Bathurst meets its newest residents at Welcome Wagon

They have come from far and wide but they all have something in common – they can now call Bathurst home.

WELCOME: New Bathurst resident Isobel Omoh and Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger, at Wednesday morning's Welcome Wagon. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

WELCOME: New Bathurst resident Isobel Omoh and Bathurst mayor Graeme Hanger, at Wednesday morning's Welcome Wagon. Photo: BRADLEY JURD

On Wednesday, Bathurst Regional Council invited the region’s newest citizens to its chambers for its triannual Welcome Wagon event. 

Over 30 people came together to meet each other, who had moved from all across NSW to live in Bathurst.

Henry and Shashie Jayawardena, with their daughter Maria, have moved to Bathurst from Blacktown.

“I worked for Essential Energy and I was coming up to Bathurst for projects,” Henry said.

“I decided to make the move permanent. 

“We go back to Sydney ever two to three weeks because we have family, but we’re loving Bathurst.

“I’m a little hesitant about the winter though.” 

Fiona Percavaz, her husband and two daughters made the move from the Hawkesbury town of Pitt Town, for a better lifestyle.

“I wanted to get out of Sydney and experience a better, quality lifestyle,” she said.

“We’ve been here since February – eight weeks – and it’s beautiful. I can’t imaging going back to Sydney.” 

Jennifer Logan has made the move to Bathurst with her husband and three daughters – Isobel, Abigail and Eliana Omoh. 

Ms Logan, who is an occupational therapist on maternity leave, grew up in Burwood, lived the past 18 months in Lithgow and previously lived abroad in Dubai and Singapore.

“When we came back, we couldn’t afford living in Sydney,” she said.

“I grew up in a beautiful heritage area but it’s all high-rise now.

“I love the lifestyle in Bathurst.”