BATHURST Regional Council will let residents take a peek behind the scenes next week for annual Local Government Week.
The purpose of the week is to provide an opportunity to promote the importance of councils to residents, ratepayers and businesses, all of which come together to create a community.
During the week, councils are encouraged to hold events in their communities to showcase the range of ways its services residents.
“Local Government Week promotes council's facilities and services through a variety activities,” mayor Graeme Hanger said.
“We are the closest level of government to people and it's important everyone has an opportunity to understand the breadth of our role in the community.”
“This year’s theme, ‘The Power of Community,’ reflects the importance of the community and allows us to examine the role council has to make our city a wonderful place to live, work and visit.”
In Bathurst, Local Government Week will be launched with the commissioning ceremony of the new Kelso water reservoir on Tuesday.
“Council also will host an open day on Thursday, August 2 that will enable school groups to visit a number of facilities, including the Waste Management Centre, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Water Filtration Plant and Chifley Home,” Cr Hanger said.
Council has conducted tours with school groups in previous years for Local Government Week, giving students the opportunity to learn more about the crucial facilities it operates.
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Schools that want to take students on a tour of the facilities need to book ahead of time by calling council on 6333 6111.
Cr Hanger said that the week allows residents to see the variety of ways council supports Bathurst.
“The responsibilities of council have moved beyond the traditional services of roads, rates and rubbish. We manage a diverse range of essential services and facilities such as sports grounds, water supply, sewerage, food safety, child care facilities, small and large community events and so much more,” he said.
To find out more about Local Government Week, visit council’s website.