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Local Blue Mountains news updated throughout the day. Featuring news, sport, entertainment, media releases, lifestyle blog stories and more. You can also receive daily updates by subscribing to Fresh Air Daily.

 
 
 
 
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Five Tafe NSW Blue Mountains Students Install Solar Powered Computers at Vanuatu School
23 May 2018
Five Tafe NSW Blue Mountains Students Install Solar Powered Computers at Vanuatu School
Five TAFE NSW Blue Mountains students have returned to Sydney after what could be considered a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Vanuatu. 
Active Transport Review
23 May 2018
Active Transport Review
Blue Mountains City Council is currently inviting feedback from the community on where footpaths, shared paths, bike routes, and accessibility can be improved to support and promote walking and cycling as a choice of transport. 
Blue Mountains National Park – Leura Temporary Track Closures for Helicopter Operation
22 May 2018
Blue Mountains National Park – Leura Temporary Track Closures for Helicopter Operation
Thursday 24th May 2018 – 6am – 12 noon – weather dependent 
FourPlay String Quartet Return with New Single 'Bound' + Katoomba Show June 8
22 May 2018
FourPlay String Quartet Return with New Single 'Bound' + Katoomba Show June 8
Australia’s favourite electric string quartet, FourPlay, return with a rocking new single and stack of national tour dates to celebrate. Featuring original track ‘Bound’, the digital-only single also includes three archival remixes of FourPlay songs. 
Refugee Week @ Lithgow Library
22 May 2018
Refugee Week @ Lithgow Library
Refugee Week 2018 from 17-23 June is a time when Australia celebrates the contribution of those who have come to Australia as refugees and people seeking asylum. 
National Volunteers Week 21-27 May 2018
21 May 2018
National Volunteers Week 21-27 May 2018
National Volunteer Week - Give a Little. Change a Lot. 
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann Visits Lindsay for Budget Breakfast with Local Businesses in Western Sydney
21 May 2018
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann Visits Lindsay for Budget Breakfast with Local Businesses in Western Sydney
Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann joined Senator for Western Sydney and Minister for Defence, Marise Payne in Penrith for a 2018 Budget Breakfast with local small businesses and community stakeholders from the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions. 
Daniel Champagne + Special Guest Karl-Christoph in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
21 May 2018
Daniel Champagne + Special Guest Karl-Christoph in Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE
+ Special Guest KARL-CHRISTOPH
Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse. 
Council Adopts Long Term Plan for Scenic Eastern Escarpment
20 May 2018
Council Adopts Long Term Plan for Scenic Eastern Escarpment
Blue Mountains City Council has adopted a long term plan for the scenic eastern escarpment that will guide the future development of nature and culture based recreation and tourism opportunities in the lower Blue Mountains. 
Bullaburra to Linden Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan
20 May 2018
Bullaburra to Linden Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan
Blue Mountains City Council has recently engaged consultants Jacobs to undertake a floodplain risk management study and plan for the Bullaburra to Linden study area. 
Games Won't Leave you Board!
20 May 2018
Games Won't Leave you Board!
Board Game Group @ Lithgow Library

Boredom busting Board Games are back! Every Monday during Term 2 come into Lithgow Library for some old fashioned fun. 
Reception to Host Vietnam War Veterans
19 May 2018
Reception to Host Vietnam War Veterans
Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Sport and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott invite Vietnam veterans to apply to attend the 2018 Premier’s Reception at Government House in August. 
Next Stage of Work Begins for the M4 Smart Motorway Project
19 May 2018
Next Stage of Work Begins for the M4 Smart Motorway Project
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa recently announced that the M4 Smart Motorway project has reached yet another milestone this year with work starting this month on Stage 3 of the technology driven project. 
Blue Mountains Showcased as Ideal Business Event Destination
19 May 2018
Blue Mountains Showcased as Ideal Business Event Destination
The conferencing facilities in the Blue Mountains will be showcased through a new online video aimed at attracting more business event visitors to the region. 
Hazard Reduction Burns Scheduled for Springwood and Lawson
18 May 2018
Hazard Reduction Burns Scheduled for Springwood and Lawson
A hazard reduction burn is planned for this weekend in Springwood, between Bee Farm Road and Burns Road extending south to Glenbrook Creek. A smaller burn is also planned for Ridge Road Lawson at the old Lawson tip site. 
Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships Awarded to Seven Outstanding Young Performers
18 May 2018
Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships Awarded to Seven Outstanding Young Performers
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre announces the recipients of the prestigious Penrith Conservatorium of Music 2018 Scholarships. 
Have a Wild Winter in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
18 May 2018
Have a Wild Winter in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah
This Winter we are celebrating all things nature, with amazing and immersive wildlife experiences at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. 
Lights On! It’s Time for Tafe NSW Nepean Students to Shine for Vivid Sydney
17 May 2018
Lights On! It’s Time for Tafe NSW Nepean Students to Shine for Vivid Sydney
As the countdown to the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney begins, TAFE NSW Nepean students are preparing to illuminate The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with their Light Houses light installations. 
Future Finders Getting Creative with Business
17 May 2018
Future Finders Getting Creative with Business
On Thursday 3 May, forty students from Lithgow High School were treated to a day of learning about entrepreneurship with Monica Davidson. 
Perch Creek Album Release Tour + Special Guest Jumpin’ Jack William In Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
17 May 2018
Perch Creek Album Release Tour + Special Guest Jumpin’ Jack William In Concert at The Metropole Guesthouse
Fusion Boutique Presents ‘Metro Social’ with 
PERCH CREEK Album Release Tour + Special Guest JUMPIN’ JACK WILLIAM Live in Concert at the 1930’s Metropole Guesthouse. 
Silver Linings for Community Waste to Art Tetra Town Tipi
16 May 2018
Silver Linings for Community Waste to Art Tetra Town Tipi
The Blue Mountains Waste to Art community project was inspired by creating something great out of rubbish by giving it a silver lining. The Tetra Town Tipi came to life last week at a community workshop. 
UBUNTU: The African Children’s Choir High School Graduate Tour
16 May 2018
UBUNTU: The African Children’s Choir High School Graduate Tour
Since 2013 concerts in the Blue Mountains by children and young adults from this organisation have raised tens of thousands of dollars to educate extremely poor children from primary school to university in Uganda and Kenya. 
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 19 May
15 May 2018
Fire & Rescue NSW’s Open Day - 19 May
Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will hold its annual Open Day on Saturday 19 May 2018 with fire stations across New South Wales giving visitors a personal glimpse into Australia's busiest fire and rescue service. 
Work Starts on Glenbrook Intersection Upgrade
15 May 2018
Work Starts on Glenbrook Intersection Upgrade
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that improved safety is on the way for motorists at Glenbrook with work to start on the Glenbrook intersection upgrade. 
Community Consultation at Cook St Plaza
14 May 2018
Community Consultation at Cook St Plaza
Councillors and Staff interacted with a steady stream of residents on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at Cook St Plaza, responding to concerns about roads, the Draft 2018/19 Budget, the Special Rate Variation proposed for 2019/20 and employment generation and economic activity in the Lithgow LGA. 
New Local Initiatives to Reduce Homelessness in Nepean/Blue Mountains FACS District
14 May 2018
New Local Initiatives to Reduce Homelessness in Nepean/Blue Mountains FACS District
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa welcome the announcement by Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward that the third and final stage of an Expression of Interest is now open to develop innovative supported temporary accommodation models. 
Have Your Say on Council’s 2018-19 ‘To Do’ List
13 May 2018
Have Your Say on Council’s 2018-19 ‘To Do’ List
Blue Mountains City Council is seeking community comment on its 2018-19 Operational Plan. This plan outlines the Council’s planned activities, budget and fees for 2018-2019 in the context of the updated Delivery Program for 2017-2021. 
2018 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open
13 May 2018
2018 Community Building Partnership Program Now Open
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith announced that applications for the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program (CBP) are now open, unlocking $30 million for community infrastructure projects across NSW. 
Help Fight to Save Woodford’s Memorial Park Footbridge
12 May 2018
Help Fight to Save Woodford’s Memorial Park Footbridge
The Woodford Academy Management Committee would like to bring to your attention a local heritage item that is under threat of demolition by Sydney Trains. 
Anytime Fitness Host 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge for Suicide Prevention Australia
12 May 2018
Anytime Fitness Host 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge for Suicide Prevention Australia
Anytime Fitness Blaxland, working directly with Anytime Fitness Springwood and alongside many Anytime Fitness facilities across the country, are hosting a 24 hour Treadmill Challenge on behalf of Suicide Prevention Australia. 
Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art
12 May 2018
Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art
Winter exhibition opens - 26 May 2018
Black Mist Burnt Country
Testing the Bomb. Maralinga and Australian Art 
Lithgow CBD Revitalisation – Community Update
12 May 2018
Lithgow CBD Revitalisation – Community Update
Currently, the Lithgow CBD Revitalisation Stage 1 project is running ahead of schedule with key dates approaching prior to project completion. 
2018 Budget Fails the Fairness Test
11 May 2018
2018 Budget Fails the Fairness Test
Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, says the 2018 Budget fails the fairness test, with cuts to schools, hospitals, TAFE, the ABC and pensioners. 
The Budget Delivers for the People of Macquarie
11 May 2018
The Budget Delivers for the People of Macquarie
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne has welcomed the 2018-19 Budget, with its important focus on building a stronger economy, more jobs, guaranteeing essential services and ensuring the government lives within its means. 
Don’t Miss the Official Opening of Lithgow Blast Furnace at LithGlow 2018
10 May 2018
Don’t Miss the Official Opening of Lithgow Blast Furnace at LithGlow 2018
The community is invited to join in the celebrations for the Official Opening of the Lithgow Blast Furnace heritage site at the LithGlow 2018 event on Saturday 12 May, starting at 4:30pm. 
WOW Day - Wear Orange Wednesday to Thank SES Volunteers
10 May 2018
WOW Day - Wear Orange Wednesday to Thank SES Volunteers
Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is your chance to show support for all State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers around Australia. 
Knapsack Oval Ready for Action
9 May 2018
Knapsack Oval Ready for Action
Blue Mountains City Council has completed a $460,000 make-over of Knapsack Park which now offers an improved playing surface on the popular sports ground in time for the busy winter sports season. 
Mayor Calls for Comm Bank to Rethink Closure in Blaxland
8 May 2018
Mayor Calls for Comm Bank to Rethink Closure in Blaxland
The Mayor is calling for the Commonwealth Bank to change its decision to close the Blaxland Branch, a call which has the full support of the elected Council. 
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum - the NSW Police Band
8 May 2018
Marching to the Beat of Their Drum - the NSW Police Band
The NSW Police Band returns to The Joan for a morning of fabulous music to entertain and delight you. With multi-award winning vocalist Belinda Adams, the NSW Police Band will take you on a journey through the big Broadway hits, movie themes, orchestral and timeless classics with this repertoire of favourites from Bach, Rossini and Grainger to Bernstein, John Williams and more. 
Curious? Art+ Discovery: Code – Evolution, the Changes to DNA Over Generations
7 May 2018
Curious? Art+ Discovery: Code – Evolution, the Changes to DNA Over Generations
Evolution is a mysterious machine. Based on simple rules, it tunes itself through selection of the fittest, but, rarely can the evolutionary process be observed before our eyes. 
The 2018 Arts Trail is Coming!
7 May 2018
The 2018 Arts Trail is Coming!
Meet leading local artists in their studios during the 2018 Blue Mountains Arts Trail on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. 
Hazard Reduction Burns Scheduled for the Blue Mountains
7 May 2018
Hazard Reduction Burns Scheduled for the Blue Mountains
Hazard reduction burns that will reduce bush fire fuel loads are scheduled to occur at Bullaburra, Springwood and Katoomba over the next week. 
National Simultaneous Storytime @ the Library
6 May 2018
National Simultaneous Storytime @ the Library
Now in its 18th successful year, National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Join us at Lithgow Library on Wednesday 23 May at 10.30am as we celebrate this very special Storytime. 
Million Paws Walk 2018
6 May 2018
Million Paws Walk 2018
The RSPCA's biggest fundraising event is happening in the Blue Mountains on Sunday 20 May 2018. 
Silo Artworks Transforming Portland’s Old Cement Works
5 May 2018
Silo Artworks Transforming Portland’s Old Cement Works
Portland’s old cement works, now known as The Foundations, has had a visit from Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, who stopped by to view the iconic artworks transforming the silos. 
Debut Performance Penrith Youth Orchestra
5 May 2018
Debut Performance Penrith Youth Orchestra
The Penrith Youth Orchestra’s first concert showcases the impressive talents of 44 young musicians performing together with their tutors from the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO). 
Free Music and Mentoring Program Helps Young People Follow Their Dream
4 May 2018
Free Music and Mentoring Program Helps Young People Follow Their Dream
If writing and recording music is your dream, then an Australian charity is offering young people an opportunity of a lifetime in Penrith over the next school term. 
Taxi Services Boosted Through New Partnership
4 May 2018
Taxi Services Boosted Through New Partnership
Blue Mountains United Taxis and Blackheath Radio Cabs have teamed up with leading personal transport company 13CABS to deliver a better resourced and wider-reaching service for the people of Katoomba and the Blue Mountains. 
Blue Mountains Historical Society Talk - "Hidden History of the Blue Mountains"
3 May 2018
Blue Mountains Historical Society Talk - "Hidden History of the Blue Mountains"
On Saturday 5 May 2018, at 10.30 am, the Blue Mountains Historical Society welcomes Magda Cawthorne who will talk about her discoveries while researching her book, Hidden History of the Blue Mountains. 
Urgent Notification – Helicopter Operation – Fern Bower Track Leura – Thursday 3rd May 2018
2 May 2018
Urgent Notification – Helicopter Operation – Fern Bower Track Leura – Thursday 3rd May 2018
Fern Bower Track and Amphitheatre Track, Leura, will be closed Thursday 3rd May from 6:00am to 12:00pm (weather dependant). 
14 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
2 May 2018
14 New Police Officers for Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands
Nepean/Blue Mountains Local Area Commands will welcome 14 new probationary constables following the attestation parade of Class 333. 
$8.5 Million for Jenolan Projects
2 May 2018
$8.5 Million for Jenolan Projects
Jenolan Caves is celebrating the news of a much needed $8.5 million grant. Deputy Premier, Hon. John Barilaro MP and Member for Bathurst, Hon Paul Toole MP made the exciting announcement on April 24 at the caves. 
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