In July, 2017, record cold weather kept Bathurst shivering, but property sales were the hot item on real estate agents' minds. Also, amazing surgery to replace a lost thumb with a toe (yep, this is real).
July 4: A 66-year-old Bathurst region man appeared in Dubbo Local Court after being caught driving while disqualified near Wellington. Police checks revealed the man was disqualified from driving until 2102, 85 years from now.
July 6: Paramedics were called to assist an injured female skater at the Bathurst McDonald’s Ice Rink. The skater, aged around 17 or 18 years old, fell and injured her leg during the Bathurst Winter Festival.
July 6: A Bathurst bakery owner was left counting the cost after a late night vandalism attack left his store damaged. Two men were captured on the store’s closed circuit television cameras throwing bricks at the shop’s window.
July 9: Huge restorations in an old concrete water tank on Havannah Street were coming to end with the site now featuring two premium apartments. The first apartment went to auction on August 3, however both apartments remain unsold and on the market.
July 9: A $2.7 million facelift had begun at the former McIntosh, McPhillamy & Co building on the corner of George and Howick streets. Works at the site, which was once voted among the ugliest buildings in Bathurst, are continuing.
July 11: Norman Richard Rutherford, 58, formerly of Bathurst, was convicted and jailed for nine-and-a-half years after he beat his estranged wife unconscious with a metal pipe and left her for dead in her car.
July 11: The temporary ice skating rink on Russell Street for the Bathurst Winter Festival was being blamed for a small spike in admissions in Bathurst Hospital’s emergency department. A spokesperson the Western NSW Local Health District said about 20 people had presented at the Bathurst emergency department in just four days.
July 13: Snow was predicted to fall at higher elevations around Bathurst. The mercury fell to an overnight low of -5.0 degrees.
July 14: A 25-year-old Kelso man was questioned by Bathurst police after crashing his car outside the police station on Rankin Street. A witness reported seeing the man driving erratically before he mounted the kerb and drove about 100 metres along the footpath to the front of the police station. The car came to a stop – with the engine still running – after hitting and destroying the flagpole that stood outside the police station.
July 14: Bathurst’s Zac Mitchell returned home following surgery to remove his toe and attach it to where his thumb was ripped off by a bull. The former St Stanislaus’ College student had been working on a remote cattle property in Western Australia when he fell from a bull and his hand was trampled. His right thumb was torn off and a hoof-sized patch of skin was ripped from his hand.
July 16: The NSW Department of Planning and Environment predicted Bathurst would be the fourth-fastest growing regional local government area over the next 20 years with another 12,000 people predicted to move to the area. This represents a 38.2 per cent jump in population since 2011.
July 18: The Western Advocate took a sneak peak inside the soon-to-open JB Hi-Fi shop in Bathurst City Centre ahead of its official opening on July 20.
July 19: The speed limit on a dangerous section of Vale Road was reduced to make the area safer for all road users. The drop came following a Roads and Maritime Services review of the road.
July 20: Emergency services were called to a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Bradwardine and Evernden roads at Llanarth. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike in the crash and was treated by paramedics before being transferred to Orange Hospital.
July 22: Bathurst hit a new record low temperature with the mercury dropped to -7.5 degrees celsius. It was the lowest figure since records have been taken at Bathurst Airport, beating the previous low of -7.3 on July 15, 2006.
July 23: An outlying Bathurst road was in such a state of disrepair that Australia Post would no longer deliver mail there citing safety fears. The road – Martin Bird Lane – is 27 kilometres west of Bathurst and runs off Ophir Road.
July 24: Three prestige, historic Bathurst properties sold for more than $1 million each in the span of just one week. The properties, Strathmore on Russell Street, Milleewa on Bentinck Street and La Maison Rue George on George Street, were listed with Ray White Emms Mooney. Sales specialist Mark Sullivan said: “We had slow interest for about eight weeks on Strathmore, then we had three people come in on the one weekend.”
We had slow interest for about eight weeks on Strathmore, then we had three people come in on the one weekend.Ray White Emms Mooney sales specialist Mark Sullivan
July 25: After Bathurst featured twice in a dash cam footage video compilation of accidents and near-misses, road safety expert Matthew Irvine said dash cam in a vehicle could influence people’s driving. The accident and near-miss occurred just metres away from each other.
July 27: A Kelso woman who sold drugs at the front door of her McMenamin Place home appeared via video link before magistrate Michael Allen in Bathurst Local Court. Officers attached to Strike Force Yambla had filmed her conducting a drug supply operation from her home.