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Archive - February 2020

It's Better to Ovary-Act than Not
29 Feb 2020
It's Better to Ovary-Act than Not
Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman has urged women across the Blue Mountains to ensure they can recognise the symptoms of one of the country’s most deadly cancers for women as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close. 
Helping Fire-Affected Small Biz Survive and Thrive
29 Feb 2020
Helping Fire-Affected Small Biz Survive and Thrive
A free initiative is helping small businesses directly - and indirectly - impacted by bushfire survive and thrive by connecting them to business buddies with skills and resources to share. 
Reminder: Battery and Mobile Phone Recycling available at Council’s Customer Service Centre & Libraries!
28 Feb 2020
Reminder: Battery and Mobile Phone Recycling available at Council’s Customer Service Centre & Libraries!
Help the environmentally friendly recycling of these problem wastes and keep them out of our landfill. 
Easter Oratorio Features World-Famous Countertenor Reginald Mobley for Bach Akademie Australia Concerts
28 Feb 2020
Easter Oratorio Features World-Famous Countertenor Reginald Mobley for Bach Akademie Australia Concerts
“Superb music-making… skill, charm and real flair” – Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Exceptional Baroque Ensemble Bach Akademie Australia welcomes the internationally renowned American countertenor Reginald Mobley to Australia for a very special musical celebration of Easter. 
Wentworth Falls area walking tracks - Blue Mtns National Park - 27th February 2020
27 Feb 2020
Wentworth Falls area walking tracks - Blue Mtns National Park - 27th February 2020
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Area
Thursday 27 February 2020 – weather dependent 
Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service - Continuing on Thursdays in March
27 Feb 2020
Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service - Continuing on Thursdays in March
If you have been impacted by the recent bushfires, please “drop-in” to the Lithgow Mobile Recovery Service. You can obtain the latest information, enquire about assistance or ask questions about bushfire recovery. 
Council Endorses Local Strategic Planning Statement
27 Feb 2020
Council Endorses Local Strategic Planning Statement
Council has endorsed the Blue Mountains Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) Blue Mountains 2040: Living Sustainably and will now forward the statement to the Greater Sydney Commission, for review. 
Flood aftermath at Blaxland and Katoomba landfills and Leura Cascades and Cliff Drive
26 Feb 2020
Flood aftermath at Blaxland and Katoomba landfills and Leura Cascades and Cliff Drive
The damage toll in the Blue Mountains, following the state declared natural disaster that occurred earlier this month due to unprecedented rainfall, continues to rise. 
Accommodation Deals Make for Perfect Autumn Arts Escape
26 Feb 2020
Accommodation Deals Make for Perfect Autumn Arts Escape
Scenic World has partnered with some of the Blue Mountains’ leading accommodation providers to roll out a series of exclusive Sculpture at Scenic World package deals. 
Mayor Calls for Strategy to Assist Groups Working to Help Wildlife Impacted by Fires
25 Feb 2020
Mayor Calls for Strategy to Assist Groups Working to Help Wildlife Impacted by Fires
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill will take a Mayoral Minute to Council today seeking a strategy that will assist groups working to help wildlife impacted by the recent bush fires. 
Liveability Funding for New Springwood Library Entrance
25 Feb 2020
Liveability Funding for New Springwood Library Entrance
Blue Mountains City Council has received just over $40,000 for Springwood Library in the second and final round of the Western Parkland City Liveability Program. 
All About Women Satellite at The Joan
24 Feb 2020
All About Women Satellite at The Joan
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Presents;

ALL ABOUT WOMEN

Live stream from Sydney Opera House
Sunday 8 March 2020 
Planet Youth Workshop
23 Feb 2020
Planet Youth Workshop
The Lithgow Local Drug Action Team and Lithgow City Council, in association with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, were thrilled to host the world renowned Planet Youth Team on 20 February at a workshop where the findings of recent research undertaken in Lithgow on behaviours and attitudes of local school students towards drug and alcohol use were presented. 
Woodford Academy Harvest Festival Showcase
23 Feb 2020
Woodford Academy Harvest Festival Showcase
The oldest building in the Blue Mountains will celebrate the region’s long history of self-sustainability, artisan wares and produce when it holds its annual harvest festival on Saturday, March 21. 
Free Workshops for Green Thumbs
22 Feb 2020
Free Workshops for Green Thumbs
Green thumbs can learn about food growing, gardening and water saving using new techniques and technology at a series of free workshops at Bullaburra on March 1. 
Community Meetings re NSW Bushfire Inquiry
22 Feb 2020
Community Meetings re NSW Bushfire Inquiry
The NSW Government has commissioned an independent expert inquiry into the 2019-20 bushfire season to provide input to NSW ahead of the next bushfire season. 
Open Court Sessions: Why It's Tennis For Everyone
21 Feb 2020
Open Court Sessions: Why It's Tennis For Everyone
Tennis Australia has launched Open Court Sessions, a new social tennis experience designed to get more adults on the court. 
Katoomba Headspace to be Established by Parramatta Mission
21 Feb 2020
Katoomba Headspace to be Established by Parramatta Mission
Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, is pleased to announce that Parramatta Mission will establish and operate the new headspace in Katoomba. 
Investing in Healthier Waterways for Western Sydney
20 Feb 2020
Investing in Healthier Waterways for Western Sydney
Three key projects delivering improved health and water quality to the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers have been approved under the Morrison Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund. 
Gavin Bowles Shares New Single and Announces March/April Shows
20 Feb 2020
Gavin Bowles Shares New Single and Announces March/April Shows
Working two jobs? Check. Too much coffee and beer? Check. Struggling to make ends meet? Check. Feeling neurotic? Check. Economy and the state of the world got you down and the existential dread is settling in? Then The Daily Grind is just for you! 
Preschools in Blue Mountains Receive a Bushfire Boost
19 Feb 2020
Preschools in Blue Mountains Receive a Bushfire Boost
Preschools in bushfire impacted areas of the Blue Mountains will benefit from a one-off payment to provide fee relief and help with the recovery from this summer’s devastating fires. 
Have Your Say on Blackheath Village Centre Enhancements
19 Feb 2020
Have Your Say on Blackheath Village Centre Enhancements
Council has $3.3 million to spend on upgrades to Blackheath village centre. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the liveability and accessibility of this popular Blue Mountains village. 
Temporary Closure Update - Wentworth Falls Area Walking Tracks - Blue Mtns National Park
18 Feb 2020
Temporary Closure Update - Wentworth Falls Area Walking Tracks - Blue Mtns National Park
Thursday and Friday 20-21st February 2020 – weather dependent 
Extensive Damage to Tourism Infrastructure After Flood and Fires
18 Feb 2020
Extensive Damage to Tourism Infrastructure After Flood and Fires
Popular tourism infrastructure was extensively damaged in the deluge that occurred in the Blue Mountains on 7-9 February. 
Year of Scotland is Coming to Blue Mountains in March
17 Feb 2020
Year of Scotland is Coming to Blue Mountains in March
Bringing world-class folk music, a selection of Scotland’s finest artists are hitting our shores this month as part of the Year Of Scotland in Australia 2020, the largest showcase of Scottish music and heritage in Australia, ever. 
Lithgow Library on the Hunt for Creative Volunteers
17 Feb 2020
Lithgow Library on the Hunt for Creative Volunteers
Are you creative? Are you available to volunteer to run an introductory workshop on creativity? If so, Lithgow Library would love your help. 
Budget Direct Launches Bushfire Recovery Fund to Assist Bushfire Affected Communities
16 Feb 2020
Budget Direct Launches Bushfire Recovery Fund to Assist Bushfire Affected Communities
Budget Direct launches Bushfire Recovery Fund with grants of up to $20,000 to assist with the long term recovery of communities affected by bushfires. 
Tech Savvy Seniors
16 Feb 2020
Tech Savvy Seniors
Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will soon be holding technology classes for seniors focusing on the Seniors Card Website and NSW transport apps. 
More Assistance Needed for Struggling Businesses in Wake of Fires
15 Feb 2020
More Assistance Needed for Struggling Businesses in Wake of Fires
Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman has welcomed additional funding provided for both Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury City Councils. 
Elevenses at The Joan in 2020 - A series of Art + Music Insights
15 Feb 2020
Elevenses at The Joan in 2020 - A series of Art + Music Insights
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery Present;
Elevenses at The Joan in 2020
A series of Art + Music Insights
 
Kim Churchill + Special Guest Tom Myers Live at the Baroque Room, Katoomba
14 Feb 2020
Kim Churchill + Special Guest Tom Myers Live at the Baroque Room, Katoomba
Australian folk, rock, and blues singer, songwriter Kim Churchill picked up his first guitar when he was 4 years old then his father promised him a guitar if he did well in school. He was trained in classical guitar for ten years. He accompanies his guitar with blues harp (harmonica), stomp box, drums, and percussion instruments. He also plays lapsteel and tambourine. 
Susan O'Neill's Australian Tour will bring her to the Blue Mountains for the Blue Mountains Music Festival 2020
14 Feb 2020
Susan O'Neill's Australian Tour will bring her to the Blue Mountains for the Blue Mountains Music Festival 2020
Described by Rhythms Magazine as having "pipes that would give Janice Joplin a run for her money" this prodigiously gifted young Irish songstress begins her Australian tour late February taking in five states and gracing the stages of many of the top festivals and venues. 
NSW Government Changes Caravan Law
13 Feb 2020
NSW Government Changes Caravan Law
Fire victims have received some comforting news, with the NSW Government releasing an amendment to the legislation that prohibits caravans being used to house bushfire victims. 
Virtuoso Daniel Champagne Returns to Perform at the Baroque Room
13 Feb 2020
Virtuoso Daniel Champagne Returns to Perform at the Baroque Room
The young Australian born and Nashville based virtuoso recently described as ‘the finest guitar player of his generation’ brings his world tour back home! 
New Funding to Boost Local Bushfire Recovery Efforts in the Blue Mountains
12 Feb 2020
New Funding to Boost Local Bushfire Recovery Efforts in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains City Council will receive $250,000 under the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund to rollout locally-led community and economic recovery activities in the wake of the bushfires. 
Lithgow-Western Sydney Working Party Commences
12 Feb 2020
Lithgow-Western Sydney Working Party Commences
Lithgow Council’s Transition Working Party comprising community volunteers convened for the first time on the 4th February 2020 with the objective of integrating Lithgow into all aspects of the growth in Western Sydney and the Aerotropolis. 
Councils Unite On Energy
12 Feb 2020
Councils Unite On Energy
Blue Mountains City Council is pleased to have joined nine Western Sydney councils to launch a new strategy to slash emissions and boost energy savings for a more sustainable, affordable energy future. 
Buyers Beware: Prohibited Aquatic Weeds Sold Online in Blue Mountains
11 Feb 2020
Buyers Beware: Prohibited Aquatic Weeds Sold Online in Blue Mountains
Warning advice is being circulated following the seizure of prohibited plants that were sold online by sellers within the Blue Mountains Local Government Area. 
Council Thanks Bush Fire Volunteers
11 Feb 2020
Council Thanks Bush Fire Volunteers
Blue Mountains City Council is providing a second round of Free Family Swim Passes to volunteers who assisted with recent bush fire operations in the Blue Mountains. 
CJ Stranger Live at Bootlegger Bar
10 Feb 2020
CJ Stranger Live at Bootlegger Bar
CJ Stranger drops new single 'Outlaw'; 'Hey Stranger' album release on the way
 
Local Bush Backyard Participants Get Grant for Biodiversity Work
10 Feb 2020
Local Bush Backyard Participants Get Grant for Biodiversity Work
Local land owners, Gary and Damien, have always been passionate about the environment and joining the Bush Backyards program gave them access to Council support for their ongoing work to restore native habitats on their North Katoomba property. 
Rare Birds Succesfully Breed in Mulgoa
10 Feb 2020
Rare Birds Succesfully Breed in Mulgoa
One of Australia’s rarest birds, the Regent Honeyeater, has successfully bred on a private property in Mulgoa. 
Faulconbridge Student Awarded WSU Scholarship
10 Feb 2020
Faulconbridge Student Awarded WSU Scholarship
Faulconbridge local William Goodwin has been awarded with a Scenic World Scholarship at Western Sydney University, where he is studying a Bachelor of Natural Science in Environment and Health. 
New Bush Fire Recovery Assistance Announcements Welcomed
9 Feb 2020
New Bush Fire Recovery Assistance Announcements Welcomed
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill welcomed the announcement that the NSW Government will oversee the clean-up process for those affected by the recent bush fires, as well as new assistance measures. 
Additional Bulky Waste Collection Offered for Bushfire Recovery
9 Feb 2020
Additional Bulky Waste Collection Offered for Bushfire Recovery
An additional kerbside bulky waste collection service for bushfire related materials is scheduled to commence on 17th February 2020. 
Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service - Thursdays in February 2020
9 Feb 2020
Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service - Thursdays in February 2020
If you have been impacted by the recent bushfires, please come along to the Lithgow Mobile Recovery Service. You can obtain the latest information, enquire about assistance or ask questions about bushfire recovery. 
One of the World's Largest Scientific Weight Loss Studies Reveals the Key to Three Times More Weight Loss
9 Feb 2020
One of the World's Largest Scientific Weight Loss Studies Reveals the Key to Three Times More Weight Loss
One of the world’s largest weight loss studies by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has found that following a scientifically backed ‘digital diet’ for as little as 12 weeks resulted in clinically significant weight loss. 
Call for Nominations to Youth Council 2020
8 Feb 2020
Call for Nominations to Youth Council 2020
Lithgow City Council is calling for young people aged 12-24 to join its Youth Advisory Committee (Youth Council) with nominations closing on February 14. 
Spooky Men for Independent Theatre Sunday Supper Concert
8 Feb 2020
Spooky Men for Independent Theatre Sunday Supper Concert
Joyous, Cheeky Men’s Choir for February Feast

The Spooky Men’s Chorale in Concert at The Independent Comic Choral Capers Launch Supper & Song Series on Sunday Feb 16
 
TAFE NSW Rocks the Creative Industry with Icehouse Bass Player
8 Feb 2020
TAFE NSW Rocks the Creative Industry with Icehouse Bass Player
One member of iconic Australian rock band Icehouse is using his success and experience in the industry to help skill up-and-coming musicians and creatives at TAFE NSW. 
Free Swimming for NSW Senior’s Week 2020
8 Feb 2020
Free Swimming for NSW Senior’s Week 2020
To celebrate NSW Senior’s Week this year Lithgow City Council will be providing free entry to all seniors to both the JM Robson Aquatic Centre and Portland Pool for the whole month of February. 
Meeting Postponed Bushfire Recovery Meeting - Wolgan Valley Sunday 9th February 2020
7 Feb 2020
Meeting Postponed Bushfire Recovery Meeting - Wolgan Valley Sunday 9th February 2020
With a severe weather warning current for parts of eastern NSW, Sunday’s Wolgan Valley Bushfire Recovery Meeting has been postponed. 
Pro Wrestling At Oberon Show
7 Feb 2020
Pro Wrestling At Oberon Show
Wrestle Strong Dojo comes to the Oberon Show Saturday February 8th performing at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. 
Roslyns Swing Into Roaring 20s
7 Feb 2020
Roslyns Swing Into Roaring 20s
With Pin Up Girl looks, authentic three-part harmonies and plenty of humour, The Roslyns will swing the Hydro Majestic Hotel into the Roaring 20s on Saturday [February 8]. 
Spiegelesque - Circus, Cabaret, Comedy and Burlesque Combine for One Breath-Taking Show
7 Feb 2020
Spiegelesque - Circus, Cabaret, Comedy and Burlesque Combine for One Breath-Taking Show
Leave your real life at the door. Take a serendipitous romp to the sumptuous world of cabaret, comedy, circus and burlesque. Part cabaret, part dance, part circus and all decadent world-class entertainment, Spiegelesque is immersive and eclectic. It’s Vaudeville with attitude. 
Are You Inclusive Program Celebrates More Than 100 Businesses on the Path to Disability Inclusion
7 Feb 2020
Are You Inclusive Program Celebrates More Than 100 Businesses on the Path to Disability Inclusion
The Are You Inclusive program (program) helps local businesses and services know how to best welcome and serve the 1 in 20 of their customers with invisible disabilities, including intellectual disability and autism. It also helps people in the community find these inclusive places. The program is celebrating a huge milestone! We have officially had over 100 businesses register for our free training and resources. 
Make Your Own Bouquet This Valentine’s Day
6 Feb 2020
Make Your Own Bouquet This Valentine’s Day
Considering Australians spent almost $3.2 million on flowers for Valentine's Day last year, A TAFE NSW floristry expert is giving up his top tips to create a hand-made bouquet in under 15 minutes, without breaking the bank. 
The East Pointers Announce New Aussie Tour Dates
6 Feb 2020
The East Pointers Announce New Aussie Tour Dates
Following sold out tours in Canada and the UK, multi award-winning modern folk trio, The East Pointers, announce new shows for their Aussie Summer run, which will see them hit up another 14 venues and festivals across the country late February to May. 
Deputy Premier visits Lithgow, Clarence and Dargan
5 Feb 2020
Deputy Premier visits Lithgow, Clarence and Dargan
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, in company with Paul Toole, NSW Minister for Regional Roads and Transport visited the Emergency Operations Centre in Lithgow on Monday, meeting with RFS, Police, ADF and Council representatives before surveying the recovery process in Dagan and Clarence after the Bushfire Emergency. 
Holiday Here This Year
5 Feb 2020
Holiday Here This Year
Over the past few weeks and months, bushfires have torn through our communities. But, through the worst, we have seen the best of Australians. 
Recognising Seniors in the Blue Mountains
5 Feb 2020
Recognising Seniors in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains City Council are celebrating older people in the Blue Mountains in February, with the annual Blue Mountains Seniors Recognition Awards and an extensive program of activities. 
Jenolan Caves Reopens after Bushfires
4 Feb 2020
Jenolan Caves Reopens after Bushfires
Jenolan Caves were excited about reopening Jenolan Caves on Saturday, February 1, after being closed for 5 weeks. 
Blue Mountains Citizens Celebrated at Australia Day Awards
4 Feb 2020
Blue Mountains Citizens Celebrated at Australia Day Awards
Outstanding citizens were celebrated at Blue Mountains City Council’s annual Australia Day Awards on 26 January, 2020. 
From Surviving to Thriving Business Events
2 Feb 2020
From Surviving to Thriving Business Events
BUSHFIRE RECOVERY NETWORKING RESOURCES & STRATEGY EVENT FOR ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES 
ADF Chiefs arrive in Lithgow to check on Bushfire Recovery Progress
2 Feb 2020
ADF Chiefs arrive in Lithgow to check on Bushfire Recovery Progress
Australian Defence Force senior officers together with NSW State Government officials landed in Lithgow via MRH 90 Taipan helicopter on Thursday 30th January 2020 to meet Lithgow’s Mayor Ray Thompson, Deputy Mayor Steve Ring and Lithgow’s Local Emergency Operations Controller Chief Inspector Chris Sammut as part of the ongoing support to the Lithgow Community. 
Stephen Cummings Live in Concert at The Baroque Room
1 Feb 2020
Stephen Cummings Live in Concert at The Baroque Room
Iconic performer and songwriter Stephen Cummings took his bow to Australian audiences during his farewell tour at the start of 2019. Cummings was supposed to have retired after he finished touring his album, ‘Prisoner of Love’, but he grew bored of the down time and decided to perform a limited number of acoustic shows from February to May 2020. 
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