News Centre

Chifley Dam photo courtesy David McKellar


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

Chifley Dam photo courtesy David McKellar


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 at Bathurst Regional Council - 3 November 2017

    about 1 year ago
    News
    MEDIA RELEASE 3 November 2017

    Welcome Wagon

    Council in partnership with Bathurst Business Chamber will host the next Welcome Wagon Reception on Wednesday, 8 November from 10.00am to 11.00am at Council Chambers.

    The event welcomes new residents to the city of Bathurst. It is an opportunity to network with other new residents, meet the Mayor and hear from the Business Chamber. New residents will be presented with a welcome pack.

    Phone 1800 448 896 for more information.

    Inland Sea of Sound

    The Inland Sea of Sound Festival is on at Mount Panorama, November 3 – 4. For more information visit...

    MEDIA RELEASE 3 November 2017

    Welcome Wagon

    Council in partnership with Bathurst Business Chamber will host the next Welcome Wagon Reception on Wednesday, 8 November from 10.00am to 11.00am at Council Chambers.

    The event welcomes new residents to the city of Bathurst. It is an opportunity to network with other new residents, meet the Mayor and hear from the Business Chamber. New residents will be presented with a welcome pack.

    Phone 1800 448 896 for more information.

    Inland Sea of Sound

    The Inland Sea of Sound Festival is on at Mount Panorama, November 3 – 4. For more information visit www.inlandseaofsound.com.au

    Going Digital

    e-Notices

    Rates notices are now available electronically. The easy signup process will enable the notices to be sent via email. Notices will continue being sent by mail for those who do not register for online notifications. Prizes are available for signing up.

    For more information visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    News Centre

    The YourSay website has a new look with the addition of a News Centre that has the latest information on Council news, initiatives and events. Subscribe to Council’s electronic newsletters for regular project updates and news. Visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/newscentre

    Pet Desexing Program

    The next pet de-sexing program will run from Monday, 20 November to Friday, 1 December.
    The subsidised cost for the desexing program is as follows:

    Dog
    • Female $65.00
    • Male $50.00
    Cat
    • Female$50.00
    • Male$35.00

    The cost of microchipping is included for both dogs and cats. First vaccinations are included for dogs only. Pain relief and hospitalisation are included in the cost for both dogs and cats.

    Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. To reserve a place, please contact one of the following surgeries:

    • Stewart Street Veterinary Hospital 6331 1222
    • Durham Street Veterinary Clinic 6334 2009
    • Dr Tom’s Veterinary Practice 6332 3222
    • Bathurst Veterinary Hospital 6332 5800
    Author Talks at the Library

    Charles Boag (CS Boag), author of “Mister Rainbow” will be visiting the Library and discussing the crime novels on Friday, 10 November at 6.00pm.

    Contact the Library on 6333 6281 to register your attendance or for more information.

    Village Visits

    Council will hold meetings with residents in rural areas. Residents are invited to attend and meet with Councillors and Senior Staff to discuss projects and other matters of interest. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

    Yetholme Community Hall
    6.00 pm on Thursday 9 November

    Trunkey Creek Community Hall
    6.00 pm on Thursday 16 November

    Sofala Memorial Hall
    6.00 pm on Monday 27 November

    Wattle Flat
    6.00pm on Tuesday 28 November

    Community Garage Sale

    Council is calling for stallholders with pre-loved and unwanted items in good condition to register for the Mount Panorama Community Garage Sale to be held on Sunday, 10 December.
    A stall at the Community Garage Sale is an excellent opportunity to recycle items that you no longer need. Stalls start from $35 for a 7m x 4m space. Registrations close Wednesday, 29 November.
    Register online at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or contact 6333 6189.

    Bathurst 2036 Housing Strategy - Your City Your Thoughts

    A housing strategy is being developed which investigates current and future trends within the Bathurst housing market.

    We are seeking the community’s feedback on the draft actions for the future. Two information sessions are open to the public on Monday, 13 November at Council Chambers. The sessions will be held at 12.00pm and 5.00pm.

    For more information, contact 6333 6211 or to register for the workshops visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/housing

    Temporary Road Closures

    Perthville Flood Mitigation Works

    For regular project updates visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/newscentre

    The Perthville Flood Mitigation works have commenced. Part of this work includes the construction of a 4 cell, 3.6m x 3.6m box culvert structure to the east of the Perthville Bridge.

    This will require the full temporary closure of Bridge Street at Perthville. Detours will be in place, with alternate access available via Lagoon Road and O’Regans Road. Temporary pedestrian access will be available across Queen Charlotte’s Creek, however cannot be guaranteed.

    ENDS


  • Soil and water testing for PFAS at Bathurst Airport

    about 1 year ago
    Airport

    MEDIA RELEASE 31 October 2017

    Bathurst Regional Council is working closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) following testing that indicated the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in some soil and water on Council land at Bathurst Airport.

    PFAS was historically used in firefighting foam worldwide, including in foams used at the airport until 1998.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the investigation was precautionary, following the Commonwealth Department of Health advice that there was no consistent evidence that exposure to PFAS caused adverse human health effects.

    “The level of PFAS detected in initial testing at the Bathurst Airport...

    MEDIA RELEASE 31 October 2017

    Bathurst Regional Council is working closely with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) following testing that indicated the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in some soil and water on Council land at Bathurst Airport.

    PFAS was historically used in firefighting foam worldwide, including in foams used at the airport until 1998.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the investigation was precautionary, following the Commonwealth Department of Health advice that there was no consistent evidence that exposure to PFAS caused adverse human health effects.

    “The level of PFAS detected in initial testing at the Bathurst Airport warrants further investigation,” he said.

    Council is now procuring a consultant to assess if PFAS is present offsite, including on nearby properties.

    “Our priority is to engage in direct discussions with these property owners, who were notified as soon as we received the request from the EPA,” Mayor Hanger said.

    “Council staff are on hand to answer questions and address any concerns raised. We will also provide continual project updates to property owners.”

    Council aims to appoint a consultant to undertake the detailed testing required, by the end of the year.

    Council will also conduct a survey to determine how water is used on the properties and there will also be an opportunity for property owners to discuss the issue one on one with Council staff in an informal setting.

    More information on PFAS and Bathurst airport is available at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer


  • Bathurst region destination brand strategy information sessions

    about 1 year ago
    Branding logo
    MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2017

    The community is invited to attend a presentation and a Q & A session on the destination brand strategy.
    The concept of forming the brand strategy was one of the key actions from the Destination Management Plan in 2015. For the past 18 months, Council has worked extensively with the community, specialist agencies and conducted market research to help inform the strategy.

    At the Tourism Reference Group, the peak industry body for the local tourism industry established in 2015, community consultations were held.

    The Tourism Reference Group, stakeholders that represent a broad cross section of...

    MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2017

    The community is invited to attend a presentation and a Q & A session on the destination brand strategy.
    The concept of forming the brand strategy was one of the key actions from the Destination Management Plan in 2015. For the past 18 months, Council has worked extensively with the community, specialist agencies and conducted market research to help inform the strategy.

    At the Tourism Reference Group, the peak industry body for the local tourism industry established in 2015, community consultations were held.

    The Tourism Reference Group, stakeholders that represent a broad cross section of the community, has been working with Council throughout the brand development process. The group has unanimously endorsed the destination brand strategy and its planned roll out.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the creation of a destination brand strategy for the Bathurst region was new and had never been done before. It is designed to promote Bathurst as a destination to Sydney and around the NSW.

    “The main goal of the strategy is to capitalise on the visitor economy for the Bathurst region which is increasing at a phenomenal rate each year” he said.

    “In 2016 there was a direct visitor expenditure of $257 million. The Bathurst brand will be used in a series of targeted campaigns, across a range of media channels to create an awareness of, and continue to build on visitation to the region.”

    The workshops, outlined at the brand launch, are the start of an ongoing collaborative approach to be taken with tourism and industry partners to implement the brand strategy.

    Presentations will be held at the following times/venues:
    10.00 amTuesday 31 October at BMEC
    6.00 pm Wednesday 1 November at Gunthers Lane
    9.00 am Thursday 2 November at Bathurst RSL Club
    8.00 am Friday 3 November at BVIC

    For further information or to confirm attendance at one of these sessions, please contact the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre on 6332 1444 or email information.officer@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

  • Bathurst Sustainability Living Expo comes highly commended

    about 1 year ago
    Sustainability
    MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2017

    The Sustainable Living Expo has come highly commended for Communication, Education and Empowerment in this year’s LGNSW’s Excellence in the Environment Awards.

    The awards, which were announced on October 11, celebrate outstanding environmental and sustainability programs from Councils across NSW.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said it was an opportunity to recognise the organisations and the people involved for their dedication and efforts.

    “The Sustainable Living Expo was attended by an estimated 6,000 people this year so that alone demonstrates the event was a success,” he said.

    “Council is committed to persistent progress towards sustainability and...

    MEDIA RELEASE 24 October 2017

    The Sustainable Living Expo has come highly commended for Communication, Education and Empowerment in this year’s LGNSW’s Excellence in the Environment Awards.

    The awards, which were announced on October 11, celebrate outstanding environmental and sustainability programs from Councils across NSW.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said it was an opportunity to recognise the organisations and the people involved for their dedication and efforts.

    “The Sustainable Living Expo was attended by an estimated 6,000 people this year so that alone demonstrates the event was a success,” he said.

    “Council is committed to persistent progress towards sustainability and we recognise the importance of working with our community to secure the future.”
    The Sustainable Living Expo shines a spotlight on sustainable initiatives that the community can implement in their homes and businesses.

    This year the expo featured the King and Queen of Green and Shoalhaven Zoo to share sustainability and care of nature messages with children and hosted celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Matthew Evans . It was held in conjunction with the Famers Market on March 25.
    The Sustainable Living Expo was also highly commended in the Blue Star Sustainability Awards released by Keep Australia Beautiful in the category of Going Green Education.

    ENDS

  • Media Release - What's News at Bathurst Regional Council

    about 1 year ago
    News

    MEDIA RELEASE 20 October 2017

    Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    Residents are invited to take part in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count which runs from 23-29 October. To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space and some keen eyesight.

    Simply record the birds you see on the Aussie Bird Count app or via the website aussiebirdcount.org.au to see live statistics and contribute to a vital pool of information to help see how Australian birds are faring.

    The community is also invited to a free bird walk on Saturday, 28 October at Albens Reserve from 7.30am...

    MEDIA RELEASE 20 October 2017

    Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    Residents are invited to take part in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count which runs from 23-29 October. To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space and some keen eyesight.

    Simply record the birds you see on the Aussie Bird Count app or via the website aussiebirdcount.org.au to see live statistics and contribute to a vital pool of information to help see how Australian birds are faring.

    The community is also invited to a free bird walk on Saturday, 28 October at Albens Reserve from 7.30am to 9.30am. For more information visit the sustainablebathurst facebook page.

    Free open day at Bathurst Aquatic Centre

    Bathurst Aquatic Centre is hosting an open day on Sunday 29 October from 11.00am to 4.00pm in celebration of the facility’s 10-year anniversary. The open day will include an aqua inflatable, a jumping castle, barbecue lunch and novelty races.

    Author Talks at the Library

    Charles Boag (CS Boag), author of “Mister Rainbow” will be visiting the Library and discussing the crime novels on Friday, 10 November, starting at 6.00pm.

    Contact the Library on 6333 6281 to register your attendance or for more information.

    Village Visits

    Council will be holding meetings with residents in the rural areas during October and November. Residents are invited to attend and meet with Councillors and Senior Staff to discuss projects and other matters of interest.

    Meetings will be held at the following locations:

    Hill End Royal Hall

    6.00 pm on Tuesday 31 October

    Yetholme Community Hall

    6.00 pm on Thursday 9 November

    Trunkey Creek Community Hall

    6.00 pm on Thursday 16 November

    Sofala Memorial Hall

    6.00 pm on Monday 27 November

    Wattle Flat

    6.00pm on Tuesday 28 November

    Elm Leaf Beetle Control

    The program is scheduled to begin soon and includes Elms within the road reserves and parks at Hill End, Rockley, Perthville including Vale Road, and select areas within Bathurst.

    The contractor will conduct stem injection treatments, which involves drilling and injecting insecticide into the vascular system of the trees.

    Council is encouraging property owners with Elm Trees to seek the services of professional companies to treat their own trees. This will help to reduce the population of the Elm Leaf Beetle throughout the region.

    The 1917 Great Strike Exhibition

    To commemorate the 1917 Great Strike a travelling exhibition is currently on at Chifley Home. The exhibition contains panels with images and text that tells the background/history of the strike. The exhibition is on until the end of the year. Entry is via small donation (excludes tour of Chifley Home).

    Household Chemical CleanOut

    CleanOut your household chemicals the right way at the Household Chemical CleanOut on Thursday 26 October from 8.00am to 4.00pm at the Cooke Hockey Complex, Sydney Road, Bathurst.

    This is an opportunity to safely dispose of any household, garden or pool chemicals, paint or other hazardous material for free (only household quantities accepted).

    Phone 6333 6111 or visit www.cleanout.com.au for more details.

    Inland Sea of Sound

    3 - 4 November

    Tickets are now on sale of the Inland Sea of Sound festival at Mount Panorama. Grab your tickets online by visiting www.inlandseaofsound.com.au

    What should Perthville Village Square look like?

    Council has engaged Group GSA Landscape Architects to investigate design options for the Perthville Village Square. The Square is opposite Perthville Public School and Perthville Community Centre and bounded by Bathurst Street, Tenison Woods Avenue, Rockley Street and Prince Street.

    Council would like to hear from the community about what you would like to see included in the future development of the square.


    To have your say visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au until close of business on Thursday 12 November.

    Temporary Road Closure

    William and Stanley Streets

    William Street, between Charlotte Street and Stanley Street, and Stanley Street, between William and George Street will be temporarily closed on Sunday 22 October between 8.00 am to 11.00 am for the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon.

    Bridge Street, Perthville


    The Perthville Flood Mitigation works have commenced. Part of this work includes the construction of a 4 cell, 3.6m x 3.6m box culvert structure to the east of the Perthville Bridge.

    This will require the full temporary closure of Bridge Street at Perthville, from Monday 18 September for a period of approximately 6 weeks, subject to weather and construction constraints. Detours will be in place, with alternate access available via Lagoon Road and O’Regans Road. Temporary pedestrian access will be available across Queen Charlotte’s Creek, however cannot be guaranteed.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count returns

    about 1 year ago
    Backyard bird count

    MEDIA RELEASE 20 October 2017

    The community is encouraged to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count to help discover which birds share our backyards and outdoor spaces.

    The project will run from 23-29 October and residents can count birds in backyards, school yards, parks and gardens. Last year more than 1.4 million birds were spotted in backyards across the country and over 7,400 birds in the Bathurst region alone.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the project was important for increased understanding of the health of local native bird populations and in assisting Council to better plan for long...

    MEDIA RELEASE 20 October 2017

    The community is encouraged to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count to help discover which birds share our backyards and outdoor spaces.

    The project will run from 23-29 October and residents can count birds in backyards, school yards, parks and gardens. Last year more than 1.4 million birds were spotted in backyards across the country and over 7,400 birds in the Bathurst region alone.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the project was important for increased understanding of the health of local native bird populations and in assisting Council to better plan for long term conservation initiatives.

    “It’s an opportunity to head outdoors and get in touch with nature while learning about birds in a simple, fun, all-ages activity and participants also have the chance to win great prizes,” he said.

    To take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, all you need to do is register via the website aussiebirdcount.org.au or download the app Aussie Bird Count.

    Once counts have been submitted, participants can see the number of birds and species being counted nearby and right across Australia, with real time updates.

    The community is invited to a free bird walk on Saturday, 28 October at Albens Reserve from 7.30am to 9.30am. For more information visit the sustainablebathurst facebook page.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer