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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

  • What’s News

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    1 day ago


    MEDIA RELEASE 7 August 2020


    Sunnybright Estate


    Council has released Stage B of the Sunnybright Estate Residential Development. The ballot for Stage B will be live streamed on Council’s YouTube channel. Further details are on Council’s website or call the Property Section on 6333 6235.


    Consultation for 16 Regional Cities Services Improvement Program


    Transport for NSW is seeking feedback from public transport users and the wider community in the Bathurst area about how the local bus network is used, service needs and desires. This will help inform future planning to create a better bus network for Bathurst. Feedback can be submitted online at yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/better-bus-network-bathurst, by calling 1800 717 528, emailing regionalcitiesprogram@transport.nsw.gov.au or by post to 16 Regional Cities – Bathurst, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.


    Comments close Sunday 16 August 2020.


    Sporting Association Grants


    Each year Council provides a grant scheme to assist local sporting organisations to undertake

    specific works or purchase equipment for the advancement of sport in the Bathurst Region.

    Sporting organisations that are affiliated with the Bathurst District Sport and Recreation Council

    are eligible to apply for these grants. A total of $20,000 has been allocated to this scheme.

    Further information and application forms are available from Council’s Recreation Section on

    6333 6285 or Council’s website www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au Applications close on Tuesday 29 September.


    Tourism Survey


    Council needs the help of the community to better understand the impact of visiting friends

    and relatives to the Bathurst region economy. You are invited to participate in a short survey

    which will assist Council in tourism planning and in ensuring our region is meeting the needs of

    visitors both today and into the future. All who complete the survey will go into the draw to win

    one of 20 Buy Local Gift Cards to the value of $25. The survey can be accessed at the Tourism

    Feedback project on YourSay Bathurst.


    Bathurst Library author talks


    Dr Nick Fuller


    Want to try interval weight loss? Visit the library and hear from expert Dr Nick Fuller about

    his new book ‘Interval Weight Loss for Women’ on Thursday 13 August, 6.00pm. Dr Fuller will address all the pitfalls and hurdles women face; providing simple and effective advice.


    Bookings are strictly limited and can be made via Eventbrite or by calling the library on 6333 6281


    Aerial Weed Spraying


    The Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) will be conducting two aerial spraying programs in spring and autumn 2020/2021. UMCC will co-ordinate a helicopter and chemical to spray weeds for participating landholders at a competitive price. Spraying is conducted at a minimum of five hectares for serrated tussock (liquid), four hectares (granules) and three hectares for blackberry (liquid).

    For more information contact UMCC on 6338 2875



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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Solar panels installed at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

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    MEDIA RELEASE 7 August 2020



    Fifteen Council-owned facilities now have solar panels with BMEC the latest to have the system installed.


    The roof-mounted, grid connected system will supplement grid electricity used at BMEC.


    Mayor of Bathurst Bobby Bourke said it was important for Council to utilise renewable energy to reduce Council’s carbon footprint in addition to saving costs on electricity consumption.


    “The installation of the 90kW system will produce approximately 137 MWh of solar generated electricity per year which is about 45% of the total electricity used at BMEC,” he said.


    Since 2009 solar panels have been installed at various Council facilities including:


    ·Learmonth Park

    ·Pit Paddock

    ·Depot

    ·Pound

    ·Water Filtration Plant

    ·Neighbourhood Centre

    ·Winburndale Cottage

    ·Waste Water Treatment Plant

    ·Library Art Gallery

    ·BVIC

    ·Aquatic Centre

    ·National Motor Racing Museum

    ·Railway Museum

    ·Scallywags

    ·BMEC

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  • Bathurst Rail Museum wins Arts and Culture Award

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    2 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 06 August 2020



    The Bathurst Rail Museum has won the LG NSW Leo Kelly OAM Arts and Culture Award for the adaptive reuse of an historic building.


    The prestigious award celebrates the outstanding achievement by local government organisations in strategic planning for arts and culture.


    Mayor Bobby Bourke said the award was an honour and congratulated staff and the community for working together to create this world class facility.


    “The Bathurst Rail Museum has been designed to attract international, national and local visitors adding to the suite of museums operated by Bathurst Regional Council including the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, National Motor Racing Museum and Chifley Home,” he said.


    Media Contact: Media Officer

  • What's News

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    2 days ago


    MEDIA RELEASE 31 July 2020


    Consultation for 16 Regional Cities Services Improvement Program


    Transport for NSW is seeking feedback from public transport users and the wider community in the Bathurst area about how the local bus network is used, service needs and desires. This will help inform future planning to create a better bus network for Bathurst. Feedback can be submitted online at yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/better-bus-network-bathurst, by calling 1800 717 528, emailing regionalcitiesprogram@transport.nsw.gov.au or by post to 16 Regional Cities – Bathurst, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.


    Comments close Sunday 16 August 2020.


    Sporting Association Grants


    Each year Council provides a grant scheme to assist local sporting organisations to undertake

    specific works or purchase equipment for the advancement of sport in the Bathurst Region.

    Sporting organisations that are affiliated with the Bathurst District Sport and Recreation Council

    are eligible to apply for these grants. A total of $20,000 has been allocated to this scheme.

    Further information and application forms are available from Council’s Recreation Section on

    6333 6285 or Council’s website www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au Applications close on Tuesday 29 September.


    Tourism Survey


    Council needs the help of the community to better understand the impact of visiting friends

    and relatives to the Bathurst region economy. You are invited to participate in a short survey

    which will assist Council in tourism planning and in ensuring our region is meeting the needs of

    visitors both today and into the future. All who complete the survey will go into the draw to win

    one of 20 Buy Local Gift Cards to the value of $25. The survey can be accessed at the Tourism

    Feedback project on YourSay Bathurst.


    Bathurst Library Opening Hours


    Bathurst Library is open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3pm.

    Small groups can library, however groups of 6 or more must book ahead. For more information or to make bookings call the library on 6333 6281 or email library@bathurst.nsw.gov.au


    Bathurst Library author talks


    Dr Nick Fuller


    Want to try interval weight loss? Visit the library and hear from expert Dr Nick Fuller about

    his new book ‘Interval Weight Loss for Women’ on Thursday 13 August, 6.00pm. Dr Fuller will address all the pitfalls and hurdles women face; providing simple and effective advice.


    Bookings are strictly limited and can be made via Eventbrite or by calling the library on 6333 6281


    Aerial Weed Spraying


    The Upper Macquarie County Council (UMCC) will be conducting two aerial spraying programs in spring and autumn 2020/2021. UMCC will co-ordinate a helicopter and chemical to spray weeds for participating landholders at a competitive price. Spraying is conducted at a minimum of five hectares for serrated tussock (liquid), four hectares (granules) and three hectares for blackberry (liquid).

    For more information contact UMCC on 6338 2875


    Bathurst Regional Art Gallery


    Entries are closing soon for the ‘Pictures of You’ black and white photograph portrait exhibition. Entries close midnight Sunday 2 August. The exhibition will run at BRAG from Saturday, 15

    August until Sunday, 11 October. For more information and to enter visit https://www.bathurstart.com.au/pictures-of-you-entry


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  • Chifley Dam Level

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    8 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 31 July 2020


    The recent rains and significant inflows have seen the Chifley Dam level rise to 47.1%.

    Mayor Bobby Bourke said large inflows were still occurring and while this is great news, residents are reminded that extreme level water restrictions are still in place.

    “Our community has been very responsive to the implementation of water restrictions and everyone has done a wonderful job so far in preserving our drinking water supply,” he said.

    “Council has no firm figure on when restrictions can be eased and will need to consider forecast rainfall, expected water usage and the time of the year to determine if and when water restrictions could be eased.”

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    Media contact: Corinne Boer Media and Communications Officer P: 02 6333 6179
    M: 0448 685 340 E: corinne.boer@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

  • BMEC to welcome back patrons

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    9 days ago


    MEDIA RELEASE 30 July 2020


    BMEC is marking the return of theatre to the community with a specially designed local production.

    Nicole is throwing a fancy party, and you’re invited. Join Nicole and her friends in this immersive theatrical show; there’ll be games, prizes, and socially distanced bubbles ‘n’ nibbles. Nicole is celebrating a milestone, so what a great opportunity to get dolled up and catch up with old friends.

    Mayor Bobby Bourke said the show was a great way to see the return of live performance to Bathurst.

    “Seating is strictly limited so book now,” he said.

    The production will run from August 5-8 at 7pm at BMEC.

    Dress code: Fancy

    Ticket Price

    $22.00 Adult

    $16.00 Concession


    For more information or to book visit www.bmec.com.au


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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Media Release - What's News

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    15 days ago


    MEDIA RELEASE 24 July 2020



    Suttor Mitre Lambert Street


    The roundabout at the intersection is taking shape however there is still some work to do before the project is completed. Disruption and delays to motorists are to be expected over the next few weeks.


    Crews have constructed the concrete ring of the roundabout and median islands on the approaches to the roundabout.


    Commencing Monday, 27 July several layers of asphalt will be applied to the intersection. The road resurfacing is expected to take 4-5 days to complete and will take place generally within school hours under road closure. Outside of school hours, during drop-off and pick-up times, the intersection is expected to be open under traffic control conditions. The roadway will be reopened to traffic at the end of each working day around 5.00pm.


    Sporting Association Grants


    Each year Council provides a grant scheme to assist local sporting organisations to undertake

    specific works or purchase equipment for the advancement of sport in the Bathurst Region.

    Sporting organisations that are affiliated with the Bathurst District Sport and Recreation Council

    are eligible to apply for these grants. A total of $20,000 has been allocated to this scheme.

    Further information and application forms are available from Council’s Recreation Section on

    6333 6285 or Council’s website www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au Applications close on Tuesday 29 September.


    Tourism Survey


    Council needs the help of the community to better understand the impact of visiting friends

    and relatives to the Bathurst region economy. You are invited to participate in a short survey

    which will assist Council in tourism planning and in ensuring our region is meeting the needs of

    visitors both today and into the future. All who complete the survey will go into the draw to win

    one of 20 Buy Local Gift Cards to the value of $25. The survey can be accessed at the Tourism

    Feedback project on YourSay Bathurst.


    Bathurst Library Opening Hours


    Bathurst Library is open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3pm.

    Small groups can library, however groups of 6 or more must book ahead. For more information or to make bookings call the library on 6333 6281 or email library@bathurst.nsw.gov.au


    Bathurst Library Author talks


    For the first time since March the Library will host face to face author talks.


    Adam Courtenay

    Adam will talk about his latest book “The Ghost & the Bounty Hunter” on Friday 31 July at 6pm.



    Dr Nick Fuller


    Want to try interval weight loss? Visit the library and hear from expert Dr Nick Fuller about

    his new book ‘Interval Weight Loss for Women’ on Thursday 13 August, 6.00pm. Dr Fuller will address all the pitfalls and hurdles women face; providing simple and effective advice.


    Bookings are strictly limited and can be made via Eventbrite or by calling the library on 6333 6281



    Bathurst Schools to Get Grubby


    Do you want your children to have fun and learn about sustainability? Council has joined @dirtgirlworld Australia’s best online sustainability program for children called Get Grubby. The program is free to all pre-schools, child and family day care centres and primary schools in the LGA. See the video http://www.dirtgirlworldgetgrubby.com for more information. Enquiries regarding your child’s centre involvement should be made to environment@bathurst.nsw.gov.au



    Backyard Rangers


    Would you like a free nest box or insect hotel?


    Make a pledge to be a Bathurst Backyard Ranger and keep an eye on the living things in and around your yard. Take a photo of birds, bugs, possums, flowers or trees and upload it via the iNaturalist app.


    While you are there, join the Bathurst Backyard Ranger project and you can choose your own wildlife habitat box for your backyard. Once you have joined and uploaded your first photos, an insect hotel or nest box of your choice, plus a Backyards for Wildlife Booklet, will be delivered to your door. For more information visit the Sustainable Facebook page.



    BRAG

    Pictures of You


    Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce a community photo portrait exhibition titled ‘Pictures of You’, with entries to the exhibition open to all members of the Bathurst community.

    As restrictions ease, BRAG invites you to share a photographic portrait of someone significant to you.


    The portrait could have been taken during isolation, or more recently. The portrait photographs will be black and white (greyscale) to convey sentimentality, nostalgia and unity in these uncertain and unprecedented times.


    All entries will be assessed by BRAG staff and a selection will be printed onto high quality archival photo paper to be exhibited at BRAG and digitally on the BRAG website.


    Entries to the exhibition are open now and close midnight Wednesday 29 July.

    The exhibition will run from 15 August until 11 October. To submit an entry, visit the BRAG website complete the form and upload your image (at full resolution, not cropped, resized or reduced). Selected entries will be notified by Friday 7 August.



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    Media contact: Media Officer





  • EOI for operation of The Junktion

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    15 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 24 July 2020


    EOI for operation of The Junktion


    Council has called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably experienced organisations to operate The Junktion, Reuse and Recovery Centre in Bathurst.


    The Junktion is a reuse and recovery centre located adjacent to the Bathurst Waste Management Centre. It allows residents to deliver usable goods for resale which diverts waste from landfill and in the process the operator may generate income which could be used to deliver community services.


    Mayor Bobby Bourke said the facility opened in 2010 and currently operates six days per week.


    “Residents can recycle their unwanted furniture, electrical equipment, sporting goods, building materials and other household items at no cost,” he said.


    Interested parties are required to register via the E-tendering Portal www.tenderlink.com/bathurst

    to download the EOI document at no charge. If you experience difficulties accessing the above

    website please call the Tenderlink Helpdesk on 1800 233 533.


    All electronic EOI’s must be submitted in the format specified in the EOI document. Failure to do so will result in the EOI not being considered by Council. The closing date and time for EOI submissions is 4.00pm on Tuesday, 4 August.


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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • What's News

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    29 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 10 July 2020


    What’s News


    Don’t Be Next!

    Council and Chifley Police District are urging residents to secure their cars in a campaign aiming to reduce the number of steal from motor vehicle offences in the region.


    To reduce your risk remember to:


    • Lock It – close windows, lock doors and toolboxes. Never leave keys in the car
    • Secure It – Keep your garage door locked or park in a well-lit area
    • Hide It – If you are leaving valuables in the car hide them from sight or in the boot
    • Report It – Report all criminal and suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000


    Bathurst Schools to Get Grubby


    Do you want your children to have fun and learn about sustainability? Council has joined @dirtgirlworld Australia’s best online sustainability program for children called Get Grubby. The program is free to all pre-schools, child and family day care centres and primary schools in the LGA. See the video http://www.dirtgirlworldgetgrubby.com for more information. Enquiries regarding your child’s centre involvement should be made to environment@bathurst.nsw.gov.au


    Backyard Rangers


    Would you like a free nest box or insect hotel?


    Make a pledge to be a Bathurst Backyard Ranger and keep an eye on the living things in and around your yard. Take a photo of birds, bugs, possums, flowers or trees and upload it via the iNaturalist app.


    While you are there, join the Bathurst Backyard Ranger project and you can choose your own wildlife habitat box for your backyard. Once you have joined and uploaded your first photos, an insect hotel or nest box of your choice, plus a Backyards for Wildlife Booklet, will be delivered to your door. For more information visit the Sustainable Facebook page.



    Bathurst Winter Festival


    Drive-In Cinema


    Tickets are still available for the Bathurst Winter Festival Drive-In Cinema, brought to you by

    McDonald’s Bathurst. Comedy, children’s and family, romance, thriller and action will hit the screen every night of the festival. 1 ticket = 1 car for entry. You can have as many people in your car as legally allowed.


    $45 per vehicle – single session $80 per vehicle – Saturday night’s double feature. To see the full list of movies and to book, visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au


    Illuminations


    The illuminations are on every evening during the Winter Festival between sundown and 10.00pm at the following locations:


    • Court House
    • 84 George Street
    • Tremain’s Mill
    • 99 Keppel Street
    • 173 George Street
    • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
    • Doppio


    Brighten up Bathurst


    Residents have lit up their houses with decorative lights. They will be on each evening during the Winter Festival between sundown and 10.00pm at the following locations:


    • 98 George Street, Bathurst
    • 95 Morrisset Street, Bathurst
    • 3 Colville Street, Windradyne
    • 87 Lavelle Street, Windradyne
    • 10 Musgrove Avenue, Kelso
    • 8 Gormans Hill Road, Gormans Hill
    • 24 Queen Street, Perthville
    • 179 Blue Ridge Drive, White Rock
    • 12 Sundown Drive, Kelso


    BRAG

    Pictures of You


    Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is delighted to announce a community photo portrait exhibition titled ‘Pictures of You’, with entries to the exhibition open to all members of the Bathurst community.

    As restrictions ease, BRAG invites you to share a photographic portrait of someone significant to you.


    The portrait could have been taken during isolation, or more recently. The portrait photographs will be black and white (greyscale) to convey sentimentality, nostalgia and unity in these uncertain and unprecedented times.


    All entries will be assessed by BRAG staff and a selection will be printed onto high quality archival photo paper to be exhibited at BRAG and digitally on the BRAG website.


    Entries to the exhibition are open now and close midnight Wednesday 29 July.

    The exhibition will run from 15 August until 11 October. To submit an entry, visit the BRAG website complete the form and upload your image (at full resolution, not cropped, resized or reduced). Selected entries will be notified by Friday 7 August.


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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Waste 2 Art winners announced and exhibition now online

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    about 1 month ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 6 July 2020


    This year’s Waste 2 Art winners have been announced with the entries available to view online on the Bathurst Regional Council YouTube channel.


    Mayor Bobby Bourke said the exhibition is an innovate way to approach education about waste.


    “We have received over 50 artworks which showcase the artistic abilities of people in the region that include some element of recycled waste,” he said.


    “I would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone took the time to create an artwork and enter the competition.”


    Category Winners


    Preschool 2 Dimensional – Candy Island Adventure by Isaac Wheatley


    Preschool 3 Dimensional – Elmer has a Family by Elizabeth Chifley Preschool


    Preschool Functional – Waste Not, Waterwise by Bathurst Children’s Services


    Primary 3 Dimensional – Percy the Robot by Alexandra Attree


    Primary Functional – Stop and Feed by Piper Henry


    High School 3 Dimensional – Together in Art by Room 9, Carenne School


    High School Functional – Light to the Max by Jake Henry


    Open 2 Dimensional – Not with a bang but an ember by Bronwyn Ingersole


    Open 3 Dimensional – Rusty by Joseph Lynch


    Open Functional – Horse Shoe Gate by Joseph Lynch


    Community 2 Dimensional – Rainforest by Julie Lucato


    Community 3 Dimensional – Tin Dinner by Janet Wright


    Community Functional – Lamp 1 by Larissa Cross and Pepsi 5 Earring Collection by Amy Fulthorpe – Joint Winners


    Waste Theme Award – The Watchers by Kelly & Will Hazzard


    To vote for the people’s choice award, email waste2art@bathurst.nsw.gov.au with your name, artwork hashtag and a contact phone number. By voting you will go into the draw to win a Dean Mobbs original artwork. Voting closes at 4.00pm on Friday, 24 July. For more information, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or call the Waste 2 Art coordinator on

    6333 6544.



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    Media contact: Media Officer