Parade: A bloomin’ good spot

SNAPSHOT: There is a fresh mix of colours in Machattie Park's Begonia House, where these beautiful flowers were spotted. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

SNAPSHOT: There is a fresh mix of colours in Machattie Park's Begonia House, where these beautiful flowers were spotted. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PEOPLE often associate beautiful flowers with spring, but such beauty isn’t reserved for just one season when it comes to Begonia House.

The Machattie Park attraction is currently filled with beautiful blooms in a range of colours. 

There are reds, pinks, whites and yellows, all stunning on a backdrop of green leaves. 

Parade overhead Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM discussing Begonia House while he was at the Bathurst 6 Hour on Sunday. 

He was adamant that everyone in Bathurst needs to see the attraction at least once.

In fact, he was so passionate about it that he joked that ratepayers should have to visit Begonia House before Bathurst Regional Council gives them their receipt for paying their rates. 

It may not be the most well-thoughtout idea, but Parade can certainly agree that more residents need to see this part of Bathurst. 

It’s all about a good story

IN endurance racing, you always want to hear a good story about the winner at the end of a race.

When the Bathurst 6 Hour was wrapping up Sunday evening, it was clear to Parade that, no matter who claimed victory, there would have been an amazing story to go along with it. 

The final half hour was a battle between two teams, Chaz Mostert and Nathan Morcom, and Luke Searle, Paul Morris and Barry Graham. 

The latter was successful and finished with a great story of racing legend Morris claiming the "triple-crown”, as he is the only driver to have won the Bathurst 1000, Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 6 Hour. 

If the other team had been able to hold onto their slight lead, the story would still have been a great one to tell.

Mostert and Morcom were the inaugural winners of the Bathurst 6 Hour last year and a victory on Sunday would have meant they were back-to-back winners and the only drivers to have ever won the endurance race. 

The 2017 race will go down in history, but if you ask Parade, either story would have helped that.

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