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Council reacts to Bylong Coal project rejection by IPC

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Sep 19, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

Wednesday’s announcement by the NSW Independent Planning Commission of its rejection of Kepco’s proposed Bylong Coal project

has been described by Rylstone-based Mid-Western Regional Councillor Peter Shelley as a “catastrophe” for the Rylstone -Kandos region.


Councillor Peter Shelley put forward a motion as Urgent Business Without notice at Wednesday night’s Council meeting.


That motion, which was passed unanimously, said;


“That Council:

1. Note the decision by the independent planning commission on the proposed Bylong Coal Project;

2. Urgently seek a meeting with the NSW Premier and relevant ministers on the matter;

3. Express to the State Government and the Independent planning commission the anger and distress of a significant majority of the community with this decision;

4. Strongly represent the entire Mid-Western Regional Council community in detailing the economic and social distress that will be caused by this decision, particularly for the towns of Rylstone and Kandos;

5. Seek a solution from the State Government that will enable the survival of the Rylstone and Kandos communities including all legislative options to overturn the decision of the independent planning commission; and

5. Write to the Prime Minister seeking an urgent meeting with the relevant Federal Minister seeking their intervention on the matter.”


Passed. All in favour.


At this point Kepco has issued only a brief response to the commission’s decision saying;


“KEPCO is disappointed in the decision and are reviewing the statement of reasons for decision”.





Mudgee Basketball and Hockey deciders this weekend

posted Sep 19, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Sep 19, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

The Mudgee basketball grand finals will be held on Sunday at the PCYC,

the A grade men’s game between Mayso’s Pro Shop & Edmunds Interior Predators at 3-45pm,

B grade men at 2-30, Stride Health against Hairy Globetrotters.


The Division 2 Junior boy’s grand final will be at 10-45am, Division 1 boys at 11-45 and the Junior girls grand final at 12-45.


The Hockey season concludes Saturday, Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre taking on Brand Me Mudgee at Victoria Park starting at 1pm.


RFS Get Ready Weekend

posted Sep 11, 2019, 12:50 PM by 2MG Real FM

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is calling on all residents and landholders in the Mid-Western Regional Council area to join with NSW RFS volunteer firefighters and prepare for the coming bush fire season on Get Ready Weekend.

Residents and landholders can get involved on the Saturday 14-Sunday 15 September in fun family events including children’s activities, firefighting displays, opportunities to get aboard a fire truck, and see some of their specialist equipment. Importantly they can also get some information and advice on preparing their properties for the bush fire season.

NSW RFS Superintendent Troy Porter said all residents and landholders in the Mid-Western Regional Council area need to be prepared for the bush fire season.

For more information contact the Cudgegong Fire Control Centre on 02 6372 4434

Events being held in the Mid-Western Regional Council area include:

Grattai Station - Cnr Hill End and Old Grattai Roads
Saturday 14 September

Windeyer Recreation Ground
Saturday 14 September

Gulgong D/C Carramar Park
Carramar Road
Saturday 14 September

Gulgong D/C Norris Lane
Galambine NSW 2852
Saturday 14 September

Gulgong D/C Cnr Beryl and Spring Ridge Roads
Saturday 14 September

Cooyal Station - Wollar Road
Saturday 14 September

Piambong Station -Upper Piambong Road
Saturday 14 September

Cooks Gap Station (Ulan)
Ulan Road
Saturday 14 September

Mudgee Headquarters Station -54 Depot Road
Saturday 14 September

Cooyal Cooyal Station (Botobolar)
737 Botobolar Road
Saturday 14 September

Essential Energy job cuts stopped

posted Aug 21, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Aug 21, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the announcement that Essential Energy will halt its plans to cut jobs in regional NSW.


Mr Saunders said he was pleased to announce that the proposed job cuts by Essential Energy, which included some in the Dubbo electorate, will not be going ahead.


He said for weeks he, the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Nationals colleagues been calling on Essential Energy to abandon proposed job cuts,

and now Essential Energy workers across the region can go home to their families knowing their jobs are safe and their future is secure.


Meanwhile the Electrical Trades Union has also welcomed the announcement by NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean that he will issue a directive to publicly-owned electricity distributor Essential Energy ordering a halt to plans to slash 182 regional jobs.

ETU assistant secretary Ben Lister congratulated Mr Kean on the intervention, but also praised the efforts of Deputy Premier John Barilaro and many of his Nationals colleagues who have been fighting to save the jobs.

He said the unions members could not be happier with the announcement that the job cuts have been halted, and Energy Minister Matt Kean and Deputy Premier John Barilaro deserve genuine praise for their efforts to find a solution. 


Local volunteer firefighters helping on the coast

posted Aug 20, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Aug 20, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

As we approach what’s expected to be a long fire season locally and across NSW a number of local NSW RFS - Cudgegong District Firefighters are already going ‘above and beyond’ by helping to fight fires in coastal areas.


4 volunteer firefighters from Mudgee Headquarters Gulgong DC  and Cooyal RFS Brigades have been deployed to assist the Lower North Coast Team with a number of bush fires in their region.


Since departing on Sunday afternoon from Gulgong, crews have primary been working on the Sundowner Creek Road Fire as part of the Region West Strike Team to bring this fire under control.


This deployment comes off the back of the Cudgegong Superintendent undertaking the role of Rural Liaison Officer in the NSW RFS - Clarence Valley District, as a number of fires burn across that region.

Robert Stein Winery trophy win

posted Aug 20, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Aug 20, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

Robert Stein Winery has won a major trophy at the 2019 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.


The 2016 Robert Stein Riesling, as well as being given a Gold medal, was awarded the Douglas Lamb Perpetual Trophy for Best Riesling in the show.


The local winery was also awarded a Bronze medal for the 2019 Robert Stein Dry Riesling.


Robert Oatley Vineyards earned Silver medal ratings for both their 2019 and 2018 Wild Oats Mudgee Pinot Grigios.

They also received several medal ratings for wines made from the produce of their McLaren Vale and Margaret River vineyards.


Bunnamagoo Estate Wines received Bronzes for their 2018 Chardonnay and 2016 Shiraz.



2MG's Chris Mills major award finalist

posted Aug 18, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Aug 18, 2019, 4:32 PM ]


Local 2MG radio presenter Chris Mills was is a finalist in the annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards.


The awards are open to all commercial radio stations in Australia and the list of finalists in a range of categories was announced on the weekend.


Chris is a finalist in the Country division for Best Music Special, for the “Queen Celebration” special wrote and presented prior to the release of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody.


Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane in October.




Fatal crash at Yarrawonga

posted Aug 18, 2019, 4:32 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Aug 18, 2019, 4:32 PM ]

A female cyclist has died following a crash in the Yarrawonga area on Saturday.

About 9am Saturday, two cyclists were travelling west along Spring Creek Road, about 12km east of Gulgong, when a utility and the female cyclist collided, and the woman was knocked to the ground.

The 52-year-old woman died at the scene; her male companion was not injured.

The driver and sole occupant of the utility, a 39-year-old man, was taken to hospital suffering shock.

The road remained closed for much of the day as officers from the Bathurst Crash Investigation Unit commenced investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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.

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