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Proclamation cairn finds new home as Flag Staff project moves forward

MEDIA RELEASE      30 October 2014

The memorial cairn that has been the only marker at the Bicentennial River Park of the site where Governor Macquarie proclaimed the township of Bathurst, will have a temporary home in storage as it is removed from the park today as construction of the Bicentennial Flag Staff moves to the next stage.

Bathurst Mayor Cr Gary Rush said the memorial which was the most significant infrastructure project for the city's bicentenary, would create a lasting legacy of the city's place as part of the national story of the opening up of inland Australia.

"It's great to see ground really breaking here and is exciting to see the site starting to take shape.

"For too long this site of national significance has been understated and has not received the attention the story deserves as the true gateway to regional Australia and this new monument will better reflect the very rich cultural heritage we have here in Bathurst.

"This modern yet commemorative structure will be the quintessential representation of our city and how far we have come. It will tell the story as witnessed by the traditional owners of the land, the Wiradjuri people of the proclamation of Bathurst by the European settlers and create a significant new cultural tourist attraction for the region."

The cairn will be taken by council and held in a secure location for storage and restoration before the unveiling of the Flag Staff on Proclamation Day, 7 May 2015.

The Flag Staff project is a key legacy event of the Bathurst 200, commemorating the anniversary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie erecting a Flag Staff in 1815 at the site which marked Bathurst as Australia's first inland settlement and signaled the opening up of inland Australia.

Local architects Bialowas and Associates were the successful applicants for the design of the Flag Staff structure with construction being undertaken by contracting company Tablelands Builders Bathurst. The structure will feature a glass pyramid at the base of the Flag Staff, showcasing the newly restored cairn, which will be located in the centre of the viewing concourse with a picturesque view over the historical Macquarie River.

The monument development will incorporate a number of features including an accessible storage unit for the outdoor council staff and to accommodate upkeep of the grounds surrounding the Flag Staff. The edges of the viewing concourse will also feature flowers dedicated to Governor Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth, being the Governor Macquarie Rose and the Elizabeth Macquarie Iris.

Other developments in the construction process include the removal of the public toilet blocks from the Bicentennial River Park by the end of this week, which will be later replaced with new toilets for public use within the Flag Staff structure.

More information: Victoria Erskine Media & PR Officer

Picture below taken at the Flag Staff construction site: Left to right - Phil Hampton, Project Manager, Tablelands Builders with Bathurst Mayor Cr Gary Rush and John Stephens on Bobcat.

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Council and State Government show joint support for RFS

MEDIA RELEASE                                         29 October 2014

Council and State Government show joint support for RFS

Bathurst Regional Council has been instrumental in contributing to the announcement this morning of $3million in State Government funding for a new NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Control Centre in Bathurst.


Bathurst Tourism Message Maximised with V8 Supercars partnership

MotorRacingMuseum2Media Release      14 October 2014

Excitement for the Bathurst200 bicentenary celebrations has been built through Council's partnership with V8 Supercars during the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Six promotional packages aired throughout the V8 Supercars Network Seven telecast with a peak audience of 3.775 million showcasing a number of exciting attractions and Bathurst experiences on offer.

Bicentenary Celebrations Committee Chair and Mayor, Cr Gary Rush said the colour pieces had been an addition to the 2014 broadcast to give Bathurst's diverse attractions international airtime.

"This money can't buy opportunity was a gift to Bathurst from V8 Supercars and the start of our promotion for the Bicentenary," he said.

"We took the opportunity to use the huge race watching audience to give people a taste of what more Bathurst has to offer including our food, culture, family fun and historical attractions," he said.

Nissan driver, Michael Caruso and a film crew spent two days in Bathurst compiling the stories.

The six pieces focused on the following;

History & heritage: Chifley Home, Macquarie River site of proclamation

Food & wine: Cobblestone Lane, Webb & Co, The Hub

Villages & gold: Chesleigh homestead, Sofala

Family attractions: Fossil & Mineral Museum, Adventure Playground

Culture: Keppell St, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Motor racing: National Motor Racing Museum

"A lot of filming goes into producing 90 seconds of television and I'd like to thank the local businesses who co-operated with the crew to tell these other stories of Bathurst. The coverage is invaluable to Bathurst and we are going to continue to use the clips to give some profile to the 'untold stories'."

The themes and locations were developed from insights provided in the Destination Management Plan recently completed as part of Bathurst's tourism strategy.

"This is one of the lesser known benefits to hosting the race, the leverage of the PR opportunities that can promote Bathurst to a wider audience. Not many towns have a chance to have a professional production crew produce and broadcast10 minutes of news stories at no cost.

"As well as celebrating within our local community, we will use the Bicentenary to encourage people to visit Bathurst in 2015 and that means working with television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online media all over the country."

The series of Bathurst clips are now live on the "bathurst200" You Tube Channel; (also found via a link on the website)

In addition to the on-air packages Council secured Bathurst200 signage on Mount Panorama attracting major media attention while the site and logo were featured on the front, back and inside of the Erebus Team Beko #9 Mercedes-Benz AMG, throughout the event.

In 2015 Bathurst will celebrate its bicentenary as the mainland's oldest inland European settlement in Australia. A year long celebration is planned with a calendar full of events and activities for people of all ages and interests.

Interview opps: Ross McDonald – The Hub, Heath Smith – Cobblestone Lane, Mike Cody – Chesleigh Homestead

More information: Victoria Erskine Media & PR Officer