Farm Animal Safety

posted Sep 19, 2017, 1:59 PM by 2MG Real FM

NSW Ambulance paramedics are reminding farmers to take safety precautions when around livestock, following several serious incidents on Saturday - including one in Mudgee.

At 10.50am, a 69-year-old man was injured after being knocked over by sheep. He was treated by paramedics before being transported to Mudgee Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Superintendent Steve Flanagan said farms can be dangerous places, with incidents involving livestock and vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors leading to significant injuries and even death. “A few safety precautions will help minimise injuries and loss of livelihood and – worse - life,” he said.

Supt Flanagan said that when working with livestock, ensure escape routes are clear and accessible, to avoid being trapped or crushed. Also, avoid working alone when loading or unloading stock. “If you’re not adequately trained to be around the animals or have a level of experience that allows you to fully appreciate possible risks to work with them, you shouldn’t be. Suitable clothing and footwear is also a must, especially around yards, sheds and crushes,” Supt Flanagan said.

“The terrain should also be assessed before using a tractor or quad bike, to avoid rollovers, whether that be on a large productive farm or a smaller rural property” he said.“Often, these vehicles are used in remote locations and if a person becomes trapped, it can be many hours before the alarm can be raised and help arrives, so ensure someone knows where you are.”

Supt Flanagan said that, in the case of serious injury, people should contact Triple Zero (000), ask for Ambulance and stay on the phone with the call taker who will provide first aid instructions.

Further advice includes:
• If a person loses consciousness, the airway should be checked to ensure it is open and the patient is breathing normally. If breathing normally, place the patient in the recovery position. If not, start CPR.
• For head, neck or spinal/back injuries, do not move the patient. If the airway is compromised, carefully place the patient on their side, supporting the head.
• Limb fractures – keep the patient comfortable while awaiting arrival of paramedics.
• Any injury involving breathing difficulties – sit the patient upright, loosen any tight clothing, and instruct the patient to take any medication, as prescribed by a doctor, if applicable.
• Cardiac arrest – commence CPR.

Supt Flanagan said to assist paramedics in attending incidents that occur in remote locations, people should provide as much information as possible when speaking to the Triple Zero (000) call taker, such as landmarks.To further assist call takers in identifying the location, people are also encouraged to download the Emergency+ smartphone application. The app—free to download from iTunes, Google Play and the Windows store—assists the caller in dialling Triple Zero (000) and displays the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location for the caller to relay to the call taker.

Illegal Fires Spark RFS Concerns

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:24 PM by 2MG Real FM

Since the end of last year’s Bush Fire Danger Period there have been 12 illegal burns in our
District including three that escaped to burn out of control with the potential to become major
bush fires.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding residents they let the RFS
and their neighbours at least 24 hours before lighting up and take other simple safety precautions.

“Even though the Bush Fire Danger Period has not yet started, there are a number of
precautions that must be taken year-round,” said Superintendent Troy Porter of the RFS
Cudgegong District that covers most of the Mid Western Regional Council area.

“Failing to take these precautions, including the required advance notification, is illegal and
may result in penalties ranging from a warning letter to court action.”

“The law requires that you must notify the RFS, all residents who adjoin the site of your
planned fire and anyone else who may be affected at least 24 hours before lighting up,”
Superintendent Porter said.
“The smoke produced from your fire has the potential to impact upon other people. Your
neighbours may be exposed to smoke and may need to make preparations to avoid any
negative impacts. “

You can notify the RFS by calling the Cudgegong District Fire Control Centre in Mudgee on
(02) 6372 4434.

“When you notify us about your planned burn we record that information, including when you
expect to light up,” Superintendent Porter said. “Then if a passer-by sees your fire and calls
000 we are able to check the burn list and either call you or send someone out to make sure
everything is OK rather than triggering a full scale emergency response.”

These additional measures will help ensure your burn is safe and legal:
• Before lighting up, ensure that you have suitable tools on hand (rakes and shovels) to
conduct the burn and control any possible spot fires.

• Accelerants such as petrol must never be used in the fire.

• Ensure that you have access to a sufficient water supply and that you have a hose with
appropriate water pressure to extinguish the fire if required and to contain any spot fires.

• Ensure that you wear protective clothing such as heavy cotton pants, a long-sleeved
shirt, leather work boots, work gloves and a wide-brimmed hat.

• Consider the weather. Only light up if the weather conditions are calm. High wind
speeds make the fire more difficult to contain and can cause any escape to spread

• Before you light up check the Fire Danger Rating for the day of your planned burn. You
can find the Fire Danger Rating and additional information on the RFS web site at

“Before you start you should be confident that you can carry out the burn,” Superintendent
Porter said. “Ultimately you are responsible for any fire you light and if it escapes you may be
liable for the damage it causes.”

A Day On The Green

posted Jul 9, 2017, 2:59 PM by Mel Heldon




Robert Oatley Vineyards – Saturday November 4

Thirty years ago, Aussie legends HOODOO GURUS scored their biggest hit with the unforgettable What’s My Scene. Now, Mudgee will be the scene of one of Central NSW’s biggest gigs of the year, with the Gurus celebrating the 30th anniversary of What’s My Scene when they headline Mudgee’s 19th a day on the green on Saturday November 4 at Robert Oatley Vineyards.

This will be a gig jam-packed with hits, with the Gurus playing their crowd-pleasing catalogue, including classics such as Like Wow – WipeoutBittersweetCome AnytimeMiss Freelove ’69My Girl, 1000 Miles Away, among many others.



a day on the green is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available on site or BYO picnic. Deck chairs and picnic rugs are recommended. For all event information, go to

No Reserved Tickets

All tickets are General Admission (BYO chairs & rugs): $99.90 plus b/fee


Leave the car at home and pre-book on a coach. For ticket and coach travel from surrounding towns, call Ogden’s Coaches on (02) 6372 2489 or email: (operating from Kandos, Lue, Rylstone, Gulgong, Windeyer, Frog Rock, Bathurst, Orange, Wellington and Dubbo.)

Ogdens will also operate a shuttle bus service from Mudgee accommodation venues and the CBD to the winery, returning after the show.

For all accommodation enquiries, contact the Mudgee Visitors Centre on (02) 6372 1020 or 

Camping is available close to the venue from  or  


From & 136 100

and the Mudgee Visitors Centre


Latest on Mudgee Hospital upgrade

posted Jun 19, 2017, 8:24 PM by Mel Heldon

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said today that the $60 million commitment he made to build a new Hospital in Mudgee has taken three major steps forward.


“Before the last election I made a $60 million commitment to everyone in the Mid-Western region that I would deliver a new Hospital for Mudgee,” Mr Grant said.


“This exciting project will soon be cranking along after receiving a $10.2 Million funding boost bringing the total project to $70.2 Million,”


“$8 million will be spent on the project in this financial year alone,” Mr Grant said.


“Health Minister Brad Hazzard is keen to visit Mudgee soon to talk to the community and get a shovel in the ground.” Mr Grant said.


“This is excellent news for Mudgee, Gulgong and all communities in the Mid-Western Region.”


The NSW Government today also announced the appointment of the lead design team responsible for the $70.2 million Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment.


“While the current Mudgee Hospital has served the community well for a long time and delivered excellent and compassionate care, it’s time for an upgrade.


“This is a $70.2 million investment to ensure the community continues to receive quality health care, in state of the art facilities,” Mr Grant said.


The design team bring to the project a wealth of knowledge having worked on other health redevelopments in NSW, and consist of:

  • Project Managers – TSA Management
  • Architects – Silver Thomas Hanley
  • Cost Planners – Concept 2 Reality Consulting.


TSA Management recently worked on the Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment, Silver Thomas Hanley on the New England and Northwest Cancer Centre and Concept 2 Reality Consulting are currently working on the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Redevelopment.

Working with Health Infrastructure and the Western NSW Local Health District, the lead design team will work on defining the redevelopment scope alongside Local Health District management, staff, clinicians and community representatives. 

Photo: Health Minister Brad Hazzard & Member for Dubbo Troy Grant

Free burnt fencing wire, posts and other ferrous metals removal

posted May 11, 2017, 2:48 PM by Mel Heldon

Two metal recycling companies have offered to load and remove burnt fencing wire, posts and other ferrous 
metals from farms that have been affected by the Sir Ivan Bushfire, at no charge to farmers.  

More details and the application form below:

Pic: The Land

Anzac Day commemorations 2017

posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:13 PM by Mel Heldon   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 5:22 PM ]

There are a number of ANZAC DAY commemorations happening in the region.

In Kandos the dawn service is at the Community Hall at 6.30am, with the march assembling at the rotunda at 10.30, commencing at 10.45am.

A commemorative service will be held at the community hall at 11.


In Rylstone, the dawn service is at 6am at the war memorial and a commemorative service is on at 11 in the Rylstone Hall.


In Mudgee, the dawn service begins at 5:45am at the cenotaph in Robertson Park.

Those taking part in the march are asked to be formed up by 10.15 in front of Club Mudgee.

The commemoration service will commence at 11am at the cenotaph.

Ex and serving personnel are reminded that a reunion luncheon is being held at the Club at 12.30.


In Gulgong, those marching at dawn are asked to assemble outside the Gulgong Fire Brigade building no later than 5.45 am. 

The March will set off at 5.55 am to arrive at the Rotunda at 6.00 am when the dawn service will begin.

Those marching later in the morning are asked to assemble outside the Gulgong Fire Brigade building no later than 10.15 am, with the Parade forming up at 10.35 am and will march off at 10.50 am to arrive at the Rotunda at 11.00 am

Hargraves march departs from the recreation grounds at 7:45am, to arrive at memorial for 8am service, followed by breakfast at the hall at $5 per adult and high school student.

Dunedoo are having their dawn service at the war memorial at 6am, and those wishing to participate in the march are asked to form up at 10.45am at the Old Royal Hotel.

Everyone is invited to the services and marches, and ex service personnel, national servicemen and women, reserve forces and serving defence force members are particularly invited to march.

Any member of the public who wishes to march with a relatives’ medals is reminded to wear the medals on their right hand side.

It's advised to arrive a little earlier than the advertised times to avoid disappointment.

Rotary Fire fundraising

posted Feb 20, 2017, 11:15 AM by Mel Heldon   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 11:28 AM by Craig Bassett ]

Media Release: 

Following the extensive bushfires which have occurred in central western NSW recently, the Rotary Club of Mudgee and Mudgee Sunrise have jointly
sponsored and established a fund to assist individuals and families suffering significant loss and distress caused by the fires.

The fund has been established through the Rotary Australia Benevolent Society– an arm of Rotary Australia World Community Service - and has been listed as a charitable fund. This means it has Deductible Gift Recipient status so that donations made to it are tax deductible.

“Moneys donated to the fund will be used to assist those who have exhausted any assistance available from Government and Insurance resources following
the Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and other fires in the Mid-Western Regional, Upper Hunter and Warrumbungle regions” the Project Manager, Margaret Barnes of
the Rotary Club of Mudgee Sunrise, says.

District Governor of Rotary District 9670 Stephen Jackson drove through the area the day after the Golden Highway was re-opened and said “This is an area
well known to me. I had driven through it only 3 days before and it was well-grassed but obviously dry. When I returned the country around the Golden Highway was just black, kilometre after kilometre of fencing was damaged or missing, and there was almost no fodder available for the livestock which had
survived. There is a huge need for support”.

Dunedoo Lions Club and the Rural Financial Counselling Service have agreed to work with the sponsoring clubs.

The Rural Financial Counselling Serviced will make recommendations as to the people most in need of benevolent relief. The Service is a not for profit
organisation which is already working with people impacted by the fires and will be a valuable and impartial resource in assisting the project deliver to
those most in need.

Individuals, Rotary and other clubs and similar organisations, and corporate entities are urged to contribute to this tax deductible and charitable benevolent fund to assist in relieving the suffering of those who have and are continuing to experience personal trauma and property loss.

Donations can be made through an online process. To donate, go to

The Project Sponsors thank donors for their support.

Local Land Services

posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:06 PM by Craig Bassett


Local Land Services staff from Central Tablelands, Central West, Hunter and Northern Tablelands regions are continuing to offer support to landholders affected by recent Sir Ivan, Kains Flat and Ilford fires.

Acting as support agency with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) under the Agricultural and animal services functional area banner, veterinarians and biosecurity officers are in the firegrounds dealing with animal welfare issues.

Mudgee Local Control Centre Incident Controller Clare Hamilton said the extent of the damage is yet to be completely grasped.

“Forward command posts have been established in Dunedoo and Merriwa”

“Staff based in these locations are working across the fireground to support landholders with affected livestock.

“Staff from across the state have come together to assist with this response.”

While the number of affected animals continues to rise, amongst those reported lost to date are sheep, cattle, goats, alpaca, horses and dogs.

“Of course fire is not picky,” Ms Hamilton said.

“With two RSPCA officers working out of the Dunedoo forward command post, assistance for injured native animals is also occurring promptly.

Central West Local Land Services Regional Veterinarian Jillian Kelly is working from the fire-affected area and said landholders needed to continue to monitor stock health.

“While livestock may have initially appeared unaffected, we are now receiving reports of animals with badly-burned feet, respiratory and other health issues,” Dr Kelly said.

“We urge landholders to remain vigilant where animal welfare is concerned and if anyone is unsure or would like further advice, they should call 1800 814 647.”

Landholder support is also being offered by DPI through both the Rural Assistance Authority and the Rural Resilience Program.

To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit

Local councils have also assisted through the erection of signs on recently-opened roads warning of potential wandering stock due to the loss of fences.

Affected landholders needing animal health assistance or anyone in the area who sees wandering livestock should call 1800 814 647.

Image: Fire aftermath on Ulan Road (supplied)

NSW CWA and Dunedoo fire support

posted Feb 15, 2017, 5:20 PM by Mel Heldon

Country Women’s Association of NSW and Dunedoo community join forces to support Sir Ivan fire victims

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) of New South Wales has today announced a commitment of up to $50,000 from its Disaster Relief fund, to assist the victims of the Sir Ivan fire with their immediate needs. 

The CWA also formed a committee with the community of Dunedoo to manage the many generous offers of assistance that are rolling in for people affected by fire.

All offers of help with be dealt with by the committee. 

Financial donations can be deposited into the CWA of NSW’s Disaster Relief Fund and will go directly to those in need. 

These donations will be tax deductible and can be made via the CWA of NSW website, or copy and paste this link:

According to CWA of NSW’s President, Annette Turner, more than 30 properties have been confirmed as destroyed but crop and stock loss assessment has only just begun and is escalating.

“Latest reports late yesterday from the Rural Fire Service indicated the 55,000 hectare fire was only just under control and many farmers have lost absolutely everything,” said Annette.

“Our Disaster Relief fund is for exactly these types of situations and we are very pleased to be able to assist. Food, clothing and financial donations are what is most needed at the moment and I encourage everyone who is able to to donate and support those affected,” she said.

Bush Fire Appeals

posted Feb 14, 2017, 9:40 PM by Craig Bassett   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 7:49 PM ]

A number of official appeals are currently being organised in our region to help those affect by the Sir Ivan & Kains Flat fires.

Below are a number of ways you can help.

Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal (Sir Ivan Fire)

The Sir Ivan Fire has so far destroyed approximately 55,000 hectares of land as well as many homes and as at 14 February is still burning across a large area east of Dunedoo, and south of Coolah. The extent of the fire and the destruction it has caused is shocking, and the economic and emotional damage in terms of loss of property, stock and destruction of wildlife is enormous.

In order to ensure that donations will benefit the community directly, Warrumbungle Shire Council has set up a Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal (Sir Ivan Fire) and will be taking donations from members of the public who wish to assist residents who have suffered, and in many cases lost everything as a result of the fire. Money is the most useful donation because it provides both flexibility and choice to meet immediate needs. It also circulates in the affected community, stimulating faster recovery for the local economy.


Aid For Those Affected By The Sir Ivan and Kains Flat Fires (facebook page)


Dunedoo CWA

Dunedoo will operate in conjunction with The Country Women’s Association of NSW and all offers of help with be dealt with by the committee. Financial donations can be deposited in CWA of NSW Disaster Relief Fund – marked Sir Ivan Fire. (make sure you select Disaster Relief Fund). All donations given at this time will used to support those affected by the Sir Ivan fire. A tax deductible receipt will be emailed to you.

Clothing and food donations are being co-ordinated by Dunedoo Central School office staff (6375 1489) with details of where and how to deliver or collect. They will then contact the appropriate person to access the showground storage.

No furniture deliveries will be accepted at this time as those affected have nowhere to store them.

Short term accommodation is being organised and those requiring it should contact Sharon Nott on 0428 859509.

Water deliveries can be arranged by contacting Peter McClung on 0428 863219

Hay and grain deliveries are being co-ordinated by Hayden Rhodes and Sandy Cox from Delta Sullivans – contact 6375 1209 Hayden 0428 811774 or Sandy 0428 865299.

Counselling for fire victims is being arranged and Dunedoo Central School have a counsellor coming in for student assistance.

Townspeople are on hand to do basic things like clothes washing if needed. Dunedoo Central School will be organising this service.

Do you know someone who needs assistance? They or you (on their behalf) can contact Joy Beames (0428 751173) or Sam Barrass (0402 592436).


N S W Farmers Association

The NSW Farmers’ Merriwa Branch has joined forces with the Merriwa Show Society to establish the Merriwa-Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal to assist affected landholders and residents.

The local farming community has quickly jumped on board, already donating cattle that will be fed at the Alexander Downs feedlot at Merriwa and then sold to raise money for the appeal.

Merriwa Branch Chair, Pat Ryan, said farmers from as far as Wagga Wagga have also offered cattle for the appeal.

“Alexander Downs feedlot has kindly offered to feed the cattle at no cost for up to 80 days and all the sale proceeds will go towards the appeal,” Mr Ryan said.

NSW Farmers’ President, Derek Schoen, said the Association has donated $5000 to kick start the appeal.

Donations can be made to the Merriwa- Sir Ivan Bushfire Appeal via the details below.

Account Name: NSW Farmers’ Association Natural Disaster Relief Fund BSB: 082-057 Account number: 18-215-7040 Bank: NAB


Gulgong IGA and Rylstone Foodworks

There is a trolley at both Gulgong IGA and Rylstone Foodworks where you can donate non perishable items for those affected.


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