Media Releases

Jobs Expo provides community with real opportunities

MEDIA RELEASE   6 November 2014

Bathurst Regional Council is supporting local job seekers by bringing industry and employers together for the first BATHURST JOBS EXPO on Tuesday 25 November from 10am – 6pm at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre.

Bathurst Mayor Cr. Gary Rush said the Bathurst Jobs Expo will provide direct access to employment options and career education for all kinds of job seekers.

"Council is focused on supporting jobs and growing the economy for the ongoing benefit of the community.

"We recognise there has been some negative job growth results in the last few months locally which reflects a national trend in reductions in the manufacturing sector but remain confident as the unemployment rate for the Bathurst Region remains consistently lower than the rest of NSW.

"However we know that the Bathurst economy still has one of the fastest growth rates in regional NSW with +1.69% population growth and +2.2% GDP growth* from the previous year.

"The key to ensuring that growth continues is to improve collaboration between business, industry and government to improve confidence of job seekers.

"Growing jobs in the area is crucial not just for those who are unemployed but for Council, business and industry wanting to attract people to live, study, invest and visit our city.

"The Bathurst Jobs Expo offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career to hear from industry experts and meet with a diverse range of organisations," he added.

Over 20 exhibitors including; Charles Sturt University, VERTO, Adecco, TAFE Western, The Widdon Group, and Nestle have already signed up and Council's Economic Development team hopes this will grow in the coming weeks.

Exhibitors will provide direct access to employment and career opportunities for job seekers of all experience levels and skills, with current local vacancies displayed on a big screen throughout the expo.

Job seekers can register prior or arrive on the day to get advice on;

- changing employment status

- returning to work

- updating resume

- interview techniques and performance

- leaving school and looking for an apprenticeship,

- or thinking of transitioning into retirement.

Interactive one-on-one sessions will also be available for those interested in practicing their job interview performance and receiving free resume appraisals.

To receive a free resume appraisal at the Bathurst Jobs Expo, simply upload your resume to the Employment Help Desk website:

To register your attendance or to upload your resume for review go to

Keep updated on the Bathurst Jobs Expo event facebook page:

To register an exhibit please call Tracey Trudgett-Gale on 180044 88 96 or email

More information: Victoria Erskine Media & PR Officer


* Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2014

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Further stats can be found at the Bathurst Region website by clicking on the Economic Profile page -


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.