Partnership leads to inspiring bush transformation
An inspiring new video outlines the extensive history, commitment and success of one of the Blue Mountains first bushland groups, Pope’s Glen Bushcare. The video tells the story of how a weed-infested wasteland became a beautiful, thriving wetland teaming with birds and frogs thanks to the Bushcare Group and its partnership with Council. The Pope’s Glen Creek flows into the Blue Mountains National Park and World Heritage Area, tumbling over the escarpment into the Grose Valley where it joins the Grose River, making the bushland surrounding Pope’s Glen highly significant to the region. Watch the video Get more information on the work volunteers are doing to restore our bushland
Commended for commitment to small business
We’ve been commended for our leadership in making it easier for local businesses to start and grow. Council joined business leaders and experts at the inaugural Small Business Friendly Councils Conference in Sydney on 16-17 May. NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs congratulated us for embracing the Small Business Friendly Councils initiative. The initiative provides councils with information, workshops, networking opportunities and resources to support local businesses. Council was presented with a plaque to recognise our commitment to the Small Business Friendly Councils and Easy to do Business initiatives. Get more information on the Small Business Friendly Councils Program Photo: NSW Finance and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope, with our Acting Program Leader for Economic Outcomes Tessa Hockly and NSW Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello.
Supporting real-time air quality monitoring
Real-time information on local air quality is now available to the community with monitoring stations installed throughout the Blue Mountains. The project, Air Watch, is run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority and supported by Council. An air quality monitoring station at Katoomba will operate for 12 months to measure fine particles of various pollutants. Meanwhile, KOALA (Knowing Our Ambient Local Air) air quality sensors will be operated by the Queensland University of Technology at various sites, including one at our Springwood Aquatic & Fitness Centre. These sensors are a low-cost way to observe pollution trends across the Blue Mountains and will complement data from the Katoomba station. See the live monitoring Get more information on the project
Calling for Quality of Life Reference Group members
Council is seeking two new community members to join a Quality of Life Mayoral Reference Group for ongoing discussion relating to the proposed Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek and the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall. The reference group, initially established in 2016 to discuss matters relating to the proposed airport, has now been broadened to include the raising of the dam wall. To become a member of the reference group, please send an expression of interest by midnight 29 May,addressing all the selection criteria outlined here. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org reference F09926, with Quality of Life Mayoral Reference Group Vacancy as the subject of the email.
We can help you declutter your home
We’re offering residents a free declutter workshop to celebrate the launch of this year’s Waste to Art sculpture – a powerful owl’s nest! The sculpture is made from waste fabrics, to highlight that Australians are buying 27kg of new clothes annually and over 20kg ends up in garbage bins. The workshop will give you tips for decluttering your household, what to do with excess items and how to avoid them in the first place. Waste to Art aims to encourage the whole community to rethink their own waste and promote a low waste lifestyle. By taking action to Reduce, Reuse and Repair over buying new, we can all save resources like water and energy. Together we’ve got it sorted. To attend the workshop register your details here