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Celebrate everything lamb at Windeyer’s Lamb Fest

The small village of Windeyer will come alive on Saturday 15 September when it hosts its annual Festival of the Lambs.

The family friendly day out will be a celebration of everything to do with lamb.

There will be shearing demonstrations, wool talks, animals you can pat and even sheep racing.

You will also be able to enjoy some delicious paddock to plate produce, stroll through market stalls and learn more about the region’s gold prospecting days.

The Lamb Fest originally came about to highlight the village’s special history.

Windeyer is a fascinating village found just east of Mudgee. It has a rich gold mining history but is now better know for its farming and superfine wool.

In recent times it has also gained a solid reputation for producing lamb for restaurant tables.

The festival will be a fun day out for all and a great opportunity to support one of our local farming communities.

 What you need to know:

When: Saturday 15 September 9:30am – 4pm

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

Cost: Free entry/ gold coin donation

Contact: 02 6373 8293 or check out the Lamb Fest on Facebook.

Bush Fire Danger Period has begun in Mudgee region

Local residents are being reminded that the start of the Bush Fire Danger Period began on September 1 in the Cudgegong Rural Fire Service District, which covers the Mid-Western Regional Council area.

The start of the danger period has been brought forward this year due to dry weather conditions.

What this means for those living in the area is that you will be required to obtain a permit to light a fire on your property, which contains specific conditions on how the fire is to be lit and maintained.

Hefty fines and penalties can apply to those who light a fire without obtaining a permit or following the permit conditions.

Permits are free and can be obtained by contacting the Fire Control Centre in Mudgee on (02) 6372 4434. 

It’s important for local residents not to be complacent about bushfires, as they are a serious threat, particularly as the weather starts to warm up.

Everyone should learn about their individual bushfire risk and take all necessary steps to keep their home and families safe.

Protect your home 

Now is a great time to get outside and do some simple maintenance at your home, if you haven’t already, to help protect it during the bushfire season.

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 – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Where to take Dad this Father’s Day in Mudgee

Stuck for where to take Dad this Father’s Day? Don’t worry because there are a few local venues putting on something special, to help us all celebrate the fantastic dads out there.

Father’s Day Lunch @ Naked Lady Wines

If your dad enjoys a good drop then take him to Naked Lady Wines in Rylstone where they will be putting on a Father’s Day BBQ lunch from 12pm – 4pm on Sunday 2 September.

The lunch will start with wine tasting followed by a shared 3-course BBQ lunch. There will be live music by local band Bush Rock. The cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12. To book a table call 1300 550 239

Fun Day for Farmers @ Mudgee Racecourse

Come from a farming family? Mudgee Racecourse is calling all farmers to kick up their boots and enjoy a day at the races on them. There will be free entry, food, drinks, entertainment and kids activities for all farmers and their families.

Gates will open at 11am on Sunday 2 September at the racecourse. Everyone is welcome to head along and have a great day out!

Sunday Roast @ Mudgee Golf Club

Enjoy some good old-fashioned fare at Mudgee Club where you can get a $15 roast meal for lunch or dinner, and kids can eat free on Sundays. Of course while you’re there Dad is sure to love playing a game or two on the golf course.

Treat Mum and Dad @ Kellys Irish Pub

You can treat Mum this Father’s Day at Kellys Irish Pub with a glass of bubbles on offer for every Mum.

There’s something for the Dad’s too of course, with a 10% discount on offer for all craft beers in their bottleshop.

The kids love Kellys too for its massive playground out in the beer garden, so get the family together for a great meal out. Call 02 63721842 to make a booking.

Don’t miss these Mudgee Wine and Food Festival 2018 events

Get ready to indulge and feast your senses when the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival kicks off on Friday 7th September and continues throughout the month.

The festival will see delicious events popping up all over Mudgee for the month, from live music and tours to tastings, lunches and dinners.

The festival has a number of key events but there will also be unique experiences on offer from each participating winery.

Kick off the festival by sampling some of the best drops in town at the Mudgee Wine Show Dinner on September 7. Award winning wines announced on the night will be available the next day at ‘Go Tasting’ at special prices and guests will get the chance to compare their palates to those of the wine show judges.

If you want to learn more about the amazing wine on offer from the Mudgee region then head along to Wednesday Night Wine on September 19 and 26. These events will see a charismatic Mudgee wine industry personality take you on a journey of wine discovery.

Once you’ve learned about Mudgee’s wine, it’s time to indulge in some food! ‘Go Grazing’ will take place on September 15 and will see some of the region’s best local food produce paired with award winning wines.

If all that indulgence isn’t enough, the festival’s headline event, ‘Flavours of Mudgee’ will take place on September 22 and give everyone the chance to what’s on offer from local producers, winemakers and growers in the region with the backdrop of Mudgee’s historic buildings and famous Clock Tower.

To view the full list of Mudgee Wine and Food events visit www.mudgeewine.com.au.

Mudgee Wine and Food Festival 2018 key events:

Mudgee Wine Show Dinner: Friday 7 September

Go Tasting: Saturday 8 September

Wednesday Night Wine: Wednesday 19 & 26 September

Go Grazing: Saturday 15 September

Flavours of Mudgee: Saturday 22 September

Will you be selling this spring? Here’s how you can prepare now

The highly anticipated spring selling season is just around the corner, which is likely to bring a number of home purchasers out of the woodworks as they try to lock in their dream home by the end of the year.

If you’ve been thinking about selling your property during the spring selling season to make the most of increased buyer activity then it’s best to get in early.

It can take several weeks to get a property in top condition and ready for sale so the sooner you act the sooner you will be ready to put your property on the market.

Here’s what you need to do:

Clean

A spring sale warrants a spring clean. This means doing all of those cleaning chores that you might neglect for most of the year, such as washing windows and cleaning out the oven. Everything should be sparkling clean from floor to ceiling.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to do a thorough clean then it could be worth investing in a professional cleaner to do the hard work for you, you’ll just have to keep the property clean for the duration of the sale.

De-clutter

It’s time to pack away anything at the property that you won’t need while it’s on the market, this will help you get ready for your big move and help streamline the appearance of your home too.

You don’t want too many items in each room when potential buyers come to visit. They want to be able to visualise themselves in the space and it can be hard to do this when there is too much “stuff” around.

Hiring a home staging service can help you plan out what you might like to keep in the property for staging purposes. For everything else you might like to consider using a storage unit or asking a friend if you can store items at their property until your move.

Repair

You should always fix any outstanding problems at the property, such as loose fence palings or broken lights, before the property hits the market.

Even the smallest problem can devalue a property significantly as potential buyers may overestimate the cost to get it fixed. Save yourself any dramas and try to fix any minor issues as soon as possible.

Renovate

There’s no need to splash out on expensive renovations before selling but you may want to make a few cosmetic improvements to the property to help it look like new again.

Painting offers fantastic bang for buck and can revive even the oldest of properties. A few other renovations to consider, depending on the property’s current condition, include new flooring or a small makeover for the kitchen or bathroom.

Landscape

Don’t neglect the outside of the property at sale time, as this might be the area that wins buyers over.

Make sure to trim overgrown trees, fix fencing and clear paths and driveways. Plant new seasonal flowers to help add a bit of colour.

Thinking about putting your property on the market this spring and want more advice? Contact McGrath Central Tablelands on 02 6372 2584.

Do you have a heritage property in the Mudgee region?

Do you own a property in a Heritage Conservation Area? If so, you might be eligible for a financial boost to help maintain it.

The Mid-Western Regional Council is providing funding through its Local Heritage Grants program for minor repairs and maintenance such as external painting, roofing and restoration across heritage sites in the region.

According to the Mid-Western Regional Council’s website more than 400 individually listed heritage items and four heritage conservation areas are recognised within the Gulgong, Mudgee and Rylstone urban areas. Each conservation area contains a unique blend of historic buildings, parks and trees, monuments and artefacts.

It is important that the region’s unique history and heritage is maintained to help people connect to our past and continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

How do I know if my property is heritage listed?

If you want to find out whether or not your property is heritage listed, or located within a heritage conservation area, simply head to www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/find-a-property.

You may also like to check your property’s status with a Council Duty Planner.

Applying for a grant

Application forms and further information about Local Heritage Grants are available from the Mid-Western Regional Council website.

Grants between $1,500 and $5,000 are available, with matched funding to be provided by the applicant.

Applications close this Friday 24 August, with work needing to be completed by Friday 26 April 2019.

Owners should keep in mind that they may need to obtain development approval before carrying out any work on their property.

It’s best to speak with council in the early stages of development and it may be useful to engage a conservation architect or heritage consultant to assist with any planned changes to the property.

First home buyers driving property demand

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently released their housing finance data for June 2018, revealing that first home buyers were one of the key drivers for the property market.

Figures show that the Australian housing market as a whole is coming off the boil, with housing finance down, largely due to a reduction in investor commitments.

The total value of housing finance commitments was $31.2 billion for the month, which was the lowest monthly value seen since January 2016. From this amount, $20.8 billion worth of commitments was made to owner occupiers and $10.4 billion was made to investors.

Lending commitments from both owner occupiers and investors was down in June 2018, however the proportion of first home buyers was at the highest level seen since October 2012, at 18.1 per cent.

The volume of first home buyer commitments has been on the increase since the middle of last year when both the state and federal governments introduced new government incentives.

In particular, many first home buyers in NSW and Victoria have been entering the market to take advantage of generous stamp duty savings that have been available since July 2017.

But it’s not just government incentives that are drawing first home buyers into the market. Many buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates and shrinking investor activity, which is making it easier to snare a property.

Tips for those who want to break into the market while the going is good: 

  • Look at a variety of areas – If you can’t afford where you want to buy then look to its neighbours or perhaps even further afield.
  • Talk to the bank of mum and dad – If you’re struggling to save a large enough deposit then your parents may be willing to help you out either financially, or by offering to sign on as a guarantor.
  • Consider LMI – Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI) provides a way to quickly jump on a property opportunity when you haven’t got a large enough deposit saved.
  • Get expert help – Talk to a mortgage broker or lender as early in the home buying process as possible so you understand your borrowing capacity. It can also be worth seeking the help of a buyer’s agent to help you find and negotiate the right property for you.

For any tips or advice about buying a first home in Mudgee contact the team at McGrath Central Tablelands.

New sculptures at Lawson Park

Next time you visit Mudgee’s Lawson Park you’ll get the chance to see the three new sculptures that have been installed along the Lawson Park Sculpture Walks as part of the park’s growing public collection.

Lawson Park’s sculptural works have been curated over a number of years as part of a partnership between the Mid-Western Regional Council and the annual Sculptures in the Garden event.

The first of the new sculptures is named Turbulent and is by Leeton artist Tobias Bennett and was the Sculptures in the Garden 2017 Moolarben Acquisition.A second piece, Gathering, is by Victorian based blacksmith Simon Pankhurst and is a reflection of people gathering in different ways.

The last of the new sculptures, Town, by Paul Bacon, was awarded the 2017 Friends of Sculptures in the Garden Prize.

Lawson Park’s sculptures are a great example of the cultural diversity that can be found in the Mudgee region and the walk makes for a great way to spend a day out.

Lawson Park Guided Sculpture Walk

If you’re interested in finding out more about the captivating sculptures that mark their way around Lawson Park then head along to a free-guided walk on Saturday 15 September 2018.

Local artists will lead the walk and give participants the chance to discuss and learn more about the sculptures on display.

Simply meet at the gates to Lawson Park West on the corner of Church St and Short St on the day at 10am.

For further information about the walk or the new sculptures call the Mid-Western Regional Council on 6378 2850 or email council@midwestern.nsw.gov.au.

A race day treat for farming families

The Mudgee Race Club and its many supporters are inviting all farmers and their families to the next race day for a special day out on them.

The Farmers Family Day Out will take place during the club’s Sunday September 2nd Race Meeting.

Farmers that head along will be treated to a delicious lunch, hospitality, carnival rides, face painting and a jumping castle.

There will also be live entertainment from musicians Jess Holland & Paul Costa. Plus everyone will be able to enjoy all the fun and excitement of the races themselves.

The event will be a great chance for farmers to get away from the harsh conditions they are dealing with to enjoy a fun and free day out.

So join in on the community spirit, let your family and friends know and head along to Mudgee Race Club on September 2nd to show your support to our local farmers.

Need to know:

When: Saturday, September 2 2018

Where: Mudgee Race Club – Cassilis Rd, Mudgee

Information: 0448967778

 

Image via https://www.facebook.com/mudgeeraceclub/

How to cut costs on your renovation

Renovation budgets can quickly blow out of control, but with clever planning and a bit of know-how there are ways to save.

It’s important to know where you should try and cut costs and where to spend the money so that you end up with a new space that has been completed to a high-quality and will stand the test of time.

Know when to DIY

One of the best ways to save money on a renovation is to do a lot of the hard work yourself, however if you take on more than you’re capable of you might end up needing someone to come in and fix up your mistakes.

When it comes to DIY it’s best to stick with the work that doesn’t require too much skill, so you can leave the tricky stuff to the professionals.

Some tasks that home renovators may like to tackle themselves include doing demolition work, painting or landscaping. However keep in mind that you should always check if a wall is load bearing or contains asbestos before you get out the crowbar.

If you are hiring a builder or tradesperson to carry out any work for you, ask if there is anything you can do to help cut down on the hours they will need to work, such as prepping or cleaning up the site for them.

Reuse materials 

New products can be costly, so if there is anything you can salvage and re-use then you can make huge savings.

Things like old doors or cabinets can scrub up like new again with a sanding and a new coat of paint.

If you need to find new items, then you could consider searching for items that have been pre-loved by someone else.

Search buy/sell/trade websites or go on the hunt for used materials in the area. You might be surprised at what can be found at a fraction of the price of something bought brand new.

Find affordable materials

Sure a marble benchtop might look nice, but there are plenty of cheaper materials that can provide the same look for a fraction of the price.

Try to avoid going for the most high-end products you can find. In many cases using high-end products add little to the overall aesthetic, but they will add a huge dent in you bank balance.

Save high-end products for small items where you really want to make a statement, but don’t feel the need to choose them if they aren’t within your budget. Which brings us to the next point…

Stick to a budget

It’s easy to get carried away with renovations so it always helps if you have a well-planned out budget in mind. Cost up everything you want to do, being as detailed as you can. Seeing your budget laid out on paper may also help you work out the areas where you are spending too much and could cut back.

It is often a good idea to have an extra 10% saved away to add to your budget in case any problems come up along the way, but if you plan thoroughly enough then hopefully this won’t be needed.

Get lots of quotes

When hiring people to carry out work for you it’s always worth getting at least a second or a third opinion. Costs can vary greatly between contractors so you can save just by taking the time to see what different people can offer.

Also before hiring anyone it is also a good idea to find reviews and make sure that they are trustworthy and will carry out the work to your satisfaction.

Take your time

Renovating can be stressful. Take your time in the planning phase so you know exactly what your goals are and you don’t make any rash decisions that you’ll regret later on.