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Wind Farm Changes Approved

posted Jun 24, 2019, 12:43 PM by 2MG Real FM

The Crudine Ridge wind farm will now have 40 fewer turbines after the Independent Planning Commission approved changes to its development consent yesterday.

Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Nominees Pty Ltd had sought to reduce from 77 to 37 the number of turbines earmarked the project.

The Department of Planning & Environment referred the matter to the Commission after it received more than 25 public objections.

Those in favour of the proposed changes spoke about the economic benefits to host landholders, local businesses and communities, as well as the improvements to local road safety through the Aarons Pass Road upgrade; while those opposed raised concerns about the environmental and ecological impacts associated with vegetation clearing along the road.

In its Statement of Reasons for Decision, the Commission concluded that upgrades to Aarons Pass Road are necessary to facilitate the construction of the Project and the reduction in the number of turbines will reduce overall Project impacts within the locality.

CWP Renewables’ project director Brendan McAvoy says that the project will employ up to 240 people during the construction period with 45 staff already based in Mudgee.

He says based on the approval, they expect to restart works by the end of July.

Holiday Parks Change Hands

posted Jun 20, 2019, 12:29 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mudgee’s BIG 4 holiday park has changed hands, with Ingenia placing both their Mudgee assets on the market.

The Ingenia Holidays Mudgee site on Lions Drive has been purchased by the Hampshire Property group, who run a range of over 50’s villages across NSW.

Ingenia purchased the 2 Mudgee sites in 2013, with The Mudgee Tourist and Van Resort on Lions Drive acquired for $7.2 million, and Mudgee Valley for $4m.

Ingenia have also confirmed that they are in discussions with a potential purchaser regarding the sale of Mudgee Valley.

A spokesperson for Ingenia has told 2MG news that they have announced a divestment program that includes a number of non-core assets, including the two parks in Mudgee.

While rumours as to the sale of Mudgee Valley have listed a buyer, Ingenia say that they are not able to comment further at this point.

Mudgee Stabbing

posted Jun 17, 2019, 12:57 PM by 2MG Real FM

One Person has been charged following an alleged stabbing in Mudgee over the weekend.

Police were called to Robert Jones Street around 7pm on Saturday Night following reports of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, they found the victim has suffered a number of stab wounds. The patient was treated by NSW ambulance paramedics, before being flown to Westmead Children’s hospital.

Another Juvenile has been arrested and is due to face Mudgee Local Court next month.

3 Locals honoured

posted Jun 10, 2019, 1:11 PM by 2MG Real FM

3 Mudgee Local's were honoured with Order of Australia medals on Monday.

Doug Grigg was honoured for service to the community through emergency response organisations.

These include Lawson Rural Fire Brigade, New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association, New South Wales State Emergency Service.
And service toThe United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Ken Sutcliffe for service to the broadcast media, particularly to television.

Ken's work has included Journalist and Sports Presenter, Nine Network, Board Member, Mudgee Region Tourism Incorporated, Patron, Pioneer House, Mudgee.
Australia Day Ambassador, Muswellbrook Shire Council, 2001, Motivational Speaker, Supporter of a range of charitable organisations.

And Hunter White for service to the agricultural show sector, and to the community.

Hunter has worked with the Royal Agricultural Society, Mudgee Show Society, Havilah Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Watershed Landcare, Mudgee Race Club. Past President Bligh Amateur Race Club and Governor World Wildlife Fund (Australia)

Flavours applications now open

posted Jun 2, 2019, 1:01 PM by Craig Bassett   [ updated Jun 2, 2019, 1:04 PM ]

Local food and wine producers wishing to take part in Flavours of Mudgee 2019 are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest from today.

Council’s flagship event continues to grow, last year attracting more than 11,000 people who sampled the region’s premiere food and wine from over 70 stallholders.

Flavours of Mudgee makes a significant contribution to the local economy and is regarded as a key event on the regional wine and food events calendar.

As organisers of the event, Council is committed to ensuring that the ever-growing crowd enjoys all of the flavours of Mudgee in a safe environment while stallholders benefit from increased sales and marketing exposure.

Flavours of Mudgee 2019 will be held on Saturday 28 September from 4pm-8pm and is a feature event held as part of the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival.

Stallholders can lodge an Expression of Interest at from Monday 3 June and close Monday 1 July.

For further details contact Council’s Events team on 6378 2850.

NRL Action in Mudgee

posted May 16, 2019, 12:55 PM by 2MG Real FM

A near capacity crowd is expected once again at Glen Willow Sunday when the St George Illawarra Dragons play host to the Newcastle Knights in the NRL round 10 clash.

Those attending the game are reminded that PITTS LANE will be closed, with parking only available at Glen Willow for those with mobility parking permits.

Other parking options are at the racecourse, or in town, with patrons able to get one of a number of free shuttle busses, or walk via the Ulan road footbridge.

Shuttle bus services will commence from 11am, with gates opening at 11.30. The Curtain raiser touch matches commence from 12 and the main game from 2pm.

Bus Details Supplied by Mid Western Regional Council.

1. Mudgee West Loop
Nicholson Street, near pine trees
White Circle and Banjo Paterson intersection (south)
White Circle and Banjo Paterson intersection (north)
Ingenia Holiday Park, Bell Street
Cox Street, opposite West End Food Store

2. Mudgee CBD Loop
Mudgee Tourist Office, Market Street
Mudgee High School, Perry Street (Victoria Park side)
St Matthew's Catholic School, Lewis Street

3. Mudgee Racecourse,
Ulan Road

Strong Pre Poll numbers in Mudgee

posted May 14, 2019, 12:56 PM by 2MG Real FM

Pre-Polling for this Saturday’s federal election has seen a large turnout already in Mudgee.

The Pre-Poll centre in Mudgee opened to the Public last Monday, with over 700 people casting their vote on the first day.

At the end of last week, over 3600 people had already cast their vote.

Over 6300 people cast their votes early in Mudgee in 2016, and based on the current trends, it is expected that this total will be surpassed by the end of the week.

The Pre-Poll centre remains open until Friday St Johns Anglican Church Hall from 8.30 to 6 today & Friday, and 8.30 to 5.30 tomorrow.

New Drink Driving Laws

posted May 8, 2019, 12:51 PM by 2MG Real FM

Those caught drink driving in the region will now face an automatic penalty from later this month.

NSW Roads Minister, Paul Toole says that this is part of helping reduce the road toll.

First time, low-range drink-drivers from May 20 will be slapped with an on-the-spot suspension of their licence for three months and a fine of $561.

He says that country motorist feature too high in the toll.

68 people died in alcohol-related crashes on NSW roads last year. Drug-driving resulted in a similar number of deaths.

Similar changes are also being implemented for those whose positive roadside drug test is confirmed by the laboratory.

Hospital Work Continues

posted May 7, 2019, 12:47 PM by 2MG Real FM

Locals will have noticed the start of construction works on the new hospital are well underway.

A Health Infrastructure spokesperson has told our newsroom that the redevelopment is continuing to progress with excavation works now complete.

Walls for the lower ground stairwell have been poured, services are being installed and foundation works are taking place.

Structural works will take place that will enable the pouring of the building slabs in the coming months.

The Spokesperson say that the hospital redevelopment remains on track for completion in 2020.

Mudgee Pre Poll Opens

posted May 5, 2019, 1:09 PM by 2MG Real FM

Pre-Polling in the Federal Election will officially open in Mudgee from Today.

As with the recent NSW state election, the Australian Electoral Commission are expecting a significant increase in those pre-polling prior to the official election day.

Those wishing to vote early can cast their vote at St Johns Anglican Hall in Mudgee from 8.30am this morning.

Pre-Poll times will be 8.30 to 5.30 Today to Thursday, closing at 6pm on Friday.

The Pre-Poll centre will also be open this coming Saturday 9 to 4.

Full times are:
Monday 6 May – Thursday 9 May (8:30 –17:30)
Friday 10 May (8:30 –18:00)
Saturday 11 May (9:00 –16:00)
Monday 13 May – Tuesday 14 May (8:30 –17:30)
Wednesday 15 May (8:30 –18:00)
Thursday 16 May (8:30 –17:30)
Friday 17 May (8:30 –18:00

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