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Archive - January 2020

2019 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards Presentation
31 Jan 2020
2019 LJ Hooker Reg Cowden Memorial Sports Star of the Year Awards Presentation
The Annual Reg Cowden Awards were presented recently at the Australia Day Celebrations at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday 26th January 2020. 
Be Connected at Your Library During Senior’s Week
31 Jan 2020
Be Connected at Your Library During Senior’s Week
Being connected to the world through technology is very important in today’s technological age and libraries are great places to connect to technology and to other people in the community. Head along to your local library during Senior’s Week to see how you can become connected to the wider world. 
Last Days to Purchase Advance Weekend Tickets for the 25th Blue Mountains Music Festival
30 Jan 2020
Last Days to Purchase Advance Weekend Tickets for the 25th Blue Mountains Music Festival
Advanced tickets still on sale at Ticketbooth –
only until 31 January 
Local Community Achievements Celebrated on Australia Day
29 Jan 2020
Local Community Achievements Celebrated on Australia Day
Lithgow City Council Mayor Ray Thompson welcomed A number of new Australian citizens and celebrated the achievements of local people at the Australia Day ceremony held at Queen Elizabeth Park on 26 January 2020. 
Medal to Recognise Bushfire Emergency Responders
29 Jan 2020
Medal to Recognise Bushfire Emergency Responders
Australia’s brave fire, police, ambulance and emergency services volunteers and workers, along with Defence Force personnel and reservists and overseas personnel, will be eligible to receive a medal in recognition of their service and sacrifice during the current bushfire season. 
Walking by Kim Kelly – Author Talk and Book Launch at Lithgow Library
28 Jan 2020
Walking by Kim Kelly – Author Talk and Book Launch at Lithgow Library
Lithgow Library will be hosting an author talk and book launch of her new book Walking by the popular Central West author Kim Kelly on Saturday 22 February at 11:00am. 
MiWater Public Customer Portal to Improve Customer Communication
28 Jan 2020
MiWater Public Customer Portal to Improve Customer Communication
Council would like to advise customers that the MiWater Public Customer Portal is now available. 
Local Artists Called to Display Artworks at Lithgow Library
27 Jan 2020
Local Artists Called to Display Artworks at Lithgow Library
Local artists are invited to submit an application to display their work for a one month period during 2020 at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre. 
Calling for New Members for Blue Mountains Youth Council
27 Jan 2020
Calling for New Members for Blue Mountains Youth Council
Applications are now open for the Blue Mountains Youth Council. 
Blue Mountains - Plenty to See and Do Post-Bushfires
26 Jan 2020
Blue Mountains - Plenty to See and Do Post-Bushfires
The Blue Mountains region has prepared a jam-packed calendar of festivals and events to welcome visitors back to Australia’s first tourist destination. 
NSW Government Ministers Visit Lithgow to Assist with Bushfire Recovery
26 Jan 2020
NSW Government Ministers Visit Lithgow to Assist with Bushfire Recovery
The Hon Damien Tudehope, Minister for Small Business and the Hon Paul Toole, Minister for Regional Roads and Transport met with Mayor Ray Thompson and Deputy Mayor Steve Ring in Lithgow last Wednesday to listen first hand to the issues for those affected by the recent bushfires in Lithgow with a view to responding with further assistance. 
Last Chance for Extra Green Waste Services
25 Jan 2020
Last Chance for Extra Green Waste Services
The extra green waste services being offered by Blue Mountains City Council to help residents get on top of their property preparation are ending on Friday 31 January. 
Further Donations Needed for Local Bush Fire Relief Fund
25 Jan 2020
Further Donations Needed for Local Bush Fire Relief Fund
The Blue Mountains Bush Fire Mayoral Relief Fund advisory committee elected on 23 January to direct the $28,500 raised so far directly to those most seriously affected this bush fire season. 
Blue Mountains Mayor Urges Visitors to Return as Council Prepares Local Economy Recovery Program
25 Jan 2020
Blue Mountains Mayor Urges Visitors to Return as Council Prepares Local Economy Recovery Program
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill is urging visitors to return to the Blue Mountains, after bush fires. 
Temporary Closure of Hartley Vale Road
24 Jan 2020
Temporary Closure of Hartley Vale Road
Council wishes to advise residents of the temporary closure of the Hartley Vale Road, from the Darling Cause Way to The Comet Inn. 
Official Launch Seniors Festival 2020 “Love Your Life”
24 Jan 2020
Official Launch Seniors Festival 2020 “Love Your Life”
Stories & Community
Special Guest Speakers
Kodie Bedford & Arron Beach
Belvoir St Theatre
MC John Hockney 
Game Set in the Blue Mountains
24 Jan 2020
Game Set in the Blue Mountains
Roko Zaper is the main producer of "The Blueness of a Wound", a new adventure game being developed for PC/Windows. It will be a very unique game which was exclusively developed in Australia and features an Australian setting. 
Helping to Provide a Taste of Home for Blue Mountains’ Koalas who Escaped Bush Fires
23 Jan 2020
Helping to Provide a Taste of Home for Blue Mountains’ Koalas who Escaped Bush Fires
Blue Mountains City Council is assisting Science for Wildlife to supply local leaves for the Blue Mountains’ koalas that are currently in care at Taronga Zoo, after they were rescued from approaching bush fires before Christmas. 
‘If You Love Us, Come and See Us’: Blue Mountains Mayor Urges Visitors to Return
23 Jan 2020
‘If You Love Us, Come and See Us’: Blue Mountains Mayor Urges Visitors to Return
Blue Mountains City Mayor Mark Greenhill is urging visitors to return to the Blue Mountains, now that the threat of bush fires has ended. 
NSW Government Bushfire Donations Partner GIVIT Calling for Charities to Register for Vital Goods
22 Jan 2020
NSW Government Bushfire Donations Partner GIVIT Calling for Charities to Register for Vital Goods
Charities, service providers and groups assisting bushfire-impacted communities are encouraged to register with national not-for-profit GIVIT, official bushfire donation management partner of the NSW Government, to gain coordinated access to donations of cash, items and services. 
Lithgow City Council Bushfire Recovery Assistance
22 Jan 2020
Lithgow City Council Bushfire Recovery Assistance
At the 13 January 2020 Extraordinary Meeting, Council resolved to implement a number of bushfire recovery assistance measures. 
Year of the Rat Heralds Fresh Start for the Blue Mountains
22 Jan 2020
Year of the Rat Heralds Fresh Start for the Blue Mountains
Scenic World is inviting visitors from near and far to celebrate Lunar New Year in the Blue Mountains this January and February, with a range of exciting activities on the agenda to usher in the Year of the Rat. 
Tourism Funding Package an Important Step Towards Recovery
21 Jan 2020
Tourism Funding Package an Important Step Towards Recovery
Labor welcomes the announcement on the weekend of Government support to help the tourism industry recover from the impact of the bushfire crisis. 
The Best Ways to Lend a Hand to Bushfire Relief
21 Jan 2020
The Best Ways to Lend a Hand to Bushfire Relief
Millions of hectares of bush have been burned. Dozens of lives have been lost. Up to a billion mammals, birds, reptiles, bats, frogs and invertebrates may have died. Smoke from Australia’s bushfires has reached as far as New Zealand and Chile. Australia’s bush capital has recorded the worst air quality in the world. 
Applications Now Open - Penrith Youth Orchestra 2020
20 Jan 2020
Applications Now Open - Penrith Youth Orchestra 2020
In partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Penrith Symphony Orchestra 
Australia Day Celebrations Across the Lithgow Region
20 Jan 2020
Australia Day Celebrations Across the Lithgow Region
Australia Day will be celebrated across the Lithgow region on Sunday 26th January with free activities and entertainment for everyone and with the Ambassador’s Address to be given by award winning author Susanne Gervay. 
Hydro Majestic Rallies for Bushfire Recovery
19 Jan 2020
Hydro Majestic Rallies for Bushfire Recovery
The Hydro Majestic Hotel will forge ahead with Roaring 20s Festival events in February to rally support for the struggling Blue Mountains community, despite experiencing an unprecedented downturn itself. 
High Demand Careers in Focus at TAFE NSW InfoFest
19 Jan 2020
High Demand Careers in Focus at TAFE NSW InfoFest
TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Michael Cullen, is encouraging school leavers explore their vocational education options at the TAFE NSW Wentworth Falls InfoFest next week. 
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra + Special Guests Le Hot Club De Katoomba in Concert
18 Jan 2020
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra + Special Guests Le Hot Club De Katoomba in Concert
Fusion Boutique is extremely pleased to present The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (Canada) in the Blue Mountains for their first Australian Tour. This trip sees them perform at Illawara and Cygnet Folk Festivals and other select dates. 
Penrith Arts Lover - The Membership Key that Unlocks your Creative City
18 Jan 2020
Penrith Arts Lover - The Membership Key that Unlocks your Creative City
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, Q Theatre and Penrith Con present;

Penrith Arts Lover
The membership Key that unlocks your Creative City 
Tourists Encouraged to Return to the Blue Mountains
17 Jan 2020
Tourists Encouraged to Return to the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Tourism (BMT), together with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services are encouraging tourists to return to the villages and towns of the Blue Mountains. 
RSPCA NSW Outlines Bushfire Relief and Recovery Plan
17 Jan 2020
RSPCA NSW Outlines Bushfire Relief and Recovery Plan
RSPCA NSW is providing relief and recovery assistance to animals that have been impacted by Australia’s bushfire crisis. 
Scottish and World Folk Music Industry Rally for Australian Bushfires
16 Jan 2020
Scottish and World Folk Music Industry Rally for Australian Bushfires
Leading folk festivals, events and musicians around the world have rallied to raise funds in support of those affected by the Australian bushfires in a campaign initiated by the Year Of Scotland in Australia 2020, the largest ever program of Scottish music and culture currently underway throughout the country. 
9 January 2020 Community Meeting
16 Jan 2020
9 January 2020 Community Meeting
Local residents impacted by the recent fires attended the community recovery meeting on Thursday 9 January led by Lithgow City Council and NSW Office of Emergency Management. 
Enforceable Undertaking between Blue Mountains City Council and SafeWork NSW
15 Jan 2020
Enforceable Undertaking between Blue Mountains City Council and SafeWork NSW
Blue Mountains City Council has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with SafeWork NSW ("SafeWork"). 
Council Works with ADF and RRS to Clear Dangerous Trees after Bush Fires
15 Jan 2020
Council Works with ADF and RRS to Clear Dangerous Trees after Bush Fires
Blue Mountains City Council is working with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to clear dangerous trees in the upper Blue Mountains, after bush fires. 
Lookouts and Reserves Reopen in Blue Mountains
14 Jan 2020
Lookouts and Reserves Reopen in Blue Mountains
Many Blue Mountains lookouts and reserves have been reopened today (14 January, 2020) now that conditions have improved and there is isolated and low fire activity in the area. 
“Love Local” Blue Mountains’ Businesses after Bush Fires
14 Jan 2020
“Love Local” Blue Mountains’ Businesses after Bush Fires
Blue Mountains City Council is urging residents to spend at least an extra $20 a week locally in 2020, to help the City recover after bush fires. 
Council Supports Blue Mountains’ Community in Recovery
14 Jan 2020
Council Supports Blue Mountains’ Community in Recovery
Blue Mountains City Council hosted a bush fire recovery meeting for residents of Mount Tomah, Mount Wilson, Mount Irvine, Bell and Berambing on Saturday. 
Immediate Mental Health Services Deployed into Fire Affected Communities
14 Jan 2020
Immediate Mental Health Services Deployed into Fire Affected Communities
More mental health support services will be immediately provided to firefighters, emergency personnel, individuals and communities impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster. 
The Joan 2020 Kids & Families Season is here!
13 Jan 2020
The Joan 2020 Kids & Families Season is here!
Join us for a Year of Surprises, Laughs, Magic and Imagination 
Spine-Chilling Drama at Castle Hill's Pavilion Theatre from 31 Jan featuring Local Blaxland Star
12 Jan 2020
Spine-Chilling Drama at Castle Hill's Pavilion Theatre from 31 Jan featuring Local Blaxland Star
Castle Hill Players present The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Noah Smith – directed by Paul Sztelma
The Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill from JAN 31 – FEB 22 
Tennis NSW Legacy Fund to Deliver Long-Term Benefits for Grassroots Tennis in the State
12 Jan 2020
Tennis NSW Legacy Fund to Deliver Long-Term Benefits for Grassroots Tennis in the State
The New South Wales tennis community is set to benefit from significant investment through a legacy fund, established by the NSW Government and Tennis NSW, as a result of securing the ATP Cup in Sydney. 
Support for Bushfire Affected Small Businesses
11 Jan 2020
Support for Bushfire Affected Small Businesses
Practical support is available to all businesses affected by the NSW bushfires, from damaged or destroyed property to disrupted business and reduced income. 
Million-Dollar Recovery Grant for Bushfire-Hit Communities in the Blue Mountains
11 Jan 2020
Million-Dollar Recovery Grant for Bushfire-Hit Communities in the Blue Mountains
Bushfire-hit communities in the Blue Mountains will be able to rebuild sooner with an initial and immediate $1 million grant from the Morrison Government. 
Operation Cat Extended for Discounted Desexing
10 Jan 2020
Operation Cat Extended for Discounted Desexing
$50.00 Discount Cat Desexing Program for Health-Care Card Holders and Pensioners will be extended until Friday 7th February 2020. 
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne to Play in Windsor
10 Jan 2020
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne to Play in Windsor
After several successful european tours in 2018 and 2019 the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany) is coming back to Australia in summer 2020 with a powerful and lovely new programme. 
Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million
9 Jan 2020
Number of P2 masks for bushfires increases to more than 1.8 million
The Australian Government is now supplying more than 1.8 million P2 face masks to assist frontline workers and those at risk in communities affected by the bushfires. 
Council to Provide Additional Weekly Green Bin Collections
9 Jan 2020
Council to Provide Additional Weekly Green Bin Collections
Blue Mountains City Council is offering weekly green bin collections from Monday 13 – Friday 31 January, 2020. 
Community Meeting – Bushfire Recovery – 9 January 2020
8 Jan 2020
Community Meeting – Bushfire Recovery – 9 January 2020
The bushfire situation continues to impact our community in differing ways. 
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
8 Jan 2020
National Bushfire Recovery Agency
The Federal Government will establish a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. 
RFS Community Meeting Information Evenings
8 Jan 2020
RFS Community Meeting Information Evenings
Blue Mountains RFS will be holding the following community meetings this week: 
Katie Noonan 'Late Night Tunes With Noons' Tour, coming to Katoomba
7 Jan 2020
Katie Noonan 'Late Night Tunes With Noons' Tour, coming to Katoomba
Another huge announcement from Fusion Boutique Presents with KATIE NOONAN in an intimate seated concert at Baroque Room, Katoomba, Blue Mountains as part of her 'Late Night Tunes with Noons' tour. 
Rory McLeod in Concert at Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 Katoomba
5 Jan 2020
Rory McLeod in Concert at Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88 Katoomba
Fusion Boutique is very pleased to welcome one-man soul band, poet and storyteller Rory McLeod back to the Blue Mountains following his well received performances at the 2016 and 2019 Blue Mountains Music Festivals. 
Blue Mountains Tourism Donates $19,500 to Local Rural Fire Services
4 Jan 2020
Blue Mountains Tourism Donates $19,500 to Local Rural Fire Services
The Blue Mountains tourism community has announced that it will be donating $19,500 to local Rural Fire Service Brigades after uniting to hold a fundraising campaign just before Christmas. 
Fears Some Will Miss Out on Compensation
3 Jan 2020
Fears Some Will Miss Out on Compensation
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman says the announcement of compensation for some volunteer firefighters will be welcome. 
ADF Continues to Support Firefighting Effort
3 Jan 2020
ADF Continues to Support Firefighting Effort
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will increase its support to fire authorities, deploying additional specialist personnel to advise Incident Controllers at Fire Control Centres in New South Wales. 
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