E is for extensive: Get books and magazines on your smartphone
RESIDENTS in our region who don't have a library membership can now become temporary e-members of the library for three months.
The library's free eLibrary offers thousands of e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines that can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Temporary e-members will have access to extensive online collections, including eLibrary apps, Kanopy film streaming, e-research resources (such as Encyclopedia Britannica and National Geographic Virtual Library) and Kids Online that includes Story Box Library, online learning games, coding and more.
Current members can already access these resources with their membership number and password.
However, a new e-membership has been introduced so more people can join the library and obtain access to this wide range of e-resources.
To register, visit the library website and you will be sent a member confirmation and details on how to get started.
The temporary membership can be easily transferred to a permanent membership when the library doors open again.
For more information, visit www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/library or phone 6333 6281.
Support for small businesses
WITH extended restrictions in place, we need to get behind our local businesses.
Our businesses add so much to our community and we need to support those that continue to operate during this challenging time.
From September 10 to October 4, council will run an online campaign to support all businesses in our region.
The campaign will include:
- A list of businesses in the Bathurst LGA with their operating hours and how to purchase their products or services.
- Social media posts promoting business including food, retail, beauty, automotive, medical, health, professional services, and trade.
- Competitions to encourage residents to shop locally.
To be listed, visit bathurstregion.com.au and fill in the registration form, or give council's Events Team a call on 6333 6111.
Vaccinations at Kelso Community Hub
NSW Health is running a vaccination clinic at the Kelso Community Hub.
The clinic is open today (Thursday) and Friday from 10am to 4pm and offers Pfizer vaccines for eligible people.
It is important that we give all sections of our community a chance to easily access vaccinations.
If you haven't had the chance to get the jab yet, this is another opportunity for our residents and their families.
PLEASE remember to follow the public health orders currently in place and to get tested if you are feeling unwell.
NSW Police are also conducting Operation Stay At Home in an effort to keep the region safe.
Mayor Ian North
Prepare now so you'll know what to do when the heat is really on
NOW is the time to discuss with your family and prepare your Bushfire Survival Plan.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents to heed this important message as we fast approach the bushfire season.
Please take the time to prepare, and ask your local brigade questions.
People can't become complacent, so it's vital that everyone takes the time to prepare and know what they will do in the event of a house, bush or grass fire.
You dramatically improve the chances of you and your home surviving a devastating bushfire by doing a few simple things such as cleaning out your gutters, trimming overhanging branches and completing a Bushfire Survival Plan.
NSW RFS volunteers have been busy preparing for this season by undertaking hazard reduction burns, preparing emergency response plans and maintaining firefighting equipment.
Our community is well protected by our emergency services, but we must assist them by taking the time to get prepared.
Being aware and prepared is everyone's responsibility, whether you're at home, at work or away on holidays.
Find out more about the steps you can take to get ready for a bushfire at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/getready
Anzac community grants
IT'S great to be able to announce that applications are now open for $2000 grants for projects supporting local veterans or boosting awareness of their role throughout Australia's military history.
I would urge local organisations to consider applying for funding under the Anzac Community Grants Program.
Veterans past and present served to keep us safe and this is a great chance to recognise their sacrifices, while enriching our communities.
We're seeking projects that not only recognise the important service of our veterans but also educate future generations about their sacrifices.
Grants cover four categories: local community historical research and education; preservation or display of war memorabilia; public commemorative events, arts and culture; and support to members of the NSW veteran community.
Applications are open to individuals and not-for-profit organisations including local government authorities, non-government organisations, ex-service organisations and educational institutions.
Applications can be submitted online until 5pm on November 11, 2021.
Go to veterans.nsw.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-community-grants-program