he prosperous, vibrant Mid-Western Regional is located 3.5 hours from Sydney. Combining country charm with a city's worth of things to do, the region offers quality lifestyle in a dynamic economic environment. The Mid-Western Region covers an area of more than 9,000 square kilometres and includes the historic towns of Gulgong, Kandos, Mudgee and Rylstone, in addition to many rural villages. The region stretches from the Wollemi National Park in the east to Lake Burrendong in the west and from the Goulburn National Park in the north to the Macquarie and Turon Rivers in the south. Total population of the Mid-Western Region exceeds 24,000 with a median age of 41. A strong percentage of "tree change" residents who traded city life for the joys of country living gives the region's culture a strong metropolitan flavour. The natural beauty of this area, the history, and the warm, friendly people makes it a privilege to live here. Mid-Western Regional Council employs approximately 330 people who work to provide services, facilities and infrastructure for the people who live, work, invest and visit the region.