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Archive - August 2018

First Concrete Poured for New Nepean Hospital Car Park
31 Aug 2018
First Concrete Poured for New Nepean Hospital Car Park
Nepean Hospital’s $576 million Stage 1 redevelopment is underway with the first concrete slab poured for the new multi-storey car park. 
Council Recommends Traffic Solutions for Lapstone Sports Precinct
30 Aug 2018
Council Recommends Traffic Solutions for Lapstone Sports Precinct
Blue Mountains City Council has completed a review of traffic conditions in Lapstone’s Explorers Road and Governors Drive precinct which identified a number of improvements to address traffic flow, parking arrangements and traffic congestion in the area. 
Reminder Bulky Waste Cleanup
30 Aug 2018
Reminder Bulky Waste Cleanup
The regular free bulky waste collection conducted by Lithgow City Council is about to take place again and residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free service. 
State Heritage Listing for Eskbank House and Museum
29 Aug 2018
State Heritage Listing for Eskbank House and Museum
The NSW Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage and Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP has just announced that Eskbank House and Museum has been listed on the state heritage register. 
The September 2018 Arts Trail is Almost Here!
29 Aug 2018
The September 2018 Arts Trail is Almost Here!
Artists from Lapstone to Linden in the Blue Mountains will open their studio doors to the public for the Blue Mountains Arts Trail on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018. 
Travel Sellers Across Asia Bound for the Blue Mountains
28 Aug 2018
Travel Sellers Across Asia Bound for the Blue Mountains
The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will host Aussie Specialist agents in the Blue Mountains as part of Tourism Australia’s biennial travel trade event, Corroboree Asia. 
Journey to the Tiwi Islands with B2M: Mamanta
28 Aug 2018
Journey to the Tiwi Islands with B2M: Mamanta
As the turn of the season approaches, the Joan will host seven-piece band from the Tiwi Islands, B2M (Bathurst to Melville), in their nationally touring show B2M: Mamanta on 1 September. 
Council to Take Next Step in Springwood Masterplan in 2019
27 Aug 2018
Council to Take Next Step in Springwood Masterplan in 2019
Blue Mountains City Council will take the next step in implementing the master plan to guide the future of the Springwood Town Centre. 
Celebrate National Tree Day
27 Aug 2018
Celebrate National Tree Day
Come and be a part of Australia’s biggest community tree planting event in Lithgow.
 
Qantas Announces Further Evidence of Importance of Western Sydney Airport
26 Aug 2018
Qantas Announces Further Evidence of Importance of Western Sydney Airport
Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher welcomes reports this week that Qantas and Jetstar will operate from Western Sydney Airport. 
Grants Seminar - Blue Mountains
26 Aug 2018
Grants Seminar - Blue Mountains
Western Sydney Business Centre has teamed up with Jobs for NSW, the Australian Government's Grant and Funding program. 
Meet a Low Tox Living Advocate at Blue Mountains Library
25 Aug 2018
Meet a Low Tox Living Advocate at Blue Mountains Library
Do you ever stop to read the list of ingredients in products you eat and use every day and consider what they are doing to you and the environment? Alexx Stuart, author of Low Tox Life, has taken on the challenge and will present a potentially life-changing talk at Katoomba Library on 1 September. 
Only 3 Days Left to Vote for Your Favourite Blue Mountains Business for 2018
25 Aug 2018
Only 3 Days Left to Vote for Your Favourite Blue Mountains Business for 2018
Voting will soon close for this year's highly sought-after BlueMountainsAustralia.com People’s Choice Award. Competition is running hot with over 2,800 votes cast, for over 220 local businesses. 
Have Your Say on a Water Sensitive Future for the Blue Mountains
24 Aug 2018
Have Your Say on a Water Sensitive Future for the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains City Council is inviting community comment on the draft Water Sensitive Blue Mountains Strategic Plan. The plan sets the direction for how Council manages our City’s waterways and water resources in the future. 
Ballet Under The Stars 2018 - Giselle
24 Aug 2018
Ballet Under The Stars 2018 - Giselle
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that The Australian Ballet will return to Penrith for the popular Ballet Under the Stars. 
Western Sydney Airport Jobs Predictions Questioned
23 Aug 2018
Western Sydney Airport Jobs Predictions Questioned
Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP has welcomed a new report released by the ‘Jobs for Western Sydney’ Group at their official launch on Saturday. 
Funding Boost for Hockey Facilities in Western Sydney
23 Aug 2018
Funding Boost for Hockey Facilities in Western Sydney
Hundreds of Western Sydney hockey players are set to benefit from $1.2 million worth of upgrades at hockey fields at Kingswood and Narellan which will increase the quality and capacity of facilities and bring them to international standard. 
Penrith Volunteers Help Make Disability Expo a Success
22 Aug 2018
Penrith Volunteers Help Make Disability Expo a Success
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams announced that NADO will receive $1,500 to provide a shuttle bus to support people with disability attend the Nepean Disability Expo. 
Celebrate the Wonderful Waratah this Spring at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
22 Aug 2018
Celebrate the Wonderful Waratah this Spring at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
This Spring the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah is going wild for waratahs and celebrating other iconic plants and animals of Australia. Discover the magnificent emblem of NSW at the Waratah Festival, join Carol Probets on our Bird Walk and Talk or learn all about the Buzz on Native Bees. 
Senator Payne Seeks Community Feedback on Local Sport Facilities
21 Aug 2018
Senator Payne Seeks Community Feedback on Local Sport Facilities
The Turnbull Government has announced the launch of the Community Sport Infrastructure Grants program, which enables sport and community organisations to apply for grants up to $500,000 to upgrade sporting infrastructure. 
18 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
21 Aug 2018
18 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that 18 new recruits will join the Nepean and Blue Mountains Local Area Commands following on from their recent graduation from the Goulburn Police Academy. 
Western Sydney Airport Preparing for Take-off
20 Aug 2018
Western Sydney Airport Preparing for Take-off
Western Sydney Airport has reached another major milestone, with companies now invited to bid for a major contract to undertake the mammoth task of clearing and levelling the site. 
Work on Glenbrook Armistice Memorial Pathway Well Underway
19 Aug 2018
Work on Glenbrook Armistice Memorial Pathway Well Underway
Work has begun on a unique memorial pathway for Whitton Park, Glenbrook, funded in part under the Macquarie Armistice Centenary Grants Program. 
Conservation Management Strategy for Section of Historic Cox's Road
18 Aug 2018
Conservation Management Strategy for Section of Historic Cox's Road
Blue Mountains City Council has completed a conservation management strategy for remnant sections of the historic Cox's Road in Linden. 
Blaxland Local Recognised at National Travel Industry Awards
18 Aug 2018
Blaxland Local Recognised at National Travel Industry Awards
Blaxland local named as finalist in Young Agent of the Year category at Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards Gala dinner in Sydney. 
Stronger Communities Grants – Round 4 Now Open
17 Aug 2018
Stronger Communities Grants – Round 4 Now Open
Community and sporting groups, and local Councils are being encouraged to put their hand up for a share of $150,000 in funding under Round 4 of the Macquarie Stronger Communities Grants Program. 
Spring Exhibition Suite at Penrith Regional Gallery
17 Aug 2018
Spring Exhibition Suite at Penrith Regional Gallery
The Curtain Breathed Deeply - an expansive new commission by Sydney based artist Justene Williams – will open at Penrith Regional Gallery on Saturday 25 August. The exhibition will transform the entirety of Penrith Regional Gallery’s Main Gallery space into an intentionally chaotic, immersive and interrelated sequence of installations. Her largest and most ambitious undertaking to date, The Curtain Breathed Deeply will seduce visitors into and through a series of hypnotising sets and video installations abounding in sensory overload and cacophony. 
Retail Working Party Looking at Causes and Solutions
17 Aug 2018
Retail Working Party Looking at Causes and Solutions
The volunteer working party researching the factors underlying the decline in retail is nearing the end of its research phase. 
Gondwana Garden Science Week Event Set to Exceed Expectations, Again!
16 Aug 2018
Gondwana Garden Science Week Event Set to Exceed Expectations, Again!
This year’s major Blue Mountains National Science Week event is Gondwana Garden at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. On the 18 August 2018, the event is set to exceed expectations, which reached 1,800 visitors last year. 
My Supports Receives Grant Funding to Expand NDIS Services
16 Aug 2018
My Supports Receives Grant Funding to Expand NDIS Services
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has announced grant funding of more than $1.4 million for My Supports to create 22 new Neighbourhood Teams including a new Nepean Blue Mountains Team who provide a range of local support for people with disability under the NDIS. 
Tangents + Special Guest Broken Chip In Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
15 Aug 2018
Tangents + Special Guest Broken Chip In Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
Tangents incendiary live shows are driven by live drums and electronic beats, with processed performances on cello, electric guitar and piano/Rhodes electric piano. 
Talented Young Choir from the Blue Mountains Hoping for Another Year Of Success at National Competition
15 Aug 2018
Talented Young Choir from the Blue Mountains Hoping for Another Year Of Success at National Competition
The Vocalocity Vocal Ensemble based in Leura is comprised of 8 young singers from local schools, who are aged from 10-17 years. Last year they won The Australian Choral Challenge at the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra, and this year they have made it through to the National Finals of The Australian A Cappella Awards (AUSACA) to be held in Melbourne! 
Blue Mountains Win $375,000 Heritage Grants
14 Aug 2018
Blue Mountains Win $375,000 Heritage Grants
Blue Mountains region has been the successful recipient of four key heritage grants in the NSW Government ‘Heritage Near Me Activation Grants’ announced yesterday. 
Community Grants Program Now Open for Local Projects
14 Aug 2018
Community Grants Program Now Open for Local Projects
Community groups in the Blue Mountains are invited to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support outstanding local projects, with $12,000 in funding now available for projects that help to strengthen the local community. 
Forestry Land Rate Exemption
13 Aug 2018
Forestry Land Rate Exemption
Lithgow Council estimates that the value of foregone rates on Forestry lands in the Lithgow LGA is $414,000 p.a. 
Sing Along to the Hits of Elvis, John Lennon & Dusty Springfield at The Joan!
12 Aug 2018
Sing Along to the Hits of Elvis, John Lennon & Dusty Springfield at The Joan!
This month’s Morning Melodies at The Joan will take you on a journey back in time to celebrate Yesterday’s Heroes; hit songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s by Elvis, John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and more! 
Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow
12 Aug 2018
Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow
During September, Eskbank House Museum presents “Community, Care and Conviviality: Freemasonry in Lithgow”, an exhibition that explores the social side of Freemasonry in Lithgow. Objects and images from the Eskbank House Museum collection are accompanied by pieces from the Lithgow District Historical Society image collection, the Lithgow & District Family History Society, and local Freemasons. 
Strong Community Support for My Health Record in the Nepean and Blue Mountains Region - A Model for the Rest of Australia
11 Aug 2018
Strong Community Support for My Health Record in the Nepean and Blue Mountains Region - A Model for the Rest of Australia
Residents and healthcare providers in the Nepean and Blue Mountains region are actively using My Health Record, showing the benefits for all Australians. 
Be a Part of Building a Brighter Future for the Lithgow LGA
11 Aug 2018
Be a Part of Building a Brighter Future for the Lithgow LGA
Lithgow City Council is calling for nominations from community members interested in helping to review Council services and identify a strategic way forward for the future of the Lithgow LGA. 
Official Launch of the Blue Mountains Business Awards 2018
10 Aug 2018
Official Launch of the Blue Mountains Business Awards 2018
Our community is proud of the thousands of businesses that are striving and thriving in the mountains and these awards are dedicated to the people who make this possible. 
Education Taster a Success
10 Aug 2018
Education Taster a Success
Sixty five of Lithgow’s young people attended the Future Finders Education Taster day on Tuesday 31 July where they sampled a range of educational offerings provided by the University of Notre Dame, Western Sydney University and TAFE NSW. 
Shayne Mallard MP Congratulates Frank Vincent on 50 Years of Service to RFS
9 Aug 2018
Shayne Mallard MP Congratulates Frank Vincent on 50 Years of Service to RFS
Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard honoured the dedication and hard work of the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service’s longest serving volunteers at the Blue Mountains District Medals Presentation on Friday August 3 held at the Mid Mountains Community Centre. 
Mental Health Boost Gives Long Term Support to Older People
9 Aug 2018
Mental Health Boost Gives Long Term Support to Older People
The NSW Government will spend $15 million over 10 years in three partnerships between mental health services and aged care facilities to support older people who have been in hospital for long stays. 
Marking Western Sydney Airport Co’s First Year in Business
8 Aug 2018
Marking Western Sydney Airport Co’s First Year in Business
Today marks one year since the Australian Government established WSA Co, following through on its equity investment of $5.3 billion to build and operate Western Sydney Airport. 
Tony Mcmanus + Special Guests Julia Toaspern + Martin Foote in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
8 Aug 2018
Tony Mcmanus + Special Guests Julia Toaspern + Martin Foote in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
“Few guitarists can present Celtic music with the gusto and nuance they possess when played on fiddles or bagpipes. Tony McManus is one of those few.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine 
New Additions to Blue Mountains Youth Council
7 Aug 2018
New Additions to Blue Mountains Youth Council
Blue Mountains City Council has welcomed six new Youth Councillors to the 2018 Youth Council – Gabriel Frechtling, Thomas Lenthen, Benjamin Mallin, Ruby Parsons Burns, Eleanor Shortis and Sinead Winn. 
The September 2018 Arts Trail is Coming!
7 Aug 2018
The September 2018 Arts Trail is Coming!
The community of talented artists that make up the Blue Mountains Arts Trail are there to welcome you to their beautiful Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and to share with you their enjoyment of the world of art and creativity. 
Council Joins Call to Double NSW Government Funding for Libraries
6 Aug 2018
Council Joins Call to Double NSW Government Funding for Libraries
Blue Mountains City Council is joining with councils across the state to support the calls from NSW Public Libraries Association and Local Government NSW (LGNSW) to secure much needed funding from the NSW Government for public libraries. 
Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency 2018/2019
6 Aug 2018
Penrith Regional Gallery Summer Studio Residency 2018/2019
Applications for 2018/2019 residencies are now open. 
Blue Mountains City Council Welcomes New Australian Citizens
5 Aug 2018
Blue Mountains City Council Welcomes New Australian Citizens
Thirty-seven Blue Mountains residents became Australian citizens on 28 July. 
Is Your Airbag Safe?
5 Aug 2018
Is Your Airbag Safe?
There have been many news articles in recent years about faulty Takata airbags, and the fact that specific vehicle makes and models are being recalled for airbag replacement. Working out whether your car is affected can be confusing, as many people don't know the exact year model of their car and looking it up can easily slip down the 'to do' list.

Help is at hand: A new website will now tell you in seconds. 
Building Resilience Against Bushfires
5 Aug 2018
Building Resilience Against Bushfires
Building industry experts will meet in the Blue Mountains to raise the bar on bushfire safety.
 
Top Authors to Visit the Mountains to Deliver Varuna Writing Workshops
4 Aug 2018
Top Authors to Visit the Mountains to Deliver Varuna Writing Workshops
Everyone has a story to tell, and Varuna the National Writers’ House, Katoomba is offering a series of workshops to help unlock local creative writing talent. 
Stunning Spring Flower Display Returns to the Blue Mountains
4 Aug 2018
Stunning Spring Flower Display Returns to the Blue Mountains
Get ready for the magnificent Blue Mountains Daffodil Festival, as tens of thousands of bulbs prepare to bloom for Spring. 
Boost for Aboriginal Mental Health Services at Nepean Hospital
3 Aug 2018
Boost for Aboriginal Mental Health Services at Nepean Hospital
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that new frontline staff to make mental health care more accessible and culturally inclusive for Aboriginal people will be recruited in the Nepean Blue Mountains region, thanks to almost $140,000 from the NSW Government. 
Return and Earn Return Point for Blaxland
3 Aug 2018
Return and Earn Return Point for Blaxland
Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP today announced that Blaxland has a new return point for the NSW container deposit scheme Return and Earn, where people can claim 10 cents on their eligible drink containers. 
Escarpment Group Dining Among Sydney's Finest
2 Aug 2018
Escarpment Group Dining Among Sydney's Finest
Escarpment Group dining outlets in the Blue Mountains are among Sydney’s finest, after three were shortlisted in the annual Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) awards on Thursday July 26. 
Audiences will be ‘Over The Rainbow’ when Winmalee Teen, Sabina Salas, Takes the Stage as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz
2 Aug 2018
Audiences will be ‘Over The Rainbow’ when Winmalee Teen, Sabina Salas, Takes the Stage as Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz
With an impressive track record for her age that includes shows like The Addams Family and The Little Mermaid, Sabina Salas stars in this magical production being presented by Richmond Players – celebrating its 66th anniversary – in a collaboration with Richmond High School. 
Council Adopts Ten Year Plan on Parks Pools And Play
1 Aug 2018
Council Adopts Ten Year Plan on Parks Pools And Play
Blue Mountains City Council has adopted the Open Space and Recreation Strategic Plan, and supporting Play Guidelines, which will guide how Council provides and manages open space and sport and recreation facilities and services over the next ten or more years for the local community and visitors. 
Blue Mountains Meet The Orchestra
1 Aug 2018
Blue Mountains Meet The Orchestra
Winmalee local and Concertmaster of Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO), violinist James Parbery, will be performing three concerts on Saturday 1 September as part of the Meet The Orchestra concert series presented by Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO) at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub. 
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