OPINION: News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

IMPORTANT DAY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says Anzac Day is a time to reflect and remember.
IMPORTANT DAY: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says Anzac Day is a time to reflect and remember.

The 6 Hour’s growth shows event’s future is bright

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour last weekend.

Paul Morris and Luke Searle won the event in an exciting finish against defending champions Chaz Mostert and Nathan Morcom. Paul Morris is the only driver to have won the Bathurst 1000, the Bathurst 12 Hour and now the Bathurst 6 Hour.

We had 64 cars compete this year, which is a new Mount Panorama circuit record for an enduro.

I would also like to thank the 17,487 spectators who attended. This is an eight per cent growth on last year’s attendance and proof this event is gaining popularity and a loyal following.

On Tuesday we will pause and reflect to honour brave women and men who have fought for our country. Commemorations will take place in cities and towns throughout Australia and overseas - a permanent reminder that our Anzacs thought this wonderful country of ours was worth fighting and dying for.

The services provide a focal point for each community to stop and remember and to say thank you for the selfless service provided by those in our defence forces.

A variety of Anzac commemorative services will be held around the region, starting with a dawn service at the Carillon at 4.30am.

I greatly encourage everyone in the community to attend one of the services to commemorate such a momentous day in our history.

For details on times and locations of local services, please visit the council website.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

Helping to preserve our state’s war memorials

ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service.

With the current conflicts across the world, it’s a constant reminder of the bravery of those who continue to fight for us, for their country. It’s a reminder of the sacrifice their families make to ensure we can live in a safe and free world.

The NSW Government is ensuring this history is protected by helping preserve war memorials right across the state through the Community War Memorials Fund (CWMF).

The CWMF is designed to protect and repair local war memorials that preserve the Anzac legacy and it ensures communities have the opportunity to protect and conserve local war memorials.

Funding applications can be made by veterans groups, community organisations and councils until Anzac Day and I sincerely encourage all communities who require funds for restoration to apply.

For further information, please contact Veterans' Affairs on 9228 4710, visit http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/ or email VeteranGrants@dpc.nsw.gov.au

Kick the flu by getting the jab

NSW Health is urging pregnant women, the elderly and other high-risk groups to take advantage of a free flu vaccination now available from GPs ahead of winter.

A vaccine protecting against the four likely circulating influenza strains is free for people eligible under the National Immunisation Program.

This includes those who are pregnant, over 65 years of age, have severe asthma, diabetes and heart conditions, as well as Aboriginal people aged from six months up to five years and 15 years of age and over.

The flu vaccination is very safe for expectant mothers and their babies, providing protection in the infant’s early months with a reduced risk of contracting influenza.

For more information, speak to your GP or visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/seasonal_flu_vaccination.aspx

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole