From the Mayor's Desk

Water Restrictions

Bathurst remains on Extreme water restrictions, however, there will be a change to the way we water our gardens from Monday, 24 February.

Deputy Mayor Bobby Bourke


The change has been triggered as a result of Chifley Dam reaching 29 per cent. The change in watering times will also ensure that residents can continue to water during daylight hours once daylight savings comes to an end.

Residents will no longer be permitted to use a hose, microspray system or other water efficient irrigation systems. Instead, gardens can only be watered using buckets or watering cans. Water times will also be simplified, with watering allowed before 10am or after 4pm, on Wednesdays and Sundays only for 30 minutes of filling time. This means that the 30 minutes will apply for the time it takes to fill buckets and watering cans.  Greywater that can be collected from showers, sinks and laundries can still be applied before 10am and after 4pm on any day.
Water restrictions are an important and necessary measure designed to reduce water consumption and give Council time to complete important water infrastructure projects to augment Council’s water supply. I would like to thank the community for your overwhelming support of water restrictions. Residents, businesses and community groups have been very responsive in adopting water conservation measures and complying with the water restrictions and helping preserve our water supply.

For more information please visit or call the water restrictions hotline on 6333 1683.

Rail Museum

The countdown is on and the excitement is building for the grand opening of the Bathurst Rail Museum. The museum will explore the stories of our community and the connection to rail history all within the historic Railway Institute site. The star exhibit is the 20 by 9 metre model layout with a light and audio visual display. The museum also contains a dedicated children’s learning area and play space with the biggest permanent wooden Brio set in the world as well as other interactive elements.

The museum will open to the public on Saturday, 22 February and entry to the museum entry is adult $15, concession $10, children (school age) $7 and family $35. I look forward to seeing you there.
Bobby Bourke
Mayor of Bathurst

Bobby Bourke
Mayor of Bathurst


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