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Windeyer’s celebration of lamb and gold

If you travel just east of Mudgee you will find the charming old gold mining town of Windeyer, which will be celebrating its annual Lamb Fest on Saturday 9 September 2017.

The Windeyer Lamb Fest is a family friendly event where visitors will be able to experience everything to do with lamb and gold.

There will be an opportunity to learn about the journey from paddock to plate as well as fun events to see and take part in including gold prospecting, dog trials, kids activities, sheep races, shearing demonstrations, wool talks and lots more.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy market stalls, live music and lots of delicious local produce.

Windeyer has a rich gold mining history and it known today for its farming and superfine wool. In recent times it has also gained a solid reputation for producing lamb for restaurant tables.

The Lamb Fest is set to be a fun day out for the whole family so don’t miss out.

To find out more, check out Lamb Fest on Facebook, or contact The Gold & Fleece Hotel at Windeyer on 02 6373 8293.

Details at a glance:

When: Saturday 9 September 9:30am – 4pm

Where: Windeyer Recreation Grounds, opposite the Gold & Fleece Hotel

Cost: Free entry/ gold coin donation

Contact: 02 6373 8293

Property maintenance tips for spring

With spring just around the corner it’s important to consider the maintenance needs of your property to keep it in good condition and to avoid any problems as the weather starts heating up.

A property is an extremely important investment and keeping it well maintained will help keep you comfortable in your home and protect the property’s value too.

What should you do as we head into the spring months?


  1. Check smoke alarms – Smoke alarms need to be checked regularly to ensure they are working correctly. According to Fire and Rescue NSW you should test your alarm batteries monthly, vacuum dust off every six months and replace lead or alkaline batteries every 12 months.
  2. Inspect air-conditioning systems – Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a qualified professional before the weather heats up. They may need to clean out air filters to guarantee air quality and ensure it’s working effectively.
  3. Examine rooms for maintenance issues – Look through rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets in particular and see if you notice any cracks or holes. This may require caulking or grouting to prevent future water damage.
  4. Clean out areas prone to dust – Things like clothes dryers and exhaust fans will accumulate dust over time. Use the change of seasons as an excuse to rid the house of dust so it feels fresh and revived in time for spring.


  1. Inspect the exterior and roof – Give the exterior of your property a thorough inspection, looking for things like chipped paint, damaged siding, loose boards or cracks. Repair if necessary.
  2. Troubleshoot drainage issues – Clogged gutters and drains can lead to water damage at your property and so they need to be checked and cleaned out regularly if necessary.
  3. Freshen up plant life – Get into the garden and remove any weeds and dead trees and mow lawns. Trim back healthy trees and bushes in preparation for spring growth.
  4. Check the irrigation system – To ensure your plants are getting enough water in the warmer months check that your irrigation system is working effectively and that there aren’t any blockages or damaged hoses.

The above tips are sure to come in handy if you’re thinking of selling this spring. If you would like more tips or advice to help you sell contact the McGrath Central Tablelands team.

It will pay to recycle in Mudgee

From December 2017, Mudgee residents will be able to earn money from recycling.

The NSW Government has committed to the new Return and Earn 10c container deposit scheme, similar to the existing scheme in SA and NT, allowing residents to earn money from recycling.

More than 500 collection points including 800 reverse vending machines, a first for Australia, will open across NSW and Mudgee is on the rollout map.

The scheme is aimed at reducing containers most commonly used outside of the home and found in the litter stream. The scheme will cover most drink containers between 150 millilitres and 3 litres that display a NSW CDS label. Drink containers usually consumed at home, such as milk and wine bottles, won’t be covered by the scheme and should be recycled using the region’s kerbside collection system.

Eligible containers can still be placed in kerbside collections, with the 10c refund being shared between the council and the waste facility.

The South Australian container deposit scheme has been a huge success, resulting in an 80% return rate of containers. It has also helped charities and community groups collectively raise millions of dollars through clean up projects.

It’s forecasted that Return and Earn will have a similar success in NSW and offer a great fundraising opportunity for local charity organisations.

Visit to find out more about the scheme.



Iconic trophy on its way to Mudgee

The Mudgee region will join racing history next Tuesday 22 August when it plays host to the iconic 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos will join 30 other cities and towns included in the 15th Annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.

Since its inaugural year, the Tour has taken the cup to over 377 towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand, providing communities with a rare opportunity to experience the magic of the $200,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy. Now it will be Mudgee’s turn.

According to the Mid-Western Regional Council’s August Community News, the Mudgee region was chosen as part of this year’s Tour for its community spirit, passion and rich racing history. This year also marks 100 years since Westcourt, a horse with historic ties to Mudgee, won the cup.

The cup is due to arrive in Mudgee on Tuesday 22 August when it will be unveiled at a Mudgee Business Chamber Breakfast. A private visit to schools and nursing homes around the region will follow.

Members of the community will have the chance to get up close and get a photo with the cup during public receptions at Mudgee Library from 3.00pm until 4.30pm and at the Post Office Hotel, Gulgong from 6.00pm until 7.30pm.

Those who get a photo with the cup are encouraged to upload it to Facebook using the hashtags #PeoplesCup and #EmiratesMelbourneCup, for the chance to win a trip for two to Flemington for the running of the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Visit to find out all the details.

Get ready for the spring selling season

The frantic spring selling season is just around the corner, meaning we’re about to see a lot more buyers and sellers coming out of the woodworks.

While the property market is influenced by a lot more than the seasons alone, it’s likely that there will be a lot of buyers out this spring looking to take advantage of recently introduced NSW government stamp duty discounts and other buying incentives.

If you’re thinking about selling and taking advantage of the extra buyer activity, it’s best to start preparing now.

The earlier you start preparing your property for sale the better as it can take several weeks to get your property in top condition and ready for sale.

Here’s what you can do to get your property ready for a spring sale:

Spring clean – A spring sale always warrants a thorough spring clean. Aim to get the property sparkling by doing all of those chores you tend to put off for most of the year such as washing down walls and windows and cleaning out the oven.

Make repairs – Aim to fix any outstanding problems at the property that can catch buyer’s attention for the all the wrong reasons. Fix up things like broken lights or leaking taps and any other issues the property may have.

Get out the paintbrush – Adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to make your property feel like new again. If a property hasn’t been painted in the last 2 years then it could be due for a new coat, particularly if there are lots of marks or scuffs on the walls, or quirky colours have been used.

Tidy gardens – It’s important to pay just as much attention to the outside of the property as the inside. Be sure to trim overgrown trees, fix fencing and clear paths and driveways. Plant new seasonal flowers to help add a bit of colour.

Stage the property – The right furniture and styling choices will help buyers visualise how they can use each space. Staging should never be underestimated. Buyers want to see a property at its absolute best and want to see it at its full potential.

Thinking about selling this spring and want more tips? Contact McGrath Central Tablelands on 02 6372 2584.

Limes and hazelnuts at this weekend’s Mudgee Farm Walks

Get out and about and enjoy one of the last weekends of winter by heading to Mudgee Fine Food’s Farm Walks taking place this Sunday 20th August.

This month’s Farm Walks will take visitors to Bacchus Range Farm and Australian Gourmet Hazelnuts.

Farm Walks are held throughout the year, offering a unique opportunity to meet local producers and hear how passionate they are about what they do.

At Bacchus Range Farm visitors will get to see a range of fresh produce. You might get the chance to see chokeberries, grapes, and almond, hazelnut and apricots trees in flower, and possibly some fruiting.

The farm is well known for its native limes, which should have fruit, with the bushes usually flowering around October/November.

There will also be orange, mandarin and grapefruit trees to see.

It’s a beautiful farm with plenty to see and after a coffee break it will be onto Australian Gourmet Hazelnuts.

Starting off with just 200 trees in 1997, Australian Gourmet Hazelnuts owners Clem and Vanessa Cox have developed a mix of Australian bred varieties.

The visit will include their 3000-tree nut orchard, propagation nursery and processing facility. Visitors will then get the chance to taste and purchase unique Australian hazelnuts, take home recipes, and learn why a handful a day promotes well-being.

Need to know:

Mudgee Farm Walks will meet at the Mudgee Visitors Centre at 84 Market Street at 9am.

Bookings for the Farm Walks are essential and can be bought at the Mudgee Farmers Markets this Saturday or at the Mudgee Visitors Centre.

Call 02 6372 1020 or visit to find out more.

Voice your opinion on Mudgee Hospital redevelopment

The Mid-Western community is invited to attend a public meeting being held next Monday to discuss the long-awaited redevelopment of the Mudgee Hospital.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard will visit Mudgee to attend the meeting and hear from health staff and the local community.

The Mudgee Hospital was one of the big winners in this year’s state budget after being allocated $10.2 million for the redevelopment project. This is to be added to the $60 million that had already been promised, bringing the total amount of state funding to $70.2 million.

It’s expected that $8 million will be spent on the project this financial year, with construction set to get underway in mid-2018.

The local community and health staff have raised a number of health care issues that they would like to see rectified in the hospital redevelopment.

According to the Mudgee Guardian, issues that have been raised include improving outpatient treatments, increasing the number of hospital beds, increasing maternity services, making the emergency department accessible at all hours, community health services and aged care services.

If you’re interested in hearing about the redevelopment and sharing your thoughts, visit the Club Mudgee Auditorium from 9:30am to 10:30am on Monday, August 14.

Want to attend?

Those wishing to attend should email Mr Troy Grant’s office at or phone 6882 3577.



Why were one million homes vacant on census night?

More than a million homes were left empty when census took place in August last year, calling into question whether or not property investors are sitting on empty properties and making it harder for young buyers to break into the market.

But these fears seem to be unfounded with a recent analysis suggesting that there hasn’t been a significant increase in landlords keeping their properties vacant.

Economist Terry Rawnsley, of SGS Economics & Planning, highlighted that despite people’s concerns over the 11.2 per cent of dwellings reported as unoccupied on census night there “does not appear to be a large pool of dwellings withheld from the housing market”.

Reasons why properties were vacant

Rawnsley pointed to a number of “valid reasons” for the unoccupied homes, including newly constructed properties yet to be occupied, properties for sale or under offer, properties in the process of being renovated, deceased estates or the property being between tenancies.

Another reason why so many homes were empty on census night is because many people were simply not at home on that particular night.

It’s also important for people to keep in mind that the 11.2 per cent of unoccupied dwellings recorded in 2016 isn’t a significant result, being only 0.5 percentage points higher than the 2011 census.

Over the past 35 years unoccupied dwellings have consistently made up around 10 per cent of dwellings in Australia.

“With the 2016 census being broadly in line with historical levels we can’t blame investors intentionally leaving homes vacant or the rise of Airbnb,” said Rawnsley.

Some have suggested raising taxes as a penalty for those who leave their properties vacant, however Mr Rawnsley predicts that while this may lead to more properties entering the market, “these numbers would suggest that it would only be a very, very small percentage of unoccupied dwellings”.

Below are some of the reasons why homes were empty on census night:

Source: SGS Economics and Planning

More unoccupied dwellings in the country compared to cities

The analysis also found that capital cities, where most Australians live, had the lowest level of unoccupied dwellings, while less populated regional areas had higher rates.

Sydney, where most people would assume that investors were land-banking properties, had the lowest rate in the country, as the below table shows:

Source: ABS Census – Location on Census Night

“Half of unoccupied dwellings are in regional areas, which really doesn’t fit the narrative of investors leaving properties vacant just for capital gains,” said Rawnsley.

Overall the analysis suggests that the one million plus unoccupied dwellings on census night isn’t the huge issue that it may have seemed at first glance, and there are many reasons why properties may be left vacant for extended periods.

Get racing to Mudgee’s biggest running event

It’s time to get off the couch and start training for the 2017 Mudgee Running Festival taking place on Sunday 20th August.

The popular event is now part of the NSW Regional Running Championships, a series of 5 Half Marathons incorporating races in Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, Dubbo and Carcoar.

Being part of a prestigious championship event means that there will be some big prize money up for grabs for runners and a considerable boost in this year’s numbers too.

But don’t worry if you’re not interested in competing to win, because the Mudgee Running Festival is for people of all ages and fitness levels.

There are 5.4km and 10km fun run/walk events for those wanting a shorter or more relaxed run/walk and 21.1km half marathon and full 42.2km marathon events for all the serious runners out there.

Whichever event you choose to enter, you’ll be taken on a scenic course through the picturesque Mudgee region with lots of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers cheering you on.

The Mudgee Running Festival is a fun family event with a festival-like atmosphere. There will be a jumping castle for the kids, food/drinks, merchandise tents and a coffee van onsite.

Registrations can be made online at

Online registrations close 6pm Thursday 17th August. Entries can then only be made 3pm – 5pm Saturday 19th August, at race headquarters, Lawson Park Mudgee.

Event details at a glance:

When: Sunday 20th August

Where: Race headquarters located at Lawson Park in Mudgee with various starting points depending on chosen course.


Casting call for Doctor Doctor extras

Looking forward to the return of Doctor Doctor to our television sets soon? Ever daydreamed about being part of the show?

Well now might be your chance to grace the small screen with the popular Channel 9 TV show looking for extras to be part of their second series filming right here in Mudgee.

The show is looking for extras that will be available from Wednesday, August 9 to Friday, August 11.

Extras need to be aged over 15, male and female and available over all of the days specified. Own transport is required.

If the above sounds like you then email and include:

  • A current picture of yourself
  • Contact phone number
  • Dates you are available

Those applying need to get in quick. The closing date for applications is this Friday 4th August.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a flexible work schedule who wants to experience being a part of one of Australia’s (and Mudgee’s) most popular TV shows.

Be sure you let all of your family and friends living in Mudgee know about this fun opportunity so they don’t miss out!

To stay up-to-date with Doctor Doctor casting calls in Mudgee you can follow the Doctor Doctor Mudgee Extras Facebook group –