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Emergency Services Levy Funding Boosts Local Councils and Communities
3 May 2020
Emergency Services Levy Funding Boosts Local Councils and Communities
Blue Mountains City Council will be able to direct an extra $667,464 into frontline COVID-19 response efforts and core community services thanks to the NSW Liberal Government fully funding the local government increase in the emergency services levy (ESL) for 2020-21. 
Waste Rebate Approved for Pensioners
3 May 2020
Waste Rebate Approved for Pensioners
In a win for local pensioners, Blue Mountains City Council endorsed a Domestic Waste Rebate at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 28 April. 
Land Values for Bushfire Affected Communities
3 May 2020
Land Values for Bushfire Affected Communities
To support communities affected by the recent summer bushfires, Lithgow City Council has accepted an offer from the Valuer-General to receive a new valuation list for 1 July 2020 land values. 
Credits for Bin Overcharges to Commence 1 July 2020
2 May 2020
Credits for Bin Overcharges to Commence 1 July 2020
Residents overcharged for bins will get annual domestic waste bin charges credited each year until they are reimbursed, starting 1 July 2020. 
Mallard Welcomes New Blue Mountains Intercity Trains as Testing Ramps Up
2 May 2020
Mallard Welcomes New Blue Mountains Intercity Trains as Testing Ramps Up
Testing is ramping up on the New Intercity Fleet with the first two new trains now travelling on the network under their own power. 
The Role of Composting in a Circular Economy
2 May 2020
The Role of Composting in a Circular Economy
The extreme heat over the summer months and ongoing drought have brought the worst bushfire season we have seen in Australia, destroying houses, local businesses, vegetation and wildlife. The increasing effects and consequences of global warming urgently calls for drastic changes in the way we reuse resources. The push for a greener and more sustainable environment has now become ever more crucial to human survival in the future. 
Council is Celebrating Plans for Buttenshaw Park with an Online Dance Party
1 May 2020
Council is Celebrating Plans for Buttenshaw Park with an Online Dance Party
Blue Mountains City Council is in the early stages of making plans to upgrade Buttenshaw Park in Springwood, which will include a new youth space and adventure playground. 
Primary Health Network Funds on-site Doctor for Newmarch House
1 May 2020
Primary Health Network Funds on-site Doctor for Newmarch House
Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, is funding a full-time on-site doctor to support residents and staff at Anglicare's Newmarch House during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Get Tested – Download the App
30 Apr 2020
Get Tested – Download the App
Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson has called on Lithgow Community members to down load the Federal Gov’ts “Covid Safe” app in the continuing fight against the Cvid-19 virus and for those who show the slightest signs of illness to get tested immediately. 
Sydney Film Festival Joins Major Film Festivals Across the World and Youtube for We Are One: A Global Film Festival
30 Apr 2020
Sydney Film Festival Joins Major Film Festivals Across the World and Youtube for We Are One: A Global Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival has joined 20 major film festivals from around the world lead by Tribeca and including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and San Sebastian, together with YouTube, to present a free 10-day digital festival. The event will raise funds for the World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. 
Waste Management Facilities Reopen for Community Use
29 Apr 2020
Waste Management Facilities Reopen for Community Use
Blue Mountains City Council has announced that a phased reopening of both Blaxland and Katoomba Waste Management Facilities will begin from Thursday 30 April. 
Virtual Youth Week 2020
29 Apr 2020
Virtual Youth Week 2020
All of Council’s Youth Week programs will now be virtual due to Covid -19, so all the young people of Lithgow and surrounding areas will be celebrating through a range of online activities and competitions. There are new skills to be learned and fabulous prizes to be had. 
COVIDSafe: New App to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus
28 Apr 2020
COVIDSafe: New App to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus
The Australian Government has launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe. 
Supporting our Community During Covid-19: Pop-up Library @ Home Joins Council’s Good Neighbour Program
25 Apr 2020
Supporting our Community During Covid-19: Pop-up Library @ Home Joins Council’s Good Neighbour Program
Blue Mountains Library is doing its part to be a Good Neighbour, offering a Pop-up Library @ Home service for vulnerable members of the community. 
Publically Owned Golf Courses and Tennis Courts May Re-Open
24 Apr 2020
Publically Owned Golf Courses and Tennis Courts May Re-Open
Advice has been received from the Office of Local Government that paves the way for the re-opening of Council owned Golf Courses and Tennis Courts. 
Funding Opportunity to Help Boost Blue Mountains Environmental Recovery
23 Apr 2020
Funding Opportunity to Help Boost Blue Mountains Environmental Recovery
The Morrison Government has announced the establishment of a $12 million Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program to help with the recovery of wildlife and habitats following a roundtable organised by Senator Marise Payne and led by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP. 
Anzac Day in Lithgow Area
23 Apr 2020
Anzac Day in Lithgow Area
Following discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. RSL NSW has on its website a number of ways to acknowledge and commemorate ANZAC Day. Councillors will be laying wreaths at cenotaphs on behalf of the community. 
BMCC Supporting the Community During COVID-19: Emergency Food Boxes for our most Vulnerable Residents
22 Apr 2020
BMCC Supporting the Community During COVID-19: Emergency Food Boxes for our most Vulnerable Residents
Seniors and people with disabilities in the Blue Mountains who are self-isolating due to COVID-19, and have no access to essential supplies, will receive Emergency Food Boxes thanks to a partnership between Council and the Rapid Relief Team. 
Powershop Launches Free Book to Teach Kids about Saving Power and Saving the Planet
22 Apr 2020
Powershop Launches Free Book to Teach Kids about Saving Power and Saving the Planet
Powershop have today launched a free interactive digital book to help families get a better understanding of their household energy use called ‘Pond Party’. 
Youth Week 2020
21 Apr 2020
Youth Week 2020
Lithgow Youth Council and Varuna National Writers House have joined forces to bring you a free Young Writers online workshop series as part of the virtual Youth Week 2020. 
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