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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

  • The countdown is on to the Bathurst Winter Festival

    9 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 27 June 2017


    It is just a little over a week to go until one of the region’s most popular family events returns and plans are in full swing to bring the best of winter to Bathurst from 7-22 July.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the city will celebrate all that is creative, vibrant and unique to the region during the two-week event.

    “Thousands of people have come to our city over the last few years to witness and experience the illuminations, food and wine, entertainment and winter activities with the event emerging as one of the region’s...

    MEDIA RELEASE 27 June 2017


    It is just a little over a week to go until one of the region’s most popular family events returns and plans are in full swing to bring the best of winter to Bathurst from 7-22 July.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the city will celebrate all that is creative, vibrant and unique to the region during the two-week event.

    “Thousands of people have come to our city over the last few years to witness and experience the illuminations, food and wine, entertainment and winter activities with the event emerging as one of the region’s largest and most exciting attractions during the cooler months.”

    “I’m pleased to be working in partnership with our sponsors whose involvement plays such an important part in bringing our community together and visitors to our region,” he said.

    Bathurst Winter Festival sponsors include:

    Major Partner

    McDonald's Bathurst

    Strategic Partner

    Destination NSW

    Accessibility Partner

    LiveBetter Community Services

    Support Partners

    Kennards Hire Bathurst, Central Crane Services


    Media Partners

    Prime 7 Central West, 1503 2BS Gold, B-Rock and Bathurst City Life

    Associate Partners

    Bowman Dental, Stockland Bathurst, Supagas

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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    9 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018


    Bathurst Winter Festival Ice Skating Tickets

    The Bathurst Winter Festival will be held from 7 – 22 July. Tickets for the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are now available. Visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au to purchase tickets or for more information.

    NAIDOC Week - Flag Raising Ceremony

    Celebrate National NAIDOC Week in Bathurst by attending a flag raising ceremony on Monday 9 July 2018. An official ceremony and morning tea will be held in the Council Chamber at 10.00 am, followed by the flag raising in front of the Civic Centre, Russell Street.

    Residents are also reminded that the...

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018


    Bathurst Winter Festival Ice Skating Tickets

    The Bathurst Winter Festival will be held from 7 – 22 July. Tickets for the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are now available. Visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au to purchase tickets or for more information.

    NAIDOC Week - Flag Raising Ceremony

    Celebrate National NAIDOC Week in Bathurst by attending a flag raising ceremony on Monday 9 July 2018. An official ceremony and morning tea will be held in the Council Chamber at 10.00 am, followed by the flag raising in front of the Civic Centre, Russell Street.

    Residents are also reminded that the local Bathurst Aboriginal community will be further celebrating NAIDOC Week at a later date, when the weather is warmer. Details will be provided closer to the date.

    Be Water Wise – Saving water outdoors


    With the change of seasons, it’s a great time to review the settings of automated irrigation systems, as your watering needs have likely changed since summer. Ensure in-ground sprinkler systems water plants directly and avoid hard surfaces like driveways and paths.

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

    Have YourSay

    Public Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy

    Council has developed a policy - Public Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy - for the public Wi-Fi system to be installed in the CBD. Council is seeking feedback on this policy.

    Mitre-Suttor-Lambert Street Roundabout Design

    The design for a roundabout at the Mitre-Suttor- Lambert Street intersection has been completed and Council is seeking feedback on this project.

    Water Access for Primary Producers

    Council has resolved to provide water from the Hereford Street standpipes at no charge to verified primary producers. Council is seeking feedback on the proposed policy.

    To view these projects, visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au. Submissions close Monday 23 July 2018.

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

    Tourism Business Workshops

    Two workshops, run by Destination NSW, for local tourism organisations will be held in Bathurst. The workshops will help local businesses develop, promote and sell their products to visitors from across Australia and the world. The workshops will be held 5 and 6 July at Rydges, Mt Panorama. For more information visit www.destinationnsw.com.au

    Growing Local Economies Fund

    Applications are open for the NSW Government’s Growing Local Economies Fund, which is designed to deliver infrastructure projects in regional areas that support economic growth. Under this Fund, Bathurst Regional Council is able to act as an administrative applicant on behalf of commercial projects that fit the economic criteria of the grant.

    If you are a local commercial organisation, you may be eligible for the grant if you meet the following criteria:

    - Enabling infrastructure (such as roads, gas mains, water supply, sewerage connections, telecommunications) that creates new jobs

    - Minimum project size of at least $1M, with contributions encouraged from the applicant

    - Must represent a consortium of businesses

    For more information on the Growing Local Economies Fund, please contact Alvaro Marques at the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet on 02 6360 8419 or alvaro.marques@dpc.nsw.gov.au

    Illegal Dumping

    Illegal dumping is a big issue that not only pollutes the environment and costs Council and ratepayers money, it makes our region look untidy. You can help Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority catch offenders by reporting illegal dumping when it occurs. Just search ‘Report to EPA’ on your smart device, or call Council on 6333 6511. Together we can keep our region beautiful.

    Under the Radar

    A free two hour motorcycle rider workshop will be held at Blayney Community Centre on Sunday, 24 June at 11.00am. The session will include details on motorcycle stats, road craft, riding techniques and riding gear. For more information visit www.survivetheride.org or email david@survivetheride.org

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • EOI to explore alternatives for Carillon’s Eternal Flame

    9 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018

    An Expression of Interest (EOI) will be advertised this weekend to explore options for the replacement of the eternal flame at the base of the Carillon.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the current arrangement, a flame fueled by LPG gas, releases soot within the Carillon.

    “Over time, the soot corrodes the electronic components that operate the Carillon. The soot also accumulates and discolours the internal brickwork and other porous surfaces,” he said.

    “We are keen to explore alternate technologies including lighting, hologram or any other suitable system that will provide for an appropriate commemoration befitting...

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018

    An Expression of Interest (EOI) will be advertised this weekend to explore options for the replacement of the eternal flame at the base of the Carillon.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the current arrangement, a flame fueled by LPG gas, releases soot within the Carillon.

    “Over time, the soot corrodes the electronic components that operate the Carillon. The soot also accumulates and discolours the internal brickwork and other porous surfaces,” he said.

    “We are keen to explore alternate technologies including lighting, hologram or any other suitable system that will provide for an appropriate commemoration befitting the war memorial”.

    At this stage the EOI is only for Council to gain an understanding of the capacity and capability of contractors’ ability to carry out the work.

    The company that provides the best offer will be invited to submit a formal quotation, noting that Council is not under any obligation to accept, should it decide not to proceed with the project.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • Have your say on supply of free water to primary producers from Hereford St standpipes

    9 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018

    Feedback is being sought on the provision of water from the Hereford St standpipes at no charge to primary producers within the Bathurst Local Government Area.


    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said parts of the region are experiencing a drought and this proposal is designed to lessen the impact of the dry weather on primary producers.

    “We understand the value to our region that farmers provide and we are committed to supporting them, “he said.

    The proposed policy includes the following provisions for applicants:

    · To apply to Bathurst Regional Council/ratepayers who are owners of a...

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 June 2018

    Feedback is being sought on the provision of water from the Hereford St standpipes at no charge to primary producers within the Bathurst Local Government Area.


    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said parts of the region are experiencing a drought and this proposal is designed to lessen the impact of the dry weather on primary producers.

    “We understand the value to our region that farmers provide and we are committed to supporting them, “he said.

    The proposed policy includes the following provisions for applicants:

    · To apply to Bathurst Regional Council/ratepayers who are owners of a Farmland rated parcel of land,

    · Must be a registered primary producer with a current Property Identification Code (PIC)

    · A limit of 20kl per week per rate notice (non-accruing)

    · For stock and domestic use only

    · The scheme will cease in the event of any of the following:

    - When Ben Chifley Dam reaches a capacity of 40 per cent or lower

    - Drought declaration is lifted for Bathurst Regional Council area

    - Four months from commencement of the scheme

    To have your say please visit yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

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    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer

  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    9 months ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 15 June 2018


    Tree Planting Day

    On Sunday 17 June a community tree planting tree will be held at Hawthornden Creek, Jacques Park, South Bathurst. Contact Council’s Recreation Section on 6333 6233 or visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page for more information.

    Bathurst Winter Festival Ice Skating Tickets

    The Bathurst Winter Festival will be held from 7 – 22 July. Tickets for the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are now available. Visit bathurstwinterfestival.com.au to purchase tickets or for more information.

    NAIDOC Week - Flag Raising Ceremony

    Celebrate National NAIDOC Week in Bathurst by attending a flag raising ceremony on...

    MEDIA RELEASE 15 June 2018


    Tree Planting Day

    On Sunday 17 June a community tree planting tree will be held at Hawthornden Creek, Jacques Park, South Bathurst. Contact Council’s Recreation Section on 6333 6233 or visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page for more information.

    Bathurst Winter Festival Ice Skating Tickets

    The Bathurst Winter Festival will be held from 7 – 22 July. Tickets for the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are now available. Visit bathurstwinterfestival.com.au to purchase tickets or for more information.

    NAIDOC Week - Flag Raising Ceremony

    Celebrate National NAIDOC Week in Bathurst by attending a flag raising ceremony on Monday 9 July 2018. An official ceremony and morning tea will be held in the Council Chamber at 10.00 am, followed by the flag raising in front of the Civic Centre, Russell Street.

    Residents are also reminded that the local Bathurst Aboriginal community will be further celebrating NAIDOC Week at a later date, when the weather is warmer. Details will be provided closer to the date.

    Author Talk @ the Library

    Author Noel Braun will be at the library on Friday 22 June to discuss his new book The Day Was Made For Walking. The talk starts at 6.15 pm. Bookings can be made by calling 6333 6281.

    Under the Radar

    A free two hour motorcycle rider workshop will be held at Blayney Community Centre on Sunday, 24 June at 11.00am. The session will include details on motorcycle stats, road craft, riding techniques and riding gear. For more information visit www.survivetheride.org or email david@survivetheride.org

    Water cost at Hereford St standpipes halved

    Council has reduced the cost of water from the Hereford Street standpipes by 50 per cent. The charge of $5/kl has been reduced $2.50/kl under a provision in Council’s water pricing policy for drought affected areas.

    Residents can visit Council’s cashiers during business hours to purchase a prepaid water card. Own arrangements need to be made for water cartage. For more information visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/water

    Be Water Wise – Rainwater Tanks

    Rainwater tanks are growing in popularity and are a great way to collect excess water that runs off the roof. This captured water can be used for all sorts of household needs, including flushing toilets, watering your garden, or washing your clothes. If you already have a rainwater tank, now is great time to check pump operation and clean filters to ensure there are no blockages.

    Illegal Dumping

    Illegal dumping is a big issue that not only pollutes the environment and costs Council and ratepayers money, it makes our region look untidy. You can help Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority catch offenders by reporting illegal dumping when it occurs. Just search ‘Report to EPA’ on your smart device, or call Council on 6333 6511. Together we can keep our region beautiful.

    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.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media and Communications Officer


  • Proctor Park redevelopment

    10 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 12 June 2018

    Football will return to Proctor Park from Friday 15 June following the completion of the $2.6 million redevelopment of three playing fields by Bathurst Regional Council.

    Acting Mayor Cr Bobby Bourke said the extensive works program saw fields 1, 2 and 3 redeveloped.

    “These fields are new sand profile international standard football fields and this is a significant capital investment into the continued future growth and development of soccer in the local community and in the region.”

    The fields have been reshaped, new drainage and irrigation installed and new turf laid. The power supply to...

    MEDIA RELEASE 12 June 2018

    Football will return to Proctor Park from Friday 15 June following the completion of the $2.6 million redevelopment of three playing fields by Bathurst Regional Council.

    Acting Mayor Cr Bobby Bourke said the extensive works program saw fields 1, 2 and 3 redeveloped.

    “These fields are new sand profile international standard football fields and this is a significant capital investment into the continued future growth and development of soccer in the local community and in the region.”

    The fields have been reshaped, new drainage and irrigation installed and new turf laid. The power supply to the Proctor Park sub-station has also been upgraded.

    The work has been undertaken as part of Council’s masterplan for the ongoing staged development of the Proctor Park Football precinct, in consultation with Bathurst District Football.

    The Proctor Park development facts and figures:

    · Construction of three new sand profile international standard football fields.

    · Placement & establishment of 33,000m2 of legend couch turf.

    · Installation of new field furniture including goals posts & player benches & shelters.

    · Installation of new irrigation system.

    · Installation of 1400m of stormwater drainage.

    · Installation of full subsoil drainage system to all new fields.

    · 800m of concrete dish drain.

    · 350m of concrete footpath.

    · 260m of concrete retaining wall.

    · 550m of spectator fencing including gates.

    The State Government contributed $150,000 towards the project through the Asian Cup Legacy Fund.

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    More information: Media Officer

  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    10 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 8 June 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.

    Illegal Dumping

    Illegal dumping is a big issue that not only pollutes the environment and costs Council and ratepayers money, it makes our region look untidy. You can help Council and the...

    MEDIA RELEASE 8 June 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.

    Illegal Dumping

    Illegal dumping is a big issue that not only pollutes the environment and costs Council and ratepayers money, it makes our region look untidy. You can help Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority catch offenders by reporting illegal dumping when it occurs. Just search ‘Report to EPA’ on your smart device, or call Council on 6333 6511. Together we can keep our region beautiful.

    Tree Planting Day

    On Sunday 17 June, we need your help to plant trees, shrubs and grasses at Hawthornden Creek, Jacques Park, South Bathurst. Contact Council’s Recreation Section on 6333 6233 or visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page for more information.

    Be Water Wise – Maintenance and Repair

    Did you know that a dripping tap can waste about 20,000 litres of water per year? Now that the cooler weather is here, it's a great time to do a little maintenance and make sure that you aren’t wasting water around the home. Check that the toilets aren’t releasing water between flushes and dripping taps could be fixed by simply changing the washer.

    Bathurst Winter Festival Ice Skating Tickets

    Tickets for the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are now available from the Bathurst Winter Festival website. The Bathurst Winter Festival will be held from 7 – 22 July. Visit www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au

    Under the Radar

    A free two hour motorcycle rider workshop will be held at Blayney Community Centre on Sunday, 24 June at 11.00am. The session will include details on motorcycle stats, road craft, riding techniques and riding gear. For more information visit www.survivetheride.org or email david@survivetheride.org

    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, Perthville

    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.


  • Cost of water at standpipes halved

    10 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 7 June 2018

    In an effort to lessen the impact of the region’s dry weather on the rural community, Council will reduce the cost of water from the Hereford Street standpipes by 50 per cent.


    Acting Mayor Bobby Bourke said the decision by Council will benefit the community.


    “Most of the region is feeling the effect of the drought and reduction of the cost of water will help alleviate some of the impact,” he said.

    Council has three dedicated water filling stations for the dispensing of drinking water. The water stations are located in Hereford Street between the...

    MEDIA RELEASE 7 June 2018

    In an effort to lessen the impact of the region’s dry weather on the rural community, Council will reduce the cost of water from the Hereford Street standpipes by 50 per cent.


    Acting Mayor Bobby Bourke said the decision by Council will benefit the community.


    “Most of the region is feeling the effect of the drought and reduction of the cost of water will help alleviate some of the impact,” he said.

    Council has three dedicated water filling stations for the dispensing of drinking water. The water stations are located in Hereford Street between the Macquarie River and Gilmour Street where all water tanks are to be filled.

    Individuals wishing to access water will need to visit Council's cashiers during business hours to obtain a water card and prepay for water that will be credited to the water card. As is the current situation, individuals will need to make their own arrangements for water cartage.


    The charge of $5/kl will be reduced to $2.50/kl under a provision in Council’s water pricing policy for drought affected areas effective from today.


    Council is also reminding the community to continue saving water during the cooler months with the Water Wise campaign.

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

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




  • Chifley Dam Maintenance Works

    10 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 5 June 2018

    Maintenance works have commenced at Chifley Dam for the routine replacement of devices on the dam’s crest that monitor the performance of the embankment.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the works were routine and Council has appointed a highly experienced and specialised contractor to conduct the work.

    “Chifley Dam is well maintained and the replacement of the monitoring devices assist in ensuring structure remains sound. Throughout June, equipment and contractors may be seen along the dam’s crest,” he said.

    The work consists of

    1. Two holes on the crest, each with three Vibrating Wire Piezometers...

    MEDIA RELEASE 5 June 2018

    Maintenance works have commenced at Chifley Dam for the routine replacement of devices on the dam’s crest that monitor the performance of the embankment.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the works were routine and Council has appointed a highly experienced and specialised contractor to conduct the work.

    “Chifley Dam is well maintained and the replacement of the monitoring devices assist in ensuring structure remains sound. Throughout June, equipment and contractors may be seen along the dam’s crest,” he said.

    The work consists of

    1. Two holes on the crest, each with three Vibrating Wire Piezometers installed to approximately 14, 10, and 6m depths

    2. One open standpipe behind the wing wall; and

    3. One to two test holes at the crossing to assess construction of the low flow weir.

    The maintenance works are expected to be completed by the end of June.

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

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    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Applications are open to join the Youth Council

    10 months ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 30 May 2018

    Applications are now open for young people aged from 15 - 18 years to join the Bathurst Regional Youth Council.
    The Youth Council provides opportunities to participate in the community by organising events for young people, having a say on local issues that affect young people in the Bathurst region and working towards projects that support and encourage local youth.

    Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said being a member of the Youth Council requires commitment, but provides many benefits to individuals who join.
    “Participating in the Youth Council is a wonderful chance to provide input...

    MEDIA RELEASE 30 May 2018

    Applications are now open for young people aged from 15 - 18 years to join the Bathurst Regional Youth Council.
    The Youth Council provides opportunities to participate in the community by organising events for young people, having a say on local issues that affect young people in the Bathurst region and working towards projects that support and encourage local youth.

    Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said being a member of the Youth Council requires commitment, but provides many benefits to individuals who join.
    “Participating in the Youth Council is a wonderful chance to provide input into our community’s future. Young people gain valuable experience that will benefit them for many years to come,” he said.
    Applications are open until 12 June. To apply, download an application pack from Council’s website.
    For more information, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or phone 6333 6135.

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