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Archive - August 2017

Celestino and Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, Partners in Creativity – Engaging a new Generation
31 Aug 2017
Celestino and Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, Partners in Creativity – Engaging a new Generation
The partnership between Penrith Performing & Visual Arts and Celestino goes from strength to strength, continuing to enable students from economically disadvantaged areas to experience world quality theatrical experiences at their local performing arts centre. 
International and Australian Firefighting Authorities Visit the Blue Mountains
31 Aug 2017
International and Australian Firefighting Authorities Visit the Blue Mountains
Members of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council, as part of the AFAC17 Conference, will be visiting the Blue Mountains on 7 September 2017. 
Blue Mountains Bush Fire Danger Period to Commence on September 1st 2017
30 Aug 2017
Blue Mountains Bush Fire Danger Period to Commence on September 1st 2017
The Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) in the Blue Mountains will commence one month early due to the prevailing dry conditions on 1 September 2017.
 
Planet Ark National Tree Day - Lithgow
29 Aug 2017
Planet Ark National Tree Day - Lithgow
Lithgow Council is seeking enthusiastic community members to come along to celebrate the start of spring by planting a tree for the Planet Ark National Tree Day. 
Upgrade For Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
29 Aug 2017
Upgrade For Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
The NSW Government has provided $104,500 for upgrades to audio-visual technology at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Minister for Racing Paul Toole announced today. 
Council to Give Knapsack Oval a Make-Over
28 Aug 2017
Council to Give Knapsack Oval a Make-Over
Blue Mountains City Council has allocated an extra $100,000 towards a make-over of the Knapsack Oval to improve the playing surface of the popular sportsground. 
Lithgow’s Economy on Display
28 Aug 2017
Lithgow’s Economy on Display
Anyone interested in knowing about the Lithgow economy and how it is changing can now find out from a free online resource called Economy id. 
Council Boosts Footpath Funding
27 Aug 2017
Council Boosts Footpath Funding
Blue Mountains City Council has allocated an extra $251,000 to boost the funding of new footpaths in priority locations across the City. 
Make a Plan to do Something Fun and Different
27 Aug 2017
Make a Plan to do Something Fun and Different
A round up of what’s on at The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. 
Customer Service and Council Meetings
27 Aug 2017
Customer Service and Council Meetings
Council responded to criticism that it will not hold Ordinary Meetings in December 2017 or January 2018. 
How to Switch to the NBN
27 Aug 2017
How to Switch to the NBN
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is coming to every Australian home, but how can you switch to it and what do you need to know? Here's our simple, jargon-free explanation. 
Lah-Lah Take Children’s Music Education to Another Level
27 Aug 2017
Lah-Lah Take Children’s Music Education to Another Level
The award winning cast from the ABC KIDS TV series Lah-Lah’s Adventures have a brand new and exciting show to take around the country. A Lah-Lah show is different from any other family concert - it’s not just full of singing and dancing and incredible live music played by some of Australia’s best musicians, it’s also educational. Lah-Lah is all about introducing kids to music and musical instruments. They pride themselves in the educational content of their music, TV show and live tour and are fervent advocates of early childhood music education. 
Hazard Reduction Burns in The Blue Mountains
26 Aug 2017
Hazard Reduction Burns in The Blue Mountains
A number of important hazard reductions are taking place across Sydney over the next few days before conditions hot up for spring. These are controlled burns that will help protect people and properties. Burns will be carried out this weekend at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park, as well as Bowen Mountain, Mulgoa and Kurrajong. 
Hearing Awareness Week
26 Aug 2017
Hearing Awareness Week
Hearing Awareness Week ends this weekend, and if this is the first time you heard it mentioned you might need a hearing check! 
Bell Shakespeare at The Joan
26 Aug 2017
Bell Shakespeare at The Joan
All that glistens is not gold; Often have you heard that told. Act 2 Scene 7

It’s hard to imagine a world without Shakespeare. For centuries, his plays and sonnets have travelled the globe. Whether you love or loathe the Bard there’s no denying his place as one of the greatest writers in the English language. 
Lithglo to Be Revived
26 Aug 2017
Lithglo to Be Revived
Lithgow Council is planning to revive Lithglo seeking to build on the early success and transform it into a major event for the City. 
New Program Ensures Seniors Stay in the Game
25 Aug 2017
New Program Ensures Seniors Stay in the Game
Seniors across NSW are being encouraged to take part in an exciting new low impact sporting initiative to help them stay active and connected in their communities. 
Lithgow City Council Mayor Welcomes Our Newest Australians
25 Aug 2017
Lithgow City Council Mayor Welcomes Our Newest Australians
Lithgow City Council welcomed eight new Australians to their community on 16th August 2017. 
Nepean Blue Mountains Welcome 10 New Police Officers
25 Aug 2017
Nepean Blue Mountains Welcome 10 New Police Officers
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the 10 new probationary constables who have joined Local Area Commands in the Nepean/Blue Mountains following Fridays attestation parade of Class of 331. 
2018 Flagship Event Fund Now Open for Sydney Surrounds
24 Aug 2017
2018 Flagship Event Fund Now Open for Sydney Surrounds
Expressions of Interest are now open for the Regional Flagship Events Program. The Regional Flagship Events Program aims to identify and support events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a flagship event for the area to draw overnight visitors to the area. 
Mayors Join Forces to Protect Local Decision Making
24 Aug 2017
Mayors Join Forces to Protect Local Decision Making
Mayors of five Councils in Sydney’s West have expressed deep concern at the NSW government’s disappointing reaction to planning future development. This comes shortly after council amalgamation changes and a lack of clarity on the role of local communities in determining future development outcomes in Western Sydney. 
Where Does Your Recycling Go Once Its Collected?
24 Aug 2017
Where Does Your Recycling Go Once Its Collected?
Following a recent Four Corners program, Lithgow Council has received a number of enquiries about where Lithgow kerbside recycling goes once collected. 
Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen to Showcase Blue Mountains
23 Aug 2017
Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen to Showcase Blue Mountains
The Greater Blue Mountains region will be showcased to billions of potential tourism visitors when SBS airs the next Luke Nguyen cultural foodie series early next year. 
2017 Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
23 Aug 2017
2017 Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
The Western Sydney Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo is the premier apprenticeship/traineeship expo in NSW with over 100 industry experts and exhibits on display. 
Top Classical Ensemble for Blue Mountains Concert at Historic Yabba Yabba
23 Aug 2017
Top Classical Ensemble for Blue Mountains Concert at Historic Yabba Yabba
ROMANCE AND THE HIP REVOLUTION IN SEPTEMBER CONCERTS
Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet and exquisite Sinfonia Concertante

“There’s an infectious energy and enthusiasm that turns an ARCO concert into an event.” - Limelight Magazine 
Young Blue Mountains Choir Wins at National Eisteddfod
22 Aug 2017
Young Blue Mountains Choir Wins at National Eisteddfod
Vocalocity from Leura bring home a FIRST PLACE win at The Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra! 
Council Corrects Misinformation
22 Aug 2017
Council Corrects Misinformation
Lithgow City Council has moved to correct misinformation posted on social media regarding its financial position and the cost of a drainage repair project. 
Emu Island – Modernism in Place
20 Aug 2017
Emu Island – Modernism in Place
Celebrating 75 years of Modernist art and living at its Emu Plains site, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest presents a suite of exhibitions and associated programs titled Emu Island – Modernism in Place that will be open to the public from 26 August until 19 November 2017. 
Three Sides of Love and Death
20 Aug 2017
Three Sides of Love and Death
Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra - a Chamber Orchestra like no other. 
Magic of Metal Art at Talisman Gallery
19 Aug 2017
Magic of Metal Art at Talisman Gallery
In an old woolshed behind the stoic clutch of colonial-era sandstone buildings of Hartley historic village, Ron Fitzpatrick fashions his metal art on the forge.

Tucked into the side of a hill under the hulking gaze of a granite tor, his Talisman Gallery is located in the undulating pasturelands of the NSW Central West at the western foothills of the towering Blue Mountains escarpment. 
State Planning Legislation Currently Restricts Camping at Lake Wallace to 48 Hours
19 Aug 2017
State Planning Legislation Currently Restricts Camping at Lake Wallace to 48 Hours
Community concerns regarding signage at Lake Wallace have prompted additional information to ensure informed comment on the existing 48 hour camping limitation. 
Only 3 Days Left to Vote for Your Favourite Blue Mountains Business
18 Aug 2017
Only 3 Days Left to Vote for Your Favourite Blue Mountains Business
Nominations will soon close for this year's highly sought-after BlueMountainsAustralia.com People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the Blue Mountains Business Awards on 20 October 2017. 
Ballet Under the Stars 2017
18 Aug 2017
Ballet Under the Stars 2017
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Don Harwin MLC, Minister for the Arts to launch The Australian Ballet's outdoor community program, Ballet Under the Stars. 
Summer 2017/18 Studio Residency
17 Aug 2017
Summer 2017/18 Studio Residency
Apply now - closes Sunday 3 September 2017. 
Massive Boost to Penrith Train Services
17 Aug 2017
Massive Boost to Penrith Train Services
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that a substantial increase in T1 Western Line services from Penrith to the city including more trains in the AM peak with a service, on average, every seven and a half minutes, instead of every ten minutes. 
Lithgow City Council awards Contract for Advertising
16 Aug 2017
Lithgow City Council awards Contract for Advertising
Lithgow Council on Monday night awarded the contract for provision of Newspaper Advertising to Central West Media trading as the Village Voice for a period of two years. 
Grug and the Rainbow
16 Aug 2017
Grug and the Rainbow
A joyous experience for the littlest kids and their adults

The classic Aussie hero Grug - the little Burrawang treetop that could - is back from the bush to enchant a new generation of youngsters. 
Still Time to Enter the Blue Mountains Business Awards!
15 Aug 2017
Still Time to Enter the Blue Mountains Business Awards!
The Business Awards are well underway with a week to go until close off of submissions. 
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra 2018 Applications are Open!
15 Aug 2017
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra 2018 Applications are Open!
Applications for Western Sydney Youth Orchestra 2018 Auditions are open! 
Rail Safety Week - 14 - 20 August 2017
14 Aug 2017
Rail Safety Week - 14 - 20 August 2017
Rail Safety Week is 14-20 August: “Rail safety – it’s everyone’s responsibility” 
Call of The Wild feat. Rufino and The Coconuts – A Tropical Jungle Party, Plus DJ Stu Buchanan
14 Aug 2017
Call of The Wild feat. Rufino and The Coconuts – A Tropical Jungle Party, Plus DJ Stu Buchanan
Sailing on a raft made of 60s guitars, 80s synthesisers and souvenir-junk percussion come the castaways of Rufino and The Coconuts. 
Council Seeks Grant Funds to Improve Community Infrastructure
13 Aug 2017
Council Seeks Grant Funds to Improve Community Infrastructure
Lithgow City Council is seeking grant funds from a number of NSW Government funding programs to improve social, cultural and sporting infrastructure across the Lithgow region. 
Senses Elevated for High Tea Concert
13 Aug 2017
Senses Elevated for High Tea Concert
Elevate your senses with an afternoon of seat swapping, hand crossing bravura and an extravagant high tea when the grandest of the grand hotels of the Blue Mountains hosts renowned pianists Kristian Chong and Grace Kim on Saturday, August 19. 
Haydn, Mozart & Friends: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
13 Aug 2017
Haydn, Mozart & Friends: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
There will be music in the air this Spring when the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra arrives in Penrith. 
Dr Judy White OAM
12 Aug 2017
Dr Judy White OAM
Lithgow City Council notes with sadness the passing of Dr Judy White OAM. 
FREE Child Car Seat Recycling Trial
12 Aug 2017
FREE Child Car Seat Recycling Trial
Are you curious about what to do with old, damaged or unused child car seats? Now you can take part in a child car seat recycling trial scheme! It is estimated that over 200,000 seats are disposed of each year in Australia and over 90% of the seat itself can be recycled. 
Australia’s First Women’s Adventure Film Festival Goes on Tour
12 Aug 2017
Australia’s First Women’s Adventure Film Festival Goes on Tour
A film festival dedicated to celebrating inspiring women.

The Women's Adventure Film Tour features some of the world's most inspiring women in adventure. This tour is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things. The films are to be enjoyed by women and men of all ages! 
Big Ideas: The Porous City: Art, Architecture & Development Public Forum
11 Aug 2017
Big Ideas: The Porous City: Art, Architecture & Development Public Forum
Join us and Quentin Dempster at a public forum for some thought provoking discussion and one last look at Richard Goodwin’s Navigator: bringing together select artworks, sculptures, drawings and models produced over the past 25 years. 
Lithgow Council Urges Community Submissions to Youth Suicide Inquiry
11 Aug 2017
Lithgow Council Urges Community Submissions to Youth Suicide Inquiry
The Lithgow community is being urged to make submissions to the current inquiry into youth suicide being undertaken by the NSW Parliament’s Committee on Children and Young People. 
MTNS MADE Roadshow Hits the Road
10 Aug 2017
MTNS MADE Roadshow Hits the Road
MTNS MADE is the cultural identity for the creative industries in the Blue Mountains. It is designed to celebrate the artists, designers, film makers, musicians, photographers, writers, actors, all of the creative talent that make the Blue Mountains their home and contribute to this incredibly important creative community. 
Ruby Productions Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
10 Aug 2017
Ruby Productions Presents The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Frank dreamt of immortality as a writer; she little realised that it would be her teenage diary that made her one of the most powerful voices in literature. 
Agatha Christie's Visit to Jenolan Caves
10 Aug 2017
Agatha Christie's Visit to Jenolan Caves
For Agatha Christie fan's an exciting discovery this month is the never before seen photo her. 
Blackheath Residents Speak Out About the NBN
9 Aug 2017
Blackheath Residents Speak Out About the NBN
More than 60 residents and small business owners from Blackheath and surrounds have expressed their frustration at the internet service the NBN has delivered them. 
20 Local Community Organisations Given $34,772 by Lithgow City Council
9 Aug 2017
20 Local Community Organisations Given $34,772 by Lithgow City Council
As part of Council’s Financial Assistance Program, a total of twenty not-for-profit organisations have been funded to deliver projects and activities with social impact this financial year. 
New Parking Spaces Open at Penrith Station
9 Aug 2017
New Parking Spaces Open at Penrith Station
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomed the creation of more than 450 new car spaces for customers at Penrith Station at the official opening of the upgraded commuter car park, on Friday 4th August 2017. 
Have Your Say on Changes to the Blue Mountains Line
8 Aug 2017
Have Your Say on Changes to the Blue Mountains Line
Member of the Legislative Council Shayne Mallard MLC is inviting the community to have their say on proposed changes to the Blue Mountains Line with a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) to go on public display from Tuesday 8 August. 
Beauty and the Beast - The Musical
8 Aug 2017
Beauty and the Beast - The Musical
Richmond Players celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. They have teamed up in collaboration with Richmond High School to bring something truly magical to the community. They are presenting, Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Musical. 
Penrith Youth Orchestra - Applications Close 21 August 2017
7 Aug 2017
Penrith Youth Orchestra - Applications Close 21 August 2017
A fantastic opportunity for talented young wind, brass or percussion instrument players in and around Penrith!

Applications for Penrith’s first ever Youth Orchestra are open and close on 21 August 2017. 
Photographic Stories of Mental Illness Recovery on Exhibition
6 Aug 2017
Photographic Stories of Mental Illness Recovery on Exhibition
Western Sydney University and the Benevolent Society will present a travelling exhibition of photographs documenting the recovery stories of people living with complex mental illness at Eskbank House and Museum from Thursday 10th August until Sunday 3rd September 2017. 
Youth Councillor View From The Top
6 Aug 2017
Youth Councillor View From The Top
The July meeting of the Blue Mountains City Council had a temporary change to its leadership with the appointment of Youth Councillor Benjamin McGrory to serve as Assistant Mayor and co-chair of the meeting. 
Kidsafe NSW Child Car Restraint Accredited Training
6 Aug 2017
Kidsafe NSW Child Car Restraint Accredited Training
Kidsafe NSW are pleased to announce that they now offer child restraint training that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to select, adjust and install suitable child car restraints for transporting children in their care. 
Get Ready to “Return and Earn”
5 Aug 2017
Get Ready to “Return and Earn”
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has welcomed the appointment of Exchange for Change and TOMRA-Cleanaway to head NSW’s “Return and Earn” 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme due to roll out in December. 
Australians All Let Us Rejoice for the Return of The Wharf Revue
5 Aug 2017
Australians All Let Us Rejoice for the Return of The Wharf Revue
Holding the balance of laughter.

That’s right- they’re back, as razor sharp and hilarious as ever – and the first Sydney shows are in Penrith!
 
Mayor Concern for Impact of NSW Government Land Valuation on Rates
4 Aug 2017
Mayor Concern for Impact of NSW Government Land Valuation on Rates
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, is concerned that many property owners are experiencing a dramatic increase in rates due to new land valuations determined by the NSW Government Valuer General that are reflected in the 2017-18 council rates notice. 
Lithgow City Council to Continue to Assist Centennial Coal and its Employees
4 Aug 2017
Lithgow City Council to Continue to Assist Centennial Coal and its Employees
Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie expressed disappointment at the decision of the NSW Court of Appeal to overturn the recent PAC decision of 2015 supporting the Springvale Mine Extension Project. 
If You Knew the Secret to Happiness, Who Would You Tell?
4 Aug 2017
If You Knew the Secret to Happiness, Who Would You Tell?
We know it’s cold and the forecast is gloomy but for three nights in August we want you to forget your troubles, come on get happy. 
Get Money to Bring Your Event to the Lithgow Government Area!
3 Aug 2017
Get Money to Bring Your Event to the Lithgow Government Area!
Lithgow City Council is encouraging associations and groups, small or large to bring their events to the Lithgow Government Area with the release of a new Events Attraction Package. 
Bushfire Building Conference & Community Forum 2017
3 Aug 2017
Bushfire Building Conference & Community Forum 2017
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 September 2017

Global sustainability experts and building innovators are set to converge on the Blue Mountains to take part in the 2017 Bushfire Building Conference and Community Forum which this year features the theme; ‘Building for the Future’. 
The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival is Coming!
3 Aug 2017
The Blue Mountains Elvis Festival is Coming!
This year, the Blue Mountains Elvis Festival includes four feature shows at the Wentworth Falls Country Club, and three feature shows at the Palais Royale, plus the Sing Like Elvis competition, additional shows at the Palais Royale and the Family Hotel, the opening night dinner dance and the markets and car show. 
Fine Music 102.5 and The Joan present Live from The Joan
2 Aug 2017
Fine Music 102.5 and The Joan present Live from The Joan
Fine Music 102.5FM will head west to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 13 August for its biggest live broadcast event ever. The event, featuring some of Australia’s most exciting musicians, will be heard by thousands of listeners and you have the chance to hear it live! 
Lithgow City Council Successfully Prosecutes Illegal Dumper
2 Aug 2017
Lithgow City Council Successfully Prosecutes Illegal Dumper
A local man pleads guilty and is sentenced to a two-year good behavior bond for the unlawful transportation of waste to a Rural Landfill. 
Labor Conference Backs DV Leave & Local Rail Manufacturing
1 Aug 2017
Labor Conference Backs DV Leave & Local Rail Manufacturing
Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle has secured the support of delegates to the NSW Labor Conference for her campaign to commit a future Labor Government to building new trains in New South Wales. 
Glamping Comes to Lake Lyell
1 Aug 2017
Glamping Comes to Lake Lyell
Gypset Glamping is transforming an exclusive section of Lake Lyell into a one of a kind popup glamping hotel. Experience the serenity of Lake Lyell in never before used section of the incredible Lake located in the Blue Mountains, only 2 hours from Sydney! 
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