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This space provides you the opportunity to connect and learn about Council's latest initiatives, services and events. For media enquiries contact Council's Media Officer


This space provides you the opportunity to connect and learn about Council's latest initiatives, services and events. For media enquiries contact Council's Media Officer

  • Be vigilant, get tested and be COVID safe

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    MEDIA RELEASE 23 September 2021


    Bathurst has recorded one new COVID case today.

    Mayor of Bathurst Ian North said today’s announcement of a case in the city is a timely reminder that we all need to continue to be vigilant and to get tested even if we have only the mildest of symptoms.

    “Testing facilities remain open seven days a week at Mount Panorama and Bathurst Hospital and I encourage the community to get tested if you have any cold and flu like symptoms.

    “Surveillance testing is also now available to our community. This means if you have no symptoms, you can get tested and you don’t have to isolate. Surveillance testing is an important way of providing health officials with insights as to whether COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community.

    “Increased testing rates, vaccination and continuing to follow COVID safe measures like good hygiene, wearing face masks and social distancing are needed to keep our community safe and stop COVID transmission.

    “We are all looking forward to the day when stay at home orders are lifted for our community, and for this to happen we all need to play a part,” Cr North said.


  • Bathurst Library Select & Collect service returns

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    MEDIA RELEASE 22 September 2021

    Are you running out of reading material and nothing on your to be read pile takes your fancy? Bathurst Select & Collect service will return from next week, so library members can borrow new items while the main building remains closed.

    Interested library members can follow these few easy steps:

    1. Select: Select and reserve items on the library online catalogue. If unsure how to do this, library staff can assist with selections.
    2. Contact: Call or email the library to initiate the service Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.
    3. Collect: Available reserved items will be gathered by library staff. Notification by SMS or phone call will alert members when their items are ready for collection. The contactless collection point will operate from the Library/Gallery foyer, Monday-Friday, 1-4pm.

    Mayor Ian North said that access to library material is always important, but it is particularly so when in lockdown.

    “We know how important reading is to our community. Not everyone can or want to access online resources,” Cr North said.

    “The Select & Collect service will allow people to get physical library items while still respecting government health guidelines. Protocols have been put in place so we can offer a contactless pick-up from the foyer”.

    Members are asked to follow social distancing guidelines when using the Select & Collect service and stay home if they are unwell. Returns can be placed in the chute at the front of the library at any time. Members will need to bring identification and will need to check in using the Service NSW COVIDSafe check-in.

    Manager Library Services Patou Clerc said she encourages the community to also explore the library website which offers a wealth of resources.

    “Existing library members already have access to the eLibrary. If you are not already a library member you can still access the online collections during lockdown by joining as a temporary eMember on our website,” she said.

    “This is a temporary membership but it can be easily transferred to a full membership when the library doors open again”.

    Library members can reserve items today and can call to initiate the Select & Collect service from Wednesday 29 September.

    Select & Collect will replace the Bathurst Library lockdown delivery service to homes in the Bathurst town area. The last day to request a delivery is Tuesday 28 September with the last delivery on Thursday 30 September.

    For more information about Select & Collect or other library services, call 6333 6281 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, or email library@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.


  • Land sale ballot Friday 24 September

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    MEDIA RELEASE 20 September 2021

    Council has rescheduled the Sunnybright Estate land ballot to 10am Friday 24 September.

    The land ballot was postponed last week after Council was unable to hold the ballot as the Civic Centre was closed to all staff for cleaning after a Covid exposure.

    Sunnybright Estate, locked in Kelso off Limekilns Roads, consists of lots sized from 706m2 to 1439m2 and priced from $245,000 to $300,000. The lots will be sold by ballot with the draw to take place this Friday, 24 September at 10am, via livestream.

    General Manager David Sherley said all registrations have been maintained and are automatically included for this week’s draw.

    “With staff back working from the Civic Centre we are now able to proceed with the ballot draw and livestream this Friday,” Mr Sherley said.

    Council meeting Wednesday 22 September

    The rescheduled September Council meeting will be held this Wednesday 22 September at 6pm.

    The meeting was to be held last Wednesday but was deferred.

    The agenda remains the same as previously released and members of the community can view the meeting via livestream on Council’s YouTube channel.

  • What's News

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    MEDIA RELEASE 17 September 2021

    Love Your Local

    An online database has been created to help people know what businesses are operating and how. To be listed, visit bathurstregion.com.au and fill in the registration form or give Council’s Events Team a call on 6333 6111.

    Spring School Holidays Activity Packs

    Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with free spring school holidays activity packs filled with fun projects and activities for children of all ages. Visit bathurstregion.gov.au to register to receive your free pack.

    Candidate Information webinars

    The NSW Electoral Commission is running candidate information webinars in the lead up to the 4 December local government elections. A series of online candidate information sessions will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) in the lead up to the 2021 NSW Local Government elections.

    The webinars will cover the following topics:

    • Nominations - 11am, Tuesday 28 September
    • Registration of Electoral Material (also known as how to vote material) - 11am, Thursday 28 October
    • iVote explained - 11am, Monday 8 November
    • Early voting and election day voting - 11am, Thursday 18 November
    • Candidate workers, scrutineers, counting and results - 11am, Tuesday 30 November

    Information is available on the website at www.elections.nsw.gov.au

    Elections

    Local council elections take place on 4 December. The NSW Electoral Commission is looking for people to work at these elections. Working at the election is a good way to earn some money, learn new skills and help your community have their say. For more information visit www.elections.nsw.gov.au

    RDA Central West Photography Competition

    ‘There’s no place like home’ is this year’s theme for Regional Development Australia Central West’s

    photography competition. Applications are now open with applicants encouraged to capture the essence of their hometown. Entries close Friday, 24 September.

    For more information visit www.rdacentralwest.org.au

    Have Your Say

    George Park Master Plan

    A revised George Park Master Plan has been prepared as a result of the desire from sporting stakeholders for Council to set a clear direction to future needs at George Park for the growth and development of sport. This has been considered a priority as it will enable sporting groups to plan for their future at George Park and be able to plan on infrastructure projects and upgrades that have the support and approval of Council. To view the plan and to provide feedback, visit YourSay Bathurst.

    Submissions close Monday, 27 September.

    Pillars of Bathurst

    Nominations for the 2022 Pillars of Bathurst project are open. If you’d like to participate in

    this important local cultural heritage project by nominating someone visit YourSay Bathurst for more information. Nominations close 25 October. Visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Garage Sale Trail

    The Garage Sale Trail is set to return to Bathurst over two weekends on November 13-14 and 20-21. Registration to participate is now open. For more information visit Council’s website, follow the BRC Events Facebook page or visit https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/

    Rate Payment Options

    • Cash payments can be made at the Commonwealth Bank you will need your rate notice with you
    • Cheques - mail to PMB 17 Bathurst NSW 2795
    • Phone payments by card call 1300 407 843 (automated service) reference number is the Bpay reference number
    • Internet banking Bpay via your financial institution.

    For more information phone the rate customer service line on 6333 6132

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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Limited staff to return to the Civic Centre

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    MEDIA RELEASE 17 September 2021

    Limited staff will return to the Civic Centre on Monday after the building was deep cleaned following an exposure to Covid-19.

    General Manager David Sherley said the Civic Centre will remain closed to the public. Customer services will be provided to residents via phone and email.

    “A large number of Council’s staff are also continuing to work from home or from separate work locations," he said.

    Staff that were casual contacts have returned negative results and staff who were close contacts have returned negative results and are continuing to isolate.

    Customer services are available by phoning 6333 6111 or emailing council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Waste Management Centre to reopen to the public

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    MEDIA RELEASE 17 September 2021

    The Waste Management Centre will reopen to the general public from 10am, Friday morning.

    General Manager David Sherley said the facility was reopened to commercial users on Wednesday after it was closed over the weekend after a possible link to the Covid exposure at the Civic Centre.

    “The Waste Management Centre will be open to the public at 10am, Friday morning and will continue to operate standard hours 7.30am - 4.30 Monday to Friday, but we again would encourage that people delay their visit if they can, to reduce queueing. The facility will be open from 8.30am – 3.00pm on the weekend, he said.”

    “Could I request that people are patient to also observe Public Health Order requirements to wear a mask at all times and observe social distancing. QR code check-in will be required by all members of the public that attend the Waste Management Centre.”

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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Council’s Sunnybright Estate land ballot postponed

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    MEDIA RELEASE 15 September 2021

    Council’s Sunnybright Estate land ballot postponed

    Due to the recent Covid exposure at the Civic Centre, the land ballot has been postponed until further notice.

    The estate, located in Kelso off Limekilns Road, consists of lots sized from 706m2 to 1439m2 and priced from $245 000 to $300 000. They were due to be sold by ballot with the draw set to take place on 17 September via livestream.

    General Manager David Sherley said all registrations will be retained.

    “The registrations will be maintained on file, and we will advise when we have a new date for the ballot,” he said.

    “The decision to defer the ballot was made as this will ensure that we can livestream the ballot to the interested parties”.

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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Council meeting deferred and Waste Management Centre reopening

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    MEDIA RELEASE 14 September 2021

    Given the recent Covid exposure at Council’s Civic Centre, the Council meeting will be deferred to Wednesday, 22 September.

    General Manager David Sherley said this will ensure that we can livestream the meeting to the community, as is normal practice in terms of our Community Engagement strategies.

    “The Agenda remains the same as previously released,” he said.

    “The Waste Management Centre will open to commercial users on Wednesday and we hope to have it open to the general public later this week, pending staff availability.”


    Media Contact: Media Officer

  • Council Update

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    Update on Council's Covid situation


    Council has responded quickly after advice was received that a staff member has tested positive for Covid-19.

    General Manager David Sherley said staff and Councillors received advice on Sunday afternoon to immediately get tested and isolate.

    "A number of Council staff have been identified as Casual Contacts and others as Close Contacts," he said.

    "Those identified as close contacts will be required to isolate with their household for 14 days and undergo a series of COVID tests.

    “All casual contacts have also undergone testing and are isolating until negative results are returned."

    Council’s Waste Management Centre is expected to re-open to commercial operators only on Wednesday morning, and to the broader community later in the week. Deep cleaning has been completed at gatehouse today.

    Council’s ability to re-open the Waste Management Centre is subject to having enough staff available, as some are still waiting on results from COVID tests to be returned.

    Council will continue to provide regular updates on the reopening of the centre.

    For those who attended the Waste Management Centre when it re-opened, you are not required to have a COVID test. As always, continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate immediately if you have any cold or flu like symptoms. And continue to follow the advice from NSW Health.

    Staff are continuing to work from home or from remote work locations and are available to provide customer service via phone and email. Please note there may be some delay in responses.

    Council can be contacted via 6333 6111 or council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Media Contact: Media Officer

  • COVID-19 exposure

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    MEDIA RELEASE 12 September 2021

    Bathurst Regional Council has today been advised that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

    General Manager David Sherley said Council has requested all staff who work at the Civic Centre and the Waste Management Centre to come forward for testing as a precautionary measure as there is a link between the two facilities.

    “The Waste Management Centre was closed on Sunday as soon as Council became aware of a possible link between the two sites.”

    “Council’s kerbside collection will continue this week, however contractors from JR Richards will be assisting Council with the collection of the general waste, red-lidded bin. This may mean bins are collected later than usual.”

    “The Waste Management Centre will be closed to everyone on Monday September 13 while a deep clean is undertaken at the gatehouse.“

    “The Civic Centre has been closed to the public since the introduction of Stay at Home Orders on Saturday 14 August 2021.”

    “A large number of Council’s Civic Centre based staff are also continuing to work from home or from separate work locations. While the Civic Centre is closed for cleaning Council will be able to provide telephone customer service from an alternate location, however with a large number of staff being tested, there may be some delay in responses being provided.”

    “We ask that you respect the privacy of the staff member impacted. Both the staff member and their close team members are dealing with a particularly stressful situation, and they require our support,” Mr Sherley said.

    Council will continue to provide updates when more information becomes available.


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