The Western Advocate has been serving the Bathurst community since 1848. It has established itself as the voice of the local district, providing the information that has helped the community develop and prosper.
Located in the Macquarie Valley on the Central Tablelands of NSW, Bathurst is Australia's oldest inland settlement.
Booming in the 1850s and 60s with the discovery of gold, Bathurst has remained one of Australia's fastest growing regional centres with a diverse range of industry from agriculture and engineering to education.
Education is the largest single industry in Bathurst, with Charles Sturt University and 16 primary and secondary schools in the region.
Also significant to the local economy are employers Simplot and Mars Petcare.
Bathurst is known worldwide as the home of two of the world's great car races at Mount Panorama.
Its heritage as a mecca for motor racing fans from all over Australia and around the world began on April 16, 1938 when Mount Panorama attracted an overwhelming 20,000 spectators to its first race, The Australian Tourist Trophy.
More than 80 years on from that first event, the Mount is the home of the Bathurst 1000, which had its origins back in 1962, and the Bathurst 12-Hour, which made a return to the Mount in 2007.
Towns and villages in the area include Blayney, Perthville, O'Connell, Sofala, Hill End, Newbridge and Oberon.
The Western Advocate aims to help build the community by keeping it strong, informed and connected and delivering quality news and photography.