We need to work together to save water as dam falls
LEVEL four-five (extreme) water restrictions will come into effect on October 14. With the dry weather continuing to impact our region and the warmer months approaching, we need to work together to preserve our precious drinking water.
A lack of rainfall across the region has seen Chifley Dam fall to one of the lowest levels it has ever been at this time of the year.
By implementing level four-five (extreme) restrictions in October, it will place Bathurst in the best position possible in terms of water availability come the hotter summer months.
What level four-five (extreme) restrictions mean for our community:
- No watering lawns.
- Garden watering limited to bucket or watering can, and only on Wednesday and Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.
- Car washing at home is not permitted.
- Pools, garden features and child pools are not to be filled or topped up
Level three (high) water restrictions have been in place since November last year. The restrictions have resulted in saving approximately 13 per cent of the total volume of water in Chifley Dam since they were implemented.
For information on how to conserve water or information on restrictions, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au
Bathurst Regional Council Children's Services
THE newly refurbished building that will house Bathurst Regional Council Children's Services was officially opened on Monday.
The upgrade has enabled all of council's childcare services to come together, now known as Bathurst Regional Council Children's Services. The facility will provide long day care inclusive of a preschool program and family day care.
Council has provided quality childcare services for over 30 years through Scallywags, Little Scallywags long day care services and Bathurst Family Day Care.
The building has architecturally designed learning spaces providing children with the best environment to learn, play and grow.
The $1.2 million project was funded by council with the support of the State Government with a $100,000 contribution through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Mayor Graeme Hanger
Housing services available at the touch of a button
A NEW social housing app developed for tenants and applicants will help slash paperwork and improve customer service.
The MyHousing app is a simple way for housing tenants to manage their details and view their accounts, including rent and water, as well as make payments, lodge maintenance requests and view transaction records.
Thanks to this new technology, our customers will be able to easily access services anywhere, any time and it means less frustration for tenants and applicants and more time for staff to focus on helping people with the greatest needs.
A chance to make a difference
DO you have a community infrastructure project that needs funding? Well, this is the chance for everyone across the Bathurst Electorate to make a real difference to their community.
If you have a community infrastructure project that needs support, you could be eligible for a grant from the NSW Government.
I am inviting community organisations across the region to apply for funding to support local projects under the NSW Government's Infrastructure Grants program.
There's $12.5 million available in the 2019/20 program for new or upgraded facilities across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and community infrastructure.
I would encourage local organisations to consider applying for a project that will help make a real difference to the local community.
The 2019/20 program has been expanded to support projects that build community connections and the application process has been streamlined to make it easier and quicker.
For the first time, the grants are available for projects that support youth, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence services as well as drought-affected communities.
Since 2013, the NSW Government has funded over 320 community projects worth $78 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.
The grants are made possible by the Clubgrants Category 3 Fund which re-invests profits from gaming machines into community projects.
Applications for the first round of funding for 2019/20 are open until Monday, August 26.
If community organisations are unsure whether their projects are eligible for a grant, they can contact 9995 0992.
To find out more information or to apply, please visit www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au.