IF you want to be part of it, don’t wait any longer.
That’s the message from Bathurst deputy mayor Bobby Bourke as registrations for an ambitious fundraiser at Mount Panorama later this month prove sluggish.
“It’s been very slow,” Cr Bourke said on Thursday. “It hasn’t really taken off.”
Cr Bourke had hopes of attracting 1000 cars to Mount Panorama on October 28 to set a record at the track for the most number of vehicles moving around it simultaneously.
Less than a month until the event, however, and registrations are still less than 100, which is well below expectations.
The fundraiser, Driving For Drought 1000, which is being organised by Bathurst Regional Council, has been created to raise money to buy hay for drought-stricken farmers.
Cr Bourke – who was involved in another fundraiser at the Mount in 2010, when he and fellow councillor Ian North set a record for the longest chain of neckties – said two local businesses and two car clubs had said they would be involved in Driving For Drought 1000.
But he said more businesses and clubs would be needed if the fundraiser was to achieve its goal of having 1000 cars involved.
“We are looking to see how things go,” he said. “But we are asking people to show their interest now.
“Don't leave it to the last minute.”
Though there has been rain in Bathurst in the past month or so, Cr Bourke said farmers were still struggling and “we don't know what next month will bring”.
Even after the region’s more promising start to spring, Bathurst still remains almost 200 millimetres down on its annual average rainfall as the district moves into the hotter months.
Apart from being a fundraiser, Cr Bourke said Driving For Drought 1000 would be a one-off, “iconic event” at the Mount that would provide a memorable spectacle – but would need a big field of cars to do so.
Visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/spring/driving-for-drought-1000 to register.