Windradyne Whisperer | Have your say on our logo: pick the one you least hate

BATHURST Regional Council's second attempt to satisfy ratepayers with an appropriate branding strategy logo has fallen flat, with one wag suggesting the whole process has been deliberately bad. 

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Ratepayers now have three options for Bathurst's new branding strategy logo. But is it just a case of picking the best of a bad bunch?

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Ratepayers now have three options for Bathurst's new branding strategy logo. But is it just a case of picking the best of a bad bunch?

The most recent suggestions, “Step Beyond”, surrounded by green, gold and red squares (which looks like a rooster’s comb to me), and “Perfectly Timeless”, around an "interpretative" flag (thanks for explaining that), will appease Bunnies (South Sydney) supporters but no one else. 

Personally, I don't mind the slogan "Step Beyond" – though possibly with a true outline of the Bicentennial Flagstaff, not the fluffy interpretative example. 

I am amused, too, that on council’s website http://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/destination-brand-strategy, it does not offer ratepayers the opportunity to suggest further examples.

So essentially we have a choice of three bad logos. Please pick the one least disliked by yourself – that, to me, is how this "community consultation" can best be summarised. 

Maybe it is time to have a competition from ratepayers?

Think local when it comes to Mount’s assessment

LAST week I had a whinge about spending $100,000 of ratepayers’ money on entities that do not belong to the Bathurst region as part of the Cultural Heritage Assessment being conducted on Mount Panorama. 

I stand by my position that not one cent of rates paid by residents of Bathurst Regional Council should be paid to outside interests.

If they want a say, let them cover their own expenses. 

Less in landfill and less in ratepayers’ wallets

THE green bin has hit the headlines with the spruik that 4000 tonnes has been diverted from landfill.

That’s great, however, the biggest winner is Bathurst Regional Council's treasury department, which has collected around $1.3 million from ratepayers per annum for the green bin.

On the assumption that 50 per cent of people don't use the service, over $650,000 is a big bonus for the bottom line.

I’m happy to be half a councillor if need be

I UNDERSTAND a high-profile local identity last week claimed the editor of this newspaper and myself, a mere columnist, behave like the 10th councillor because of our willingness to express an opinion. 

Well, each and every resident of Bathurst has a right to express an opinion, whether you like that or not. 

So to clarify, the editor wishes to be known as Councillor 9.5 and myself as Councillor 10.

Because we are sharing the stipend of zero, we thus wish to share the numbers. 

Isn't democracy great!

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BATHURST Regional Council’s attempt to give Bathurst some Christmas spirit with the Christmas Picnic in the Parade on Saturday night. Welcome rain spoiled the fun, however.

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THE two new branding strategy designs being as bad as the first. Ratepayers now have a choice of three bad designs.