News from Bathurst mayor Gary Rush and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

BUSINESS TIME: Mayor Gary Rush with Wendy Mason from WRI and Lindsay Gale
from the Business Enterprise Centre at the economic development workshop.
BUSINESS TIME: Mayor Gary Rush with Wendy Mason from WRI and Lindsay Gale from the Business Enterprise Centre at the economic development workshop.

It’s an economic plan, not just a second circuit plan

COUNCIL is currently in conversation with the business community to gather ideas and directions for the development of council’s strategic framework for its economic development program for the next three years.

A series of community forums will provide valuable information and feedback from local businesses which will help shape our future economic development program.

The strategy is responsible for driving continued local business growth, innovation, investment, jobs growth and residential relocation and attracting businesses to the region.

We want the strategy to reflect what our business community values and what will maximise the benefits to not only our business community, but to the city generally.

A key component in council’s economic development participation is the development of Velocity Park, and the recent Bathurst 1000 and the focus on motorsport and Mount Panorama has provided a perfect backdrop to continue discussions about this project.

Velocity Park is not just about the development of a second circuit at Mount Panorama but also the associated development of a business technology park, which creates its own opportunities to encourage business associated with the motor industry or other commercial and industrial operations to relocate to Bathurst.

Council is continuing to lobby both the State and Federal governments for their support for Velocity Park and the project has also gained national media attention in recent weeks thanks to coverage from journalists visiting for race week.

Council continues to pursue every opportunity to promote the venture and has held discussions with potential business entities interested in the project and in a potential relocation of their operations to Bathurst.

It is an ambitious project, but one that is possible with the support of government and business. Velocity Park is one facet of our plans for future economic growth and development in this city and our economic development strategy for 2017-20 will guide all our endeavours in this field as we continue to build on Bathurst’s prosperity.

Bathurst mayor Gary Rush

What’s the big idea? Event fund will help develop it

REGISTRATIONS are now open for round one of the 2017 Incubator Event Fund for organisers of events between January and June 2017. 

The Incubator Event Fund will extend our calendar of regional events and foster the development of events in their infancy so that their audience grows beyond their local community.

Applications close for round one on October 30 and round two applications for events held in July to December 2017 are set to open in February next year.


Cleaner communities

WE’VE recently seen significant investment in a number of waste treatment facilities within the electorate as part of the NSW Government’s initiative of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.

This week we welcomed an additional $337 million over four years from 2017-18 as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

The funding will be used for programs including litter reduction, resource recovery infrastructure, combating illegal dumping and setting up community recycling centres.

Record housing numbers

MORE than 51,000 new homes were delivered across NSW over the past 12 months, setting a new record for the state.

These new homes will help put downward pressure on house prices. There is an unprecedented level of work in the NSW housing construction pipeline, which gives us confidence that this level of completions will continue over coming years.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole