Tops in inland tourism

Staff and owners of the Mudgee Brewing Company celebrate their win in in the NSW Tourism Awards. Pictured (from left) are Courtney Szloch, Ashley Delph, Kate Husband, Debbie and Gary Leonard, (Stephen Price and Jodi Fekkes not pictured) Trelawney Farm Guesthouse owners John Collins and Kathy Hawkins were “emotional and exciting” about winning the Deluxe Accommodation category.290712/SSTourismAwards/6255
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Two Mudgee region businesses are contenders for the NSW Tourism Awards after winning their categories in the CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards on Saturday night.

Mudgee Brewing Company won the award for Tourism, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries and Trelawney Farm Guesthouse took out the award for Deluxe Accommodation at tourism’s “night of nights” at Parklands Resort.

Trelawney Farm Guesthouse owners John Collins and Kathy Hawkins were delighted with the recognition only one year after opening the guesthouse.

“I’m so emotional and so excited,” said Ms Hawkins, who with her partner has spent two years doing up the 1880s era house on spare weekends.

“We put so much into it and we’re so passionate about Mudgee.

“We wanted to bring Sydney dollars to Mudgee and give the Mudgee experience to Sydneysiders,” she said.

Trelawney Farm Guesthouse has achieved an 80 per cent weekend occupancy rate in the first year of operation.

Mudgee Brewing Company owner Gary Leonard said in the five years since the business was established in the former wool store, it had grown beyond its original aim of making locally brewed beer.

“It’s certainly taken on a life of its own,” he said. “It’s gone from brewing to a restaurant and bar to a live music centre, thanks to Stephen Price,” he said.

“We up at Mudgee Brewery are passionate about beer, passionate about music, passionate about beer, but most of all we are passionate about Mudgee as a region.”

Mudgee Brewing Company won its award against three other Mudgee finalists in the same category: Burnbrae Wines, Gooree Park Wines and Lowe Wines.

We think we are the best inland town or district in NSW, if not in Australia.

The all-Mudgee category put paid to Mayor Des Kennedy’s prediction of five Mid-Western Region winners from seven finalists.

Host Mike Munro joked that he had absolutely refused to swap places with Nine Network colleague Ken Sutcliffe, currently at the London Olympics.

But Cr Kennedy said Mr Munro had “lucked out” in landing the Mudgee role.

“We are very proud of our region in Mudgee, Rylstone, Kandos and Gulgong,” he told the 250 guests at the Parklands dinner,” Cr Kennedy said.

“We think we are the best inland town or district in NSW, if not in Australia.”

Cr Kennedy said as a member of the hospitality industry, he was fully aware of the importance of award nominations in boosting the moral of staff and rewarding excellence in the field.

Other local finalists in the awards, chosen from more than 52 nominations were Fairview ArtSpace and Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse

Broken Hill dominated the awards, with Tri-State Safaris/Mutawingji Eco Tours winning the categories for Indigenous Tourism and Tour/Transport Operators and awards also going to The Lodge Outback Motel (Standard Accommodation) and Eldee Station (Hosted Accommodation).

Moree, which will host the 2013 awards, won the Visitor Information and Services category for its Visitor Information Centre.

Other winners included the Deni Ute Muster (Festival and Events) and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Tourist Attractions).

Awards chairwoman Tracey Valenzisi said the awards contributed around $55,000 to the host region, in addition to the value of promotion.

“All entrants were of a high calibre,” she said. “In some categories, the marks between finalists were so close that a silver award was given,” she said.

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Mudgee Wolves survive late gun charge at Glen Willow

GOAL: Mudgee Wolves’ Jason Porcu scores the first of two goals against Bathurst ‘75 Gunnas yesterday at Glen Willow Sporting Complex.PHOTO: SANDY SMITHTwo superb crosses from midfielder Jesse Tomlinson helped Mudgee Wolves’ first grade side secure a 3-2 win over Bathurst ‘75 Gunnas yesterday at Glen Willow Sporting Complex.
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Scores were locked at one-all late in the first half before Tomlinson made a break down the left.

He kicked across field to find numerous deflections including a fumble from the Bathurst goalkeeper before Mudgee striker Jason Porcu scored his second for the afternoon.

It was a case of deja vu for the Gunnas early in the second half as Tomlinson again made a break down the left.

This time he found Stuart Bromley who slammed the ball into the back of the net to give Mudgee a 3-1 lead.

The Wolves then let Bathurst back into the game with poor clearances.

Applying all the pressure, the Gunnas fed Mudgee a bit of its own medicine by crossing to find their striker who netted just underneath the crossbar.

The score remained at 3-2 and both teams missed golden opportunities to take the game away from their opposition.

Mudgee Wolves captain Craig Mitchell said his side were “under the pump” in the final 20 minutes.

“We let them bring the game to us and we probably shouldn’t have. But we kept them out and we got the win,” Mitchell said.

“Three points is brilliant at this stage.”

Mitchell said it was good to know his side can show fighting spirit after being a goal down early, something that has occurred twice in Mudgee’s past two games.

“The boys dug in. Again we fell behind and to come back and win was great,” he said.

“We also scored a few goals again which is what we wanted and what we’ve working on.”

The Mudgee first grade captain added there was a good feeling surrounding the team in a run home to the semi-finals.

“That’s undefeated in five games now so with five to go we’re sitting well on the table and hopefully we can push for a top two spot that gives us a second chance in the finals,” he said.

The Mudgee Wolves first grade team come up against CSU Stags in Bathurst this Sunday for the second time in three games.

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Black Swans in finals, not in horse race

ON THE RUN: Mudgee Black Swans’ Tyler Albano is one of the many juniors playing well at the club. The Mudgee Black Swans have qualified for the finals of the Central West AFL reserve grade competition with two rounds remaining.
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Although there is a slim chance of the Black Swans winning their final game of the season this weekend they have done enough to secure fourth position.

On Saturday the Black Swans will make the two-hour trip to play competition leaders Orange Tigers.

Ever optimistic coach Greg Dowker said the side will be heading to Orange with the hope of finding a win.

“We haven’t done anything brilliant lately but a couple of strong wins earlier in the season saw us get to where we are now,” he said.

“You have to always be positive.”

Previously the Tigers beat Mudgee by some 10 goals and the Black Swans copped another hiding by the Bathurst Bushrangers on Saturday.

And although the Black Swans will make the finals, Dowker admits the Central West AFL reserve grade looks to be a three-horse race between Dubbo Demons, the Tigers and the Bushrangers.

But Dowker said there were positives to come from the 2012 season.

He said he was happy with the amount of juniors coming through the ranks and building a formidable side in years to come.

“Like all senior sports in Mudgee we are affected at times by players and their shifts at the coal mines but we’ve qualified for the finals and I’m quite pleased,” he said.

The Black Swans will finish the regular season with a bye next week before heading into the finals series.

Although there is the slight possibility fifth placed Cowra Blues could finish on the same competition points as the Black Swans, the Mudgee side has a far superior for and against.

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Election countdown begins

Returning officer John Kaus will oversee the Mid-Western Regional Council election on September 8.NSW State Electoral Commission (NSWSEC) returning officer John Kaus has begun preparing for the Mid-Western Regional Council election to be held on Saturday, September 8.
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At his office at Cudgegong House (corner of Market and Douro Streets), Mr Kaus accepted the first candidate nomination soon after nominations opened on Monday morning.

Following the close of nominations on Wednesday, August 8, Mr Kaus will conduct the all-important draw to determine the order in which candidates’ names appear on the ballot paper.

Mr Kaus’ role will also include over-seeing pre-poll voting in the lead up to the election, organising polling booths and count-checking around 16,000 votes after election day.

Although he has been involved in elections since he was 18, this is Mr Kaus’ first election as a returning officer.

“My main focus is to make sure every one who is entitled to vote has an opportunity to cast a vote,” he said.

Mr Kaus said the work of a returning officer was “vastly different” than when he first started, thanks to the introduction of the internet.

“It’s a whole new world,” he said.

We suggest that candidates are proposed by more than two nominators in case some nominators are not correctly enrolled.

“Computers play a big role in the whole process.”

NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry said the nomination process was one of the most important phases of the electoral cycle.

Candidates cannot nominate themselves but must be nominated by two other electors or a registered political party.

“All candidates must ensure that their nominators are enrolled for the council area or ward in which they are standing and nominators should check their own enrolment status,” Mr Barry said.

“We suggest that candidates are proposed by more than two nominators in case some nominators are not correctly enrolled.”

Details of nominated candidates will be posted on the NSW Electoral Commission website as they are processed.

Information about nominations is available in the Handbook for Parties, Groups, Candidates and Scrutineers at Local Government Elections from www.votensw.info.

Voters will be able to cast pre-poll votes at the Mudgee office from two weeks before the council election.

Pre-polling voting centres will be set up in Rylstone and Gulgong for the three days before the election.

Applications for postal votes can be made online at www.votensw.info/early_voting/postal until 5pm September 3.

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Wolfettes add to their impressive season goal tally

RIGHT FOOT: Mudgee Wolfettes’ Nicole Schneider sends a ball down field at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on Sunday. Photo: Sandy SmithMudgee Wolfettes’ first grade striker Jess Salomoni took her goal tally to 11 in the past three games after a five goal haul at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on Sunday.
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The Wolfettes’ first grade side went on a goal scroing spree in the first half, breaking away to a 7-0 lead against CSU Vixens.

However the Vixens picked their defensive game up in the second half as no goals were scored by either side.

Mudgee coach Aaron Lee said he was pleased the girls had come back to their best football after a one-nil loss to Oberon in the previous week.

“We also lost to CSU 4-2 last time we played them this year so to get a win up today was great,” he said.

“We were unlucky not to score in the second half but I’m pleased we didn’t let any goals in either.”

Mudgee Wolfettes’ fourth grade side won by forfeit on Sunday to Scots Spirit.

Salomoni’s usual partner in crime Adrienne Lee came off the field at half time with an ongoing injury that occured in the Oberon game.

Mudgee Wolfettes’ fourth grade side won by forfeit on Sunday to Scots Spirit.

In the previous week fourth grade won 5-1 against Kinross Wolaroi including a three-goal haul to Lauren Kelly. This was a great improvement on the previous 2-2 draw.

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A colder and wetter July than usual

WINTER GLOOM: Fog sets in along the Cudgegong River late afternoon/evening in mid-July 2012.300712/spjuly12weatherWith the middle month of winter behind us Mudgee can look back on a July that was wetter than average because of two days and more sub-zero nights than not.
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According to weatherzone南京夜网.au Mudgee received a total of 68.4mm of rain on nine days in July 2012, above the average for 1994-2011 of 45.8mm from 9.8 days.

The bulk of which came from two days; the wettest 24-hour period of the month 33.2mm to 9am on Wednesday, July 11, and 22.8mm on Friday, July 13.

The lowest the Mudgee temperature got to in July 2012 was -4.7°C on Wednesday, July 4, and the highest was 18°C on Friday, July 13.

Other than that there was just over 5mm on Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 27, and less than a whole millimetre for the other five wet days of the month.

July 2012 was wetter than average for Mudgee but far from record breaking, the wettest July for 1994-2011 was 143.8mm back in 1998.

As for temperature, July 2012 in Mudgee had an average top of 14.6°C, which is close to the 1990-2011 average of 14.2°C.

However, at the bottom end things literally got a bit frosty with an average bottom temperature of 0.3°C for July 2012 below the 1990-2011 average of 1.4°C.

Most telling was that the mercury dropped below zero degrees 19 times throughout the month.

The lowest the Mudgee temperature got to in July 2012 was -4.7°C on Wednesday, July 4, and the highest was 18°C on Friday, July 13.

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Gulgong Terriers ready to trounce Dogs

TERRIER TENACITY: Gulgong Terriers’ Brad Sheridan breaks the Dunedoo line in their round eight clash at Billy Dunn Oval.The race for the Castlereagh League top four is a hot one with six of seven clubs still in the hunt for a semi-final berth.
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This is something not lost on the Gulgong Terriers who currently sit in second place and arguably have one of the toughest runs home in 2012.

On Saturday the Terriers play fourth-placed Warren Bulldogs at Billy Dunn Oval and a loss could potentially see Gulgong drop out of the top three.

Terriers coach Steve Haney said his side had played hard all year to get to second position and were not about to throw it away.

“We definitely know we can’t be complacent,” Haney said.

“There are some tough games ahead but this what we’ve been working towards.”

In June Gulgong won the battle of the dogs playing away to Warren in a 24-12 scoreline.

Haney said he couldn’t see why the Terriers would not do the same at home on Saturday.

“We recognise next these two games are really important to us in a roll on to the semi-finals,” Haney said.

“We of course have Warren on Saturday then Coonabarabran and after Trangie we have Coonamble and we are all aware of what we need to do.”

Haney said he would love to see as many Terriers fans as possible get down to Billy Dunn on Saturday and support the side.

The game starts at 2.30pm.

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Petersons show their class in Division One match

Both Troy and Dean Peterson threw 180 in a Division One match played at the Bowling Club on Wednesday night.
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High scores for this week totalled 104–43 between 101 and 180 – thrown by 30 members. Allan Robinson topped the list with 12 ahead of Billy Egan 10; Garrie Nelson 9; Troy Peterson, Dean Peterson and Dean Warwicker 7; Daniel Peterson 5; Jon Spicer, Mark Drewe, Brett Paulson, Jim Lucas and Frank Egan 4; Graham Forbes and Leonie Costello 3; Margaret Forbes, Steve Peterson, Blue Lucas, Andrew Biffin and Scott Hogansen 2; Joan Hough, Jim Dunn, Steve Cannane, Jacki Tyrrell-Hogansen, Tammy Peterson, Brian O’Reilly, Jim Costello, Jim Reid, Vicky Banks, Max Locke and Wayne Reynolds one each.

There were three pegs above 50 recorded in Division 1: Frank Egan 76, Jim Dunn 60(2d) and Jim Lucas 56.

Match Results:

Division 2 on Tuesday, July 24: Bowling Club Family Affair def. Soldiers Cazna 7-2; Club Mudgee Wreckers def. Waratah Hotel D. T. Plus 2 5-4; Club Mudgee Gunners def. Soldiers Juggernauts 9-0 due to a forfeit by the Juggernauts team.

Division 1 on Wednesday, July 25: Bowling Club Upstarts def. Kandos Waratahs 6-3; Koori Redbacks def. Court House Hotel Cracker Jacks 5-4; Waratah Hotel Sharks def. Bowling Club Ups & Downs 8-1.

Draw for July 31 – August 1:

Division 2 on Tuesday, July 31: Soldiers Cazna v Club Mudgee Wreckers at Club Mudgee; Soldiers Juggernauts v Waratah Hotel D. T. Plus 2 at Club Mudgee; Club Mudgee Gunners v Bowling Club Family Affair at Club Mudgee.

Division 1 on Wednesday, August 1: Waratah Hotel Sharks v Koori Redbacks at the Waratah Hotel; Bowling Club Upstarts v Court House Hotel Cracker Jacks at the Bowling Club; Bowling Club Ups & Downs v Kandos Waratahs at the Bowling Club.

Coming Events:

August 5: Pentathlon Event at Club Mudgee.

August 6: Mudgee Darts Association meeting at Club Mudgee; 7pm start.

August 11-12: Tamworth Games at West Tamworth Leagues Club, Tamworth.

August 18-19: NSW Darts AGM at Guildford Leagues.

August 18-19: Tilligerry Dart Challenge at Tilligerry RSL.

August 25-26: Second NSW Juniors State Team Trials at CCLC, Gosford.

September 2: Western Area Dart League matches in Orange at the Vic Hotel and Hotel Orange.

September 8-9: NSW Masters.

September 15-16: Zone 12 Championships at Club Lithgow.

September 22-23: NSW Juniors Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles in Moree.

September 29-30 & October 1: NSW State Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles at CCLC, Gosford.

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Minister, Mayor to open skate park

Jordon Fyfi takes his scooter over the spine at the new Gulgong Skate Park. Photo by David Donovan310712/ggossskatepark/7 The Gulgong Skate Park upgrade will be officially opened this Wednesday, August 1, at 4pm by Mid-Western Regional Council Mayor Des Kennedy and Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley.
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Member for Orange Andrew Gee will also attend.

The majority of the $90,000 project was funded by Mid-Western Regional Council’s contribution of $62,500.

Council worked with kids and the Gulgong Skate Park Working Committee to make sure we ended up with a facility that everyone wanted and would use.

The remainder of the building of the Skate Park was supported by $7500 raised by the Gulgong Skate Park Working Party and $20,000 contributed by the State Government.

“We’re very pleased to open this park in Gulgong in response to an ongoing demand for youth activities in our Region” said Cr Kennedy.

The Gulgong Skate Park consists of three main ramps and a number of other elements and obstacles.

“Council worked with kids and the Gulgong Skate Park Working Committee to make sure we ended up with a facility that everyone wanted and would use. Kids can ride scooters, skateboards and BMXes there,” Cr Kennedy said.

Members of the public are invited to attend the official opening.

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Mudgee Dragons take it week by week

NO TRY: Mudgee Dragons prop forward Mitch Devine was denied this try against Bathurst Panthers last weekend after being called back for a forward pass at Glen Willow Sporting Complex. The Dragons travel to Cowra this weekend for round 13. Mudgee Dragons’ premier league side still has room to improve in the final four rounds of the Group 10 rugby league competition.
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In what would send danger signals to their upcoming opponents, captain-coach Mat Stott believes the Dragons have not yet hit their best straps.

“We are going okay but to be honest we really don’t look past the current weekend that’s in front of us,” Stott said.

“We have to go out each weekend and make sure we collect those two points on offer because it’s such a close competition.”

Leading the competition by one point Mudgee’s premier league side knows a slip up could cost them the minor premiership.

Stott said the side focuses their tasks on a week by week basis but an eye minor premiership is still prevalent.

“One of our goals at the start of the year was to win the minor premiership so of course it does get talked about,” he said.

All senior Dragons teams will make the three-hour road trip to Cowra this weekend and Stott knows how important it is to win away.

“Cowra is probably the hardest road trip in the comp. You have to travel the two-and-a-half to three hours and then win on their home ground,” he said.

After reviewing the video of premier league’s game against Bathurst Panthers, Stott said his side knows what they have to work on come the business end of the season.

“We did make a few errors on our try lines last weekend and we can’t afford to do that every week,” he said.

“We have to be on our game from the start and it doesn’t change each week.”

Stott said the side would be welcoming back Jeremy Lang on to the wing after his two-week suspension from the shortened Lithgow game on July 8.

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