From the Mayor's Desk

Tickets for drive-in cinema selling fast

The tickets for the drive-in cinema, brought to you by McDonald’s Bathurst, went on sale earlier this week. The event is already proving to be a popular attraction with 500 tickets sold within the first 24 hours. It had significant interest from both regional and metropolitan postcodes.

Deputy Mayor Bobby Bourke

The drive-in cinema experience will have something for everyone featuring children’s films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the Emoji Movie and family favourites like Karate Kid and Jumanji. The list also includes comedies, romance, action and scary films. The Bathurst Winter Festival is on from 4-19 July. Bathurst will come together to celebrate by feasting on regional food, listening to online music gigs from local artists and immersing in the illumination display. The event supports local businesses and the local entertainment industry as well as ensuring the community feels connected and the spirit of the Winter Festival is kept alive. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Funding for Bathurst Airport

 Sixty regional airports will receive $41.2 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Airports Program with Bathurst Airport to receive $500 000. The funding will assist with significant maintenance projects such the taxiway upgrades. This investment is important as it results in more money being invested into the development of a key transport asset to stimulate local businesses and boost transport, logistics and flight-training related jobs. The airport plays a vital role in sustaining and boosting the local economy being a key facilitator of both tourism and to conduct business. The airport provides improved linkages to metropolitan hubs and improvements to airport facilities make this transport hub more accessible with more visitation volumes possible. This funding will improve our city’s reputation as a destination and a hub for businesses.

 Dam Levels

 As of 23 June, Chifley Dam was at 37.1 per cent capacity and Winburndale was at 90.8 per cent capacity. While it is good news that the dam levels continue to slowly rise, I ask everyone to continue to be Water Wise and save water where they can. For more information visit


Mayor Bobby Bourke

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