News Centre


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


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

  • What to see at the Sustainable Living Expo

    3 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2019


    The Sustainable Living Expo is on this Saturday at the Bathurst Showgrounds in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers’ Markets from 8am to 12.30pm.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the schedule is packed with things to see and do, so there will be something for everyone.

    “The event not only raises overall awareness of ways to live more sustainably, it also provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses, non-government organisations, community groups and others to showcase their sustainable ideas, products, services and volunteer opportunities,” he said.

    “Council will have our first plug-in electric vehicle on display...

    MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2019


    The Sustainable Living Expo is on this Saturday at the Bathurst Showgrounds in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers’ Markets from 8am to 12.30pm.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the schedule is packed with things to see and do, so there will be something for everyone.

    “The event not only raises overall awareness of ways to live more sustainably, it also provides an excellent opportunity for local businesses, non-government organisations, community groups and others to showcase their sustainable ideas, products, services and volunteer opportunities,” he said.

    “Council will have our first plug-in electric vehicle on display along with JR Richards’ Recycling and garbage trucks available for the kids to have a look in.”

    There will be over 25 local businesses and community groups displaying their various products and services on the day with some great eco-friendly products on offer.

    Bring your cash, water bottle, shopping bag and your phone for great photos with our presenters, performers and wildlife. There will also be tasty food and coffee available at the farmers markets as well as all the great local produce to take home at the end of the day.

    Program

    Workshops

    DIY Laundry - 8.30am

    Produce Bags - 8.30am

    DIY Personal care - 9.45am

    Hand stitching - 10.00am

    Kids Cloth Mandalas - 11.00am

    DIY Laundry - 11.15am

    Waste to Wearables - 11.45am

    DIY Personal care - 12.00 - places are limited so make sure you get in early.

    Bookings will be taken on the morning. All workshops are free.

    Presentations and performances

    Craig Reucassel - 9.15am and 10.45am – get in early

    Shoalhaven ‘Zoo to You’- 8.30am and 11.30am

    The Radical Recyclers - 10.00am

    For more information visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page #sustainablebathurst

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

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer


  • Council condolence book for Christchurch

    6 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2019

    Council is paying respect to everyone affected by the recent attacks that occurred in Christchurch by way of a condolence book available at the Civic Centre and the Library.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said Council wishes to express its profound condolences and show support to the community in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    “Our community’s thoughts are with the friends, families and colleagues of those who have lost their lives in this awful tragedy,” he said.

    “The condolence book will enable people to write messages of support that will be sent to Christchurch City Council”.

    The condolence...

    MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2019

    Council is paying respect to everyone affected by the recent attacks that occurred in Christchurch by way of a condolence book available at the Civic Centre and the Library.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said Council wishes to express its profound condolences and show support to the community in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    “Our community’s thoughts are with the friends, families and colleagues of those who have lost their lives in this awful tragedy,” he said.

    “The condolence book will enable people to write messages of support that will be sent to Christchurch City Council”.

    The condolence book will be available until Friday, 29 March at 4.00pm.

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

    ENDS

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


  • Bathurst’s heritage the focus this autumn

    6 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2019

    Bathurst will celebrate its position as Australia’s oldest European inland settlement this autumn with the ‘Autumn Colours’ Heritage Tours program, an extended Heritage Week period from 5-19 May and the highly anticipated return of the Bathurst Heritage Trades trail on 18-19 May.

    Autumn is traditionally the time when the Bathurst region focuses upon its rich and fascinating past, with many of the region’s historic sights and venues brought to life through a series of tours and activities. These provide a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover the moments, events and characters that...

    MEDIA RELEASE 19 March 2019

    Bathurst will celebrate its position as Australia’s oldest European inland settlement this autumn with the ‘Autumn Colours’ Heritage Tours program, an extended Heritage Week period from 5-19 May and the highly anticipated return of the Bathurst Heritage Trades trail on 18-19 May.

    Autumn is traditionally the time when the Bathurst region focuses upon its rich and fascinating past, with many of the region’s historic sights and venues brought to life through a series of tours and activities. These provide a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and discover the moments, events and characters that make up the story of Bathurst. The 2018 Heritage tours series will begin with an official launch by Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre at 10.30am Thursday 21 March.

    Cr Hanger said the annual events and activities were important, as well as entertaining, for the community.

    “Bathurst has played a major part in the history of Australia, and the city and surrounding villages are so rich with amazing stories.” he said.

    “It is important to explore our own past, and the heritage activities on offer throughout autumn across the Bathurst region offer an exciting way to do just that.”


    The annual Heritage Week activities have been expanded in 2019 due to the number of tours and events scheduled, beginning with Proclamation Day on Sunday 5 May and concluding with the two-day Heritage Trades Trail, a celebration of rare trades and craftsmanship with displays and demonstrations at four of Bathurst’s outstanding heritage venues.

    “The Trades Trail attracted over 1500 visitors in 2018” Cr Hanger said. “It shows just how strong interest is in our region’s cultural heritage and in the importance of showcasing these traditional skills and crafts”.

    A program of all heritage tours and activities is now available online and as a printed booklet from the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre and select Bathurst retailers. Tickets for all tours and for the Heritage Trades Trail can be booked online at visitbathurst.com.au

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

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer


  • New 95-lot subdivision available in Kelso

    10 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 14 March 2019


    The first stage of the new residential land development in Kelso will be available by public ballot with registrations to open on 9.00am on Friday, 15 March.

    The new estate located in Kelso off Limekilns Road has been named Sunnybright Estate and is a 95-lot subdivision. The lots are sized from 550m2 to 1740m2 and priced from $140,000 to $255,000.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the lots will be sold by ballot and the draw will take place on Friday, 12 April at 10.00am at Council Chambers.

    "The land development program generates revenue...

    MEDIA RELEASE 14 March 2019


    The first stage of the new residential land development in Kelso will be available by public ballot with registrations to open on 9.00am on Friday, 15 March.

    The new estate located in Kelso off Limekilns Road has been named Sunnybright Estate and is a 95-lot subdivision. The lots are sized from 550m2 to 1740m2 and priced from $140,000 to $255,000.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM said the lots will be sold by ballot and the draw will take place on Friday, 12 April at 10.00am at Council Chambers.

    "The land development program generates revenue which is used to fund projects, services and facilities that greatly benefit the entire community,” he said.

    Under the ballot system, the names of people who register will be randomly drawn. They can then select a block of their choice.

    Council's last land release was the Eglinton 100 development in 2016, a 59-lot subdivision.

    Information packages and ballot registration forms can be collected from the Civic Centre or by contacting Council's Property Officer on 6333 6235.

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

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer


  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    17 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 8 March 2019


    Harmony Day

    Celebrations for Harmony Day will be held on Saturday, 23 March at the Library Art/Gallery forecourt from 10.00am to 12 noon. The event will include morning tea, a barbecue, dancing, young musicians, drumming, and bagpipes. For more information call 6333 6523.

    Bathurst Cycling Classic

    Registrations are now open for the Bathurst Cycling Classic which is on 16-17 March. Visit www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au or follow Bathurst Cycling Classic on Facebook for more information.

    Are you a part of a sporting club, P&C committee or charity that is looking for an opportunity to fundraise? Council is calling...

    MEDIA RELEASE 8 March 2019


    Harmony Day

    Celebrations for Harmony Day will be held on Saturday, 23 March at the Library Art/Gallery forecourt from 10.00am to 12 noon. The event will include morning tea, a barbecue, dancing, young musicians, drumming, and bagpipes. For more information call 6333 6523.

    Bathurst Cycling Classic

    Registrations are now open for the Bathurst Cycling Classic which is on 16-17 March. Visit www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au or follow Bathurst Cycling Classic on Facebook for more information.

    Are you a part of a sporting club, P&C committee or charity that is looking for an opportunity to fundraise? Council is calling for volunteers to assist at the Bathurst Cycling Classic.

    By volunteering, you will earn a monetary donation to help your organisation achieve its fundraising goals for 2019. For more information and to register, please visit bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au/volunteer.

    Waste2Art

    Entries for this year’s Waste2Art exhibition and competition are now open. Waste 2 Art is a recycled art competition which challenges the way we think about waste, there are categories for everyone from pre-school aged children through to aspiring and professional artists.

    For more information and to obtain an entry form please visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Sustainable Living Expo

    Craig Reucassel, host of ABC television’s popular series “The War on Waste” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, 23 March. The expo runs from 8.00am to 12.30pm and will be held in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers’ Markets at the Bathurst Showgrounds. It will also feature family entertainment Zoo to You and The Radical Recyclers. Entry is by gold coin donation to Bathurst Lions Club. For more information visit or like @sustainablebathurst on Facebook.

    NRL - Penrith Panthers Vs Melbourne Storm

    Tickets are still available

    Tickets are now on sale for the round three NRL clash between Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm at Carrington Park on Saturday, 30 March.

    Sportsman’s Lunch

    The sportman’s lunch will be held at Panthers Bathurst on Friday, 29 March from 12pm to 3pm. The event will include special guest Panther’s Coach Ivan Cleary and a range of other speakers. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $60 each and includes drinks and a 2-course meal.

    Play Like a Panther Super Clinic

    Rub shoulders with the Penrith Panthers NRL squad at the ‘Play Like a Panther Super Clinic’. The clinic is open to children 5-12 years of age to learn rugby league skills and drills. All participants must register online at www.bathurstnrl.com.au. The clinic will be held on Thursday 28 March, from 4pm-5pm at the Bathurst Sports Ground.

    Bathurst Region Macquarie Medal Project/Scholarship 2019/20

    Applications are now invited for a supporting grant or scholarship, under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, to undertake a major work or learning in the following areas:

    1. Conservation, maintenance and adaptive reuse projects of heritage items or at risk buildings and sites of heritage value within the Bathurst Region.

    2. Promotion and interpretation of the history and heritage of the Bathurst region, its building and places, natural environment, people and projects and their embedded stories and enhance community reflection and understanding about the Bathurst region’s history.

    3. Support the learning in heritage management and conservation.

    4. Foster and support the growth of heritage trades and practices.

    A grant of up to $10,000 (paid over two years) is available to the winning project or area of learning.

    Applications for funding must be made on Council’s application form which is available on Council’s website at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or from Council’s Environmental, Planning and Building Services Department, Civic Centre, Russell Street, Bathurst.

    The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 March 2019.

    George and Howick Street Roundabout Upgrade

    The upgrade of the George and Howick Street roundabout is continuing. This project will significantly improve safety and enable smoother flow of traffic at the intersection. For regular project updates visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Installation of CCTV network

    Stage one of the Smart Cities CCTV installation in the Bathurst CBD is underway with underboring works on William Street (BMEC to Keppel Street) and Keppel Street (William Street to Bentinck Street). More information on Council’s CBD CCTV project can be found on the Smart Communities page on Council’s website.

    Construction of new taxi shelter

    A new shelter on Howick Street near the Stockland Shopping Centre is being constructed. Temporary changes to pedestrian and taxi access will be in place while works are underway. The taxi zone will be relocated towards Bentinck Street to the unused bus zone. There will be minimal impact to traffic in the area.

    Have YourSay On….

    Free Public WiFi Trial

    Council has installed a free public WiFi system in the CBD and access is also available at Chifley Dam near the picnic area. We are asking the community to test the system and provide feedback before it is launched later this year.

    Visit the Smart Community page on Council’s website for details on the WiFi system and where it is available. Fill in the quick survey and tell us about your experience. Open until 30 March.

    Community Participation Plan

    In March 2018, changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act 1979 set out new requirements for Councils to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP). All Planning Authorities, including the Department of Planning and Environment and Councils, will be required to have in place a Community Participation Plan by 1 December 2019. Open until 11 March.

    Companion Animal Management Plan

    The proposed plan incorporates recent changes to legislation and provides a framework to address responsibilities associated with companion animal ownership and other related issues within the Bathurst Region. Open until 11 March.

    Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems/Drones Policy

    The Draft policy outlines parameters to be adhered to when operating a RPAS/Drone for Council use. Open until 11 March

    To provide feedback on any of these plans or policies visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    ClubGRANTS

    Council invites local community organisations to apply for funding from the 2019

    ClubGRANTS Scheme, under Category 1 criteria.

    Applications close at 4pm on Friday 26 April. Further information regarding ClubGRANTS

    funding guidelines or to download application forms are available at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or the ClubsNSW website www.clubsnsw.com.au, or contact Cultural & Community Services on 6333 6523.

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

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer


  • What’s News at Bathurst Regional Council

    24 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 1 March 2019


    Weekend Sunrise to visit Bathurst

    Tune into Weekend Sunrise this Saturday morning (2, March) as the show’s weather presenter, James Tobin, spends the morning in Bathurst uncovering the region’s hidden gems. The weather crosses will showcase Bathurst’s diversity of experiences available for both visitors and residents.

    Installation of CCTV network

    Stage one of the Smart Cities CCTV installation in the Bathurst CBD will commence soon with underboring works on William Street (BMEC to Keppel Street) and Keppel Street (William Street to Bentinck Street). More information on Council’s CBD CCTV project can be found on the...

    MEDIA RELEASE 1 March 2019


    Weekend Sunrise to visit Bathurst

    Tune into Weekend Sunrise this Saturday morning (2, March) as the show’s weather presenter, James Tobin, spends the morning in Bathurst uncovering the region’s hidden gems. The weather crosses will showcase Bathurst’s diversity of experiences available for both visitors and residents.

    Installation of CCTV network

    Stage one of the Smart Cities CCTV installation in the Bathurst CBD will commence soon with underboring works on William Street (BMEC to Keppel Street) and Keppel Street (William Street to Bentinck Street). More information on Council’s CBD CCTV project can be found on the Smart Communities page on Council’s website.

    Construction of new taxi shelter

    A new shelter on Howick Street near the Stockland Shopping Centre will be constructed. Temporary changes to pedestrian and taxi access will be in place while works are underway. The taxi zone will be relocated towards Bentinck Street to the unused bus zone. There will be minimal impact to traffic in the area.

    Bathurst Cycling Classic

    Registrations are now open for the Bathurst Cycling Classic which is on 16-17 March. Visit www.bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au or follow Bathurst Cycling Classic on Facebook for more information.

    Fundraising at the Bathurst Cycling Classic

    Are you a part of a sporting club, P&C committee or charity that is looking for an opportunity to fundraise? Council is calling for volunteers to assist at the Bathurst Cycling Classic, 16 – 17 March.

    By volunteering, you will earn a monetary donation to help your organisation achieve its fundraising goals for 2019. For more information and to register, please visit bathurstcyclingclassic.com.au/volunteer.

    Waste2Art

    Entries for this year’s Waste 2 Art exhibition and competition are now open. Waste 2 Art is a recycled art competition which challenges the way we think about waste, there are categories for everyone from pre-school aged children through to aspiring and professional artists.

    For more information and to obtain an entry form please visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD)

    Council is holding two free events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    Balance with Bubbles

    This event will provide women with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a share platter, a glass of bubbles (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) while enjoying music from two local musicians in the beautiful surroundings of Machattie Park opposite the Begonia House. The event is a celebration of women and the importance of balance in everyday life on Friday, 8 March from 5.00pm -7.00pm.

    All About Women

    A livestream session will be held at BMEC from the Sydney Opera House Sunday, 10 March from 1.00pm to 5.30pm. All About Women features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism.

    Sustainable Living Expo

    Craig Reucassel, host of ABC television’s popular series “The War on Waste” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, 23 March. The expo runs from 8.00am to 12.30pm and will be held in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers’ Markets at the Bathurst Showgrounds. It will also feature family entertainment Zoo to You and The Radical Recyclers. Entry is by gold coin donation to Bathurst Lions Club. For more information visit or like @sustainablebathurst on Facebook.

    Play Like a Panther Super Clinic

    Rub shoulders with the Penrith Panthers NRL squad at the ‘Play Like a Panther Super Clinic’. The clinic is open to children 5-12 years of age to learn rugby league skills and drills. All participants must register online at www.bathurstnrl.com.au. The clinic will be held on Thursday 28 March, from 4pm-5pm at the Bathurst Sports Ground.

    Living Legends nominations

    Nominations are now open for the 2019 Living Legends awards. The title, Living Legend, recognises the achievements of individuals and the way they have contributed positively to the community

    An individual will be considered for the Living Legends list if they currently living within the Bathurst Regional Council area and have contributed to making Bathurst a great place to live and visit. Living Legends are announced on Proclamation Day in May each year.

    For more information visit Your Say Bathurst. Nominations close Friday 15 March 2019.

    Bathurst Region Macquarie Medal Project/Scholarship 2019/20

    Applications are now invited for a supporting grant or scholarship, under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, to undertake a major work or learning in the following areas:

    1. Conservation, maintenance and adaptive reuse projects of heritage items or at risk buildings and sites of heritage value within the Bathurst Region.

    2. Promotion and interpretation of the history and heritage of the Bathurst region, its building and places, natural environment, people and projects and their embedded stories and enhance community reflection and understanding about the Bathurst region’s history.

    3. Support the learning in heritage management and conservation.

    4. Foster and support the growth of heritage trades and practices.

    A grant of up to $10,000 (paid over two years) is available to the winning project or area of learning.

    Applications for funding must be made on Council’s application form which is available on Council’s website at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or from Council’s Environmental, Planning and Building Services Department, Civic Centre, Russell Street, Bathurst.

    The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 March 2019.

    George and Howick Street Roundabout Upgrade

    The upgrade of the George and Howick Street roundabout is continuing. This project will significantly improve safety and enable smoother flow of traffic at the intersection. For regular project updates visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Bathurst NRL tickets on sale

    Tickets are now on sale for the round three NRL clash between Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm at Carrington Park on Saturday, 30 March. To purchase tickets or for more information visit bathurstnrl.com.au

    Have YourSay On….

    Free Public WiFi Trial

    Council has installed a free public WiFi system in the CBD and access will also be available at Chifley Dam. We are asking the community to test the system and provide feedback before it is launched later this year.

    Visit the Smart Community page on Council’s website for details on the WiFi system and where it is available. Fill in the quick survey and tell us about your experience.

    Community Participation Plan

    In March 2018, changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act 1979 set out new requirements for Councils to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP). All Planning Authorities, including the Department of Planning and Environment and Councils, will be required to have in place a Community Participation Plan by 1 December 2019.

    Companion Animal Management Plan

    The proposed plan incorporates recent changes to legislation and provides a framework to address responsibilities associated with companion animal ownership and other related issues within the Bathurst Region.

    Development Control Plan Changes

    Council has prepared an amendment to the Bathurst Region Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014. The purpose of this amendment is to update Chapter 10 – Urban Design and Heritage Management to include archaeological provisions for the former Milltown Cemetery and Wattle Flat Mining Areas.

    Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems/Drones Policy

    The Draft policy outlines parameters to be adhered to when operating a RPAS/Drone for Council use.

    To provide feedback on any of these plans or policies visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Sports Awards Presentation

    Bathurst District Sport & Recreation Council is hosting the 42nd Annual Sports Awards Presentation Dinner celebrating the 2018 achievements of Bathurst sportspersons on Friday, March 8 at Bathurst RSL.

    Join guest speaker Abbey McCulloch, New South Wales Swifts Netball Captain, celebrating with the recipients of the 11 Awards. Purchase tickets now at bathurstrsl.com.au or from the club reception.

    ClubGRANTS

    Council invites local community organisations to apply for funding from the 2019

    ClubGRANTS Scheme, under Category 1 criteria.

    Applications close at 4pm on Friday 26 April. Further information regarding ClubGRANTS

    funding guidelines or to download application forms are available at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or the ClubsNSW website www.clubsnsw.com.au, or contact Cultural & Community Services on 6333 6523.

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

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer


  • Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Community Consultation

    26 days ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE 26 February 2019

    Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Community Consultation

    An open community consultation meeting will be held at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum (AFMM) on Friday, 1 March from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

    The museum is undergoing a strategic planning process relying on feedback from the community, partners and stakeholders to identify the opportunities and challenges over the next ten years.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger encouraged the community to come along and provide feedback into the future direction of the museum.

    “The museum is an important cultural asset and provides a wonderful experience for both residents and visitors,”...

    MEDIA RELEASE 26 February 2019

    Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Community Consultation

    An open community consultation meeting will be held at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum (AFMM) on Friday, 1 March from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

    The museum is undergoing a strategic planning process relying on feedback from the community, partners and stakeholders to identify the opportunities and challenges over the next ten years.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger encouraged the community to come along and provide feedback into the future direction of the museum.

    “The museum is an important cultural asset and provides a wonderful experience for both residents and visitors,” he said.

    “Everyone is welcome to drop by and I would like to see as many people as possible come along to the community consultation and have their say.”

    ENDS

    Media contact: Media Officer

  • Bathurst to host largest and most significant minerals exhibition in Australia in boon for local tourism

    27 days ago
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    MEDIA RELEASE

    Sydney, 25 February 2019: The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, NSW Minister for the Arts, today announced the Australian Museum (AM) will tour its world-renowned Albert Chapman Mineral Collection to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst, in regional NSW, creating the largest and most significant minerals exhibition in the country.

    Minister Harwin was at the AM today with Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO and Mayor of Bathurst Graeme Hanger OAM to view some of the extraordinary minerals as they are readied and packed for transport to Bathurst.

    “This tour is a great win for Bathurst and...

    MEDIA RELEASE

    Sydney, 25 February 2019: The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, NSW Minister for the Arts, today announced the Australian Museum (AM) will tour its world-renowned Albert Chapman Mineral Collection to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst, in regional NSW, creating the largest and most significant minerals exhibition in the country.

    Minister Harwin was at the AM today with Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO and Mayor of Bathurst Graeme Hanger OAM to view some of the extraordinary minerals as they are readied and packed for transport to Bathurst.

    “This tour is a great win for Bathurst and will be a major drawcard for tourism to regional NSW. Central West NSW is already recognised as one of the world’s best mineral regions with a complex geological history, over 300 different types of minerals, many among the best Australian examples of their kind, and a rich mining heritage.

    “The new Albert Chapman Mineral exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum combined with the region’s existing heritage will create strong opportunities for tourism, education and the community while fostering greater engagement with science and the AM’s world-class collection,” Minister Harwin said.

    Featuring approximately 550 outstanding Australian and overseas specimens including stunning smithsonite, rhodonite, pyromorphite, azurite, anglesite, cerussite and spessartine, the minerals make up two-thirds of the collection assembled by the late Albert Chapman during his lifetime and now in the care of the Australian Museum.

    “All of the Chapman minerals are world class, and some even considered the finest examples of their type in the world. They are also a unique part of Australia’s heritage representing all periods of our mining history. We’re delighted to be touring them to Bathurst and giving communities in central and western NSW direct access to this incredibly important collection,” Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay said.

    “It is also fitting that while in Bathurst, the Chapman Collection will be displayed alongside the Somerville Collection. Not only are these collections respectively the two best mineral collections in Australia, Professor Warren Somerville AM was also a great friend of the late Albert Chapman, often seen together fossicking for minerals. Now more than 60 years later, these minerals are being brought back together and may well inspire the next generation of geologists,” Ms McKay said.

    The Australian Fossil and Minerals Museum, located in the centre of Bathurst and operated by Bathurst Regional Council, is already home to the Somerville Collection of more than 3,500 minerals and fossils which is the lifetime collection of Professor Somerville AM. The Somerville Collection is owned by the Australian Museum and on permanent loan to Bathurst.

    When both collections are displayed alongside each other, they will become the most significant collection of minerals in Australia, and a significant driver for tourism to the region.

    “Bathurst Regional Council operates three museums, is building a fourth, a $5 million Rail Museum and has recently received $2.3 million from the State Government Regional Cultural Grant fund to build a $4.6 million specialist collections facility which will service regional collections. This significant loan from the AM will continue our growth as a regional centre of excellence in museums,” Graeme Hanger OAM, Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council said.

    “We are proud to partner with the AM to host the Somerville and Chapman Collections. It will be a great benefit to our visitor economy as we welcome tourists to Bathurst to view the collection,” he said.

    Visitors can expect to see historical and irreplaceable mineral heritage items from some of Australia’s most important mining regions including:

    azurite and malachite from Cobar, NSW

    stibnite, cassiterite, scheelite and fluorite from New England, NSW

    azurite and chrysocolla from Chillagoe, QLD

    crocoite and cerussite from Dundas, TAS

    atacamite, chalcopyrite and malachite from Moonta and Burra, SA

    Albert Chapman, arguably one of Australia’s greatest amateur mineralogists, was drawn to mineral collecting from a young age. While a cabinet-maker and carpenter by trade, collecting and trading was a lifetime hobby that dominated his life. Through his dedication and passion for fine minerals, Albert assembled one of the top ten private mineral collections in the world renowned for its mineralogical diversity, crystal perfection, aesthetic appeal and high Australian content. In 1988 his collection was purchased by the NSW Government and in 1995 transferred to the care of the Australian Museum.

    The new Albert Chapman Minerals exhibition will open at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in June 2019 and remain on display for 18-months.

    During the tour, the Australian Museum will undertake a significant refurbishment to its Sydney site with the entire Chapman Collection expected to return in a new exhibition in 2021.


  • Construction of new taxi shelter to commence

    27 days ago

    MEDIA RELEASE 25 February 2019

    A new shelter on Howick Street near the Stockland Shopping Centre will be constructed with works anticipated to commence this week.

    The new shelter will improve passenger and driver access, and safety in the vicinity. It will also increase comfort by providing passengers protection from the elements.

    Temporary changes to pedestrian and taxi access will be in place while works are underway. The taxi zone will be relocated towards Bentinck Street to the unused bus zone. There will be minimal impact to traffic in the area.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger said the area is a popular...

    MEDIA RELEASE 25 February 2019

    A new shelter on Howick Street near the Stockland Shopping Centre will be constructed with works anticipated to commence this week.

    The new shelter will improve passenger and driver access, and safety in the vicinity. It will also increase comfort by providing passengers protection from the elements.

    Temporary changes to pedestrian and taxi access will be in place while works are underway. The taxi zone will be relocated towards Bentinck Street to the unused bus zone. There will be minimal impact to traffic in the area.

    Mayor Graeme Hanger said the area is a popular shopping precinct with a busy doctor’s surgery nearby.

    “This facility is going to not only improve safety, but also help people stay dry during the wet weather and keep them out of the sun during the hot summer months,” he said.

    Council received $120,000 for construction of the facility from the NSW Government’s Country Passenger Transport Infrastructure Grant.



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    MEDIA RELEASE 15 February 2019


    Celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD)

    Council is holding two free events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    Balance with Bubbles

    This event will provide women with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a share platter, a glass of bubbles (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) while enjoying music from two local musicians in the beautiful surroundings of Machattie Park opposite the Begonia House. The event is a celebration of women and the importance of balance in everyday life on Friday 8 March from 5.00pm -7.00pm.

    All About Women

    A livestream session will be held at BMEC from the...

    MEDIA RELEASE 15 February 2019


    Celebrations for International Women’s Day (IWD)

    Council is holding two free events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

    Balance with Bubbles

    This event will provide women with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a share platter, a glass of bubbles (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) while enjoying music from two local musicians in the beautiful surroundings of Machattie Park opposite the Begonia House. The event is a celebration of women and the importance of balance in everyday life on Friday 8 March from 5.00pm -7.00pm.

    All About Women

    A livestream session will be held at BMEC from the Sydney Opera House Sunday, 10 March from 1.00pm to 5.30pm. All About Women features emerging new voices from around the world speaking to future directions in feminism.

    Seniors Festival

    Seniors Festival is a celebration of the valuable contribution seniors make to the Bathurst community. An array of events, activities and entertainment will be on offer between 13 and 24 February for all seniors to enjoy. For more information call Council’s Community Services department on 6333 6523 or visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Food & Flix – A Free Outdoor Cinema Experience

    Food & Flix will be held on Friday 22 February from 6:00pm-10.00pm at the Adventure

    Playground. Food will be available for purchase or bring a picnic dinner.

    Screening of The Greatest Showman will commence at 8:00pm. For more information please call Council’s Community Services department on 6333 6523 or visit

    www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au.

    Sustainable Living Expo

    Craig Reucassel, host of ABC television’s popular series “The War on Waste” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, 23 March. The expo runs from 8.00am to 12.30pm and will be held in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers’ Markets at the Bathurst Showgrounds. It will also feature family entertainment Zoo to You and The Radical Recyclers. Entry is by gold coin donation to Bathurst Lions Club. For more information visit or like @sustainablebathurst on Facebook.

    Play Like a Panther Super Clinic

    Rub shoulders with the Penrith Panthers NRL squad at the ‘Play Like a Panther Super Clinic’. The clinic is open to children 5-12 years of age to learn rugby league skills and drills. All participants must register online at www.bathurstnrl.com.au. The clinic will be held on Thursday 28 March, from 4pm-5pm at the Bathurst Sports Ground.

    Living Legends nominations

    Nominations are now open for the 2019 Living Legends awards. The title, Living Legend, recognises the achievements of individuals and the way they have contributed positively to the community

    An individual will be considered for the Living Legends list if they currently living within the Bathurst Regional Council area and have contributed to making Bathurst a great place to live and visit. Living Legends are announced on Proclamation Day in May each year.

    For more information visit Your Say Bathurst. Nominations close Friday 15 March 2019.

    Bathurst Region Macquarie Medal Project/Scholarship 2019/20

    Applications are now invited for a supporting grant or scholarship, under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1993, to undertake a major work or learning in the following areas:

    1. Conservation, maintenance and adaptive reuse projects of heritage items or at risk buildings and sites of heritage value within the Bathurst Region.

    2. Promotion and interpretation of the history and heritage of the Bathurst region, its building and places, natural environment, people and projects and their embedded stories and enhance community reflection and understanding about the Bathurst region’s history.

    3. Support the learning in heritage management and conservation.

    4. Foster and support the growth of heritage trades and practices.

    A grant of up to $10,000 (paid over two years) is available to the winning project or area of learning.

    Applications for funding must be made on Council’s application form which is available on Council’s website at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au or from Council’s Environmental, Planning and Building Services Department, Civic Centre, Russell Street, Bathurst.

    The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 March 2019.

    Operation Cat

    For a limited time, the Cat Protection Society NSW Inc is offering $50 cat desexing plus F3 vaccination for health care card holders and pensioners who are residents of the Bathurst LGA. Inc conjunction, Council is also offering microchipping free of charge as part of the ‘Operation cat’ program. Bookings for the program must be made by calling 9519 7201. The program will conclude on 22 February depending on available slots. Availability is limited to 80.

    George and Howick Street Roundabout Upgrade

    The upgrade of the George and Howick Street roundabout is continuing. This project will significantly improve safety and enable smoother flow of traffic at the intersection. For regular project updates visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

    Bathurst NRL tickets on sale

    Tickets are now on sale for the round three NRL clash between Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm at Carrington Park on Saturday, 30 March. To purchase tickets or for more information visit bathurstnrl.com.au

    Have YourSay On….

    Free Public WiFi Trial

    Council has installed a free public WiFi system in the CBD and some recreation areas and we want the community to test the system and provide feedback before it is launched later this year.

    Visit the Smart Community page on Council’s website for details on the WiFi system and where it is available. Fill in the quick survey and tell us about your experience.

    Community Participation Plan

    In March 2018, changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment (EPA) Act 1979 set out new requirements for Councils to prepare a Community Participation Plan (CPP). All Planning Authorities, including the Department of Planning and Environment and Councils, will be required to have in place a Community Participation Plan by 1 December 2019.

    Companion Animal Management Plan

    The proposed plan incorporates recent changes to legislation and provides a framework to address responsibilities associated with companion animal ownership and other related issues within the Bathurst Region.

    Development Control Plan Changes

    Council has prepared an amendment to the Bathurst Region Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014. The purpose of this amendment is to update Chapter 10 – Urban Design and Heritage Management to include archaeological provisions for the former Milltown Cemetery and Wattle Flat Mining Areas.

    Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems/Drones Policy

    The Draft policy outlines parameters to be adhered to when operating a RPAS/Drone for Council use.

    To provide feedback on any of these plans or policies visit https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au

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

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