Back to school 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:21 AM by Craig Bassett


The first term for the 2018 school year starts for staff with a school development day on Monday, 29 January (in the Eastern Division), with students returning from the following day. 

It is advisable for parents to check with their children’s school if they are unsure of what day they return (or start Kindergarten or Year 7).  Schools normally advise parents towards the end of the previous school year and post key dates on their school website.

The Autumn two-week vacation starts on Monday, 16 April.

This calendar consolidates all school term and holidays, as well as proposed school development days and some other key dates.



Many of the questions parents (and you) ask about are covered on the public schools’ website Our schools at a glance.  Whether it’s head lice or homework, this handy guide has the answers to questions from A for attendance through to W for Wellbeing.



For parents, and sometimes their children, one of the most challenging times in school years can be starting.

The key to helping students have a positive start to school is set out for parents and even has a video illustrating a typical first day in a public school Kindergarten

More information about starting school, including the often asked question ‘when to start?’ and a video about transition to school is also available through the public schools’ website.

The big step of starting high school is explained for parents and students.   There are special breakout sections on new subjects, teachers and friends as well as thoughts on the new dimension of peer pressure that a different learning environment may bring, as well as a checklist and family guide about preparing for secondary school.  There is also a video that helps students and parents understand differences between primary and secondary school.

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.”

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

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.

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.


False information about waste costs Mudgee company and Director $188,000

posted Jan 9, 2017, 11:12 AM by Craig Bassett

A Mudgee company and its director were fined a total of $138,000 and ordered to pay costs of $50,000 by the Land and Environment Court in December 2016 after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) prosecuted the company and Director for providing false or misleading information about waste.

Complete Asbestos Removal, carries out asbestos removal, demolition and waste transport work, and was engaged by Cobbora Holding Company Pty Ltd to demolish buildings on 12 properties in the Dunedoo area and to lawfully dispose of the resulting waste, including asbestos waste.

EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said the EPA takes a dim view of companies and directors that provide false or misleading information about waste.

“Complete Asbestos Removal was required to provide Cobbora Holding Company with proof of disposal of the waste and reports to certify that all visible asbestos had been removed from each property.

“The director of the company created false asbestos clearance certificates and false weighbridge dockets purportedly recording the disposal of asbestos waste at the Mudgee and Dubbo waste facilities and provided these documents to Cobbora Holding Company. Complete Asbestos Removal later provided some of the false clearance certificates to the EPA during its investigation.

“Each clearance certificate contained forged signatures and made false representations about what checks had been carried out for asbestos at the Dunedoo properties.

“These checks are in place to ensure that asbestos is appropriately managed and disposed of, and to protect the community and environment.

“The EPA is sending a strong message to those who chose to do the wrong thing – you will be caught and the penalties are substantial,” Mr Buffier said.
Complete Asbestos Removal Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $24,000 for providing false or misleading information to the EPA and ordered to pay the EPA’s legal costs of $25,000. The company’s sole director was convicted of three offences of providing false or misleading information about waste to another company, fined a total of $114,000 and ordered to pay the EPA’s legal costs of $25,000.

Justice Preston found that although the evidence did not establish that any environmental harm was caused by the offences, it was foreseeable that harm could have occurred as a result of some of the offences.

All asbestos from the Dunedoo properties has now been lawfully disposed.
Providing false or misleading information about waste is an offence under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. The matter went before the Land and Environment Court on 16 December 2016.

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