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Gang Gang gallery – Exhibition Pagoda

Exhibition Pagoda at the Gang Gang gallery in Lithgow provides a focus on the Western Blue Mountain’s iconic Pagoda Country – the ‘Pagoda Journey Forum’ is being held at the Gallery as part of this exhibition. Program runs from the 28th of April to 20th of June 2021.

For more information, please visit this link: https://gggallery.com.au/exhibition-pagoda/

Posted: April 2021

"They want to destroy the Wolgan River"

Centennial has lodged an Amendment Report to their Development Application (SSD 5602) for the extension of operations at Angus Place colliery.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/nsw-department-of-planning-industry-and-environment-save-the-wolgan-river

For more information, please see these news articles:

ABC Central West

SBS The Feed

Posted: May 2021

Centennial expansion threatens sites

Centennial Coal's environmental assessment (EA) states that "subsidence-related impacts are expected at Tri-Star Swamp, Twin Gully Swamp, Trail Six Swamp and the hanging swamps within their catchments". In 2010, the company was ordered to pay $1.5 million because of slumping at East Wolgan swamp. It has also admitted its operations at its Springvale Mine, also near Lithgow, contributed to the drying of Carne West Swamp on Newnes Plateau. Chris Jonkers said he feared the same fate awaited the swamps above Angus Place Mine.



Posted: March 13 2021

Destination Pagoda Plan and Links

A new Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area with tourism development will be a win for the economy, community and environment of Lithgow and New South Wales.

Over 10 years the proposal will bring 420,000 visitors a year to the Lithgow region $40.3million per year for the local economy 258 full-time local jobs created.

Destination Pagoda Website link: www.destinationpagoda.com.au
Destination Pagoda FB link: https://www.facebook.com/destinationpagoda
Destination Pagoda Twitter link: https://twitter.com/DestinationPag1

Posted: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Destination Pagoda Economic Business Report

New economic research by Dr Jo Mackellar has demonstrated that Lithgow will gain significant job and economic benefits if a new state conservation area were created on its doorstep. The report, commissioned by the Gardens of Stone Alliance, assessed the potential visitors to a planned Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area and the economic contribution of those visitors to the local region. The research identified the community benefits to Lithgow from the new reserve.



Posted: 9/19/2020.

Destination Pagoda Economic Plan Win



The Wallerawang 9 Battery

"Greenspot was established in 2020 as a joint venture between the owners of Borg and Bettergrow, two leading Australian owned businesses headquartered in New South Wales. We completed the acquisition of the Old Wallerawang Power Station (WPS) and buffer lands, comprising approximately 450 hectares, from EnergyAustralia in September 2020. Our vision is to repurpose the WPS site and in doing so attract a range of businesses, serving to generate economic activity and employment growth in the local community and more broadly in the NSW Central-West region. As an important component of our vision for the Greenspot 2845 Activity Hub, we have commenced the planning approvals process, seeking development consent for the construction, operation and maintenance of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) of 500 MW capacity that would provide 1,000 MWh of energy storage."


Posted: March 11 2021

Mine expansion threatens endangered sites



There are fears threatened habitat and species which survived the Black Summer bushfires in the New South Wales Blue Mountains could be lost if a coal mine is allowed to expand. Centennial Coal has applied to re-open its Angus Place Mine on Newnes Plateau, near Lithgow. The company wants to carry out longwall mining underneath a number of swamps listed as endangered ecological communities. Lithgow residents Chris Jonkers and his wife Julie Favell are avid bushwalkers on Newnes Plateau and have watched the landscape change. They are worried about how wildlife will be impacted if the area is damaged. "This is the kitchen, if you like. All nature comes to these tiny spots for food and water," Mr Jonkers said. Centennial Coal's environmental assessment (EA) states that "subsidence-related impacts are expected at Tri-Star Swamp, Twin Gully Swamp, Trail Six Swamp and the hanging swamps within their catchments". In 2010, the company was ordered to pay $1.5 million because of slumping at East Wolgan swamp. It has also admitted its operations at its Springvale Mine, also near Lithgow, contributed to the drying of Carne West Swamp on Newnes Plateau. Chris Jonkers said he feared the same fate awaited the swamps above Angus Place Mine.
Date posted: March 2, 2021

A Case for Economic Change

A report by the Transition Working Group has been presented to Council titled “A Case for Economic Change”. The report provides a roadmap to future industries for Lithgow covering advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, health, agricultural production, creative industries and entertainment, tourism and start-up ventures.

Click here to read the report: https://www.councilnews.com.au/2020/10/13080855-case-for-economic-change-report

Posted: Wednesday 12 May 2021

Lithgow Wildflower Brochure

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Rare Butterfly Display Funding



Ms Favell said she was lucky to be able to see this butterfly in real life. "The photo I got is honestly a one in a billion shot, I just happened to be crouching down and was able to snap it," she said. Ms Favell applied for funding from Local Land Services last year to get the display up. "I put the idea to [Lithgow City Council tourism manager] Simon Francis, who approved it and then we went ahead with it," she said. On Friday, May 17 Logan Signs owner Josh Logan put up the large picture of the rare butterfly in the Tourism Centre. The small butterfly, commonly known as the Purple Copper Butterfly only comes out for a span of a couple of weeks during Spring within the Lithgow area. Read more at the Lithgow Mercury.
Posted: Sunday 07 February 2021.

Lithgow Community Power Project



The Lithgow community knows all about power. Oil shale and coal were the foundations of Lithgow's contributions to the Australian economy, and power remains its biggest export. Each historic phase of energy production and manufacturing involved innovation and the latest technology.



The next phase in Lithgow's economic and community development can be equally innovative. To support innovation and development, a group of local people have established the Lithgow Community Power Project. Residents, workers and others associated with Lithgow are encouraged to become members of the Project. Our initiatives are overseen by a Board of up to nine people from the Lithgow Region, elected by the members.
Posted: Sunday 07 February 2021.

Wetlands Should Not Burn


Posted: 10/23/20.

Swamped by Threats - Dingo Swamp Project

Are you up to help replant our upland swamps, learn about those specific flora species as well the native fauna that relies on this water dependent habitat. Well here is your chance. To register please contact CE LLS - Huw Evans huw.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au
Posted: 10/23/20

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 7-9-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, and Local Residents. https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-09/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%20070920_Final.pdf
Posted: 9/7/2020.

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 1-6-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, Local Residents https://www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%2020200601_Final.pdf
Posted: 6/1/2020.

Leg Submission -Angus Place April 2020

Read the submission here...
Posted: 4/26/2020.

Mt Piper Meeting Notes 2-3-20

EnergyAustralia Lithgow Region Community Consultative Committee.Was formed in 2018 following updated requirements of the Department of Planning and Environment, and continues the information and idea sharing of our previous Community Reference Group. The EnergyAustralia Lithgow Regional Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meets quarterly, usually at our Mt Piper Power Station to discuss major projects affecting our assets (including Wallerawang Power Station and Pine Dale Mine) and to assist in building relations with the local community. Membership of the group includes representatives of: Environmental Groups, Lithgow City Council, Community Groups, Local Residents www.energyaustralia.com.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/EA%20Lithgow%20CCC%20Meeting%20Notes%2020200302_Final.pdf.
Posted: 3/2/2020.