Local and State Government

TAKE CARE: Mayor Graeme Hanger with Nic Aldinger of Central West Civil and project
engineer Myles Lawrence at the Bicentennial Park walkway work site.
TAKE CARE: Mayor Graeme Hanger with Nic Aldinger of Central West Civil and project engineer Myles Lawrence at the Bicentennial Park walkway work site.

Dip into the history of imposing CBD landmark

MEMORIES of our Carillon will be on display at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre this Saturday, February 17, featuring historical photos, memorabilia and souvenirs.

A highlight of the day will be talks by Andrew Wilby and Mike Semken from Taylor’s Foundry in England, which made the first bells in the 1930s.

Their company still has the moulds and the records of the bells with the inscriptions of the names of the villages which raised money for them.

The display will open at 10am and the talks will be at 11am. There will be a performance by the Lithgow Hand Bell Ringers at 11.30am.

CCTV funding program

APPLICATIONS for council’s CCTV Funding Program to help local businesses improve security and community safety will close this Friday.

I encourage Bathurst’s businesses to apply for funding, which is up to a maximum of $500 on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Projects must be completed within the current 2017/2018 financial year to be eligible to apply.

For further details or an application package, contact 6333 6206 or visit council’s website. Applications close at 4pm this Friday, February 16.

Please stay off work site

I WOULD like to remind pedestrians to please refrain from entering the work site while the Bicentennial Park walkway is repaired. 

While most people who use the walkway adhere to the signage, a small number are disregarding the warnings and entering the work site.

The area is hazardous and anyone who enters the work site could be seriously injured. I ask for the community to exercise patience while works are under way.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

A new online innovation will protect homeowners

A NEW online tool was officially launched by the NSW Government this week that will help protect homeowners against uninsured and unlicensed building work. 

HBC Check will enable homeowners to independently verify if any building or renovation work over $20,000 has a valid insurance certificate. 

Users can verify a project’s insurance certificate number and issue date, name of builder and their licence number, and the nature of the work. 

The HBC Check includes details of more than 460,000 projects. 

Visit hbc.onegov.nsw.gov.au/dashboard/#/dashboard. 

Second phase of housing fund

THE NSW Government has officially opened the expressions of interest for the second phase of its Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF). 

Proponents will be asked to put forward proposals that: 

  • Provide tailored support that will improve employment and education prospects for tenants and their households. 
  • Provide stability and support for vulnerable people of NSW, with a particular focus on supporting women aged 55 and over. 

Register for an invitation for expression of interest at www.facs.nsw.gov.au/reforms/social-housing/SAHF/Phase2/how-to-get-involved. 

The closing date for expressions of interest applications is March 21, 2018.

Active Kids vouchers

MORE than a quarter of a million parents in NSW have downloaded an Active Kids voucher, in a sign of the program’s success. 

I am thrilled that parents are using the opportunity to download their $100 voucher to cover the cost of sports and active recreation fees. Parents have until December 31, 2018 to claim and use their voucher. 

Visit www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or phone Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole