News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

Festival’s not over yet, so enjoy all the activities

LAST Saturday’s Brew and Bite proved once again to be very popular with residents and visitors with as many as 13,500 enjoying a great night out in our city’s CBD.

The large number of people and families in the area had a positive impact on the local economy and many hospitality businesses were reported to be busy on Saturday night.

While we are over halfway into the celebrations, there is still plenty to see and do.

The McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink, carousel, ferris wheel and illuminations will continue until Sunday and there is a variety of community events occurring in conjunction with the festival.

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum will hold a torchlight tour where you can experience the dinosaurs in the dark tonight at 7pm and the museum will screen Three Ages (1923) tomorrow at 6pm as part of the Silent Film Festival. Call 6331 5511.

Artshed is holding an Invincible Art exhibition this Friday and Saturday from 7pm at Tremain’s Mill Shed, featuring artworks by a collective of artists with a disability who have responded to this question: “When have you felt Invincible and Invisible?”

Mayfield Garden is open until Saturday, offering access to part of the private garden including the croquet court, sunken and creek garden as well as the amphitheatre.

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Finally, a Musical Feast is a lovely way to cap off the Bathurst Winter Festival celebrations. A concert will be performed on Sunday by the Macquarie Symphony Orchestra at The Carrington in Keppel Street.

The concert will begin at 2pm, with canapés being served at 1pm. Tickets are available online at and at Books Plus. Cost: $30 adults, $25 concession, children under 18 free.

Tickets for the canapes ($20) must be bought separately.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

CLEANING UP: Community groups will be able to get a refund for eligible
containers at a collection point under the NSW Government's new scheme.

CLEANING UP: Community groups will be able to get a refund for eligible containers at a collection point under the NSW Government's new scheme.

Smart way to contain the growing rubbish problem 

EVERY year in NSW, around 160 million drink containers are tossed into our parks, streets and waterways, making up about 49 per cent of all litter volume.

The cost of cleaning this up is a whopping $180 million every year.

This is set to change in less than six months as schools, charities, sporting and community groups will be able to raise money as part of the NSW Government’s container deposit scheme using an approved collection point.

Eligible drink containers under the scheme include most between 150ml and three litres and exceptions include those that are consumed mostly at home and that are recycled in council kerbside systems.

For more details about the scheme, including how and where to redeem eligible containers from December 1, visit

Dive into funds process

APPLICATIONS are now open for organisations in the Bathurst electorate to improve water safety in the community and help prevent drownings throughout NSW.

Last summer, 41 people drowned at a range of locations across the state.

To ensure we don’t experience another horror summer season, I urge local community-based organisations that run water safety initiatives to apply for funding.

Easing the cost of living 

THE NSW Government has secured a two-year deal with one of Australia’s biggest energy suppliers, creating savings of up to 25 per cent for seniors in the Bathurst electorate on their gas and electricity usage charges.

From July 1, AGL will offer Seniors Card members a 25 per cent guaranteed discount off electricity usage and 19 per cent guaranteed discount off gas usage charges on a two-year energy plan.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole