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RISING: There was flooding at Perthville in August last year during the Bathurst region's wet winter. Flood mitigation works are due to begin soon.
RISING: There was flooding at Perthville in August last year during the Bathurst region's wet winter. Flood mitigation works are due to begin soon.

Perthville project to focus on impacts of flooding

BRIDGE Street at Perthville will be closed for approximately six weeks from Monday, September 18 for the first phase of vital flood mitigation works.

The project, which aims to lessen the impact of potential flooding in the area, will be conducted in two phases worth a total of approximately $4 million.

Stage one involves the deepening and widening of Queen Charlotte’s Vale Creek for approximately 1.5 kilometres and the installation of box culverts to the east of Bridge Street.

During this time, alternative access for motorists will be available through O’Regans Road and Lagoon Road. Temporary pedestrian access will be available across Queen Charlotte’s Vale Creek, however, it cannot be guaranteed.

The second phase will see more than one kilometre of levee constructed to protect properties on the eastern side of Queen Charlotte’s Vale Creek. The upgrades will add to the network of more than 10km that has been constructed in recent years.

Short-term holiday letting

DO you lease out a house on sites such as Airbnb or Stayz or do you live near a property that is a short-term holiday letting?

Council is seeking feedback on short-term holiday letting (STHL) within the Bathurst region to gain an understanding of the scale and the possible impact tighter regulations could have on hosts and the region.

STHL is a type of accommodation that is generally carried out in a house and is primarily provided to tourists and visitors to the Bathurst region. STHL includes B and Bs, holiday cabins and self-contained accommodation.

Council is not seeking specific information about your current STHL and you will not be asked your name, location or other details about your property.

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Giving our principals time to focus on leadership

A FOCUS on principals as educational leaders and not school administrators is the rationale behind a new school leadership strategy announced this week.

The strategy includes a new leadership institute to train and identify future principals and $50 million a year to enable principals to focus on core duties such as curriculum planning, student progress, teaching quality and student well-being.

The research is clear that the most effective principals are leaders who are constantly seeking to improve teaching quality and student results.

The additional $50 million in school support funding will help principals employ extra support staff so they have more time for instructional leadership.

Schools could, for example, employ a business manager or share one across a number of schools.

The strategy follows findings in an independent study that found school principals are spending too much time on management and administration tasks and not enough time on improving teaching and learning.

The strategy was produced in consultation with the NSW Primary Principals Association and the NSW Secondary Principals Council.

Incubator Event Fund

RURAL and regional events to be held from January to June next year can now apply for grants under round one of the 2018 Incubator Event Fund.

The fund, managed by the state’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, offers annual grants of up to $20,000 to new and existing smaller-scale events.

​Applications close on October 1, with round two set to open in February next year for events to be held from July to December 2018.

- Member for Bathurst Paul Toole