

Visitors to the Gulgong Gold Experience will get the chance to learn more about Gulgong’s gold rush history where there are audio and visual displays and a new hands-on display of a replica 400oz gold bar donated by the ABC Bullion Company.

On the day there will also be gem and gold panning assisted by Gulgong Gold Experience Volunteers and a gold panning competition to be run by the Central West Prospecting Supplies, with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

If that’s not enough the festival will also feature food stalls and various market stalls, Cobb & Co Coach Rides, old-fashioned games, damper making and evening live music at the bowlo and plenty more fun activities.

Head to gulgong.com.au to find out more.

 

Image via gulgong.com.au

A “micro” music festival is coming to Mudgee

Street, parks and businesses across NSW are set to come alive to the sounds of live music, thanks to a new state government initiative to bring micro music festivals to the bush.

Music-goers in Orange, Newcastle, Tenterfield, Tweed Shire, Wagga Wagga, Kempsey, Armidale and right here in Mudgee will be treated to a share of $150,000 to host “live and local” events.

Pop-up events will be taking over bike shops, butcher shops and plenty of other places in between to provide free entertainment to regional communities.

These events are designed to bring local musicians and businesses together, benefiting local retail and possibly helping to uncover the next big thing in Australian music.

According to Minister for the Arts Don Harwin this is another example of the state government’s commitment to develop arts and culture across regional NSW.

“It’s fantastic that we are able to take this program to the bush to improve opportunities for the promotion of live music across our state,” Mr Harwin said.

“This is a great initiative where councils can offer local artists a platform to be heard. From school bands to rock bands, locals will be entertained by locals for free”.

Funding will be used to cover the cost of fees for musicians, curators and technicians involved in the events.

This is a great opportunity for Mudgee’s local artists to gain exposure.

Those interested in getting involved should contact the Mid-Western Regional Council for more information.

5 home alterations that will help keep you cool this summer

As the weather starts to sizzle in Mudgee, many homeowners are probably wondering what they can do to help make their homes more tolerable in the heat.

  1. Spring for air-con

While not the cheapest option, air-conditioning systems can help keep your home cooler on even the warmest of days, and it has the bonus of being useful for heating in the colder months of the year too. Plus, air-conditioning is an investment that can help add value to your home.

If you want to keep the costs of running your air-conditioning to a minimum then try running it at 25-27 degrees Celsius on hot days, as every extra degree of cooling increases energy consumption by about five to ten per cent.

  1. Block out the sun

A lot of heat comes from sunlight entering the home so the best way to prevent this is by using shades and awnings or quality window treatments. Sunscreen curtains or blinds can be a good investment as they help filter out light and heat, whilst still allowing you to see through them so you can enjoy any views.

  1. Plant more trees

Plant trees and shrubs around your home to help add an extra layer of insulation that will help block out the sun. While you may not get instant rewards from planting some trees, as they grow you will be able to enjoy extra shade and colour around your property for years to come. 

  1. Invest in insulation

Insulation is a great option for home cooling or heating because it acts as a barrier against heat loss or gain. It can be installed in roofs and ceilings or in walls and floors. If you’re renovating anyway, it’s a good time to consider adding extra insulation to your home.

  1. Consider ceiling fans

Even if you already have air-conditioning in your home it’s well worth considering ceiling fans in living areas and bedrooms. Ceiling fans are relatively cost effective to operate and some people prefer to be cooled by a fan rather than having to have the house closed up to use air-conditioning.

Hopefully everyone has been finding ways to keep cool in Mudgee as the weather warms up, and remember if it gets too hot at home you can always head out and take a dip at the Mudgee swimming pool or visit an air-conditioned shop or café.

 

Sculptures in the Garden returns this weekend

This weekend Mudgee will see the return of Sculptures in the Garden, one of the largest sculpture exhibitions in rural NSW, showcasing the very best in local, regional and interstate artists.

Now in its 7th year, Sculptures in the Garden has become one of the region’s leading cultural events, attracting thousands of visitors who get to take in a fascinating collection of artworks amongst the picturesque surroundings at Rosby’s vineyard.

Paul Selwood, one of Australia’s finest abstract sculptors, will officially open the exhibition where there will be works by some of Australia’s most recognised artists including Mark Titmarsh, VIVID exhibitor Alan Rose, Sculpture By The Sea exhibitors Paul Selwood, John Fitzmaurice and Hui Selwood as well as local artist and former Sculpture By The Sea exhibitor Nigel White.

One of the highlights of the exhibition will be a discussion panel hosted by Nick Lowther, Chief of Staff at ABC Dubbo taking a seat with Paul and Nigel White, discussing how public art can shape a country town.

Other highlights will include live music in the garden from Matt Boylan-Smith, garden walks, art tours, Guide Dog puppy demonstrations, Rosby Wine Bar, and the return of the popular Kids Sculpture exhibition.

Sculptures in the Garden continues to grow in popularity year after year. It gives visitors the opportunity to explore the stunning gardens at Rosby and enjoy Mudgee wine and regional produce, all while witnessing some breathtaking artistic talent.

All gate proceeds and catering revenue go to the Mudgee Support Group of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Further proceeds from the weekend exhibition go towards a local arts initiative to create the public art sculpture walk in Mudgee’s Lawson Park.

Need to know:

When: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017,

Time: 9am to 4pm both days

Where: Rosby, 122 Strikes Lane

Cost: $5 for adults and children welcome to attend for free

Website: www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au

 

Image via www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au

Swimming season is about to kick off in Mudgee

The weather is starting to warm up in Mudgee and that means it’s time for the region’s swimming season to begin.

There are three Olympic sized heated swimming pools located across the region in Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos and they will all be open from this Saturday 30 September.

The region’s pools will remain open 7 days a week until the last Sunday in April, excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.

A visit to the pool is a great way to spend a day out in the local region. They offer opportunities for fun, fitness and recreation for residents and visitors of all ages.

“Learn to Swim” programs are run by certified trainers at the pools, which can be extremely beneficial for both adults and children as they help increase water awareness and increase lifesaving skills.

Swimming at the region’s pools also makes for a great way to cool down when the temperature gets too high.

Those hoping to visit the pool over the next week can rest assured that all of the region’s pools are fully supervised by qualified staff, with lifeguards on duty during the school holidays.

The pools will be open for the following hours: 

30th September 2017 to 31st October
Mudgee: 6.00am to 6.00pm
Gulgong & Kandos: 6.00am to 8.00am reopen at 9.30am to 6.00pm

Pool hours are slightly longer in the summer months.

Further details about the region’s pools hours, as well as fees, charges and hiring costs, can be found at the Mid-Western Regional Council website.