In August, 2017, emergency services were kept busy with car crashes, assaults, speeding drivers and a critical incident. A new restaurant opened in the CBD and a peeping Tom was nabbed by police.
August 2: A woman who claimed almost $40,000 in single parenting payments, to which she wasn’t entitled, was convicted and ordered to repay the lot.
August 5: Snow was predicted, but the Bureau of Meteorology said Bathurst residents would have to jump in their car to see it as falls were only likely above 900 metres.
August 5: A man was charged with attempted murder following a serious assault at a home in Wellington Street at Eglinton. Emergency services treated a 48-year-old man for head, abdomen and leg injuries and taken to Bathurst Hospital, he was later flown to a Sydney hospital in a critical condition.
August 6: Rugby union coach Steve Hamson’s life was saved just before kick-off at a first grade match when he suffered a heart attack. By good fortune he fell at the feet of two Bathurst CSU paramedic students and a registered nurse.
August 7: A peeping Tom caught looking through the bathroom window of a Howick Street home was convicted and charged on three offences, including: peeping or prying, entering enclosed lands without lawful excuse and common assault.
August 8: A woman died and a man suffered minor injuries following a head-on collision between a car and a B-double on the Mitchell Highway about 20 kilometres west of Bathurst.
August 13: A showdown was looming between Bathurst Regional Council and the Bathurst Wiradyuri Elders over a proposal to register Mount Panorama an Aboriginal Place. The plan was revealed in a report to council and it outlined a number of Aboriginal cultural assessments were being carried out on Mount Panorama Wahluu.
August 14: A man who drove around a roundabout the wrong way before mounting the footpath and ploughing his car into the flagpole outside Bathurst Police Station last month was jailed.
August 15: The city’s newest restaurant, B Town BBQ, was about to be unveiled at the Oxford Hotel. The venture saw staff numbers quadruple and the city get a new Texas barbecue and southern dining option.
August 15: A man who drove his XR6 Falcon at 200 kilometres an hour through a busy school zone gave no explanation for doing so when he made his first court appearance. The driver appeared in person before magistrate Michael Allen in Bathurst Local Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to driving recklessly/furiously in a dangerous manner. Magistrate Michael Allen said the behaviour was a “recipe for catastrophe”.
The behaviour was a "recipe for catastrophe".Bathurst Local Court magistrate Michael Allen
August 16: Bathurst police released a number of images of a man wanted in relation to thefts from a Bathurst High School staff room. Police say the offender entered a staff room and stole a number of wallets and mobile phones owned by teachers at the school.
August 20: Frustrated rural residents warned the Nationals that they risked a backlash at the next state election if the Bridle Track between Bathurst and Hill End was not reopened. Seven years after the track was closed after a landslide at Monaghan’s Bluff, the Bridle Track Action Group turned its attention to state member Paul Toole because the group’s members said they could not convince Bathurst Regional Council to do the work. The track remains closed.
August 20: A man was charged with assaulting two police officers who were attempting to arrest him while cycling at Gormans Hill. Police recognised the man who was wanted on an outstanding conviction warrant and attempted to arrest him, the man allegedly punched them.
August 20: Bathurst Police praised the public for their assistance in helping to locate a 12-year-old girl reported missing from the Bathurst Adventure Playground. The girl was reported missing at 1.30pm and found at 8pm that evening.
August 22: A 66-year-old man was charged over the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a young girl near Bathurst. The investigation was launched following reports a man sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl he was babysitting in 2009.
August 22: Emergency services were kept busy with two crashes occurring within minutes of each other. The first was when a Holden Commodore station wagon and Holden Vectra collided at the intersection of Peel and Durham streets. The second crash was on Eleven Mile Drive at Kelso, when a car and ute collided.
August 23: A judge released shocking footage of an interview between detectives and a mother convicted of murdering her three-year-old son, recorded in the days following his death. The footage features detectives from Chifley Local Area Command interviewing the mother, as well as images from a park in Oberon where she told police her son fell and hit his head.
August 29: The Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW – owner of The Scots School, Bathurst – was confirmed as the new owner of All Saints’ College. The Bishop in Council and the All Saints’ College Council accepted an offer from the Presbyterian Church to buy the 140-year-old school.
August 30: A critical incident was launched after a man was shot dead by officers following a confrontation in Kelso. Police were called to a home at 7pm following reports of an incident and following a confrontation with officers the man died at the scene.