THE Bathurst Regional Access Committee (BRAC) is back and stronger than ever after a difficult end to 2018.
In October, the committee decided to suspend its operations until February as members were feeling disenchanted by attacks from bullies in the community.
The decision followed a failed election, where there were no nominations for the essential positions of chairman and secretary and Bob Triming was installed as the interim chairman.
Last week, BRAC after a four-month absence and elected Mr Triming as the chairman-secretary.
Two vice chairpersons, Blake Aubin and Irene Hancock, were also elected.
Mr Triming said BRAC was comfortable continuing its work in the community now that the bullying had ceased and other items that the committee had been dealing with were resolved.
"Everyone has stayed in total support and in fact we have started to get a few more people at our meetings," he said.
"In fact, over Christmas a couple of people stopped me in the street to say they hoped the access committee kept going.
"I think the rest did us all good."
In addition to electing a new executive, last week's meeting also saw the committee resolve to hold regular meetings from February to November, giving members an extra month of free time.
BRAC has already got down to business for the year to address new access issues in the community, as well as continue work on issues that have carried over from the previous year.
Mr Triming said BRAC has so far reported several footpaths to Bathurst Regional Council and is working with a business regarding access to its shop front.
Discussions are also ongoing regarding two development applications for accommodation on Conrod Straight.
"We have started off the year in a much stronger position than we were and we've got a couple of major issues that have cropped up since our last meeting in October," Mr Triming said.