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

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 25 May 2018

    Youth Council

    Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Bathurst Regional Youth Council. The Youth Council provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 18 years to engage with the Council and other youth service providers. Applications close at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 and forms are available on Council’s website. For more information call Council on 6333 6523.

    Environmental Burn

    An environmental burn is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26 May at Brooke Moore Reserve,

    West Bathurst. For more information call Council on 6333 6111.

    Community Pet Desexing Program

    ...

    MEDIA RELEASE 25 May 2018

    Youth Council

    Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Bathurst Regional Youth Council. The Youth Council provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 18 years to engage with the Council and other youth service providers. Applications close at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 and forms are available on Council’s website. For more information call Council on 6333 6523.

    Environmental Burn

    An environmental burn is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26 May at Brooke Moore Reserve,

    West Bathurst. For more information call Council on 6333 6111.

    Community Pet Desexing Program

    In partnership with the RSPCA, Council is holding a community pet desexing program, which will run

    from June 4-15 . This program is open to pensioners and low income earners who are Bathurst residents. The program provides a subsidised cost for the desexing of cats and dogs, with the cost of mircochipping included. First vaccinations are included for dogs only. Pain relief and hospitalisation are included in the cost for both dogs and cats.

    Female Male

    Dog $65.00 $50.00

    Cat $50.00 $35.00

    Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. To reserve a place 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 talk at the Library

    Join author, film director and artist Michael Rubbo on Friday 1 June at 6.15pm to discuss his book "Travels With My Art". After making his Emmy award-winning film Vincent and Me, Michael discovered a love for painting outside and working with sticky oil paints- just like Van Gogh. Since this new discovery he has been on a mission through his book to spread the magic.

    Bookings essential on 6333 6281.

    Temporary Road Closures

    Limekilns Road

    Limekilns Road, between Hughes Street and Marsden Lane will be temporarily closed to traffic until Friday, 22 June for road and stormwater works. Local traffic can access McBrien Drive from east bound direction during the period of the closure.

    Bathurst and Prince Streets

    Bathurst Street, between Bridge and North Streets, along with Prince Street between Bathurst andChurch Streets will be temporarily closed during May and June for road and stormwater works.Resident access will be maintained during the closure.

    Abandoned shopping trolleys

    Abandoned shopping trolleys are an issue for our community and can be hazardous and unsightly.

    It is illegal to abandon a shopping trolley in a public place and offenders can be issued with a $110 on the spot fine. Most retailers have systems in place to collect trolleys that have been removed from stores and car parks. For details visit bathurst.nsw.gov.au


    Remember to be Water Wise - Saving water at home

    There are easy things we can do at home to save water. Make sure dishwashers and washing machines are full before using them. Limit shower times to under four minutes and turn off the tap when you brush your teeth.

    For water saving tips visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/waterwise

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov..au/waterwise

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • Environmental Burn at Brooke Moore Reserve

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 23 May 2018

    Bathurst Regional Council in conjunction with the Rural Fire Services is proposing to conduct an environmental burn at Brooke Moore Reserve, West Bathurst.

    The burn is scheduled for Saturday 26 May 2018, subject to weather conditions. The burn will be approximately 0.8ha in size and is located along the Alexander Street side of the reserve.

    A low intensity, cool burn is proposed that aims to improve the diversity of flora in the reserve. The burn will also reduce the fuel build up at the reserve and reduce the risk of an uncontrolled bushfire from occurring...

    MEDIA RELEASE 23 May 2018

    Bathurst Regional Council in conjunction with the Rural Fire Services is proposing to conduct an environmental burn at Brooke Moore Reserve, West Bathurst.

    The burn is scheduled for Saturday 26 May 2018, subject to weather conditions. The burn will be approximately 0.8ha in size and is located along the Alexander Street side of the reserve.

    A low intensity, cool burn is proposed that aims to improve the diversity of flora in the reserve. The burn will also reduce the fuel build up at the reserve and reduce the risk of an uncontrolled bushfire from occurring during the hotter months.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the proposed burn aims to encourage regrowth of a diverse range of native grasses, herbs and wildflowers from the endangered Box Gum Grassy Woodland.

    “Many species rely on fire to germinate or set seed, and may disappear if the frequency is too low or high. Brooke Moore Reserve hasn’t had a burn a many years,” he said.

    There is potential for smoke to impact surrounding residents and roads. An electronic message sign will be placed along Suttor and Alexander Streets, and a letterbox drop has been conducted to notify surrounding residents of the proposed burn date and measures to prepare their properties.

    For more information contact Council on 6333 6111.

    For more news visit www.yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

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    More information: Media and Communications Officer

  • Stay water wise during winter

    8 months ago
    Water

    MEDIA RELEASE 23 May 2018

    Reminding the community to continue saving water during the cooler months is the aim of Bathurst Regional Council’s latest Water Wise campaign.

    The campaign provides resources and tips to support and remind the community to continue with water saving habits at home and in the workplace.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM credited community efforts to conserve water during the warmer months and said it was important the same habits continue as the cooler weather settles in.

    “Water is a precious resource and it shouldn’t be wasted. It’s important that we conserve water all year round, not...

    MEDIA RELEASE 23 May 2018

    Reminding the community to continue saving water during the cooler months is the aim of Bathurst Regional Council’s latest Water Wise campaign.

    The campaign provides resources and tips to support and remind the community to continue with water saving habits at home and in the workplace.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM credited community efforts to conserve water during the warmer months and said it was important the same habits continue as the cooler weather settles in.

    “Water is a precious resource and it shouldn’t be wasted. It’s important that we conserve water all year round, not just in the warmer months,” he said.

    “While there are currently no water restrictions in place, many regional areas are experiencing an extended period of dry weather. Implementing water saving habits year-round ensures plenty of supply is available in the long term and every individual’s contribution goes a long way to achieving that.

    “Water conservation comes naturally when everyone is aware of its importance and everyone takes the time to use some simple water-saving methods around the home and in the workplace.”

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

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • Building Bathurst Book Launch

    8 months ago
    Grahamlupp

    MEDIA RELEASE 21 May 2018

    Members of the public are invited to the launch of Graham Lupp’s publication, Building Bathurst, the definitive architectural history of the built heritage of Bathurst on Friday, 25 May at 6.00pm at BMEC.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the publication is a valuable asset in recording and preserving the history of the city.

    “The two volume publication is a celebration of the lives of the architects, builders, carpenters, brick makers, ‘mechanics’ and artisans responsible for Bathurst’s reputation as a “red brick town” in its first century,” he said

    “Building Bathurst records the history of Bathurst’s...

    MEDIA RELEASE 21 May 2018

    Members of the public are invited to the launch of Graham Lupp’s publication, Building Bathurst, the definitive architectural history of the built heritage of Bathurst on Friday, 25 May at 6.00pm at BMEC.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the publication is a valuable asset in recording and preserving the history of the city.

    “The two volume publication is a celebration of the lives of the architects, builders, carpenters, brick makers, ‘mechanics’ and artisans responsible for Bathurst’s reputation as a “red brick town” in its first century,” he said

    “Building Bathurst records the history of Bathurst’s 19th and early 20th century buildings.”

    Following the official launch, a follow-up open weekend for further discussion of the book and to view the collections of paintings of Bathurst buildings will be held at Grahams Lupp’s Studio on Saturday and Sunday.

    The publication is currently available for sale at the Civic Centre, BVIC and BRAG. After the launch it will be available at BooksPlus.

    Key Dates

    Friday, 25 MayBuilding Bathurst Book Launch 6.00pm at BMEC (open to the public)

    Saturday 26 May Open Day 1.00pm to 6.00 pm at Graham Lupp Studio, 54 Piper Street (open to the public)

    Sunday 27 May

    Open Day 10.00am to 6.00pm at Graham Lupp Studio, 54 Piper Street (open to the public)

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

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


  • Library and Information Week

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 18 May 2018


    Bathurst Library has a full program of events to celebrate this year’s Library and Information Week from Monday, 21 May to Saturday, 26 May.

    The celebration aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It provides an opportunity for staff to showcase their resources, facilities, events and services through different programs and events for the community.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM encourages all residents to get involved and celebrate the week with the many activities planned.

    “This is a wonderful way to engage the entire community and promote the important values...

    MEDIA RELEASE 18 May 2018


    Bathurst Library has a full program of events to celebrate this year’s Library and Information Week from Monday, 21 May to Saturday, 26 May.

    The celebration aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It provides an opportunity for staff to showcase their resources, facilities, events and services through different programs and events for the community.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM encourages all residents to get involved and celebrate the week with the many activities planned.

    “This is a wonderful way to engage the entire community and promote the important values of reading and literacy,” he said.

    Program


    Monday, 21 May

    Tech Savvy Seniors 1.30pm - 3.30pm

    Booklink Award Ceremony 5.00pm

    Tuesday, 22 May

    Storytime 10.30am -11.30am

    Find Your Ancestors 2.00pm- 4.00pm

    Wednesday, 23 May

    New Kids on the Book 10.00am-10.30am

    National Simultaneous Storytime 11.00am

    Library Online 2.00pm- 4.00pm

    Thursday, 24 May

    Library Online 10.00am -12.00pm

    Lego Club 4.00pm – 4.45 pm

    Friday, 25 May

    Biggest Morning Tea 10.30am-12.00pm

    Book Sale 10.00am to 5.00pm

    Saturday, 26 May

    Book Sale 10.00am to 3.00pm

    To book phone 6333 6281 or for more information visit Library’s website or Facebook page.

    For more news visit www.yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Media and Communications Officer
  • What's News at Bathurst Regional Council

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 18 April 2018

    What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    Youth Council

    Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Bathurst Regional Youth Council. The Youth Council provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 18 years to engage with the Council and other youth service providers. Applications close at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 and forms are available on Council’s website. For more information call Council on 6333 6523.

    Controlled Burn

    A controlled burn for hazard reduction purposes will occur at the old sale yards on Monday 21 May

    from 7.30am - 4.00pm. Traffic control...

    MEDIA RELEASE 18 April 2018

    What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    Youth Council

    Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Bathurst Regional Youth Council. The Youth Council provides an opportunity for young people aged between 15 and 18 years to engage with the Council and other youth service providers. Applications close at 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 and forms are available on Council’s website. For more information call Council on 6333 6523.

    Controlled Burn

    A controlled burn for hazard reduction purposes will occur at the old sale yards on Monday 21 May

    from 7.30am - 4.00pm. Traffic control measures on Vale Road will be in place. For more information phone Council on 6333 6111.

    Community Pet Desexing Program

    In partnership with the RSPCA, Council is holding a community pet desexing program, which will run

    from 4 June to 15 June. This program is open to pensioners and low income earners who are Bathurst residents. The program provides a subsidised cost for the desexing of cats and dogs, with the cost of mircochipping included. First vaccinations are included for dogs only. Pain relief and hospitalisation are included in the cost for both dogs and cats.

    Female Male

    Dog $65.00 $50.00

    Cat $50.00 $35.00

    Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. To reserve a place 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

    National Simultaneous Storytime

    The Library will host National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, 23 May at 11.00am. This year’s book is Hickory Dickory Dash. Activities include a colouring competition to win book prizes donated by Books Plus.

    For more information and bookings for large groups, please contact the team at Bathurst Library on 6333 6281.

    Author talk at the Library

    Join author, film director and artist Michael Rubbo on Friday 1 June at 6.15pm to discuss his book "Travels With My Art". After making his Emmy award-winning film Vincent and Me, Michael discovered a love for painting outside and working with sticky oil paints- just like Van Gogh. Since this new discovery he has been on a mission through his book to spread the magic.

    Bookings essential on 6333 6281.

    Village Meetings

    Council is meeting with residents in the rural areas. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

    Sunny Corner Community Hall

    6.30 pm on Tuesday 22 May

    Temporary Road Closures

    Limekilns Road

    Limekilns Road, between Hughes Street and Marsden Lane will be temporarily closed to traffic on Monday 14 May to Friday 22 June for road and stormwater works. Local traffic will be allowed to access McBrien Drive from east bound direction during the period of the closure.

    Bathurst and Prince Streets

    Bathurst Street, between Bridge and North Streets, along with Prince Street between Bathurst andChurch Streets will be temporarily closed during May and June 2018 for road and stormwater works.Resident access will be maintained during the closure.

    Perthville Square concept report

    In July 2017, Bathurst Regional Council commissioned Group GSA Pty Ltd to prepare a design for the Perthville Village Square in which a range of activities, inclusions and future use options were identified. The Concept Report has now been prepared and Council is seeking community feedback

    You can have your say by completing an online submission at yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or in writing to the General Manager, Bathurst Regional Council, Private Mail Bag 17, Bathurst NSW 2795. The closing date for submissions is Monday, 21 May 2018.

    Draft Economic Development Strategy

    Council is seeking the community’s feedback on the draft Bathurst Region Economic Development Strategy 2018-2022. An information session will be held on Thursday, 3May commencing at 12.30pm in the Bathurst Regional Council Chambers, First Floor, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst.

    To find out more information, please contact Council's Economic Development Section on 6333 6211 or visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au and register your interest in attending the session.

    Submissions will be received up until 4.45 pm on 21 May 2018 via yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or in writing to the General Manager, Bathurst Regional Council, Private Mail Bag 17, Bathurst NSW 2795.

    Applications for Heritage Grants now open

    Three heritage funding programs are available to assist in the repair and interpretation of buildings in the region.

    Applications are invited for small grants to assist property owners and community groups to repair and conserve older properties in the Bathurst region, interpret and promote the region’s heritage and history, and to repair and improve properties in the Bathurst CBD. For more information visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/heritage

    Abandoned shopping trolleys

    Abandoned shopping trolleys are an issue for our community and can be hazardous and unsightly.

    It is illegal to abandon a shopping trolley in a public place and offenders can be issued with a $110 on the spot fine. Most retailers have systems in place to collect trolleys that have been removed from stores and car parks. For details visit bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Building Bathurst Book Launch

    Graham Lupp’s publication, Building Bathurst, will be officially launched at 6.00 pm on Friday 25 May at BMEC. Members of the public are invited to attend.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer


  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2018

    Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

    Rediscover traditional craftsmanship this Saturday and Sunday with the Bathurst

    Heritage Trades Trail. Experience over 80 artisans showcasing their amazing skills at six iconic heritage venues in Bathurst. For more information go to www.bathursthtt.com.au or contact the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre on 1600 68 1000.

    Community Pet Desexing Program

    In partnership with the RSPCA, Council is holding a community pet desexing program, which will run

    from 4 June to 15 June. This program is open to pensioners and low income earners who are Bathurst residents. The program provides a subsidised cost...

    MEDIA RELEASE 11 April 2018

    Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

    Rediscover traditional craftsmanship this Saturday and Sunday with the Bathurst

    Heritage Trades Trail. Experience over 80 artisans showcasing their amazing skills at six iconic heritage venues in Bathurst. For more information go to www.bathursthtt.com.au or contact the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre on 1600 68 1000.

    Community Pet Desexing Program

    In partnership with the RSPCA, Council is holding a community pet desexing program, which will run

    from 4 June to 15 June. This program is open to pensioners and low income earners who are Bathurst residents. The program provides a subsidised cost for the desexing of cats and dogs, with the cost of mircochipping included. First vaccinations are included for dogs only. Pain relief and hospitalisation are included in the cost for both dogs and cats.

    Female Male

    Dog $65.00 $50.00

    Cat $50.00 $35.00

    Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential. To reserve a place 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

    Tree planting day

    Lend your green thumb and helping hand at a community tree planting day on Sunday, 13 May.

    We’re planting trees, shrubs and grasses at Jordon Creek (in Blayney Road Common, Stewart Street,

    Bathurst). Join in from 9.00 am, stay for whatever time you can spare, and help us improve the health

    of our river.

    For more information, contact Council’s Recreation Section on 6333 6285 or visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page.

    Waste 2 Art

    The Waste 2 Art exhibition is now on and runs until Sunday, 13 May. The exhibition is open 10am to 3pm on weekends and between 9am and 4.30pm on weekdays.

    Talks at the Library

    As part of National Law Week, Bathurst Library will be hosting local solicitor, Paul Carver, for a talk on Friday 18 May at 10.30 am to discuss Wills & Planning Ahead. This is a free event, however bookings are essential. Call 6333 6281 to register.

    National Simultaneous Storytime

    The Library will host National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday, 23 May at 11.00am. This year’s book is Hickory Dickory Dash. Activities include a colouring competition to win book prizes donated by Books Plus.

    For more information and bookings for large groups, please contact the team at Bathurst Library on 6333 6281.

    Village Meetings

    Council is meeting with residents in the rural areas. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

    Sunny Corner Community Hall

    6.30 pm on Tuesday 22 May

    Temporary Road Closure

    Limekilns Road

    Limekilns Road, between Hughes Street and Marsden Lane will be temporarily closed to traffic on Monday 14 May to Friday 22 June for road and stormwater works. Local traffic will be allowed to access McBrien Drive from east bound direction during the period of the closure.

    Perthville Square concept report

    In July 2017, Bathurst Regional Council commissioned Group GSA Pty Ltd to prepare a design for the Perthville Village Square in which a range of activities, inclusions and future use options were identified. The Concept Report has now been prepared and Council is seeking community feedback

    You can have your say by completing an online submission at yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or in writing to the General Manager, Bathurst Regional Council, Private Mail Bag 17, Bathurst NSW 2795. The closing date for submissions is Monday, 21 May 2018.

    Draft Economic Development Strategy

    Council is seeking the community’s feedback on the draft Bathurst Region Economic Development Strategy 2018-2022. An information session will be held on Thursday, 3May commencing at 12.30pm in the Bathurst Regional Council Chambers, First Floor, 158 Russell Street, Bathurst.

    To find out more information, please contact Council's Economic Development Section on 6333 6211 or visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au and register your interest in attending the session.

    Submissions will be received up until 4.45 pm on 21 May 2018 via yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or in writing to the General Manager, Bathurst Regional Council, Private Mail Bag 17, Bathurst NSW 2795.

    Applications for Heritage Grants now open

    Three heritage funding programs are available to assist in the repair and interpretation of buildings in the region.

    Applications are invited for small grants to assist property owners and community groups to repair and conserve older properties in the Bathurst region, interpret and promote the region’s heritage and history, and to repair and improve properties in the Bathurst CBD. For more information visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/heritage

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer

  • National Simultaneous Storytime

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2018

    The Hickory Dickory Clock is on the countdown to National Simultaneous Storytime which will be held at Bathurst Library on Wednesday, 23 May at 11.00am.

    This year’s book, Hickory Dickory Dash, is for anyone who has ever wondered just why the mouse was running up the clock as it struck one.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM, who will read the book at storytime, said this is an opportunity for the community to come together and get involved in a national event.

    “National Simultaneous Storytime aims to promote the value of reading and literacy. Australian writers, illustrators,...

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2018

    The Hickory Dickory Clock is on the countdown to National Simultaneous Storytime which will be held at Bathurst Library on Wednesday, 23 May at 11.00am.

    This year’s book, Hickory Dickory Dash, is for anyone who has ever wondered just why the mouse was running up the clock as it struck one.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM, who will read the book at storytime, said this is an opportunity for the community to come together and get involved in a national event.

    “National Simultaneous Storytime aims to promote the value of reading and literacy. Australian writers, illustrators, publishers and public libraries in the community are a vital facet of our daily lives,” he said.

    Activities include a colouring competition to win book prizes donated by Books Plus. Stories and rhymes will be presented by Library staff.

    National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event held by the Australian Library and Information Association. A picture book written and illustrated by an Australian is read simultaneously across the country in libraries, schools, child-care centres, bookshops and family homes.

    The event is run during Library and Information Week and has been running successfully for 18 years.

    The Library offers regular free story time sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. For more information and bookings for large groups, please contact the team at Bathurst Library on 6333 6281.

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • Everyone’s a winner with Booklink

    8 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2018

    The winners of Bathurst Library’s annual Booklink program will be announced on Monday, 21 May.

    Booklink is an annual reading initiative that encourages children to borrow, read and record books over the course of the program.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said programs such as these are of a great benefit to our community.

    “As a former teacher, I understand that reading is an essential skill and a foundation for the journey of learning,” he said.

    “The Booklink program helps reinforce literacy skills for children in our community that will help them through their school years...

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2018

    The winners of Bathurst Library’s annual Booklink program will be announced on Monday, 21 May.

    Booklink is an annual reading initiative that encourages children to borrow, read and record books over the course of the program.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said programs such as these are of a great benefit to our community.

    “As a former teacher, I understand that reading is an essential skill and a foundation for the journey of learning,” he said.

    “The Booklink program helps reinforce literacy skills for children in our community that will help them through their school years and in later life.”

    The ceremony will see all 71 participants of this year’s reading program receive awards. They will be joined by guests Janifer Torner, President of the Bathurst CWA, and owner and manager of BooksPlus, Kathryn Bancroft.

    The event commences at 5.30pm and will involve the presentation of awards for participation and encouragement as well as awards for special categories and overall best readers. Every participant will receive acknowledgement of their reading achievements. Refreshments will be offered after the ceremony and special guests will be available for photo opportunities after the event.

    Booklink is supported by the Bathurst Branch of the CWA and BooksPlus Bathurst who generously offer donations of vouchers, money and prizes to contribute towards the ongoing success of the program.

    For more news visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer


  • 2018 Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal

    8 months ago
    Bmhm winner

    MEDIA RELEASE 7 May 2018

    Gianfranco Cresciani has won the prestigious 2018 Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.

    Dr Cresciani was one of four finalists in contention for the medal, and he has been honoured for his work in the protection, understanding and promotion of Australia’s Italo-Australian heritage.

    Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger OAM said the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is awarded annually to acknowledge the significant contribution of an individual to the protection, promotion and enhancement of Australia’s heritage; where heritage refers to natural, built, social or cultural heritage.

    “The Medal was introduced in 2015 as part of the city’s...

    MEDIA RELEASE 7 May 2018

    Gianfranco Cresciani has won the prestigious 2018 Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal.

    Dr Cresciani was one of four finalists in contention for the medal, and he has been honoured for his work in the protection, understanding and promotion of Australia’s Italo-Australian heritage.

    Mayor of Bathurst Cr Graeme Hanger OAM said the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal is awarded annually to acknowledge the significant contribution of an individual to the protection, promotion and enhancement of Australia’s heritage; where heritage refers to natural, built, social or cultural heritage.

    “The Medal was introduced in 2015 as part of the city’s bicentenary celebrations and it provides Bathurst, Australia’s oldest inland European settlement, with an opportunity to celebrate the history and heritage in all its forms. The Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal looks at the achievements made by those working at a national level, and we also use the night to honour the efforts being made locally to preserve and interpret our history,” Cr Hanger said.

    In accepting the award Dr Cresciani said he was deeply humbled to be chosen as the 2018 Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal for his involvement in documenting the lives of Italian migrants to Australia.

    “This award is not just for me, but for the hundreds of thousands of Italian migrants who came to this country in difficult conditions after World War II and who helped build the Australia we know. Their contribution has been seminal in helping make Australia the multicultural nation it is today. The award will help me to continue to document their role in the making of Australia,” Dr Cresciani said.

    “In winning this award, I hope my research will continue to raise the profile of Australia’s heritage at a national and international level.”

    The award has been presented each year since 2015 honouring champions of heritage from a variety of fields.

    The 2015 winner was Duncan Marshall a heritage conservation consultant; in 2016 the honour was bestowed on Prof. Robyn Sloggett AM from Melbourne University’s Grimwade Centre for her work in heritage conservation while 2017 winner Dr Scott Robertson received the award for his commitment to the promotion and enhancement of Australia’s twentieth century modern heritage.

    Two local projects were honoured as joint winners of The Chifley Award, the restoration of the Clifton Convict Quarters and the restoration of 13 Morrisset Street.

    The Chifley Award is presented as part of the Bathurst Region Heritage Awards, to a

    a project that demonstrates the most outstanding contribution to the built, natural or cultural heritage of the Bathurst region.

    As part of the local awards:

    Certificates of recognition were presented to:

    • Bathurst Surveyors’ Walk
    • William I Webb Collection
    • The Rockley Game
    • Stained Glass Windows – All Saints Cathedral
    • Arndilly House at 344 Howick Street
    • Brookland Park garden

    Certificate – Highly Commended

    • Kings Parade
    • Railway Car Park and Railway Goods Office building
    • 311 Howick Street
    • Buddens 1858 Well
    • Alan Harvey – specialist bricklayer
    • Tom Miller – specialist blacksmith

    Outstanding

    • Yesterday Today
    • Clifton Convict Quarters
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    Chifley Award

    The 2018 Chifley Award was won by joint winners Clifton Convict Quarters and 13 Morrisset Street.

    The inaugural Chifley Award was presented in 2017 and was won by Dr David Goldney

    BACKGROUND TO THE BATHURST MACQUARIE HERITAGE MEDAL:

    The 2018 Winner:

    Dr Gianfranco Cresciani

    Gianfranco Cresciani has, through his research, collecting, writing, publication

    and broadcasting, made a significant contribution to the protection, enhancement, understanding and promotion of Australia’s Italo-Australian heritage. He has researched, collected, archived, written, published and broadcast the history of Italian migration to Australia since 1970 to the present. During this period he has published and edited some ten books, over thirty scholarly papers and spoken at dozens of international conferences. The Italians, published in 1985 to coincide with his ABC television series, charts the Italian-Australian migration story, from Italian convicts in the 18th century, to the mass-migration of the 20th century. His other books have explored regional migration, Italian organisations and companies, biographies and migrant political activities.

    He received a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa from the University of New South Wales, 2005 in recognition of “his long and distinguished contribution to the field of history”.

    Finalists:

    Dr Vicki Couzens

    Dr. Vicki Couzens recently appointed as a Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow (2018-2021) in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University Mebourne. Vicki Couzens is a Keerray Wurrong woman of the Gunditjmara nation from the Western Districts of Victoria. Vicki is a Senior cultural knowledge holder, arts practitioner, educator and cultural conservator. Vicki has led programs for cultural rejuvenation, education and community well-being for over thirty years. Her work on possum skin cloak creation and use, and on language reconstruction, are built through the incorporation of knowledge that has been shared with her by community Elders as well as from extensive research she has undertaken.

    Vicki completed her PhD titled ‘Koorramookyan Yakeeneeytan Kooweekooweeyan - Reconnecting Communities and Culture: Telling The Story of Possum Skin Cloaks’ in 2017 under a Lowitja Institute scholarship.

    As a Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication Vicki will be continuing her work in the revitalisation of cultural knowledges and practices. In her first year she is focusing on the rebuilding of Gunditjmara grammar towards immersive language revitalisation.

    Graham Lupp

    Graham Lupp is an accomplished artist and photographer whose practice is informed and inspired by his training in architecture, by his formal study of the history of architecture and art. In addition, a consistent theme in his landscape painting is the documentation of natural heritage, such as a series of aerial works of the 1980s which captured the changing character of the Macquarie, Turon and Abercrombie Rivers.

    His distinguished and productive career includes the publication in 2018 of his major book titled “Building Bathurst – the story of those who built Bathurst and Central New South Wales, 1815 – 1915”. The 840 page, 460,000 word architectural history art book is in two volumes. It includes the catalogues of the buildings in Bathurst designed by seven different Colonial Architects; biographies of 70 architects and builders, and catalogues of the buildings for which they were responsible.

    Peter Freeman

    Peter Freeman has demonstrated his commitment to conservation and heritage within a long period of professional practice. His work has involved the conservation of historically significant buildings and he authored The Woolshed and The Homestead, publications which are acknowledged as seminal works building an understanding of Australian vernacular buildings.
    Subsequent publications have been related to the history and development of specific historic sites or buildings, and have adopted an holistic approach to the understand of the social origins, development and the architectural significance of these places. Australia’s rural and vernacular heritage has been a particular focus throughout his work.

    BACKGROUND

    Bathurst Regional Heritage Award nominations:

    The Rockley Game

    The re-enactment of The Rockley Game of women’s cricket engaged community members in preserving and celebrating a cultural heritage event on the 125th anniversary of the inaugural cricket match for school girls between Rockley and Triangle Flat. Wide media coverage created an awareness of the event and its significance in the heritage of women’s cricket in the region and beyond.

    311 Howick Street

    The infill development at 311 Howick Street is marked by the significant effort to construct a single-storey, narrow fronted building which in scale and form is sensitive to the streetscape in which it is situated. Of particular note is the brickwork which has not only re-used original bricks but has included hounds tooth brick corbelling at cornice level under a hipped roof at the front, brick verandah returns and a decorative brick chimney.

    Alan Harvey – specialist bricklayer

    Protection and preservation of our built heritage is dependent on committed tradesmen with high order skills in their field, working closely with the builders and owners. Alan Harvey has been involved in innumerable heritage restoration projects over decades. He has built up a highly respected career dedicated to restoring, conserving, adapting and adding to heritage buildings with skilful bricklaying. His knowledge covers all brick construction methods and styles from the colonial era through to Art Deco. As a TAFE teacher, Alan has encouraged new tradesmen and women.

    Arndilly House at 344 Howick Street

    The effort by the developer and designer to incorporate architectural elements of the bungalow style into a modern design to contribute to the streetscape character of the Bathurst Heritage Conservation Area is recognised.

    Railway Car park and Railway Goods Office building

    Transport NSW and John Holland have transformed the run-down area in the significant railway heritage precinct through the construction of a well-designed carpark integrating high quality landscaping, historic style fencing, and other decorative elements and informative interpretation panels, together with maintenance of the Railway Goods Office building. The plan for the area responds to future development and will complement the imminent Railway Institute museum.

    Bathurst Surveyors’ Walk

    The Bathurst Surveyors Walk project is a new heritage trail, developed by Bathurst Regional Council in conjunction with local historian Dr Robin McLachlan. It brings together new and existing sites and tells the story of the early pioneering surveyors and the Wiradjuri people. The Surveyors Walk is supported by an informative and colourful guidebook covering eight stops along the trail from the Wambool/Macquarie River to historic William Street and on to King's Parade.

    Brookland Park garden

    Brookland Park was once an inn on the Cobb & Co route and later a guest house.This re-discovered garden has elements of a traditional European style heritage garden which complements the fully restored house. The heritage setting of the house and garden is enhanced by the parterre garden, a brick garden wall and original gate, post and rail fence and the retention of significant mature trees.

    Kings Parade

    The Kings Parade project was undertaken by Bathurst Regional Council with assistance and research by members of the community. Through the stories described in four well-designed and researched interpretive panels, and historical images on the bus shelter, the Kings Parade project has very effectively provided a highly accessible way for the community of Bathurst and visitors to better understand the history of the park and its memorials and their place in the heritage of Bathurst.

    Stained Glass Windows – All Saints Cathedral

    The restoration of the stained-glass windows in All Saints Anglican Cathedral reflects an ongoing commitment to the maintenance of the stained glass of the 1848 Blackett designed church. The work has been carried out to best practice quality standards by noted international stained-glass artist Paddy Robinson.

    13 Morrisset Street

    13 Morrisset Street is an outstanding example of the restoration of a small early colonial cottage and the design and construction of a sympathetic addition. The owners have taken a modest historic workers cottage on the point of demolition and brought it back to life thereby preserving it for decades to come. Of particular note is the scale and design of the rear addition with its rooflines that replicate the existing roof form of the front of the house. The project has involved the protection of a heritage building, the enhancement of the heritage streetscape of Morrisset Street and provides an exemplar of what can be done to preserve a building that is at risk.

    Clifton Convict Quarters

    The outstanding restoration of Clifton Convict Quarters at Locksley has seen the very historic 1826 two-storey brick convict quarters saved from collapse in the future and restored to its original purpose as accommodation. The work has retained and restored as many of the heritage elements of the building as possible within the current Building Code of Australia, thereby retaining its heritage origins and authenticity. A modest rear addition for a kitchen and bathroom is clad in recycled corrugated iron from the original roof, thereby distinguishing it from the original building. The high quality of the workmanship by staff of Tablelands Builders and the specialist tradesmen, working together with the committed owners, have been essential to the realisation of this restoration project.

    Buddens 1858 Well

    The restoration of the 1858 rubble well at Buddens, Rockley, is the next step in a continuing program of heritage restoration projects. The work, which required considerable problem solving, was carried out by Woodwright Restoration Builders who specialise in restoration of heritage buildings and places. The excellent brickwork and overall attention to detail has meant that the restored well is true to heritage values. Not only is it preserved for future generations, but it is also now visible and accessible from the exterior of the premises.

    Tom Miller – blacksmith

    The work of specialist blacksmith, Tom Miller, is highly commended for the high quality of his work, most recently in the restoration of the Clifton Convict Quarters at Locksley. Tom’s work has been used as an exemplar to architects and builders and has created awareness of the possibilities on other heritage projects. He is also recognised for the work he and his team did in restoring the original 100-year-old blacksmith shop at Bathurst Agricultural Research Station and the blacksmithing demonstrations for the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail.

    William I Webb Collection

    The William I Webb Collection consists of 22 panels containing more than 220 items of memorabilia of a World War 1 serviceman from the Bathurst region. The collection, curated by his son, Kevin Webb, is an ongoing project to record and interpret the cultural heritage of an individual, his family and the community. Most recently it formed a key element of the Bathurst 2018 Memories of our Carillon Exhibition.

    Yesterday Today

    Yesterday Today is a very valuable social history column written by Alan McRae and published in the Western Advocate since 1985 and printed weekly since 2009. The column makes an outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of the Bathurst region. Alan makes a significant and dedicated contribution to researching, interpreting, recording and publishing unique and often not previously recorded aspects of social and object history. Available in both print and on-line formats, it is widely available and searchable.