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Mayfield Wine & Food Festival Almost Here
25 Sep 2018
Mayfield Wine & Food Festival Almost Here
The Mayfield National Cool Climate Wine and Food Festival is nearly here, and there are some great local artists in the line-up. 
Enova Community Energy Expanding Across NSW
25 Sep 2018
Enova Community Energy Expanding Across NSW
NSW households and businesses will soon be able to join the community-led renewable energy revolution with Australia’s first community owned energy retailer, Enova Community Energy, looking to expand across the state.
 
Bell Shakespeare Presents: Julius Caesar - a Masterpiece of Intrigue and Treachery showing at The Joan
24 Sep 2018
Bell Shakespeare Presents: Julius Caesar - a Masterpiece of Intrigue and Treachery showing at The Joan
Loved by the people, Caesar’s power is growing – which is dangerous if you live in a world driven by ego and idealism. Those who rise too fast must be dealt with. For the good of the country. For the good of those who wish to be rulers themselves. 
Outdoor Pools Opening for Warmer Weather
24 Sep 2018
Outdoor Pools Opening for Warmer Weather
Our Blue Mountains Leisure Centres are gearing up for the Spring/Summer season. 
Lithgow to Hold Workshop to Help Young People Land That Interview!
24 Sep 2018
Lithgow to Hold Workshop to Help Young People Land That Interview!
Landing your first job can be tough. You have to find the right role and opportunity. Then put forward a dazzling resume and application, followed by that treacherous wait by the phone for an interview. Then once that interview has been extended; fret about what to wear and practice what to say. It may seem like climbing Donkey Mountain, but with the help of personal branding coach Debra Wylde you’ll be landing that job in no time. 
Christian Women Leaders United in Historic Visit to Canberra Advocating for Global Concerns
23 Sep 2018
Christian Women Leaders United in Historic Visit to Canberra Advocating for Global Concerns
Women leaders from across the denominations of Australia’s churches and Christian organisations have come together for an historic visit to Canberra. In addition to advocating for policies of justice and care for the world’s poor, the cohort will meet with Senior Ministers and Members of Parliament from both political parties, including some women MPs, to thank them for their public service and to encourage them to lead Australia in continuing its commitment to creating a just world. 
Inaugural Black Night Feast Planned for the Old Portland Cement Works
23 Sep 2018
Inaugural Black Night Feast Planned for the Old Portland Cement Works
A new satellite event for Lithgow Halloween is sure to have everyone celebrating their dark side. 
Unleash Your Inner Scientist! Join the Jenolan Caves BioBlitz!
23 Sep 2018
Unleash Your Inner Scientist! Join the Jenolan Caves BioBlitz!
What is a BioBlitz? It is a concerted effort to discover and record as many living things as possible at a particular location, over a set period of time. 
New Toilets at Wentworth Falls Lake Now Open
22 Sep 2018
New Toilets at Wentworth Falls Lake Now Open
The new toilet block at Wentworth Falls Lake is complete and open for use. 
Rock Solid Commitment to Defence Force Personnel, Veterans and Their Families
22 Sep 2018
Rock Solid Commitment to Defence Force Personnel, Veterans and Their Families
Australia will follow the United Kingdom’s lead under a Shorten Labor Government and sign a Military Covenant to show the country’s support for current and former Defence personnel. 
Successful Grant Funding for Hassan’s Walls Reserve
22 Sep 2018
Successful Grant Funding for Hassan’s Walls Reserve
Lithgow Council has received $30,000 through the Public Reserves Management Fund Program (PRMFP) for environmental works in Hassan’s Walls Reserve. 
Evergreen Ensemble New Album Launch:  Snow In Summer
21 Sep 2018
Evergreen Ensemble New Album Launch:  Snow In Summer
When Evergreen Ensemble presented their magnificent concert program in 2016, the Blue Mountains Theatre audience was enraptured. We are delighted to welcome this exceptional musical group back to our stage for the launch of their new album and Australian tour, Snow In Summer. 
Mayoral Team Elected Unopposed for Two Year Term
21 Sep 2018
Mayoral Team Elected Unopposed for Two Year Term
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill was re-elected as Mayor for a two term at last night’s Council Meeting. The Mayor has served 15 years as a Councillor for Ward 4, including the last five years in the role of Mayor. 
Blue Mountains Fauna Project
21 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Fauna Project
Imagine you’re cleaning out your gutters and you find a micro bat amongst the leaf litter. Local Blue Mountains resident William Lewis did just that and made sure to log his find with the Blue Mountains Fauna Project. 
What's On in October at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery
21 Sep 2018
What's On in October at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery
All the info you need for the upcoming events at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. Here's an overview of what's happening in October. 
Be Prepared: Get Ready Weekend 2018
20 Sep 2018
Be Prepared: Get Ready Weekend 2018
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is inviting people to get involved in Get Ready Weekend and come along to a local event to meet their local firefighters. 
Keep Informed of the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
20 Sep 2018
Keep Informed of the New Nepean River Bridge Opening
Work is continuing to surge ahead on the new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Nepean River at Penrith with the bridge on track to open later this year. 
NDIS Calculator Counts the Cost of Disability Support
20 Sep 2018
NDIS Calculator Counts the Cost of Disability Support
With more than 460,000 people expected to receive a disability support package from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by 2020, the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) has developed an online calculator to help people understand the costs of support services that someone may be eligible for under the NDIS. 
Senator Payne Announces New Funds for Local Community Safety in the Blue Mountains as Deadline Looms
19 Sep 2018
Senator Payne Announces New Funds for Local Community Safety in the Blue Mountains as Deadline Looms
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne has called on community organisations and Blue Mountains City Council in Macquarie to apply for a share of up to $1 million in funding through the Safer Communities Fund. 
Exhibition of Local Talent at Lithgow Library
19 Sep 2018
Exhibition of Local Talent at Lithgow Library
Dilettante Artists Exhibition!

A dilettante artist is someone who creates art for pleasure. A dabbler! 
New Scenic Cableway Now Welcoming Visitors Following $4m Upgrade
18 Sep 2018
New Scenic Cableway Now Welcoming Visitors Following $4m Upgrade
Scenic World will open the doors to the new Scenic Cableway today following a four million dollar upgrade as the third generation family owned business continues to evolve in line with the changing needs of its guests. 
First it was Film, Now Music Comes Under Federal Spotlight
18 Sep 2018
First it was Film, Now Music Comes Under Federal Spotlight
Blue Mountains musicians and music industry participants are running out of time to have their say on the future of the industry as part of a national inquiry. 
Blue Mountains National Park – Temporary Track Closure: Giant Stairway, Katoomba
18 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains National Park – Temporary Track Closure: Giant Stairway, Katoomba
Please note the Blue Mountains National Park Katoomba will temporarily close the following walking track for repairs. 
JM Robson Aquatic Centre Maintenance Shutdown
17 Sep 2018
JM Robson Aquatic Centre Maintenance Shutdown
From 29th September 2018 to 7th October 2018, JM Robson Aquatic Centre has scheduled shut down times to enable contractors to complete urgent works. 
Come and Celebrate Lah-Lah's 10th Birthday at The Joan!
17 Sep 2018
Come and Celebrate Lah-Lah's 10th Birthday at The Joan!
Sing and Dance for Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday at the Joan! Gather up your little ones, pull out your best stripy gear and get ready to celebrate at the biggest party around! Pre-school musical favourites Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band are turning 10 and are celebrating at The Joan on Friday 12 October as part of their national tour.
 
Support for Family Day Care Vital for Local Families
16 Sep 2018
Support for Family Day Care Vital for Local Families
Family Day Care providers in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury will face a new approach to compliance that is less adversarial and more consultative under a Shorten Labor Government. 
Hammons Holdings Executive Appointments Pave Way for Future Success
16 Sep 2018
Hammons Holdings Executive Appointments Pave Way for Future Success
Hammons Holdings, owner of Scenic World, has announced a reshuffle amongst its leadership as the third generation family owned business looks to share talent and expertise throughout Hammons Holdings’ expanding portfolio of tourism businesses. 
Spring School Holiday Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
16 Sep 2018
Spring School Holiday Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
Be enchanted these Spring school holidays with Sculptures in the Garden; a fun and delightful series of workshops that celebrate the fantastic garden at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest - perfect for spring!
 
Investigation Works Begin at Glenbrook, Kingswood and Hazelbrook Stations
15 Sep 2018
Investigation Works Begin at Glenbrook, Kingswood and Hazelbrook Stations
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith on Friday announced that early investigation work has now commenced at Glenbrook, Hazelbrook and Kingswood stations as part of planning work for accessibility upgrades being delivered through the NSW Government’s Transport Access Program. 
First Artists Announced for the 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festival!
15 Sep 2018
First Artists Announced for the 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festival!
The 24th annual Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues (BMMF) returns to scenic Katoomba on March 15, 16 and 17 in 2019, with an incredible line-up of local and international artists. 
Leura Gardens Festival 2018 - New Format
15 Sep 2018
Leura Gardens Festival 2018 - New Format
Planning is well underway for the 2018 festival which will have a new format this year. 
Lee Kernaghan Announces Final 2018 Dates on his Massive 25th Anniversary Boys from the Bush Tour
14 Sep 2018
Lee Kernaghan Announces Final 2018 Dates on his Massive 25th Anniversary Boys from the Bush Tour
With a string of dates in November and December, Lee brings to a close an incredible almost two-years celebrating his seminal outback club album. 
"The Cockroaches" Invade Lithgow's Halloween!
14 Sep 2018
"The Cockroaches" Invade Lithgow's Halloween!
This year’s Lithgow Halloween on Saturday 27 October has a jam packed entertainment program with the great 80’s band The Cockroaches announced as the headline act. 
Book Launch This Weekend at Galleryone88 - Wraith
13 Sep 2018
Book Launch This Weekend at Galleryone88 - Wraith
WRAITH - A compelling sci-fi adventure with a darkly humorous storyline that engages Young Adult readers to contemplate modern environmental issues.

Emceed by local artist Victor Peralta and official launch by Trish Doyle MP. Book sales, signings and refreshments following the launch. 
Calling on Mountains Musos and Residents to Save Our Marine Parks
13 Sep 2018
Calling on Mountains Musos and Residents to Save Our Marine Parks
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman is urging Blue Mountains residents and local musicians to help save Australia’s marine parks. 
New Regional Tourism Campaign: ‘Wake Up With’ the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith
12 Sep 2018
New Regional Tourism Campaign: ‘Wake Up With’ the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith
The Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith are showcased in a new cooperative tourism marketing campaign, developed by Destination NSW in partnership with the Regional Strategic Alliance. 
Compost Hub is Ready for Champions and Contributors!
12 Sep 2018
Compost Hub is Ready for Champions and Contributors!
It’s not quite online dating but Council is hoping to match food scraps with compost bins across the Blue Mountains, with the launch of the Compost Hub program. 
Rare Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies Thriving at Jenolan
11 Sep 2018
Rare Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies Thriving at Jenolan
Around 70 years ago, brush-tailed rock wallabies were common at Jenolan Caves and part of the attraction. But by 1992, they were almost extinct. Continuous fox control on the reserve over the past 20 years has seen rock-wallaby numbers increase dramatically. 
On the Stoop + Special Guests The Lost Mariachis at The Baroque Room Relaunch
11 Sep 2018
On the Stoop + Special Guests The Lost Mariachis at The Baroque Room Relaunch
Fusion Boutique has been invited to present the first public live music concert at the relaunch of Carrington Hotel's 'Baroque Room', following extensive refurbishments and equipment upgrades. 
Jenolan Caves Announces Zhijingdong Geopark Sister Caves in China
10 Sep 2018
Jenolan Caves Announces Zhijingdong Geopark Sister Caves in China
It has recently been announced that Jenolan Caves will be entering a Sister Cave agreement with Zhijingdong Global Geopark in Guizhou province, China. 
European Wasp Management Information Session at Lithgow Library
10 Sep 2018
European Wasp Management Information Session at Lithgow Library
Following a season of high European Wasp activity and community interest, Council has organised a free information session to assist property owners safely manage this pest on their properties. 
Bike Week 2018 – Free Kids Bike Skills Workshop
9 Sep 2018
Bike Week 2018 – Free Kids Bike Skills Workshop
Enjoying the fun and freedom of bike riding is definitely one of the joys of childhood. 
Call For Submissions Now Open for Sculpture at Scenic World 2019
9 Sep 2018
Call For Submissions Now Open for Sculpture at Scenic World 2019
Scenic World is now welcoming submissions for the eighth annual Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition which will transform the ancient rainforest into an outdoor art gallery from April 5 to May 5, 2019. 
Blue Mountains Groups Get Funding Boost
9 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Groups Get Funding Boost
Two Blue Mountains organisations will share in $57,000 to undertake maintenance thanks to the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. 
Swampfest is Coming to Leura on 23 September
8 Sep 2018
Swampfest is Coming to Leura on 23 September
Why do waterfalls flow even during drought?
What’s the difference between a crayfish and a yabbie?
What local plant still living today was a likely dinosaur snack 200 million years ago? 
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Locals Ride Free Weekend
8 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus: Locals Ride Free Weekend
What's big, red, the only one of its kind in the world in a national park and the only one that doesn't live in a city? The hop-on/hop-off Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. 
Scottish Folk: Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante + Wombats Crossing in Concert
8 Sep 2018
Scottish Folk: Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante + Wombats Crossing in Concert
Scottish Folk: Alan Reid (Ex-Battlefield Band) and Rob Van Sante + Special Guests Wombats Crossing in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse Upstairs for ‘Metro Social’ Katoomba Blue Mountains, Friday 28th September 2018 
Western Sydney Artists Premier New Theatre Work at Sydney Fringe Festival
7 Sep 2018
Western Sydney Artists Premier New Theatre Work at Sydney Fringe Festival
This year The Sydney Fringe Festival has partnered with Q Theatre in Penrith to provide more opportunities for Western Sydney based indie artists through the creation and presentation of two fantastic shows. 
Makers Market – 2018 Long Weekend Edition
7 Sep 2018
Makers Market – 2018 Long Weekend Edition
Scenic World is hosting the Makers Market – 2018 Long Weekend Edition to celebrate the talents of Blue Mountains artisans who contribute so much vitality to our region. 
'Dust': An Exhibition About Insects, Collections and Heritage Buildings
6 Sep 2018
'Dust': An Exhibition About Insects, Collections and Heritage Buildings
The last artistic event of the Academy’s 2018 program ‘Dust : An exhibition about insects, collections and heritage buildings’ opens on Saturday 15 September. 
An Atmospheric Journey from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to New Australian Music
6 Sep 2018
An Atmospheric Journey from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to New Australian Music
Coming soon to The Joan; an entire concert dedicated to the sounds of the seasons matched with brand-new Indigenous dance in Four-Colour-Season presented by The Song Company and The Thomas E.S Kelly Project on 28 September. 
Blue Mountains Residents Get Their Chance to Have a Say on My Health Record
5 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Residents Get Their Chance to Have a Say on My Health Record
Blue Mountains residents now have a chance to have their say on the My Health Record system, with a Senate inquiry underway. 
Blue Mountains Leads the Way on Reducing Waste to Landfill
5 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Leads the Way on Reducing Waste to Landfill
Blue Mountains City Council has been following the popular ABC TV series, ‘War on Waste’ with great interest. The documentary has attracted national attention and action and provides an opportunity to reflect on our own success in managing waste in the Blue Mountains. 
Why You Need to Switch to the NBN
4 Sep 2018
Why You Need to Switch to the NBN
The National Broadband Network (NBN) has prompted national conversations over the last few years, and much of the time the view has been negative. It was heralded as a revolutionary high-speed Internet service before being labelled as a political disaster and repurposed to use much of the existing phone network. This backflip, combined with lots of technical jargon like hybrid fibre-coaxial, CVC and POIs, has left many Aussies feeling confused and frustrated. 
Blue Mountains Endorses City Deal Liveability Projects
4 Sep 2018
Blue Mountains Endorses City Deal Liveability Projects
Blue Mountains City Council is nominating six key projects for up to $15 million of funding under the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program. 
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