Drive-in cinema tickets selling fast
THE tickets for the drive-in cinema, brought to you by McDonald's Bathurst, went on sale earlier this week.
The event is already proving to be a popular attraction with 500 tickets sold within the first 24 hours. It had significant interest from both regional and metropolitan postcodes.
The drive-in cinema experience will have something for everyone, featuring children's films such as Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and the Emoji Movie and family favourites like Karate Kid and Jumanji.
The list also includes comedies, romance, action and scary films.
The Bathurst Winter Festival is on from July 4-19. Bathurst will come together to celebrate by feasting on regional food, listening to online music gigs from local artists and immersing in the illumination display.
The event supports local businesses and the local entertainment industry as well as ensuring the community feels connected and the spirit of the Winter Festival is kept alive.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au
Funding for Bathurst Airport
SIXTY regional airports will receive $41.2 million in funding from the Federal Government's Regional Airports Program, with Bathurst Airport to receive $500,000.
The funding will assist with significant maintenance projects such as the taxiway upgrades.
This investment is important as it results in more money being invested into the development of a key transport asset to stimulate local businesses and boost transport, logistics and flight-training related jobs.
The airport plays a vital role in sustaining and boosting the local economy, being a key facilitator of both tourism and to conduct business.
The airport provides improved linkages to metropolitan hubs and improvements to airport facilities make this transport hub more accessible with more visitation volumes possible.
This funding will improve our city's reputation as a destination and a hub for businesses.
AS of June 23, Chifley Dam was at 37.1 per cent capacity and Winburndale was at 90.8 per cent capacity.
While it is good news that the dam levels continue to slowly rise, I ask everyone to continue to be Water Wise and save water where they can.
For more information, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/waterrestrictions
Mayor Bobby Bourke
Testing times are back again
DRIVER testing will be back at full capacity from July 1 thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
All customers will be able to book a driver test online, via phone or in a Service NSW Centre.
Thanks to the co-operation and discipline of so many people, Service NSW has been able to reintroduce driver testing.
Appropriate safeguards will remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, such as disposable seat covers, hand sanitiser and gloves. Customers will also need to sign a statutory declaration confirming they are well enough to take the test.
Drivers now have a simpler, faster and more COVID safe way of moving from one licence level to the next.
Getting your licence for the first time is a major milestone for a young person, while many others rely on their licence for employment or mobility.
As driver testing was closed for three months due to COVID-19, Service NSW is expecting a high demand for this service. An additional 50 driver testers have been hired across the state to increase the number of tests available to customers.
For more information on driver testing, please visit www.service.nsw.gov.au
More on the buses (and trains)
HEALTH experts have advised that capacity on all modes of public transport can now be increased in a COVID safe way, so I'm pleased that regional transport services will be able to carry greater numbers of passengers to the bush from July 1 as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
We want to see people back in our regions, so it is great news we can now activate the next stage of the COVIDSafe Transport Plan.
From next month, the regional NSW TrainLink rail fleet will allow for 34 customers per carriage, up from 16, while coaches will allow for 22 customers, up from 12.
The new physical distancing capacities will mean more people will be able to book ahead on our regional rail and coach services and take trips to popular regional destinations for the July school holidays.
For those who use our intercity fleet or regional buses, especially travelling to and from work or school, you should continue to find the green dots for the safest places to sit and stand. This will mean not sitting directly next to, in front of, or behind anyone.
We want to hear from veterans
THOSE in the veterans community now have the chance to complete a survey or attend one of the forums being held across the state to share their views and highlight the issues they face to best determine the appropriate support they require.
I encourage all veterans to participate and be part of the response.
The survey will be open until Friday, July 17. To participate in the survey, visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/survey