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Rylstone 'Streetfeast' Canned

posted Jul 2, 2020, 5:54 PM by 2MG Real FM

It’s just been announced that the Rylstone Streetfeast will not be held this year due to concerns around COVID-19.

President of the event, Peter Hatfield, says it was a difficult decision to make, as concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak (second wave), travel concerns and other circumstances make it hard to plan and hold the event this year.

Mr Hatfield says, "We understand the gravity of the situation for all, including the small businesses of Rylstone, our numerous volunteer organisations, and with that in mind and with a very difficult decision to make, the committee have decided to cancel our Rylstone StreetFeast event for 2020". 

"The Committee will continue to work hard to bring the sell-out event back in 2021", he says.

Councillor Walks Out Of Local Meeting

posted Jul 2, 2020, 5:34 PM by 2MG Real FM

Local Councillor, Russell Holden, has defended his move to leave the extraordinary meeting of council on Tuesday.

Both Cr Holden and Cr Karavas left the meeting early, before the vote on the 2020/21 Operational Plan, a move Cr Holden says was made due to him not being provided the opportunity to read the Business papers prior to being requested to vote on their content.

He has told 2MG News that he could not “in good conscience, say he understood the contents” of the papers without having had time to read them first.

Cr Holden also says even as the plan on which had been on public display prior to the meeting, it is possible that a number of changes would have been made to the document, and voting on them without reading or understanding them would make it illegal for a councillor to participate in the vote.

Great news on roads funding

posted Jul 2, 2020, 1:14 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mid-Western Regional Council is set to receive over $5m in road funding, after the NSW Government has partnered with the Federal Government to fast-track work on roads in the region.

State member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders joined with Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, yesterday to announce the expansion of the Fixing Local Roads Program.

The program will see a total of $500 million spent by the NSW Government, with this round of $191 million complemented by $191 million worth of Federal funding.

This round sees the Mid-Western Regional Council receive $5,299,700 to complete the sealing of Aarons Road, along with a series of projects to finish the sealing of all Collector Road bus routes.

Mr Saunders said the program will deliver safer roads for our region, as well as providing valuable jobs in the local economy, which has suffered as a result of prolonged drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is about delivering projects that can make a big difference for local communities – projects that will drive valuable jobs in our region over the next 12 months as councils get cracking on delivery,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful example of what can happen when governments work collaboratively towards a common goal.

“The NSW Government has set aside a large amount of money for the Fixing Local Roads program, and for our Federal colleagues to jump on board with funding of their own shows how important it is for people living in regional areas to have safe roads to travel on.”

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Mudgee's Clock Awards Cancelled

posted Jul 1, 2020, 9:43 PM by 2MG Real FM

The Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise and the Mudgee Chamber of Commerce have announced that this year’s Mudgee’s Clock Awards will be cancelled.

They say that they understand that priorities in this ever-changing climate are very different and that businesses will wish to focus on their own business and how to negotiate this changing environment, rather than on participating in business awards.

They say that they look forward to supporting our Mudgee businesses through the current business climate and then once again celebrating the Clock Awards.

Early Mid-Western Regional Council Meeting

posted Jul 1, 2020, 2:13 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mid-Western Regional Council held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday afternoon, where the 2020/21 operational plan and delivery program was adopted.

The plan sets the rates & charges that Council will use for this current financial year, with council adopting a flat 2.6% across the board rate increase.

As with previous years, a number of councillors, including Cr Martens lobbied for a 0% increase in farmland rates, and other categories to absorb the higher increases.

Mayor Kennedy pointed out that the Minerals Council had put in their submission that mining rates now accounts for around 40% of total rate income for the council, having increased from around 12% several years ago.

Several Councillors also took exception to the timing of them getting their required paperwork for the meeting, with Cr Holden & Cr Karavas refusing to vote on the plan, leaving the chambers prior to the vote.

The Operation plan passed 5/2, with Crs Martens & Thompson voting against it.

The Plan can be viewed here :

Further Improvement Work For Local Showgrounds

posted Jun 30, 2020, 9:55 PM by 2MG Real FM

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced $387,000 in further improvement works to local showgrounds as part of a NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus package.

Mr Saunders said Dubbo and Mudgee showgrounds have been approved for upgrade work to improve the safety, use and condition of their infrastructure and support jobs in the local economy.

“Our showgrounds play an important role at the heart of our communities so I welcome this further investment by the NSW Government,” Mr Saunders said.

“This latest work follows the announcement last month of $167,326 in improvement works to Trangie, Mudgee and Gulgong showgrounds.

“These upgrades will improve the safety, use and condition of showground infrastructure for future generations while supporting tradies and material suppliers.”

The latest upgrades will include:

● $70,000 for Mudgee Showground for construction of a car park and pathway.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing, Melinda Pavey, said the local showgrounds are among 153 across the state getting stimulus funding this financial year.

“The showground stimulus program is generating economic activity in local economies impacted by COVID-19 while supporting the long-term sustainability of showgrounds right across NSW,” Minister Pavey said.

“Showgrounds are community hubs and multi-use facilities and these projects will improve safety and enhance community enjoyment by providing upgraded facilities to support a range of uses.”

Building Awareness For Threatened Wildlife

posted Jun 30, 2020, 5:17 PM by 2MG Real FM

Watershed Landcare Incorporated is set to receive $18,900 in funding under the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program.

The funds will go towards Watershed’s ‘Wild Encounters’ project which aims to engage and educate the local community about threatened species.

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, says that we are extremely lucky to have such a diverse range of Australian flora and fauna – and as a community, it is our job to work together to protect and conserve them.”

He says that projects like ‘Wild Encounters’ will play an important role in increasing local awareness and preserving the habitats of endangered animals such as the spotted-tailed quoll greater glider, the powerful owl and the brown treecreeper.

Pet Owners To Be Aware Of New Fines

posted Jun 29, 2020, 10:41 PM by 2MG Real FM

The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs.

From July 1, owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

However, there are a limited number of exemptions.

The Mid-Western Regional Council says improving desexing rates is intended to ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and protect the environment and native wildlife by reducing the number of stray and roaming cats.

From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

While the legislation has been introduced by the NSW Government, it will be enforced by local councils.

Pet owners have an obligation to apply for the permits, otherwise they face an on-the-spot $400 fine for non-desexed cats and $700 for restricted and dangerous dog breeds. 

Pet owners can pay for annual permits at any Council Customer Service Centre.

Events In The Region Receive Financial Support

posted Jun 29, 2020, 2:38 PM by 2MG Real FM

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders has welcomed news that one of the region’s main tourism offerings has received funding through the 2020 Regional Event Fund.

Flavours of Mudgee Festival will receive $20,000 worth of Flagship Event funding, which will help the events recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saunders says that our region is one of the premier tourism destinations in the State.

"It is a unique event that brings a lot of different people from many areas. So from a tourism perspective, it's fantastic".

"If things remain on track the event will go ahead at the end of this year, if not, it will carry on into next year", he says.

Mid-Western Regional Council has tentatively rescheduled Flavours of Mudgee to Saturday, November 21.

New Walking Tracks Through Mudgee

posted Jun 28, 2020, 10:49 PM by 2MG Real FM

Those travelling Putta Bucca road in recents week would have noticed the construction of new pathways, which will eventually link up to a full loop and also Glen Willow when completed.

Councils GM Brad Cam has told Ken Sutcliffe that parts are expected to be complete as early as next month.

"We expect the whole loop to be complete by the end of July."

"Once the loop connecting the walkway to Glen Willow, we will have a great path that also runs past the sculpture area through Lawson Park West".

Mr Cam says the only sticking point is getting the crossing over Lawson Creek near Putta Bucca.

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