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Popular Mudgee property office joins McGrath network

One of Mudgee’s most well-known real estate offices, Professionals Mudgee, has joined leading residential real estate group McGrath Estate Agents.

McGrath Central Tablelands is the first McGrath office for the NSW Central Tablelands and its sales manager Adam Woods says the move will help them expand their service in the region.

“By partnering with McGrath, I believe we can take our business to even greater heights locally, providing a sophisticated service to both buyers and sellers and we are excited about the opportunities ahead for our business and our clients.” said Mr Woods.

McGrath Founder and Executive Director John McGrath said opening its first office in the Central Tablelands region was a strategic and considered move as the company continues its expansion into new regions.

“We are excited to be expanding into this new market as we see opportunities for growth in this semi- rural area. I believe there is a strong synergy between Sydney and Mudgee, making it a natural fit for the McGrath brand.”

Being a popular tree-change destination, Mudgee has experienced healthy price growth over the past five years with house values rising by 15.4 per cent to $378,000, according to CoreLogic RP Data February 2017.

“Mudgee and its surrounds are becoming increasingly sought after as buyers recognise the value and lifestyle on offer. Mudgee has long been popular with downsizers however we are now seeing more young families moving to the area, attracted to the selection of quality schools, parks and green spaces and strong sense of community,” said Mr Adam Woods.

McGrath Central Tablelands is led by Principals Denis and Helen Woods, who bring with them more than 30 years of industry experience, with Sales Manager Adam Woods leading their sales team.

Together they will continue to offer the first-rate property service the Mudgee community has come to expect.

McGrath Central Tablelands is located at 79 Church Street, Mudgee NSW. Phone: (02) 6372 2584.

Parkview Hotel Mudgee Open Day

You may have noticed all of the exciting renovations taking place at the Parkview Hotel Mudgee on Market Street and now it’s time to see all of that hard work up close.

The hotel will be opening up it’s doors this Saturday making for a rare opportunity to see the hotel inside and out without having to book a room.

The hotel will be opening its doors on its open day from 11.00am through to 3.00pm. The hotel’s café will be open and serving up treats too.

The Parkview Hotel is one of Mudgee’s treasures, dating back to about 1870 when it was originally a pharmacy and residence. After receiving a number of renovations and having varying uses over the years, its latest incarnation will turn it into high quality accommodation complete with 7 boutique suites & ensuites, one with full disabled access, and featuring high quality fixtures & fittings and professional friendly staff.

The hotel also features a café, an internal dining room & an outdoor courtyard area, serving breakfast & lunches. Eventually there will be a liquor licence too.

To see the hotel for yourself head along this Saturday and don’t be late!

For more information about the Parkview Hotel Mudgee visit www.parkviewhotelmudgee.com.au.

You can also follow the hotel on Facebook and see photos from the renovations.

Parkview Hotel Mudgee Open Day

When: Saturday 4th March 2017 11am – 3pm

Where: Parkview Hotel Mudgee – 99 Market Street Mudgee

 

Image via https://www.facebook.com/Parkview-Hotel-Mudgee-271277546562980/

Helping those affected by bushfires

The damage from the weekend’s fires has been devastating. Too many houses, buildings and livestock have been lost and the full damage is still yet to be assessed.

Being the generous community that Mudgee is, many people have come out to try to support those in need and we have seen many offering their hands to help in any way they can.

For those unsure of how they can help we thought we would compile a list of ways to offer your contributions:

Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires Facebook Page

We recommend following the Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires Facebook Page, which has been created specifically to spread the word about where to offer assistance and donations.

They have been sharing calls for help and assistance and are worth following so you can stay up-to-date with information on the various ways to offer help.

It is also worth contacting the page if you are trying to reach out for community help.

Helping Hand for a Mate on the Land

A fodder run will leave from Cootamundra this Saturday (18/2/17) and drive to the fire affected areas of Leadville, Cassilis, Duneedo and Coolah to deliver bales of hay to help feed surviving livestock.

At the time of writing a number of writing there is about 800 bales of both rolls and big squares of hay set to be carted on 18-20 trucks.

The biggest push now is for funds to provide further help and support, however if you think you can offer more help in terms of hay, drivers or trucks then get in touch with the organisers – Paul Manwarring on 0407 304 052 or Andrew Glover on 0427 203 895.

All help is appreciated. To find out more visit the Helping Hand for a Mate on the Land Facebook Page.

Gofundme pages 

A number of gofundme pages have been created to help raise funds for those affected by the fires and there is likely to be more go up as time progresses. Here are some of the pages so far: 

  • https://www.gofundme.com/local-fire-services-landholders – From the page: The Mudgee Show Rodeo is fundraising for local landholders and RFS Volunteers directly impacted by the fire. Money raised will go directly to our locals affected by the recent fires and support our local RFS Groups.
  • https://www.gofundme.com/bush-fire-appealFrom the page: All monies donated will go to those affected by the fires to help rebuild their lives. It will go towards clothing, food, animal feed, accommodation and any other necessities. Once all donations are collected, they will be handed to the local community emergency parties i.e.: lions club, vinnies etc.
  • https://www.gofundme.com/farmer-loses-everying-in-nsw-fires – From the page: My Father Warren Jarvis has lost everything in the recent NSW fires. Any contribution no matter how small would be a massive help with food, clothing, blankets, clean up costs and to help him get back on his feet.
  • https://www.gofundme.com/3dj0r5k – From the page: NSW BUSHFIRES 2017- Uarbry NSW My Dad and his wife have just lost everything in the bushfires yesterday (12th Feb) at Uarbry NSW, Australia. I am asking for help to get them on their feet again and to help them along while they have no where to live, no roof over there heads, no clothes, no food. Any amount is greatly appreciated and I personally thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you gathering

Cudgegong Cruisers Inc are hosting a Thank You event at the Mudgee Showground this Saturday 18th February from 1pm to 5pm.

This is an event that will give the community a chance to come together and thank our local firies and volunteers.

All RFS personal and anyone associated with the bushfire efforts are welcome to head along.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along too and make a donation in exchange for a BBQ lunch and cold drinks.

All proceeds from the day will go towards local brigades. 

Thank you to all the fire fighters and volunteers stilling working hard to keep fires under control throughout NSW.

To stay up-to-date with local fire news, make sure to follow the NSW Rural Fire Service on Facebook.

Would you like to see year round aquatic facilities in the Mudgee region?

Mudgee residents recently had the chance to have a say on the future of the region as part of the Mid-Western Regional Council’s engagement for the 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

The council has been reviewing all of the feedback they’ve received and have identified some key projects and initiatives that are worth investigating further.

One of the many priorities that was identified by the community was the delivery of all year round aquatic facilities in the region.

The council wants to further explore this idea and they are looking for further feedback.

The council is interested to know the future preference that people have for aquatic facilities in the region and what people would want included if an indoor aquatic centre were built. They’re also interested in knowing how often people would use an aquatic centre if one were available.

We’re sure a lot of people living in the region would love to have access to an aquatic facility all year round, so if you’re one of them then make sure you have your say and make your voice count.

You can share your thoughts by completing a survey on the Mid-Western Regional Council website.

For all further details about the 2030 Community Strategic Plan and community feedback, contact the Mid-Western Regional Council on 1300 765 002.

Making your home safer during bushfire season

We should all spare a thought for our local firefighters and volunteers who have been out working tirelessly in the heat to help get the Wuuluman fire, burning between Wellington and Mudgee to the west of the Cudgegong River, contained.

The good news is that the fire is reportedly now under control, but with hot conditions set to continue in Mudgee this summer it’s important that we all continue to monitor local weather conditions and have a bushfire survival plan in place should any further fire events take place.

There is a fantastic guide to creating a bushfire survival plan at the NSW Rural Fire Service website. The guide outlines what you and your family should do in the event of a nearby fire.

It is extremely important to discuss your bushfire survival plan with all members of your household so you’re all in agreement about what to do in the event of a fire.

Some important points to consider is whether you will all stay or leave as early as possible (the safest option) and what you will do to prepare in each scenario.

The full guide can be found at the following link – www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan.

Don’t forget to take actions to prepare your Mudgee property and help keep it safe too.

The top five actions you can do at your home before and during bushfire season include:

  1. Trim overhanging trees and shrubs to help prevent fires spreading to your home.
  1. Mow grass and remove the cuttings. Keep the area around your home clear and well maintained.
  1. Remove material that can burn around your home such as doormats, woodpiles, mulch, leaves, paint and outdoor furniture etc.
  1. Clear and remove debris and leaves from gutters surrounding your home.
  1. 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 preparing your property during bushfire season is also available at the above link.

We hope that the heat settles down soon, but remember to stay safe and keep an eye on the NSW Rural Fire Service Facebook page to stay up-to-date with any local weather events or warnings.

Don’t forget to visit the BreastScreen Van while it’s in Mudgee

There’s only a couple of days left to visit the BreastScreen Mobile Van in Mudgee.

The van has been at the Mudgee Showgrounds since the beginning of November and it’s about to move on, but before it does, women over 40 are being encouraged to make an appointment for a free mammogram.

This free service is hugely beneficial to the community. Breast screening can help find cancers before they can be felt or noticed and there is a better chance of survival when breast cancer is found early.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and in the majority of cases there is no family history of the disease.

According to the BreastScreen NSW website, women aged between 50 – 74 years are encouraged to have a mammogram every two years and you can put a reminder to have it whenever the BreastScreen Van is in town. The van will return in October 2017 – January 2018.

If you haven’t been this year yet though, then make an appointment today. An appointment only takes 20 minutes and it could potentially help save your life, or at the very least provide peace of mind.

The van can be found at the Mudgee Showground on 96 Douro Street until January 18 and bookings can be made by calling 13 20 50 or by visiting the van in person.

Working towards the cure and prevention of breast cancer is extremely important to us here at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate being that we are Diamond Partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

We encourage everybody to learn more about breast cancer and how we can all help by visiting nbcf.org.au.

Santa is on his way to Mudgee!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mudgee and Santa will be in town for an early visit this Friday 23 December from 6-8pm to hand out lollies.

Fire and Rescue Mudgee pumper 387 and Hazmat Tanker 387 will be escorting Santa around Mudgee and helping Santa distribute lollies to both young and old.

You can figure out where Santa will be on the night by visiting the Fire and Rescue NSW 387 Mudgee Facebook Page.

After Santa’s early pit stop on Friday night, it’s sure to be a fun-filled long-weekend for a lot of Mudgee residents and visitors to the region.

We hope that everyone in the community stays safe and remembers that it is the “silly season” so roads and shops are a bit more hectic than usual. Make sure you allow yourself a bit more time for traveling and take regular breaks when travelling for long periods.

For those spending their holidays in town, we hope you get the opportunity to see some of the wonderful natural and historic sights in the region and get to stop in and see some of our wonderful wineries too.

The team at the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre at 84 Market Street are always happy to offer suggestions if you need any help deciding what to see and experience.

We’ve had an absolute blast bringing you all of the latest Mudgee news, events and real estate information throughout the year and we have lots more in store for 2017, so stay tuned for plenty more to come!

From all of the team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to talking to you all soon!

Do you have a local hero in Mudgee?

Do you know a person or group in Mudgee who deserves recognition for all of their hard work and achievements?

Perhaps they have done something to inspire others, or have made an achievement in the areas of sport, art, farming or the environment?

There are plenty of amazing people in our community who have achieved extraordinary things and if you know them, make sure to put their name down as a nominee for next year’s Australia Day Awards.

The awards are an opportunity for our community to honour those who inspire us and help make a positive contribution to our region.

The Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team would love to see all our hard-working locals get the recognition they deserve, so if you know someone who you would like to nominate then head over to the Mid-Western Regional Council website to make a nomination.

If you have someone in mind, there are a number of award categories that might be applicable – they include (from the Mid-Western Council website):

  • Citizen of the Year: A person (over 25 years) for contribution to the community, taking into account individual acts of compassion, generosity, bravery, or other similar characteristics.
  • Young Citizen of the Year: A person (aged 16-25 years) for contribution to the community or other significant achievement/s.
  • Environment Award: Person and/or persons (of any age) contributing to the sustainability and improvement of our environment.  The award will recognise activities in environmental education and awareness and promotion and implementation of concepts leading to improved environmental outcomes.
  • Sports Award (18 years and over): A sports person taking into account performance, approach to sport or contribution to the advancement of sport.
  • Sports Junior Award (up to 18 years): A sports person taking into account performance, approach to sport or contribution to the advancement of sport.
  • Arts Award: A person (of any age) for contribution to the Arts in any field whether by participation or administration.  This is intended for non-professionals.
  • Glen Johnston Memorial Award – Music: A person of any age who has made a contribution to music in the community be it either singing, writing or playing music.  This is intended for non-professionals.
  • Community Event of the Year: An event which contributes to the community in some way or raises the profile of the Mid-Western Regional Council.
  • Young Farmer of the Year: A person (under 30 years) who has displayed initiative and commitment to the farming industry.
  • Volunteer Services Award:A person or group who volunteers their time and energy in ways that benefit our community as a whole, or individuals in our community.
  • Volunteer Emergency Services Award: A person or group who volunteer their time and efforts during emergencies (e.g. flood, fire) to serve and protect our community.
  • Wall of Reflections: A deceased resident or pioneer of the Mid-Western Regional Council area who has contributed to the community in any field of endeavour.

Voting closes this December 9, 2016, so be quick because there’s not much time left to nominate!

The winners will be announced at 2017 Australia Day Celebrations will be held in Rylstone on Thursday 26 January.

To find out more about the awards, and to make a nomination, head to www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au.

Will you be making the nbn switch?

More than 3300 homes and businesses in Mudgee are ready to be switched over to the nbn this week, making it a good time to find out if you’re eligible to switch over to the new high-speed internet service if you haven’t already.

Some homes and businesses will be able to switch over as soon as this Thursday, while others will be able to connect from next week. Many premises in the region are also now eligible to connect to the nbn through the Sky Muster satellite service, which has been available since April.

According to a statement from nbn spokesperson Marcela Balart in the Mudgee Guardian, more than 6000 Mudgee homes and businesses will be able to access fast and reliable broadband through the nbn network by the end of this month.

They will be joining millions of others across the country that now have fast and reliable broadband which allows them to compete on a local, national and global stage.

In this day and age, having access to a fast and reliable internet service is extremely important, whether you’re a business or an individual.

Faster internet speeds in Mudgee will bring us in line with our metropolitan cousins and help us stay connected to a fast-moving digital world.

Those that would like to connect to the nbn should note that it isn’t automatic. You will first need to find out if the nbn service will be available at your address and then you can contact your preferred phone or internet provider to arrange the switchover.

Visit www.nbnco.com.au/switch to find out more.

 

Source: www.mudgeeguardian.com.au

How much do you know about our council nominees?

Don’t forget to head to the polls this Saturday 10 September to vote in the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Government Elections.

Voting in the council election is our chance to have a say in shaping the future of our region and it’s extremely important that we all take the time to think about who we would like to vote for.

The people we vote into our council help make important decisions for our region, such as making decisions on local policies and planning, and deciding where the council’s budget is spent.

Councillors play a pivotal role and that is why it’s important that we choose people that best represent our region and will continue to fight to keep Mudgee and the rest of the Mid-Western region a place we all want to live, work and play in.

If you don’t know who is up for nomination then it’s time to start your research. You can find information on our local council nominees at http://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au.

There are also short videos of the council nominees stating why they deserve our votes on the Mudgee Guardian website.

Pre-poll voting is currently open for those who can’t make it to a polling booth on Saturday. There is no absent voting so you must vote at a polling place or pre-poll venue.

Remember, it’s compulsory for all Australian citizens who are resident in this council, 18 years of age or older, to enrol and vote for representatives of their council this Saturday, 10 September 2016.

To find out more information about the upcoming Mid-Western Regional Council Elections, visit http://www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/council/Council-elections/.