IT’S been a week of incredible highs and lows for our community.
The high point has no doubt been the great momentum already building towards the Sir Elton John show at Carrington Park next year, which had many in our city frantically trying on Friday morning to secure tickets.
With around 7000 tickets sold in a single day, the show will certainly be a sell-out and the reality that Bathurst will be welcoming rock royalty is starting to become quite real.
But that excitement was tempered by the shocking death of an 18-year-old man in a single vehicle crash on the Eleven Mile Drive early on Wednesday morning.
It will be up to the coroner to determine the circumstances surrounding the crash, but that is not the real story.
All that really matters in this terrible story is that a young man has lost his life, and his family and friends have lost a loved one.
And even those that didn't know the young man will have been affected by the story, especially those of us with teenage children who might be just starting their own driving careers.
A driver’s licence is one of the real rites of passage for young Australians, the chance to finally explore the world without mum and dad tagging along. But it comes with risk, and it can mean many sleepless nights for parents.
It’s a leap of faith, and one we must all take, but that doesn’t make it any easier.