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Have A Say In Parking Around Mudgee CBD

posted by 2MG Real FM

Local Residents are being invited to provide their input into a study on the current and future parking availability within Mudgee CBD.

The study, undertaken by Mid-Western Regional Council, aims to determine if parking within the Mudgee CBD is sufficient for current and future demands, and investigate options for further parking solutions.

Council’s General Manager, Brad Cam, encouraged residents to provide their input to gain insights from a wide cross section of the community.

“We’d like to see as many people as possible complete the survey, if you come into town once a week for groceries, or you work in the CBD and park daily, we need a range of experiences to capture as much of the community as possible,” Mr Cam said.

“These submissions will be considered as part of the review and may be used to develop recommendations for investigating future parking options.”

Residents can provide their input by completing a short online survey at https://yoursay.midwestern.nsw.gov.au/ or by visiting Council’s website.

Submissions close Friday 12 June.


A New Footbridge For The Cudgegong River

posted by 2MG Real FM

A long awaited footbridge over the Cudgegong River has come to fruition in Rylstone, with Bathurst MP Paul Toole saying that it’s the good news the bridge is now completed and being used by locals and visitors.

An official opening and celebration is planned for the bridge later in the year.

Almost half a million dollars from the State Government was announced for the project by Mr Toole in 2018, with The 88 metre x 2.5 metre steel pedestrian footbridge built off-site to allow for minimal disruption to traffic and road movements.

Mid-Western Councilor, Peter Shelly, has been pushing for the safe crossing over the river for a long time and says local are excited.

He also says that with COVID restrictions easing, the Kandos and Rylstone area are also looking forward to welcoming back visitors this weekend.


New Roundabout Near Mudgee Hospital

posted Jun 3, 2020, 9:52 PM by 2MG Real FM

With the new Mudgee hospital having opened last week, The Corner of Church & Meares Street is set to have a roundabout installed later this year.

Mid-Western Regional Council had already planned for the traffic control measure, with the project revealed in the 2020-21 operational plan which was recently on public display.

Mayor Des Kennedy says that it will be started later this year.

He also told 2MG that new signage has been approved for the entrances into town and the instillation is expected to be started soon.

And the Mayor also says he’d like to see a roundabout installed on the Sydney road and Lions Drive corner, however as that is part of the main highway, it falls under Roads & Maritime services control.


Mudgee Booked Out For The Long Weekend

posted Jun 3, 2020, 2:26 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mudgee is set to be booked out, with tourists escaping to our region once again this long weekend, with a range of COVID-19 restrictions now lifted.

Cara George from Mudgee Region Tourism, says that enquiry has been strong, from visiting friends and relatives, to those wanting to escape to our fresh country air.

She says she believes that those coming to the area will understand that the experience will be different to what we normally have on offer.

Ms George has told 2MG News that it will impact numbers, and that Mudgee Region Tourism are coordinating and communicating details from all the local tourism visitors to those arriving in town via the Tourist Information Centres.

Mudgee has also been featured on travel site, Wotif.com, as one of the most popular destinations to visit over the weekend for a 'getaway'.


Changes To Camping In National Parks

posted Jun 2, 2020, 8:36 PM by 2MG Real FM

Those set to go camping in Local National Parks will be in for a major change, with the announcement that all National Parks will require a booking for Camping from this month; however, the campground at Ganguddy Dunns Swamp is now already booked out.

Environment Minister, Matt Kean, says that more than 255 campgrounds across the State’s national parks will be open, but every open campground will be bookable online or by phone.

This will also include the campground at Coolah Tops, with the Coorongooba campground at Glen Davis closed until later in the year.


Mr Kean said that campers should come well prepared and practice good hygiene in shared facilities and be aware that physical distancing as per Government health advice must be adhered to.

National Parks has advised us that campers can no longer turn up and pay when they get there, and Rangers will also be patrolling on the long weekend, to ensuring people have registered online.

Those without a valid booking will be asked to move on from camping.

We understand day visitation will still be allowed.

Drive-Through COVID Testing In Rylstone

posted Jun 2, 2020, 2:39 PM by 2MG Real FM   [ updated Jun 2, 2020, 3:03 PM by Craig Bassett ]

Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be conducted in Rylstone again tomorrow (June 4), with Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through testing service between 10am & 3pm.

Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley. says that while there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Rylstone, or in the District. 

Rylstone is the fourth location in the District to receive the service, with more than 71 people tested last week in Molong.

She says that the plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities, with the testing service set up at the water filling station on Ilford road next to the ambulance station. 

The service will be free of charge, and she says that as it’s a drive through service so you won’t have to leave your car, with the tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. 

If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster. 

Finally she adds that if you have any questions or concerns you can ring the Western Public Health Helpline on 1300 066 055 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222.


Development Application Open For Silver Mine at Lue

posted Jun 1, 2020, 8:49 PM by 2MG Real FM

As reported on our local news bulletin last week, the development application for Bowdens Silver Mine at Lue will go on display from today.

Tony McClure is from Bowdens told Ken Sutcliffe on 2MG, that the project has been in the planning since the 1990’s, but the project has been scaled back from the original plans.

He says that while it has been scaled back, it is still expected to process around 50 million ounces of Silver over the life of the mine.

Mr McClure also says that the main of their water will come from the Ulan Coal Fields via a pipeline or on-site recycled water.

He is urging members of the public to view the plans and to have a say, as the development is now open for public comment.

Details are at https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/9641


Restrictions Keep Lifting

posted Jun 1, 2020, 2:30 PM by 2MG Real FM

While a range of restrictions are being eased across NSW from yesterday, people are still being urged to maintain physical distancing.

Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, says that it is vital both businesses and patrons follow health and safety guidelines, to ensure to keep people in jobs and businesses in business.

From yesterday, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants can have up to 50 customers within each seated food and drink area.

Other allowances include:
  • Up to 50 people can attend places of worship and attend a funeral;
  • Up to 20 guests can attend weddings;
  • Beauty, nail, tanning and waxing salon operators can begin treatments;
  • Camping grounds and caravan parks can open; and
  • Museums, galleries and libraries can open.

The news has been welcomed by local Hotels and businesses across the region.

Amanda from the Courthouse Hotel in Mudgee, says that her hotel has taken out the chairs that can’t be used to help with social distancing, asking that patrons “get on board” with the new rules, as it will be hard for all of us.

One major change is the government’s guideline that Pubs and Clubs must collect contact details of all patrons when they enter the premises.

Amanda says that under the rules, if you don’t supply the details, you are not allowed to enter the buildings.


The 'Doctor' Is In

posted May 31, 2020, 10:02 PM by 2MG Real FM

Doctor Doctor is set to return to filming in Mudgee later in 2020, with star of the show, Rodger Corser speaking to 2MG over the weekend.

Corser says that filming this time around is expected to be in spring, saying he won’t miss the freezing cold filming in June.

He says the stars and crew are looking forward to getting among the region once again, and love the way they are made welcome in the region.

Corser has also been told that people are now coming to our region because they are seeing Mudgee and the district on the show, and decide to come for a visit.

Rodger also mentions that the new Mudgee Hospital could also get a look in, as the hospital site they have been using in Sydney is not available for filming this year, so jokes that the new Mudgee Hospital could get a look in.


Libraries Re-opening Across The Region

posted May 31, 2020, 2:50 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos Libraries will reopen from today, June 1, in line with an easing of restrictions by the NSW Government.

Rylstone Customer Service Centre and Library is undergoing a refurbishment and is expected to open in coming weeks.

The practice for entering libraries has changed in order to protect our community and staff. 

Under the Public Health Order, visitors to the library must provide their library membership number and if they do not have one, their name, a telephone number or email contact. 

At Mudgee Library these details will be collected by a staff member at the front entrance, and at Gulgong and Kandos customers are asked to attend the front counter. 

While these details are collected visitors will be asked to use the provided hand sanitiser.

People counters will be manned by staff at each of the libraries to ensure the number of visitors is limited to one person per 4m2, that means the maximum amount of people at Mudgee Library will be 99, 22 at Gulgong and 33 at Kandos.

At this stage, libraries will be open for returns and borrowing only with faxing, scanning and copying available on request. Public PCs, meeting rooms, face-to-face programs, events, study areas and extended visits will remain unavailable until it is safe to resume these activities.

Manager of Library Services, Michelle Maunder said all necessary measures have been taken in accordance with NSW Health guidelines to make libraries safe for staff and visitors.

“In addition to the registering process, we have hand sanitiser upon entry, floor markers for physical distancing and sneeze guards at counters,” Ms Maunder said.

“As has been the process during the closure period, all return items will be sanitised before they’re available for borrowing again. Our craft and storytelling sessions will continue on the Library’s Facebook page and Council’s YouTube Channel".

"We will continue home delivery in our Mobile Library Van and our contactless pickup service on request".

“We’re excited to welcome back our customers and hope they understand these new measures are in place to protect our community.”

Mudgee Library will be open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, Gulgong and Kandos Libraries will be open their usual Monday to Friday hours. Saturday openings have ceased until further notice.


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