News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

Bathurst has a solid reputation as the region’s premier destination for events. With the recent announcement that the third Bathurst Winter Festival will be bigger than before, our reputation is only set to grow.

Our city’s centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring all new illumination locations, a larger ice rink, a two storey carousel and the return of the ferris wheel, markets and avenue of food. There will be a variety of entertainment on offer with the very best local artists showcasing their music, various performances and plenty of activities for the children.

The event will run from July 1-16 with two festival nights commencing with ‘Ignite the Night’ on Saturday, July 1 and Brew and Bite on Saturday, July 8. The McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink, ferris wheel and carousel will run every day of the festival with illumination running nightly from sundown till 10pm.

Walk to School

Walk Safely to School Day is on Friday, May 19. It encourages all primary aged school children to walk and commute safely to school. 

Winter Festival: Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM and McDonald’s franchisee Todd Bryant. The McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink will run every day of the festival.

Winter Festival: Mayor Graeme Hanger OAM and McDonald’s franchisee Todd Bryant. The McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink will run every day of the festival.

It is a community event that promotes road safety, health, public transport and the environment. The NSW Government is improving pedestrian safety around school zones by investing $10 million for additional school zone flashing lights and pedestrian safety infrastructure like raised zebra crossings and dragon’s teeth markings. 

Comprehensive road safety advice for parents, children and school communities can also be found at

Fire and Rescue Open Day this Saturday 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is throwing open fire station doors across the state this Saturday, May 20 between 10am and 2pm. It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to come along and meet our local fire fighters. 

Children will be able to climb aboard a fire engine, see fire-fighting equipment up close and take home an educational Brigade Kids activity booklet. This open day, FRNSW is focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen, urging people to ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ and avoid a potentially fatal cooking

Social Housing Community Improvement Fund 

Calling all community groups, councils and charities to make an application for almost $8 million in State Government funding to help build or improve community facilities used by social housing tenants. Applications for Round 3 of the SHCIF have been extended by two weeks, giving community groups and non-government organisations more time to apply for the one-off grants of between $2000 and $50,000. 

The SHCIF funds investment in communal facilities that can be enjoyed by both social housing tenants and the broader community alike. Since 2015 the SHCIF has invested in nearly 300 projects across NSW to help build or improve facilities and communal areas used by people living in social housing. Applications for Round 3 close May 24. 

Further information contacting the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund team on 1800 379 184 or emailing

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2017 

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) has been launched for 2017. The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.

The PRC takes place between March and August each year, and is celebrating its fifteenth year in 2017. The PRC is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9 in government, Catholic, independent and home schools. Visit