It's that time of year again when Bathurst welcomes race fans to Mount Panorama for the Bathurst 1000. One of the truly great sporting events held in Australia, hundreds of thousands of spectators will flock to the Iconic Mountain over the four days of the event, starting this Thursday and culminating with the Great Race on Sunday. Importantly for the Central West, this is a time when the wider regional economy receives a massive tourism boost which is part and parcel of an event of this magnitude. I should note that this year there's a new experience waiting for motorsport fans to when they come to town. It was only last month that I had the great pleasure of opening the new Immersive Room in the National Motor Racing Museum and what a treat it is for fans. Bathurst Regional Council partnered with the NSW Government with each contributing $50,000 to make the Immersive Room become a reality. The room features three large screens which play an 11-minute video on a loop, featuring a combination of historic footage from Mount Panorama dating back to the 1960s as well as special footage filmed earlier this year. It's an experience that will leave you with a better feel for what it's like to race around our Mountain, so make it a part of your Race Week memories.
Cost of Living
The Cost of Living initiative continues to be a success story in the making. It was launched in July 2018 to make it easier for residents to access a range of NSW Government rebates and savings in one convenient location. Free one hour appointments with a Cost of Living Specialist are available at most Service NSW Centres across the state by calling 13 77 88. The initiative has now evolved and as of this month there's more than 70 NSW Government rebates and savings. After feedback from the community, there is now a "Home" category of rebates and savings, including: Council rate rebates, private rental assistance, rent choice, First Home Owners Grant and First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme. Other Cost of Living initiatives such as the Active Kids and CTP refunds prompted the NSW Government to ensure people are aware of another 40 or more rebates and savings from various government agencies including: Family Energy Rebate, Low Income Household Rebate, NSW Gas Rebate, Referrals to the energy Made Easy Website and NSW Spectacles Rebate. I would urge everyone to look closely at the range of Cost of Living opportunities that may be available to them to ensure they don't miss out of the potential savings that could be coming their way. For further information go to www.service.nsw.gov.au.