Your Ultimate Guide to Acing Your Smash Repair Job Interview


Over the last few years, we’ve seen quite a few people swap the city for the Central West due to rising house prices and the freedom that comes with living and working in regional New South Wales. 

With COVID-19 now in the picture, we are seeing even more of a demand. As a company passionate about finding team members who share our values, vision and work ethic, we want to take a moment to share our guide on how to ace your job interview with Leven Smash Repairs. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, have loads of experience or are changing industries, scroll down to see the things we’re looking for in a candidate. 


Show us your personality:

We want to know what books you’re reading and what podcasts you’re listening to. We want to see what you value and what your goals are for the future.

Show us your problem-solving skills:

How resourceful are you? Hiccups happen and we want to know that you’re someone who can act not only quickly, but efficiently.

Show us how you work well with others and independently:

At LSR, we’re all about open and honest communication. It is essential that you can communicate clearly and calmly with others, work well in a team as well as independently.

Show us your passion for your personal and professional growth: 

It is essential to us that you are passionate about setting and exceeding personal and professional goals. LSR takes pride in helping its team members to meet their professional goals as well as personal goals. We want team members that are committed and hungry, always thriving to be better. 

Show us your commitment to safety: 

With the nature of the LSR business, it is vital that you can follow and implement work health and safety policies and procedures. Always be alert and switched on and being aware of possible hazards or safety risks. 



Respect the way we treat each other; the way we treat those we serve. Each person is valued and feels inspired to contribute their best.


Self-motivated and diligent, we do what it takes to impress our customers, while helping our team members thrive. We are constantly looking for opportunities to do better.


We commit to continuous improvement both personally and professionally. We embrace change because we believe the status quo is not good enough.


We tell the truth to our customers and each other, while acting in the best interest of our team, our customers and LSR. We learn from each other in the spirit of openness.


Humble team members share credit, emphasise team over self and define success collectively rather than individually. We appreciate the lighter side of life and don’t take ourselves too seriously.


We put ourselves in our customers’ shoes so that we can help get them back on the road quickly and safely. We show that we care for each other through our decisions, actions and words, and commit to praising and thanking one another for work well done.


Whether you’re a foodie, farmer, or family, there’s a lot to love about the Central West. With major industries including mining, agriculture, viticulture, construction, retail and tourism, we have a strong and diverse economic base that is attracting people from around the world.

Easy to get to from both Sydney and Newcastle and with daily air and coach services, this fast growing region offers everything you need to live your best life.


Winter in Mudgee – A Local’s Itinerary

Have you been thinking about visiting the Mudgee Region this winter?

As a team full of both locals and transplants, we’ve put our heads together to create the ultimate itinerary for your stay! 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a wine-lover, foodie or simply want to sit back, relax and take in the scenic views of Mudgee’s rolling foothills, there’s something on this list for everyone. 

Scroll down to see our must-do cold-weather activities when visiting the Mudgee Region! 

First up: Grab coffee & breaky at Alby & Esthers 

Image via Alby & Esthers  

Alby & Esther’s is a quirky coffee house and wine bar. You will be greeted with big smiles and the unique alleyway location provides a vibrant and charming atmosphere. They offer seasonal menus with mouth-watering food options, delicious artisan coffee & many alcoholic beverages to try. 

Contact Alby & Esther’s 

Shop 8 61 Market Street  

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

6372 1555 

Alby + Esthers | Wine Bar + Coffee House ( 

Next, stroll over to the Mudgee Fine Food Farmers Markets 

Image via Mudgee Fine Foods 

The Mudgee Fine Food Farmers Markets is on every third Saturday of the month no matter what! They have an awesome range of stalls to look through as well as local musicians playing for you while you browse. The markets run under strict guidelines and all produce sold has been grown by the stallholders. The markets are held in the gorgeous grounds of Robertson Park. 

Contact Mudgee Fine Food Farmers Markets 

Church Street 

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

0407 288 797 

When in Mudgee…  

Images via Moothi Estate & Lowe Family Wine Co 

It doesn’t matter what time of year you’re visiting Mudgee, you need to visit the local wineries. (Who doesn’t love sipping on wine on a brisk winter’s day?) There is an immense variety of beautiful local wineries to choose from. Some of our favourites include Lowe Wines & Moothi Estate Winery which are featured in the pictures above. 

Contact Lowe Wines 

327 Tinja Lane 

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

6372 0800 

Lowe Wines – Zin House – The Pavilion ( 

Contact Moothi Estate 

85 Rocky Waterhole Road 

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

6372 2925 

Moothi Estate 

Click here to check out Mudgee’s full list of vineyards and cellar doors. 

Are you into craft beer? 

We have two breweries that are must-dos! 

Images via Visit Mudgee region 

Three Tails Brewery & Smokehouse  

Three Tails Brewery & Smokehouse delivers the towns largest selections of wine, spirits and beer! They have a whopping 18 craft beers on tap for you to try.  They have divine slow cooked Texan barbeque smoked in their famous meat smoker. Delicious!  

Contact Three Tails: 

13 Lewis Street  

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

0419 877 866 

Home | Three Tails Brewery 

Images via Visit Mudgee region 

Mudgee Brewing Company 

Mudgee Brewing Company offer a wide range of craft beer, with live music, delicious food and endless beer the Mudgee Brewing Company is a great place to go to hang out with friends and family while enjoying the laidback relaxed vibes and tasty beer! 

Contact Mudgee Brewing Company: 

4 Chruch Street 

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

6372 6726 

Home | Mudgee Brewing Company 

Stroll through town before dinner 

Images via Visit Mudgee Region & The Mudgee Project by Amber Hooper 

One of the things that makes Mudgee such a charming country town is the historical buildings. From the library to the law offices to the stunning churches, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time when strolling down Market Street.  

If you’d like to learn more about the history, you can even book a Mudgee Heritage Walking Tour. 

Contact Mudgee Heritage Walking Tours 

Corner of Church and Market Streets 


Mudgee Heritage Walking Tours – Mudgee | 

Let’s Talk Dinner Options – Pub grub! 

Go and get a pub feed! Mudgee has some amazing pubs that offer you a delicious big pub feed and a smooth beverage. It’s too hard to choose a favourite when it comes to the pubs in town because they are all simply so good! No matter which pub you pick you will be greeted with a smile and amazing food accompanied with good vibes! Some top picks of ours: 

Kelly’s Irish Pub 

Images via Visit Mudgee Region 

Contact Kelly’s Irish Pub: 

49 Chruch Street  

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

6372 1842 

Kelly’s Irish Pub ( 

Woolpack Hotel 

Images via Visit Mudgee Region 

Contact Woolpack Hotel: 

67 Market Street 

Mudgee New South Wales 2850 

Woolpack Hotel Mudgee – Eat | Drink | Stay 

Don’t forget to look up! 

Images via Mudgee Observatory  

While you’ll be busy taking in the town, wineries and wildlife, don’t forget to look up. Due to Mudgee’s remote location, we have stunning star speckled skies! Want to take a closer look? Visit the Mudgee Observatory, if you’re lucky you might even get to see the Milky Way! This experience can be both entertaining and educational, a great activity to do with the family. 

Contact the Mudgee Observatory 

961 Old Grattai Road  

Grattai New South Wales 2850 

6373 3431 

Mudgee Observatory 

Pop over to Gulgong!

Images via Visit Mudgee Region 

If you decide to come and enjoy the amazing things Mudgee has to offer, it’s the perfect chance to seize the opportunity and visit some of Mudgee’s surrounding towns – you won’t find anything else like them. A must visit town is Gulgong, a 19th century gold rush town, only 30km north of Mudgee. Here are some activities to do in Gulgong: 

Gulgong Holtermann Musuem  

Gulgong Holtermann Musuem is a contemporary museum set up in two restored 1870’s gold rush buildings. The museum has touch screens and mounted photographs, this creates a life like experience for visitors. 

Contact Gulgong Holtermann Musuem:  

125 Mayne Street 

Gulgong New South Wales  

5858 4002 

Featuring UNESCO Listed Holtermann Collection of 1872 photographs 

Gulgong Gold Experience  

Gulgong gold experience is located on the exact spot of the first gold finding in the town all the way back in 1870. Gulgong gold experience provides an educational and fun day out. You can even take part in some gold panning! 

Contact Gulgong Gold Experience: 

Tom Sanders Avenue  

Gulgong New South Wales 

0418 541 998 

Are you a sports fanatic?  

Images via Visit Mudgee Region 

Make sure you keep your eyes out for all sporting events and games that are played at the Glen Willows Regional Sports Complex. If your keen to see sporting events like the South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. The Saint George Illawarra Dragons you’re in luck because Glen Willows Regional Sports Complex is often home to major sporting events. 


If you’re interested in coming to visit the Mudgee Region and finding out for yourself all the great things the town has to offer, you can find even more information on fun filled events and activities over at 


Interested in working in the Mudgee Region? 

Click here to discover the job roles LSR is currently offering! 

headlight restoration in mudgee and dubbo

Yes, Your Headlights Can Be Restored (No, You Don’t Need Toothpaste)

Are your car’s headlights looking dull, yellow and cloudy?

There is nothing worse than your car’s headlights looking dull, yellow and cloudy.

While dirty and/or damaged headlights bring down the overall look of your car, they also make it hard to have good visibility when driving at night, which can create unsafe driving conditions.

Thinking about selling your car? Then you’re going to want to pay extra attention to this post because restoring your headlights before it’s too late can help retain the resale value of your vehicle. The average replacement cost of a single headlight is around $850, so the more you can look after them the better!

To help keep your headlights in the best condition possible, we’ll go over:

  • What causes car headlights to become dull, yellow and cloudy
  • Common DIY fixes for dirty, faded or dull headlights
  • The best way to restore your car’s headlights in Mudgee and Dubbo

Scroll down to learn more!

What causes car headlights to become dull, yellow and cloudy?

It doesn’t matter how new your car is, all headlights are at risk of fading or becoming yellow and cloudy. A few common reasons car headlights become dull include:

Dirt and Chemical Build Up

Driving along lots of dirt flicks up onto your headlights, over time this causes dirt, tar and other environmental grime to begin building up. The downside to these builds up is your headlights will become white and cloudy resulting in low visibility for you as the driver but also a glare for passing vehicles.


Due to the harsh Australian sun, UV extremities break down the protective layer of your headlights over time, which results in the headlights’ plastic shell being no longer protected from the strong rays from the sun.

Road Damage

Your headlights are at the lower front of your vehicle meaning they cop the brunt of things hitting your car when driving such as gravel, dust, and fine rocks. This is another cause of the headlight topcoat breaking down and can result in fine cracks and scratches, which is what causes the cloudy and foggy appearance.

Common DIY fixes for dirty, faded or dull headlights

Now that we’ve covered what causes these frustrating headlight issues, let’s have a look at some DIY solutions people have tried. (We don’t recommend these!)

  • Windex and a Brillo pad
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking Soda
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • White vinegar

While we’re sure some people have luck with the above, at Leven Smash Repairs, we approach your car’s headlights a bit differently!

The best way to restore your car’s headlights in Mudgee and Dubbo

At Leven Smash Repairs, we use a game-changing restoration process that will bring your dull, cloudy and faded headlights back to life.

  • First, the headlights go through a multi-sanding process where we start with a low-grade sandpaper and work our way down to a very high grade.
  • Next, we mask and prep the headlight before putting a specialised clear coat on the plastic that provides UV protection suitable to Australian climates.
  • Finally: we bake it to lock in the results!

It doesn’t matter if you want to book in for the service on its own, or add it onto your existing repair job, you’ll be blown away by the wow-factor it adds to your car [as well as how it improves driving safety].

They’ll look as good as a new car smells!

Scroll down to see before, during after photos of vehicle headlights restored by Leven Smash Repairs in Mudgee!


Before LSR Headlight Restoration Mudgee Photo


During LSR Headlight Restoration Photo Mudgee


After LSR vehicle headlight restoration mudgee

Ready to get your headlights looking all sorts of sparkly and new? Get in touch today!

Mudgee: 02 6372 3498

Dubbo: 02 6882 7570

Click here to check out our full list of services. 


Being involved in a vehicle accident is generally always as unsettling experience. The feeling of uncertainty about “what to do next” is completely normal.

While it’s important to recognise that every situation is different, we’ve listed our tips of what to do after getting into a car accident. 

Tip #1: If anyone is significantly injured, or cars appear badly damaged, call emergency services immediately. Note: Only assess an injury if it safe and does not put anyone at risk of danger. 
Tip #2: If everyone is well, safe and able to drive away, make sure that you report the accident with the police within 28 days.
Tip #3: Depending on the state of your vehicle, if it is driveable, move it to the side of the road, turn off the ignition or place your hazard lights on. 

If your car is not driveable, call your insurance company. They may arrange for your vehicle to be towed. If your car us driveable drive with care and take your time. 

#4 Exchange details with the driver fo the other vehicle within 28 days of the accident. 

You will need the following details if possible: 

Registration plate 

Drivers name 


Phone number 

Insurance details 

People are encourgaed to use their smart device to take photos of any other cars involved, any street or road signs, and if the other person/people involved feel comfortable, you can request to take an image of their drivers license, so that you have a digital copy of their information. 

tradesman lrs mudgee spray painting booth


At LSR, we pride ourselves on having the most skilled tradesman in the Central West. 

Leven Smash Repairs Spray Painter, Jhun has been part of LSR for just over six years and has brought a plethora of skills and knowledge with him. Having spent decades training and working around the world, he has become familiar with many paint brands, spray techniques and painting methods. 

If you have had the opportunity to learn from or talk to Jhun, you would agree that he is incredibly inspiring and an influential leader to the younger generation of painters.  

How long has Jhun been in the Smash Repairs industry for?

Jhun started working on cars and experimenting with the art of automotive spray painting at the young age of nine. Born and raised in the Philippines, Jhun’s family home was actually located upstairs above a paint-shop and both his grandfather and father were painters, which naturally led him into being a 3rd generation Spray Painter. 

What skill does Jhun find most challenging?

Jhun mentioned that the automotive spray painting skill he has found most challenging is colour matching because of how the process varies between countries. In the Philippines, they has to perform the skill manually. In Australia, he finds colour matching much easier because smash repair businesses like Leven Smash Repairs invests in the latest computer technology and equipment. 

What is the most rewarding part of Jhun’s career?

Jhun finds his job extremely rewarding because he gets to teach and share his expertise with fellow spray painters and mentor Leven Smash Repair spray painting apprentices. He finds it rewarding when the skills he teaches are taken on board and applied to the jobs that they are working on. Another aspect of his job that he finds rewarding is customer satisfaction. It makes him feel fulfilled when the customers are satisfied with his work and the work of his fellow painters. 

Interested in starting an apprenticeship in Automotive Panel Beating in NSW?

Click here to find out more and apply today!



International Women’s Day.

As International Women’s Day is approaching us on the 8th of March, I thought it was a fitting time to share this video. At LSR, we hope to inspire more women to join the industry and to never be afraid of a challenge.

IWD provides an important moment to showcase commitment to womens equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate womens achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender party gains and more.

Collectively every person and all groups can make a difference within their sphere of influence by taking concrete action to help build a more gender equal world. From small powerful grassroots gatherings to large-scale conference and events – International Women’s Day is celebrated everywhere. It’s a big day for inspiration and change.

Click here to see how not only yourself, but how your workplace can use resources for change. 

We are so grateful for our LSR ladies! There is always opportunity for growth within a male dominated industry. We aim to always look for an opportunity for these ladies step up and improve their skills. They work hard and the results will speak for themselves. 




If you’ve been in a car accident in the Mid-Western Region and you aren’t the at-fault driver, it’s likely your car has been towed to an LSR smash repair workshop in Mudgee or Dubbo. In most cases, it will be your responsibility to have your vehicle removed from the LSR property. 


There are three ways to remove your car from LSR. 

1. You can arrange for a car trailer (personal or hired) to come and collect this vehicle from LSR.

2. You can hire a towing company to remove the vehicle for you. 

3. You can also always ask for our help! The LSR team works closely with “Direct Lynx” tilt tray services, who are available for removal at a competitive rate. (Contact details below). 


Due to limited storage space, your vehicle MUST be removed from LSR’s property within 7 days of the notification that your vehicle is a total loss.

We know this can be a stressful time, so we will be in touch around the 3rd or 4th day to see how you are going with your removal arrangements and offer help if needed. 


Should your vehicle not be removed within the 7 days, you will incur storage fees of $28.50 + GST per day. In the rare event that cars remain on LSR property beyond 7 days, LSR will follow NSW Fair Trading guidance in respect to the matter. Refer to the “Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1995”. (See link here) for further information.


Direct Lynx can help you out with all of your removal needs, and at a competitive rate too!

LSR can assist you with removal by getting in contact with Direct Lynx on your behalf. Or, alternatively, their contact details are:

Phone: 0428 753 836




After numerous requests for powder coating and sandblasting services, I’m excited to announce that we have added a new business offering: LSR Coatings.

Armed with the latest powder coating technologies, we can help you achieve that smooth finish you’ve been looking for.

Here are just a few ideas:

· Fencing

· Window and door frames

· Roller shutters

· Light poles & fittings

· Signage support

· Air conditioning grills & components

· Security screens & grills

· Shop fittings

· Extrusions

· Motorbike parts

· Wheel rims

· Antiques

· Bicycle frames

· Playground equipment

· Bed frames

· Furniture

How to get a FREE quote: Email clear pictures and measurements of your items to, along with your best contact number.

Alternatively, feel free to pop into 4A Industrial Avenue with what you would like Powder Coated. Our friendly staff will take images for you and get back to you with a quote ASAP.



Have you heard about the Mudgee region lately? Considering visiting? Here’s why we think you should!  

Have you heard about the Mudgee region lately? 

Been considering visiting? Here’s why we think you should!  Our beautiful Mudgee region offers much more than just wineries, though the stunning, award-winning boutique wineries are a must visit! Our region offers much more. There are plenty of other things to do in the Mudgee region, from kayaking at Dunns Swamp on the edge of Wollemi, to stargazing at the Mudgee Observatory and watching a sunrise above the vineyards in a hot-air balloon! 

We have left all the mentioned businesses instagram handles below. Go and show them some love. 

1. Wine – Visiting our stunning picturesque wineries are a must.Winemaking in the region dates back to the 1850’s, with the temperate climate allowing for the slow ripening of grapes, producing robust wines. Whilst it is hard to chose one favourite, some of our go-to places are: Lowe Wines, Logan winery, Bunnamagoo, Huntington Estate, the list goes on!

2. Dine – The options for amazing restaurants & cafes in the Mudgee region are endless! Whether you are after a seven-course degustation menu (the Zin house, amazing) Or, you are after a super chilled brunch picnic. Mudgee literally covers it all! Here are a few of our picks, in no particular order:

53 Food Co– for the BEST burgers you will ever have. @53foodco located at Huntington Estate.

OurChow– this beautiful cafe/winery set out on the edge of Mudgee, caters for everyone in the family. They are also super pet & child friendly. @our_chow located at Burrundulla Winery. They offer everything from brunch items to main course lunch meals, grazing platters and super delicious desserts!

Alby & Esthers– You will find this beautiful hidden gem just off Market St. If you are after a delicious breakfast and coffee that always leaves you wanting another, this is the place to go! Situated in a beautiful courtyard, you can’t go wrong! @albyandesthers

Oco & The Juice– Mudgee newest trendy health food & juice bar. They offer freshly made juices & smoothies, ready-made meals and DIY poke bowls, there’s always something healthy and delicious that you can grab on the go! @ocothejuice

Oriental Hotel– Mudgee delivers a great pub feed, no matter where you go, you really can’t go wrong! The Ori hotel is situated on the corner of Lewis St. Enjoy a beverage and a tasty meal whilst sitting on the balcony soaking up the sun! @theorimudgee

Moothi Estate– One of the best views in Mudgee, located on Rocky Waterhole Rd. They offer a wide range of food from tapas to platters with all locally made produce. Enjoy a platter and taste some of the best wine overlooking the Mudgee hills. @moothiestate 

These are just a few to name, if you want to see some amazing food pictures of Mudgee’s best eats, be sure to check out @mudgeefoodie on Instagram for all the best recommendations! 

3.Balloon Aloft– with Mudgee’s rolling hills, surrounding mountains and beautiful valley, conditions are perfectly suited for hot air ballooning. Mudgee hot air ballooning adventures are generally scheduled for every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and begin at sunrise. Balloon flights are approximately one hour in flight duration followed by a delicious champagne breakfast following the flight.

4. Tunes at Burnbrae– Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Burnbrae wines delivers you tunes on the lawn at Burnbrae Winery. You can bring the family, sit back with pizzas, platters, ice cold beers and wine whilst listening to some talented local artists. Bookings are recommended!

5.Castle Rock Walk– Hiking Castle Rocks walk has its rewards. Not only will you be breathing in the fresh air of Munghorn Gap and getting fit! But superb scenic views await you when you reach the end. From the lookout, you’ll see some of the amazing sandstone pagoda features found throughout the park.

6.Markets– Every Saturday of the month features a different local market. If you love trying fresh local produce and supporting small businesses – the markets are a must! These markets are situated in our beautiful parks and churches. Our community comes together and features a range of locally made textiles and arts & crafts, along with a range of local produce ranging from freshly baked bread and cakes, to fruit & veg, olive oils and cheeses.

7.Miniature Train Rides- Something the kids & the whole family will love. They are open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 10am-2pm. You can ride the mini trains for as little as $2 and all money goes back into the maintenance of these fantastic engines & tracks! Bring the big kids & the little kids, and organise a fun and memorable day out! 

8.Helicopter Rides– Want to really see all of Mudgee? Then a helicopter ride will cover it all! Mudgee Helicopters is the way to go – they offer two stop winery tours, including an aerial look-see of Mudgee town and surrounds, for $800 for up to four people! 

9.Visit our surrounding towns!– Visiting our beautiful little historical towns, such as Gulgong, visiting Gulgong is like taking a trip right through regional Australia in the 19th century, this little town is full of history. Rylstone is also another beautiful spot to visit, approx. 40 minutes from Mudgee, Rylstone actually has some of the most incredible top-rated restaurants that are a must try! Such as the 29 Nine 99 Yum Cha restaurant and the Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant – they are both a MUST try! These little towns are full of beautiful scenery you wouldn’t find anywhere else!

 10. The Little Cooking School – The little cooking school is an informal, relaxed creative space located on the outskirts of Mudgee offering casual cooking classes, suited to all skill levels.Featuring a 3 course menu showcasing only the best regional produce,  and concluding with enjoying the day’s efforts over lunch with selected local wines to match. The aim of the Little Cooking School is to focus on sharing ideas, techniques, recipes and ultimately sharing the fruits of your labour accompanied by a great glass of wine.

For all things Mudgee check out


In difficult times, opportunities arise.  

COVID-19 has presented many opportunities but I have focused on three:


I have taken advantage of the current situation of things slowing down to capitalise on spending more time with my family, which is the most important part of my world.



Slowing down has also provided me with the opportunity to reflect. I am asking myself questions such as:

‘How am I going to play this next quarter once we come out of this whole thing?’ 

‘What am I going to do differently in my personal and professional life, so I don’t fall into the same trap of letting my priorities slide and my personal ‘to do lists’ fall behind?



Working between two locations can get very tricky with a young family, which often means an overdue life-admin list. I’ve also used this newfound time to knock items off this list!

My wife, Christie, and I have a 23-month-old boy and another baby due any day now. We’ve been busy setting up a nursery in preparation of their arrival. I’ve also had time to clean out my home office, build a sand pit for our son and finish off some other home projects around the house.


Now that was my to do list, what’s yours?


Maybe you have been promising to go for a ride on your bike with your kids. Maybe it’s cooking a special dinner for your partner. 

MAYBE it’s been driving your damaged car around for months because you can’t seem to find a convenient time for repairs. 

If that last one sounds like you, we can help.


In an effort to make things a little bit easier for you, we’re offering an online quotation service and handy photo guide that allows you to send us photos of your vehicle damage straight from your phone or tablet!