Offering help to restore and repair our heritage
OUR region has a rich history and council is committed to ensuring this part of our culture is preserved. Council has three heritage grants available to help property owners and community groups restore, repair, promote and interpret the region's heritage.
The Bathurst Region Heritage Fund provides grants for the repair and maintenance of older buildings in the region. The program is supported by the NSW Heritage Branch of the Office of Environment and Heritage.
The Bathurst CBD Main Street Improvement Fund provides grants to help property owners and tenants improve, repair and maintain buildings within the Bathurst CBD.
The Bathurst Region Interpretation Fund provides grants for the preparation of Conservation Management Plans, historic publications and interpretation projects to promote and interpret the region's history.
Applications close May 31. For more information, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au
Council also offers a free Heritage Advisory Service that operates on a fortnightly basis. A heritage adviser and senior heritage planner are available to discuss maintenance, development options and provide advice on signage and colour schemes. Call 6333 6111 to make an appointment.
BATHURST Airport and council have had a close association with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for many years.
The RAAF uses Bathurst Airport regularly for training exercises in addition to the facility being home to the Australian Air Cadets.
In February, council named a road within a new subdivision at Bathurst Airport "Hercules Close" to honour the relationship between the airport and the RAAF.
Personnel from RAAF Base Richmond brought a Hercules to Bathurst last weekend to thank council for this recognition and to thank our community for its support of the RAAF's wider training activities.
- Mayor Graeme Hanger
Time to get moving on better transport links
THE NSW cabinet was officially sworn in this week and the reshuffle put a major focus on the regions.
We've made lots of positive reforms over the years in the Lands, Forestry and Racing portfolios and I am grateful to have met so many wonderful people working in those areas.
While I have enjoyed my roles, I look forward to tackling my new challenge head on.
I'm excited to be serving NSW as the new Minister for Regional Transport and Regional Roads.
My focus will be on developing commuter and freight links and connecting our communities to Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.
Over the coming years, we're going to be kick-starting lots of projects, with the goal of opening up the Central West even further.
Of course, roads and transport won't be my only focus.
I have been working hard, digging my heels in and rallying, loudly, for the projects that matter most to our communities and some great projects are under way or will be starting soon in the electorate.
In Lithgow, we've got a major upgrade to the Union Theatre, transforming an iconic Lithgow treasure into a thriving arts and cultural centre, and $2.3 million to reopen the Zig Zag Railway, boosting tourism and reinvigorating a landmark.
In Bathurst, we continue to see the construction of the $110 million Bathurst Correctional Centre expansion.
As well, $200,000 has been allocated towards the new Bathurst Tennis Centre Clubhouse and $6.2 million for the Hereford Street sporting complex for new fields, lighting and amenities.
The NSW Government has also contributed to a Central Tablelands Collections Facility to house the region's valuable artworks.
These projects stimulate local economies, create jobs and make the Bathurst electorate a better place to work and live.
It's straight back to work for me - I want to ensure I continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for everyone in the region over the next four years.