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NSW Election Day

posted by 2MG Real FM

NSW Residents will go to the polls tomorrow to elect the state government for the next 4 years.

In the state seat of Dubbo, a new face will be elected, after Nationals member for the past 2 terms, Troy Grant announced last year he would not seek re-elections.

With 7 candidates for Dubbo, it is expected to come down to preferences between the Nationals Dugald Saunders & Independent Mathew Dickerson.

In Bathurst, 6 candidates are on the ballot paper, with the Nationals Paul Toole expected to retain his seat.

Polling places open at 8am tomorrow, and close at 6pm sharp.

In the Dubbo electorate, you can vote at: Cudgegong Valley Public School, Mudgee High, Mudgee PCYC, Gulgong Memorial hall, Hargraves Public & Lue Public in our region.

Bathurst voting centres in our area are at Capertee Memorial Hall, Ilford Public School, Kandos High & Rylstone Memorial Hall.

Residents in the Upper Hunter can cast their vote at Cassilis & Ulan Public Schools.

We will have results of the local seats in our Local News on Monday, including comment from those that are expected to take the seats.

More details on voting centres can be found here

New Phone Coverage

posted Mar 20, 2019, 3:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Mar 20, 2019, 3:32 PM ]

A Number of new small cell phone towers have been announced in our region by Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee.

 

In our region, these sits will include Sofala, Mullamuddy and Birriwa.

 

Mr. Gee says that residents in these areas have been campaigning for years for better mobile phone coverage and their hard work has certainly paid dividends.

 

It’s expected that these sites could be activated by the second half of the year.

Illegal hunting in the Gulgong area under the spotlight

posted Mar 19, 2019, 3:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 3:32 PM ]

Police in Gulgong are investigating reports of illegal hunting in the area of Spring Ridge Road over the last few days.

Police say that Spotlights have been seen and gunshots heard in this area, with Police asking anyone who has any information concerning the persons responsible to contact Gulgong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside warns that those responsible for the recent hunting offences in the Gulgong area are risking having vehicles seized and not returned.

This follows a similar arrest where a Coonabarabran man was arrested with charges related to Stealing goats, intimidation, illegal hunting and trespassing and had his vehicle seized.

Rural Crime Investigators attached to Mudgee and Dubbo will be seeking an order for disposal of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Police from the Rural Crime Prevention Team are currently conducting Operation Ambush targeting illegal hunting on an ongoing basis.

They say that if you detect anyone trespassing and hunting on your property or hunting from a public road please contact your local police immediately or '000' in an emergency.

Drought Communities Program Funding for Mid Western Projects

posted Mar 19, 2019, 11:46 AM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 11:47 AM ]

$1 million in upgrades will be carried out at community facilities in Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos with funding announced yesterday from Federal Government's Drought Communities Program.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee says that the funds will flow to a number of projects.


Projects will include:
  • construction of outdoor camp kitchen amenities at the Mudgee Showground;
  • upgrade of the existing canteen at the Mudgee Saleyards;
  • installation of a new irrigation system at the Rylstone Showground;
  • technology equipment and furniture will be installed at the Mudgee Library;
  • construction of a water filtration plant that produces potable water at the Cudgegong Waters Park;
  • the provision of a bus and coach access to Red Hill Environment & Education Centre in Gulgong;
  • safety improvements to the Rylstone Caravan Park through works and installations;
  • installation of a video scoreboard, and player seating at the Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium;
  • a section of the shared Kandos-Rylstone pathway between Kandos Swimming Pool and Kandos Sewerage Treatment Plant will be repaired;
  • replacement of a scoreboard and the installation of discus nets at Waratah Park, Kandos;
  • replacement of the field fence at Victoria Park, Gulgong; and
  • concreting of new footpaths at Rylstone.

Awesome Cruise

posted Mar 18, 2019, 11:54 AM by 2MG Real FM

Organisers have praised what they called the “awesome turnout” for Saturdays 11th annual Can Cruise.

The Event, which is run by the Cudgegong Cruisers raises funds for Can-Assist Mudgee, with this year’s total at the $25000 mark.

Glenn Box from the Cruisers says that this total is a record for the fundraiser.

He says the day would have seen around 220 entrants and over 400 participants taking part.

He went on to say that the highlights of the day would have been the street parade along with the afternoon at Mudgee Showground with live music and the charity auction.

CWA NSW election priorities

posted Mar 17, 2019, 3:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Mar 17, 2019, 3:32 PM ]

The Country Women’s Association of NSW have released their policy priorities ahead of the NSW state election, along with a series of responses from the state’s political parties.

State President Annette Turner says she is pleased to see many parties have genuinely turned their minds to the needs of rural, regional and remote NSW, but stresses the need to see more from the State’s leaders.

 

She says that the CWA want transformative infrastructure projects that link Sydney to the West of the State, construction of new dams and policies that establish new regional jobs and encourage decentralisation.


The CWA of NSW has released a document that outlines its full set of policy requests, along with the responses received from each of the major parties contesting next weekend’s election.

Details of Sanctions released

posted Mar 17, 2019, 11:52 AM by 2MG Real FM

Pioneer house have responded to last weeks news of the facility having sanctions imposed upon them, with Management releasing the follwoing statement


A comprehensive improvement process is underway at Pioneer House in response to the Department of Health’s findings that our home has not met all of the requirements under the government’s aged care accreditation standards.

Our team is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness. As a not-for-profit, community-founded and run organisation we exist only to provide the highest quality care for the seniors of Mudgee and district, as we have done for more than 50 years.

We are immensely disappointed that in this instance we have not met all of the accreditation standards.

While we continue to work on our improvement program, some of the actions we have already put in place include engaging an independent clinical nurse adviser to provide additional oversight and support in this critical area; and commencing a review of staff training, with a view to delivering additional training as soon as possible.

We are keeping residents and their families and staff fully informed. Our focus remains on continuing to deliver quality care to our residents.


Meanwhile the department responsible for the sanctions have also made their information available with a spokesperson for the Department of Health saying that sanctions were imposed on Pioneer House on February 28, and the sanctions imposed require the approved provider to take immediate action to address the issues of concern.

These include areas of, Regulatory compliance, Human resource management, Behavioural management, & Emotional support.

The report also says that Pioneer house have already taken the action as required by the Department.

A Full copy of the report can be found here

Crimes down in our area

posted Mar 11, 2019, 3:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 3:32 PM ]

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research have released their latest crime statistics showing all major categories are either stable or falling for the second consecutive quarter across the state.

 

Police minister, Troy Grant welcomes the report and has commended the NSW Police Force for their ongoing efforts to drive down crime, while targeting emerging issues. 

 

In our local council area, there was major falls in rates of Break and enter dwelling and Steal from motor vehicle over both 2- and 5-year trends, falling by 47 and 35% respectively over the 2-year period.

 

Prohibited and regulated weapons offences and Breach bail conditions saw increases, with 135 beach of bail last calendar year.

Lifeskills Directory

posted Mar 11, 2019, 11:53 AM by 2MG Real FM

A New directory for people with a disability in Mudgee is currently being put together by Lifeskills Plus.

Suava Tanner from Lifeskills says that the idea behind the directory is so people with a disability can access services in the region, while feeling safe and confident.

She says they want to hear from businesses that have facilities and staff that go above and beyond to include and assist people with a disability.

She says that Lifeskills will be visiting businesses in the Mudgee CBD in coming weeks, or you can email inclusiondirectory@lifeskillsplus.com.au

The directory will be on the Lifeskills website once completed

Early Voting opens in Mudgee

posted Mar 10, 2019, 11:55 AM by 2MG Real FM

Early Voting, formally known as Pre-Polling officially opens in the Mudgee area today for residents in the Dubbo Electorate.

The Early voting centre will be at St Johns on church street, and will be open this week Monday to Friday between 8am & 6pm, and Saturday 9 to 5.

Similar Hours will operate next week; however, the centre will be open until 8pm on Thursday March 21st.

Those in the Kandos Rylstone region will have the chance to early vote from NEXT weeks with their early voting centre at the Mid-Western Council Branch Office, Rylstone opening at 8am each day, closing at 6pm, except 8pm NEXT Thursday.

The check if you are eligible to early vote, check Here

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