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Archive - December 2018

Upgrade for Blaxland’s Gateway Family Services
24 Dec 2018
Upgrade for Blaxland’s Gateway Family Services
A much needed upgrade will make life easier for volunteers and provide better storage for the thousands of donations of food and gifts distributed each year by Blaxland’s Gateway Family Services. 
Things To Do this Christmas Day in the Blue Mountains
24 Dec 2018
Things To Do this Christmas Day in the Blue Mountains
There is plenty of time to get out and enjoy the day before or after feasting on prawns, mince tarts and pavlova. Three of the Mountains' leading attractions will be open and ready to welcome you through their doors this Christmas Day. 
Merry Christmas from Fresh Air Daily
24 Dec 2018
Merry Christmas from Fresh Air Daily
The team at BlueMountainsAustralia.com and Fresh Air Daily would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas. 
Explore and Nominate Your Local War Memorial
23 Dec 2018
Explore and Nominate Your Local War Memorial
Blue Mountains residents are being asked to help document their local war memorials, honour boards, memorial halls and cenotaphs as part of a new interactive website, launched by the Australian War Memorial. 
2018/2019 Holiday Opening Hours - Blue Mountains Leisure Centres
23 Dec 2018
2018/2019 Holiday Opening Hours - Blue Mountains Leisure Centres
Blue Mountains Leisure Centres will be operating a holiday timetable over the Christmas break. Fresh Air Daily compiled a list of centres, and their opening hours. 
His Lordship’s 1896 Jenolan Adventure
23 Dec 2018
His Lordship’s 1896 Jenolan Adventure
Jenolan Caves first became a magnet for curious visitors in the early 1800s. These days, many thousands of visitors, from all over the world, can easily drive to the spectacular Jenolan Caves, through the Blue Mountains, along scenic, winding country roads. But in the old days, crossing the Blue Mountains was long and difficult, as this story illustrates. 
Senator Payne Announces Emergency Relief Funding Boost for Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre
22 Dec 2018
Senator Payne Announces Emergency Relief Funding Boost for Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre
Residents living in the Blue Mountains in financial crisis will receive vital emergency support with $225,000 of new funding from the Liberal-National Government being provided to the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre. 
No-One Deserves a Serve Over Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2018
No-One Deserves a Serve Over Christmas and New Year
As temperatures rise, and the desire to grab a bargain takes hold, Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman is reminding people that it’s no excuse to let tempers flare. 
New Electronic Resources at Lithgow Library
22 Dec 2018
New Electronic Resources at Lithgow Library
Access Lithgow Library’s free new electronic resources – Beama Films, a movie and documentary streaming service and Ziptales an electronic educational and storytelling resource.


 
Special Pet Care at Christmas
22 Dec 2018
Special Pet Care at Christmas
Christmas food is among some of the most dangerous for animals to consume. It may be hard to resist a pleading face, but it could save your pet’s life. So before you drop a titbit under the table, think about what it could do to your pet’s health. 
Future Finders - It's a Wrap for 2018
21 Dec 2018
Future Finders - It's a Wrap for 2018
What a year for our local young people! In 2018 Council launched its Future Finders - Leadership and Career Pathways Program, designed to increase local young people’s knowledge and exposure to traditional and non-traditional career pathways, as well as to enhance their leadership skills. 
Enjoy the School Holidays at Glenbrook Cinema
21 Dec 2018
Enjoy the School Holidays at Glenbrook Cinema
Looking for something to do with the family these school holidays? There are plenty of movies coming to the Glenbrook Cinema screen over Christmas and throughout January, with something for everyone in the family. 
Library Hours Over Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2018
Library Hours Over Christmas/New Year
Lithgow City Council advises that Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period. 
Jenolan Caves Easiest Tour: Imperial Cave
20 Dec 2018
Jenolan Caves Easiest Tour: Imperial Cave
The Imperial Cave follows an ancient river passage. It is a wonderful, memorable experience for people of all ages, including children. As the path is mostly level, with short sets of stairs, it is the best cave for less mobile or elderly visitors. 
Special Rate Variation - The Process
19 Dec 2018
Special Rate Variation - The Process
Lithgow City Council is one of 14 Councils to notify their intention to apply to IPART for a special rate variation in 2019/20. 
Adult Change Facility Opened at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub
19 Dec 2018
Adult Change Facility Opened at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub
Blue Mountains City Council officially opened its adult change facility at Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub this month. 
Council and Sydney Water Partner to Provide Water Refill Stations
18 Dec 2018
Council and Sydney Water Partner to Provide Water Refill Stations
Eight permanent drinking water stations have been installed at recreational spaces across the Blue Mountains City Council Local Government Area. 
Merry Christmas as Service NSW Opens its Doors in Springwood
18 Dec 2018
Merry Christmas as Service NSW Opens its Doors in Springwood
Christmas has come early for the people of Springwood, with the official opening last Friday of the town’s new Service Centre. 
Christmas is Here!
17 Dec 2018
Christmas is Here!
Check out where to find your local Christmas services throughout the Blue Mountains. 
Local After Hours Doctor Services Ease Burden on Emergency Departments
16 Dec 2018
Local After Hours Doctor Services Ease Burden on Emergency Departments
Up to two - thirds of emergency room patients presenting at night and on weekends could have been treated at an after hours GP service, according to local data. 
Council's Proposed Works Program for 2019/2020 Revealed
16 Dec 2018
Council's Proposed Works Program for 2019/2020 Revealed
Council has developed its Draft Works Program for Transport, Buildings and Stormwater Drainage so that the community can make an informed decision with regard to the proposed special rate variation.


 
Winter Magic to Relaunch in 2019 with New Format
15 Dec 2018
Winter Magic to Relaunch in 2019 with New Format
The 2019 Winter Magic Festival will emphasise community arts, performance, and magic, but the committee has had to make some difficult decisions about the parade. 
NSW Creative Kids Program a Step Closer
15 Dec 2018
NSW Creative Kids Program a Step Closer
NSW families will soon be able to access the new $100 Creative Kids voucher unlocking the creative abilities of a new generation across the State from 1 January 2019 when the program takes effect. 
No Secret Womens Business - ALGWA
14 Dec 2018
No Secret Womens Business - ALGWA
Lithgow City Council has endorsed a women’s group dedicated to progressing equal opportunities for local females. 
Penrith Regional Gallery Announces Artists for 2018/19 Summer Studio Residency
14 Dec 2018
Penrith Regional Gallery Announces Artists for 2018/19 Summer Studio Residency
Penrith Regional Gallery proudly welcomes two new local artists for Summer Studio Residency. 
New Video Series Takes Low Carbon Research to Reality
13 Dec 2018
New Video Series Takes Low Carbon Research to Reality
Low carbon tourism – Blue Mountains

The CRCLCL’s Low Carbon Living - Australia project has helped 80 Blue Mountains businesses significantly reduce their carbon footprint and led to a partnership with Eco Tourism Australia and a national rollout starting with the NSW Southern Highlands. 
Our Lady of the Way Primary School Building Project Grand Opening
13 Dec 2018
Our Lady of the Way Primary School Building Project Grand Opening
Students and teachers at Our Lady of the Way Primary School in Emu Plains will benefit from new and improved facilities supported by the NSW Government. 
A Word of Warning About Illegal Building Works
13 Dec 2018
A Word of Warning About Illegal Building Works
Be Aware of Unauthorised Building Work.

Lithgow Council wants to ensure potential developers are fully aware of their responsibilities so that they don’t find themselves in trouble by carrying out building work without the necessary approvals. 
9 New Police Officers for Nepean and Blue Mountains Area Commands
12 Dec 2018
9 New Police Officers for Nepean and Blue Mountains Area Commands
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced this week that the local community will see 9 new officers on the beat and responding to emergencies, following the recent police attestation from the Goulburn Police Academy. 
The Gully Aboriginal Place – Have Your Say on Plan of Management
12 Dec 2018
The Gully Aboriginal Place – Have Your Say on Plan of Management
Blue Mountains City Council, working closely with The Gully Traditional Owners, is undertaking a review of the existing Plan of Management for The Gully in Katoomba and is inviting the community to get involved. 
Round Two Funding Now Open for Events
11 Dec 2018
Round Two Funding Now Open for Events
Regional events held between July and December 2019 can now apply for NSW Government funding, aimed at driving more overnight visitors to rural and regional towns across the State. 
Lithgow Ability Awards
11 Dec 2018
Lithgow Ability Awards
The Lithgow Ability Awards that highlight the commitment of individuals and organisations that aim to make Lithgow a socially inclusive and thriving community were celebrated at the Lithgow Workies Club on Tuesday 4th December. 
Disappointment in DPC Response
10 Dec 2018
Disappointment in DPC Response
Council expresses disappointment at Dept. Premier and Cabinet stance on Wallerawang. 
The Joan's 2019 Morning Melodies Series is Now Here!
10 Dec 2018
The Joan's 2019 Morning Melodies Series is Now Here!
Celebrate the Golden Days of Music - take a trip through the decades and rejoice in the fabulous music of The 2019 Morning Melodies Series at The Joan.
 
Retro Dinner Show in Katoomba
10 Dec 2018
Retro Dinner Show in Katoomba
Three Sisters Bring the '60s to The Mountains...

After performing huge stages all over the country, The Swell Sisters, Sweethearts of the '60s will bring an intimate version of their retro cabaret show to Katoomba on Friday January 18. The show will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the historic boutique hotel, Palais Royale. 
Stronger Families Alliance - Year in Review
9 Dec 2018
Stronger Families Alliance - Year in Review
The Stronger Families Alliance (SFA) has held conversations with 100 students in four local high schools across the Blue Mountains as part of a project to understand what resources they need to support their mental health. 
Talisman Unleashes Creative Fire
9 Dec 2018
Talisman Unleashes Creative Fire
Unleash your inner creative fire, work off some energy and learn an ancient art under guidance from an experienced artisan at Talisman Gallery this festive season. 
Battery Boost for Blue Mountains Households to Slash Power Bills
9 Dec 2018
Battery Boost for Blue Mountains Households to Slash Power Bills
Blue Mountains residents may be eligible for a $2,000 rebate to help purchase and install battery systems, to help slash their power bills by up to 60 per cent under a Shorten Labor Government. 
Asperger’s Explained in Noah’s Story
8 Dec 2018
Asperger’s Explained in Noah’s Story
How does a child with Asperger’s syndrome experience everyday life? How does it feel to be child who is different? 
Blue Mountains Sporting Champions Celebrated
8 Dec 2018
Blue Mountains Sporting Champions Celebrated
A group of young Blue Mountains sports stars have been honoured at a special afternoon tea, hosted in Springwood by Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman MP. 
DA Lodged for New Childcare Centre at Nepean Hospital
8 Dec 2018
DA Lodged for New Childcare Centre at Nepean Hospital
A development application was submitted to Penrith City Council this week for construction of a new childcare centre at Nepean Hospital to support staff with young families. 
Step Back in Time for Dinosaur Valley these School Holidays
7 Dec 2018
Step Back in Time for Dinosaur Valley these School Holidays
Dinosaurs? Check. Adventure? Check. Ancient rainforest? Check. Dinosaur Valley ticks all the right boxes for the ultimate adventure these school holidays, with world class rides, daily events and free kids’ activities that will leave a lasting impact this summer. 
Experience the Magic of Live Performance with The Joan’s 2019 Kids & Families Program
7 Dec 2018
Experience the Magic of Live Performance with The Joan’s 2019 Kids & Families Program
There’s something special about going to the theatre – the thrill of anticipation and delight unparalleled by any other kind of entertainment. Live performance brings us into the present, offering children (and their adults) a unique opportunity to engage in stories, music, and the enchanted world of the stage. The Joan would love to share this with you in 2019. 
Community and Council Complete Ambitious Environmental Project
6 Dec 2018
Community and Council Complete Ambitious Environmental Project
Blue Mountains City Council congratulates the Popes Glen Bushcare Group for their efforts in completing a remarkable environmental restoration project. 
A Community Bank in Blaxland with Bendigo Bank
6 Dec 2018
A Community Bank in Blaxland with Bendigo Bank
Belong Blue Mountains - Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre is pleased to support the Blaxland Community Bank Project. 
Lithgow Christmas in the Park
5 Dec 2018
Lithgow Christmas in the Park
Markets, Music and Christmas cheer are coming to Queen Elizabeth Park this Saturday. 
Council Opens New Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre
4 Dec 2018
Council Opens New Glenbrook Visitor Information Centre
The new Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centre at Glenbrook is now officially open. 
TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Empress Canyon and Valley of the Waters - Friday 7th December
4 Dec 2018
TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Empress Canyon and Valley of the Waters - Friday 7th December
Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Area

 
Celebrating Quality Childcare with Blue Mountains Family Day Care
3 Dec 2018
Celebrating Quality Childcare with Blue Mountains Family Day Care
Blue Mountains Family Day Care educators, children and families have celebrated with Santa for the annual end-of-year festivities. 
2018 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Award Nominations
3 Dec 2018
2018 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Award Nominations
Lithgow City Council are encouraging the community to nominate candidates for the 2018 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards. 
Updated Guide to Services and Activities for Families
2 Dec 2018
Updated Guide to Services and Activities for Families
The BMCC Guide to Services and Activities for Families, updated for 2019, has been released. 
The Farmers Creek Habitat and Hollows Project
2 Dec 2018
The Farmers Creek Habitat and Hollows Project
Lithgow Council has received funding from the Environment and Waterways Alliance for the Farmers Creek Habitat and Hollows Project. 
Queen of Hearts Foundation Update
1 Dec 2018
Queen of Hearts Foundation Update
The Queen of Hearts Foundation board has declined a proposal to continue the organisation under a revised business plan because it would not ensure the long-term viability of the foundation. 
Community Service Award – James Devine and Christopher Hall
1 Dec 2018
Community Service Award – James Devine and Christopher Hall
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith presented Community Service Awards to Mr James (Jim) Devine and Mr Christopher (Chris) Hall in recognition and appreciation of their contribution to the Penrith community. 
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