28 May, 2017

Bush Tucker Day in the Capertee Valley

Glen Alice Community Association together with Capertee Valley Landcare invite you to a:

Bush Tucker Day in the Capertee Valley

Sunday 11 June 2017 10am – 5pm, Glen Alice Community Hall

A day for exploring what native foods we have available in our valley, a day for meeting and sharing knowledge with Indigenous people connected to our area.
o   Welcome to country by Lyn Syme, a Dabee elder and a descendant of Queen Peggy Lambert.
o   Native foods of Capertee Valley before white settlement. Vicki Powys, local artist and Julie Gibson, Landcare person.
o   Indigenous plants of Capertee Valley as food, medicine and tools, by Dick Turner and Alice Williams. Dick is well known in the valley through his long association with the Regent Honeyeater Project and Alice Williams is a Wiradjuri woman and co-author of the book Wiradjuri Plant Use in the Murrumbidgee Catchment Area.
o   A guided walk through the bushland near the community hall to identify useful plants.
o   Native grass identification and uses, Colin Seis.
<< Bush Tucker Morning Tea >>
o   Informal displays and demonstrations
o   Didgeridoo by Graham Davis King, Indigenous artist. Everyone welcome to bring their musical instruments to join in.
o   Making a possum skin cape, a demonstration with kangaroo skin. Dianne Pirotta, Indigenous artist.
o   Native food plants for your garden, some available from Bilbi Blooms, Ngampri Nursery, Grasses from Colin Seis.
o   Possibly – where to buy native foods, weaving with reeds and grasses . . .
<< Degustation Lunch>>
kangaroo (traditional roasting on fire and as stew), yabbies, witchetty grubs, damper, warrigalgreens soup, emu eggs and more all prepared by our new chef in the valley Dean Baiss.
A special invitation to all with Indigenous links with the valley, and people living here, but also to everyone who wants to know more.
RSVP Because we are providing food it is important you let us know that you’re coming, places will be limited so get your name down early. Email to: cvlandcare@gmail.com; phone: Julie Gibson 63797317 or Kerrie Cooke 63797390

25 May, 2017

LCC Financial and Management Plans

Lithgow City Council finally publicly releases next year's
Management & Financial Plans - ALL SIX OF THEM !

The Lithgow City Council has today finally publicly released their next year's Management & Financial Plans and all SIX Plans can be downloaded from the Council's website at this link: 

The SIX PLANS are made up of the following:

👉   The Draft Community Strategic Plan 2030
👉   The combined Draft Delivery Program 2017/18 – 2020/21 and Draft Operational Plan 2017/18
👉   The Draft Fees and Charges 2017/18
👉   The Draft Strategic Asset Management Plan
👉   The Draft Long Term Financial Plan
👉   The Draft Workforce Plan

At over 400 pages in total, it's going to be a long read over the next month with time you won't get back with Community Submissions closing in just four weeks on Monday 12 June, 2017.

Here from one of W.C. Fields best known quotes: 

Lithgow City Council Draft Budget 2017/18 and the Combined draft Delivery Program from 2017 /18 to 2020/21

Attention all Capertee /Capertee Valley Residents.... come and have your'e say at the Draft Budget Meeting. (Issued by CVA Inc.)
Capertee Memorial Hall – Thursday 25 May at 6pm

Members of the community are invited to come along to one of the community information sessions being held throughout the Lithgow LGA during May on Council’s plans for the future of the area.

At its meeting to be held on 15 May, Lithgow City Council will be considering its Draft Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework; a suite of plans that will guide the future direction of the Lithgow LGA over the next 10 years.  In particular this will include the:
•        Draft Community Strategic Plan 2030 – Our place, our future
•        Combined Draft Delivery Program 2017/18 – 2020/21 and Operational Plan 2017/18 (the Budget)
·                  Draft Fees and Charges 2017/18

These plans are part of a suite of plans which make up the IPR Framework and will be available for viewing on Council’s website on Tuesday 16 May following the Council Meeting.

Come along to one of the community information sessions at the following locations and find out what projects are included in the Draft Operational Plan (the Budget) for your area and how to make a submission:
  • Wallerawang Community & Sports Club – Thursday 18 May at 6pm
  • Rydal Union Church – Tuesday 23 May at 6pm
  • Lithgow City Council Chambers – Wednesday 24 May at 6pm
  • Capertee Memorial Hall – Thursday 25 May at 6pm
  • Old Hartley School Hall – Tuesday 30 May at 6pm
  • Crystal Theatre Portland – Thursday 1 June at 6pm.

If you have any queries on this matter please contact Deborah McGrath on 6354 9921.

Deborah McGrath | Corporate Planning and Communications Officer
Policy and Planning | Lithgow City Council
(02) 6354 9999 | Fax: (02) 6351 4259
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23 May, 2017

Fire and Emergency Service Levy

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 1 May 2017 11:28 PM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Um .... why has the Lithgow City Council been so quiet on the introduction of the new Fire and Emergency Service Levy - On Lithgow City Council Rate Notices?

Um .... why has the Lithgow City Council been so quiet on the introduction of the
new Fire and Emergency Service Levy - On Lithgow City Council Rate Notices?

"From July 1, NSW property owners will be charged the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) based on land value determined by the NSW Valuer-General, replacing the previous system which was a tax on insurance policies.

The annual levy is determined by adding a fixed charge – $100 for residential property – to an additional ad valorem amount based on unimproved land value.

For owners of "public benefit land" such as churches and scout halls, the annual fixed charge is also $100 plus an additional amount based on a separate ad valorem calculation.

But for farms, industrial and commercial landholders, the fixed charge will be $200 plus the additional amount.

A new charge will be calculated annually based on the budget for NSW Fire and Rescue, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.

The levy, which accounts for three-quarters of the fire and emergency services budget, will be collected by Councils as a separately listed charge on Rates Notices."

Property owners can work out their precise levy using a calculator on the fire services and emergency services levy website here:  http://fesl.nsw.gov.au/rates_and_calculator

Ed:  The mainstream media is reporting that the Paul Toole State Coalition NSW Government new Fire and Emergency Services Levy is expected to impact more largely on Middle and Low Income and Pensioner Households, whose Homes historically were not previously covered by Building Insurance.

14 May, 2017

Land management and biodiversity conservation reforms – Regulations on public exhibition

The draft Biodiversity Conservation Regulation, Local Land Services Amendment Regulation and other key products to support the Government's new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016, have been released for a six week exhibition period from today.

Visit the Land Management and Biodiversity Conservation website to view the material on public exhibition.

To view the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 visit the NSW Parliamentary website.

Copyright © 2017 NSW OEH, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in to stay up to date with the reforms or you made a submission during public exhibition. If you do not wish to receive future emails, please unsubscribe.

Our mailing address is:
59-61 Goulburn Street
Sydney, Nsw 2000

13 May, 2017

Walk along the TramwayTrail Mt Airly

Capertee Valley Landcare... Planning a Bush walk.

Capertee Valley Landcare is having a walk along the Tramway Trail at Mt Airly.
Sunday 21 June 2017.
10.00 am at the Airly Campground. If you are uncertain of where this is we can arrange to meet at the Capertee River bridge at threeways.

NPWS brochure: “Tramway Trail – follows the old oil shale mine tramway route around the contour of Mount Airly and through the ruins of Airly village. Distance: 5.5km each way”

My plan is to make this a gentle stroll, going only as far as the big boiler halfway, taking time to examine the old village ruins and stopping at the boiler for a snack. If anyone wants to go the whole way they'll need to do the last section without my guidance. The views are great at the top.

Bring your own water, snacks and lunch, hat, camera.

RSVP It will be helpful to know who’s coming, by reply to this or phone me.


Julie Gibson
02 63797317 or 0412699674

12 May, 2017

Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING 14th May 2017 at 2.00pm REMINDER


PLEASE COME and vote on the future of CVA

Issued by CVA Inc.
Bruce Upton.

Postal Address: 3253 Glen Davis Rd, Glen Davis. NSW 2846.
PRESIDENT: John Davies. SECRETARY: Laraine Simpson.
E: john.davies@westnet.com.au E: larainesimpson71@gmail.com.au
P: 6379 7304. P: 6379 7203.


Dana Junokas: Glen Davis Community Centre update. (weekends)
If any members have any other business you would like to mention please feel free to bring it up in general business.



08 May, 2017

Lithgow Council Community Information Session

Community information session re Draft 2017/21 Delivery Program and 2017/18 Operational Plan following its adoption for exhibition on 15 May.

The Capertee Memorial Hall is booked by Council for an information session to be held on Thursday 25th May at 6pm.