Lithgow City Council recently farewelled one of the key staff who have worked with the community to assist in their recovery from the impacts of bushfires. 

Jen Quealy was employed with the Council since early 2022 on a short-term contract. The position was funded by Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), as part of the Australian Government’s response to the 2019/20 bushfires.

Council’s General Manager, Craig Butler said, “Over the last 15 months Jen has organised events and helped communities to apply for and receive grant funding and training from a range of providers. Jen’s passion, hard work, and dedication to assisting the community with their recovery has been very much appreciated by the communities across our region.”

The Disaster Recovery project ended with a very successful Showcase event at Portland Community Golf Club on Saturday 11 March, an event that brought together many of the community groups involved in disaster recovery. 

Mr Butler concluded, “On Friday we said sadly farewell to Jen, but we also recognised the important foundations she had laid for the community’s on-going recovery.”