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Issue 71 March 2015
Seniors Week in the Mountains
Full program
Refer to page
As a tribute to our local seniors, and to acknowledge the
remarkable contribu ons that they make to our Blue
Mountains community, a program of events for the month
of March has been put together for your enjoyment (Refer to pages 14 and 15). Seniors Week is an opportunity
to promote a be er understanding within the community
about seniors and the value they add to our lives. It is also
an opportunity to encourage older people to lead ac ve
lifestyles and par cipate at all levels in our community. I
would like to acknowledge the hard work of contribu ng
Blue Mountains community organisa ons and businesses
in developing this extensive program of events. I hope
that Seniors Week is enjoyed by all seniors across the Blue
Councillor Mark Greenhill Mayor of the City of Blue Mountains
The Echo is giving away
5 Double Passes to our
Full details on page 8.
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The 10th Annual Collectors’ Plant Fair
11 & 12 April 2015,
Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon NSW
For many plant lovers the Collectors’ Plant Fair is the highlight
of their gardening year with a vast variety of quality plants
and knowledgeable guest speakers. There will be over 50
specialist stallholders from both local and interstate nurseries
and a huge range of plants available: trees and shrubs, na ve
plants, perennials, roses, herbs, medicinal and edible plants,
bulbs, orchids, ferns, bamboos, grasses, water plants, bonsai.
As a consequence, there are plants to suit all climates, and all
garden situa ons. In addi on to plants, there are many garden-related products – books, tools, metal art and sculpture.
This years fair will include three inspira onal speakers, Phillip Johnson will speak about his Best in Show win at the 2013
Chelsea Flower Show in the UK, Sally Johannsohn will tell
how the 30-strong team at Chan cleer has earned the accolade for “the most roman c imagina ve and exci ng public
garden in America” and Interna onal garden designer and
writer, Michael McCoy will speak about the game-changer
gardens around the world that have most framed, even revolu onised, the way he gardens in Australia.
Opening mes for the Fair are 8am to 4pm Saturday 11 April
and 9am to 4pm Sunday 12 April 2015. Entry per person including parking is $12 Saturday and $10 Sunday ( Under 18’s
- Free admission) or you can save with pre purchased ckets
which can be found here: www.collectorsplan, P: 02
4567 2026, E: collectorsplan [email protected]
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Once upon a time in...
Mount Boyce, at approximately 1,093 metres,
is the highest point, in the Blue Mountains, of
the Great Western Highway. It is located two
kilometres north of Blackheath.
It is best known for two features, the loca on of a heavy vehicle
checking sta on on the Great Western Highway and a Bureau of
Meteorology automa c weather sta on on Mount Boyce itself .
However, the Mt Boyce Lookout Reserve reveals even more interes ng features. There is a wide space for parking, a track leading down to the fenced railway embankment, a covered shelter
for picnicking and magnificent views into the Megalong.
The large obelisk dominates the scene. It is dedicated to the
Ven. Archdeacon F. B. Boyce. F.R.C.S., F.R.H.S., BORN 1844 – DIED
1931, a er whom Mount Boyce was named at the request of the
Trust by His Excellency Sir Walter Davidson, K.C.M.G on 26th
April, 1923. The Obelisk was unveiled by His Excellency Air ViceMarshal Sir Philip Game, C.B.E., K.C.B., D.S.O. on 21ST October,
1931. Archdeacon Boyce was an eminent Churchman, a great
ci zen and a man of wide vision.
There is a smaller, mushroom-shaped monument closer to the
railway fence. It is a direc on finder, erected to the memory of
the Hon. Mr. Jus ce Stewart Boyce, born 1872, died 1940, a son
of Archdeacon Boyce.
However, a par cularly interes ng feature of Mt Boyce is effecvely hidden amongst the trees. The remnant of a scar tree, protected by an iron cage and covered with a steel roof, stands there
proclaiming its past. Aboriginal people used the bark from scar
trees for shields and coolamons. Using a stone axe, the shape of
the object was outlined in bark and the bark was pulled off the
tree. Care was taken to ensure that the tree was not killed by
When the highway at Soldiers Pinch was widened, the tree was
discovered. A er consulta on with the relevant Aboriginal organisa ons, the RTA cut the tree down, removed it approximately one kilometre east to this posi on where it is displayed in the
protec ve shelter.
Mt Boyce is an interes ng spot.
The next mee ng of the Blue Mountains Historical Society will
be held at 99 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls, on April 11th at
10.30 a.m., when Paul Innes and John Low will discuss Soldiers
of the Mountains.
(Informa on gleaned from monumental and RTA signage)
Monuments at Mt Boyce
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B/T offers an exci ng and interes ng collec on of local
goods.. ranging from vintage collectables and an ques
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foreign art, cra supplies, wool and a fabulous collec on
of funky fashion for all shapes and sizes also catering in
menswear .
B/T offers a wonderful shopping experience for all, well
worth a visit.
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drive. Ample parking in front of warehouse OPEN 10am4pm Wednesday to Sunday - Phone: 47877709.
Drivers in the Blue Mountains are being asked to, ‘Slow Down in
My Street’ to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclist and motorists.
‘Slow Down in My Street’ is a local road safety project jointly
funded by Blue Mountains City Council, and the Roads and Marime Service (RMS), with support from NSW Police.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The aim of the ‘Slow Down in
My Street’ campaign is simple, to make our local streets safer for
Households along the targeted streets in the Blue Mountains will
be provided with a ‘Slow Down in My Street’ s cker to place on
their wheelie bin. Council is asking residents to apply the s cker
to the right side of their rubbish or recycling bin as a visual reminder for motorists to please slowdown in our local streets.
The NSW Police Local Area Command will be targe ng local
streets during this phase of the campaign. Fines and demerit
points will be issued to any motorist caught speeding.
Everyone in our community has the responsibility to help make
our streets safe for pedestrians, cyclists, children and other drivers. Drivers are asked to reduce their speed and drive to the condi ons.
For further informa on visit the RMS website at
au or contact the BMCC Road Safety Coordinator, on 4780 5000.
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Lithgow Lions Club Markets
a date to remember
A date to remember Sunday 26th April 2015
They are back the Lithgow Lions Club Community
Markets. The biggest Markets in Lithgow held the
4th Sunday of the Month at the Lithgow Showground from 9am to 1pm with over 65 stalls and
growing the all weather April Markets will be a
day out for the whole family.
With an outside car boot sale with all things trash
and treasure, just one of the many things on offer.
Browse inside the large Civic Ballroom and you
will find everything from mouth watering hand
made chocolates , baked goodies, fresh fruit and
veggies, local free range meat, oils, jams, honey,
wine’s, clothing, arts & cra s, jewellery, crea ve
candles, wooden items, plants and so much more.
Finish off your shopping with a light lunch and
fresh ground espresso coffee from the cafe and
enjoy lunch from the Lions Club & Volunteer Rescue Squad BBQ’s.
Make a date in your calendar and visit the Lithgow
Lions Club Community Markets the 4th Sunday of
the month at the Lithgow Showground
They are a community market and all profits go
back into the community. The mo o is
“Run by the Community for the Community”
The Lithgow Lions Club Markets are looking to attain addi onal food stall holders, if you have an
interest contact 043 401 6279, email [email protected] or check out facebook .
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Caterina Ligato
Author of
‘Caterina Cares’
The Australian Ghost Whisperer
Australia’s Foremost
Psychic Healer
Healings – Readings
- House Clearings
0404 258 949
[email protected]
Now available in
the Blue Mountains
by appointment only.
‘Caterina Cares’ Monthly Column
Ques on:
Dear Caterina,
I have a nephew currently in alcohol rehab, who has lost his job; takes &sees
no responsibility for his 3 boys [8; 11;17] family and demonstrates he couldn’t/
doesn’t care [can’t iden fy] about the future. The boys are confused & upset &
without proper guidance at this very important me of life, who is to say what
might lie ahead. How do you think we could contribute
Thanks in advance God Bless
Concerned Aunt
Dear Help,
This is a very sad situa on, and feel he has been this way for many years.
I regret to say that at this point in me he really has no inten on to heal his
My heart goes out for the three young boys. there lives have been filled
with anguish and pain.
I strongly feel it would be be er for the boys to cut contact with their
father un l they are emo onally able to accept and deal with their
fathers illness.
If all the family members could come together and spend me and give as
much love possible it will help them to heal.
They need to know that there are people who love them and they need to
know that they can pick up a phone any me to talk to any of you. This will truly
help them to know that they are loved and cherished.
For Catarina to answer your quesƟon please
email to [email protected]
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The Echo is delighted to announce a wonderful
opportunity for Blue Mountains residents. In
conjunction with Dalai Lama in Australia we have
five double passes to give away to attend the
Dalai Lama’s historic Public Talk at Katoomba
Public School on Friday 6th June, 2015.
The Dalai Lama will speak on the subject
“The Wisdom of Forgiveness” from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
HOW TO ENTER: To go in the draw to win a
double pass to a end the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk, simply
fill in, cut out and mail this coupon to:
Dalai Lama Compe on
c/o The Echo Community Newspaper
7 Ficus Street, Katoomba NSW 2780.
Or email your full name and phone number with the subject line ‘Dalai Lama Compe on’ to
compe [email protected]
Results will be drawn by The Echo in conjunc on with Katoomba Public School, and the winners will be
advised by phone or email.
Good Luck everyone.
Please also be aware that even seven months ahead
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Australian Visit,
there has been amazing interest in the Public Talk
at Katoomba with people even purchasing Ɵckets as
surprise Christmas giŌs! Please book soon if you do
wish to be at this historic event.
Registra ons Now Open for 2015
Big Red Ride Sydney
Registra ons are now open for Muscular Dystrophy NSW’s third
annual Big Red Ride Sydney event, set to take place on Sunday
8 November, 2015. Par cipants, led by cycling legend Brad McGee, will once again enjoy a celebra on of Sydney icons in a ride
of endurance they will never forget.
The epic 150km ride commences at the white sands of Bondi
Beach. The elite group of cycling enthusiasts will then ride over
the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge before heading west to
the historic town of Richmond. The final leg of the journey will
provide the ul mate riding experience, with a 1,000 metre climb
to the finish line at Katoomba and the stunning landscape of the
Blue Mountains.
2015 is set to be the BIGGEST AND BEST Big Red Ride Sydney yet
with a BRAND NEW OPTION to finish the ride at RIchmond for
people who want to be a part of the event but can’t quite make
the full distance. All interested cyclists need to do is register for
the 2015 Big Red Ride Sydney event via the website and tell us
whether you would like to ride from Bondi to Richmond or all
the way to Katoomba to be crowned King of the Mountain!
100% of funds raised will go to Muscular Dystrophy NSW’s Kids
For Life program. So far $300,000 has been raised to provide
cri cal life changing support to terminally ill children.
With only 150 spots available interested cyclists are encouraged
to register now at h p://
More info is available via
Terms & Condi ons: One entry per person
You can live anywhere in NSW to enter, Good Luck!
Tickets for the above competition will be
draw on the 4th of May at Katoomba Public
School. Drawn at 10.30am by Miss Paine,
Principle (releaving) and Robyn Blinman
editor of the Echo Community Newspaper.
We wish everybody the best of luck.
For more information on His Holiness the
14th Dalai Lama, Blue Mountains Public
Talk and/or to book your tickets, please
visit our website www.dalailamainaustralia.
org or call our office on 02 9575 4888
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Works by
Joseph Haydn
Ludwig van Beethoven
Franz Schubert
Sunday, Mar 22nd, 3pm
Douglas Lilburn
Frederick Septimus Kelly
Sosef Suk
Sunday, Mar 29th, 3pm
Pat Heffernan Hall
Katoomba Public School
Merriwa St, Katoomba
Tickets at the door
Admission $15, Concessions
Children free
Phone 0412 786 381 for more
Since its formation in 2001 the SYDNEY
STREET CHOIR has sung in the Opera
House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Belvoir St
Theatre, at Uluru and many other venues and with many great artists – Normie
Rowe, Vanessa Amorosi, Paul Grabowski – NOW they are coming to the Blue
Mountains to sing with The Heathens,
Blackheath’s Community Choir and The
Village Orchestra.
The Street Choir was formed to connect with, inspire and empower those
who are living or working in homeless
or disadvantaged communities. Many of
its members have experienced difficult
times in their lives and for them the magic
of creating music together and with others provides a life-changing and saving
The Choir employs a Musical Director
James Paul and is organised by a Board
of Directors who give of their time and
skills voluntarily. Volunteer expert helpers
assist Choir Members with many needs
– finding housing, medical and legal
help, financial guidance and relationship
strengthening. The Choir is FAMILY for
many of its members.
The Choir is totally self-supporting and
relies on funds raised through concerts to
keep functioning. A Street Choir Concert
is filled with joy, laughter and happiness.
The Heathens were formed with the
assistance of BANC (Blackheath Area
Neighbourhood Centre) in 2009 under
the Leadership of Christine Wheeler, a
professional musician and resident of
Blackheath. Its members come from
many Upper Mountains villages and like
the Street Choir, for many of our members Choir is FAMILY. The Heathens are
fast carving out for themselves a respected place in the Mountains music community. They found it easy to say “Yes” to the
idea of supporting the Street Choir in a
joint concert. The concert will also feature
‘The Village Orchestra’ - Mara Kiek, Llew
Kiek and Gary Daley - local artists who
will play a mixture of original and traditional pieces.
This can be your chance to support a
charity that is making a real difference in
the lives of people experiencing severe
disadvantage in our community. You can
hear these two great Choirs at Springwood Presbyterian Church on Saturday
11th April at 2pm. For more information
Contact: Julie Brackenreg 0401 516 482.
“Casper is an independent chap looking
for a new home. He loves pats, and also
enjoys spending me with other friendly
felines. He can be shy at mes, so is not
suited to a home with young children. To
find out more about Casper, contact the
shelter on 47822674.”
Thank you Katoomba RSPCA
121-125 Mort Street, Katoomba
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State Elec on Debate Sunday 15th March
Blue Mountains Toastmasters have the three candidates
from the major par es for the State Elec on available for
all to hear – Liberal, Labor and the Greens - at a free State
elec on debate at Wentworth Falls School of Arts on Sunday, March 15.
The event with the si ng Liberal MP Rosa Sage, Labor
candidate Trish Doyle, and Greens candidate Alandra Tasire is from 2.30pm to 4.30m and is open to the public.
There is sea ng for 100 people at the debate which is being organised by Blue Mountains Toastmasters. It will be
moderated by Club president Peter Walker, a former Sydney Morning Herald State government journalist.
Candidates will have the opportunity to outline their proposals for the electorate as well as provide informa on
about their policies on specific subjects. Equal me will
be given to each candidate. There will also be ques ons
from the floor.
If you require any further informa on, contact Peter
Walker on 4757 3328 or Sue Huehn on [email protected]
Liberal MP Rosa Sage and Greens candidate Alandra Tasire, and Labor
candidate Trish Doyle
E-Co-Housing Open Day
Learn more about co-housing,
and the proposed neighbourhood development at 11 Glendarrah St Hazelbrook on Sunday
22 March from 2-4pm. We are a
group of ethical enviro folk seeking to grow a community which
is inclusive, sustainable, affordable and socially aware. Beginning
Recently Lithgow and District Garden Club celebrated their 15 th
anniversary at Eskbank House in
Lithgow. The Club is affiliated with
Garden Clubs of Australia and a
member of the Blue Mountains
Zone. The Vale Ladies served a deligh ul lunch in the gardens under
the trees with background music
by Brian Wilkinson. A book compiled by President Kerry Klemens
was launched by Mayor Maree
Statham. It featured stories past
and present as well as recipies,
ps and lots of laughs as well some
sadness. Hon. Paul Toole member
for Bathurst was instrumental in
gaining a grant for publishing the
Members were persuaded by Social Secretary Pat Thomson with of-
with a ernoon tea there will be
fun ac vi es for all ages. Please
BYO chair and a coffee mug which
says something about you. A short
walk from the sta on otherwise
parking on the grass verge on the
street is appreciated. For more
informa on and to RSVP contact
Jasmine Payget on [email protected] or 0406045044.
fering of a “chocolate frog” if they
gave a story. Around 80 members
par cipated. Rosie Galloway from
Lithgow High School
also helped with the produc on.
A beau ful cake made and decorated by member Ethel Blackadder.
Photo: Resident Kerry Klemens, Rosie
Galloway, Paul Toole, Mayor Maree
Statham , Life member Lillian Gummow, Life member Al Ritchie
Club Hazelbrook
‘The Friendliest Club’
Bonnie View Avenue,
Tel: 4758 6240
Thursday, Friday
& Sunday nights
Open from 5.30 – 8.00 pm
Pastas, Warm Salads, Steaks, Seafood
Vegetarian, Stir Fries, Chicken, Burgers
Desserts and Kids Meals
FROM 6.30 PM
Take a Virtual Tour
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Fiona 1.30pm-2.30pm
Liz Gardiner
CROQUET 9.30am-3pm
MENS BOWLERS 12.30pm-4.30
Liz Gardiner - 1pm-3pm
Free entry – Prizes to be won
Easter Raffle
$5.00 a ticket or
Book of 10 Tickets for $30.00
Drawn Thursday 2nd April
$1,000 worth of Prizes
Easter Colouring
0 years to 4 Years
5 years to 8 Years
9 years to 12 Years
1st 2nd 3rdPrizes
for all age groups
Winners announced on 4th April
Member for Blue Mountains Roza
Sage has urged ratepayers to have
their say on significant rate rises
proposed by Blue Mountains City
The council has applied to an independent regulator for a Special
Rate Varia on that will see average household rates go up by 40.4
per cent over the next four years.
The Independent Pricing and Reg
ulatory Tribunal is invi ng public
comment on the applica on un l
16 March.
“This is by anyone’s measure a
significant increase to household
costs, par cularly for those on
fixed incomes,” said Mrs Sage.
“It is understandably the subject rise to write to IPART before 16
of strong feeling in the commu- March 2015.”
Submissions can be made by com“This is an important issue for all ple ng a form online or le ers
ratepayers across the local govern- can be uploaded on to the IPART
ment area and I want to ensure website.
everyone has fair opportunity to IPART will accept and consider
have their views heard.
all submissions from interested
“I am urging everyone who feels groups or individual ratepayers.
strongly about this proposed rate Submissions can be made at:
h p:// ons_and_Minimum_Rates/
Applica ons_Determina ons/Submission_
Hydro hosts historic dance event
The world-famous Hydro
Majes c Hotel at Medlow
Bath hosted another historic milestone when 360
costumed dancers high
kicked their way into history to smash their own
Guinness World Record at
the launch of the annual
Roaring 20s Fes val and all
that Jazz on Saturday, February 7.
In the flamboyant yet elegant style of legendary
former Hydro owner Mark
Foy, the Blue Mountains
Charleston Challenge and
the following Majes c
Long Lunch a racted hundreds of chicly-draped visitors.
Hydro Majes c co-owner
Huong Nguyen said: ``We
at the Escarpment Group
were very proud of the refurbishment of the buildings and were confident
they were true to the
Mark Foy style.
``Congratula ons to all the
dancers who helped keep
the Blue Mountains on the
interna onal stage.’’
The day began with the
Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge on the lawns
when 360 dancers aged
from 3 to 92 and dressed
in 1920s-style costume
broke the Guinness World
Record for the greatest
number of costumed people to dance the Charleston. The event set the record with 276 in 2013, 319
in 2014 and aimed for 350
in 2015.
Guests included Australian food and wine iden ty
and Majes c Long Lunch
ambassador Lyndey Milan
OAM, Roaring 20s Fes val
ambassador Claudia Chan
Shaw, fes val patron Charlo e Smith and a host of
food and wine writers.
Go to www.hydromajes c. for more informaon about events, dining
and accommoda on at
the Hydro Majes c Hotel.
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Fit & Healthy in the Mountains
Lymphatic Drainage
Lymphoedema Therapy
Megan Lloyd, Certified Lymphoedema Therapist (Foldi Clinic, Germany)
69 Megalong St. Katoomba
By appointment: 0425 307 296 |
‘A culture of Body/Mind Health and Fitness’
Natural Movement Pilates Studio, NM Dance, NM Pilates, & NM
Body/Mind Fitness..
A full Health & Fitness Package! In 2015
Natural Movement has been promo ng ‘A Culture of Body/
Mind Health & Fitness’ in the Blue Mountains & Sydney, offering Dance & Pilates, Body/Mind Services, since 2000 and with its
Natural Movement Pilates Studio since 2004 in the Upper Blue
Mountains, catering for the Individual and various groups.
Natural Movement – is currently expanding its services across
the Blue Mountains, from Upper to the Penrith District area and
is currently taking bookings for Katoomba, Hazelbrook, Springwood, Blaxland & Penrith.
NM Dance- Founder, Manager, Ar s c Director & Instructor Julie
Ouliarin first established NM in 1998 in Melbourne, has brought
an extensive background of experience, knowledge & exper se
to the Blue Mountains, ensuring professional standards. . From
its Injury Rehabilita on Programs, to Dance & Sports Specific Pilates, she has been helping the community achieve their fitness
and health goals, as well as expression through Dance.
Julie Ouliarin is also a professional Dancer/Performer/Choreographer/Teacher, who has held permanent posi ons in the main
venues of Sydney, Melbourne & Madrid, with training and experience in Spain under the highest caliber of Flamenco.
Book in to experience the essence of Flamenco with Professional
Flamenco performer Julie Ouliarin and all elements of Modern
Jazz with the former Australian Solo Champion, including original
repertoire (other styles on request..).
Julie Ouliarin combines her exper se in the area of Pilates &
Natural Body Therapies, as well as a life me of Dance and movement, with her qualifica ons in teach
ing of educa on &
Instruc on
& Management, to
with the highest level
of supervision.
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Fit & Healthy in the Mountains
& pilates
Explore the benefits of a longer practice, including standing
poses, twists, backbends, forward bends, and pranayama.
Beginners through to general level students.
Visitors and current students welcome. Bookings via 0419 986 896
Level 1 Foundation Physio Pilates Thursdays 1.30pm
Level 2 General Mat Pilates Wednesdays 4.30pm
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March 2015
2015 Seniors Week in the Upper Mountains
Seniors in the upper mountains can enjoy a range of activities throughout the mountains
during the month of March 2015. Some of the events planned for seniors in the upper
mountains include:
Friday 6 March from 11am- 1 pm
History Tour of Katoomba & Wentworth Falls Cemeteries
Sunday 8 March from 10am-3pm
Seniors Week Special Valley Heights
Locomo ve Depot Heritage Museum
Wednesday 11 March from 10:30am
Classic Movie Ma nee Marx Bros “A
Day at the Races” at the Paragon Café
Cost FREE, Contact Blue Mountains City
Council 4780 5546, Bookings are essen al.
Cost FREE, Contact, [email protected]
or 4751 4174 Bookings are essen al.
Cost Gold coin Dona on, Contact 4782
1117, Bookings are essen al
Saturday 7 March from 10:30am –
12:30pm: Trip to Flower Power Dural
for Lunch
Star ng Monday 9 March 2015 from
10am (Monday & Wednesday)
Walking Groups for Women, Cost
Saturday 14 March, Seniors Discounts
at Blue Mountains Visitor Informa on
Centres, Glenbrook Visitor Informa on
Meet at Lawson Library, Cost $20 for
transport must be prepaid before hand
Contact Great Community Transport
4759 240 (Please note If you haven’t used
community transport before you will
need to be pre-assessed. Transport needs
to be booked and paid for in advance by
phoning Great Community transport on
the number above. )
FREE, Blue Mountains Women’s Health
and Resource Centre, Contact (02)4782
5133 or email: [email protected]
Centre (GWH Glenbrook) & Katoomba
Visitor Informa on Centre (Echo Point
Rd, Katoomba)Cost FREE, Contact 1300
653 408
Monday 9 March 2015 1:30pm—
4pm, Women’s Cra & Sewing Circle
Feeling Gr
Cost FREE, Contact (02)4782 5133 or
email: [email protected]
To find out more information on these activities and others planned for March you can
contact Prue Hardgrove on 4780 5000 to obtain the full Seniors Week program. Or alternatively you can pick up a program at the various Library branches, Neighbourhood
Centres, Councils Customer Service Counters and via the Council website www.bmcc. The program will be made available the first week of March.
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Star ng Saturday 14 March, Seniors
Group FREE Fitness Class & Swim
Contact 4780 5750 Blue Mountains City Library to RSVP
Monday 23 March 2015 10am-12pm
Seniors Week Recogni on Awards
Seniors throughout the week of 14th to
22nd March have FREE entry for a swim
at any of the following centres; Glenbrook
Swim Centre, Lawson Swim Centre &
Blackheath Pool. At The Katoomba Sports
and Aqua c Centre and Springwood
Aqua c and Fitness Centre you are en tled to a FREE Seniors Group Fitness Class
or a swim. (Classes included; Aqua Aerobics, Zoomer Energy, Strengthening for Life
or Heart moves.)
Take this opportunity to par cipate in a fitness program of your choice or swim for
free during this week of the 14th to 22nd
March 2015. Cost FREE, Contact: 02)4780
5156 or (02)4723 5111.
Wednesday 18 March 2015 11:30am
Zumba Gold
for Seniors
Blue Mountains Community and Cultural
Hub, (Macquarie Rd, Springwood)
Cost FREE, Contact 4780 5546 Blue Mountains City Council
Blackheath Community Centre (Gardiner
Crescent Blackheath ) Cost FREE, Contact
Angela Mills at Fit and Fabulous 0411 700
“Glimpses of Glenbrook Players “
performance & “Seen + Heard” Zine
Blue Mountains Theatre & Community
Hub on Macquarie, Rd Springwood
10am (for 10:30 start) to 12pm, Blue
Mountains City Library, Contact: (02)4723
5040 (bookings essen al)
Monday 16 March from 12:30am
Pilates for Seniors
Thursday 19 March 10am -12pm, An
Old Fashioned Community Morning
Tea, Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Cen-
St Albans Church Hall, 137a Megalong St
Leura, Cost FREE, Contact Angela Mills at
Fit and Fabulous on 0411 700 188
tre (9 New Street, Lawson), Cost FREE
Contact 4759 2592 Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre
Tuesday 17 March 2015 10:00am12noon, Tech Taste sessions (for the
technology curious)
Thursday 19 March 10am -12pm, Tech
Taste Seniors (for the technology curious) Katoomba Library Blue Mountains
Springwood Library 104 Macquarie Road,
Springwood, Cost FREE, Contact 4723
5040, Blue Mountains City Library
Tuesday 17 March 2015 12-2pm, Trip
to Avoca Beach for Lunch
Cost $30 for transport must be (Prepaid a
fortnight before), Contact 4759 2403 Great
Community Transport on
(Please note If you haven’t used community transport before you will need to
be pre-assessed. Transport needs to be
booked and paid for in advance by phoning Great Community transport on the
number above).
Tuesday 17 March 2015 10:00am
Bollywood in Blackheath
Phillips Hall, Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (Gardiner Crescent Blackheath) Cost FREE, Contact 4787 7770
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
Cultural Centre, Cost FREE, Contact Katoomba Library 4780 5750
Wednesday 25 March 2015 11am
Classic Movie Ma nee The Lady from
Shanghai 1947 Thriller
Paragon Café, Katoomba St, Katoomba
Cost FREE, Contact 4782 1117 Katoomba
Neighbourhood Centre Café (places are
limited, booking is essen al)
Thursday 26 March 2015 12pm-3pm
(Doors Open 11:45am) Elvis Is Back
at the Carrington, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Cost: $10.00 (includes light refreshments bookings essen al)
Tickets available from Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre, Contact: 4782 1117
Saturday 28 March 2015 2pm – 4pm
(Meet at 1:45am) Na onal Park Fun
for Grandparents and Grandkids
& Honi Ryan, GWH Woodford
Cost Museum Entry &Performance
Adults/ - $10. Contact 4758 8743 or
[email protected]
NPWS Blue Mountains Heritage Centre
(end of Gove s Leap Rd, Blackheath)
Cost FREE, Contact NPWS Discovery Program 4784 7301
Saturday 21 March 2015 9am—12pm,
Charles Darwin Weeding Walk , Falls
Sunday 29 March 2015 2:30pm
Radio Plays, The Mountain Heritage, Cnr
Road, Wentworth Falls, Cost FREE, Bush
Care Blue Mountains
Contact Peter Chrismas 4780 5623 or
[email protected]
The group informa on can be found here:
h p://
Sunday 22 March 2015 9am –12pm
Fairy Dell Plan ng Day Springwood
Springwood Ave ,Springwood, Cost FREE
Bush Care Blue Mountains, Contact Joanne
Fenner 4780 5623 or h p:// on-commi ee/
LIVE MUSIC / lunch special $7 per person.
Katoomba RSL (Nick Darias)
4782 2624 Email: marke [email protected] for further informa on
Sunday 22 March 2015 9am –12pm
Seniors Weeks Special “One for One”
Offer 17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights
The Seminar Room, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre ( Parke St) Cost FREE,
Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba
Cost FREE, BMCC and the BMCC Aboriginal
Advisory Council (02)4782 5560
Saturday 21 March 10am – 4pm
Woodford Academy Open day & Palimpest # 2 Performances by Ben Denham
Tuesday 17 March 2015 12pm—2pm
Katoomba RSL Club Seniors Week
Special. Katoomba RSL Club Restaurant (86 Lurline St Katoomba) Cost FREE
Wednesday 18 March 2015 10.30
-12noon, Author talk: The Painted Sky
– Alice Campion
Tuesday 24 March 2015 12pm
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Elders Lunch Blue Mountains Cultural
Cost Free entry on presenta on of Seniors
card (If accompanied by adult or child paying normal admission fee*)
Contact Keith Ward (02)4751 4638 (Leave
message) or email: [email protected]
Apex Street & Lovel Sts, Katoomba
Cost $15.00 (includes plays and a ernoon
tea) Contact 4782 2155 Blue Mountains
Radio Players
Tuesday 31 March 2015 11:30am—
1pm, Trip on the Parrama a River Cat
to Circular Key
Cost $22 for transport (must be prepaid a
fortnight before) Contact Great Community transport (02)4759 2403
(Please note: If you haven’t used community transport before you will need to
be pre-assessed. Transport needs to be
booked and paid for in advance by phoning Great Community transport on the
number above. )
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Wild and Free Photography Exhibition, Blackheath
“Wild and Free”, the second Macro
Lems public exhibi on will be held
from Monday 2 to Sunday 29 March
(inclusive) in the Na onal Parks Heritage Centre Gallery, end of Gove s Leap
Road, Blackheath.
The official closing will be on Sunday 29
March from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
The inaugural 2014 Macro Lems exhibion “Reveal” was a huge success, with
fantas c feedback from the Na onal
Parks and the general public on the
quality and content of the photographs
displayed, with many now adorning
walls near and far.
Macro Lems is a group of about 50
women who love to get together and
take photos. “Wild and Free” is the
second group exhibi on. Wild beach
scenes, birds flying free, the intricate
details of wild flowers, will be on dis-
Sat 30 pm
at 7.
play for viewers to enjoy, along with
many other subjects that fit the “Wild
and Free” criteria.
Macro Lems has a walk once a month
and a themed monthly photo challenge. The challenges are always very
popular as not everyone can make the
walks, so it provides a great pla orm
for members to share photos and learn
from one another.
Macro Lems comprises all photography
skill levels, from the complete novice
to experienced, award winning photographers. The more experienced members are very generous in sharing their
knowledge. The common denominators are the love of nature and photography in all its wild and free forms.
All photographs are framed and for
Josophan’s Fine Chocolates of Leura, proudly presents
‘Cello & Chocolate’ 2015 with “Caves Cellist
” Georg Mertens & Friends
starting with the new combination of cello & guitar from Beethoven to Brazil
with Georg Mertens on cello & Giuseppe Zangari on guitar
Your chance to make a difference to the look
of our town and village centres
Funding is currently available to assist building owners and tenants to undertake a variety of restoration works to upgrade the presentation of building facades in Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang
The Main St Facade Restoration Program is an initiative of Lithgow City
Council that partners with building owners and tenants to provide matching
funding of up to a maximum of $2,500 including GST per property for approved works that deliver improvements to the condition and visual appeal
of building facades.
“We have a unique range of heritage and contemporary buildings and by
assisting building owners and tenants to make me them look as attractive as possible we can make our town and village centres more appealing
for both residents and tourists,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree
Over the past several years Council has partnered with a number of building owners and tenants to improve the look of a range of buildings both
small and large along Main St Lithgow. Most recently Ms Glenda Anthes
owner and operator of Intimate Dreams at 91 Main St Lithgow took advantage of the Council program to reinstate awning columns and complete
other facade improvement works.
Typical works that can be funded under the program include:
• Maintenance, repair and repainting of the building façade. • Re-instatement of original colour schemes, traditional windows, awnings and decoration. • Non commercial façade or under awning lighting
To find out more information about the Main St Façade Restoration Program and to see if you can become a project partner, follow the link to
Councils Economic Development webpage or
contact Councils Economic Development Officer Matt Brewster on phone
(02) 63 54 9999.
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Hazelbrook Scouts
Cubs - Monday from 6.30pm
Hazelbrook Scout Hall
70 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook
Mid Mountains Walkers
Heart Foundation Walking Group
Meet 9:15am for 9:30am start
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson
Ph 4759 2592.
Varuna’s Volunteer Garden Team
Monday mornings from 9am inc morning tea.
If you know about plants & want to join the us,
Ph. 4782 5674 or [email protected]
Blue Mountains Croquet Club
Golf Croquet and Gateball
9.00am Clanwilliam Street, Blackheath
Ph: 4787 6885 or 4787 6614
Blackheath Walkers
Heart Foundation Walk
8.30am Jubilee Park Blackheath
P: 0400391508 or 4787 7684
CWA Leura Morning Branch.
Meets weekly, Monday at 9.30am.
Please contact Pat McKeown on 4782 2882
for more information
1st Blackheath Scouts
“Cubs Meeting (7.5yrs - 11yrs)
6pm - 7.30pm at the Scout Hall on Park
St in Blackheath P: Russell 4788 1113
The Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise
The Mountain Heritage Coach House,
President: Joan Hart 4787 6982
Katoomba Tuesday 7am for 7:15
Probus Ladies of Upper Mtns
3rd Wednesday monthly at 10am
Leura Golf Club
The Heathens Community Choir
Wednesdays 2-4pm
Blackheath Area N’Hood centre
P: Chris on: 4787 5725
Blackheath Phoenix Choir
7.15pm - 9.30pm - Tuesdays
Uniting Church Hall, Govetts Leap Rd,
Blackheath Ph: 4787 5818
Upper Blue Mtns View Club
4th Wed monthly .11am
WW Falls Country Club
Bookings: Pauline 4757 1859.
Katoomba Men’s Shed
6 Orient Street Katoomba, 9am-2pm
Computer Clubs, Woodworking, Metalworking
[email protected] Phone 4782 7433
Woodford Presbyterian Playgroup
From 10am - 12noon,
Presby Church 88-89 GWH
Woodford. P: 4751 7715
Ladies Probus Club of the Central Blue Mtns 2nd Tuesday monthly at 10am
Wentworth Falls Country Club P:4757 4695
Central Blue Mtns View Club
3rd Weds Monthly - 11am
Lawson Bowling Club
P: Merle 4759 1153
Craft group, CWA Blackheath Branch
Early Childhood Centre, Gardeners Cres
meets every Tuesday from 9am till 12pm
Phone Meryl on 0403 847 261
Blue Mountains Croquet Club, Golf Croquet
9.00am Clanwilliam Street, Blackheath (next
to the Oval) Ph: 4787 6885 or 4787 6614
Carer Peer Support Group
Wednesday 12 Feb 2pm - 3.30pm
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre,
Lawson P: 4759 2592
Mountain Opera Chorus
Every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 9.50pm
Lawson Community Centre - Ph; 4782 5765
The National Writers House
Eleanor Dark Foundation Ltd
Mon, Tues & Thurs
141 Cascade St (PO Box 907)
Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: 4782 5674 - Vera Costello
email: [email protected]
Syber Seniors Computer help 2pm - 3.30pm
You must bring own fully-charged device and
be 65 years + ... P: 4759 2592
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson
Katoomba Men’s Shed
6 Orient Street Katoomba
Woodwork, Metalwork 9am-2pm
[email protected] Phone 4782 7433
Leura Home Garden Club
meets on the third Tuesday of the month at
9.45am in St Albans Church Hall, Megalong
Street, Leura. Enquiries to 4784 1901
Blue Mountains Toastmasters
2nd and 4th Monday of the month
Carrington Hotel starting at 7.30pm.
Phone: Peter Walker 4757 3328
Scottish Country Dancing.Catholic Church
Beginners welcome,7-8pm.Supper following.
Vocal Edge Chorus
7 pm - 9 pm, Blackheath
Enquiries: Sharon - 0418 118 110
Amanda - 0405 323 099
The next mee ng of the
Blue Mountains Historical
Society will be held at
99 Blaxland Rd,
Wentworth Falls.
On April 11th at 10.30 a.m.
When Paul Innes and
John Low will discuss
Soldiers of the Mountains
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Anyone LIVING WITH HAEMOCHROMATOSIS is invited to come along and
join in with Blackheath’s Haemochromotosis discussion group. Note change
of venue: Future meetings will be held in the clubhouse of Blackheath Golf
Club, Intended to be held third Friday of the month. Discussions begin at
11am in small private meeting room. Refreshments available. See coming
events on Next meeting:
March 20 (Friday) in the clubhouse of Blackheath Golf Club, Discussions begin
at 11am in small private meeting room (meet at clubhouse reception desk).
Refreshments available. RSVP not necessary, no entry fee.
Enquiries: email [email protected] or phone 02 4787 7937.
Katoomba Men’s Shed
6 Orient Street Katoomba, 9am-2pm
Leatherwork, Woodwork, Metalwork
[email protected] Phone 4782 7433
Hazelbrook Scouts
Joeys from 5pm Scouts from 7pm
Hazelbrook Scout Hall, 70 Railway Pde Hazelbrook
Blackheath & District Horticultural Society Inc
1st Thursday of each month - 10.00 am - 12.00
Mini Flower Show, Guest Speaker and morning tea
The Lodge, Campbell Rhododendron Gardens,
Bacchante Street, Blackheath Call 0421 313 435
Email: [email protected]
Caring for Carers in the Blue Mountains
10.30am - 12 noon
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson
P: 4759 2592
1st Blackheath Scouts
7.15-9.15pm for 11-15 year olds
B/H Scout Hall 0432327323
Mid Mountains N.C
1-3pm, Contact Margret, 47586564
Australian Red Cross
1st Tuesday of the month - 10am
Uniting Church Hall Hazelbrook
P: 4759 2256
Upper Mountains Knitting Group
1st Saturday monthly 1.30pm - 4.00pm
North Katoomba Public School, Barton
Street P: 4782 1246
Wentworth Falls Tennis Club
Mon, Tues, Weds & Thursdays
Various times. members & guests
welcome. For details P: 4782 7919
Blue Mountains Historical Soc.
1st Saturday monthly 10am
Meeting & Speaker.
99 Blaxland Rd WW Falls.
Blue Mountains Bridge Club
”Mon/Tues/Wed 6.45pm
Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat 12.30pm
The Spires, Leura Ph: 4758 6922
Scrabble Club
Every Friday from 1pm Meeting Room,
Mid Mtns Neighbourhood Centre, P: 4759 2647
Katoomba Men’s Shed
6 Orient Street Katoomba, 9am-2pm
Computer Clubs, Woodworking, Metalworking
[email protected] Phone 4782 7433
Parenting Young Support group
Meet in the Family Day Care Room
cnr San Jose & Loftus St. Lawson
call Sophie P: 0415 324 694
Blue Mountains Croquet Club
Golf Croquet and Gateball
9.00am Clanwilliam Street, Blackheath
Ph: 4787 6885 or 4787 6614
Probus Club of Upper Blue Mountains Inc. (Men’s).
meets first Friday of month at Leura Golf Club,
9 30 for 9 45 am start. Enquiries 4784 3151
Probus Club of Leura/Katoomba inc.
Leura Golf Club,Leura, 2nd Friday of the month at 10am.
P: 4782 1172 Visitors Welcome.
Mid Mountains Walkers
Heart Foundation walk.
Meet 9:15am (9:30am start)
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson
Phone: 4759 2592.
M tainss Parkinson’s Support Group
Bl Mountain
3rd Thursday each month
10.30 am till 12, at The Seminar Room,
Lewin Lodge, 4 Lewin St, SPRINGWOOD,
Contact MARIE ON 4757 1778. All welcome
Mid Mtns Community Garden
Member meetings
First Wednesday monthly - 7pm
Mid Mtns Neighbourhood Centre
The Katoomba/Leura/Wentworth Falls
Hospital Auxiliary meet at 1.30 pm on the
last Monday in the month in the Education
Unit at Katoomba Hospital.
Upper Blue Mountains VIEW Club
meets on the 4th Wednesday
10-30 for 11 at the Wentworth
Falls Country Club
Enquiries: Pauline 4757 1859
“The Blue Mountains Embroiders Guild
1st Thursday Month 10am.
Leura Fairways, Fitzroy Street, Leura.
Phone 47571494”
Along the Highway
View Club of Australia is marking its 55th Anniversary in 2015 with the
Upper Mountains View Club extending an invita on to all local
women keen to meet new people and forge new interests.
View supports the Learning for Life Program of the Smith Family and
takes a keen interest in the students they sponsor.
Commi ee Members for 2015 – President Liz Cunningham; VP Pauline
Pa erson; Secretary Beryl Black; Assistant Secretary Trish Peat; Treasurer Beverly Osborn; Assistant Treasurer Shirley Tremble; Delegate
Merle Hansard; Program Officer Sue Beahan; Program Officer 2 Robyn
Smith; Publicity Officer Tricia Hogan.
View Club meet son the 4th Wednesday of each Month at the
Wentworth Falls Country Club 10.30 for 11am, for lunch and
a guest speaker. For more informa on please
contact Liz 4784 2239 or Pauline 4757 1859.
Mid-mountains Community
Garden in the Echo community calendar.
to meeting on Saturdays from 9:30 am. Contacts:
Janet 0407 926386,
David 0418 250159.
Upper Blue Mountains Knitting Group
1st Saturday Monthly 1.30pm - 4pm
North Katoomba Public School.
P: 0400461581.
“SEW and CHAT Leura Uniting Church, cnr
Grose and Megalong Streets, Leura 10.00am to
2.00pm 2nd Saturday. Further information phone
“Bev 4757 2580”
The Woodford Academy c. 1834, a National Trust
property is the Blue Mountains oldest building.
The museum is open to the public on the 3rd
Saturday of each Month 10am-4pm.
90-95 Great Western Highway, Woodford.
T. 02 4758 8743 or Email [email protected] Small entry fee charged at door to
cover operational costs. Cash only please – no
eftpos available
Blue Mountains Croquet Club,Clanwilliam Street,
Blackheath - Golf Croquet: 9 am - 12 noon
Association Croquet: Alternate Saturdays 1 pm - 3pm
Please phone 4787 6552 to check dates
PAFFS-Parents And Families Finding Strength
Child loss support group
4th Saturday of month: 3pm -5pm
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, Lawson
Contact Becky 0438464824
“BM Renewable Energy Co-op. Interested in community owned renewable energy in your home or
business? Come to our meetings 2nd Saturday at
11am at “Small meeting room, Mid Mountains
Community Center, 9 New Street, Lawson”. or call Erland 0408 255 583.”
The Blue Mountains Woodturners
1st. Saturday monthly 10 am Meeting and
Carver Ave, Mount Riverview.
Visitors welcome.
Australian Breastfeeding Association Upper Blue
Mtns Group -
1st Wednesday of the month
Katoomba Cultural Centre
Phone 0407 887 637
The Court House - Hotel Folk Club.
We meet first Sunday of each month from 4pm
till late.
Everyone welcome & bring an instrument with
you if you have one.
Contact number is 63551667.
Redcross, Blackheath Branch
2nd Wednesday at 2pm
Bacchante Street, Blackheath
P: 4787 1972 or 47876461 - All Welcome
Lithgow & District Garden Club meet the 1st
Mon. Hoskins Church Hall Bridge St. Lithgow.
2pm during winter & 7pm during summer.
Interesting guest speakers, we go on rambles,
overnight trips to interesting places.
Come along and meet new gardening friends
email [email protected] or contact
president Kerry Klemens 63 551797
Katoomba Garden Club
Monthly Meetings & outings
For enquiries phone Margaret: 4782 2883
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New Stage Released - Now
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