Mayor's Column

Published on 19 April 2024

Mayor Jess Jennings

Royal Bathurst Show 

Congratulations to the organisers of the 155th Royal Bathurst Show. The show, regarded as one of the best west of Sydney attracted a huge crowd across the three days. The event is also a boost to the local economy with exhibitors, competitors and spectators travelling to Bathurst to take part.   

The Bathurst Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association has been at the heart of our community promoting agricultural activities for 160 years and it is so good to see that the tradition of the show continues to thrive and prosper in 2024. 

It was a pleasure to present the Champion Pavilion Commerical Exhibit ribbon to staff from Council’s Cultural Facilities. Led by the team at BMEC, the staff profiled Council’s cultural facilities which play an important role in enhancing the lifestyle of the region for residents and visitors.  


Bathurst NRL

The forecast for good weather and strong pre-game ticket sales are strong indicators for a large crowd at this Saturday’s Penrith Panthers versus Wests Tigers. The partnership between Council and the Penrith Panthers first started in 2014 and the event continues to grow in popularity year on year.  

Accommodation bookings are sitting at 80 percent occupancy rates and 70 percent of the almost 10,000 tickets sold are to fans from outside the 2795 postcode. All of this combines to create a valuable economic boost to our city and region with visitors enjoying not just Saturday afternoon’s NRL action at Carrington Park but also our city’s cafes, restaurants and accommodation outlets. 

It is also an exciting opportunity for young rugby league fans to meet their heroes at skills and drills session this afternoon or at tonight’s meet and greet.  

Let’s home the weekend is topped off with a Panthers victory


Jess Jennings

Mayor of Bathurst

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