News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

HAVE YOUR SAY: With local weeds in full bloom, now is the time to have your say on weeds management in the electorate, according to Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

HAVE YOUR SAY: With local weeds in full bloom, now is the time to have your say on weeds management in the electorate, according to Member for Bathurst Paul Toole.

It’s important to recognise contributions to heritage

IT was wonderful that a record number of participants were involved in the Bathurst and District Relay for Life last weekend.

The event, held at All Saints’ College, provided an opportunity for our community to recognise and celebrate cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease.

The dedication of the participants, who were involved in the overnight experience, raised vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services. I was impressed that hundreds of members from our community came together to make the event such a great success.

This week council, in conjunction with the Bathurst and District Branch of the National Trust, has included the Bathurst Region Heritage Awards as part of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal program to recognise local projects which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to protecting, enhancing and promoting the distinctive heritage of the Bathurst region.

This is a natural extension of the Bathurst Macquarie Heritage Medal which recognises excellence in heritage in its many forms at a national level and its role in shaping our cultural identity.

A special award, to be known as The Chifley Award, will be awarded to the project that demonstrates the most outstanding contribution to the built, natural or cultural heritage of the Bathurst region.

Please email heritagebathurst@gmail.com for more information.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

Rebates will help reduce unneccessary quad toll

THERE have been four quad bike fatalities in NSW since the beginning of 2017. Four is too many.

In response to these tragic, avoidable deaths, the NSW Government’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program has doubled the rebate for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle to $1000.

The rebate for retrofitting safety equipment to an existing quad bike is now $500, and $90 is available for the purchase of an approved helmet.

As many farmers have more than one bike, they can now apply for two rebates. To qualify for rebates, farmers are required to complete the online course, do a quad bike safety course, or interact with a SafeWork NSW Office.

Let’s not have to hear of another avoidable tragedy. Visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au 

New scheme for cheaper green slips

NSW motorists are set to benefit from more affordable CTP green slips under a proposal announced by the NSW Government this week.

The changes will address problems with the current CTP scheme including premium unaffordability, delays in the payment of benefits to people injured on NSW roads, and reducing fraudulent and exaggerated claims that are driving up premiums.

The current scheme has become the least affordable in the country, with just 45 cents in every green slip dollar returned to those who need it most - injured road users. Changes are likely to come into effect in December 2017. Visit www.sira.nsw.gov.au

More time to have your say

LOCAL Land Services (LLS) is extending the public consultation period for its draft weeds management plans until March 29.

It will provide more time to offer feedback.

Visit http://open.lls.nsw.gov.au/ct-weeds

NAIDOC Week grants

THE NSW Government is offering small grants for grass-roots organisations to run local events in 2017 to mark NAIDOC Week. 

NAIDOC Week, which will run from July 2-9 this year, is an opportunity to get together and celebrate the unique place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have in our communities.

Grants close April 27. Visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

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