13 March, 2017

Small farm and rural lifestyle block owners LITHGOW SEMINAR

Central Tablelands Local Land services are hosting a seminar for people with small farm
holdings and rural lifestyle block owners.
The seminar is an opportunity for landholders to listen to a range of topics that may be
relevant to their landholding and farming/hobby operation.
Topics covered include
· On property biosecurity, weeds and pest animal control
· Biodiversity and native vegetation legislation – What are the requirements?
· Requirements and responsibilities for running livestock
· Landcare and conservation
· Rural crime prevention – What can I do to better protect my property?
· Bushfire mitigation – How do I prepare and best protect my property?
Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm
When Friday 24th March 2017
Where: University of Notre Dame, Col Drew Drive
Lithgow (Next to Lithgow Hospital – use the Hospital car park)
Cost: Free, please register for catering purposes (light supper will be provided).
Further information or directions contact:
Lithgow Central Tablelands LLS office on 6350 3110 or
Peter Evans | peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au | 0438 496 851

Above is contents of flyer
From: Peter Evans [mailto:peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au]
Sent: Monday, 13 March 2017 9:03 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Small landholders Seminar

09 March, 2017

Lithgow Council Connections

By-Election Date

The Minister for the Environment,  Local Government and Heritage has now approved Saturday 8 April 2017 as the date for a by-election to fill two vacancies in civic office on Lithgow City Council.  The NSW Electoral Commission will conduct the election.
View Lithgow by-election website administered by the NSW Electoral Commission 


The following media releases have been published this week on Council’s website and may be viewed here
Exhibition of the Draft Lithgow Flood Study Review
At its meeting of 21 November 2016, Council resolved to place on public exhibition the Draft Lithgow Flood Study Review for a period of 60 days.
The draft strategy is available to view at Customer Service, Administration Centre 180 Mort St Lithgow, Lithgow Library and on the Council’s website.
Written submissions should be addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 19, Lithgow NSW or alternatively emailed to council.  Submissions must be received by 4pm on 10 March 2017.
Marrangaroo Masterplan/Development Control Plan Project
Structure Plan Options Workshops
Lithgow City Council wishes to invite all interested members of the community to a community and stakeholders structure plan briefing and consultation workshop as part of the Marrangaroo Masterplan/DCP Project.
This workshop will be held with representatives of Council and the urban design and planning consultants, OCULUS on Thursday 9th March 2017 from 4-6pm at the Lithgow Golf Club, 1 Golf Link Road Marrangaroo.
These workshops are the third round of public consultation and provide the opportunity for community members, stakeholders and landowners to view and respond to two preliminary structure plan options prepared for the Marrangaroo development.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Council’s Project Manager and Strategic Land Use Planner, Mrs Sherilyn Hanrahan on 02 6354 9999, or Associate Director at OCULUS, Mr Keith Stead on 02 9557 5533.
Draft Event Attraction Policy At its meeting of 6 February 2017, Council resolved to place on public exhibition the Draft Event Attraction Policy for a period of 28 days.
The draft policy is available to view at Customer Service, Administration Centre 180 Mort St Lithgow, Lithgow Library and on the Council’s website.
Written submissions should be addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 19, Lithgow NSW or alternatively emailed to council. Submissions must be received by 4pm on 17 March 2017.
Public Notice Alcohol Free Zones
Lithgow City Council resolved at its meeting 27 February 2017 to consult on a proposal to re-establish Alcohol Free Zones in the Lithgow, Wallerawang and Portland CBD areas for a further 4 years. The current zones will expire on 8 March 2017.
This proposal, if adopted, will create a prohibition on individuals from consuming alcohol on the street, footpaths or public carparks within the zone. It does not prohibit people from carrying unopened alcohol from one location to another eg to home or a restaurant.
People are invited to make written submissions, objections or representations on this proposal, a copy of which is available from: Council’s Administration Centre, Lithgow Library Learning Centre Wallerawang Branch Library, Portland Branch Library and Lithgow Council website.
All submissions, objections or representations are to be sent to the General Manager, Lithgow City Council, PO Box 19, Lithgow or email by 24 March 2017.
For further information on this proposal, contact Matthew Johnson, Manager Community and Culture.
As part of this program, Council will be holding two FREE walk up micro-chipping open days for your cat or dog at Lithgow Animal Shelter – Off Geordie Street Lithgow. The open day will be held on the 11 March 2017 between 9am – 12pm.
For information on upcoming events and what to see and do in the Lithgow region visit the Lithgow Tourism Website
Lithgow Celebrates 2017 NSW Seniors Festival

In 2017 the Seniors Festival will run for 5-days from Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March in Lithgow. During this annual festival there are many FREE and discounted events around town to inspire seniors to get creative, try new things, socialise, share skills and keep doing the things they enjoy, together! Programmed activities include library and museum tours, belly-dancing class, pamper day, ukulele class, morning tea with the Mayor, “libraries online” sessions, yoga and meditation class, author talk, tai chi, art class, mindfulness colouring-in session, knitting workshop, presentation by the Trustee and Guardian’s Office, and morning melodies at Lithgow Workies. For further details please see program of events on Council’s website 

JM Robson Aquatic Centre

Keep up to date with what's happening at the Aquatic Centre here
Lithgow Library
Keep up to date with what's happening at the Libraries here
March Storytime
Join us every Wednesday at Lithgow Library from 10.30am for Storytime! Our very popular program for preschoolers and their carers includes books, songs, dancing, puppets and craft.
Coming up for the month of March are the following themed storytime sessions:
  • Wednesday 15th March – SHAPES! Can you name all the shapes? Join us today for Achoo! a fun story about shapes and Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix.
  • Wednesday 22nd March – ANIMALS! Today we visit the Noisy Jungle with a fantastic pop up book, we will have some fun puppet animal visitors and craft after.
  • Wednesday 29th March – COLOURS! Monsters Love Colours, or so the book by Mike Austin tells us. Join us to find out!
Library School Holiday Program
Join in the fun school holiday activities at Lithgow and Portland Libraries.
Lithgow Library
  • Monday 10 April, 10am - Resin Jewellery Workshop for Teens – Ages 12+, Bookings required.
  • Tuesday 11 April, 10am – Make and Fly Paper Planes – All ages.
  • Tuesday 11 April, 11am – Learn the Ukulele – For upper primary students Ages 8+.
  • Tuesday 11 April, 1.30pm – Learn the Ukulele - For Teens  - Year 7 +
  • Wednesday 12 April, 10.30am – Storytime with the Easter Bunny
  • Thursday 12 April 10.30am – Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
  • Tuesday 19 April, 10am – Make and Test a Catapult – All ages
  • Wednesday 20 April 10.30am – Storytime
  • Thursday 21 April , 10.30am – Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
Portland Library
  • Saturday 8 April, 10am – Easter Craft Activity – All ages
  • Tuesday 18 and Wed 19 April, 10am – Play Board Games – All ages
  • Thursday 20 April, 2pm – Learn the Ukulele – Ages 8+
  • Saturday 22 April, 10am – Anzac Craft – All ages.
To book or for more information contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or Portland Library on 6355 5355.  Download a copy of the program here
Eskbank House Museum
Keep up to date with what's happening at Eskbank House Museum here
The Leake-Sutton Quilt back on display at Eskbank House

Eskbank House volunteers have been busy over the summer. While a new kitchen garden is under construction, staff have given the furniture in the Bracey collection a thorough clean (and by 'cleaning' we mean 'dismantling', 'fumigating' and 'repairing'). This work has enabled us to get the Children's Room to a high standard and exhibit our treasured Leake-Sutton Crazy Quilt. Mrs Larraine Spice donated the quilt, which was made in Virginia US for her mother Jean, but after more than a decade on display the quilt needed conservation. It has been stored and rested for more than a year and now looks more beautiful than ever. It will be on display until Easter 2017, when it returns to safe storage.
For more information call Eskbank House on 6351 3557 or 63549999.
Pictured: Close up of the Leake-Sutton Quilt taken during its Significance Assessment by esteemed Textiles Expert, Kylie Winkworth in 2011. 
Ordinary Meeting of Council
Monday, 20 March 2017 at  7pm in the Council Chambers, 180 Mort Street, Lithgow
Members of the community that would like to address Council at Monday night's council meeting need to register by midday on Monday 20 March for items that are not listed on the agenda.
Those wishing to speak on items on the agenda are not required to, but still may register.
Copies of the Agenda are placed on Council's website by close of business on the Thursday prior to the meeting and can be found here 
Every (property) has its own water meter. The meter registers all water used at your property and is shown as water consumption on your account.
Your meter is usually located outside the front of your property, near the left or right boundary.
Water flows through the property service pipe (main to meter) into a measuring chamber inside your meter.
The type of meter you have and its appearance may vary between properties.
You as the property owner are responsible for looking after and preventing damage to your meter, and for providing easy access for our staff to the meter and connections to the water main.
Meter maintenance & accessibility
It is your responsibility to ensure that your meter (box) is accessible. The meter must be at ground level.
Please do not fill the area around the meter or cover it with garden beds, trees or shrubs or other matter.
Meter Access is Your Responsibility
Council requires a minimum clearance of 30cm around your meter, to make it accessible to our reader. You can help maintain access to your meter by;
  • Trimming long grass and pruning overgrown plants in the vicinity of your meter
  • Avoiding concreting around or building over the top of your meter
  • Ensuring that the meter remains at or above ground level
  • Displaying a caution sign if you have a dog and securing the dog from the meter area if possible.
If, for any reason we are not able to read your meter, we may leave a card behind for you to contact Council to arrange a time.
Now is a great time to check your meter to ensure it is clear and accessible. Please exercise caution when removing water meter covers. They can be homes for spiders and snakes. Ensure your wear protective gloves.
VendorPanel is an online purchasing system that enables Council employees to directly contact local contractors/suppliers for quotations from one centralised location in an equitable manner.
Contractors/Suppliers wishing to do business with Council must be registered on VendorPanel.
The system is also used to store compliance information such as insurance and qualifications.
Registration is free and contractors/suppliers can register by following the links on Council’s website 
For further information, please contact Council’s Purchasing Coordinator, Sean Quick on 6354 9999.
If you are a ratepayer in the Lithgow Local Government area, and you wish to receive your rate and installment notices by email, please contact Council, or call into our Customer Service Centre, and request an application form or alternatively a form may be downloaded here
One of Lithgow’s most important water catchment areas is just above your head! During heavy rain storms, hundreds of litres of water can drain off an average roof. By installing a rainwater tank, you can capture and store this precious resource to help ease the strain on our town water, and also save money on your water accounts.
Council provides a rainwater tank rebate scheme of up to $300 to help you do this.
For water efficient dishwashers or washing machines that have a WELS star rating of 4 or greater a rebate of $150 will be paid for each appliance.
This is one of the many ways Lithgow City Council is working with the community to create sensible solutions for people and the environment to ensure that clean, fresh drinking water doesn’t become a luxury item. For further information please see Council’s website.
Cash rebates are available for the replacement of old coal heaters through Lithgow Council's Alternate Fuel Rebate Program.
This year rebates are $1,400 for pensioners, $1,000 for non pensioners and $2,000 for commercial premises for those who replace their coal heaters with cleaner alternatives such as fixed electric heaters, fixed flue gas heaters, reverse cycle air conditioners and ducted gas central heating.
For further information contact Council or visit our website.
Information on waste and recycling is available on Councils website here.
CCTV Cameras at Rural Landfills
NEW CCTV cameras installed at Portland and Wallerawang Rural Landfills to catch illegal dumping of waste by commercial companies at OUR rural landfills. Residents are urged to report illegal dumping by contacting Council.
The next Bulky Waste Collection is Monday 11 September.  For information and bookings click here
The next Green Waste Collection is Monday 3 April.  For information and bookings click here
Illegal Dumping
Council is cracking down on illegal dumping around the Local government area.
Council deploys surveillance cameras to catch perpetrators in the act and significant fines apply.
To report illegal dumping please phone Council on 63549999, report via the online portal or download the 'Report to EPA' App from the App Store or Google Play. 
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07 March, 2017

Meet Mayor Stephen Lesslie

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

The Village Voice

Lithgow has a new Mayor, and despite many on social media posts claiming they have never heard of Stephen Lesslie, the family name has very strong ties to the Lithgow Region.


To read more click here

03 March, 2017

Capertee Valley Landcare Inc. New Committee

Capertee Valley Landcare Inc.

We had a friendly AGM last Friday.
Our office holders have remained much the same:
President: Terrie Wallace
Vice-president: Alex Mateer
Secretary/Treasurer: Julie Gibson
Committee members:  Elizabeth McKay, Vicki Powys, Hilary Crawford

Fees have increased to $15 a year, with $5 joining fee.

An Activities Schedule was agreed upon as follows:
·        Sat 1 April – Dunn’s Swamp kayaking day
·        Sun 21 May – Airly Village along the tramway track
·        Sun 2 July – Genowlan Mountain, the mine and/or the grotto (quite steep)
·        October (date to be advised) – Pipeline track – potentially 2 stage walk
People attending bushwalks must be members of CVLI.
Using and eating indigenous plants
·        Sun 26 March – planning day for future workshops and field days
·        Sun 11 June – Bush tucker and local indigenous history workshop and field day
·        Sun 1 October – Bush tucker workshop and field day
·        Sat 25 November – Bush tucker lunch and field day
                Water testing
·        This is currently scheduled for the last Friday of each month at Glen Alice Hall from 2pm – 4pm.
31 Mar; 28 Apr, 26 May; 23 June; 28 July; 25 Aug; 29 Sep; 27 Oct; 24 Nov; 29 Dec
Fruit Fly Management Day
·        3 September
Next Annual General Meeting
·        Friday 25 August 2017, 4.30 pm

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