From the Mayor's Desk


Congratulations to everyone in our community for your continued commitment to getting the Covid-19 vaccination. According to the latest statistics released by the Australian Government’s Operation COVID Shield, as at 17 October, 93.1 per cent of the Bathurst Local Government Area population aged over 15 have received their first dose and 81.8 per cent have had their second dose.

Friday 22 October, is the last day of a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Local Aboriginal Land Council (149 Russell Street). The first or second dose of Pfizer is available to anyone aged 12 years old and over. The clinic runs from 10.00am to 12.30pm. .

Animal Desexing Program

I would like to urge pet owners who qualify for the animal desexing program to get their dog or cat desexed. Desexing your pets can help prevent unwanted litters, reduce the risk of illness and aggressive behaviour, and limits instances of pets roaming. Being a responsible pet owner protects your pet and our community. The next animal desexing program will commence on Monday, 1 November. The program is open to pensioners, Newstart/Jobseeker and healthcare card holders who are residents of the Bathurst LGA. The animal must be microchipped and identified on the microchip register system to benefit from this program. The subsidised cost is as follows: Dog Female $70.00 Cat Female $55.00 Male $55.00 Male $40.00 Microchipping, pain relief and first vaccination is included for both dogs and cats. Places are strictly limited, and bookings are essential at the following vets: Stewart Street Veterinary Hospital 6331 1222. Bathurst Central Animal Hospital 6332 5800.

Welcoming new businesses

As our economy reopens and starts to recover from the impact of restrictions, I am very pleased to welcome Cheap as Chips to Bathurst. This new business was officially opened this week and it’s exciting to see businesses being established in our city and boosting local jobs. This demonstrates that Bathurst is a growing city with a resilient and diverse economy. Now is a more important time than ever to support our businesses both large and small. They provide a valuable contribution to our region’s economy. Council is currently running the Buy Local Gift Card Giveaway where shoppers just need to spend $10 or more at a participating store from now until 26 November to go into the draw to win $100. Three winners will be drawn each week. For a list of participating stores or information on how to enter visit Mayor of Bathurst Ian North


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