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Mudgee Veterans Association Will Stay Put

posted Aug 16, 2020, 4:28 PM by 2MG Real FM

Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, was at the Mudgee railway station on Friday, to formally make the announcement that the Districts Vietnam Veterans, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association (VVPPA) has received a government grant of over $10,000.

The funding is to provide the necessary support for office supplies and wages to some office staff, to keep the association going.

Mr Gee says "$10,300 goes to help them continue their important work ion supporting our local veterans and the veteran community".

"The work that they do is all important because it recognises that care for our veterans just doesn't stop when active service ends and when they come back from overseas. This organisation in Mudgee is all about supporting them through their lives after service".

Multiple members on the day also expressed how important an organisation such as this is to improve and support mental health for those coming back from service.

Local Council Meeting Deals With Multiple Projects

posted Aug 13, 2020, 4:50 PM by 2MG Real FM

Work on the construction of the new art gallery in Mudgee are expected to commence within the next 3 months, according to a project update provided at Wednesday night’s meeting of Mid-Western Regional Council.

Councillors were informed that work was also underway with Mudgee Region Tourism on the interior retail design and that a name for the gallery would be determined so that a logo, marketing and promotional material could be developed.

Hutchinson who was awarded the construction tender began their works on the site earlier this month.


Meanwhile, the project update for Glen Willow Stage 2 was also presented to the meeting.

The update says that a total of 30% of the overall project is now completed, with a number of milestones already achieved for the stage.

These include the Junior Rugby League amenities building being completed along with a number of tenders also awarded recently.

The next 3 months is expected to see the construction of the Rugby Union clubhouse & canteen and the construction of a number of the new playing fields, which are expected to be complete by April next year.

(Image sourced: Mid-Western Regional Council)

Mudgee Connected Through New Pathways

posted Aug 12, 2020, 7:52 PM by 2MG Real FM

Runners and cyclists within Mudgee now have access to a new section of concrete paths around town.

Construction has just wrapped up on the shared loop pathway, spanning 8 kilometres, to enable safer outdoor exercise.

Further sections are still to be completed on the pathway, that will eventually connect Mudgee’s town centre around Walkers Oval, across the Cudgegong River through to the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex.

It will also connect the Putta Bucca residential area, Wetlands and around to the Mudgee Racecourse and returning to the CBD.

Dubbo MP, Dugald Saunders, says “We’ve seen through the COVID-19 period how beneficial it can be to get outdoors and get some fresh air and exercise, and this pathway will make that easier for the people of Mudgee."

“Whether it is before work or after work, and whether to want to do the entire path or just part of it, there are safe options for people who want to get out for a walk, a run or a bike ride."

He also says funding also went towards "increased lighting through the Pitts Lane area at Glen Willow, which will improve safety through that part of the circuit.”

Almost $200,000 of NSW Government funding was given to Mid-Western Regional Council to complete the section of path connecting Putta Bucca Wetlands to the residential area.

Bring Down The Old Hospital

posted Aug 11, 2020, 6:27 PM by 2MG Real FM

Work on the demolition of the old Mudgee Hospital has recently commenced.

It can be clearly seen from the road that works have included removal of windows, doors and the roof from the old emergency department, as well as the ambulance bay.

It is expected that the demolition will be complete prior to the end of this year, with the site then to add more car parking to the new facility, and with the re-installation of a Heli-Pad.

Mudgee Public School Amenities Upgraded

posted Aug 9, 2020, 8:31 PM by 2MG Real FM

Work on new toilet amenities at Mudgee Public School is now completed and ready to use.

Completed just in time for the start of Term 3 and the arrival of a new principal.

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders says ‘upgrading the infant block makes a noticeable change in the school and was one of the election commitments in the lead up to the 2019 poll.

$100,000 was promised to be committed to upgrading the toilet block, with another $500,000 worth of work said to be carried out in the school in the future.

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Local Boy the face of Jeans for Genes

posted Aug 5, 2020, 3:44 PM by 2MG Real FM

Friday August 7th is ‘Jeans for Genes day’, with a local boy to feature as the face of the day for 2020.

Like most first-time parents, Cassie and Travis were busy adjusting to their new life with a baby and weren’t even thinking about the results of all the newborn screening tests taken in hospital, when at eight weeks they were told he had Cystic Fibrosis.

Travis said Charlie had been crying, feeding, sleeping just like any newborn – which made it harder.

“It was a total shock,’’ Travis said. “And then it just sort of started becoming so real.’’

As they struggled to understand what Cystic Fibrosis was, at five months they were launched into their new reality when Charlie’s pancreas shut down and he was put on more medication. Charlie is one of the faces of this year’s Jeans for Genes campaign.

“For Charlie, every day it means that he takes up to about 20 pills,’’ Cassie said. “He needs medicine anytime he eats anything. He does physiotherapy and nebulisers every day.’’

For them COVID-19 has exposed regular families to the everyday fear they face. During summer they had to leave their regional home for weeks due to bushfire smoke, and preschool is a constant battle.

“It is very much ‘welcome to our world of living in fear of germs’,’’ Cassie said. “We have to constantly assess the risks of Charlie leaving the house,’’ Cassie said “Preschool is very tough because a lot of kids will come with gastro or sicknesses. And Charlie's ended up in emergency a few times for gastro and severe dehydration. A cold and flu, which for somebody might last a couple of days, can affect Charlie for many weeks and cause irreversible lung damage. So, it's pretty tough.’’

They are part of Jeans for Genes because they can see what research has already done.

“Research is really important because we're so close to a cure,’’ Cassie said. “Treatment for Cystic fibrosis has come along in leaps and bounds in such a short time, and we’re nearly there, and if we can get there in Charlie's lifetime, then that would be fantastic. It would just mean the world to us and to anyone that's born with Cystic Fibrosis that they can have a long and happy life.’’

Travis urges people to invest in research because, just like them, you never know when you’ll need it.

“I'd encourage people to donate or get involved because you never know if it could happen to you or to someone you love. You never know. It might be you.’’

Jeans for Genes is the iconic fundraising campaign behind Children’s Medical Research Institute, which aims to find cures for children’s genetic diseases. Our researchers are taking ideas from the labs all the way to the patient in hospital to shrink the timeline from diagnosis to cure – which could mean the difference between surviving or not surviving a disease.

The big day is on Friday, 7th August, but you can sign up now to start fundraising online at and make a lasting different to generations of children.

Gulgong Solar Refused

posted Aug 5, 2020, 3:37 PM by 2MG Real FM

The Proposed Solar farm for the entrance to Gulgong won’t go ahead.

The proposal was to construct a large-scale solar farm at Old Mill Road.

The Planning Panel met in Sydney on Monday, with a media spokesperson confirming to 2MG news on Wednesday that the panel had unanimously voted for the refusal.

It is expected that the full decision will be posted on their website within the next few days.

The Panel will meet at a later date to decide on the separate application for a similar solar farm on the Castlereagh highway on the entrance to Mudgee.

Moolarben Coal Spirit Awards Landed In Local's Hands

posted Aug 4, 2020, 4:18 PM by 2MG Real FM

Local students from Mudgee High, Gulgong High, Dunedoo Central, Kandos High and St Matthews Catholic School have recognised and celebrated with the recent awarding of the 2019 Overall Moolarben Coal Spirit Awards.

The annual awards night is usually held in March but was postponed and recently cancelled due to the current COVID-19 restrictions.

A Moolarben Coal Spirit Award is awarded to a student who consistently shows effort and demonstrates a positive impact on both their school community and the local community.

Each school nominates a junior and senior recipient, from which two overall winners are chosen. Allannah Stoddart from Dunedoo Central School and Rosie Stoddart from St Matthews Catholic School were the overall winners for 2019.

The awards are the result of Moolarben’s ongoing partnership with local schools and their commitment to fostering youth in the region.

Max Potential wraps for 2020

posted Aug 3, 2020, 1:14 PM by 2MG Real FM

This year’s Max Potential program wrapped up with a Virtual showcase held on Friday.

Fourteen young adults from Kandos High School, Gulgong High School, St Matthews Catholic School and Mudgee High School were recognised in the online formal Celebration by their volunteer community coaches, family, friends, school representatives, program sponsors and special guests.

Club Mudgee CEO, Maureen Hutchison, recognised the success of the young adults and the contribution from the volunteer community coaches in her speech on behalf of the club, also highlighting how the program needed to adapt for the Covid-19 restrictions and how all involved had taken on the challenge to make the program a success despite the situation that was faced.

The final project was reimagined into a Community Service Pitch where the young adults took an idea, identified a target audience, sought input from likely users and stakeholders in undertaking a proof of concept and presenting their idea in a film based on how they could contribute to rebuilding the community post Covid-19 and the bushfire season.

Key note speaker was Andrew Gee, MP and member for Calare. Andrew joined the online event from Gulgong High School. Andrew recognised the young adults for what they had achieved in the program. Prior to the event, Andrew had watched a sample of the personal expression films and CSP films and reflected on this inspiring work during his speech. Andrew thanks the community coaches, Club Mudgee and all the sponsors.

Why not join our valued alumni of volunteer community coaches in 2021 by contacting


Covid impacts Coal

posted Aug 3, 2020, 1:10 PM by 2MG Real FM

Production is set to be shut down for several weeks at one of the regions coal mines in response to a slowdown in the overseas market.

A spokesperson for Glencore has confirmed that discussions with Ulan Coal employees have begun on measures to manage the site’s coal production profile as the COVID-19 pandemic overseas continues to impact markets.

They say that the proposed measures include a combination of temporary site and equipment shutdowns that will enable Ulan to continue operations, manage the current market volatility, and limit the impact on our workforce.

The temporary shutdowns will last for up to two weeks and are planned to coincide with the September school holidays. Workers will be required to take leave during this time.

The changes are consistent with measures put in place in the past in response to challenging global market conditions.


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