Plenty of chances to soak up Race Week atmosphere
RACING fever has hit our city and it's wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying our region in the lead-up to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this Sunday.
I'd like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has travelled from far and wide to experience some of the very best Bathurst has to offer.
Yesterday's Transporter and Drivers' Parade through the centre of our city was a hit with visitors and residents.
I'm sure that the Saturday Street Fair at Kings Parade, packed with plenty of family-friendly activities, will prove just as popular.
The Legendary Moments Dinner is on tonight featuring Greg Murphy and Steven Richards. It's an opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the world of racing from some legendary motorsport identities.
Speaking of memories and experiences, the National Motor Racing Museum at the base of Mount Panorama is filled with memories of the personalities and achievements of Australian motorsports.
The museum houses a collection of approximately 50 cars and 60 bikes. It includes an extensive collection of images, trophies and other racing history memorabilia.
With Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000 at the heart of the displays, the exhibits in the museum cover the spectrum of Australian motor racing.
The history of speedway, solar, drag, rallying, open wheeler, sports car as well as touring cars is told. The history of motorbike racing has also been given significant attention.
If you haven't had a chance to visit yet, now is the perfect time to explore this treasure trove of memories.
This is an exciting time of year to be in Bathurst. So make sure you come out with friends and family and enjoy the variety of events and attractions that are on offer.
Bathurst mayor Bobby Bourke
All roads leading to the mighty Mount Panorama
IT'S that time of year again when Bathurst welcomes race fans to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 1000.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators will flock to the iconic Mountain over the four days of the event, starting today and culminating with the Great Race on Sunday.
Importantly for the Central West, this is a time when the wider regional economy receives a massive tourism boost.
I should note that this year there's a new experience waiting for motorsport fans when they come to town.
It was only last month that I had the pleasure of opening the new Immersive Room in the National Motor Racing Museum.
Bathurst Regional Council and the NSW Government each contributed $50,000 to make the Immersive Room - which features three large screens which play an 11-minute video on a loop, featuring a combination of historic footage from Mount Panorama dating back to the 1960s - a reality.
Rebates and savings
THE Cost of Living initiative continues to be a success story in the making.
Launched in July 2018, it makes it easier for residents to access a range of NSW Government rebates and savings in one location.
Free one-hour appointments with a Cost of Living Specialist are available at most Service NSW Centres across the state by calling 13 77 88.
After feedback from the community, there is now a "Home" category of rebates and savings, including council rate rebates, private rental assistance, rent choice, First Home Owners Grant and First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme.
Other Cost of Living initiatives such as the Active Kids and CTP refunds prompted the NSW Government to ensure people are aware of another 40 or more rebates and savings from various government agencies, including the Family Energy Rebate and Low Income Household Rebate.