New Developments

The Mudgee Region continues to grow and prosper due to a number of new developments and investment opportunities.

Aerial View of Mudgee

Provided below is a summary of the major developments either recently underway or proposed for the Mudgee Region.

Ulan Coal Expansion
Ulan Coal Mines is one of the most established coal mining operations in the Region.

In 2010, it received approval to expand its coal mining activities in the Region with the development of the Ulan West Underground project. The Ulan West Underground project combined with the existing Ulan No. 3 project and open cut mine will produce up to 20 million tonnes of coal per annum and employ 931 people.

Mt Penny Coal Mine
Mt Penny Coal has submitted a proposal to establish an open cut mine north west of Bylong in the Mudgee Region. The Mt Penny Coal project will produce up to 5 million tonnes of coal per annum and employ 250 people. If approved, construction of the mine is expected to commence in 2013.

Wollar Power Station
ERM Power is proposing to construct a gas fired power station at Wollar which will connect to resources at Wellington. A total of approximately 350 construction jobs will be created at the power station over a 2 to 3 year period, with an operational workforce of up to 30 full-time employees from 2016.

Wind Farms
Two wind farms have been proposed in the Mudgee Region. The Crudine Ridge Wind Farm project involves development of 70 to 100 wind turbines and is based approximately 45km south of Mudgee. The Uungala Wind Farm project involves development of up to 400 wind turbines and is based approximately 25km NW of Mudgee.

New Dwelling Approvals
New approvals for the erection of dwellings increased in 2010. Very low numbers of applications for new dwellings were processed in 2008 and 2009 coinciding with the economic downturn and this has contributed to the current shortage of available housing in the Region.

New Dwelling Approvals by Year

Year Approvals
2005 140
2007 111
2008 56
2009 60
2010 84

Source: Mid-Western Regional Council

Development Statistics
The tables below provide relevant development indicators for the Mid-Western Regional Council Local Government Area for the period 2010 to 2011.

Construction and Occupation Certificates Issued 2010-2011

Year Construction Certificates Occupation Certificates
2010 225 220
2011 231 252

Source: NSW Department of Planning

Value of Development Approved 2010-2011

Year DA Approvals CDC Approvals Total
2010 $102,060,313 $22,675,594 $124,735,907
2011 $30,659,027 $27,961,340 $58,620,367

Source: NSW Department of Planning

According to the NSW Department of Planning, a total of 231 construction certificates were issued for all new developments (ie. residential and commercial) in the Region in the 2010-2011 financial year. 252 occupation certificates were issued for the same period.

The total value of all developments was $58.6 million. The average net time for DA determination was 32 days in the 2010-2011 financial year.

Development Approval Process
Mid-Western Regional Council encourages new development and aims to make the development approval process as streamlined as possible. Making an appointment to speak to a duty planner is both straightforward and timely.

Choose Mudgee Region

Regional Snapshot

The Mudgee Region is located just over 3 hours from Sydney in Central West NSW. It has a dynamic and friendly community and a strong and diverse economic base, providing opportunities for future business development and growth. The Region also attracts almost 500,000 visitors each year to experience local wine, food, sporting and cultural events.

Population: 23,000

Area: 9,000 sq km

Major towns and centres
• Mudgee
• Gulgong
• Kandos
• Rylstone

Major industries
• Agriculture
• Mining
• Tourism
• Viticulture

Competitive advantages
• Diverse and growing economic base
• Centrally located to Sydney and Newcastle and major regional centres in NSW
• Strong transport links – daily air and coach services
• Skilled workforce
• Strong business services sector
• Great lifestyle benefits
• Thriving tourism, arts and cultural sectors
• Adequate water supply