PARADE: The city is blossoming with a pop of colour

SNAPSHOT: Photographers and fans crowded pit straight on Sunday as they waited for the Bathurst 1000 winners to take their place on the podium. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 100817csnaprs
SNAPSHOT: Photographers and fans crowded pit straight on Sunday as they waited for the Bathurst 1000 winners to take their place on the podium. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 100817csnaprs

COUNCIL’S parks and gardens staff deserve a pat on the back for all the work they’ve done to beautify the central business district.

Parade took a wander through the streets on Tuesday and noticed how wonderful the flower beds in Machattie Park, Kings Parade and outside the Civic Centre were looking. 

The flowers with their yellows, purples and organges have added a nice pop of colour to the Bathurst streetscape.

Mount is full of heartbreak

SUNDAY’s Great Race was a reminder to Parade of how heartbreaking driving at Mount Panorama can be. 

While she doesn’t closely follow motor sport all year round, Parade is always glued to her screen when races are held at the Bathurst track.

Knowing the track as she does, it always amazes her how fast the drivers go around Mount Panorama and crushes her when they make a costly mistake. 

That’s why she found herself more upset than she probably should have been when a number of drivers had to end their day early after suffering a mechanical fault or crash during the race.

The Supercars series is made up of many races, but some drivers have confessed that the Bathurst 1000 is the one they really want to win.

To get so far through the endurance race and, in some cases, have your day ended at someone else’s hands, would be absolutely heartbreaking.

But that is part of the challenge of Mount Panorama and a reason why drivers are keen to race there, because the statistics don’t matter – every driver has the same chance of coming out on top. 

Business shows a sign of support 

Parade has noticed one business on George Street has a sign up in its window showing support for the victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. 

The tragedy has struck many people in different ways, but Parade didn’t realise it had stretched as far as to encourage a Bathurst business to have such a public display of grief. 

She admires this business for doing its part to stand with all those affected by the horrific incident.