From the Mayor's Desk

For the third year in a row, Council is supporting the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. The initiative involves spending 20 minutes counting birds in a backyard or somewhere in the local area.

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This is a fun and interactive way for families to spend time together outdoors in addition providing vital information on local bird species. The data assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where we reside.

We have many local birdwatching spots such as Boundary Road Reserve, the Macquarie River, parts of Mount Panorama, Elmo Lavis Park at Raglan, Wambool Nature Reserve at Walang and the Peel Common. There are also parks and reserves at Hill End, Sofala, Rockley and Trunkey Creek.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count runs from 22 to 28 October during National Bird Week. I would like to encourage everyone to join a guided bird walk at Albens Reserve on Sunday, 21 October at 8am. The reserve is only open to the public a few days a year and this a great opportunity to learn more about local bird species. For more information visit the Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page.

Desexing your pet can greatly reduce the number of animals that are surrendered to the Small Animal Pound. Council in partnership with the RSPCA will run a community pet desexing program from November 19 to 30. The program provides pensioners and low-income earners a subsidised cost for the desexing of cats and dogs, with the cost of microchipping included. For more information visit

Graeme Hanger OAM
Mayor of Bathurst

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Saturday, 20 October

Local Government NSW Annual Conference
Sunday, 21 October

Local Government NSW Annual Conference
Monday, 22 October

Local Government NSW Annual Conference
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