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Archive - May 2017

New General Manager Commences at Lithgow Council
31 May 2017
New General Manager Commences at Lithgow Council
Mr Graeme Faulkner has commenced as General Manager of Lithgow City Council following a unanimous decision to appoint him to the role at the Extra Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 27 April 2017. 
“Operation Cat”
30 May 2017
“Operation Cat”
Discount Cat Desexing Program for Health-Care Card Holders and Pensioners. 
Scenic World Achieves New Record With One Million Visitors
30 May 2017
Scenic World Achieves New Record With One Million Visitors
Scenic World welcomed its one millionth visitor for the operating year over the weekend, marking an exciting milestone which highlights how the family business is punching above its weight in attracting visitors to the region and boosting the local economy. 
Werrington Arterial Road Opens to Traffic
29 May 2017
Werrington Arterial Road Opens to Traffic
The major upgrade of Werrington Arterial Road is complete with road users set to benefit from faster, safer access to M4 motorway. 
Create 4 Wellbeing @ Lithgow Library
29 May 2017
Create 4 Wellbeing @ Lithgow Library
Create 4 Wellbeing is a weekly art group that meets at Lithgow Library every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12.00 noon and provides a safe, calm and reflective space for those in need of mental respite. 
Penrith SES Response Capability Enhanced with New Vehicle
28 May 2017
Penrith SES Response Capability Enhanced with New Vehicle
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres officially presented the SES Penrith Unit with a brand new emergency response vehicle at a handover ceremony on Friday 26th May 2017. 
Farmers Creek Community Planting Day a Great Success
28 May 2017
Farmers Creek Community Planting Day a Great Success
Residents from across the LGA attended the Farmers Creek Community Planting Day to assist in the delivery of the first stages of the Draft Farmers Creek Precinct Masterplan. 
MP Welcomes Australian Hearing Announcement
27 May 2017
MP Welcomes Australian Hearing Announcement
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, says the Federal Government’s decision to not proceed with the privatisation of Australian Hearing is a win for the Springwood and Blue Mountains community. 
How will the NBN Impact you in an Emergency?
27 May 2017
How will the NBN Impact you in an Emergency?
The NBN is frequently a hot topic as NBN and Internet service providers work hard to help Aussies connect to the new network as it is rolled out. 
Local Business Women Encouraged to Nominate for Telstra Business Women’s Awards
26 May 2017
Local Business Women Encouraged to Nominate for Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Federal member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman has been encouraging people in the Blue Mountains to celebrate the achievements of exceptional business women in the area, by nominating them for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. 
Focus on NDIS in Macquarie
26 May 2017
Focus on NDIS in Macquarie
People with a disability were given the floor last week at a community meeting at Katoomba hosted by Susan Templeman MP and the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Jenny Macklin MP. 
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, the Original and Still the Best! One Night Only
26 May 2017
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow, the Original and Still the Best! One Night Only
Buckle up Penrith, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting The Joan to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival! 
Promised Black Spots Finally on List
25 May 2017
Promised Black Spots Finally on List
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, says two serious mobile phone blackspots in the Blue Mountains look set to be fixed although probably not until 2019. 
Public Forum: The Legacy of JFK – American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy
25 May 2017
Public Forum: The Legacy of JFK – American Political Landscape and Foreign Policy
Join us to hear Professor of History, James Curran, Research Associate, and Stephen Loosley AM, Visiting Fellow, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney as they discuss the American political landscape and foreign policy. 
Circus Oz is in Town! – Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May
23 May 2017
Circus Oz is in Town! – Friday 26 to Saturday 27 May
There is nothing better than the thrill of a family trip to the circus! 
Free Job Help @ Lithgow Library
22 May 2017
Free Job Help @ Lithgow Library
Do you need help with your resume/CV, job applications or online searches? Lithgow Library can help. Just log into our free YourTutor service, and chat one-on-one with a trained professional who will help you with expert advice. 
Katoomba Street Looking Bloomin’ Good
22 May 2017
Katoomba Street Looking Bloomin’ Good
With autumn well and truly upon us, there are still signs of Spring in Katoomba with flowers blooming in the Katoomba Street gardens thanks to volunteers from the local business community and Blue Mountains City Council. 
Councils Explore Possibilities for $4 Billion Infrastructure Challenge
21 May 2017
Councils Explore Possibilities for $4 Billion Infrastructure Challenge
With combined assets valued at over $4 billion, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith City Councils are working together to explore options for the future management of their infrastructure assets in the region, with exciting possibilities. 
Amazing Reading at Emu Heights Public School
21 May 2017
Amazing Reading at Emu Heights Public School
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined the Year 2 Library class at Emu Heights Public School to celebrate the school’s participation in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 
All-Abilities Children’s Roundabout Installed in Queen Elizabeth Park Playground
20 May 2017
All-Abilities Children’s Roundabout Installed in Queen Elizabeth Park Playground
Lithgow City Council has just installed an All-Abilities Children’s Roundabout in the Queen Elizabeth Park Playground. 
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Exhibition Wins Prestigious National Award
20 May 2017
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest Exhibition Wins Prestigious National Award
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest has won a prestigious MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Award) at the Museums Australia National Conference 15 May 2017. 
Faeriestorm Makes Family Life Easier
20 May 2017
Faeriestorm Makes Family Life Easier
Race home from work. Pick the kids up from school. Feed them afternoon tea. Get the washing off the line. Supervise homework. Take one child to music lessons, another to soccer training and a third to a play date. Bath the baby. Prepare dinner.

What if a fairy godmother did all that for you and all you had to do was enjoy your children? In your dreams right?

Wrong. 
Lithgow City Council Invites Comment on Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan
19 May 2017
Lithgow City Council Invites Comment on Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Lithgow City Council’s draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan is on public exhibition until 5 June 2017. 
Eat Sleep Scratch – Repeat or Not? Diary of a Wombat
19 May 2017
Eat Sleep Scratch – Repeat or Not? Diary of a Wombat
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 30 May at 2pm. 
Olympian Purchases Former Katoomba Golf Course with Redevelopment Underway Including 24 Townhouses
18 May 2017
Olympian Purchases Former Katoomba Golf Course with Redevelopment Underway Including 24 Townhouses
London 2012 Olympian Edward Fernon expands his property investments and partners with local Glenstone Group to launch Escarpments Estate, 24 state-of-the-art townhouses along the former Katoomba Golf Course. 
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 20 May
18 May 2017
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 20 May
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith is encouraging people to take the opportunity of the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day on Saturday, 20 May to meet local firefighters and learn about fire prevention. 
Council Compost Hub to Match Keen Composters
18 May 2017
Council Compost Hub to Match Keen Composters
Not only can you do online shopping and online dating, you can now join an online composting community with the launch of Blue Mountains City Council’s Compost Hub trial following International Compost Awareness Week. 
Council Supports Springvale Water Treatment Project
17 May 2017
Council Supports Springvale Water Treatment Project
At its last meeting Lithgow Council provided its unanimous support to the Springvale Water Treatment Project and is urging the community to also show their support at an upcoming Planning and Assessment Committee meeting. 
Dedicated Mental Health Triage and Assessment Centre Opens at Nepean Hospital
17 May 2017
Dedicated Mental Health Triage and Assessment Centre Opens at Nepean Hospital
People seeking urgent mental health care at Nepean Hospital are now able to receive help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at one of the state’s newest dedicated triage and assessment centres. 
Have Your Say on the Future of the Lithgow LGA
17 May 2017
Have Your Say on the Future of the Lithgow LGA
Lithgow City Council has endorsed its Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework and is inviting residents of the Lithgow LGA to get involved and have their say on the future direction of the area. 
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum The NSW Police Band
17 May 2017
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum The NSW Police Band
The NSW Police Band returns to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre for a morning of fabulous music to entertain and delight you. With multi-award winning vocalist Belinda Adams, the NSW Police Band will take you on a journey through the big Broadway hits, movie themes, orchestral and timeless classics with this repertoire of favourites. 
The Hon. Michael Kirby to Deliver IDAHOT Speech in Katoomba
16 May 2017
The Hon. Michael Kirby to Deliver IDAHOT Speech in Katoomba
Former High Court judge, the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, has been announced as guest speaker at this year’s IDAHOT Blue Mountains event. 
Take Time Out - Sunday Sessions at The Joan
16 May 2017
Take Time Out - Sunday Sessions at The Joan
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! 
Let's Help Reduce Winter Air Pollution
15 May 2017
Let's Help Reduce Winter Air Pollution
With winter just around the corner Lithgow City Council residents are being asked to help improve winter air quality by ensuring they are using wood fire heaters correctly. 
Faux Fur Luncheon at Everglades to Celebrate Winter Exhibition, Wunderkammer
15 May 2017
Faux Fur Luncheon at Everglades to Celebrate Winter Exhibition, Wunderkammer
Fashion and art will be on the menu when Everglades Historic House & Gardens holds a Faux Fur Luncheon to celebrate its winter exhibition, Wunderkammer. This will be held on Saturday, June 24. 
Winter Exhibition: Richard Goodwin – Navigator
14 May 2017
Winter Exhibition: Richard Goodwin – Navigator
This Winter, explore the creative engagements of Richard Goodwin, Australian sculptor, architect, author and artist. For over 40 years Richard Goodwin has been at the forefront of Sydney contemporary art practice. 
Free Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Classes at the Library
14 May 2017
Free Telstra Tech Savvy Seniors Classes at the Library
Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be holding basic technology classes for seniors on Thursdays starting 15 June 2017 between 10.00am and 12.00pm. 
Mental Health First Aid Courses
13 May 2017
Mental Health First Aid Courses
The Lower Mountains, Springwood, Winmalee and Blackheath Neighbourhood Centres are pleased to present Mental Health First Aid - a two day workshop. 
New Ngurra (Belonging)
13 May 2017
New Ngurra (Belonging)
In a collaborative project between Indigenous artist Graham Davis King, architect Craig Johnston and contemporary artist Billy Gruner, The Joan’s light-filled Atrium Foyer will become home to an installation titled New Ngurra, a contemporary reconstruction of a Ngurra: an Indigenous camp, both a place to take shelter and to engage with culture. 
Learn About Your Library at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
13 May 2017
Learn About Your Library at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
Lithgow Library will be hosting a morning community event celebrating Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea as well as Library and Information Week on Thursday 25 May 2017 between 10.30am and 12.00pm. 
Think BIG! event, 'The Great Debate', is on tonight!
12 May 2017
Think BIG! event, 'The Great Debate', is on tonight!
The Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre is partnering with Blaxland High School to present a special event to celebrate Neighbourhood Centre Week 2017. 
Statement on the 2017 Federal Budget from Marise Payne
12 May 2017
Statement on the 2017 Federal Budget from Marise Payne
The following Media Release was issued on Wednesday 10th May by Marise Payne, Liberal Senator for NSW. 
Statement on the 2017 Federal Budget from Susan Templeman
12 May 2017
Statement on the 2017 Federal Budget from Susan Templeman
The following Budget Statement was issued on Wednesday 10th May by the Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, MP. 
National Simultaneous Storytime @ the Library
12 May 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime @ the Library
The community is invited to Lithgow Library on Wednesday 24 May at 10.30am to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime. 
Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
11 May 2017
Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is a window into the life and times of one of the most admired and charismatic figures of the twentieth century. 
Western Sydney’s Young Musicians Join With the ACO Ensemble in Celebration of Three Centuries of String Music
11 May 2017
Western Sydney’s Young Musicians Join With the ACO Ensemble in Celebration of Three Centuries of String Music
The thirty-two young Western Sydney musicians of the Penrith Strings program will take to the stage alongside their mentors from the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO), to present a concert together at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 21 May, 3pm. 
Lithgow City Council Introduces New Water Billing Cycle
11 May 2017
Lithgow City Council Introduces New Water Billing Cycle
Lithgow Council has reviewed it’s water billing function and as a result is aligning the water billing cycle with the financial year. 
Give Mum an Experience to Remember This Mother's Day
10 May 2017
Give Mum an Experience to Remember This Mother's Day
On stage with pianist Andrey Gugnin.

We all love our mums and by gifting the experience of a live performance you'll offer her a precious time to share and remember - especially if you've bought a second ticket so you can accompany her! 
Council Supports Ban to Prevent the Release of Balloons
10 May 2017
Council Supports Ban to Prevent the Release of Balloons
The release of balloons will be prohibited at all Council events and in Council reserves. 
Commencement of Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarship Program
10 May 2017
Commencement of Emergency Management Volunteer Scholarship Program
Across Australia, there are more than six million volunteers that selflessly give up their time every year to help their communities. As we mark National Volunteer Week (8-14 May), it is an appropriate time to thank our emergency management volunteers for the invaluable contribution they make during and after the ferocity of Australia’s many natural disasters. 
Sculpture at Scenic World Boosts Regional Tourism Visitation
9 May 2017
Sculpture at Scenic World Boosts Regional Tourism Visitation
Scenic World’s iconic annual art exhibition, Sculpture at Scenic World, attracted more than 108,000 visitors to the Blue Mountains from April 7 to May 7, providing a welcome boost to regional visitation and the local economy. 
New State Government Levy
9 May 2017
New State Government Levy
Lithgow City Council has moved to clarify that the new State Government Fire Emergency Services Levy is not a Council charge. 
Avoid this mess! Dispose of Paint and Other Hazardous Liquids Properly
9 May 2017
Avoid this mess! Dispose of Paint and Other Hazardous Liquids Properly
A Blue Mountains City Council garbage truck driver saw first-hand what can happen if paint is incorrectly disposed of in household garbage bins during his weekly bin collection recently. 
Penrith to Receive an Australian First For Mental Health Care
8 May 2017
Penrith to Receive an Australian First For Mental Health Care
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith recently announced that for the first time in Australia, vulnerable people in Penrith with mental illness will receive care from an innovative community-based program, made possible by a social impact investment. 
Farmers Creek Community Planting Day
8 May 2017
Farmers Creek Community Planting Day
Community Planting Day to be held at Farmers Creek.

Lithgow Mayor, Stephen Lessie, said “Council is seeking enthusiastic community members to come along to the Farmers Creek Community Planting day so we can all work together to enhance our natural environment and community. I urge local residents to get involved in this family friendly planting day to be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 10.00am at the corner of Macauley Street and Guy Street.” 
Funding Approval $120,000 for CCTV in Leura Mall
7 May 2017
Funding Approval $120,000 for CCTV in Leura Mall
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne visited Leura Mall in the Blue Mountains this week to announce the delivery of $120,000 in Coalition funding for CCTV granted to Leura Village Association.

“I am pleased to welcome this significant milestone in the project which will now enable the purchase and installation of 17 CCTV cameras throughout the Mall,” Senator Payne said. 
“Voices from a High Valley” Book Launch @ Lithgow Library
7 May 2017
“Voices from a High Valley” Book Launch @ Lithgow Library
Lithgow Writers’ Group is proud to announce the launch of their first book - “Voices from a High Valley”. 
Tourism Upgrade to Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve
6 May 2017
Tourism Upgrade to Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve
Senator Payne visits Wentworth Falls Lake Reserve to welcome tourism upgrade. 
New Home Approved for Lawson RFS Brigade
6 May 2017
New Home Approved for Lawson RFS Brigade
The Lawson Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigade will have a new home after Blue Mountains City Council approved the development application at its meeting last Tuesday.

The new station will be built on vacant land located on the corner of the Great Western Highway and Henry Street Lawson, alongside the existing NSW Fire & Rescue station and Lawson Police station.
 
Rhythm Underground 2017 at Jenolan Caves
6 May 2017
Rhythm Underground 2017 at Jenolan Caves
Rhythm Hunters + Special Guests TBA.

Rhythm Underground is back for 2017!
 
Thriving in the Digital Age – 2017 Business Expo
5 May 2017
Thriving in the Digital Age – 2017 Business Expo
If you come along to the Blue Mountains Community Theatre & Hub, Springwood on 7 June you’ll catch the very best of business in the Blue Mountains at the 9th Regional Business Expo presented by the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber. A wide variety of business expertise and talent will be showcased as these businesses focus on doing business in the digital age - where they fit in and how they can help you. 
Federal MPs Help Drive Road Safety Campaign
5 May 2017
Federal MPs Help Drive Road Safety Campaign
Federal MPs have joined the call to “Drive So Others Survive” as part of Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week, which runs from 8th – 14th May. 
Nominations Sought for 2017 Resilient Australia Awards
5 May 2017
Nominations Sought for 2017 Resilient Australia Awards
Applications are now open for the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards.

Now in their 18th year, the awards celebrate innovation and best practice in disaster resilience and are open to all Australians with an interest in emergency management and natural disasters. 
Waste 2 Art Competition and Exhibition
4 May 2017
Waste 2 Art Competition and Exhibition
The Waste 2 Art competition and exhibition returns to Eskbank House and Museum for another year of art made from reused and recycled materials. 
Fat Zero Emissions First for Bus Company
4 May 2017
Fat Zero Emissions First for Bus Company
One of the oldest tourism vehicle operators in the country has become the first tourism operator and transport service in Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to a big fat zero. 
Out of the Shadows and Into the Light Walk
4 May 2017
Out of the Shadows and Into the Light Walk
The community is invited to an Out of the Shadows and Into the Light Walk on Sunday 7 May 2017 to remember those lost to suicide. 
Author Talk @ Lithgow Library
3 May 2017
Author Talk @ Lithgow Library
Author Julie Ankers will be talking about her book “Feisty, Fabulous & 50+” at Lithgow Library on Friday 5 May 2017. 
Food Art & Fire - A Creative Passion, Public Program
3 May 2017
Food Art & Fire - A Creative Passion, Public Program
Join us at The Gallery this Sunday 7 May 2-3pm as Lino Alvarez discusses his book The Hill End Table and the passion he and his wife share for food art and fire. 
Think BIG! The Great Debate - Celebrating Neighbourhood Centre Week 2017
2 May 2017
Think BIG! The Great Debate - Celebrating Neighbourhood Centre Week 2017
The Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre is partnering with Blaxland High School to present a special event to celebrate Neighbourhood Centre Week 2017. 
Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission Album & Book Launch Tour
2 May 2017
Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission Album & Book Launch Tour
'These Are The Days’ Blue Mountains Album & Book Launch Tour + Special Guest Ayleen O'Hanlon at the Hotel Gearin. 
Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts Unveils The Masters Vault
1 May 2017
Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts Unveils The Masters Vault
Over the past few months Gallery ONE88 have been busy working on the preparation of their other exhibition spaces. The Masters Vault - formerly used as the Life Drawing Room and Workshop Space - has been transformed into a month-long exhibition space. The space will officially be unveilled in May to launch Roland Hemmert's exhibition titled 'In Hindsight'. 
Blue Mountains Council Supports Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week 8 - 14 May 2017
1 May 2017
Blue Mountains Council Supports Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week 8 - 14 May 2017
Blue Mountains City Council is asking the community to slow down and Drive So Others Survive (#DriveSOS), in order to promote safer Australian roads and highways. 
Looking for a Place to go? Friday Night Lights
1 May 2017
Looking for a Place to go? Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is the Joan Sutherland performing Arts Centre’s pop –up lounge, a popular pre-show destination, providing a sophisticated and intimate setting for a drink, a bite to eat and a chance to catch up with friends before a Friday evening performance! 
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