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Solar Farm Concerns

posted by 2MG Real FM

State member for Dubbo, Dugald Saunders, has been pressed on the issue of Solar Farms on approaches into town.

The Member spoke with Ken Sutcliffe on 2MG. 

"It depends on what the community wants. Mudgee and Gulgong have both been good examples of people saying to me that they don't want it here."

"The community aspect is the most important part".

Mr Saunders also says when questioned on the location of the new solar farm on the approach of Wellington, that those developing them want to take the cheapest option, close to existing infrastructure.

"The one at Wellington is a bit different to Gulgong, with the planning having been done a little while ago, it is opposite from a correctional facility and a major sub-station as well."

Echoes For The Region's Businesses To Trade On A Sunday

posted Jul 9, 2020, 9:54 PM by 2MG Real FM

Calls for more business, especially food and beverage retails to reopen on Sundays have been echoed by Mudgee Region Tourism.

CEO, Cara George, says our region is popular for a reason.

"We have a very desirable destination, people are travelling to enjoy all we have to offer. So we are encouraging our partners to make the most of the sunshine we have right now".

She also says that she understands that current restrictions might make it harder for some business to operate.

"With COVID, it has reduced the number of customers at our venues, and with the one-per-four square metre rule we've had to pull back the normal capacity that we would allow".

Energy Company Managing Safety Around Mudgee

posted Jul 9, 2020, 6:12 PM by 2MG Real FM

Essential Energy, will soon begin vegetation management within Mudgee and the surrounding region.

Work will be done to secure safety and the ongoing reliability of the electricity network, said to be carried out by the company’s contractors.

Alterations include, but not limited to the pruning of trees, and if necessary, the management and relocation of particular foliage.

Operations Manager, Jamie Warren, says “the vegetation program was about striking a balance between preserving the town’s trees and ensuring power safety and reliability for the community.”

He also says maintenance is crucial as the combination of trees and powerlines could be a dangerous combination.

The vegetation program is set to begin next week.

Two Men Charged Over Alleged Online Grooming

posted Jul 9, 2020, 2:23 PM by 2MG Real FM

Strike Force Trawler detectives have charged two men in the state’s Central West following separate investigations into alleged online grooming.

Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) began engaging online with a man from the state’s Central Tablelands.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished the child to perform.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested a 36-year-old man at a home in Gulgong about 8am on Wendesday, July 8.

A search warrant was executed at the home, where police seized electronic storage devices.

The man was taken to Mudgee Police Station and charged with use carriage service to groom child under 16 years for sexual activity.

He was refused bail and appeared at Mudgee Local Court, where he was granted strict conditional bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

In a separate investigation, CEIU detectives began engaging online with a man from Dubbo in February this year.

It will be alleged in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 13-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexually explicit acts he wished the child to perform and sent explicit material.

Following extensive inquiries, officers attended a business at Dubbo and arrested a 47-year-old man yesterday.

Future NRL Matches In The Region

posted Jul 8, 2020, 10:46 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mudgee hopes of holding a future NRL match in 2021 could possibly be given a boost with Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders named as chair of the NSW Government’s NRL Regional Taskforce, which was formed to develop a plan to bring more games to regional NSW.

Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, made the announcement during a visit to Dubbo yesterday, where Mr Saunders said it is an honour to be asked to chair the taskforce.

"The taskforce brings together a number of people to build ideas and opportunities for sport in the area, especially for occasions like the Charity Shield matches", he says.

Mr Saunders also outlined that his priority is to see Dubbo host an NRL premiership game in 2021

That Comment has been met with a response from an angry Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, with Des Kennedy telling 2MG news that he hopes that Mudgee is not forgotten in the process by “our” local member.

Mayor Kennedy says that with over $15m invested into Glen Willow, and the playing surface being one of the best in NSW, our region is still best placed to continue to host these matches.

The Member for Dubbo however told us that it’s NOT one or the other.

Tourists Plea For Sunday Business

posted Jul 8, 2020, 6:21 PM by 2MG Real FM

There are renewed calls for business in Mudgee and other towns in the region to trade on SUNDAYS with renewed interest in our area from tourists.

Our newsroom has heard reports that tourists are leaving the area disappointed on a Sunday with very few cafes open for trade, and limited options for meals.

Mudgee Region Tourism in a message to their members says that they are urging business that is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, for example, to consider opening on days you are ordinarily closed or extending your opening hours.

Mayor Des Kennedy says that are a region, we have the golden opportunity.

"We're in a position now as a region where we are in the bubble that everyone seems to flock to, which is a telling factor on all our staff".

He also says that we need to look at this now, while NSW residents have limited travel opportunities outside of the State.

"We can't miss this opportunity because who knows how long this will last and we need to take care of our tourists as best we can".

Highways Around The Region Face Delays

posted Jul 8, 2020, 3:22 PM by 2MG Real FM

Motorists could face delays on both the Castlereagh and Great Western Highways from today, with wind turbine components to be transported to the site at Aarons Pass.

The Crudine Ridge Wind Farm has seen smaller components already transported to the site via Mudgee, but the 70-meter blades will need to travel via the Blue Mountains.

Jamie Wallace from Transport for NSW says that these delays can be expected 6 days per week until September.

"Between 4am and 5am in the morning, traffic can expect to be delayed for up to 25 minutes".

Mr Wallace also says that this is due to "a series of 70-metre long loads, which means east-bound traffic on the Great Western Highway will be effected".

Blade’s will travel North from Lithgow to Aarons pass, with blades expected at Ben Bullen by 7AM, and should arrive at Aarons Pass Road at 8am each morning, with only slight delays expected on this Highway.

Baby Boom In Mudgee

posted Jul 7, 2020, 10:12 PM by 2MG Real FM

The New Mudgee Hospital has seen a slight Baby Boom, with 25 babies having already been born since the opening in May.

Caren Harrison from Mudgee Health Service told 2MG that it’s the higher end of the average for our region.

"A slow month for the number of babies is only around 15, whereas a busy month will be at least 30".

She also told Ken Sutcliffe that the theatre has also seen over 100 cases through its doors

"The first case was a cesarian which was only two days after we opened the new hospital, but since then we've had 113 born". 

Coming Changes To Bus Fares

posted Jul 7, 2020, 5:38 PM by 2MG Real FM

The cost of public transport across the region is being reviewed, and we are able to offer our opinion.

Residents throughout regional and rural NSW are being encouraged to have their say on the cost of bus fares, to make travelling more affordable.

IPART NSW will set maximum fares that bus companies can charge for their services from January 2021 to December 2025.

IPART Tribunal Member, Deborah Cope, says they are “Aware that people have been doing it tough in rural and regional communities with drought, bushfires and now COVID-19, and want to ensure that fares are reasonable and services keep improving.”

Ms Cope also says they’re aim is to “Set fares so that people with limited transport options - such as those who can’t drive or can’t afford a car- have access to services.”

IPART will be releasing two issue papers as the first step in the review process, and asking residents to head to the State Government website to fill out a survey voicing their opinion of fares.

Anyone who is interested in the review can go to their website for more information and to consider filling in the survey or making a submission, which will close on August 7.

Mudgee Local Wins Trainee Of The Year Award

posted Jul 6, 2020, 10:20 PM by 2MG Real FM

Mudgee local and Skillset Trainee, Reece Oldfield has been announced as the Western NSW Training Awards Trainee of the Year at the Annual Presentation, which was held via Facebook late last week due to social distancing restrictions.

Reece, who completed his traineeship in January, was employed by Skillset and hosted by Yancoal Moolarben Coal Operations for the duration of his traineeship in Certificate III in Surface Mining - Surface Extraction Operations with Train365.

Moolarben Coal Operations HR Manager, Grant Arnold says that Reece is an active member in the community who managed to actively volunteer throughout his traineeship, including this year’s bushfire emergency, with Reece managing to balance his commitments while staying on top of his studies and completing all work tasks in an efficient manner.

Reece acknowledged the support of Skillset, Moolarben Coal Operations and Train365 in helping him to both get a start in his career and to develop an advanced skills base for all forms of surface mining tasks, saying that winning the Trainee of the Year award truly means a great deal.

Reece will now proceed to the next stage of interviews for the NSW Training Awards, which will take place in Sydney later this year.

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