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5 tips to help you find the perfect family home

Finding the perfect family home can be tough. While a single person or couple may be able to settle for a smaller home or be more flexible with their location, those looking for a family home need to ensure there is enough space for the kids to run around and good schools close by.

So how do you know you’re onto a winner and have found a home that will suit your family now and into the future?

Here are some things to look out for:

  1. Research schools and childcare

A good education is priceless so at the top of your home-buying list should be a location with suitable schools and childcare available nearby.

Always review local educational and child-minding services for your children so you know what is available to you and what school zones apply.

  1. Think about functionality

Many families require a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms but it’s also worth thinking about how many living areas you might require, or storage space. Large families should also pay attention to kitchen and dining spaces and ensure there is enough room for everyone to sit around and enjoy a meal together comfortably.

  1. Go for a big yard

Do you and your family value spending time outdoors? If so then you’ll want plenty of room for the kids to be able to run around and you may even want other features such as a pool or outdoor entertaining area.

If you find a great home with a small yard then at least consider whether there are good parks and recreational areas nearby that you can spend time in.

  1. Consider safety

While community safety is of paramount importance, so is the safety of the house itself.

A doer-upper probably isn’t the best kind of home to buy if you have young children running around. You may also prefer a home that is all one level so that little legs don’t need to navigate stairs.

  1. Find a good neighbourhood

When it comes to finding a great family home it’s all about location, location, location. At the end of the day you want to be surrounded by a good community and have lots of amenities and places to play nearby.

Luckily, there are plenty of places in the Mudgee region that meet all of the above criteria. If you’re looking for help finding a perfect home for your family in the region then get in touch with the McGrath Central Tablelands team.

Big changes planned for Glen Willow Sporting Complex

Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex is set for major changes after the Mid-Western Regional Council voted in favour of an updated Master Plan at a council meeting earlier this month.

The master plan outlines the delivery of additional facilities for netball, hockey, rugby league, rugby union, cricket, soccer and touch football at the complex, to help attract high profile teams to the region and increase local participation in sport.

Following feedback from sporting committees minor amendments have been made to the master plan. Changes include the replacement of the northern most cricket and AFL oval, with two multi-purpose fields; more carparking areas; more shedding locations; a location for cricket nets; alteration to the walking track/cycleway path; and potential future vehicle access to the complex from Cox Street.

The delivery of the Glen Willow master plan will take place over stages. The first stage is already complete, but the development of future stages may depend on external funding from sporting organisations.

According to the draft plan, of primary importance is the development of more playing fields and additional regional level fields complete with grandstand, amenities, media and other facilities in order to attract the level of competition necessary to attract other regional teams.

Have your say

The amended Glen Willow Master Plan is currently on public exhibition for 28 days for comment and community input.

Click here to find out where you can view the document.

Feedback needs to be provided by 4.30pm on Friday, 18 May 2018.

How to create a quiet home oasis

Whether your neighbours are too loud or you can hear too much noise from the street, many people want to block out outside noises at their home.

Luckily there are a few simple things that anyone can do to soundproof their homes so they can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Close gaps around doors and windows – Sound can “leak” into a house in a similar way to air so it’s important to seal up any external gaps that will let noise carry through into your home.

Install double-glazing and thicker doors – If you can afford it then invest in double-glazed windows and thick external doors. These will all help create an added barrier against outside noise.

Insulate – Insulation will help dampen sounds and is worth investing in if you’re renovating or building. Ordinary insulation in the walls will help create a bit of a buffer to the outside, but if noise is an issue at your home it’s best to spend a bit more on a sound proof insulation material designed to help with noise reduction. Specialised plasterboard is also worth considering if you are trying to soundproof your home.

Add inside layers – Things like thick curtains, or carpets and rugs can all help with noise reduction. There are even companies that specialise in ‘soundproof’ curtains and window treatments that could be worth looking into.

Build a solid fence – A well-constructed fence will create a barrier against noise. Aim to build as high and thick a fence as finances and regulations allow if you want to reduce noise as much as possible.

Plant trees and shrubs – Landscaping is a great way to combat external noise issues and help provide privacy too. Plant lots of trees and bushy hedges planted along fence lines to help create an added sound buffer. Use evergreen trees if you want year round sound protection.

 

Mudgee region Anzac Services 2018

Hundreds of people across the Mudgee region will be waking up early tomorrow morning to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Australian servicemen and women.

This year’s Anzac Day is the final year of the Centenary of Anzac, a four-year commemorative event that marks 100 years since World War One (1914 – 1918).

Crowds will gather at the cenotaph in Robertson Park ready for a dawn service at 6am.

Later on in the day there will be an Anzac Day march starting at Club Mudgee at 10:40 (best to get there early so you’re ready for the procession to begin) and making its way to Robertson Park, ready for an 11am service.

There will also be services held in Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos.

Local services are listed below.

Lest we forget.

Mudgee

Dawn Service: 6am at Robertson Park, Mudgee

Anzac Day March: from Club Mudgee to Robertson Park – steps off at 10.40am

Main Service: 11am at Robertson Park, Mudgee

Gulgong

Dawn Service: 6am at Anzac Park, Gulgong (Meet at Fire Station at 5:45am)

Anzac breakfast: 7am at Gulgong RSL Club

ANZAC Day March: from Gulgong Fire Station to Anzac Park – steps off at 10:45am

Main Service: 11am at Anzac Park, Gulgong

ANZAC Day lunch: 12:30pm at Gulgong RSL Club

Rylstone

Dawn Service: 6am at Rylstone War Memorial

Kandos

Dawn Service: 6:30am at Kandos Community Hall

ANZAC Day March: from the Rotunda, Angus Ave, Kandos – steps off at 10:45am

Main Service: 11am at Kandos Community Hall

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 www.wingswheelsandwine.com.au or email info@mudgeeaeroclub.hwy.com.au.

 

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

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 nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/the-end.

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 kay@rosby.com.au

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.”