What's News 7 June 2024

Published on 07 June 2024


Draft Policy | Local Government elections caretaker period policy

In the lead up to Local Government elections, Councils have restrictions placed on them. The aim of the Policy is to ensure the Council, community and staff are aware of what Council can and cannot do during the caretaker period prior to a Council election. The draft Policy largely reiterates the provisions of the Local Government (General) Regulations 2021, and in particular Clause 393B. The draft Policy reflects the previous practices of Council, although now formalised in a Policy.

Council has placed on public exhibition on this policy which aims to ensure the Council, community and staff are aware of what Council can and cannot do during the caretaker period prior to a Council election.

Council invites written submissions in relation to the draft Policy. Submissions should be lodged with Council no later than 18 June 2024.



Bathurst Region Heritage Assistance Funds

Applications are now invited for small grants to assist property owners to repair and conserve older buildings and for community members or groups to interpret the region’s heritage and history.

Owners of heritage items and older properties, and community groups with an interest in Bathurst’s local heritage and history are encouraged to apply for funding.

Applications for funding must be made on Council’s Application Form which is available on Council’s website at https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/heritage-assistance-funds

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 June 2024.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Council’s Strategic Planning

Section on 02 6333 6211.


Bathurst Steam Weekend 8-10 June

At the Rail Museum

All weekend: Music, coffee, 20% off entry for steam train ticket holders

Saturday: Working steam machines on display

Sunday: Markets

Steam train rides on beyer-garratt 6029 locomotive.

Tickets: https://www.thnsw.com.au/bathurst


ALGWA election forum

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) will host a forum in Bathurst for women interested in standing for Council in this year’s local government elections. The ALGWA NSW executive members will share their knowledge and experience to support women attendees.

The forum will be held on from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 29 June at the Council Chamber in Russell Street.

To register call (02) 6333 6205.


2024 Local Government Elections | Nominations webinars

The NSW Electoral Commission will host a series of webinars will be held for Councils and political participants in the lead-up to the 2024 NSW Local Government elections.

For more information and to sign up to the webinars https://elections.nsw.gov.au/elections/local-government-elections/2024-nsw-local-government-elections


Bathurst Regional Youth Council 2024/2025 applications open

Applications are now open for the 2024/2025 Bathurst Regional Youth Council. The Bathurst Regional Youth Council consists of young people aged between 12 and 24 years and is an opportunity for them to engage with the Bathurst Regional Council and other youth service providers. Members of the Bathurst Regional Youth Council have the opportunity to develop and promote youth-friendly activities, voice young people’s opinions and concerns, raise awareness of youth issues, and develop an understanding of Local Government’s planning and operational processes.

Application Forms are available from schools or Council’s website bathurst.nsw.gov.au/youth. Applications open Monday 20 May 2024 and close 4:00pm on Monday 17 June 2024.  For more information please call Council’s Community Services section on (02) 6333 6523.


Lantern Making Workshop and Parade

Registrations are now open to take part in the lantern making workshop and parade at this year’s Bathurst Winter Festival. Learn how to make awe inspiring lanterns with Phil Relf on Saturday 6 July from 10am – 3.30pm then join the lantern parade at the Bathurst Winter Festival Opening Night. All are welcome to come along and join in the fun. The lantern making workshop is free to attend however participants are require to register at: https://www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au/Festival-Program/Around-Town/Lantern-Making-Workshops-Parade


2024 Bathurst Careers Expo

The annual Bathurst Careers Expo provides the chance for job-seekers and school-leavers to explore their career prospects with over 80 exhibitors in attendance, ranging from educational institutions to large and small businesses based in the Central West.

When: Wednesday 31 July 2024

Time: 9am – 3pm

Location: Charles Sturt University Gymnasium

Interested in being an exhibitor? Register here https://bathurstliveinvest.com.au/event/2024-bathurst-careers-expo


The Bathurst Winter Festival is back

The Bathurst Winter Festival is almost here and it’s time to start planning your Winter adventure this July school holidays! Tickets to the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink are on sale from Wednesday the 8th of May. Make sure to follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram, and head to www.bathurstwinterfestival.com.au to keep up to date with all the exciting festival program announcements.


Pillars of Bathurst

2024 nominations are now open for the Pillars of Bathurst project which recognises people who have played an important part in the development of our community.

Information is available on the Bathurst Library website and submissions close 31 August 2024. For more information: https://library.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/Research-History/Pillars-of-Bathurst


Author Talks @ the Library

Deep listening to Nature

Friday 14 June 2024 | 11am

Bookings: (02) 6333 6281

Master nature sound recordist, Andrew Skeoch, will guide you into hearing the languages of nature; developing your auditory awareness, identifying species by ear, recognising behaviours and repertoire, and finding empathy with the voices of other beings.  

Deeper listening allows us to discern the integrity of entire ecosystems, the influence of evolution and earth time, and reveal what the communications of the biosphere tell us about how nature functions to sustain itself. Andrew’s presentations are accompanied by vibrant recordings and spectrogram analysis that shows the beauty of birdsong.  You’ll hear the environment around you in a whole new way. 


Graeme Simison and Anne Buist In Conversation

Saturday 29 June 2024 | 5.30pm

Bookings: (02) 6333 6281

Anne is professor of psychiatry, Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and author of five psychological thrillers. Graeme is author of the Rosie Project series and other bestsellers.

Graeme’s Rosie Project series has sold over six million copies. Anne’s five crime novels have been published in Australia and overseas. Their first joint effort was an international bestseller. Their latest novel The Glass House, is set in an acute psychiatric ward: illuminating Anne’s 35 years' experience as a psychiatrist and Graeme’s deft handling of weighty topics.

Join the authors in conversation with actor, playwright and former ABC journalist, Dr Kay Nankervis.

They will talk about their books, writing as a couple and their mission to visit every bookshop in Australia.


Media contact: Lilli Reid  Digital Communications Officer

P: 02 6333 6592  

E: Lilli.Reid@bathurst.nsw.gov.au