OPINION: News from mayor Graeme Hanger and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

REVVING UP: Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and mayor Graeme Hanger at Mount Panorama.
REVVING UP: Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash and mayor Graeme Hanger at Mount Panorama.

Another step closer to second circuit dream

THE Federal Government has recently announced a $10 million grant towards the construction of the second circuit at Mount Panorama.

This amount, together with the State Government’s $15 million, brings the funding to $25 million and takes us another step closer to transforming the vision of the second circuit into reality.

These financial commitments demonstrate both the state and federal government’s faith in the region.

The second circuit and associated infrastructure will deliver significant economic benefits to our community. The facility will cater for approximately 50,000 patrons and will enable our region to host more world-class motorsport events, bringing increased numbers of visitors and jobs.

The Inland Sea of Sound, Bathurst’s boutique music festival, will be back on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4 at Reid-Sulman Park at Mount Panorama.

The event, which has grown from Bathurst’s backyards and transformed into a two-day, all ages music festival, will feature some of Australia’s biggest and most celebrated music artists. Headlining the festival this year is Bernard Fanning, performing along with Meg Mac, Dan Sultan, Megan Washington and Mia Dyson.

The event will increase the diversity of the visitor experience to Bathurst and is another example that we are well on our way to becoming the premier destination for events in the region.

Tickets go on sale today at Ticketek or over the counter at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, which is a registered Ticketek agency.

Mayor Graeme Hanger 

Give your time or donation to fight against cancer

CHANCES are, we all know someone affected by cancer. In Australia today, there are more than 1.1 million people either living with cancer or who’ve survived a diagnosis.

One of Australia’s leading charities, the Cancer Council, will again hold its annual Daffodil Fundraiser on Friday, August 25.

One of the key fundraising initiatives held every year is the sale of daffodil merchandise, including pens, pins, fresh flowers and wrist bands, with all funds going back into groundbreaking research.

But in order to do this, they need our help!

Every year, thousands of volunteers all over NSW hit the streets, shopping centres and business areas to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council. You can volunteer close to home, at work, or in your local community – there are plenty of options to suit your availability.

If you have a business that would like to participate, it’s not too late to order a merchandise kit to raise money direct from the customers and staff you have within your business.

Bringing businesses to Central West

THE NSW Government this week released its $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan that aims to drive more business event visitors to the Bathurst electorate and regional NSW.

The strategy will provide a platform for additional tourism growth, boost the local economy and help generate opportunities for the region’s tourism industry.

The strategy will help secure more conventions, meetings and business conferences in the existing and emerging facilities we have across the region.

With toolkits for tourism operators, a website for showcasing the array of business event venues and destinations, dollar-for-dollar funding to assist in developing marketing programs and a dedicated unit to work closely with the industry, this is sure to give the many tourism operators across our electorate a great opportunity for growth and expansion.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole