Family First Credit Union gives where credit is due

YOUR WISH IS GRANTED: More than 20 community groups across the Mid-Western region received grants from Mudgee's Family First Credit Union yesterday

YOUR WISH IS GRANTED: More than 20 community groups across the Mid-Western region received grants from Mudgee’s Family First Credit Union yesterday

Community groups from Mudgee, Rylstone, Kandos, and Gulgong were given a small but significant financial boost on Tuesday as Family First Credit Union presented their annual community grants. A morning tea set up in the Mudgee branch allowed groups to tell of how their granted money will fund certain projects or maintain services within the region. More than $7000 was presented between 23 recipients. Family First Credit Union director, Colin Lenten, said 25 applications were made for Mudgee’s 2013 Community Support Program and it was pleasing to see the donated money will go to great use. “These are a great bunch of people who I all know will benefit from ‘this extra financial boost,” he said. ‘Each of these recipients understand whilst the donations arc nothing huge, it certainly helps a little.
“Family First’s role is putting the community first.” The final donations were handed to:
Cooyal Hall Association
St Matthews Catholic School
Mudgee Evening Country Women’s Association
Cudgegong Cruisers
Gulgong Public School
Mudgee Pony Club
Frontline Community Services
Kids & Carers Support Group – Kandos and Rylstone
Gulgong Arts Council
Mudgee and Districts Netball Association
1st Mudgee Scout Group
Gulgong Public School P&C
Mudgee Creative Collective
Mud Dragons Dragon Boats
Mudgee High School
Grattai Country Women’s Association
Gulgong Country Women’s Association
St Mary’s Parish Youth Group
Riding for the Disabled – Mudgee
Mudgee Rescue Squad (VRA)
Ragamuffins Community Play Time
Mudgee District Tennis Association.

Article Mudgee Guardian – May 15 2013
By Darren Snyder

Volunteers Week “Giving back to the community”.

Long serving members of the Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad, Errol Grieve and Geoff Hawes, said volunteering is about giving back to the community.

Long serving members of the Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad, Errol Grieve and Geoff Hawes, said volunteering is about giving back to the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13 to 19 is National Volunteer Week when the community says thanks for the contribution of the 6 million-plus Australians who dedicate their time to others. There are any number of reasons to become a volunteer. Long serving member of the Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad, Errol Grieve, said “My belief is everyone owes something to their community”.
“This community runs on volunteers,” he said. “You’ve got the emergency services – the Rescue Squad, SES, RFS – and the Services Clubs – the Lions Club, the Rotary Clubs and CWA branches – all run by volunteers.”
Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad President, Geoff Hawes, said: “You can volunteer for all sorts of different things in the community and it all makes a difference”.
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Passenger injured in accident

ACCIDENT: Residents in Mudgee's Nicholson Street and surrounds were surprised when they heard this crash on Sunday afternoon.

ACCIDENT: Residents in Mudgee’s Nicholson Street and surrounds were surprised when they
heard this crash on Sunday afternoon.

Police said failing to properly navigate a give ay sign ended in a two-vehicle crash on the corner of Mudgee’s Douro and Nicholson Streets on Sunday afternoon. At about 2.15prn a Toyota Tarago was heading west along Nicholson Street when it failed to navigate a give way sign and collided with a vehicle leading north along Douro Street. The Tarago (ended crashing in to a telegraph pole on Nicholson Street.
The passenger of the Tarago was injured and taken to Mudgee Hospital. Emergency services attended the scene including Mudgee Police and paramedics. Mudgee Police issued an infringement notice to the driver of the Tarago.

Article Mudgee Guardian – February 20 2013
By Darren Snyder

Mudgee Rescue Squad VRA attended to this accident.

Rescue Squad receives heart-felt addition

NEW TOOL: Mudgee Rescue Squad member Colin Ratcliff and fellow Squad member and St John’s trainer Gwendy Cooper pictured with the latest addition to their inventory a lifesaving G5 Defibrillator.

NEW TOOL: Mudgee Rescue Squad member Colin Ratcliff and fellow Squad member and St John’s trainer Gwendy Cooper pictured with the latest addition to their inventory a lifesaving G5 Defibrillator.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad has a vital piece of new equipment, a Lifesaving G5 Defibrillator. The $4100 machine was obtained by the Squad after they successfully applied for the “Defib Your Club, For Life!” program which, provides the defibrillator at no cost to the organisation. The Squad is required to be self funded and responsible for the procurement and maintenance of all its equipment, so it fit the criteria for the program.
Colin Ratcliff of the Mudgee Rescue Squad said the defibrillator was a critical tool when the squad can he called to all corners of the region and another machine may not be available. “To have a defibrillator on our truck is a vital and welcome addition to our inventory,” he said. “Not the least because our volunteer base is made up of a significant number of senior members that, while fit and active, aren’t getting any younger. “The role of the Mudgee Rescue Squad per-forms is often in high stress circumstances and often in remote areas of the district. “In the case of a fatality the NSW Ambulance Service leave the scene to get back to town for stand by duties, leaving the squad and many other emergency service personnel without access to a defibrillator.” The ‘Defib Your Club, For Life!” program was founded by Andrew White and Sue Buckman. Mr White, a paramedic, was off duty at a football match when Ms Buckman’s 19-year-old son Stephen collapsed and died of cardiac arrest, A defibrillator wasn’t available for 22 minutes. If one had been available in five minutes it could have been a different story.

Article Mudgee Guardian – April 24 2013
By Sam Potts

Driver hospitalised after roll

Driver Hospitalised roll January 13-1-2013

The driver of a four-wheel-drive was taken to Orange Base Hospital after their vehicle rolled at Apple Tree Flat when leaving Mudgee late Sunday morning. The vehicle was travelling south along the Castlereagh Highway about 13krns outside of Mudgee when it went to the wrong side of the road onto the side and rolled. The driver was the only occupant of the Great Wall four-wheel-drive wagon in the crash, which occurred at around 11.45arn on Sunday, January 13.

Article Mudgee Guardian – January 16 2013

Mudgee Rescue Squad VRA attended to this accident.

Congratulations Mudgee ” Rescue Squad truck delivered after less than a year”.

KEYS PLEASE: Mudgee Rescue Squad Captain Brian Wells receives the keys to the Squad's new truck from Tracsery Truck Sales Consultant Daryl French.

KEYS PLEASE: Mudgee Rescue Squad Captain Brian Wells receives the keys to the Squad’s new truck from Tracsery Truck Sales Consultant Daryl French.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad saw the fruits of its campaign on Tuesday when the new truck arrived in the depot driveway. After a few drives and taking the time to admire it, the truck was off to Complete Steel for work to start on the new back. The squad hopes to have the new vehicle on the road by mid-March. Mudgee Rescue Squad President Geoff Hawes said, “it’s very exciting to see the culmination of a year’s fundraising”.
“We’d like to say thank you very much to the people of Mudgee and the district and all of the organisations that have been associated with the fundraising.” He said the group hadn’t expected to raise the money and take delivery of the new truck less than a year after the fundraising began. “We were looking at about June this year before we would even be close,” he said.
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Rescue Squad donations still rolling in

SAVING LOCALS: Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Ulan West donated more than $7000 towards the Mudgee Rescue Squad's new truck. The official donation was made on Thursday to Squad members Doug Brigg, Garry Dollisson, and Wayne Joseph.

SAVING LOCALS: Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Ulan West donated more than $7000 towards the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s new truck. The official donation was made on Thursday to Squad members Doug Brigg, Garry Dollisson and Wayne Joseph.

Mudgee Rescue Squad’s new truck arrived recently and official donations are still coming in.
On Thursday Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Xstrata Coal’s Ulan West Project presented $7100 to the Mudgee Rescue Squad. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Ulan West Project Manager, Jeff Boylan, said the Mudgee Rescue Squad was the employees’ chosen charity for 2012.
“Our aim was to support a local cause so that together we can give back to the community,” he said. “Squad-trained volunteers provide land search and rescue. Continue reading

2013 in with a bang

Mudgee Rescue Squad watch the fireworks over Parklands Resort on Monday evening, marking the end of a busy and successful 2012 for the squad.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad had reason to celebrate the star! of 2013. At the beginning of 2012, members were wondering how they would raise the $105,000 they needed to replace their 27-year-old rescue vehicle. But as they joined hundreds enjoying the free New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Parklands Resort an :Monday night, the Rescue Squad members were looking forward to the delivery of their new vehicle, already on order following an outstanding community fundraising effort which raised the money needed — and more — in less than 12 months. Funds raised at Parklands’ New Year’s Eve celebration will allow the Rescue Squad to equip the new vehicle. Continue reading

Property Shop Trades Auction in aid of Mudgee Hospital and Rescue Squad.

Hugh Bateman from the Property Shop hopes Tradies Night on Thursday will see Mudgee’s generosity continue.

This Thursday the Property Shop will hold Tradies Night, an annual fundraiser that this year will support the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s new truck campaign and the Mudgee Hospital Maternity Ward. Now in its fifth year the Tradies Night has always been held with the objective of supporting a local charity or cause of some description.
On Thursday the Property Shop will hold a charity auction for the night.
be NSW Cricket items donated by Brad Pettitt and Stephen O’Keefe, NSW Swifts netball items donated by Susan Pratley, and more.
There will also be a raffle raising money.
Hugh Bateman from the Property Shop hoped the night would see a continuation of Mudgee’s generosity particularly from local tradies, which has been seen in the Building a Positive Future project. Continue reading

Fireworks to benefit Rescue Squad


Fireworks will light up to sky above Mudgee as Parklands Resort helps bring in the New Year.
The New Year’s Eve event will be very similar to last year with the only big change the fundraising recipient of the night. This year, all proceeds and donations made on the night will go towards the Mudgee Rescue Squad to help with the purchase of their new truck.
‘The fireworks will begin at 9pm and the restaurant will be open for dinner beforehand. Vivian Ware form Parklands Resort said.
“The restaurant may open early so there’s enough time for people to enjoy their meal and then get settled on the grass outside in time for the fireworks” Everyone is welcome to come. Space will be available if people wish to bring along their own rug and picnic basket to watch the sky come alive with colour.
As well as dinner and the fireworks Parklands Resort will open up the Windamere Room and help entertain the partying crown with a Dj for those over 18s in attendance. The Windamere Room will also offer bar facilities and there will be a jumping castle outside for the kids, The Dj will continue to play throughout the night as the countdown to midnight begins.
“There will also be a big screen showing the Sydney NYE fireworks.” Ms Ware said,
Bookings for dinner on New Year’s Eve will be essential as tables may he snapped up fast. Restaurant bookings can be made by calling 63728399.

Article by Lauren Stanford Mudgee Guardian, November 14 2012
Photo by Brian Jeffery November 14 2012