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Reserve your seat at Rylstone’s biggest feast

The Rylstone StreetFeast is still a few months away but you’ll need to reserve your tickets to its highly anticipated Long Lunch soon if you don’t want to miss out.

Taking place on Saturday 28th October 2017, StreetFeast is one of the Rylstone-Kandos District’s premier annual events allowing patrons to enjoy the scenic beauty of the district and enjoy a diverse range of local foods, produce, wines, art and craftwork.

The highlight of the event is undoubtedly its epic Long Lunch set amongst the avenue of shady trees lining Louee Street.

The gourmet four-course meal allows guests to sample some of the freshest seasonal produce the local region has to offer.

As well as the Long Lunch, local cafes and hotels will be opening their doors to offer delicious meals and refreshments. There will also be a fantastic mix of markets, shops, entertainment and more for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to the daytime festivities in the main street on the Saturday of the event there is also likely to be live entertainment in local pubs and clubs in the evening until late, plus there is always plenty to see and do in the Rylstone and Kandos area.

With so much to see and do all weekend long it’s best to start planning tickets and accommodation as early as possible because in past years they have booked out fast.

To book your tickets to the Rylstone StreetFeast Long Lunch and find out more about the festival visit www.rylstonestreetfeast.com.au. You can also follow the event on Facebook – www.facebook.com/StreetfeastRylstone.

 

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Visit Mudgee Small Farm Field Days 2017

The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days is just around the corner and this year the event will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and 20th anniversary of the first event at the AREC site.

Taking place on Friday 14 July and Saturday 15 July, this premier field day event for Central West NSW will bring an extensive range of demonstrations, talks, lectures, stalls, exhibitions and more to Mudgee.

Since the event’s inception in 1977, the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days has been connecting people living on the land with a broad range of suppliers of the widest possible range of goods and services.

While primarily education-focused, the two-day event has plenty of fun things to see and take part in and it makes for a great day out for the whole family.

A few of this year’s field days highlights will include:

  • Fashion parades (The theme this year is ‘Rustic Revolution’)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Gardening talks
  • Building and agriculture talks and advice
  • Health discussions
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Wood chopping
  • Livestock displays
  • Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club grand parade
  • The Festival of Yesteryear where you can learn how things used to be done
  • Plus much, much more!

The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days is a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family.

Parking will be free at the event but if you don’t want to worry about finding a park you can take a free shuttle bus from various locations around Mudgee, departing every 20 minutes.

Gates will be open from 8.30 am till 5pm each day.

To find out more about this year’s event and to view the full program visit http://mudgeefielddays.com.au/.

How to prepare your home for property inspections?

Getting your home ready for sale? Want to know what grabs buyers’ attention?

Buyers tend to be quite discerning when it comes to picking out their future home and may notice things that aren’t obvious to the owner.

Sometimes small issues with a property can fade into the background after living in a property for a number of years, but not much gets past the eyes of someone looking to make as large a financial commitment as buying a home.

Luckily, most issues can be easily fixed, particularly when you become aware of the things that stand out to buyers.

So what should you pay attention to when selling?

The interior:

Kitchen – There’s no denying that the kitchen is the heart and soul of a home, and for this reason it tends to get a lot of scrutiny from buyers. The kitchen should always be kept clean and tidy while on the market. Make sure dirty dishes are never left out and that countertops are free of clutter and too many kitchen appliances.

Lighting – Bad lighting can put a dark shadow on a property. It’s best to aim for rooms that are light and bright. This can be done by opening up curtains and blinds and turning on lights before viewings. If additional light is needed, mirrors or a fresh paint job in light colours can help brighten up a space.

Colours – Loud and quirky colours throughout a home can be quite off-putting for some buyers. If time and money allow, add a fresh coat of paint in neutral colours. Most things around a property can benefit from a coat of paint, including walls, cabinets, and even tiled surfaces. Visit your local paint store for advice.

Room sizes – Buyers want to ensure that a room will fit their furniture and suit their needs. While you may not be able to make rooms any bigger, you can create the illusion of extra space by de-cluttering, rearranging furniture and ensuring there is adequate lighting.

The exterior:

Front fence – One of the first things buyers will see is the front fence so it’s important that it’s standing straight and that it creates an attractive border for the property. Consider painting the fence to brighten it up and fix any loose or broken palings.

Driveway – Buyers will immediately notice things like weeds and oil stains as they walk down the driveway. Get rid of these and keep kids’ toys, gardening equipment and bins well out of sight.

Garden – The garden can be a major asset to a property if you put the work in. Keep it well manicured throughout your property’s sale by pruning overgrowth and regularly mowing lawns.

Front Porch – Aim to make the front of your property as friendly and welcoming as possible. Keep this area neat and tidy and have a fresh welcome mat out to greet visitors. A couple of pot plants out the front can add a nice touch too.

When preparing your property for sale, keep in mind that everything matters to buyers.

Pay attention to every inch of your property and try to see it from a buyer’s perspective. Getting a third party to come and take a look at your property and provide advice is always helpful. If you’d like to have a chat about your property, call the Professionals Mudgee team.

Can you go a month without plastic?

The Mid-Western Regional Council is challenging the local community to give up plastic for a month as part of Plastic Free July.

As part of the challenge, local households, businesses and schools are being asked to refuse single use plastic (such as plastic shopping bags) for the entire month of July.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenge communities to find ways to get by without it.

The council is working with stores in Mudgee, Rylstone, Kandos and Gulgong to provide a limited number of customers with reusable bags throughout the month as part of the initiative.

A few other ways you can contribute to the initiative include (from the Plastic Free July website):

  • Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
  • Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
  • Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
  • Recycling what cannot be avoided

Plastic is becoming a major environmental concern that is littering our waterways and harming wildlife. It can also end up being transferred to the food chain. There are many reasons why we need to find ways to reduce plastic use and it can be as simple as finding ways to use less plastic in our day-to-day lives.

To find out more about the challenge visit – www.plasticfreejuly.org – and help make Mudgee plastic free for July and the future.

New recycling centre for Mid-Western Region

It’s now a little easier for Mudgee residents to keep up their good recycling habits, thanks to the new Community Recycling Centre opening its doors at Mudgee’s Waste Facility.

Local residents will now be able to dispose of items such as paint tins, gas bottles, batteries, e-waste and other domestic wastes for free.

The centre was officially opened last month and was jointly funded by the Mid-Western Regional Council and a $78,781 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The facility will help divert items away from landfill and hopefully help prevent items from being dumped in inappropriate places such as waterways or drains.

Everything is clearly marked at the centre, making drop off easy. Waste items will be either safely disposed of or recycled. For example the lead, acid and plastic in lead acid batteries will be recovered and recycled, keeping these materials out of our landfill.

The Community Recycling Centre is open on Monday to Friday from 8am to 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

The following items can be disposed of for free:

  • Paint
  • Gas bottles and fire extinguishers
  • Fluoro globes and tubes
  • Household and car batteries
  • Smoke detectors
  • Motor and other oils
  • E-waste

Mudgee buyers to benefit from latest NSW housing reforms

The NSW state government has recently announced changes to improve housing affordability in the state, including scrapping stamp duty for first homebuyers of existing homes.

Under the new changes, first homebuyers will be exempt from paying stamp duty on new or existing homes up to the value of $650,000. A stamp duty discount will also apply for homes up to $800,000.

Previously only new homes under $550,000 were eligible for the stamp duty exemption.

As well as the changes in stamp duty, insurance duty on LMI will be abolished. The government will also provide a $10,000 grant for builders of new homes up to $750,000 and purchases of new homes up to $600,000.

Meanwhile, changes have also been made to help first homeowners compete with investors. Stamp duty concessions for residential properties bought off the plan will no longer be available, neither will the ability for investors to defer payment of stamp duty for 12 months. The $5000 new home grant scheme will also be abolished.

The new housing measures will take effect from 1 July this year.

These new changes will help first homebuyers enter the market sooner and provide them with more options, particularly now that stamp duty exemptions will apply to the purchase of existing properties.

This will allow first homebuyers in Mudgee to save when buying an established property in the region, which can be considerably cheaper than a brand new home.

For further information on the latest housing grants and schemes, visit www.osr.nsw.gov.au/grants.

To view properties for sale in Mudgee visit professionalsmudgee.com.au.

New initiative encourages people to shop local in Mudgee

If you’re a strong advocate of “spending local” you’re going to love the latest initiative from the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce.

They will soon be launching “Mudgee Money” – a gift card program that will encourage people to shop local in the Mid Western Region by locking dollars into being spent at local participating stores.

Those wanting to buy the Mudgee Money Gift Cards will be able to choose the amount of money the gift card will be worth and then this will be loaded onto the card where it can then be passed on as a gift.

Someone who has been gifted the card will be able to redeem it at any “Redemption” store’s configured EFTPOS facility in the region.

The Mudgee Chamber of Commerce is calling for all Mid Western Region Businesses to be involved in the new Mudgee Money Gift Card campaign. To find out more information – email info@mudgeebusiness.com.au.

According to the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce, “If we increased spending in our Mid Western Region by just 2% per year then this would create 23 additional jobs and generate $4 million dollars in additional economic value to the region. Just imagine if we could increase that by more than 2%.”

So support the region that supports you and next time you’re thinking about buying a gift, consider using a Mudgee Money Gift Card.

Don’t forget to also support local by finding out what is on offer in the local region and aiming to shop from local businesses whenever you can.

What to get up to in the Mudgee region for the long weekend?

The June long weekend is almost here, giving locals and visitors to Mudgee a chance to get out and about and enjoy everything that this wonderful region has to offer.

There will be plenty to see and do over the weekend, including the famous Henry Lawson Heritage Festival in Gulgong as well as markets, parties and a whole lot more. 

Henry Lawson Heritage Festival 

Don’t miss out on this weekend’s biggest event – the Henry Lawson Heritage Festival. The old gold rush town of Gulgong will come alive for the event with everything from history and literary events to a pilgrimage drive, as well as food and wine and country racing.

Some of the event highlights will include a literary awards dinner and show, pilgrimage drive from Grenfell to Gulgong, heritage photos, pavement art, photo competition and exhibition, historic bus trip, food fair and wine tasting, Gulgong Gold Cup country race day and a poet’s or writer’s morning tea.

To find out more, visit www.gulgonghenrylawsonheritagefestival.com.

Gooree Park Mega Wine Sale

Wine connoisseurs won’t want to miss out on Gooree Park’s annual mega wine sale. There will be discounts off the entire wine range at Gooree Park Wines Cellar Door, giving everyone the opportunity to stock up on their favourite drops.

The sale will run Friday to Monday of the June long weekend. For more information you can call 6378 1800 or visit www.gooreepark.com.

Mudgee Makers Market

Head to the Mudgee Makers Market on Saturday morning to find a wide range of handcrafted food, produce and art from our region.

The Makers Markets is a fantastic place to find gourmet food and unique finds. The markets run from 8.30am until 12.30pm and are only held a few times a year so you won’t want to miss out.

For more information visit mudgeefinefoods.com.au.

Vineyard escapes 

Mudgee’s local wineries and restaurants will be worth a visit over the long weekend, especially as some will be holding special events. You can visit Gooree Park for a Winter Wagyu Lazy Lunch for just $15, or head to Short Sheep Micro-Winery on Friday night for an intimate guided wine tasting by candlelight. It will also be worth heading to Burrundulla Wines over the long weekend to catch a pop-up café by Rachael McCarthy.

Rent Party @ Kandos Museum

Kandos Museum is having a rent party on Saturday 10 June from 6pm. There will be plenty of delicious food to enjoy as well as wine from renowned Kandos-Rylstone producers, Naked Lady Wines and De Beaurepaire Wines. Great music will accompany the evening with local talent Pete Foerster and Andrew Ross providing a great blend of blue/soul/country to delight your ears.

Find out more by visiting www.kandosmuseum.org.au.

Turn your garden into a major selling point

A beautiful and well-kept garden is often at the top of many homebuyers’ wish lists.

Some rank a garden, or the amount of room to run around outside, as more important than the number of bedrooms or the state of the kitchen.

Gardens are just as important in smaller properties as they are in bigger ones. Whether you live in a unit, house or on acreage people will pay attention to outdoor areas and what they have to offer the property.

There are a number of things that buyers might look for in a garden, these include the ability to entertain, privacy and room to take up hobbies.

If you’re thinking about selling and want to add a bit more “wow” factor to your garden, try to think of it as an extra room of your home and help it fulfil a purpose whether it’s relaxing or entertaining, or simply a place to take up hobbies or grow some food.

Tips for improving your garden:

  • Mow and water lawns regularly to keep them looking neat, healthy and green.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to keep your gardens orderly and to open up any potential views.
  • Create a space for entertaining. Be sure to include a table and chairs and if you have the space possibly an outdoor couch and barbecue.
  • Choose trees carefully before planting. Consider what they will look like fully-grown and whether they will add privacy or spoil views.
  • Consider planting fruit trees or a veggie/herb garden to add an attractive property feature.
  • For small gardens – make the most of space by using hanging pots or vertical gardens.

Get creative and turn your garden into a property feature to be proud of. If you need help planning out your garden then it can help to talk to a landscape designer or an expert from your local gardening store.

If you’re looking to sell and want to have a chat about how much value your garden adds to your property, contact the Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team.

Sculptures in the Garden calling for artists

Mudgee artists will have a chance to showcase their creative talents at this year’s popular Sculptures in the Garden exhibition.

The annual event will take place over two days, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2017, in the garden at Rosby vineyard.

This not for profit outdoor exhibition gives local, regional and interstate artists an avenue to showcase their works in beautiful rural surroundings, with an estimated 3,000 visitors anticipated to visit this year’s event.

All Mudgee artists are strongly encouraged to submit their works to the event as it is a great opportunity to gain exposure and there is a high chance that the artworks will sell, with 50 per cent of over 230 sculptures being sold last year.

The exhibition offers some great prizes for participating artists and it also helps raise funds for a very worthy cause. All funds raised from the event go to the local branch of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and also contributes funds to acquire works for the Mudgee region’s public sculpture collection.

A range of artistic styles will be on display at the event however artists this year are encouraged to submit pieces that can be enjoyed without the sense of sight.

These ‘sensory sculptures’ will be able to be enjoyed by being felt, heard or even smelt and those thinking about entering in this category will need to be happy to potentially have guests touching your work,

Entries for Sculptures in the Garden 2017 are open until Friday 8 September and those wanting to find out more should visit www.sculpturesinthegarden.com.au.

 

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