20 September, 2016

A New Mayor?

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 19 September 2016 5:54 PM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: MEDIA RELEASE: Lithgow City Councillor Martin Ticehurst to nominate for election as Lithgow Mayor.

MEDIA RELEASE: Lithgow City Councillor Martin Ticehurst
to nominate for election as Lithgow Mayor.

After the recent Lithgow City Council Elections, the Lithgow Mercury is asking online:  Who will be Lithgow's mayor?

"Cr Statham has expressed a desire to run for a second term so all eyes will be on the upcoming meeting to see who, if any, among the newly elected council will throw their hat in the ring and put their hand up for the position."

Look's like there is now another Candidate for Lithgow Mayor?

15 September, 2016

LCC Election Results

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 12 September 2016 11:03 PM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow City Council Election: Explosive if true?

Lithgow City Council Election:  Explosive if true? 

Local Election Scrutineers are confirming that the new Councillors to be elected from the Lithgow City Council Elections are all expected to be confirmed late this Wednesday afternoon and those expected to be elected are:

Statham; Ticehurst; Coleman; McAndrew; Smith; Leslie; Cox; Ring and Goodwin.

The National's Lithgow & District Community Forum, who have apparently spent well over $50,000 on their mainly behind the scenes Election Campaign, are expected to have 4 Councillors elected onto the new Lithgow City Council.

The Labor Party and Independent Candidates aligned with the Labor Party are expected to have 4 Councillors elected onto the new Lithgow City Council.

The last remaining new Lithgow City Councillor will be long-time Independent Lithgow Councillor Martin Ticehurst.

BUT, in a bizarre new twist, Local Election Scrutineers are now reporting that one of the newly elected Lithgow City Councillors has cold feet and is expected to thereafter announce their resignation as a newly elected Councillor, causing an immediate By-Election costing another $150,000?

AND believe it or not - it's apparently NOT the controversial Lithgow City Councillor, Martin Ticehurst who is still awaiting a final decision from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on a previous Tribunal Hearing that could see him disqualified for five years?

We all wait and see?

07 September, 2016

Bugs and Brews Workshop Sunday 11th September.

Capertee Valley Landcare will be hosting a Bugs and Brews workshop in the valley this Sunday 11th September. 
Suggested 1 day workshop:
On-farm Bugs and Brews: Understanding & making simple inoculants & biofertilisers
  • Introduction: the different biotechnologies -
  • Compost Teas -
  • Ferment based products - LAB, EM & bioferments
  • Biofertilisers & Liquid Hydrolysates -
  • Fermentative no-turn composting -
  • Commercial options
  • Choosing & Using Bugs & brews

The day will be very hands on, participants can practise making most of the products. I will also bring samples of them as well. It would be a full day 9am to 4pm.
The workshop will be held on ‘Umbiella’  4204 Glen Alice Rd, Rylstone. 
The workshop will start at 9am and we ask all attendees to arrive by 8:50am. 
Please bring your own chair and Lunch.
This workshop is FREE.
If you’d like to attend please email terrie@umbiella.com.au by Friday.

Terrie Wallace | Principal
t 02 63797 282 | m 0428 697 202 | terrie@umbiella.com.au
Umbiella 4204 Glen Alice Rd Rylstone NSW 2849

28 August, 2016

Capertee Valley Landcare - Water Testing Friday 30th September 2016 3 - 4 Glen Alice Hall

Water testing Rivers, creeks, Dams Water tanks Bores

We've postponed water testing for this month because Psyfari is on and we don't want to increase valley traffic, and anyway the police are using the Glen Alice Hall.

It'll be on again next month so bring your water for testing on Friday 30 September 3-4pm. If you're bringing bore water can you not only have a location but also a depth. Thanks.

Privet removal will be Friday 11 September, let me know if you're planning to come and help. We need someone with a chain saw.

Julie Gibson
Capertee Valley Landcare
97 The Gullies Road, Glen davis
02 6379 7317

23 August, 2016

Lithgow cuts to services

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 August 2016 7:53 AM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow Mercury: 'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'

Lithgow Mercury:  'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to
services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'

On the eve of the Lithgow City Council Elections, this doesn't sound very good:

"LITHGOW City Council will explore potential cuts to and removal of some council services to get its finances in line with criteria set by the NSW Government’s Office of Local Government.

Options for improving finances included reducing service levels, removing services or parts of them altogether and disposing of council assets.

Lithgow City Council General Manager Roger Bailey said it was too early to say what services would be either reduced or removed.

The resubmission states council may also improve finances through operational savings and increasing revenue through fees and charges.

It also states council may use a combination of these options but if doing so does not sufficiently improve finances by June 30, 2018 they will seek a Special Rate Variation (SRV).

According to the report a rate increase around 12 per cent is needed currently for council to reach the financial criteria set by the OLG."

08 August, 2016

Gardens of Stone: In Focus

In Focus - Celebration register now 

Planning to go the “Gardens of Stone: In Focus” Celebration but haven’t registered yet?
Go to our website and register today for your chance to win a $100 dinner voucher for Rubyos in Newtown.
All registrations received by Sunday August 21 go into the draw.
The winner will be drawn during the afternoon celebration on Saturday 17th from 2:00PM. You must be present to win it!
Carmen Welss, Event Manager

"Koalas,Bulldozers and Bullies....."

Nature Conservation wrote:

Did you see the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday? The paper broke a devastating story of koalas in northwest NSW, the landowners hell-bent on bulldozing their habitat, and the living legends who are doing all they can to protect our iconic marsupial.
The story revealed the true cost of land clearing on our wildlife. And that’s why you and I simply can’t afford to let the Baird government get away with weakening the laws that limit land clearing.
We’ve heard from those on the inside that the government will decide whether to push ahead with these devastating changes as early as next week.
Have you asked your MP to stand up for land clearing laws and reject the Baird government’s devastating plan? It’s not too late, email them now.
If you’ve already done it, please share this email with your friends and on Facebook here.

There’s still time show the government that we’re watching and won’t let them get away with tearing up our land-clearing laws. Make sure they know you care.
If you’re in Sydney on August 19th, join us when we take the message straight to Premier Baird himself. Full details here.
Thank you for all you’re doing to defend our natural heritage,
For nature,
Daisy and Corinne.
P.S. Are you a farmer, land manager or know someone who is? A group of leading farmers has launched a statement calling on the government to protect the bush and better support farmers to look after the land. Join them by signing their statement at: www.FarmingFuture.org.au

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