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Archive - March 2017

Council Responds to draft West District Plan
31 Mar 2017
Council Responds to draft West District Plan
Blue Mountains City Council has asked the Greater Sydney Commission to support the introductionof a R6 Residential Character zone for the Blue Mountains, as part of its submission on the draft West District Plan. 
LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards – March 2017 Winners
31 Mar 2017
LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards – March 2017 Winners
The winners of the LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards for the month of March 2017 have been announced by Lithgow City Council. 
School Holidays - Something for the Kids!
30 Mar 2017
School Holidays - Something for the Kids!
School holidays are here again – and for most, there will be a love hate relationship with parents happy to not be rushing out the door or struggling with the school run yet dreading those two words ‘I’m bored’ as their cherubs spend two weeks out of school. 
Lithgow Celebrates Youth Week 2017
30 Mar 2017
Lithgow Celebrates Youth Week 2017
Lithgow City Council is celebrating National Youth Week 2017 with a Manga Drawing Workshop hosted by Matthew Lin at the Library on Thursday 6 April from 3.30pm. 
Indigenous NRL International Greg Inglis accepts award of Jackie Brooks Medal
29 Mar 2017
Indigenous NRL International Greg Inglis accepts award of Jackie Brooks Medal
Last Thursday night, NRL South Sydney invited Jay Brooks to join the Captains coin toss between the Rabbitohs and the Roosters where he awarded NRL International & Superstar Greg Inglis his grandfathers medal to kickoff NRL Round 4, Rabbitohs vs Roosters at ANZ Stadium. 
Council Celebrates Restoration of Iconic Blinky Bill Bus Stop Magic
29 Mar 2017
Council Celebrates Restoration of Iconic Blinky Bill Bus Stop Magic
Many local residents and their children will remember how “the bush was alive with excitement” in Dorothy Wall’s Adventures of Blinky Bill. Now, the village of Glenbrook is alive with excitement at the completion of the new mural on the iconic bus stop. 
Virtual Launch of New National Facebook Page for Missing Persons
28 Mar 2017
Virtual Launch of New National Facebook Page for Missing Persons
The launch yesterday of the first National Missing Persons Facebook page will increase search efforts for those missing and boost support networks for those left behind. 
Concert to Showcase Local Talent for Youth Week 2017
28 Mar 2017
Concert to Showcase Local Talent for Youth Week 2017
Some of the most talented performers from Blue Mountains high schools will be presented in a Youth Week 2017 showcase at a special concert at Blaxland High School on Thursday 6 April. 
Southlands Breakthrough Award Recipients
27 Mar 2017
Southlands Breakthrough Award Recipients
Opera, theatre and a textile installation
Recipients of inaugural Southlands Breakthrough Award
 
Upcoming Community Planting Day
27 Mar 2017
Upcoming Community Planting Day
Planting Day to be held at Hassan’s Walls (near Cregans Lane) 
People with Disability take Control
27 Mar 2017
People with Disability take Control
My Choice Matters will empower Blue Mountains residents living with disability to get the most out of their lives and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme at a workshop at Katoomba on Tuesday 4 April. 
Cheaper Green Slips in 2017
26 Mar 2017
Cheaper Green Slips in 2017
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the news that NSW motorists are set to benefit from a fairer and more affordable CTP Green Slip Scheme under a proposal announced recently by the NSW Government. 
Kookaburra Kids Program Wins Bipartisan Support
26 Mar 2017
Kookaburra Kids Program Wins Bipartisan Support
A new program to support the children of Defence Force members who have a mental illness has won bipartisan support in Canberra. 
Council’s Financial Assistance Program Open During April
26 Mar 2017
Council’s Financial Assistance Program Open During April
Applications are now being sought from not-for-profit organisations to fund local community projects and activities under Council’s Financial Assistance Program. 
Cheeky Run Returns to Hydro
26 Mar 2017
Cheeky Run Returns to Hydro
Seat-swapping, hand-crossing bravura, drama, passion and cheeky fun will return to the original Blue Mountains party palace as a string of musical events rolls out during the next few months. 
Federal MP Focuses on Child Care
25 Mar 2017
Federal MP Focuses on Child Care
Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman has defended vulnerable families’ right to access quality childcare. 
Foster Carers Needed Now
25 Mar 2017
Foster Carers Needed Now
Stuart Ayres MP visited Wesley Dalmar Penrith and joined Wesley Mission staff and volunteers to raise awareness for the need for foster carers right across NSW. 
ANZAC Day Golf Classic Raising Funds for the Return of the Blackheath Rocket
25 Mar 2017
ANZAC Day Golf Classic Raising Funds for the Return of the Blackheath Rocket
The Rotary Club of Blackheath in conjunction with Blackheath Golf Club will run the 2017 ANZAC Day Golf Classic on Tuesday 25th April at Blackheath Golf Club. 
Youth Leaders Growing Mountains Community
25 Mar 2017
Youth Leaders Growing Mountains Community
The bright ideas borne from the 2016 Project NOW Youth Congress are becoming a reality with four community development projects now well on their way to success addressing environmental and social justice concerns of young people in the Blue Mountains. 
Harmony Day in the Blue Mountains
24 Mar 2017
Harmony Day in the Blue Mountains
An information stall about Harmony Day and what it means to our community, giving information about local organisations and communities in the Blue Mountains will be at The Hub in Springwood this weekend. 
Can You Help to Make Our Streets Safer?
24 Mar 2017
Can You Help to Make Our Streets Safer?
The NSW Police Force have set up a CCTV Register which has been established to record the location of CCTV installations across NSW. 
Local Heritage Funding Available
23 Mar 2017
Local Heritage Funding Available
Owners and managers of local heritage items are being encouraged to apply for funding for local conservation projects. 
Garden Cleanup Reminder: Book Now
22 Mar 2017
Garden Cleanup Reminder: Book Now
There is still time to book and take advantage of Lithgow Council’s free green waste collection. 
Blue Green Algae Alert Lifted at Lake Lyell
21 Mar 2017
Blue Green Algae Alert Lifted at Lake Lyell
Lake Lyell now declared safe. 
Applications Now Open for NAIDOC Week Grants
21 Mar 2017
Applications Now Open for NAIDOC Week Grants
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith encourages grassroots organisations to hold local events during NAIDOC Week 2017 and apply for a share of the $200,000 in grants to help celebrate the history, culture and accomplishments of Aboriginal people. 
Still Time to Get Involved with Council
20 Mar 2017
Still Time to Get Involved with Council
Lithgow City Council is again calling for nominations to join a number of Council Committees. 
Have Your Say on the Blue Mountains Destination Management Plan (DMP)
19 Mar 2017
Have Your Say on the Blue Mountains Destination Management Plan (DMP)
The draft Blue Mountains Destination Management Plan (DMP) has been released and submissions are open until 21st April 2017 for interested parties to have their say. 
Cuts to Community Legal Centres set to Hurt Blue Mountains Communities
18 Mar 2017
Cuts to Community Legal Centres set to Hurt Blue Mountains Communities
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, met with the Community Legal Centre representatives to hear their concerns about funding cuts to their services which are due to take effect from 1 July, along with shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen and shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. 
Wildlife Workshop 25 March 2017
18 Mar 2017
Wildlife Workshop 25 March 2017
Learn how to make your property more wildlife-friendly at this workshop in Hartley. On 25 March, landholders are invited to learn about wildlife of the western Blue Mountains and to find out how to make their property more wildlife friendly. 
Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts Workshops
17 Mar 2017
Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts Workshops
Gallery ONE88 Fine Art are offering two artists workshops in March and April. 
Black Birds - A Look at Life Through the Lens of Hair!
16 Mar 2017
Black Birds - A Look at Life Through the Lens of Hair!
Black Birds, billed by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the hottest 20 stage shows this year, is the latest production from The Q at The Joan. 
Master Class with Amanda Penrose- Hart
16 Mar 2017
Master Class with Amanda Penrose- Hart
Join artist Amanda Penrose- Hart 8 April for a masterclass in painting that will take you outside the studio, into the local environment to investigate and interpret suburban life.

 
Why You Should Care About the NBN
16 Mar 2017
Why You Should Care About the NBN
Despite the prominence of the National Broadband Network (NBN), many Australians are still unaware of the consequences of not connecting their premises once they have been declared NBN-ready. 
There is Still Time to Cash in with Coal Heater Rebates
15 Mar 2017
There is Still Time to Cash in with Coal Heater Rebates
Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie said today, “There is still time to take advantage of this alternate fuel rebate program. This year the rebates are $1,400 for pensioners, $1,000 for non-pensioners and $2,000 for commercial premises who replace their old coal heaters with cleaner heating alternatives.” 
Lower Mountains Arts Trail - April 2017
14 Mar 2017
Lower Mountains Arts Trail - April 2017
Yes, the Blue Mountains Arts Trails are on again in 2017! Saturday April 8, 2017 10:00 AM until Sunday, April 9, 2017 4.00 PM 
When the Rubbish is Gone, Nature Can Carry On - Clean Up Australia Day Success
14 Mar 2017
When the Rubbish is Gone, Nature Can Carry On - Clean Up Australia Day Success
A cash register, computer, and bags upon bags of rubbish and recycling were picked up throughout the Blue Mountains during this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 5 March. 
Slow Down in My Street - a Campaign for Safer Roads
13 Mar 2017
Slow Down in My Street - a Campaign for Safer Roads
Motorists are being asked to slow down on local roads and drive to the conditions. 
Autumn Adventures - Something for Everyone at The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery
12 Mar 2017
Autumn Adventures - Something for Everyone at The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery
Autumn is here; the heat leaves the day and the nights start to get darker earlier, the time when all work and no play are a recipe for a regretful Autumn. Now is the perfect time to go on an entertainment journey - participating, watching, ruminating on and talking about great works of art, whether you've caught them at the Penrith Regional Gallery or the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. Our Autumn calendar is brimming with so many events that getting to the must-sees alone could be a full-time job. 
Penrith Talks Innovation Series
11 Mar 2017
Penrith Talks Innovation Series
Join us for an evening with thought-leaders at the forefront of science, mathematics, health and education. 
Dave Graney & Clare Moore at Hotel Gearin
10 Mar 2017
Dave Graney & Clare Moore at Hotel Gearin
+ Special Guests Georgio “The Dove” Valentino & Patrizia F. (USA) 
For a Lazy Sunday Afternoon - a Music Festival Program not to be Missed!
10 Mar 2017
For a Lazy Sunday Afternoon - a Music Festival Program not to be Missed!
The Joan has stepped it up again this year, bringing you some of Australia’s most acclaimed jazz and world music artists in its 2017 Sunday Sessions. Put it in your diary and book your tickets now so you make the time to take time out for yourself! 
Jane Rutter at Blue Mountains Theatre
10 Mar 2017
Jane Rutter at Blue Mountains Theatre
"Flute Spirits & The Four Seasons" - in this unique and fascinating concert Jane Rutter plays up to 12 different classical and ethnic flutes. 
Lithgow’s Ancient Natural Landscapes Exhibition
10 Mar 2017
Lithgow’s Ancient Natural Landscapes Exhibition
During April, the Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be hosting an exhibition of photographic works by Julie Favell of Lithgow’s ancient natural landscapes. 
Million Paws Walk 2017
9 Mar 2017
Million Paws Walk 2017
Get ready for the greatest dog day of the year! 
Love Food Hate Waste Workshops in High Demand
9 Mar 2017
Love Food Hate Waste Workshops in High Demand
Blue Mountains City Council ran three successful ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ workshops during February in Katoomba and Springwood during the Slow Food Blue Mountains Summer Harvest Festival. 
FREE Micro-Chipping Open Day
9 Mar 2017
FREE Micro-Chipping Open Day
Walk up Micro-chipping open day to be held Saturday 11 March. 
Queer Screen's 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival is coming to the Blue Mountains
8 Mar 2017
Queer Screen's 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival is coming to the Blue Mountains
After the biggest Mardi Gras Film Festival in recent memory, Queer Screen is taking some of the biggest and best films on the road. Join us for screenings in the Blue Mountains 10 - 12 March, 2017. 
Council Upgrades Sports Precinct Carpark in Lapstone
8 Mar 2017
Council Upgrades Sports Precinct Carpark in Lapstone
Blue Mountains City Council has started work on the car park upgrade at the popular Lapstone Oval and netball precinct. 
Council Increases Waste Service Payout
7 Mar 2017
Council Increases Waste Service Payout
Blue Mountains City Council will increase the pay-out of legitimate claims of incorrect waste management charges from 2 years to 5 years after resolving to amend its current policy at its meeting last week. 
Home Library Service Morning Tea
7 Mar 2017
Home Library Service Morning Tea
Lithgow Library will be hosting a community morning tea celebrating the Home Library Service. 
Book Launch and Author Talk
6 Mar 2017
Book Launch and Author Talk
Lithgow Library Learning Centre will be hosting a Book Launch and Author Talk by Keith Painter on his new book Hassans Walls – Prized and Pillaged on Friday 24 March from 4.30 to 6.00 pm. 
Gilbert & Sullivan - HMS Morning Melodies at The Joan
6 Mar 2017
Gilbert & Sullivan - HMS Morning Melodies at The Joan
Come aboard the HMS Morning Melodies at The Joan on Wednesday 22 March at 11am for a rollicking concert of Gilbert & Sullivan’s devilish patter songs, jolly duets, a mega-finale and all the romance and mayhem of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Gondoliers and eight other glorious operettas. 
Lithgow Library Grand Opening Celebration
6 Mar 2017
Lithgow Library Grand Opening Celebration
Lithgow Library will be hosting a Grand Opening Event celebrating the refurbishment of the Library on Monday 13 March 2017 and everyone is invited to come along. 
LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards – February 2017 Winners
5 Mar 2017
LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards – February 2017 Winners
The winners of the LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards for the month of February 2017 have been announced by Lithgow City Council. 
Blue Mountains Bat Night - at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre Friday 10 March
5 Mar 2017
Blue Mountains Bat Night - at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre Friday 10 March
Scared of bats? Don’t be! Did you know bats are the only mammal capable of true flight and that bats account for about 20 per cent of all mammal species in the world? 
Blue Mountains Sculpture Exhibition recognised as a Flagship Tourism Event
5 Mar 2017
Blue Mountains Sculpture Exhibition recognised as a Flagship Tourism Event
Scenic World is pleased to announce that its iconic art exhibition, Sculpture at Scenic World, has been recognised as a regional flagship event after receiving a $20,000 grant from the NSW Government’s 2017 Flagship Event Fund. 
Cattle to Continue as part of Emu Plains Future
5 Mar 2017
Cattle to Continue as part of Emu Plains Future
Cows are coming to Emu Plains Correctional Centre with 100 beef cattle due to arrive in the middle of this year as part of the Corrective Services Industries’ Paddock to Plate programs. 
Lower Blue Mountains set to receive absurd NBN Rollout
4 Mar 2017
Lower Blue Mountains set to receive absurd NBN Rollout
The NBN has released new maps that show the type of technology and timing of the rollout through the Blue Mountains. 
Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba RSL Blue Room Stage moves to the Palais Royal Hotel Ballroom
4 Mar 2017
Blue Mountains Music Festival - Katoomba RSL Blue Room Stage moves to the Palais Royal Hotel Ballroom
The recent Katoomba RSL fire will see this year's Blue Mountains Music Festival (BMMF) RSL Blue Room stage move to the Palais Royal Ballroom in Katoomba St, just 350m from the main festival site. 
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre Receives $12,000
4 Mar 2017
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre Receives $12,000
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Alison James, President of the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre (BMCAC) to announce the success of their application for funding under the 2016 Community Building Partnership Program. 
$48 Million Investment in Protecting State’s Paramedics
4 Mar 2017
$48 Million Investment in Protecting State’s Paramedics
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Superintendent Ross Chivers at Penrith Ambulance Station to announce that the NSW Government will spend $48 million to provide an enhanced insurance scheme with a minimum of five years’ income protection for on duty claims, and a specialised health program for NSW Ambulance paramedics. 
Mental Health Taskforce Formed
3 Mar 2017
Mental Health Taskforce Formed
Following on from the very successful December 2016 Lithgow Mental Health Summit, Lithgow City Council in partnership with other agencies has formed a Mayor’s Mental Health Taskforce. 
New Health Trend Exercises Your Vocal Chords
3 Mar 2017
New Health Trend Exercises Your Vocal Chords
We all know that activities such as yoga, meditation, running and playing a team sport are good for your mind and body, but did you know joining a choir also benefits your health? 
Teen Journaling @ Lithgow Library
3 Mar 2017
Teen Journaling @ Lithgow Library
Lithgow Library will be hosting Teen Journaling sessions every Tuesday afternoon during school terms from 3.45pm to 5.00pm, starting Tuesday 14 March 2017. 
Nepean Football Association Celebrates Female Football Week
2 Mar 2017
Nepean Football Association Celebrates Female Football Week
The Nepean Football Association are pleased to announce that they will be following up their succesful Female Football Week Expo on Saturday 4th Feb with some additional Female Football Week celebrations in the FFA Female Football Week window. 
Battery Recycling Now Available at Lithgow Council’s Customer Service Centre & Libraries!
2 Mar 2017
Battery Recycling Now Available at Lithgow Council’s Customer Service Centre & Libraries!
Battery recycling tubes have been installed at a variety of locations within the Local Government Area (LGA) for use by residents to recycle their household batteries in an environmentally friendly way. 
Penrith Station’s Centre Piece Lifted into Place
1 Mar 2017
Penrith Station’s Centre Piece Lifted into Place
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced the new-look and fully accessible Penrith Station is starting to take shape after the giant canopy was lifted into place over the concourse while track work took place over the weekend (23-26 February). 
Glow Worm Tunnel Closure - Helicopter Operations Thursday 2nd March 2017
1 Mar 2017
Glow Worm Tunnel Closure - Helicopter Operations Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – 6:00am to 12:00pm (weather permitting) 
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