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Camping 2013

Thank you for your attendance at this year event. Our Bathurst community appreciates your support. As you are aware, new shower partitions were installed by ‘Waterloo’ a local manufacturer for the benefit to our football and cricket teams along with the visiting regional teams. Being in the infancy stage, Tent Town is growing in popularity therefore improvements need and will be made, any suggestions would certainly be welcomed.

Jake and Kellie were the ‘100th caller’ winners for 2013. Their complimentary site could not have gone to better individuals. Jake’s dream became a reality and below you will find a newspaper article.

Those that attended the 2013 event were eligible for what now will be known as:-


Tent Town Awards  (x5)

The following recipients have been awarded a “free campsite” to the 2014 Bathurst 1000 (9th -12th October, 2014) event at Paddy’s Hotel with compliments Tent Town. The ‘winners’ were judged and approved by Paddy’s Hotel and Tent Town management.

Community Service:

Long Brothers – this being for the reporting (triple 000 call was made) of a nearby bushfire on race morning during the fierce wind storm. Approximately 2 acres of shrub was burnt and thankfully exterminated by our local Rural Fire Brigade.



Simon and the boys – the display of ‘Jim Beam & Jack Daniels’ flags. Paddy’s Hotel promoted both with representatives present, well done.


‘Keeping up with the Jones’:

None other than the Jones family – arrived in style, top quality, top line, immaculate condition with the surname to match, any relation?


Paddy’s Hotel: 

Troy & family – in appreciation for the support shown to the use of hotel facilities (bar and bistro).


Work and Play:

Greg and family – exactly as displayed, whether intentional or not.


Newspaper Article  –  with Jake’s permission                                  Western Advocate,   17th October, 2013

  Lowndes makes dying fan’s wish come true 


 DYING WISH:  Bundaberg V8 Supercar fan Jake Pettersson saw his dying wish  come true when he met star driver Craig Lowndes during race week. 


V8 Supercar star Craig Lowndes has a heart of gold.

He took time out from a hectic race week schedule to make a dying man’s special wish come true.

Jake Pettersson, 53, has terminal cancer. His brain and lungs are riddled with the killer disease and he knows his time is limited.

One of the final things Jake wanted to do was to meet Lowndes and, thanks to Bathurst mayor Gary Rush and a lucky draw as part of the Paddy’s Hotel Tent Town initiative, it became a reality.

According to Peter Crewes from Tent Town, Jake’s partner Kelli Thurson rang up with an enquiry about camp sites and, because she was the 100th caller, she won a free site for race week.

“Kelli broke down in tears when I told her the good news,” Mr Crewes said. “It turned out her partner, Jake, doesn’t have long on this earth.”

Mr Crewes said he wrote a letter to Bathurst mayor Gary Rush and told him about Jake’s wish and, thanks to his help and that of Michaella Press from council’s communications team, a one-on-one meeting with Craig Lowndes was organised.

“Well, Jake and Kelli and their son Harley arrived early last Wednesday morning, just in time for the transporter parade up William Street,” he said. “But the big moment came following the autograph session with the drivers in Kings Parade at lunchtime.

“Craig spent 15-20 minutes with Jake and even refused requests from his entourage to leave to stay a little longer with the one-on-one chat. “Warren Luff and Jamie Whincup also made time to meet Jake, making this memorable moment even more special.”

Mr Crewes said Tent Town operates on the belief that the outside money should be retained locally where the events are held, helping the city’s sporting clubs and community groups.

“This year, shower partitions were installed in the amenities block at Paddy’s Hotel, benefiting local football and cricket teams, along with visiting teams.”

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