From the Mayor's Desk

Water Restrictions and Gardening Workshops

I have had the opportunity to meet with two state government ministers this week, The Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronwyn Taylor MLC and Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections Anthony Roberts MP, and was able to raise the issue of the drought and water security with both of them.

Mayor Bobby BourkeIn response to the drought, extreme water restrictions commence on Monday 14 October and will apply to everyone connected to the Bathurst town water supply. By working together as a community, we will help conserve this precious resource for as long as possible.

To assist, Council has a range of information available on our website and we are also running a series of free water wise gardening workshops. The first of these workshops will be held next Thursday 10 October.

The interactive two-hour workshops are presented by horticulturist and award-winning gardener, Dhyan Blore and are designed to give gardeners plenty of tips and tricks for gardening under Extreme water restrictions.
More information on Extreme water restrictions and to register for the gardening workshops, visit

Headmasters Residence

Headmasters residence upgrade Work has started on preservation works at the Headmaster’s Residence in Howick Street. The works are being funded through a $60,000 Stronger Country Community Fund grant from the State Government and $200,000 from the Drought Communities Fund from the Federal Government. Initial works are focussing on removal of contamination to ensure further works can be undertaken on site safely.

Further plans are being drawn up for the staged underpinning of the walls of the building as part of the ongoing restoration of the residence.

Samoan Schoolboys Rugby Visit

Council played host to members of the Samoan Schoolboys rugby team on Friday prior to their match against a Central West Schoolboys team at Ashwood Park on Saturday. For local players it was a chance to match themselves an international side and while the scoreline may have been firmly in the Samoan side’s favour there were plenty of positives to take out of the encounter for the locals. The opportunity to take on a team that has a number of players who are likely to make the Samoan national team in years to come will be a story the Central West players will tell for many years to come.

Bobby Bourke

Mayor of Bathurst


This week in the Mayor's Diary

Thursday 3 October
Inland Sea of Sound Launch

Friday 4 October
Corrective Services NSW Swearing in Ceremony and Graduation

Wednesday 9 October
Driver and Transporter Parade
B-Rock Super Wednesday

Thursday 10 October
Legendary Moments Dinner