Local and state government

FAST LANE: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the Great Race brings economic benefits not just to Bathurst, but to the Central West and NSW.

FAST LANE: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the Great Race brings economic benefits not just to Bathurst, but to the Central West and NSW.

Plenty to see as Race Week really starts to rev up

RACING fever has hit and it’s wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying our region.

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has travelled from far and wide to experience some of the very best Bathurst has to offer.

We are expecting around 200,000 ticket sales over four days with up to 40,000 people camping at Mount Panorama.

The popular Legendary Moments Dinner on Thursday night has once again sold out and will feature John Goss and Garry Rogers joined by current Supercars driver Nick Percat.

It’s an opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the exciting world of racing from some legendary motorsports identities.

The RCG Race Ball on Friday night will feature a three-course meal, live entertainment and a charity auction.

Proceeds raised will go to the 2BS Lions Christmas Miracle Appeal, the wig library at Daffodil Cottage and Look Good, Feel Better.

A highlight will be the street fair at Kings Parade on Saturday with plenty of family fun activities.

There will be food and market stalls and a variety of live performances. There will also be plenty of activities for the children to see and do with $2 rides and the opportunity to meet Disney-Pixar Cars 3 stars Lightning McQueen and Mack the Transporter.

I’m certain the activities and festivities will get fans revved up in the lead-up to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.

- Mayor Graeme Hanger

Counting the benefits of the yearly race influx 

THIS week we welcome returning motorsport enthusiasts and those visiting Bathurst for the Great Race for the very first time.

Around 200,000 race fans will be in Bathurst, injecting $21 million into the Bathurst economy, $25 million into the Central West and $55 million into NSW. 

The economic benefits are far-reaching. Local retailers, suppliers, trades, services and accommodation providers all benefit from the yearly influx of people.

The growth of the Mount Panorama precinct makes good business sense, and that is why the NSW Government is investing $15 million into the development of a second circuit, called Velocity Park.

The $52 million project will be funded through a mix of state, federal and local government funding, creating 220 jobs during construction and another 247 ongoing jobs. This is great news for Bathurst and the Central West. 

Mental Health Month

PEOPLE living in the Bathurst electorate are being urged to check in with friends, family and colleagues during Mental Health Month this October.

The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is “Share the journey”, to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health.

Maintaining good relationships can improve our ability to cope with life’s challenges and help build resilience in trying times.

Forty-five per cent of all Australians will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime. Providing the right supports and promoting the best possible recovery from mental illness is a priority for the NSW Government.

I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work of organisations and individuals in the Bathurst electorate who are at the forefront of making a difference in the lives of people living with a mental illness.

The NSW Government is investing a record $1.9 billion for mental health funding in the 2017/18 Budget, including an additional $20 million to strengthen community-based mental health care in NSW.

For details on events during Mental Health Month, visit www.mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/aboutmental-health-month/

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For mental health services, call 1800 011 511.​ 

- Member for Bathurst Paul Toole