Local and State Government | It's a Royal show

PEDAL POWER: Mayor Graeme Hanger with Charlie and Cooper from Trunkey Public School. The Bathurst Cycling Classic is fast approaching.
PEDAL POWER: Mayor Graeme Hanger with Charlie and Cooper from Trunkey Public School. The Bathurst Cycling Classic is fast approaching.

There’ll be lots to see at the milestone royal show

THE Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show returns this weekend and the event will celebrate its 150th agricultural show this year. Council is proud to be a major sponsor of the event.

The show has become a firm fixture for many people and provides an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy a great time out.

Whether it’s witnessing entries in competitions demonstrating the very best arts and crafts, produce and baked goods, enjoying the variety of entertainment on offer or the lights and sounds of sideshow alley, there is something for everyone.

The Reliance Bank Royal Bathurst Show will run from April 13-15.

The Bathurst Cycling Classic

The Bathurst Cycling Classic is fast becoming one of the region's premier cycling events, attracting participants from the Central West and far beyond.

The event will see criterium racing return to the city’s CBD with a longer circuit than last year. Crit racing is a style of road cycle racing conducted on circuits over one kilometre. Riders who are lapped are eliminated from the race, so leaders attack regularly to break up the field.

More than 2200 registrations have so far been received for the Bathurst Cycling Classic. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. It includes the Blayney 2 Bathurst that consists of 70km short course and 110km long course races. The 110km course is again a qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, one of only two qualifiers in Australia.

This year’s UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will be in the Italian city of Varese (Lombardia), a city well-known for cycling. Varese hosted the championships in 1939, 1951 and most recently in 2008.

The Bathurst Cycling Classic also consists of the Hill Climb at Mount Panorama, crit racing within the CBD and a Family Fun Day. In the lead-up to the event, bike workshops were held by Wheelers Cycles at local schools last week to inform primary students on bike maintenance and on the importance of wearing a helmet.

Mayor Graeme Hanger

PROTECTION: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has welcomed a new rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40 kilometres an hour when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents

PROTECTION: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has welcomed a new rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40 kilometres an hour when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents

Recognise someone making a healthy contribution

COMMUNITIES will get to have their say in nominating local volunteers in this year’s local health awards.

The volunteer of the year will be awarded as part of the local health district’s commitment to quality and safety improvement.

Volunteers play an integral role in delivering health services to our communities. We have more than 400 volunteers across our 39 Western NSW health facilities who help out in a range of activities – from gardening to running exercise classes and assisting in kiosks and hospital auxiliaries.

To nominate a volunteer from your health facility, please contact your local health facility. For more information about volunteering with Western NSW Local Health District, visit wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/join-us/engage-with-us/community-engagement. Applications close April 19. 

Protecting emergency workers

THIS week I have welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40 kilometres an hour when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents.

Emergency service workers and volunteers often put themselves in harm’s way to protect us and keep us safe. They should be able to attend road incidents without fear of being struck by a vehicle themselves.

The new rule will begin as a 12-month trial from September 1, 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign. 

The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and stakeholder groups.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole