News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

Ensuring everyone can enjoy the fun on the ice

WITH the NRL over for another year, we are now gearing up for the Bathurst Winter Festival.

This year we are introducing the LiveBetter Accessibility Day, which is designed to give people of all abilities the chance to enjoy sessions on the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink.

We have partnered with LiveBetter, a community service organisation, to provide ice skating sessions at reduced capacity with volunteers to assist and ensure a safe environment.

The LiveBetter Accessibility Day will be held on Wednesday, July 5 with sessions available at 9am, 10am, 11am and noon. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $5 per person and free for carers.

For more information or to book, phone LiveBetter on 0428 068 776.

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum will screen a variety of silent films in conjunction with the Bathurst Winter Festival featuring classics from a bygone era.

The Fossil Flicks Silent Film Festival will start on Friday, June 30 at 6.30pm with a showing of The Lost World (1925). The cost is $20 per person and includes a welcome drink and popcorn.

For more information or to book, phone 6331 5511.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

BOOST: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, pictured at Elizabeth Chifley Pre-school, says increased NSW Government early childhood funding will mean savings for parents.

BOOST: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, pictured at Elizabeth Chifley Pre-school, says increased NSW Government early childhood funding will mean savings for parents.

It’s a welcome boost for early childhood education

AN additional $217 million in funding has been allocated for the successful Start Strong early childhood education program in the upcoming budget.

Start Strong ensures that all children in NSW can participate in 600 hours of quality pre-school education in the year before school, no matter where they live or their circumstances.

This new funding commitment means community pre-schools and long day care services across NSW will continue to be funded through Start Strong until 2021.

Because community pre-school services are required to pass on at least 75 per cent of the increased funding to parents, it means continued savings for families with the cost of childcare.

Men’s Health Week 

THIS week is Men's Health Week and men across Australia are being urged to take the time to enjoy the things in life that make them happy.

Hundreds of local fundraisers and special events across Australia are being held to give men and boys the chance to engage with the people and communities that help keep them healthy.

The theme of this year's event is “Healthy body, healthy mind: keeping the balance”.

Being healthy is more than exercising and eating well.

It's about making the time to pursue the activities you enjoy.

Fuel for thought

WE’VE all seen it when we’re refuelling at the bowser, but how much do you really know about E10 fuel?

The E10 Fuel for Thought campaign helps drivers counter E10 myths in the market as well as giving motorists the opportunity to check their car’s compatibility via an online tool at

This campaign and website hopes to educate drivers by answering E10-related questions and offering testimonials from E-10 users and car experts. It’s more than just “the cheaper fuel”. 

Grandparents Day funding 

NSW Grandparents Day, which will be celebrated on October 29, is a time for everyone to come together and recognise the value of grandparents and older people in our communities.

I encourage organisations planning NSW Grandparents Day events to apply for funding before July 14. Grants range from $1000 to $10,000.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole