Blog post 2
Week 2 15th-21st October 2018
After my crazy first week in Bathurst I didn’t think that my next week could be anymore full on, how wrong I was. On the Monday, after eating the best ice cream of my life (hazelnut chocolate at Anne’s ice cream parlour) I attended a youth council working party meeting where we discussed upcoming events, they have all planned as a group. I also questioned the group and Youth Mayor on their role in the community and had discussions following on from this. Later on, in the day I also went on the local 2BS radio station where I discussed being in Bathurst and my thoughts so far.
Tuesday was a very interesting day, I helped the Business Chamber host their BX Business talks an then attended it myself. It was a very insightful day learning from a social media sociologist and business futurist and was great to see so many local Bathurst businesses attend too. I then visited the mental health charity Headspace in Bathurst and found out all about the amazing work they do that is so vital to the young people in the area. Following this I visited the Reliance Bank start-up Upstairs facility where I learnt how the facility helps to support new business and enterprises, and how the internet café is available to all of Bathurst for free proving access to technology a, Wi-Fi and services. – which is a real asset to the community.
On Wednesday the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went to nearby Dubbo, so mayor Graeme and I set off to try and catch a glimpse. Despite the thunder and lightning I managed to see Harry’s wonderful speech from less than 20 metres away and was right on the barrier when they drove past – a success! Graeme and I later attended a council meeting where during the Public Questions time I spoke about my work in Bathurst so far and gave thanks to everyone supporting me, it was also a good opportunity to hear from local people the changes they wish to see occur in Bathurst.
On the 18th I headed to do my skydive! This was the most amazing experience and the weather turned out perfect for it, enabling me to see for miles the farmland and cityscapes. I even got too steer the parachute and taken us through a cloud, I really recommend this to everyone and I will certainly be doing it again further up the East Coast soon! The rest of the day was left to seeing Sydney, driving over the Harbour Bridge and exploring Manly.
Thursday was another adrenaline filled day as I went to the Blue Mountains, getting to see the Three Sisters and other famous sites. Scenic World is perhaps the best way to see the Blue Mountains and I did so by going on Australia’s highest cable car, with a glass bottom overlooking the canopy and travelling on the worlds steepest train! In the evening I attended lots of events, including the Mayoral Reception held at the Motor Museum, the public cool Climate Wine Tasting, and a performance by L-Fresh the lion with the Mitchell Chamber orchestra. It’s fair to say, Thursday was a manic day!
On Friday, I maintained my adrenaline rush by participating in my first ever 5km Park Run! Which certainly wasn’t easy, but it was fun, and I can definitely say I will be doing the Cirencester runs when I’m home! That being said, I am having way too much fun in Bathurst to think of coming home yet!
Link to headspace website for if you would like to find out more or to donate to the charity: