THERE’S an old saying: "Some people don't have a brain in their head and they are happy without one."
This can be said of lazy users of the Victoria Park picnic facilities who just drive all over the park and endanger others to save them carrying their esky and chairs 40 metres from the road.
On Saturday last, a driver of a white Toyota Kluger drove up the gutter on to Victoria Park from the intersection of Mitre and Howick streets and travelled merrily through the trees to the shelter closest to the Adventure Playground.
Bathurst Police were able to remove this car promptly.
Others drive from Durham Street to near the Bike Park on Howick Street, because they can. Honestly, where is the commonsense?
This dangerous practice is commonplace.
As shown in the photos accompanying this column, SUVs and four-wheel drives simply drive up the gutter to access Victoria Park, seemingly oblivious that the only access gate is locked.
Bathurst Regional Council has been notified numerous times since the opening of the Adventure Playground, yet council has made no attempt to improve the signage to make clear that parking is not permitted.
What will it take to rectify this situation? Surely not an injury to a child.
A battering for business
I WROTE about shopping local a week or so ago and an alert reader has since sent me a picture of a local bus adorned with advertising encouraging Bathurstians to shop over the Blue Mountains.
While I appreciate a marketing company sold a bulk advertising package to a Western Sydney locality attempting to lure our income into their safes, and the majority of other signage on the same bus promotes Bathurst-based businesses, this still highlights the competition local businesses endure (not forgetting the internet).
In 2010, it was estimated around $80 million of income generated in the Bathurst region is spent outside the city. Just imagine the jobs created if all this money remained in the local economy.
Likewise, I refuse to use self checkouts in major grocery chains as these machines have simply taken the jobs of our teenagers.
Are we on the right track?
I’VE said it before: as with the Second Circuit, council only has one chance to get the location of the go-kart track right.
My sources tell me the vote is close on the approval or rejection of the amended development application for the track on land adjacent to the McPhillamy Park Reserve.
While I appreciate the go-kart track supporters want action, if ratepayers are contributing dollars, councillors have an obligation to give the proposal every chance to succeed in the long term, hence the correct location is critical.
I trust everyone with an interest will attend this Wednesday's Policy Committee meeting starting at 6pm in the Council Chambers.
SANTA is just three weeks away, New Year’s Eve fireworks are four weeks away and the Bathurst 12 Hour is eight weeks away.
LAZY people driving up the gutter and totally disregarding safety to others to access the shelters on Victoria Park.