From the Mayor's Desk

Council responds to COVID-19 restrictions

Yesterday a meeting was held with Scott McLachlan the Chief Executive of Western NSW Local Health District with Mayors and General Managers from across Western NSW to receive an update on the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information on the situation please visit and


Deputy Mayor Bobby Bourke

As Mayor, I’m have acted quickly to close all non-essential Council facilities to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to respond to the raft of changes and guidelines announced by the State and Federal Governments.

It is important we follow these guidelines to keep our community safe. We understand the closures will have a significant impact on our community and we are working to provide alternate business delivery methods for facilities like our library and information centre during the closure. Given the speed at which these decisions are made it will take us a little while to get these new systems in place, however the library staff for example, have already held their first online story time.

The following facilities have closed:

  • Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

  • Bathurst Library

  • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

  • Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum

  • Chifley Home

  • Bathurst Rail Museum

  • National Motor Racing Museum

  • Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

  • Basketball Stadium

  • Manning Aquatic Centre

Please visit the Council website to find how our other facilities and services have been impacted. 

I would like to assure you that Council's essential services including water, sewer and waste will continue.

Lastly, I would like to thank Council’s staff, the local emergency health services and the community for your continued dedication.

Bobby Bourke

Mayor of Bathurst



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