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Archive - December 2019

Dealing With Hazards and Waste from Bushfire Damaged Properties
25 Dec 2019
Dealing With Hazards and Waste from Bushfire Damaged Properties
How to deal with immediate hazards and waste generated from property loss is often one of the first questions that arise for property owners who have been affected by catastrophic bushfires and Lithgow Council is now planning for this phase of the emergency response. 
Enjoy these School Holidays at Glenbrook Cinema
25 Dec 2019
Enjoy these 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. 
That's a Wrap for 2019
25 Dec 2019
That's a Wrap for 2019
The team at BlueMountainsAustralia.com and Fresh Air Daily would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a safe and peaceful Christmas. 
Festive Foods to Keep Away From Your Pets:
24 Dec 2019
Festive Foods to Keep Away From Your Pets:
Before you drop a tidbit under the table, think about what it could do to your pet’s health. Christmas food is among some of the most dangerous for animals to consume. 
Council Continues to Accept Green Waste for Free
24 Dec 2019
Council Continues to Accept Green Waste for Free
Blue Mountains City Council will continue to accept green waste free of charge at Waste Management Facilities until 6 January 2020. 
Water Supply Issues
24 Dec 2019
Water Supply Issues
Lithgow City Council wishes to advise that due to increased demand and a water main break on the main supply to residents of the Lithgow area will experience a loss of water or experience low pressure. 
Welcome Our Newest Australians
23 Dec 2019
Welcome Our Newest Australians
Lithgow City Council welcomed five new Australian Citizens at its latest Citizenship Ceremony. 
If You Are Sick or Injured this Christmas, the Emergency Department May Not Be Your Only Option…
22 Dec 2019
If You Are Sick or Injured this Christmas, the Emergency Department May Not Be Your Only Option…
Up to two-thirds of emergency room patients presenting at night and on weekends could have been treated by a GP, according to local data. 
What’s On in January 2020 at The Joan
22 Dec 2019
What’s On in January 2020 at The Joan
It’s steaming hot outside; school holidays are almost in full swing and it’s the beginning of the festive season. How about retreating to a cool, dark theatre to indulge yourself in some of the most iconic movies to come out of the 80s? Or enrolling the kids in some of the country’s best renowned theatre and dance workshops for young people? 
Extra Green Bin Service Between 23 Dec – 3 Jan
21 Dec 2019
Extra Green Bin Service Between 23 Dec – 3 Jan
Blue Mountains City Council will provide a weekly green bin service for each household, between 23 December and 3 January. 
Blue Green Algae Red Alert at Lake Lyell
21 Dec 2019
Blue Green Algae Red Alert at Lake Lyell
Blue Green Algae has bloomed at Lake Lyell with a red alert issued by the NSW Office of Water 
Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund to Help Road to Recovery
20 Dec 2019
Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund to Help Road to Recovery
A Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund has been created, to help Blue Mountains’ communities affected by recent bush fires to recover and rebuild. 
Lithgow City Council Receives Funding Boost for Farmers Creek Shared Cycleway
20 Dec 2019
Lithgow City Council Receives Funding Boost for Farmers Creek Shared Cycleway
Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson today welcomed MP Paul Toole’s announcement that the Lithgow community is to receive $270,000 for the construction of the Farmers Creek Shared Cycleway. 
All Reserves, Lookouts, Walking Tracks and Campgrounds Closed in the Blue Mountains
19 Dec 2019
All Reserves, Lookouts, Walking Tracks and Campgrounds Closed in the Blue Mountains
Due to the current circumstances with the bush fires, and severe heat and smoke predictions over the coming days, Council is CLOSING ALL RESERVES, CAMPGROUNDS, LOOKOUTS and WALKING TRACKS. This is in addition to all sportsground closures, announced yesterday. Closures are in place from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 December (inclusive). 
Molls & Gangsters at le Salon Grand Cabaret & Theatre
19 Dec 2019
Molls & Gangsters at le Salon Grand Cabaret & Theatre
Steve Morrison (Double & electric bass player) grew up in the Blue Mountains and is honoured to return for New Year’s Eve this year to host a ‘Great Gatsby’ style evening at le Salon Grand Cabaret & Theatre. As we welcome in the new ‘20s, everyone’s invited to, in Steve’s words: “…celebrate with the old ‘20s!” 
State Wide Total Fire Ban as Residents Urged to Be Prepared
18 Dec 2019
State Wide Total Fire Ban as Residents Urged to Be Prepared
With temperatures set to soar over coming days NSW Rural Fire Service have declared a state wide total fire ban,and is urging communities to prepare. 
Council Extends Waste Service to Help Residents Prepare
18 Dec 2019
Council Extends Waste Service to Help Residents Prepare
Blue Mountains City Council has extended the operating hours of its Waste Management Facilities and waived the fee for green waste, given unprecedented bush fire activity in the region. 
Tourism Gives Back to Local Rural Fire Services
18 Dec 2019
Tourism Gives Back to Local Rural Fire Services
The Blue Mountains tourism community will be saying thank you to local Rural Fire Service Brigades by donating funds from visitor tickets purchased for Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December. 
Mayoral Statement: Bush fires in the Blue Mountains
17 Dec 2019
Mayoral Statement: Bush fires in the Blue Mountains
“This morning we confront unconfirmed reports of property impacts in the mounts and this is the news we did not want to hear. 
Hazelbrook Station Marks 60th Accessible Train Station Upgrade
17 Dec 2019
Hazelbrook Station Marks 60th Accessible Train Station Upgrade
Government Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP yesterday opened Hazelbrook Station’s new accessibility upgrades. 
Waste Not, Want Not This Christmas
16 Dec 2019
Waste Not, Want Not This Christmas
Christmas does not mean that more household waste must be created. You can indulge and give generously, while still being mindful of the impact your celebrations have on our environment. 
Compost Hub Helps You Make a Difference – and Make Friends!
16 Dec 2019
Compost Hub Helps You Make a Difference – and Make Friends!
Katie Toohey knew she would be helping the environment when she joined The Compost Hub but she didn’t know the initiative would help her make new friends. 
The Low-Down on Burglars' Tricks of the Trade
16 Dec 2019
The Low-Down on Burglars' Tricks of the Trade
A burglary occurs in Australia every three minutes and the end-of-year holiday period is peak season. The best way to protect your home against burglary is to know how burglars think. 
If You Don't Tell Us, We Won't Know – Nominate Now for Australia Day Awards
15 Dec 2019
If You Don't Tell Us, We Won't Know – Nominate Now for Australia Day Awards
Blue Mountains City Council has been calling for nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards but, to date, not many have answered the call. 
Crunch Time for Western Sydney School Leavers to Decide on Plan A
15 Dec 2019
Crunch Time for Western Sydney School Leavers to Decide on Plan A
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager Michael Cullen is urging school leavers to take advantage of fee-free training to equip them with the skills they need to secure jobs with local employers who are crying out for qualified employees. 
Christmas Delivery for New Lifts at Glenbrook and Kingswood Stations
14 Dec 2019
Christmas Delivery for New Lifts at Glenbrook and Kingswood Stations
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith joined Glenbrook local Mr John Stalling to announce that the new lifts at Glenbrook and Kingswood stations will open prior to Christmas providing much needed accessibility relief for customers travelling during the holiday season. 
Parents Stand Strong as ‘Pester-Power’ Loses its Punch this Christmas
14 Dec 2019
Parents Stand Strong as ‘Pester-Power’ Loses its Punch this Christmas
Heading into Christmas, every parent is acutely aware of the ‘power of pester’: the constant asking, niggling and whining that kids typically turn on at the most inconvenient times. 
Council Thanks Bush Fire Volunteers
13 Dec 2019
Council Thanks Bush Fire Volunteers
Blue Mountains City Council is providing Free Family Swim Passes to volunteers who are currently assisting with bush fire operations in the Blue Mountains. 
Lions Volunteers Spreading Christmas Spirit to Farmers in Drought
13 Dec 2019
Lions Volunteers Spreading Christmas Spirit to Farmers in Drought
The festive season has arrived but for many Australian families it’s a difficult time due to the crippling drought. This weekend 165 farmers and their families will enjoy some much-needed Christmas cheer thanks to a group of Lions volunteers. 
Tips to Reduce Your Garden’s Bushfire Risk
12 Dec 2019
Tips to Reduce Your Garden’s Bushfire Risk
The Blue Mountains is a unique world heritage area, and also one of the most bushfire-prone areas in the world, with research by Risk Frontiers estimating that 51.7 per cent of addresses in the Blue Mountains area are located less than 100 metres from bushland, considering them high-risk. 
The Magic Ingredient in Australia’s Favourite Christmas Cake
12 Dec 2019
The Magic Ingredient in Australia’s Favourite Christmas Cake
Christmas is just two weeks away and Australia’s favourite festive treats are back! 
Kim Churchill 'Bright Night Sessions' Tour Coming to Baroque Room Katoomba in 2020
11 Dec 2019
Kim Churchill 'Bright Night Sessions' Tour Coming to Baroque Room Katoomba in 2020
Another huge announcement from Fusion Boutique Presents with KIM CHURCHILL for an intimate concert at Baroque Room, Katoomba, Blue Mountains as part of his 'Bright Night Sessions' tour.
Tickets are strictly limited and we advise booking early to avoid disappointment! 
Council Secures Funding for Additional Community Recycling Service
11 Dec 2019
Council Secures Funding for Additional Community Recycling Service
Council has secured significant new funding to manage waste that can’t be disposed of via the regular kerbside collections. 
Level 2 Restrictions Apply from 10 December
10 Dec 2019
Level 2 Restrictions Apply from 10 December
Water restrictions target outdoor water use, but there are some indoor water uses that are subject to restrictions, such as filling indoor swimming pools and water features, and operating car wash businesses in shopping centre car parks. 
Blue Mountains City Council Wins Environment Award
10 Dec 2019
Blue Mountains City Council Wins Environment Award
Blue Mountains City Council was awarded Overall Winner in the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-Ground Works category at the Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Excellence in the Environment Awards on Tuesday 3 December. 
Blue Mountains Community Urged to Prepare Properties
9 Dec 2019
Blue Mountains Community Urged to Prepare Properties
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has urged the Blue Mountains community to prepare their properties, given bush fires are north and south of the City. 
Council Continues to Fight Illegal Dumping
9 Dec 2019
Council Continues to Fight Illegal Dumping
Council has endorsed its continued membership of the Western Sydney Regional Illegal Dumping (WSRID) Squad for a further 12 months 
Senator Payne Announces Funding for Men’s Sheds in The Blue Mountains
8 Dec 2019
Senator Payne Announces Funding for Men’s Sheds in The Blue Mountains
Over $8,000 has been announced to support Men’s Sheds across the Blue Mountains under Round 19 of the National Shed Development Programme. 
Removing English Holly – a Local Priority Weed
7 Dec 2019
Removing English Holly – a Local Priority Weed
Did you know English Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is a Local Priority Weed? 
Cultural Centre NAIDOC Programs Celebrated at the IMAGinE Awards
6 Dec 2019
Cultural Centre NAIDOC Programs Celebrated at the IMAGinE Awards
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre has been highly commended for their NAIDOC week exhibitions and events at the 2019 IMAGinE Awards. 
Fusion Boutique Presents Charm of Finches (Melbourne) Album Launch Tour + Special Guests Breathing Underwater
6 Dec 2019
Fusion Boutique Presents Charm of Finches (Melbourne) Album Launch Tour + Special Guests Breathing Underwater
Fusion Boutique Presents
Charm Of Finches (Melbourne) Album Launch Tour
+ Special Guests Breathing Underwater
Live in Concert at Pigeon Lane @ ONE88 
All Local School Zones Enforced
5 Dec 2019
All Local School Zones Enforced
Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney today reminds motorists that school zones are in place for all schools until the final day of the 2019 NSW Education Department school term. 
Council Releases its Annual Report for 2018-2019
5 Dec 2019
Council Releases its Annual Report for 2018-2019
Blue Mountains City Council has recorded a significant year of achievements in its most recent Annual Report. 
Selling Big Issue to Highlight Homelessness
4 Dec 2019
Selling Big Issue to Highlight Homelessness
Blue Mountains Mayor Cr Mark Greenhill took to the streets recently to sell copies of the Big Issue and highlight the plight of homeless people in our community. 
European Outdoor Film Tour
4 Dec 2019
European Outdoor Film Tour
E.O.F.T. is back with the most inspiring and thrilling adventure films of the year! 
Love Your Library Week – 2 December to 8 December 2019
3 Dec 2019
Love Your Library Week – 2 December to 8 December 2019
Pledges of support in Love Your Library Week to secure long-term funding for public libraries 
Christian Fellowship Tours’ New World Vision
3 Dec 2019
Christian Fellowship Tours’ New World Vision
Charity donors will have firsthand insight into how their donations are used, thanks to a new partnership between Christian Fellowship Tours (CFT) and World Vision Australia 
Closure of Bushland Reserves and Lookouts by Blue Mountains City Council
2 Dec 2019
Closure of Bushland Reserves and Lookouts by Blue Mountains City Council
All Council bushland reserves south of the Great Western Highway, between Narrow Neck Road Katoomba and Tablelands Road Wentworth Falls, have been temporarily closed due to bush fire risk. 
All New – “Lithgow Christmas in Main Street”
2 Dec 2019
All New – “Lithgow Christmas in Main Street”
Thursday 5th December will see Main Street Lithgow come alive with Christmas Cheer and a `Shop-Local’ themed event this year. 
Hydro's Majestic Return to Roaring `20s
2 Dec 2019
Hydro's Majestic Return to Roaring `20s
A century after the outrageous (yet always sophisticated) shenanigans that made it an elegant highlight of our national heritage, the Hydro Majestic Hotel will officially re-enter the Roaring `20s in February. 
Knock Off Your Christmas Shopping at the Makers Market
1 Dec 2019
Knock Off Your Christmas Shopping at the Makers Market
A returning showcase of talented Blue Mountains artisans will feature at the Makers Market – Summer Edition 2019 on Sunday 8 December, an event that highlights the many talents and products that the Blue Mountains region has produced. 
Council Manager Appointed to World Heritage Committee
1 Dec 2019
Council Manager Appointed to World Heritage Committee
Blue Mountains City Council Environment Manager, Nick Rigby, has been appointed as one of two local government representative to the Greater Blue Mountains Area (GBMA) World Heritage Advisory Committee. 
Official Opening of Portland and Wallerawang Skateparks
1 Dec 2019
Official Opening of Portland and Wallerawang Skateparks
Portland and Wallerawang Skateparks were officially opened by the Mayor and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole on Saturday 23 November in front of a big crowd of skaters. 
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