Letter | Sensible policies just take a bit of time

ELECTRIC DREAMS: Bathurst’s first Tesla Supercharger was installed this week in William Street at the old TAFE building car park.
ELECTRIC DREAMS: Bathurst’s first Tesla Supercharger was installed this week in William Street at the old TAFE building car park.

Sensible policies just take a bit of time and patience

I’M getting quite used to my policy suggestions for Bathurst Regional Council coming to pass, but they’re just a few years delayed.

Having requested Council seek to host electric vehicle charging stations about three years ago, we now have Tesla on board; after calling for CBD wi-fi prior to Bathurst’s bicentennial, we now have a project on the books to deliver next year; having requested better interpretive signage around the Evans Statue we now have it; having called for medium density housing around the fringe of the Heritage Conservation Area we now have this option firmly stated within the council’s current housing strategy; improving Keppel Street parking options are (slowly but surely) coming to pass; having asked for battery storage technology to be added to Council’s energy mix, we are now costing this option to get the ball rolling; having asked Bathurst council to consider divesting in fossil fuels across its investment portfolio we are now looking at this option (like so many other councils have already done), and having called for better co-ordination of CCTV with local police and CBD stakeholders years ago and again this year, Bathurst now has over 130 private cameras in action.

There are still plenty of policies big and small I’d like to see implemented ASAP, but I’m learning all good things take time.

Merry Christmas all and have a great break.

Cr Jess Jennings