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Archive - March 2020

Closure Of Echo Point and New Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19
31 Mar 2020
Closure Of Echo Point and New Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19
Echo Point will be temporarily closed to the public from midday tomorrow (1 April 2020), until further notice. This follows the closure of Council’s 56 formal playgrounds, skate parks and BBQ facilities throughout the City. 
Temporary Closure: Wentworth Falls Walking Tracks, Blue Mountains National Park
31 Mar 2020
Temporary Closure: Wentworth Falls Walking Tracks, Blue Mountains National Park
National Parks & Wildlife Service

Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Area 
COVID-19 Response – Playgrounds
31 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Response – Playgrounds
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 29 March 2020 of strengthened public gathering rules and guidance, Council will be closing more facilities. 
Lithgow Animal Shelter will have Limited Public Access from Monday 30th March 2020
31 Mar 2020
Lithgow Animal Shelter will have Limited Public Access from Monday 30th March 2020
Lithgow Animal Shelter will have limited public access from Monday 30th March due to COVID 19 restrictions. 
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre launches VIRTUAL INSIGHT
30 Mar 2020
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre launches VIRTUAL INSIGHT
During these difficult and uncertain times when non-essential services are closing and we are all staying home as much as possible, it’s important to stay positive and see beauty and inspiration in our daily lives. 
Community Invited to Have Their Say on New District Park Upgrades
29 Mar 2020
Community Invited to Have Their Say on New District Park Upgrades
Wentworth Falls Lake Park and Buttenshaw Park are receiving upgrades, thanks to the Western Sydney City Deal Liveability Program. 
Going Online Gets Real as We Inch Towards Full Isolation
28 Mar 2020
Going Online Gets Real as We Inch Towards Full Isolation
From the couch choir to YouTube yoga, online communities are flourishing, as the restrictions on social gatherings to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, become tighter and tighter. 
Supporting Our Community Through COVID-19: Blue Mountains eLibrary is Always Open
28 Mar 2020
Supporting Our Community Through COVID-19: Blue Mountains eLibrary is Always Open
Blue Mountains Library is encouraging residents to head online to read, watch and study during temporary COVID-19 closures. 
Council's Measures to Support Community During COVID-19
27 Mar 2020
Council's Measures to Support Community During COVID-19
Blue Mountains City Council will waive rents for all tenants in Council buildings under commercial agreements for as long as needed, subject to monthly review, given the current COVID-19 crisis. 
COVID-19 Response – Customer Services
27 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Response – Customer Services
Lithgow City Council’s priority is the health of our staff, and the health of our community, and we are focused on continuing to safely deliver essential services to the community. 
More Changes to Council Services due to COVID-19
27 Mar 2020
More Changes to Council Services due to COVID-19
Blue Mountains City Council has announced three new service changes, in a continued effort to help restrict the spread of COVID-19. 
Applications for Council Financial Assistance Open 1 April 2020
27 Mar 2020
Applications for Council Financial Assistance Open 1 April 2020
Lithgow City Council is taking applications from not-for-profit organisations to fund local community projects and activities. While the Covid -19 pandemic is impacting on all sectors of our community, the work of our not-for-profit organisations has never been more important. 
Stockpile on Sleep, not Supermarket Staples to Protect from COVID-19
27 Mar 2020
Stockpile on Sleep, not Supermarket Staples to Protect from COVID-19
As panic-buyers continue to leave supermarket shelves bare, University of South Australia sleep experts are reminding people that it’s sleep that they need to stockpile if they want to ensure the best possible health during the pandemic. 
COVID-19 Response - Update 25th March 2020
26 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Response - Update 25th March 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new and enhanced social distance measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, Council’s services and facilities will be further impacted. 
COVID-19 Response – Rostered Teams
25 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Response – Rostered Teams
Lithgow City Council’s priority is the health of our staff, and the health of our community, and we are focused on continuing to safely deliver essential services to the community. 
Scenic World to Temporarily Close
24 Mar 2020
Scenic World to Temporarily Close
It is with great sadness that we announce the temporary closure of Scenic World, the iconic Blue Mountains tourist attraction, as of Tuesday 24 March until further notice. 
Free Community Support Program Launches in the Blue Mountains
24 Mar 2020
Free Community Support Program Launches in the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains residents affected by the recent bush fires or other emergency events can now access a free mobile support program. 
Council Announces New Measures to Restrict the Spread of COVID-19
23 Mar 2020
Council Announces New Measures to Restrict the Spread of COVID-19
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has announced a second wave of measures as Blue Mountains Council goes further to help restrict the spread of COVID-19. 
An Update from Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Regarding COVID-19
22 Mar 2020
An Update from Penrith Performing and Visual Arts Regarding COVID-19
On 18 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people, effective immediately and in NSW the ban is in force until midnight on 16 June 2020. The immediate effect of this ban is a closure of The Joan’s three theatres. 
TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Undercliff Trackat Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park
21 Mar 2020
TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Undercliff Trackat Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains National Park
National Parks & Wildlife Service

Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Area 
Time Restrictions for Supermarket Deliveries Relaxed
21 Mar 2020
Time Restrictions for Supermarket Deliveries Relaxed
In order to help local supermarkets dealing with changes in shopping patterns due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Blue Mountains City Council has relaxed restriction and movement caps for deliveries. 
Closures of Some Council Facilities and Services, Due to COVID-19
19 Mar 2020
Closures of Some Council Facilities and Services, Due to COVID-19
Blue Mountains City Council has made the difficult decision to close some facilities and services, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
Lithgow Youth Week 2020 Event Postponed
19 Mar 2020
Lithgow Youth Week 2020 Event Postponed
Following significant feedback from the community and growing concerns over COVID-19, Lithgow City Council has determined that the most appropriate course of action is to postpone the planned Youth Week event at the Tony Luchetti Sportsground and Civic Ballroom on Saturday 4 April. 
Operation Cat Discount Desexing and Immunisation Program a Success!
19 Mar 2020
Operation Cat Discount Desexing and Immunisation Program a Success!
Discount Cat Desexing Program for Health-Care Card Holders and Pensioners manages to support the desexing of 45 cats 
Lithgow City Council Covid 19 Response
18 Mar 2020
Lithgow City Council Covid 19 Response
Lithgow City Council’s priority is the health of our staff, and the health of our community, and we are focused on continuing to safely deliver essential services to the community. 
Council facilitates Meeting with UWS, Sydney Trains & Registered Training Organisations
18 Mar 2020
Council facilitates Meeting with UWS, Sydney Trains & Registered Training Organisations
A number of interested parties visited Lithgow last week to inspect rail infrastructure, UWS training facilities in Lithgow and rail heritage assets at the State mine location in response to an invitation from Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson. 
Locals to Receive Energy Bill Relief Thanks to Powershop Customers
17 Mar 2020
Locals to Receive Energy Bill Relief Thanks to Powershop Customers
Blue Mountains, Monday 16th March, 2020: Bushfire affected locals in the Blue Mountains are set to receive credits on their bills thanks to the generous support from Powershop customers who have participated in their Power it Forward campaign and raised more than $185,000. 
COVID-19 Affects Blue Mountains Theatre Program and Events
16 Mar 2020
COVID-19 Affects Blue Mountains Theatre Program and Events
Blue Mountains Theatre has cancelled all programming until 1 June 2020, due to coronavirus (COVID-19). 
Wentworth Falls area walking tracks - Blue Mtns National Park
16 Mar 2020
Wentworth Falls area walking tracks - Blue Mtns National Park
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Blue Mountains National Park – Wentworth Falls Area

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 MARCH 2020 – weather dependent
 
Our Pipes are not for Wipes
16 Mar 2020
Our Pipes are not for Wipes
With Coronavirus impacting on toilet paper stocks across Australia, Council would like to remind all residents and businesses that other items such as; baby wipes, paper towel or similar items are not suitable to flush down toilets. These types of products should only be disposed of in the rubbish. 
COVID-19: Christian Fellowship Tours cancels Holy Land tour
15 Mar 2020
COVID-19: Christian Fellowship Tours cancels Holy Land tour
Coronavirus has forced the first tour cancellation for international travel company Christian Fellowship Tours (CFT). 
International Women’s Day 2020
15 Mar 2020
International Women’s Day 2020
Every year we celebrate the women of our community on International Women’s Day. It is a day to reflect on how far we have come as a society to improve the lives of women around the world and to consider how we can continue to positively impact the lives of women in our community. 
Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains Shines at National Tourism Awards
15 Mar 2020
Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains Shines at National Tourism Awards
Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains has been recognised as the country’s best deluxe accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards on Friday 6th March. 
Art Exhibitions at Lithgow Library during March
15 Mar 2020
Art Exhibitions at Lithgow Library during March
Lithgow Library will be hosting inspiring art works by both Roderick Heath & Prue Mogg during March. 
Blue Mountains Tourism response to COVID-19
14 Mar 2020
Blue Mountains Tourism response to COVID-19
Blue Mountains Tourism (BMT) businesses are operating as usual – with extra precautions, after one isolated case of coronavirus (COVID-19) was diagnosed at Katoomba on Thursday. 
Blue Green Algae Alert at Lake Lyell
14 Mar 2020
Blue Green Algae Alert at Lake Lyell
Lake Lyell is currently experiencing high levels of blue green algae, and a Red Alert has been issued by the NSW Office of Water. 
Grace Under Pressure presented by The Joan offers Special Discount to Health Professionals
14 Mar 2020
Grace Under Pressure presented by The Joan offers Special Discount to Health Professionals
A compelling glimpse into the world of health professionals. Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre are offering Health Professionals a $10 discount on tickets to both shows on Saturday 28 March. 
Lost Bear Gallery presents Herman Pekel, The Bush, Revisted
14 Mar 2020
Lost Bear Gallery presents Herman Pekel, The Bush, Revisted
The Bush, Revisited is the aptly-named title for Lost Bear Gallery's first feature exhibition in 2020, by Melbourne-based artist Herman Pekel. 
Economic Stimulus Package
13 Mar 2020
Economic Stimulus Package
The Morrison Government yesterday announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus. 
New Economic Initiatives and Recovery Support for Businesses Announced
13 Mar 2020
New Economic Initiatives and Recovery Support for Businesses Announced
Blue Mountains City Council is continuing to roll out a range of economic initiatives, aimed at helping local businesses through the recovery period following the recent bush fires. 
Dedicated Recovery Support for Blue Mountains
13 Mar 2020
Dedicated Recovery Support for Blue Mountains
The NSW Government is partnering with local organisation, Gateway Family Services, to provide dedicated and ongoing support to locals significantly impacted by bushfires across the Blue Mountains. 
Grant Program to Help Get Tourists Back into the Blue Mountains
12 Mar 2020
Grant Program to Help Get Tourists Back into the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains City Council is encouraged to apply for grants to support the local tourism industry and local communities. 
Demystifying the HSC & ATAR and Beyond Year 12
12 Mar 2020
Demystifying the HSC & ATAR and Beyond Year 12
Making decisions for life after high school can be daunting for parents, carers and students, but two free forums hosted by Blue Mountains Library can help. 
Turtle Island launch at Glenbrook Lagoon
11 Mar 2020
Turtle Island launch at Glenbrook Lagoon
A floating, eco habitat designed to provide a safe nesting place for turtles at Glenbrook Lagoon was launched on 10 March. 
The Whitlams Announce Second Blue Mountains Show
11 Mar 2020
The Whitlams Announce Second Blue Mountains Show
General public tickets on sale Thursday 12 March, 10am. 
Celebrating the ‘Whole Woman’ for International Women’s Day
10 Mar 2020
Celebrating the ‘Whole Woman’ for International Women’s Day
Blue Mountains City Council staff gathered on 5 March 2020 to celebrate International Women’s Day, acknowledge their achievements, and support each other in making the world a more equitable place. 
Landmark partnership brings STEM to life in classrooms
9 Mar 2020
Landmark partnership brings STEM to life in classrooms
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be brought to life in primary schools across the nation through a landmark partnership between the peak employer group for the resources and energy industry and the market leader of Australian children’s publishing. 
Blaxland War Memorial Park Proposals Hindered by Access and Safety Issues
8 Mar 2020
Blaxland War Memorial Park Proposals Hindered by Access and Safety Issues
Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill has written again to the NSW Government seeking their support to improve access to Blaxland War Memorial Park. 
Awards for those who Love to Celebrate our Seniors
8 Mar 2020
Awards for those who Love to Celebrate our Seniors
It was a joyful gathering at the Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub when residents and community leaders came together to celebrate the annual Blue Mountains Seniors Week Recognition Awards 2020. 
Katoomba Among Top 10 Aussie Towns
7 Mar 2020
Katoomba Among Top 10 Aussie Towns
Katoomba was announced as one of the top 10 Wotif Aussie Towns of the Year on Thursday 5 March. 
Final Call for Youth Council 2020
7 Mar 2020
Final Call for Youth Council 2020
It’s not too late! Lithgow City Council is still calling for young people aged 12-24 to join its Youth Advisory Committee (Youth Council) with nominations extended until March 15! 
Blue Mountains Theatre presents Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier
6 Mar 2020
Blue Mountains Theatre presents Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier
Enjoy an extraordinary evening of music when acclaimed singer/songwriters Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier grace the Blue Mountains Theatre stage for an intimate performance. 
Have Your Say on St Johns Park’s Inclusive Improvements
6 Mar 2020
Have Your Say on St Johns Park’s Inclusive Improvements
Council is applying for a grant of up to $500,000 from the NSW Government, to make St Johns Park (Blaxland) more inclusive. 
Cleaning Up Our Beautiful Blue Mountains
5 Mar 2020
Cleaning Up Our Beautiful Blue Mountains
People from across the Blue Mountain came together and got their hands dirty on Sunday 1 March for Clean Up Australia Day. 
Bushfire Clean-up
5 Mar 2020
Bushfire Clean-up
The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are jointly covering the clean-up cost of insured and uninsured residential, and eligible commercial properties destroyed in the NSW bushfires. 
Road Closures in Upper Mountains for Dangerous Tree Removal
4 Mar 2020
Road Closures in Upper Mountains for Dangerous Tree Removal
As part of the ongoing recovery works after the recent bush fires, the RFS has engaged Council to remove the remaining fire-affected trees from the Gospers Mountain Fire along roads in Bell, Mount Irvine and Mount Wilson over the next 4 to 6 weeks. 
Election Commitment Funding for Knapsack Oval Upgrade Delivered
3 Mar 2020
Election Commitment Funding for Knapsack Oval Upgrade Delivered
The major Coalition election commitment to upgrade the clubhouse and carpark at Glenbrook’s Knapsack Oval will be delivered following the grant agreement being executed between the Morrison Government and Blue Mountains City Council. 
Council Welcomes Interim Report for Public Inquiry ToR 3, 6 & 8
3 Mar 2020
Council Welcomes Interim Report for Public Inquiry ToR 3, 6 & 8
Blue Mountains City Council has welcomed the Interim Report released by Commissioner Richard Beasley SC, relating to Term of Reference (ToR) 3, and part ToR 6 and part ToR 8 (both excluding Asbestos Issues) of the Public Inquiry into the Council. 
All creatures great and small recorded in the Blue Mountains Fauna Project Inventory
2 Mar 2020
All creatures great and small recorded in the Blue Mountains Fauna Project Inventory
A research and citizen science project that catalogued fauna species within the Blue Mountains, has now been published online. 
Lithgow Transition Party meets WSROC Executive
1 Mar 2020
Lithgow Transition Party meets WSROC Executive
Lithgow’s volunteer Transition Working Party met with WSROC’s senior executive in Sydney on Thursday to examine ways Lithgow can transition and integrate into the Western Sydney Economy which is set to grow exponentially over the next decade. 
Blue Mountains Public School Benefits from $2.5 Million Sustainable Schools Grants
1 Mar 2020
Blue Mountains Public School Benefits from $2.5 Million Sustainable Schools Grants
Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP today announced the local recipients for the NSW Government’s inaugural $2.5 million Sustainable Schools Grants. 
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