Club Mudgee members $26,000 richer

BIG CASH PRIZE: Michelle Skinner picked the top suitcase containing $15,000 at Club Mudgee on Wednesday night. She is congratulated by (from left) Director Jenny Wallis, CEO Maureen Heywood, Director Wayne Marskell and Kellie Gant.Club Mudgee gave away a total of $26,000 on Wednesday night as they brought some game show flair to the evening.
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Wednesday was the culmination of the club’s 16-week ‘Crazy Cash Promotion’ where members filled a barrel with tickets.

On the night 12 tickets were drawn and the lucky ones picked had their choice of 12 suitcases each containing a mystery amount.

The suitcases were designed to look like those that form the basis of hit television game show Deal or No Deal.

The suitcase everyone wanted to have had $15,000 inside, others had a cool couple of thousand and the range scaled down to $200.

The tension built as one by one participants had their suitcases unlocked by Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood to reveal the monetary figure held.

Several openings in and the big money went off as the $15,000 was found to be hiding in the suitcase picked at random by member Michelle Skinner.

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New medical students in Mudgee

University of Wollongong medical students Vanessa Hewitt, Alice Thomas and Michael Stone will take on duties at Mudgee Medical Centre and South Mudgee Surgery for the next year. The three students are pictured with program co-ordinator Dr Gary Moore and are the fourth intake of students from UoW for the region. Patients at Mudgee Medical Centre and South Mudgee Surgery will once again have a few new faces to get used to with medical students from the University of Wollongong starting work in Mudgee earlier this month.
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Michael Stone and Alice Thomas will be on-hand to help at Mudgee Medical Centre, while Vanessa Hewitt will hone her skills at South Mudgee Surgery over the next year.

This is the fourth year the University of Wollongong has sent its students to Mudgee as part of their course and all three admitted that Mudgee was high on their list of placement preferences.

“Mudgee was actually the first preference for all of us,” said Vanessa.

While here, the students will take part in parallel consulting with the doctors at each practice. Patients who consent to parallel consulting will have their case looked over by Michael, Alice or Vanessa first before a patient’s doctor attends the consultation and listens as the students present the patient’s case.

Regional academic co-ordinator for the medical school, Dr Gary Moore, says the students are near the end of their training, come with a lot of experience and hence become quite useful in both the hospital and the medical practices.

“It’s a real benefit for those in the community as well as the students,” he said.

“The placement gives them time to become engaged with the community. It also gives us the chance to promote rural general practice as a career path.”

Michael, Alice and Vanessa all agreed that feedback from previous students was one of the main reasons they had chosen Mudgee.

“The previous three years have all had good things to say about Mudgee. We haven’t heard a bad word about it,” Michael said.

“And so far everything they’ve said has been true,” Alice added.

The culture surrounding the Mudgee region was another draw for the three students, with each looking to “immerse themselves in the community” according to Michael.

“I think we’ll have a really good work/life balance while living here,” Alice said, something that all three agree is hard to find whilst living and working in the city because of the different workloads of the doctors there.

“They come to the community for a year and we really hope that because of their experiences while here that they’ll come back in the future”, Mudgee Medical Centre Practice manager Colleen Best said.

“It’s a fantastic experience for them.”

Mrs Best says that with many of the Mudgee region’s doctors thinking about retirement within the next five years, the region has to make sure we have doctors for the future.

While in Mudgee, the three students will be staying in the University of Wollongong student doctor house on Lions Drive

“The house has made it all the more welcoming,” Michael said.

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Wet start for three-day ride from Mudgee to Young

Robert Shutz sets out on the first leg of his 330km bike ride surrounded by members of The Mudgee Bushwalking and Cycle Club. Robert is raising money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation by riding from Mudgee to Young. “It might be a bit of a wet start.”
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Might is a bit of an understatement judging by the rain pouring down across Mudgee on Thursday morning. Robert Shutz had been hoping for a clear day as he began his three-day bike ride from Mudgee to Young but Mother Nature seems to have had a different plan.

“I stopped looking at the forecast a few days ago,” Mr Shutz said.

Mr Shutz set out from Petries Mitre 10 on Thursday morning for the start of a three-day bike ride to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Mr Shutz will have ridden around 330km by the time he makes it to Petries Mitre 10 in Young.

Mr Shutz first started riding in November after getting out of hospital and making the choice to get fit. He decided to ride from Mudgee to Young because he “had to have a goal to work towards” and choose the route because he had to “pick a figure.”

Members of the Mudgee Bushwalking and Cycle Club turned up to escort Robert out of town.

“We’ll ride with Robert as long as the weather lets us,” said one member as they prepared to brave the wet.

Robert expected to arrive in Bathurst around 5:30pm on Thursday afternoon. He will continue from Bathurst to Cowra on Friday and then ride from Cowra to Young on Saturday morning.

A support vehicle driven by Mr Shutz’s mother Margaret will travel with Robert throughout the entire journey.

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More than 100 trees illegally cut at Avisford Reserve

Some of the 119 trees illegally felled in and around Avisford Nature Reserve.More than 100 trees have been illegally cut down along a fire trail at Avisford Nature Reserve on the western edge of Mudgee.
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“It’s absolute carnage – a huge mess,” said National Parks and Wildlife Mudgee Area Manager David Crust. “Someone has taken a chainsaw and an axe to 45 trees within the nature reserve and another 74 along the boundary.”

NPWS employees uncovered the 45 trees in the reserve during a routine patrol, and were alerted to further trees cut down along the reserve boundary by a mountain bike rider.

“This has been quite a bit of work, so it was obviously premeditated,” Mr Crust said.

“Whoever it was must have been up there for a day or two.”

Mr Crust said the trees appeared to have been cut down in a deliberate attempt to block a fire trail through the reserve.

“This trail is very important as a fire control line and is regularly used by walkers and mountain bike riders as well as providing access to private property,” he said.

He said the trail was also used illegally by trail bike riders and 4 wheel drivers, which the NPWS is working with council and police to control.

“Avisford Nature Reserve is home to several endangered species, including the Capertee Stringybark which is listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act,” Mr Crust said.

“NPWS officers are examining whether any Capertee Stringybarks have been cut down; regardless, there are heavy fines for cutting down trees and damaging vegetation within a nature reserve or national park.”

Many of the fallen trees fell into other trees or landed on power lines, and Mr Crust said the combination of the trees’ size and the way they fell meant the culprit was lucky not to have been hurt.

“The NPWS wants to protect our natural environment and encourage people to look after their own neighbourhoods and environments, so we are appealing to the public for any information that might help us track down who is responsible. Someone may have seen something, heard the chainsaw or noticed something suspicious,” he said.

“Hopefully, someone can come forward with some information that can help us track down whoever did this. Anyone with information is asked to call NPWS in Mudgee on 6370 9000.

“The popularity of Avisford Nature Reserve has been increasing over recent years, with many people using the reserve. Bush walking and mountain bike riding are welcome activities but trail bikes, horse riding, dogs and firearms are not permitted.”

Mr Crust said many of the trees would regrow from their stumps, and in the long term the reserve would regenerate naturally.

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Region on show as Mudgee hosts tourism awards

Helen Harwood is excited that Fairview ArtSpace is a finalist in this weekend’s CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards, to be announced in Mudgee this weekend. When Parklands Resort hosts the 2012 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards tomorrow night (Saturday, July 28) it could be one of the largest ceremonies held for the annual awards.
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Organiser Belinda King said ticket sales suggested Mudgee’s first time hosting the event would be a big night.

“It’s shaping up really well. We’ve sold 245 tickets, which is fantastic,” she said. “It’s going to be one of the biggest awards nights we’ve ever had and everyone’s really excited, looking forward to a great weekend.”

The awards are held annually to acknowledge excellence in the four regional areas of NSW; Central, Inland, Murray and Riverina.

“The awards culminate in a great fun night that recognises how important regional tourism is,” Ms King said.

“They’re really a business development tool. For a lot of businesses it’s their annual ‘check-up’ and it makes them take a strategical look at everything from marketing to business plans to customer service.

“It’s a way of taking an outsider’s look into their business and seeing how they can improve.

“The awards night and the end result of winning would be the icing on the cake but for a lot of people it’s about the work that goes into it to get to that point.”

Of the 42 finalists announced earlier this month, seven are based in Mudgee.

Ms King said Mudgee’s strong showing in the awards and its support of the event was good to see.

“We’re really excited that Mudgee has got seven finalists and it’s also really encouraging to see that so many people in the town are coming along to support the evening,” she said.

“We’ve had a really good response and a huge number of tables booked from Mudgee, in terms of being a host town they’ve been wonderful, great to deal with and ticked all the boxes.”

One of the seven Mudgee finalists is Helen Harwood of Fairview ArtSpace, who has had a stellar six months after also winning her category in the 2012 Clock Awards.

Ms Harwood said she was pleased to be able to compare Fairview to its industry peers and see that the gallery was healthy and headed in the right direction.

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Mudgee police briefs

This page will be updated as soon as new Police briefs are available, check back hourly for more news.
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Mendooran Sector

A residential address in Benewa street was broken into between 3pm on Saturday and 3pm Monday. Entry was gained by smashing a window to the side of the house. Once inside the offender/s have stolen a quantity of money. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspicious in Benewa street between these times.

Coonabarabran Sector

A quantity of drugs and other property were allegedly seized by Police after they executed a search warrant in the Coonabarabran township yesterday afternoon. Police will allege that they seized drugs believed to be amphetamines and cannabis as well as implements used in the administration of drugs. A number of other items including a police scanner, an Ipad, a chainsaw as well as other items were also allegedly seized. Further enquiries will be made and possible charges laid as a result.

Coolah Sector

A 55 year old Coolah male will appear in Court at a later date after being allegedly detected by police driving a motor vehicle on the Merriwa road at Cassilis at about 11.45pm on Saturday evening. He was stopped and breath tested which allegedly returned a positive reading. During a subsequent search, Police will allege that they located a small quantity of cannabis in his jacket pocket.

Mudgee Sector

A 21 year old Mudgee man will be summonsed to appear at the Mudgee Local Court after Police allegedly located a small quantity of drugs in his wallet. Police will allege that the male, and another male were stopped in a motor vehicle on the Ulan road just near the intersection of Henry Lawson Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cannabis caution to be issued

Police will allege that a small amount of cannabis was located when a motor vehicle was stopped and searched in Church street Mudgee in the early hours of Monday morning. A 30 year old and an 18 year old male will receive cannabis cautions in relation to the cannabis. A 48 year old Charlestown male was charged in relation to the same offence.

Brief case and mobile phone stolen

Between 6.45pm and 6.50pm on Sunday 29 July, a motor vehicle was broken into whilst parked in Douro street, in front of the High School. As a result, a brief case containing personal papers and a Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone were stolen. The front door of the vehicle was unlocked at the time.

Man charged with assault at reserve

A 53-year-old Mudgee man has received a Court Attendance Notice for Common Assault, Intimidation and Offensive Language following an alleged incident in the Avisford Nature Reserve on Sunday, July 22.

It is alleged that the male verbally abused the victim before spitting on them and instructing the horse he was riding to move forward into the victim.

He will appear at Mudgee Local Court on October 17.

Break and enter at Mudgee businesses

Between midnight and 1am on Friday, July 27 unknown persons broke into a general store in Market Street, Mudgee.

Damage was done to the premises but at this stage it appears nothing was stolen. Unknown persons also attempted to gain entry into a business premises in Byron Place.

Driver to appear in Mudgee court

A 27-year-old Mudgee woman has received a Court Attendance Notice for Disqualified Driver after police stopped her on the night of Tuesday, July 24, for a random breath test.

The woman will appear in Mudgee Local Court on September 19.

Woman charged with drink driving

A 49-year-old Mudgee woman was stopped in Bawden Road, Mudgee for a random breath test on Tuesday evening, July 24.

The woman had a positive roadside breath test and later returned a breath analysis reading of 0.159.

She has received a Court Attendance Notice to attend Mudgee Local Court on 19 September 2012.

Police are investigating the theft of seven firearms from a property at Mudgee last weekend

Sometime between 4pm on Sunday, July 22, and 12.30pm on Monday, July 23, an unknown number of people forced their way into a shed on the Edgell Lane property.

The thieves ransacked the machinery shed and stole seven firearms stored in a gun safe.

Police from Mudgee Local Area Command established a crime scene which was examined for forensic evidence.

The licensed firearms stolen are two Lithgow .303 calibre rifles, a Winchester .22 calibre rifle, a Chas Boswell 12 gauge shotgun, a Sako .222 calibre rifle, a Brno calibre rifle and a single barrel shotgun.

Anyone with information about the theft or who might be offered the firearms is urged to contact Mudgee Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Warning over threatening SMS

Police are warning the community that there has been a large number of mobile phone services in NSW that have received SMS messages demanding the payment of money. The messages appear in the following form or similar;

“Sum1 paid me to kill you. get spared, 48 hrs to pay $5000. If you inform the police or anybody, death is promised… Email me now [email protected]南京夜网”

These SMS messages are a scam and not to be responded to in any way. If you receive one of these, or similar messages, please contact your local police station or the Police Assistance Line on 131444.

Man fined for refusing to quit pub

A 41-year-old Mudgee man will be receiving an infringement notice for failing to quit a Mudgee licensed premises in the early hours of last Saturday morning. Police allege that he was seen to be aggressive towards security staff after being refused entry due to his level of intoxication. After being directed to leave the area on numerous occasions by police, the male became aggressive towards Police.

Police test 1224 for drugs, alcohol

Mudgee Police and the Traffic Technology Section conducted a random breath and drug testing operation last Thursday and Friday.

Over the two days, police conducted 1003 random breath tests and 221 random drug tests.

Police detected 1 person for low range PCA and four people tested positive for drugs

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Zone’s showjump champs

CHAMPIONS: (l to r) Maddie Cox, Savannah Mealing, and Lucy Barton at the recent NSW Pony Club State Showjumping Championships. 240712/0613Dunedoo and Mudgee Pony Clubs were represented at the NSW Pony Club State Showjumping Championships recently.
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Dunedoo’s Lucy Barton and Maddie Cox joined Mudgee’s Savannah Mealing in Nyngan during the July school holidays to represent Zone 6 Pony Club.

The Zone 6 area covers Coolah, Dunedoo, Gulgong, Hargraves/Triamble, Mudgee and Rylstone.

About 130 riders attended to vie for the Ranvet State Showjumping Championships.

The weekend commenced with Trot Up where teams are inspected on their presentation and fitness of the horses. A lot of work goes into looking as spectacular as these girls did. All three girls rode brilliantly.

Maddie placed first, third, ninth and 10th in her four events, giving her an overall place of third in the Under 13’s B-grade Championship.

Lucy placed second, seventh, and then collected two firsts to be crowned champion rider (highest point score) in under 13’s restricted C-grade.

Savannah placed first, third, second, and third to also win the Champion rider in the under 15-17’s restricted B-grade.

Zone 6 spokesperson and Hargraves/Triamble Pony Club president Jackie Perring said the weekend saw tough competition and the girls did well to place in every one of their events

The three girls brought home 12 ribbons and two champion ribbons.

“This was a fantastic effort from the girls. A special thank you needs to go to the families who take the time to take their children to competitions at various locations so that they can gain the experience to compete at these State levels,” Perring said.

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Jubilant Wombats juniors win at home

BREAKAWAY: Jim Newman in under 9s rugby at Jubilee Oval on Saturday. Photo: Sandy Smith 220712\SS JnrRUnion\3621Under 13/1’s
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Mudgee started slowly as Wellington posted two quick tries. This became the story of the day as the Wombats leaked tries only to tighten up their defence and get back into the game.

The Wellington forwards were disciplined at the break down but often matched by Mudgee.

Several times Mudgee were able to secure the ball when under pressure and managed to win some turnover ball with strong counter rucking.

The backs started to get good ball off the back of this hard work and looked dangerous, making plenty of metres.

Unfortunately Mudgee couldn’t turn these half chances into points and went to half time down 17-0.

The second half started in a similar vein. A couple of quick tries to Wellington had Mudgee on the back foot again.

The team regrouped and strong runs by the forwards put Mudgee on the attack. Mudgee was camped in the Wellington half for the next 10 minutes but the defence held firm and again Mudgee came up empty handed.

In the final minute of the game Mudgee made one last attacking raid. The forwards again laid the platform and provided Nic Hawtin-Hirst with some good clean ball. A good pass to Donald Hearn saw the backline with some room to move. Hearn sized up the opportunity and sliced in behind the defensive line and scored next to the posts.

To cap off a good second half Jack Wake slotted the conversion to make the final score 34-7.

Jackson Sievers and Justin Pilley from Mudgee (2) team provided great leadership to their younger teammates.

Under 13/2s

This game produced the absolute best from Mudgee in more ways than one. Playing Narromine at Jubilee Oval, the game was never going to be close, but important for the game of rugby and junior development.

The junior Wombats showed pure class in mentoring, teaching and assisting the younger Narromine side.

The game started with a try-scoring blitz by Mudgee straight from the kickoff. Brodie Leeson and Ryan Tyrell seemed to score at will. The bigger Mudgee forwards ran hard and straight all day and Narromine was unable to pull them down.

When Narromine got hold of the ball, they didn’t hold it for long as Mudgee defended hard and stole the ball at will. Mudgee ran away with the game, scoring nearly three points a minute over the 25-minute first half to lead 64-0.

At half time, the Mudgee boys and coaches offered to swap some players with Narromine. The Narromine coaches and players couldn’t believe the enormity of the gesture when all Mudgee even numbered players took their jerseys off and swapped with their opposite number from Narromine. The second half was enjoyed by everyone at the ground.

It seems as though the evens had the measure of the odds in the second half with four tries scored by Narromine and only one by Mudgee. The cover defence of Brodie Leeson and Billy Carberry in the second half was outstanding. Both players saving two tries each with huge tackles over the sideline with only metres to spare before a try would have been scored. Both teams joined a mixed huddle at the end and sang both team songs. The final score ended Mudgee 71, Narromine 20.

Under 15s

Mudgee Under 15’s took on the combined Narromine/Parkes side at Jubilee on Saturday.

The majority of the Mudgee side had not come up against Narromine before and the side did not know what to expect. Mudgee soon stamped their mark with a dominating 12-minute display scoring five tries.

The young wombats eventually won the game 70-3.

Moving towards the semi-final it is pleasing to see the combinations and set moves starting to work. There are some areas still to work on, with a couple of hard games in the next few weeks.

Under 17s

The Wombats played their best game of the season on Saturday and downed a fancied Dubbo Blue outfit 15-12.

A controlled forward game dominated at the breakdown. This dominance enabled the talented back line to make forays into opposition territory and the brave Dubbo defence wilted under pressure.

Tries from Nathan Orr and Richard Impey saw the Mudgee boys take a 10-0 lead into the break. The Dubbo side never panicked and they scored seven points early in the second half.

Mudgee rallied once again and some good combinations saw Jai Gunton cross. At 15-7 many spectators believed Mudgee had the game sewn up. However Dubbo fought back once again and scored another 5 pointer. The young Wombats dug deep and managed to hold on until the final whistle. Coach Tim Burgess and his team realise there is still plenty of hard work ahead.

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Juniors can’t be separated after thrilling second half

Rangers and Flames produced another thrilling draw in the Mudgee junior basketball competition last Wednesday in a 42-42 encounter.
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Ahead at the first break by a single basket, Rangers broke away in the second quarter and by half time led by ten points.

Flames found no answers to the Rangers offence, complemented by a tight defensive game.

Gritting their teeth and with nothing to lose, Flames threw caution to the wind and this determination immediately paid dividends.

Half way through the third quarter Flames had almost breeched the deficit by keeping the pressure on a stunned Rangers defence. By the start of the final period Flames were only trailing by a single basket.

Flames continued to burn up the court in the last quarter, as Jake Madden scored all twelve points against ten from Rangers and snatched an unlikely draw.

The Rangers top scorer was Liam Young with 16 points, Taylah Mahon 10, Ben Swords and Tom Dowell 6 each.

There was great work around the court from Archie Roberts and Hayden Knezevic.

Jake Madden hit 30 points for Flames, Jordan Clementson 8, well assisted on the boards by Amy Young, Thomas Pisto, Tom Swords and Emma Amygdalos.

It was a tight first half between Tigers and Kings with only three points separating the teams.

The second half though was one-way traffic to the Tigers, going on to win by 26 points in a 57-31 game.

The Kings were a different team in the second half, their overall game faltering under the Tigers defence and a pin point shooting effort. Tigers scored 30 points and restricted Kings to 10 points in the second stanza.

While Padraigh Hickey scored 37 points, he was well assisted by Matt Perring 8, Matt Blackman 6, Kaylee Consadine and Ayden Burgoyne was on any loose ball that presented itself.

Sophia McRae hit 12 points for Kings, Jovi Zulueta 9, Ethan Milsom impressive in defence and 4 points, Tim Cheetham also 4 points, Tom Brown 2 points.

Draw for Wednesday, July 26

4pm – Rangers v Kings

5pm – Tigers v Flames

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