State politics with Member for Bathurst Paul Toole

LOTS TO SEE: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is looking forward to the Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour this weekend.
LOTS TO SEE: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole is looking forward to the Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour this weekend.

THIS weekend is a time of joy for chocolate lovers like me, although we must not forget to go easy on the egg intake this Easter!

We also must not forget to obey the road rules if travelling to visit friends and family.

With a four-day weekend, closely followed by Anzac Day, we will no doubt see more cars on our roads.

The reality is that road safety is everyone's responsibility. Speeding, fatigue and driving under the influence continue to claim the most lives on our roads.

If you notice the kilometres creeping up, slow down. If you are tired or haven't had enough sleep, don't drive. And if you are under the influence, forget it.

If we all work together, we can make sure we all make it home safe and sound.

Don't forget, double demerits will be in force from Thursday, April 18 to Monday, April 22 and again from Wednesday, April 24 to Sunday, April 28.


THERE are some great Easter long weekend events occurring around the Bathurst electorate, and there really is something for everyone:

  • The Bathurst Wholefood Co-op Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday at the Macquarie Plaza Laneway, William Street. Stallholders will include local producers with a range of goods such as fruit and vegetables, breads, honey, garlic, homemade goodies, unique gifts and crafts. There will also be live music, kids' activities and much more!
  • The Bathurst Miniature Railway will operate on Sunday and there will be a range of activities available to attendees. Train rides are available, weather permitting, so remember to wear enclosed footwear.

Finally, a favourite of mine is the Hi-Tech Oils Bathurst 6 Hour. It is the third year of this now annual event, and it seems to be attracting more spectators each year.

More than 50 production based cars entered last year, and this weekend is set to attract a similar sized grid, albeit with more new model cars and big name co-drivers.

This year it will be great to see local talent Brad Schumacher and Brad Shiels and Blake and Kyle Aubin all competing in this event.

Whether you're travelling interstate this long weekend, or staying to enjoy one of Bathurst's many great events, I wish you a happy and safe Easter.