A chance to recognise our academic high achievers
THE Denison College Reception for High Achievers of 2018 was held this week. The awards acknowledge the academic achievements of year seven to 11 students as well as outstanding HSC results from students in year 12 at both Bathurst and Kelso High Campuses.
The event celebrated the success of public education in Bathurst and the continued growth of excellence, which is a hallmark of Denison College of Education. I would like to congratulate all the students who received awards.
Elton John coming to Bathurst
YOU may have heard that our city will host one of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road concerts in January next year. This is a huge boost for Bathurst and demonstrates that our city has the capacity to host another large-scale event that will attract thousands to our region.
The concert will be held in Carrington Park, which will be transformed for the event. We expect up to 15,000 fans to pack the venue. Tickets will go on sale on February 15 via Ticketek.
CRAIG Lowndes, a once-in-a-generation figure across motorsport, was at the National Motor Racing Museum this week to launch a new exhibition and to be officially awarded an honorary citizenship of Bathurst.
The exhibition, titled Lowndesy – The Story So Far, features his 1966 Ford Cortina, the 1998 championship-winning HRT VT Commodore and the 2001 AU Falcon in which he scored his first race victory.
Memorabilia also includes helmets, race suits and trophies from Lowndesy’s personal collection and many items from private collections.
The Australian Road Safety Foundation, Craig’s chosen charity, will receive $1 per visitor to help advocate for greater safety on roads.
- Mayor Graeme Hanger
Local Land Services rates waiver a welcome relief
LANDHOLDERS across NSW will start to receive their Local Land Services (LLS) rates notices in the mail, but this year there will be a welcome number – zero.
The NSW Government’s Drought Relief Package, announced in 2018, included a special waiver for LLS rates for this year, providing relief for drought-affected rural and regional landholders.
While rates are a vital source of income for LLS, it is important at this time to provide full support to landholders who are focusing on getting back on their feet following one of the worst droughts on record.
LLS provides a vital service and I know many landholders have found its help invaluable in the past year.
The work of biosecurity officers and district vets is essential for the region’s agricultural industry and wider landscape health, particularly when the land itself is struggling to recover from drought.
The rates waiver will still mean that landholders will have access to technical experts, training and programs to help them manage their land and meet legal obligations.
Our work in supporting traceability systems such as the National Livestock Identification System means markets remain confident in our ‘clean and green’ reputation.
Additionally, the biosecurity and surveillance programs run by LLS limit and prevent the incursions of pests and diseases.
Be fire ready
AUSTRALIA is a diverse country when it comes to weather, as seen in the past few months.
Floods up north and major fires down south have been devastating communities across the land.
While we have been lucky not to have experienced the same, we need to be aware of the risks.
I’d like to remind people to make sure they’ve prepared their homes for the remainder of the bushfire season, and know what to do if they’re affected by floods or storms.
Getting ready involves five simple steps:
- Know your risk: think about the area you live in and the types of disasters that could affect you.
- Plan now for what you will do: sit down and talk with your family and plan for what you will do if a disaster affects your area.
- Get your home ready: do general home maintenance and check your insurance.
- Be aware: find out how to prepare and what to do if there is a disaster in your area.
- Look out for each other: share information with your family, friends, neighbours and those who may need assistance.