Lithgow’s Newest Australians Welcomed

Lithgow City Council welcomed nine new Australian Citizens at its latest Citizenship Ceremony despite the restrictions of Covid 19.

The ceremony was held on 5 August 2020 and saw the Hon. Andrew Gee Member for Calare and Mayor, Councillor Ray Thompson welcome new citizens to Australia and the Lithgow Local Government area as they completed the final stage in becoming an Australian Citizen.

The family and friends of the new citizens partook in a less than traditional ceremony whilst complying with the Covid 19 measures which staff had in place for their safety.

 

Minister Andrew Gee and Mayor Thompson welcomed:

  • Eileen Dodd
  • Iain Black
  • Mark Campbell
  • Gary Cooke
  • Bruce Hargrave
  • Marian Jerga
  • Lucie Lebrunet
  • Devan Oosthuizen
  • Geraldine Stieda

 

It was a great honour to have the Hon. Andrew Gee preside over the ceremony.  It was an even greater honour for not only myself but the new citizens to have him attend.

Marian Jerga, Mayor Ray Thompson, Lucie Lebrunet, Gary Cooke, Bruce Hargrave, Devan Oosthuizen, Iain Black, Andrew Gee, Eileen Dodd, Mark Campbell.

 

Mayor Ray Thompson, Geraldine Stieda and Andrew Gee

 

Contact:   
Ray Thompson
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Library Services

Lithgow, Portland & Wallerawang Libraries have increased visitation & duration of the visits and services available in line with NSW Health guidelines.

Lithgow Library has slightly increased visitation to 20 persons at any one time to enjoy 1 hour of access to PCs or to simply browse the collection and enjoy selecting from our many new titles. Our JP Service will be available by appointment on Tuesday’s within library opening hours.

Portland & Wallerawang Libraries visitation is 10 persons at any one time and 1 hour of access to PCs or browse the collection and enjoy the new titles available.

The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority. We are asking for your support to fully comply with the NSW Health guidelines to protect everyone who visits our library service by:

  • using the hand sanitiser available at the library entrance
  • entering and exiting the library with respect for others
  • maintaining a 1.5 meter distance between yourself and others while queuing at the desk or browsing the aisles
  • minimizing risk by visiting the library by yourself
  • planning ahead eg searching the online library catalogue to check the availability of your items
  • staying at home if you are not feeling well.

 

Lithgow, Wallerawang & Portland libraries will continue to be closed on Saturday mornings until further Covid 19 relaxations are announced. 

Our library team is available for assistance and to meet your information request which can be emailed to Lithgow.library@lithgow.nsw.gov.au or phone the library on 6352 9100

 

CONTACT:
Sharon Tollard
Library Coordinator                                                                                             
Tel: 02 6352 9100                                                                                       
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Commencement of Learn to Swim – J M Robson Aquatic Centre

Lithgow City Council is pleased to announce that Term 3 Learn to Swim classes will be commencing 20 July 2020!

Lithgow City Council reopened the J M Robson Aquatic Centre to public use on the 15 June 2020. This reopening was accompanied by a set of strict guidelines incorporated within a Safety Plan, as mandated by the State Government, and were implemented to protect the safety of the public and staff.

Council understands the importance of Learn to Swim classes in providing our community with necessary life skills and promoting healthy and active lifestyles from a young age. For this reason, enrolments are currently open for Council-run Learn to Swim, with classes commencing 20 July 2020.

Attendees can enroll and attend with the confidence that Council continues to review, comply and make changes to the way the facility operates, with the view to mitigate any risk of COVID-19 transmission throughout the community. As such, we will be requiring the following of all enrolments and attendees.

 

  • Children and parents must not to attend the facility if experiencing any flu-like symptoms;
  • Random, mandatory and non-invasive temperature and symptom checks will be in place. Refusal of a temperature check will result in a refund of Learn to Swim fees and a temporary restriction on facility access;
  • Class sizes will be restricted to ensure compliance with social distancing protocol in the facility;
  • Where possible, we ask that one parent brings a child to lessons and additional children are left at home. In instances where additional children are brought they must remain seated on their designated bench with a parent at all times;
  • Access to the facility will not be permitted more than 5 minutes before your child’s lesson time to ensure patronage within the facility remains manageable;
  • Strict 1.5m social distancing will be in place for all patrons. Seating will be capped to one person/family per bench.
  • No recreational swimming will be permitted during Learn to Swim booking;
  • Children are to wait with their parent in the designated area until the Swim Coordinator or teacher collects them for their lesson;
  • Communication between parents and teachers should be limited, for any enquires please see reception or the swim coordinator.
  • With the exception of emergencies, parents are to remain behind the line on pool deck where possible;
  • No high fives, handshakes, spitting or unnecessary contact will be permitted;
  • Once lessons have finished, swimmers and parents will need to leave the facility as soon as possible; and
  • General facility restrictions also remain in place and must be complied with.

 

Council apologises for any inconvenience that the above conditions of operation may cause. However, maintaining the low rates of transmission in NSW and Australia are contingent on a cautious approach to safe operation of community facilities. Lithgow City Council will continue to monitor NSW Health Guidelines and update its procedures and operating guidelines to best ensure a safe, healthy and active community.

For reservations, please contact the J M Robson Aquatic Centre directly on 02 6352 9160

 

Contact:   
Kymberley Wilson            
J M Robson Aquatic Centre Team Leader
Tel: 02 6352 9160
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Changes to restrictions – JM Robson Aquatic Centre

Lithgow City Council will be making some changes to the operating restrictions applied to the J M Robson Aquatic Centre commencing 14 July, in line with NSW Health restrictions.

Lithgow City Council reopened the J M Robson Aquatic Centre to public use on the 15 June 2020. This reopening was accompanied by a set of strict guidelines incorporated within a Safety Plan, as mandated by the State Government, and were implemented to protect the safety of the public and staff.

As Lithgow City Council continues to monitor NSW Health Guidelines and update its procedures and operating guidelines to align with relevant advisory bodies, some changes to operation will be implemented as follows.

 

  • Showers will available with change rooms having a maximum capacity of 4 patrons at any one time. We continue to ask that where possible residents change at home to eliminate contact of communal surfaces in every instance possible.
  • There will be a maximum of two person permitted per lane
  • Each patron will be allowed 3 sessions per week.
  • Bookings will be taken via phone only from 8:30am Friday for bookings for the following week.
  • No equipment will be lent out at any time
  • Children are not to be changed on pool deck at any time

 

Additional to these new conditions, the following restrictions will remain in place.

  • Social distancing of 1.5 metres MUST be maintained at all times.
  • Entry will be through the reception area only with exit through the rear door.
  • Payment will be by EFTPOS only to reduce contact with cash.
  • Screens have been installed at reception for social distancing purposes.
  • Any patron who is unwell or has a high temperature will not be permitted into the centre.
  • Benches have been marked out with correct social distancing procedures with every second bench being available only.
  • Sanitisation stations will be provided at all entries and exits for use before entry and at exit
  • Contact details will be recorded for contact tracing purposes.
  • A health questionnaire must be filled out before first use of the pool.

 

Council would also like to remind the public that the facility will continue to operate under a new set of operating hours and booking requirements as follows:

  • Opening Hours:
    • Monday – Friday 6am -6pm
    • Weekends and public holidays – 8am-2pm
  • Bookings will be essential, with the following restrictions in place;
    • Timeslots will be booked on the hour however swimming time will be limited to 45minutes to allow sanitization in between groups
      • For example, come at 6am swim and leave the centre by 6:45am providing staff 15 minutes to sanitize for the next group.
      • Timeslots will be strictly adhered to. Patrons are expected to arrive ready to swim.
  • Bookings will be taken via phone only from 8:30am on Friday for the following week.
  • All patrons attend the facility no more than 5 minutes before their booking time to reduce outside queuing.

 

Council apologises for any inconvenience that the above conditions of operation may cause. However, maintaining the low rates of transmission in NSW and Australia are contingent on a cautious approach to safe operation of community facilities. Lithgow City Council will continue to monitor NSW Health Guidelines and update its procedures and operating guidelines to best ensure a safe, healthy and active community.

For reservations, please contact the JM Robson Aquatic Centre directly on 02 6352 9160

 

Contact:   
David Anderson
Building & Recreation Facilities Manager
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

Jonathon Edgecombe
Director Infrastructure Services
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Interruption to Service – Oxley Street Wallerawang

Council wishes to advise that the water supply in Oxley Street Wallerawang will be affected due to a water mains break.

Council is undertaking emergency repairs on the reticulation network that services residents of Oxley Street Wallerawang. It is advised that residents in this area may experience a reduction in water pressure or no water.

Council cannot advise a time for the completion of repairs, but will aim to minimise the period of disruption.

Upon return of normal service, residents may experience dirty water for a period. Council will endeavour to minimise this by flushing the mains. Before using the water for domestic purposes, residents are advised to run the first tap that services their property to ensure the water is clean and any dirt released into the system has been flushed before running internal taps. If you continue to experience issues of dirty water, please contact Council on 6354 9999.

Council wishes to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to ensure residents that the service will be returned as soon as possible.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Council on (02) 6354 9999 or email council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

 

Contact:   
Daniel Buckens
Director Water and Wastewater
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Have your say on the future – Draft Lithgow 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement – Last days of public exhibition

Lithgow City Council encourages the community to take the opportunity to look towards the future of our area and review the Draft Lithgow 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement and provide feedback before the closure of the current public exhibition on 9 April 2020.

Mayor Ray Thompson says “in these uncertain times, I ask the community to turn their minds to the future and review this important piece of planning work.  Providing Council with your feedback will assist Council to plan for the LGA’s positive and resilient future.  We want the community to be involved in this process and we want to hear what the community has to say”.

The Draft Lithgow 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement outlines the vision for land use planning over the next twenty (20) years to 2040 along with a set of key planning priorities, principles and actions to guide future land use decisions.

You can view all relevant information on Council’s Have Your Say Website at http://www.haveyoursay.lithgow.com/ .

You can contact our Strategic Planning Team on 02 63549999 or via email at Council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au if you have any specific enquiries or require any clarification.  If you phone, and are unable to speak to a team member directly please leave a voice message and we will contact you as soon as practicable.

The Draft Lithgow 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement will remain on public exhibition until 9 April 2020.

GL1.1 Our community is involved in the planning and decision making processes of Council.

 

Contact:   
Andrew Muir
Director Economic Development and Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Green Waste Collection Final Reminder

Lithgow Council’s second green waste collection of the year scheduled for 6th April 2020

Lithgow Council provides a free green waste collection service four times a year with the second collection of the year scheduled for the 6th April 2020. Council will pick up:

  • Garden pruning’s no longer than 2 metres and not thicker than 200mm, tied in bundles
  • Lawn clippings and leaves must be placed in a durable container, cardboard box or hessian/plastic bag
  • A weight limit of 16 kilograms for each bundle or box applies
  • Quantity of one cubic metre, which is equivalent to about 4 wheelie bins allowed per premises

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this service must register by midday on Friday the 3rd April 2020. Registration can be done by either contacting Council’s Customer Service Office on 6354 9999 or completing an online form on Council’s website at www.council.lithgow.com

Remember to place your green waste on the kerb ready for collection the day before. 

Contact:    
Nigel Campbell
Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Mayor requests community to abide by Government Directions and Information – self isolate where possible

Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson urged Lithgow residents to fully support and comply with the directions forthcoming from the Federal and State authorities, as we all battle the introduction of the COVID 19 Virus into our lives.

“Council is in daily contact with State Authorities including NSW Health and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) and Council’s website is updated daily with the advice provided by those entities” said the Mayor.

“We know from our Bushfire emergency experience of the recent past, that it is absolutely necessary to have one single source of truth in emergency situations.

As we published updated RFS information daily during our bushfire emergency, so too we publish updates daily from the relevant State Agencies on COVID 19 and the strategies employed,” said Mayor Thompson.

Council services have been altered in the short term albeit, subject  to regular review as the COVID 19 situation unfolds, and with a renewed purpose of assisting to keep all members of our community as safe as possible, and a readiness to respond to issues that Council may be able to assist with.

Council staff continue to work within new social distancing strategies, and Council is now exploring the potential for Council meetings to be conducted electronically following the changes to legislation affecting meeting protocols.

“I recommend the community continue check the Council and State Government websites and refrain from relying on social media commentary for their information, which from our experience during the Bushfire emergency was less than accurate on many occasions” said Mayor Thompson.

Contact:    
Ray Thompson
Mayor
Tel: 02 6354 9999

Ongoing Closure of Emora Park Playground

Council wishes to advise residents of the temporary closure of the Emora Park playground, as a result of safety concerns.

Through a routine inspection of Council’s playgrounds and open space assets, Council has been made aware of some defects in the recently installed playground equipment at Emora Park, off Landa Street, Lithgow.

It was previously advised that in the case of Emora Park, it was expected that repairs will be undertaken and access restored to the facility by 13 March. Conversations with relevant suppliers have found that repairs may be undertaken by warranty. Unfortunately this has extended the closure of the facility.

While this closure is required to ensure the equipment is able to safely serve the needs of the community, Council unfortunately cannot provide a re-opening date at this time. However, staff are working quickly to resolve the matter. Once further information is in hand, the community will be updated on progress.

Council advises all residents to abide by any playground closures, for their own safety, and apologizes for any inconvenience caused as a result of the ongoing temporary closure.

 

 

 

Reminder Bulky Waste Collection

First Bulky Waste Collection for the year scheduled for the 16 March 2020.

Lithgow Council wishes to advise residents of the first free bulky waste collection scheduled to commence on 16 March 2020.  Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this service should, by midday on Friday the 13 March 2020, contact Council’s Customer Service Office on 6354 9999 or alternatively you may register on Council’s website www.council.lithgow.com (by midday 13th March 2020). Then, on the night before Monday 16th March 2020, leave their bulky waste adjacent to where they would normally place their garbage bin for pickup. 

Bulky items will be collected providing they can be picked up by two men and any cases, boxes, cartons etc should be securely tied.  No liquid or chemical items will be collected, nor will any items requiring the use of a shovel.

 

Contact:    
Nigel Campbell
Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Have your say on the future – Draft Lithgow 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement

Lithgow City Council is inviting all residents to become involved in shaping the long term vision for the Lithgow Local Government Area by having their say on Council’s draft Local Strategic Planning Statement.

Lithgow’s draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) sets the blueprint for land use planning in the Lithgow Local Government Area over the next 20 years and is currently on public exhibition for community feedback.

“The NSW Government requires all Council’s to prepare a LSPS to align local plans and priorities with the State’s strategic planning framework “, said Mayor Ray Thompson.

“It is important to work with the State Government and the community to ensure that the long term vision for land use planning in the Lithgow LGA reflects what our community wants to achieve to meet its changing needs.  This land use planning work is very important and will, in some way, affect our whole community.  It will ultimately inform the preparation of the next Lithgow Local Environmental Plan, which sets out what type of development can occur, where it can occur and the standards that each development must meet” Mayor Thompson added.

The draft LSPS is focused on four themes; Liveability, Infrastructure, Economy and Environment.  Within each of these themes, Council has developed planning principles, priorities and actions that respond to the goals and directions of the State and Regional plans as well as balancing what is important to our community.

The LSPS identifies more detailed strategic planning work to be undertaken and will be kept under regular review.

From 6 March to 9 April 2020, the LSPS will be available for viewing on Council’s website at http://www.haveyoursay.lithgow.com/  and at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang town libraries.  Council will also be hosting three drop-in sessions at each of the town libraries to give residents the opportunity to not only view the LSPS but to discuss it in more detail with Council’s Strategic Planning Team.

Further information on the LSPS, or on how to make a submission, can be obtained on Council’s Have your Say website or by contacting our friendly Strategic Planning Team on 02 63549906 or emailing Council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au.

GL1.1  Our community is involved in the planning and decision making processes of Council.

 

Contact:    
Andrew Muir
Director Economic Development and Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Lithgow Animal Shelter will reopen on Monday 9th March 2020

Lithgow Animal Shelter will reopen after being temporarily closed due to an outbreak of Parvovirus.

The outbreak of Parvovirus that forced the temporary closure of the shelter has now been resolved.  Full cleaning and disinfection with anti-viral disinfectant has occurred.

Council will also be implementing additional cleaning and disinfection procedures aimed at reducing the risk of future outbreaks. Council apologies for any inconvenience to animal owners during this temporary closure.

 

Contact:    
Andrew Muir
Director Economic Development & Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Bushfire Clean-up

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments are jointly covering the clean-up cost of insured and uninsured residential, and eligible commercial properties destroyed in the NSW bushfires.

Laing O’Rourke has been appointed by the NSW Government to coordinate the NSW Bushfire Clean-Up Program.

Laing O’Rourke representatives will be attending the Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service:

Thursday 5 March at the Lithgow Library;

4.00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Residents with bushfire clean-up enquiries are encouraged to attend Thursday’s Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service to obtain advice from Laing O’Rourke.

Laing O’Rourke will soon be emailing affected property owners to provide further information and to advise of the launch of a new information hub which will provide regular updates and additional information regarding the works schedule. Currently the hub contains a two week “look ahead” program which Laing O’Rourke will look to expand in coming weeks.  Laing O’Rourke appreciate your patience as they work to clear thousands of properties across the State.

Clean-up works are currently underway in the Blue Mountains, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Lithgow, Mid North Coast and Batemans Bay areas.

Please visit the Service NSW clean-up page https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-opt-nsw-bushfire-clean for the latest information. You will find fact sheets, answers to common questions as well as links to information on planned works and the clean-up progress.

Community members can also make contact with the local Laing O’Rourke team for more details on the bushfire clean-up.

 

Contact:    

Call: 1800 007 539
Email: nswbushfirecleanup@laingorourke.com.au

 

Ross Gurney
Chief Financial and Information Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999   
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Final Call for Youth Council 2020

It’s not too late! Lithgow City Council is still calling for young people aged 12-24 to join its Youth Advisory Committee (Youth Council) with nominations extended until March 15!

Youth Council organises events throughout the year, discusses ideas to improve the lives of young people in the Lithgow LGA and consults with the wider community on ways that Council can implement these ideas. Young people of high school age are encouraged to get involved.

“We want to hear from the youth in our community,” says Deputy Mayor Steve Ring, “The Youth Council is one of the ways we can consult with the community. It’s important for the future of our town that young ones are involved and we value the contribution that our youth make to the community”.

If you have ideas about ways that the community can better meet the needs of young people, if you want to make a difference to the lives of young people in the LGA and if you’d like to learn about how Lithgow City Council works and the role that you can play, then please get in touch and find out more about joining the Youth Council.

Youth Council meets once a month throughout the year as well as organising events, activities and workshops for young people in the community. Previous Youth Councils have organised fun days for youth week, movie nights for the community and hosted youth forums for young residents of the LGA.

For more information and to get involved contact Ali Kim on 6354 9999 or fill in the online form here.

 

Contact:    
Cr Steve Ring
Deputy Mayor
Tel:  02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Ali Kym
Community Development Officer
Tel:  02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

Temporary Closure of Wolgan Road, Wolgan Gap

Council wishes to advise residents of the temporary closure of the Wolgan Road down into the Wolgan Valley.

As discussed at Wolgan Valley Community Meeting held on Sunday 23rd February 2020, Council will be effecting an intermittent, temporary closure of Wolgan Road from Thursday 5th March between hours of 10am & 2pm.

This closure is to remove burnt vegetation and rocks at risk of dislodging and entering the roadway. The road closure will be in place until works are complete and the slope is stabilized for safer use for residents and visitors of the area. 

The patience of the affected residents is appreciated and Council advises that traffic conditions must be observed by all motorists travelling through the area.

 

Contact:    
Lewis Bezzina
Transport Manager 
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

Blue Green Algae Alert at Lake Wallace

Lake Wallace is currently experiencing high levels of blue green algae, and a Red Alert has been issued by the NSW Office of Water.

With the presence of blue green algae in the water, Lake Wallace is not suitable for any activities that involve direct contact with the water by humans or animals.

Sampling of the Lake will continue and an updated alert status will be reported when information becomes available.

More information on algae alerts is available from the algal information line maintained by the NSW Office of Water, at 1800 999 457 or the NSW Office of Water web page at www.water.nsw.gov.au.

 

Contact:   
Andrew Muir
Director Economic Development and Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

The Next Phase – Lithgow Solid Waste Facility

Lithgow City Council is moving to a new operation of the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility from the 1st January 2021. This follows more than 25 years of operation by Henry Plant and Equipment Hire. The decision to end the current contract is not a reflection of the work by Henrys but is based on improving governance and the need to establish a contract that references modern safety and environmental standards.

“Council would like to take this opportunity to thank Henry Plant and Equipment Hire, and in particular Mr Bill Henry and Mr Peter Henry, for their contributions over the last 25 years operating the site. The Henry’s have demonstrated their commitment to providing a high level of service to the local community over these years and their efforts are greatly appreciated” said Deputy Mayor Steve Ring.

Council will now move towards establishing a new contract for the site with Council maintaining control of the site. The new contract will be focused on providing the opportunity for plant hire companies (including local companies) to tender for the supply of plant and equipment.

“Council looks forward to working with local companies to continue to improve waste services in the local community with a commitment to resource recovery and economic development” said Cr Ring.

 

Contact:   
Cr Stephen Ring
Deputy Mayor
0448 992 421

Lithgow Transition Party meets WSROC Executive

Lithgow’s volunteer Transition Working Party met with WSROC’s senior executive in Sydney on Thursday to examine ways Lithgow can transition and integrate into the Western Sydney Economy which is set to grow exponentially over the next decade.

Lithgow’s strategic initiative to transition and diversify its economic base and pursue integration with the Western Sydney Economy (150,000 businesses) has been championed by Mayor Ray Thompson, Deputy Mayor Steve Ring and former Deputy Mayor Wayne McAndrew at recent WSROC board meetings after Council agreed to the initiative at strategic planning sessions held 2019.

“Our Volunteer Working Party comprising Mr Renzo Benedet (Chairman), Mr Robert Swinton, Ms Glenda Anthes and Mr Rich Evans met with WSROC Chairman Cr Barry Calvert ,CEO Charles Casuscelli, Cr Don McGregor and Cr Karress Rhodes to discuss a range of topics including –

  • Smart City Technologies,
  • Arts/Culture industries,
  • Agri- business development, and
  • Health Care development

and will provide a report to Council in June 2020 on strategies for advocacy and adoption by elected officials said Mayor Ray Thompson”

“We are fortunate to have a working party that not only has relevant business experience, but is willing to proactively engage with Businesses and Agencies in Western Sydney as part of a pathfinding strategy for the Lithgow Community that has the potential to result in more jobs and increased market access and profitability for our local businesses” said Deputy Mayor Steve Ring.

Attachment: Minutes of the Transition Meeting held 19 February 2020

 

Photo: Members of the Transition Working Party: Renzo Benedet, Rich Evans, Glenda Anthes, and Robert Swinton meeting with WSROC Chairman Cr Barry Calvert.

Contact:    
Ray Thompson
Mayor
0468 578 336

Steve Ring
Deputy Mayor
0448 992 421

Reminder: Battery and Mobile Phone Recycling available at Council’s Customer Service Centre & Libraries!

Help the environmentally friendly recycling of these problem wastes and keep them out of our landfill

Lithgow City Council continues to operate recycling programs for both household batteries and mobile phone components (including batteries, chargers & leads). Recycling tubes for each program are available at a variety of locations within the Local Government Area (LGA) for use by residents to recycle their household batteries and mobile phones for free in an environmentally friendly way.

Battery and mobile phone recycling has been available to residents of the LGA for a several years. Since its commencement 14 kilograms of mobile phone components and 250 kilograms of household batteries were collected for recycling last year. It is important that these problem wastes are kept out of landfill and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. 

Separate tubes for batteries and mobile phones can be found at these locations:

  • Council Administration Centre, 180 Mort Street Lithgow.
  • Lithgow Library, 157 Main Street Lithgow. 
  • Wallerawang Library, Main Street Lithgow.
  • Portland Library, 57 Williwa Street Portland.

 

Further information on what can and cannot be recycled is available on Council’s website.

Contact:   
Nigel Campbell
Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Parvovirus at Lithgow Animal Shelter

Lithgow animal shelter has been temporarily closed due to an outbreak of Parvovirus.

An outbreak of Parvovirus has forced the temporary closure of Lithgow Animal Shelter.  Full cleaning and disinfection with a specialist anti-viral disinfectant will occur prior to Council being in a position to accept any more animals at the facility.

Council will investigate alternatives for housing animals in the meantime but until further notice no animals may be left at the stray animal drop at the facility.

Contact:    
Andrew Muir
Director Economic Development & Environment
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Interruption to Service

Council wishes to advise that the water supply in the area of Henning Crescent, Wallerawang may be affected due to emergency repairs.

Council is undertaking emergency repairs on the reticulation network that services Henning Crescent, Wallerawang. It is advised that residents in this area may experience a reduction in water pressure or no water.

Upon return of normal service, residents may experience dirty water for a period. Council will endeavour to minimise this by flushing the mains. Before using the water for domestic purposes, residents are advised to run the first tap that services their property to ensure the water is clean and any dirt released into the system has been flushed before running internal taps.

Council wishes to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to ensure residents that the service will be returned as soon as possible.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Council on (02) 6354 9999 or email council@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

 

Contact:    
Daniel Buckens
Director Water and Wastewater
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service – Continuing on Thursdays in March

If you have been impacted by the recent bushfires, please “drop-in” to the Lithgow Mobile Recovery Service. You can obtain the latest information, enquire about assistance or ask questions about bushfire recovery.

The NSW Office of Emergency Management and Council will operate a mobile “one-stop shop” service in Lithgow from 4.00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on the following days;

  • Thursday 27 February at the Lithgow Library;
  • Thursday 5 March at the Lithgow Library;
  • Thursday 12 March at the Lithgow Library;
  • Thursday 19 March at the Lithgow Library; and
  • Thursday 26 March at the Lithgow Library.

 

Representatives from State government agencies (including Service NSW), health care and charitable organisations will be there to listen and advise on available options to assist with bushfire recovery. Council’s customer service and development planning staff will also be available to assist with enquiries. The service is provided for one-on-one enquiries about bushfire recovery.

If you need bushfire recovery assistance and cannot come to a meeting, please call Service NSW customer care on 13 77 88.

 

Contact:    
Ross Gurney
Chief Financial and Information Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999    
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Valve Removal in Inch Street, Lithgow

Council is undertaking a valve removal as the final stage of the cut overs of mains in Inch Street, Lithgow.

To complete the removal of the valve, the 300mm feeder main will be shut down in Bridge Street between Tank Street and Mort Street. Residents in this area may experience a reduction in water pressure or no water during this time.

Council cannot advise at what time the works will be complete, but will aim to minimize the period of disruption and provide updates as they become available.

Upon return of normal service, residents may experience dirty water for a period. Council will endeavour to minimise this by flushing the mains. Before using the water for domestic purposes, residents are advised to run the first tap that services their property to ensure the water is clean and any dirt released into the system has been flushed before running internal taps.

Council apologizes for the ongoing interruption it has caused and would like to thank the community for their patience. Please observe all road rules, obey signage within the area and drive to the conditions.

 

Contact:   
Mr. Daniel Buckens
Director Water & Wastewater
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

 

Bulky Waste Collection

First Bulky Waste Collection for the year scheduled for the 16 March 2020.

Lithgow Council wishes to advise residents of the first free bulky waste collection scheduled to commence on 16 March 2020. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this service should, by midday on Friday the 13 March 2020, contact Council’s Customer Service Office on 6354 9999 or alternatively you may register on Council’s website www.council.lithgow.com (by midday 13th March 2020). Then, on the night before Monday 16th March 2020, leave their bulky waste adjacent to where they would normally place their garbage bin for pickup. 

Bulky items will be collected providing they can be picked up by two men and any cases, boxes, cartons etc should be securely tied. No liquid or chemical items will be collected, nor will any items requiring the use of a shovel.

 

Contact:    
Nigel Campbell
Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Meeting Postponed Bushfire Recovery Meeting – Wolgan Valley Sunday 9th February 2020

With a severe weather warning current for parts of eastern NSW, Sunday’s Wolgan Valley Bushfire Recovery Meeting has been postponed.

A decision to postpone the Wolgan Valley Community Meeting was made in consultation with State agencies whose staff would need to drive long distances to reach the Wolgan Valley in Sunday’s forecast heavy rain. The safety of the agency staff is a key concern for Council.

The meeting is proposed to be rescheduled to Sunday 23 February 2020, pending confirmation of a suitable venue.

The NSW Office of Emergency Management will bring its mobile “one-stop shop” service to Lithgow from 4.00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on the following days;

  • Thursday 13 February at the Lithgow Library;
  • Thursday 20 February at the Lithgow Library; and
  • Thursday 27 February at the Lithgow Library.

 

The NSW Government is delivering bushfire recovery assistance to help people and businesses impacted by bushfires. The Service NSW bushfire customer care service (phone 13 77 88) has specialists to help guide you every step of the way.

Contact:   
Ross Gurney
Chief Financial and Information Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999

Water Supply Issues

Council wishes to advise that due to a water main break on the main supply within the Lithgow area some residents will be experiencing a loss of water or low pressure.

A main supply pipeline has burst which has resulted in large number of residents experiencing no water or low water pressure. Council is currently working on a repair and advises that the repair will not be complete until 7pm. Council wishes to advise that once service resumes it will take some time before the system refills and that normal water service resumes to all customers. Upon return of normal service, residents may experience dirty water for a period. Council will endeavour to minimise this by flushing the mains. Before using the water for domestic purposes, residents are advised to run a tap to ensure the water is clean and any dirt released into the system has been flushed.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause but is working to rectify the issues as soon as possible.

Contact:
Mr. Daniel Buckens
Director Water & Wastewater
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Dealing with Hazards and Waste from Bushfire Damaged Properties

How to deal with immediate hazards and waste generated from property loss is often one of the first questions that arise for property owners who have been affected by catastrophic bushfires and Lithgow Council is now planning for this phase of the emergency response.  

In response to the latest catastrophic fires Council is seeking to provide guidance and information to those who have lost buildings or experienced property damage.  The following information is provided as initial guidance for the upcoming cleanup phase.

Firstly, initial safety should be considered.  Before returning to your property after a bushfire, consider the following precautions to protect your health:

  • do not enter your property until you are advised that it is safe to do so by emergency services or utility services
  • electrical hazards could exist such as live power lines that may be down or active solar panels
  • buildings and other structures may be unstable to enter or walk over
  • be aware that hot, smoldering coals and other potentially hazardous materials may be hidden under the rubble
  • Buildings built before 1987 may contain asbestos in the form of flat or corrugated sheets (fibro) used for walls, ceilings, roofing or in products such as pipes.  Appropriate precautions and use of Personal Protective Equipment (eg P2 masks) is necessary.
  • Wear sturdy footwear and heavy duty work gloves to protect you from being cut by broken glass, standing on sharp objects or getting burnt by smoldering coals
  • Wear protective overalls (with long sleeves and trousers). If convenient, wear disposable coveralls and throw them out with the site waste after use. Any non-disposable clothing should be cleaned/laundered prior to reuse, including footwear

For those who have lost homes, and immediately associated outbuildings, assessment is now underway through NSW Fire and Rescue and Public Works.  Then for waste disposal from demolition there are two pathways depending whether or not the home is insured. 

For insured homes that have been damaged or destroyed, insurance companies will generally arrange clean-up and removal of bushfire debris. It is understood that the NSW Government will provide financial assistance to ensure any extraordinary clean-up costs do not result in a reduction in the insured amount for rebuilding. This additional assistance will be made available through insurers.  If the property is insured, fire-affected residents should continue to work with their insurers on clean-up.

For uninsured homes that have been damaged or destroyed, Council understands that Public Works Advisory can arrange for the clean-up and removal of bushfire debris from residences and immediately adjacent outbuildings, including the removal of asbestos and concrete slabs.   If your property is uninsured, then you should contact Public Works Advisory on 1800 88 55 39 to discuss clean-up.

Council also recognises that other properties have suffered less significant damage and property owners wish to undertake clean-ups themselves and take small loads of waste to landfill.  This can be accommodated for Lithgow Local Government Area residents who may take domestic quantities (eg trailer loads) to the Lithgow Solid Waste Facility at no charge.  Residents should advise the weighbridge officer of the address where the bushfire waste originated. 

Further information on dealing with hazards from bushfire clean-ups including asbestos may be found on the following links:

https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/resource-library/property-hazards-following-a-bushfire-fact-sheet

 

https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/~/media/EPA/Corporate%20Site/resources/waste/150044-asbestos-fire-damaged-buildings.ashx

Attention land managers impacted by the Palmers Oaky or Gospers Mountain fires.

If you have large animals that can be led on a lead or fitted with a halter and handled (excluding cattle), and a bushfire plan that involves leaving early, Bathurst Showground will be open as a self-care large animal evacuation centre from 9am Thursday 19 December. Please note that Tony Luchetti Showground, Lithgow is no longer available for large animals, by direction of the Local Land Services.

Animal owners are reminded that care of your animals including adequate food supply, as well as full time supervision remains your responsibility once you arrive at the evacuation centre.

Owners are also asked to bring appropriate identification for their animals.

Temporary Closure of Portland Landfill

Lithgow City Council wishes to advise the temporary closure of Portland Landfill on Thursday 12th December 2019 to allow waste compaction operations to take place safely.

The temporary closure is necessary to allow the safe use of large machinery to place, compact and cover the waste.

Residents affected may use the Wallerawang landfill on the day of the scheduled closure or the Lithgow solid waste facility to ensure there is minimal inconvenience.

Contact:    
Nigel Campbell
Waste & Recycling Coordinator
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

All New – “Lithgow Christmas in Main Street”

Thursday 5th December will see Main Street Lithgow come alive with Christmas Cheer and a `Shop-Local’ themed event this year. 

Pull on your Christmas t-shirt, affix the Reindeer horns and get into Christmas spirit while enjoying night-time shopping as this year’s Lithgow Christmas event moves from Queen Elizabeth Park to Lithgow’s Main Street as a combined Christmas and “Shop Local” event.

Santa and his friends; Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf, Christmas Angel, Stilt Walkers, Christmas Elves, Jugglers and Acrobats will be spreading the Christmas Cheer up and down Main Street, and local businesses will be remaining open for late-night shopping.

Christmas decorations will be installed and, as well as the street performers, there will be entertainment in Cook Street Plaza with the Lithgow City Band performing from 6.00pm, followed by the Lithgow Pipe Band performing their special Christmas music set from 7.10pm.

Lithgow City Council Mayor Clr Ray Thompson said “Lithgow always likes to get into the Christmas spirit and I look forward to the atmosphere of entertainment and late night shopping in Main Street combined with lighting up the Christmas Tree in Cook Street Plaza. I encourage all people to attend and enjoy the entertainment and shop local by getting their Christmas gifts from one of our great local retailers”.

Mayor Thompson concluded by saying “Everything starts at 5.30 and goes until 8.00pm, so come along and make an evening of it, get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy the festivities of “Lithgow Christmas in Main Street” – and make sure you are in Cook Street Plaza for the official lighting of the Christmas tree at 7.30pm.”

 

Contact:   
Andrew Powrie
Senior Economic Development and Destination Manager
Lithgow City Council
Tel: 02 6354 9988