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THE ISSUE of Bathurst CBD parking has once again come to light after deputy major Ian North and Bathurst Business Chamber President, Stacy Whittaker called for a long-term solutions.

CBD business owners have conceded there is no simple way to combat the issue with suggestions parking designated for working staff could take away a spot of a prospective customer. A trial was previously conducted to introduce nose-in parking and while it could allow more accurate parking leading to more car parks, roads were deemed too narrow for the system. One local business owner says Council could improve parking by with a mobile parking enforcement so motorists were more likely to move their cars and free up space.



NATIONALS CANDIDATE for the federal seat of Calare, Andrew Gee says close to 3 million dollars will be spent on road upgrades in the region under a re-elected Coalition Government.

He says 1.42 million dollars will be allocated to upgrade Clergate Road at Orange by widening and strengthening the existing pavement, intersection upgrades and adding a right turning lane while an additional $1.5 million will be provided to upgrade Browns Creek Road in the Blayney Shire. Mr Gee says providing better roads are critical for local heavy vehicle operators who are transporting produce to and from the region.




 THE FUTURE of the CSIRO telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri in regional New South Wales are in jeopardy with a looming shortfall in funding by Astronomy Australia Limited.

An email to CSIRO astronomy staff says there would be significant changes to operations from July 2017 if the shortfall was not met. Swinburne University astronomy professor Matthew Bailes uses the Parkes telescope regularly and says he would be shocked if it stopped working in the short to medium term. However, the mayor of Parkes Ken Keith says while he was initially concerned about the reports he has been assured there are no plans to close the site.The Parkes radio telescope is currently a part of a five-year agreement with Stephen Hawking and his consortium to search for aliens.


mergingCABONNE MAYOR, Ian Gosper says his council has completed making its submissions to the Land and Environment Court against forced amalgamation with Orange and Blayney Councils.

The council has teamed up with Oberon Council and other small Councils to engage lawyer Peter King to argue their case. Councillor Gosper says it’s now a waiting game with Judge Preston’s decision expected in two to six weeks. He says Cabonne Council is keeping its options open to lodge an appeal and seek an injunction to prevent the proclamation of a merger with Orange and Blayney Councils should the legal challenge be unsuccessful.



bill hughesAWARD WINNING film director and current home and away director, Bill Hughes will be bringing a film making master class to Bathurst later this month.

As part of the Cut to the Chase master class tour Mr Hughes along with Susie Maizels aim to take participants through the highs and lows of structuring their own screenplay. With over 30 years’ experience between them, the duo’s master class is suitable for those interested in acting, directing, producing, script writing and film making. The master class is limited to fifteen places and held on June 25 and 26 from 10am to 6pm.



 Credit: Western Advocate

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