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Where to go on Australia Day in Mudgee

With 2017 well and truly behind us, it’s time to get together for some fun in the sun and one of the nation’s biggest events – Australia Day!

On Friday January 26 everyone in Mudgee will get to enjoy a public holiday, and lots of people will be gearing up to head along to one of our local Aussie Day celebrations.

Australia Day Eve @ The Cellar by Gilbert

Get the party started early this long weekend with the Australia Day Eve Party at the Cellar by Gilbert.

Expect an all-Australian combination of refreshing Goose cider and Yulli’s craft beers, delicious seafood, lamb on the Barbie, plenty of fancy canapés, live tunes and the Gilbert’s very best wines.

Live music, food and wine will be served from 6.30 PM -10.30pm. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Book or find out more by visiting or calling 02 6372 1325.

Australia Day Celebrations @ Robertson Park

To celebrate the achievements of those in our local community head along to Robertson Park in Mudgee from 8am till midday on January 26.

There will be the Official Awards Ceremony, Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Ambassador and a free BBQ breakfast with live music, kid’s activities and market stalls.

Find out more at the Mid-Western Regional Council website –

Australia Day Festival @ Woolpack Hotel

Head on down to the Woolpack Hotel from 3pm for its first ever mini- Aussie Day festival with crab racing, live music, Aussie food and much more.

Australian favourites will be served up for lunch and dinner, as well as their regular menu of pizzas, burgers, steaks, salads and more.

Expect to see live soloist Sam Debenham playing Aussie classics throughout the day, with Sydney DJ Sammy Boyle keeping the party going til late.

Visit to find out more or call 02 6372 1908.


Native trees on offer to property owners as part of vegetation project

Are you looking for trees to create a wind break along your property’s boundary?

The Mid-Western Regional Council is currently offering native trees for FREE to eligible property owners in the region who are wishing to create a wind break along their boundary fences.

There are a limited number of trees available. Priority will be given to properties that are adjacent to high conservation value roadsides, and landholders who are willing to provide in-kind assistance and a commitment to ongoing maintenance.

Trees can provide a number of benefits to property owners. Not only do they offer a wind break but they can also provide privacy, improve air quality, provide shade and reduce noise pollution, as well as many other benefits.

Healthy and attractive trees can also significantly increase property value and make it more aesthetically appealing.

Due to the many benefits that trees provide it is well worth applying to be a part of the native tree program if you think you may be eligible.

The trees are being offered in conjunction with the Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS), as part of a project that aims to plant 4,000 tubestock trees along areas of high conservation value roadsides, or roadsides with habitat characteristics for threatened species.

To find out more about the program, contact the Mid-Western Regional Council on 6378 2850, but get in quick because applications close on Friday 16 February 2018.

Am I recycling right in Mudgee?

Do you know if you’re placing the correct items in your recycling bin? Is it possible that you let general waste slip in with your recyclable items from time to time?

According to a statement in the Mid-Western Regional Council’s January 2018 newsletter, a recent kerbside collection audit has found that the average recycling bin across the region was made up of 8 per cent general waste.

While this number may sound trivial, even a small amount of general waste can lead to the rejection of an entire truck load of recycling and can make working conditions hazardous for employees who sort recycling.

The audit also found that 16 per cent of items placed in general rubbish were recyclable.

The key to making sure the right items end up in your kerbside recycling bin is to educate your household on the correct items to be placed in it.

From the council website, the following items can be placed in kerbside recycling bins:

  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Newspapers
  • Milk & juice cartons
  • Cardboard boxes (Cardboard will need to be broken up or crushed so it fits loosely into the bin.  If cardboard is put in bin too tightly it may jam and cannot be emptied by the collection truck)
  • Aluminium cans
  • Steel cans (including Aerosol)
  • Plastic containers
  • Glass bottles & jars

The following should NOT be placed in the recycling bin:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Food Scraps
  • Polystyrene
  • General Household Rubbish

If everyone in the Mudgee region learns which items can and can’t be recycled, we will all be taking an important step towards protecting our local environment.

For more information about recycling in the region, visit the Mid-Western Regional Council website –

Cruise into Kandos for street machine and hot rod show

Motoring enthusiasts will be rolling into Kandos this Australia Day weekend (27-28 January) to catch the annual Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show.

The car show is held annually at the end of January, attracting thousands of competitors and spectators from around the state to Simpkins Park in Kandos.

Scrutineering will kick off at midday on Friday but Saturday will be the big day of the event with an open air show’n’shine, go-to-whoa, sound-off and burnout eliminations, with a DJ, bucking bull and fireworks rounding out the evening.

On Sunday there will be grass events, burnout finals, riders trying to do the most donuts in 30 seconds and a presentation.

The weekend will also feature a wide range of trade stands and food and drinks, plus visitors are invited to camp on site on the Friday and Saturday nights, at $30 per adult per night, or $40 for both nights. Kids can camp for free.

The Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show is proud to be one of the most laid back and family friendly car shows around, so don’t miss out.

Event tickets can be bought at the gate. Adult, children and family tickets are available and can be bought for individual days or for the whole weekend.

Need to know:

When: Saturday and Sunday 27-28 January. 8am start both days.

Where: Simpkins Park in Kandos

More information: Follow the event Facebook page –

Why you should check your home loan rate

Are you one of the 2 in 5 Australians unaware of the amount of interest being paid on their home loans?

A recent survey carried out by Mortgage Choice has found that about 40 per cent of Australians don’t know their current home loan interest rate and it could be costing them significantly.

The survey revealed that Australians over the age of 60 were most likely to be unaware of their interest rate (46 per cent). It also found that just over 40 per cent of borrowers under 30 didn’t know their interest rate, while 26.9 per cent of those aged from 30 to 39 were unsure of theirs.

Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell believes that many borrowers are taking a “set and forget attitude” towards their mortgage that could be “costing them substantially over the longer term.”

“A home loan is one of the biggest financial investments a person will make in their lifetime. And, if they don’t review it on a regular basis, they could end paying a lot more than they should,” he said.

Flavell also noted that borrowing rates had dropped significantly over the past two years. This means that borrowers who haven’t taken the time to review their home loan are likely to have paid more than necessary.

“In recent months, we have seen many of Australia’s lenders adjust the pricing across their owner-occupied and investment home loan products. These slight changes can make a significant difference to what a borrower has to pay each month,” he said.

Avoid paying too much interest

The Mortgage Choice survey outlines the importance of regularly reviewing your home loan rate and keeping up to date with any interest rate changes.

If you are unhappy with the interest rate you are paying you should chat with your lender and try to negotiate a better deal, otherwise shop around and see if there is a better loan out there that would suit your needs.

Make 2018 the year to donate

If your New Year’s resolution was to spend more time helping others then start the year on the right foot by donating blood.

The Red Cross Mobile Blood Unit is currently in town and with many regular donors currently on holidays they are asking the community to roll up their sleeves to help save lives.

Blood donations are needed all year round for a variety of reasons. People need blood to help them get through serious events in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy, while other have medical conditions that require ongoing blood products so they can stay alive or be healthy.

Statistics show that about one in three people will need blood in their lifetime and yet just one in 30 people donate.

If you are eligible to give blood then help improve this statistic by visiting the Red Cross Mobile Blood Unit located at 86 Market Street this week. Just one donation is needed to help save multiple lives.

Find out more about how you can help save lives by visiting

The full list of times available include:

Monday 15 January – 1:45pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday 16 January –8:00am – 2:00pm

Those donating should make sure to eat a good sized breakfast or lunch and drink 3 or 4 glasses of water or juice in the hours before donating. Also bring photo ID with you.

Discover rare treasures at Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club Swap Meet

The Cudgegong Valley Machinery Club will be hosting their 15th annual swap meet this Sunday 14 January at the Mudgee Showground.

The event is for all of those who enjoy finding rare trinkets, vintage items and everything in between.

People are encouraged to head along and set up a stall in what has been described in previous years as a giant garage sale.

At past events there have been stallholders travel from all over the Central West region to sell items ranging from tools and books to furniture and machinery. You never know what you will find at the swap meet with different items to be found every year.

Want to set up a stall?

Anyone with items to sell can set up a stall at the swap meet for $20 per site. Contact 0438 229 774 to ask about available sites,

There will be free onsite camping on Saturday night for stallholders, so if you’re coming from outside of Mudgee you can bring a tent along and make a weekend of it.

Gates for the event will open at 6am. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16 years.

Need to know:

When: Sunday 14 January from 6am

Where: Mudgee Showground

More info: If you require any further information about the Cudgegong Valley Antique Machinery Club Swap Meet, visit

Australia Day celebrations in Mudgee

Are you planning to celebrate all things Aussie this Australia Day?

For the biggest celebrations in Mudgee on Friday 26 January head along to Robertson Park for the region’s official Australia Day event.

The day will kick off at 8am with a free BBQ breakfast, accompanied by live music, market stalls and kid’s activities.

A major part of the Australia Day celebrations will be the citizenship ceremony where we welcome new Australians, as well as the Mid-Western Regional Council’s Australia Day Awards. This is where we find out who our citizens of the year are and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of people in our community. There will also be a speech by the region’s Australia Day Ambassador. 

It will be a day worth heading along to and make you feel proud to call Australia, and the Mudgee region home.

Need to know:

When: Friday 26 January, 8am to midday

Where: Robertson Park, Mudgee

For more information call 6378 2850 or follow Mid-Western Regional Council on Facebook.

How to achieve your New Year property resolutions

New Year’s resolutions present an opportunity to accomplish goals that we have long set out to complete, but the problem is that it can be hard to make them stick.

The best way to make sure that you keep your resolutions this year is to set out a plan and start making those first steps towards your goals.

Property resolution #1 – Buying a new home

Will 2018 be the year you buy your dream home? Buying a property is a major financial decision so the first step towards purchasing a new home will be to organise your finances.

Chat to lenders and mortgage brokers to get an idea of what you can afford to borrow and organise mortgage pre-approval.

Once you know what you can afford you can start your property hunt and before you know it you’re likely to find the perfect home for you.

Property resolution #2 – Selling up

A new year is a great time to assess your needs and ask if it’s time for a change of scenery.

If you’re thinking about selling up and moving somewhere new then start moving forward by getting a property appraisal from a Mudgee real estate agent.

A property appraisal can help you get a better idea of what your home will sell for, which you can then use to work out what you might be able afford elsewhere.

Property resolution #3 – Improving your current abode

Renovating a property is a great way to capitalise on the home you have, and sometimes a better option than moving.

If you’re not sure where to begin then talk to local builders and tradespeople to find out what your options are. You don’t need to use the services of the first person you talk to, in fact it’s often better to get a few opinions and quotes before deciding what is best for your property.

Be careful of going down the DIY route, while it may seem like a great way to save money, it can cost you more in the long run. Save the tough jobs for the experts to ensure your asset is in good hands.

Need help achieving your property resolution of buying or selling this year? Get in touch with us at McGrath Central Tablelands.

Chill out at Real FM’s pool parties

Real FM’s pool parties are returning to the region’s pools this month and they are sure to be a great way to cool down and have some fun.

The first pool party will take place at the Mudgee Pool on Thursday 11 January, followed by Gulgong Pool on Monday 15 January and Kandos Pool on Thursday 18 January.

The pool parties will include fun activities for all ages to take part in, with games both in and out of the water. The Real FM crew will also be there to blast out the hottest tunes for everyone to groove to.

Previous pool parties have included the popular inflatable obstacle course/slide and fun activities such as limbo and sack races.

With the temperatures souring in Mudgee of late, a dip in one of our region’s pools will provide the perfect way to cool down in the heat. If you head along just remember to slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat if you are going to be out in the sun.

Admission to the region’s pools costs $5 for a single adult visit, $3 for children 16 years and under and $1 for pensioners and spectators. Pool season passes are also available at discounted rates.

Contact the Mid-Western Regional Council if you would like to find out any further details about the region’s pools.

Real FM Pool Party Dates

Mudgee – Thursday 11 January, 3-6pm

Gulgong – Monday 15 January, 3-6pm

Kandos – Thursday 18 January, 3-6pm