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Archive - April 2017

Step Right Up, Step Right Up - Circus Oz is in Town!
30 Apr 2017
Step Right Up, Step Right Up - Circus Oz is in Town!
Soaring to new heights Circus Oz, is fired up to bring Model Citizens to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May, treating Penrith to its only Sydney shows on this tour. 
Labor’s Plan for Housing Affordability & Jobs
30 Apr 2017
Labor’s Plan for Housing Affordability & Jobs
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, has welcomed Labor’s package of reforms to improve housing affordability, create jobs, increase financial stability and reduce homelessness. 
Have Your Say on Council’s Farmers Creek Precinct Masterplan
30 Apr 2017
Have Your Say on Council’s Farmers Creek Precinct Masterplan
Lithgow City Council has endorsed the Farmers Creek Precinct Masterplan for public exhibition. 
Everglades Opens Closet of Secrets
29 Apr 2017
Everglades Opens Closet of Secrets
Everglades Historic House & Gardens will provoke and challenge environmental change by opening its closet to a secret stash of exotic animals in June. 
Celebrating World Labyrinth Day in the Blue Mountains
29 Apr 2017
Celebrating World Labyrinth Day in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains residents are invited to celebrate World Labyrinth Day as part of the official launch of Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat on Saturday May 6. 
Gypsy Masquerade Ball with Lolo Lovina
29 Apr 2017
Gypsy Masquerade Ball with Lolo Lovina
Lolo Lovina’s 10th Birthday Celebration Party Masquerade Ball held in the 1930’s Metro Retro Bar / Restaurant.

Come and join us for an intimate and entertaining Gypsy Ball. 
Federal MP Welcomes Government Backflip on Legal Centre Funding
28 Apr 2017
Federal MP Welcomes Government Backflip on Legal Centre Funding
The Federal Government's decision to reverse the planned cuts to community legal centres from July 1 has been welcomed by the Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman. 
Funky Band’s Album Launch at Hotel Blue Katoomba
28 Apr 2017
Funky Band’s Album Launch at Hotel Blue Katoomba
Funk Engine’s “Taking a Ride” CD debut: Hotel Blue, Katoomba Sunday 30 April

“Tight playing and ripping talent” – Classikon
“Intelligent, well-nuanced work” – Sydney Arts Guide
“Pogson is one of the most multi-talented young musicians on the scene.” – Cut Common Magazine 
Be Seduced by the Songs of Baby et Lulu this Saturday 29 April at Blue Mountains Theatre
28 Apr 2017
Be Seduced by the Songs of Baby et Lulu this Saturday 29 April at Blue Mountains Theatre
Baby et Lulu is the charismatic musical partnership between Abby Dobson, songstress extraordinaire and former frontperson for the platinum selling Leonardo’s Bride, and Lara Goodridge, violinist/singer with the celebrated string quartet FourPlay. 
Anzac History Talk at Lithgow Library
27 Apr 2017
Anzac History Talk at Lithgow Library
To help commemorate Anzac Day, Lithgow Library Learning Centre will host special guest speaker John Low, who will present a history talk titled ‘Left Behind: Anzac War Horses of World War 1’ on Friday 28 April 2017 from 10.30 to 11.30am. 
Party Palace Shines Light on Naughty Heritage
27 Apr 2017
Party Palace Shines Light on Naughty Heritage
The original Blue Mountains party palace will shine a light on its past – the naughty and the nice – when a Vivid-style lighting display is projected onto its famous white exterior this Friday evening. 
Chalmers Lookout Upgrade Complete
27 Apr 2017
Chalmers Lookout Upgrade Complete
The view from Chalmers Lookout over Glenbrook Gorge is even better following an upgrade by Blue Mountains City Council. 
Grand Canyon Loop Carpark - Partial Closure
26 Apr 2017
Grand Canyon Loop Carpark - Partial Closure
The Loop Carpark will be partially closed to allow for storage of construction materials from Wednesday 26th April to Wednesday 3rd May. 
Fred Smith 'Dust of Uruzgan' Book Tour
26 Apr 2017
Fred Smith 'Dust of Uruzgan' Book Tour
Concert and stories from his memoir accompanied by visual projections of some stunning photos from Afghanistan to be held at the Kindlehill School Performance Space. 
Mosaic Muse Dazzles and Entertains
25 Apr 2017
Mosaic Muse Dazzles and Entertains
When you bring together four of the Blue Mountains’ most talented musical theatre artists, combined with a diverse smorgasbord of musical numbers, the result is a highly entertaining show that celebrates the magic of Broadway. In Mosaic Muse’s Broadway Bites, each of the four stars bring their own uniqueness to the stage, shining in equal proportions of brightness. 
Every Child is a Star - National Family Day Care Week
25 Apr 2017
Every Child is a Star - National Family Day Care Week
Now in this its fifth year, National Family Day Care Week is running from Monday 1 May to Sunday 7 May 2017. The week is about recognising and promoting the important role that family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of more than 212,820 children across Australia. 
Rhythm Hunters & Sonori at Katoomba Community Centre
25 Apr 2017
Rhythm Hunters & Sonori at Katoomba Community Centre
Rhythm Hunters are excited to be bringing their infectious dance grooves back to the Blue Mountains for another special show in Katoomba at the community hall.
Supporting on the night is local electro-acoustic four piece Sonori.
 
Gaslight Set to Thrill
23 Apr 2017
Gaslight Set to Thrill
Audiences will be transported to a time where lives were illuminated by the flickering flame of the gas, when the Richmond Players stage the devilish thriller, Gaslight this May. 
Give Mum an Experience to Remember this Mother's Day
23 Apr 2017
Give Mum an Experience to Remember this Mother's Day
A heads up - it's Mother's Day on Sunday 14 May! 
New Sporting Facilities Boost Play at Mulgoa Rise
22 Apr 2017
New Sporting Facilities Boost Play at Mulgoa Rise
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies inspected brand new sporting facilities at Mulgoa Rise set to benefit thousands of local players. 
Young People Growing for Charity in Community Garden
22 Apr 2017
Young People Growing for Charity in Community Garden
A food forest has taken root in Springwood thanks to the inspiration of a group of local young people who will donate the fruits of their labour, literally, to people in need. 
Coalition delivering $120,000 for CCTV in Leura
21 Apr 2017
Coalition delivering $120,000 for CCTV in Leura
The Coalition Government is delivering on their election commitments in Macquarie under the Safer Communities Fund to boost community safety across Australia. 
Rochelle Summerfield – A Wayfarer on the Nepean
21 Apr 2017
Rochelle Summerfield – A Wayfarer on the Nepean
At Penrith Regional Gallery & the Lewers Bequest until May 21. 
Gamers, Muster your Meeples!
21 Apr 2017
Gamers, Muster your Meeples!
Games enthusiasts, amateurs and experts, muster your meeples and dust off your dice for a day of board game fun at Springwood Library on Saturday 29th April for International Tabletop Day 2017. 
Funding for Local Heritage and the Nepean River
20 Apr 2017
Funding for Local Heritage and the Nepean River
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has marked this year’s National Heritage Festival by announcing a $40,000 grant to the Blue Mountains Council to undertake conservation work on state heritage listed Lennox Bridge. 
Seeking Australia’s best Crime Prevention Programs
20 Apr 2017
Seeking Australia’s best Crime Prevention Programs
The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice, is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA), which play a vital role in highlighting effective, community-based initiatives to prevent crime or violence before it is committed. 
Top Instagrammers Set to Snap and Showcase Penrith and its Surrounds
19 Apr 2017
Top Instagrammers Set to Snap and Showcase Penrith and its Surrounds
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that five of Australia’s top travel and lifestyle instagrammers are set to visit Penrith and its surrounds this month, as part of a social media campaign designed to showcase the region’s top attractions and boost the local tourism economies. 
State Heritage Nomination for Eskbank House and Museum
19 Apr 2017
State Heritage Nomination for Eskbank House and Museum
Lithgow City Council has nominated Eskbank House and Museum for inclusion on the State Heritage Register. 
Writers' Journeys: A Sydney Writers' Festival Event
18 Apr 2017
Writers' Journeys: A Sydney Writers' Festival Event
What does it take to be a writer? Blue Mountains Library and Varuna, The Writers' House pose this question for a special Sydney Writers' Festival event on Saturday 27 May at Katoomba Library (10am to 1pm). Designed for keen readers and aspiring writers, the event will showcase four exciting and award-winning Australian authors who are prepared to tell all about the highs and lows, and the laughs and heartaches of becoming published. 
Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre would like You to Become Involved with your Community
17 Apr 2017
Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre would like You to Become Involved with your Community
Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre are calling on local community members to get involved with some of their projects. 
Program Release - Varuna & Sydney Writers’ Festival: 27-30 May
17 Apr 2017
Program Release - Varuna & Sydney Writers’ Festival: 27-30 May
Varuna the National Writers’ House is hosting exciting Sydney Writers’ Festival events during 27-30 May in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains, featuring bestselling national and international writers and a film-maker. 
Ruby Productions presents Cosi
16 Apr 2017
Ruby Productions presents Cosi
An hysterical Australian play opens soon, don’t miss out on seeing this great production! 
Mosaic Muse Offers Musical Buffet
15 Apr 2017
Mosaic Muse Offers Musical Buffet
Four well known Blue Mountains performers have banded together to bring you an evening of great songs from some of the best musicals performed on Broadway or in the West End. Featuring the talents of Matthew Herne, Virginia Fortunat, Nikki Giezekamp-Bakija and Gail Waizer this awesome foursome have over 100 years of experience between them, on which to draw. They came together following Blue Mountains Musical Society’s production of Phantom of the Opera in 2015 in which they all played a major role. 
Thank You to our Community Planting Volunteers
14 Apr 2017
Thank You to our Community Planting Volunteers
Lithgow is a community who cares about their environment. 
Tips to Help Keep Kids Safe on Farms
14 Apr 2017
Tips to Help Keep Kids Safe on Farms
A favourite holiday adventure is to take the family to a Farm Stay. 
Mayor Welcomes Council Membership On Western Sydney Airport Forum
13 Apr 2017
Mayor Welcomes Council Membership On Western Sydney Airport Forum
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, announced the membership of the Forum on Western Sydney Airport on Monday 10 April, including Blue Mountains City Council’s nominee, Mr Luke Nicholls, as a Local Government member. 
Double Demerits - Think Twice
13 Apr 2017
Double Demerits - Think Twice
Transport for NSW in association with NSW Police have developed the ‘Double Demerits - Think Twice' road safety campaign to encourage safer driving on our roads. 
Travel Safely these School Holidays
13 Apr 2017
Travel Safely these School Holidays
School holidays are a great time to pile in the car and seek an adventure! Be sure to plan to drive at times when you would normally be awake and alert to ensure you arrive safely. 
Youth Week 2017 Events a Huge Success!
12 Apr 2017
Youth Week 2017 Events a Huge Success!
The Lithgow Youth Week 2017 events were celebrated in style at the Lithgow Library with a Manga Workshop and demos at the Lithgow Skate Park this past week. 
Thinking On Your Feet - Workshop Shows How
12 Apr 2017
Thinking On Your Feet - Workshop Shows How
Improve your Improvisation skills with a Theatresports grand champion. On Saturday 22 April, during the upcoming school holidays Blue Mountains Library is offering a one-day, one-off course in improv skills. 
Dubbo Dairy Brings Fair Trade Produce to Blue Mountains
11 Apr 2017
Dubbo Dairy Brings Fair Trade Produce to Blue Mountains
Communities in the Blue Mountains can now join the fair milk pricing movement with a local, family owned dairy adding the region to their milk run. 
2016 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards Presentation Night
9 Apr 2017
2016 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards Presentation Night
The annual Reg Cowden Awards night was held in the Showroom of the Lithgow & District Workmen’s Club on Friday, 31 March 2017, with the winner of the 2016 Awards announced. 
Council’s Child Car Restraint Checks Help Keep Kids Safe
9 Apr 2017
Council’s Child Car Restraint Checks Help Keep Kids Safe
As part of Blue Mountains City Council’s Road Safety Program, local parents and carers had 114 child restraints (boosters, capsules and car seats) in vehicles checked by Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) qualified fitters recently in Katoomba and Springwood. 
Have Your Say on the Blue Mountains Ageing Strategy
9 Apr 2017
Have Your Say on the Blue Mountains Ageing Strategy
The Blue Mountains Local Government Area has a population that is older and ageing faster than the NSW average. More people are living longer than ever and people aged 65 or more are a significant and growing sector of our community. 
The Sauerkrauts Live in Concert at the 1930's Metropole Guesthouse
9 Apr 2017
The Sauerkrauts Live in Concert at the 1930's Metropole Guesthouse
A yodellin', thigh slappin', lederhosen wettin' fest of German music from Deta (accordion, vocals) and Rob (guitar, vocals) and featuring the Beatific Beats of their Bavarian Boombox. 
Lonnie Lee and the Leemen at The Joan
9 Apr 2017
Lonnie Lee and the Leemen at The Joan
“For the fans I’ll play, play, play” 
Dave Graney and Drummer Clare Moore at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba
8 Apr 2017
Dave Graney and Drummer Clare Moore at Hotel Gearin, Katoomba
TONIGHT!
Dave Graney and drummer Clare Moore played with the Moodists from 1978 to 1986. 
Council Calls on Community to Help Catch Litterbugs
8 Apr 2017
Council Calls on Community to Help Catch Litterbugs
Blue Mountains City Council has teamed up with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Roads and Maritime Service to tackle roadside litter – and they’re calling on the community to help. 
Creature - A re-telling of a childhood classic - Dot and the Kangaroo
8 Apr 2017
Creature - A re-telling of a childhood classic - Dot and the Kangaroo
This school holidays discover the magic of the Australian bush in Creature - a modern and visually stunning retelling of the Australian classic Dot and the Kangaroo. 
National Youth Week 2017
7 Apr 2017
National Youth Week 2017
‘Get involved, be heard and make a difference’ 
Gay Rights Fundraiser in Katoomba this Weekend
7 Apr 2017
Gay Rights Fundraiser in Katoomba this Weekend
Alphabet Soup Cinema, the Blue Mountains’ own ongoing LGBTIQ film festival and social event, will screen the gay rights film classic Milk in Katoomba this Saturday night as a community fundraiser. 
Building Better Regions Fund Application
6 Apr 2017
Building Better Regions Fund Application
Blue Mountains City Council has applied for a grant of $1.4 million from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to revitalise tourism and visitor infrastructure in the greater Blackheath area. 
Baby et Lulu - Seductive and Sophisticated Chanteuses
5 Apr 2017
Baby et Lulu - Seductive and Sophisticated Chanteuses
Baby et Lulu is the charismatic musical partnership between Abby Dobson, ‘Baby’, songstress extraordinaire and former frontperson for the platinum selling Leonardo’s Bride, and Lara Goodridge, ‘Lulu’, violinist/singer with the celebrated string quartet FourPlay. 
Kids Flix for the School Holidays
4 Apr 2017
Kids Flix for the School Holidays
Bring the kids to the Blue Mountains Theatre and they can venture under the sea, through the jungle, into the woods or even inside themselves! 
Varuna With Sydney Writers’ Festival: 27-30 May 2017
3 Apr 2017
Varuna With Sydney Writers’ Festival: 27-30 May 2017
The annual event at Varuna with the Sydney Writers’ Festival is coming, Saturday 27 - Tuesday 30 May 2017, with the promise of Autumnal changes on our doorstep. 
April at the Blue Mountains Theatre
3 Apr 2017
April at the Blue Mountains Theatre
Music, Movies and More at the Blue Mountains Theatre this April. 
Majestic Gangsters Reawaken Party Palace
3 Apr 2017
Majestic Gangsters Reawaken Party Palace
The original Blue Mountains party palace will again resound with the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Bugsy Siegel when the Hydro Majestic Hotel holds a Gangster Casino Night on Saturday, May 27, in support of Katoomba Hospital. 
Plan to Boost Hawkesbury-Nepean River Health
2 Apr 2017
Plan to Boost Hawkesbury-Nepean River Health
Western Sydney can look forward to a cleaner, healthier and more productive Hawkesbury-Nepean River under a new initiative in the 2017 Metropolitan Water Plan. 
School Holidays - Something for the Kids at Penrith Regional Gallery
2 Apr 2017
School Holidays - Something for the Kids at Penrith Regional Gallery
Take in some art! Head out to Penrith Regional Gallery and let the kids take in the latest exhibitions for free, then enjoy a spot of morning tea in the autumn garden at Lewers Café. Let them be inspired or even provoked by abstract art at the Visions of Utopia exhibition. 
Destination Blue Mountains
2 Apr 2017
Destination Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains Draft Destination Management Plan is currently on public exhibition and Council is inviting community comment. 
Independent Panel to Determine Development Application
1 Apr 2017
Independent Panel to Determine Development Application
Blue Mountains City Council has endorsed the establishment of an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) to determine a development application for 170-174 Leura Mall. 
REWIND: Video Club presents The Man Who Fell To Earth (R18+)
1 Apr 2017
REWIND: Video Club presents The Man Who Fell To Earth (R18+)
David Bowie stars in this seventies cult sci-fi classic. Thomas Jerome Newton (Bowie), a mysterious and complex personality, appears in New York. Despite his curiously frail physical presence, the strength of his intellect and scientific knowledge transcend human experience and his inventions revolutionise the nation. 
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery This Weekend
1 Apr 2017
Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery This Weekend
Daylight saving ends in NSW on Sunday, 2 April 2017 when clocks go back one hour at 3:00am. 
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