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Issue 41


August 2012


The Rotary Club of Katoomba on Monday 25th June, 2012 celebrated its 75th Anniversary at the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, it is the oldest Rotary Club in the Blue Mountains and has provided “Service Above Self� to the local and greater community since being chartered in 1937. continued P7.

Trekkers in teams of four to six will step out on Saturday, September 15 in the 2012 Trek for Timor Blue Mountains to raise much needed funds for the region of Hatobuilico. Located inland south-west of Dili, and at an altitude of 2400 metres on the slopes of Mount Ramelau, Hatobuilico is mountainous and beautiful, but the isolated region is a challenging continued P2.

Above: Rotary presents a cheque the Nepean Medical Research.

Above: Walkers in the Trek for Timor

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD FREE GARDENING COURSE AT LAWSON Get involved at the Mid Mountains Community Garden at Lawson, and learn how to create your own food garden: grow seeds and seedlings, make compost, select and care for tools, and work in a community group. Four Saturday workshops Dates: August 18th, 25th, September 1st and 8th. Time: 9am to 12 Location: “Kihilla” 5 – 17 Queens Rd, Lawson People from all backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Transport can be provided from the Mid Mountains area. For further details contact the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre on (02) 4759 2592, or the Mid Mountains Community Garden phone 0468 332 592.


From P1. place to live, with subsistence farming almost the sole income. Local leaders have identified education, health and tourism as urgent development needs and it is hoped the 2012 Trek will be able to contribute $100 000 towards these goals. Trek routes range from 5 to 45 kilometres and trekkers choosing the full distance of 45 kilometres have until 1am Sunday to complete the trek through some of the Blue Mountains’ most beautiful terrain - from Darwin’s Walk and Wentworth Falls to Leura Cascades, Leura Forest, and then a climb up the Golden Stairs. Registration for the 2012 event is $30 per person to cover administrative costs and each trekker is encouraged to raise $150 per person in sponsorship. To register, volunteer or to make a donation go to or call Anne on 0404 474 907. Trek for Timor Blue Mountains is a partnership between Blue Mountains East Timor Friendship Committee and Blue Mountains Timor Sisters Project under the auspice of Mountains Community Resource Network.

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MR FRANK SPOLC Former President of the Leura Garden Festival Committee and the Leura Home Garden Club, Frank Spolc, was honoured with the presentation of an award on 17 July at a joint meeting of the two organisations. The award, the Ann Williams Clark Medallion, was given by the national body Garden Clubs of Australia and is for outstanding service by a member to his or her club. President of the Leura Garden Club, Caroline Stanton, said that the award was for the terrific work done by Frank for both the Garden Club and the Garden Festival over many

Above: Frank Spolc, Ray Wiles and Noel Roscoe. years. She called upon Noel Roscoe, long time member of the club and owner of one of the Festival gardens, to say a few words. “Frank Spolc has been an active member of the club for over 20 years and served on the committee in various capacities including being President for 7 years. He remains a popular regular speaker at club meetings and shares his passion for photography – particularly Australian Wildflowers – for the enjoyment of other members”, Noel Roscoe said. continued page 5

Eleven fantastic gardens including “Everglades”and three new gardens For only $20 two day mid week Horticultural Symposium available

29th September to 7th October 2012 9.30 am - 4.30 pm shuttle bus service to all gardens $5 per day

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Entries are now invited for the 2013 Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition & $20,000 Acquisitive Award. Entries close 01.10.2012.


Travel west out of Lawson and you’ll notice on the left the remains of a brick fence running parallel to the highway which defines the extent of the property that once existed there. Originally part of a land grant to James Wilson in the late 1800’s, Charles Hoskins (1851-1926) purchased 5 acres on this site in 1913 and later another adjoining 36 acres. The Hoskins family fortunes evolved from a small engineering firm in Sydney in the 1870’s. The brothers Charles and George used their Sydney firm to take over a financially troubled ironworks in Lithgow in 1908 and the rest is history as they say, developing this into the massive iron and steel works firstly in Lithgow and then Port Kembla. The Hoskins Iron and Steel Co Ltd later became Australian Iron and Steel Ltd

under son Cecil Hoskins which merged with BHP in 1935. Charles Hoskins moved his family from Lithgow to Lawson seeking a healthier environment for the sake of his daughter who suffered from

tuberculosis. He built a substantial single storey family home on this site by 1914 and named the property Cadia Park after the source of Lithgow’s ironore at Cadia. The daughter however Contniued pn Page 18

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO GARDENING continued from page 3 Ray Wiles, President of the Leura Garden Festival Committee, said, “Frank took on the demanding task of leading the nine day festival program as President for five years from 2001. It was a time of considerable expansion with several new gardens being included and increases in both the number of visitors and the amount of funds raised.” Ray Wiles also paid tribute to Frank’s organisational skills, pointing out that the success of the festival relies upon the good will of the garden owners and the commitment and co-ordination of more than 300 volunteers.

NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATED NAIDOC Week 2012 was celebrated by the Blue Mountains community under a clear blue winter’s sky. The event celebrated Aboriginal people , culture, heritage, activism and achievements. Forty years on from the historic Aboriginal Tent Embassy, NAIDOC also reminds us that the need for unity and equality remains a challenge for all Australians in the interest of the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Above: Darug elder, Aunty Val Aurisch (left) joins Katoomba High School teacher, Charmaine Tully (right) and Aboriginal students of Katoomba High School to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2012.


Talk: Ecovillage Pioneers When: 28th August Time: 7.30pm Where: Lawson Bowling Club Cost: Talks: FREE for PBM members, $5 for non members. Films: $5-$10 sliding scale. Join PBM for $20 a year and enjoy free entry to all our talks.

MID MOUNTAINS COMMUNITY GARDENING DAYS When: Gardening every Saturday Time: 9am onwards Where: Kihilla, Queens Rd, Lawson Come along and join the Mid Mountains Community Gardens and contribute to this fantastic community garden. More

Following presentation of the award, Frank Spolc thanked all those concerned and recounted some of the amusing incidents which had occurred over the years of his involvement. He said “it has been a great pleasure to be associated with both organisations and to work with other volunteers who are committed to achieving something worthwhile for the Blue Mountains community”. He also commented that he felt that it was a particular privilege to be able to help local people enjoy their gardens through the club, as well to help the many thousands of visitors to the area, from all over the country and beyond, to enjoy seeing fabulous gardens through the festival.

MID MOUNTAINS MASSAGE NOW IN LAWSON Mountains Massage Faulconbridge is expanding their service and announce the opening of the “Mid Mountains Massage� in Lawson. Mid Mountains Massage is taking up premises in the 100 year old homestead located just minutes from Lawson railway station/bus stop and will feature tastefully decorated rooms providing a quiet, relaxed and therapeutic experience for all clients.

The founder, Noreen Davern, is passionate about Massage Therapy. Her attitude of genuine caring, sincerity and respect make her the perfect person to lead a massage therapy team. In 2008, Noreen was the winner of the AMT International Massage Therapist of the Year Award. Mid Mountains Massage strongly believes in providing quality professional massages to all of their clients to improve their health and wellbeing. In honour of their opening they will be giving $10.00 off all massage treatments booked in the first week. A variety of therapies will be available at Mid Mountains Massage including Remedial, Sports, Oncology, Pregnancy, Hot Stones, Deep Connective Tissue, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Acupressure, Myofascial Release and Hawaiian Massage. FPOS/HICAPS, Health Funds and Gift Vouchers are available and the new centre is Workcover accredited. Mid Mountains Massage will be available for massage at the workplace, mobile, conferences, conventions and sporting events. The centre will be OPEN 7 DAYS. enquiries.

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Heritage Advisory Committee Council to watch over our Heritage. Establishment of the Blue Mountains Heritage Advisory Committee Council has recently established a Heritage Advisory Committee to provide expertise, local knowledge and advice to the Council on heritage matters, and to promote awareness and appreciation of heritage in the Blue Mountains area. The Committee consists of 2 elected Councillors, and 10 members of the community who possess appropriate experience and skills, including a demonstrated extensive knowledge of the local history and heritage of the Blue Mountains. Community members have been selected from a range of

backgrounds, and geographic spread across the City. The Committee members are: Clr Howard McCallum, Clr Chris Van der Kley, Ms Fiona Carruthers, Mr David Don Turner, Ms Shirley Evans, Mr John Leary, OAM, Ms Kate Matthew, Ms Suzanne Mitchell, Dr Naomi Parry, Mr Ron Powell, Ms Pamela Smith and Ms Juliana Swatko. The Heritage Advisory Committee currently meets four times a year at Council offices. The community is welcome to present any specific local heritage issues to a Committee meeting for discussion. Please contact Ryan Gill on (02)4780-5781 orrgill@bmcc.nsw. with details of the issue so that the matter can be placed on the agenda.

HAZELBROOK ASSOCIATION MEETINGS Meet the candidates for the upcoming council elections. Hazelbrook Association General Meeting When: 6th August Time: 7pm - 9pm Where: Hazelbrook Bowling Club

ROTARY KATOOMBA CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY continued from Page 1 The evening started with guest of honour Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir Governor of New South Wales, who was welcomed by the President of Rotary Club of Katoomba Mr George Bubalo and wife Libby and Vice President Dr Kevin Lawrenson and wife Lyn. Mr bubalo gave an inspiring opening speech and then escorted y Her Excellency into the Grand Dining Room, with them the Hon Rosa Sage MP and husband Ted, Mr Daniel Myles Mayor of The Blue Mountains and the District Governor of Rotary Mr David Cook and wife Carolyn with other dignitaries . Dignitaries received a warm welcomed by members of the Katoomba Rotary Club, members of The Nepean Hospital Research Foundation, also members from neighbouring Rotary Clubs and Lion’s Clubs within the Blue Mountains, and many well known local business people from Katoomba who gave so generously on the evening. Some of the highlights of the evening were, the Governor’s message, that sparked a light for giving in the room which added to the success of the evening. It was also a proud moment when the president welcomed all , including past members of Katoomba Rotary who attended the night’s celebration, and recognised their service and the many projects throughout the past 75 years that have been completed by the club. The Katoomba Rotary club presented a $10,000 cheque to The Nepean Hospital Research Foundation, this foundation being one that Her Excellency Prof Marie Bashir is a patron of and close to her heart, her warm smile showed guests her pleasure to attend this evening’s fundraiser in the Blue Mountains. The Katoomba Rotary Club would like to thank all those who attended on the night for their continued loyalty to Rotary, and their contribution and support.

Blackheath Choir Festival 2012 24 - 26 August

BLACKHEATH COMMUNITY CENTRE (Great Western Highway, opposite station) and PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (121 Wentworth St) FRIDAY 24 AUGUST SESSION 1: 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00) Blackheath Phoenix Choir ! Ex Gracia Penrith City Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus Timbre Flaws ! Mudlarks SATURDAY 25 AUGUST SESSION 2: 10.30 am (doors open 10.00) Chorella ! Glenbrook Community Choir Sydney Street Choir ! Sydney Trade Union Choir LUNCHTIME 1: 1.30 pm (doors open 1.00) in the Presbyterian Church The Heathens ! Sounds Live Mac-appella ! Berkeley Songbirds SESSION 3: 3.30 pm (doors open 3.00) Very Small Choir ! Rainsong ! Achoired Sound Alchemy A Cappella ! Mountain Opera Chorus SESSION 4: 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00) El Coro ! Cafe of the Gate of Salvation Nothing Without Belinda ! Riverland Harmony Chorus Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir SUNDAY 26 AUGUST SESSION 5: 10.30 am (doors open 10.00) Penrith City Choir ! Note Tonight Josephine Allegri Singers ! Solidarity Choir LUNCHTIME 2: 1.30 pm (doors open 1.00) in the Presbyterian Church Pacopezants ! Illawarra Union Choir Byrd Ensemble ! Crowd Around and Moo Choir SESSION 6: 3.30 pm (doors open 3.00) Blue Mountains Youth Choir ! Academy Singers ! Warrimoo Chorale THE FESTIVAL COMBINED CHOIR Conducted by William Moxey singing Mozart, Vaughan Williams & Borodin $15 per Concert or $60 Weekend (Lunchtime concerts are free) Tickets available on-line - go to: bl a ck he a t hc hoir f e s tiv al. w e e bl y.c om 04 3 7 2 55 8 16

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BEER ENTHUSIASTS WALK Home to over 300 varieties of finely brewed beers, Leura Cellars hosts this beer lovers event during the festival of Walking. Meet Robert at Leura Cellars at 5.30pm ready for a quick stroll to the beer tasting destination. Beer tasting will include a tasting of 8 different beers and matching of a range of locally made gourmet sausages. Amongst the beers available for tasting is the opportunity to taste the infamous “Sink the Bismack”, a lager of 41% from the Brewdog Brewery in Scotland. Following the tasting there will be a short stroll back to Leura Cellars for the final tasting, a mystery beer and the chance to win a specialty beer pack from Leura Cellars. This is a great walk to gift to someone who loves beer! When: Thursday 11th October AND Sunday 14th October


When: Saturday 8th September Time: 12noon until 6pm Venue: Katomba North Public School Barton and Mistral St, Nth Katoomba. Visit our facebook for more info “FootlightFestival” LEURA FAMILY TWILIGHT RAMBLE - A 5KM FUN RUN / WALK Leura Golf Club will host the Inaugural Twilight Ramble, a fun run and family walk welcomeing celebrating the closing of the Leura Gardens Festival and welcoming in the annual Festival of Walking. The fun run/walk will be on the most scenic golf course and with a sausage sizzles and drinks afterward with give the opportunity to relax and socialise. This is a fundraiser for the Leura gardens festival who support the Blue Mountains District ANZAC memorial Hospital annually.

OPEN DAY AT KOROWAL SCHOOL If you have ever wanted to explore Korowal School, or wondered what “human-centred education” looks like, then Korowal’s annual Open Day on August 11th is an opportunity for you to do so.

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Korowal was founded in 1978. In 2007 the school moved from Leura to its current home on a heritage listed seven-hectare site in Hazelbrook. It is a small school that offers human-centred education to students from kindergarten to HSC. Enrolment is limited to around 250 students so that teachers, parents and students of all ages can know each other. This is essential to Korowal’s fundamental principle – that happiness and success at school depends on the quality of relationships in the school community. Korowal is also a school that takes a stand against the increasing focus on rushing and ranking in education, in the belief that students learn best if they are allowed time to establish strong foundations and if they are inspired to produce quality work without the pressure of being ranked against other students.


It is a day when the school is open for anyone to visit. Teachers are available to discuss the school’s educational principles and practices. Student work is on display in the classrooms. You can wander around the school at your leisure, have fun in the science labs, meet students and parents, linger in the café, or watch dance and music performances from The Korowal Studios in the new hall and your children can play in the beautiful playgrounds.


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The school is open from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday August 11th, at 54 Hall Parade Hazelbrook.

ROTARY MOTION The vision of a Rotarian is all we need to change the world. It’s a bold statement – but after some research into Rotary, it is something that doesn’t need much convincing. Since 1905 the Rotary have been leading a quiet revolution, one that has delivered in magnitude, with many humanitarian projects current and ongoing, Rotary is surely one of the world’s largest and most diverse associations. Rotary had its beginnings in 1905, when a Chicago Lawyer, Paul Harris started a meeting each week with three friends, to socialize and network. This led to them looking for ways to help others which in turn became the overriding concept of Rotary. The name “Rotary” came from the founding fours habit of rotating their weekly meetings between each other’s offices. From this humble beginning Rotary has now grown to an organization with over 34,000 clubs throughout the world, with each and every one of their members donating both time and talents to those in need in their own communities and throughout the world. Rotaries campaigns are wide and varied; they take in ongoing contributions by way of programs and annual events to support their work with people suffering mental health issues, people with disabilities, youth driver safety programs, funding the little book that saves lives,

shelter boxes, hospital equipment and needs, as well as on the spot disaster relief including mammoth efforts with the Queenslands Floods to name but one…

The mission of every Rotarian is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty... they share a vision of a better world, and their dedication is unwavering, resolute. One example of this is Rotary’s number one goal, eradicating polio. To eradicate polio, Rotary has mobilised hundreds of thousands of Rotarians, all working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease, their resolution has been strong despite working against poor infrastructure, extreme poverty and civil unrest in many countries. Since the Polio Plus Programs inception in 1985, more than 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. The partnerships created through

the polio eradication effort has provided a strong foundation, these partnerships are extending the power and reach of Rotary, characterising Rotary’s worldwide focus. The Rotary Foundation is one of the few charitable organizations where the funds donated are used on humanitarian and educational projects, these projects offer Rotarians the opportunity to develop new networks, experience international goodwill and all with the sole purpose of helping those less fortunate or in need. George Bubalo, current standing Katoomba Rotary Club president, took an interest in Rotaryback in 1971 when he was commissioned to make 200 money boxes for a Rotarian Effort. Mr Bubalo quickly took an interest in the Rotarian way of life and soon found himself dedicated. Continued p12


continued from page 17 His transitional experience – when he felt he became a real Rotarian happened in 2007 when just before Christmas an elderly woman’s home was demolished by a storm that tore through Katoomba in October. It was here that George witnessed the true power of Rotary. Hundreds of Rotarians flew into immediate action and Molly was settled in her new home by Christmas. Now, George is the president of Katoomba Rotary Club. The Rotary is there for people who have reached a point in their lives where they want to give back. It can be heart-breaking and also heart-making work, but wherever there is a reason and a will, there is Rotary. If you have high ethical and social standards, enjoy the fellowship of like-minded people and get pleasure from helping others, you are already a ready-made Rotarian. Rotary is very much a living example of “the whole being more than the sum of its parts”….



Grand View Hotel Gt. Western Hwy Wentworth Falls Sun. Aug. 19, 2012 3.00pm - 5.00pm Bring your friends - join the fun - meet new people. Have a great time at this informal gathering. Find out what Rotary is and what it does for the community. Coffee and drinks at bar prices - free parking available


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The Rotary Clubs of the Blue Mountains Area always welcome new members. There are 5 Rotary Clubs in the Echo readership area, all welcoming of anyone who would like to join and contribute to Rotarys efforts. Meetings vary from morning to evening meetings and it is recommended to call ahead before attending a meeting. Katoomba Rotary The Carrington Hotel Monday nights @ 6pm Contact: Mr George Bubalo Ph: 47822011/ 0418661702. Central Blue Mountains Rotary The Grand View Hotel Wednesday Nights @ 6.15pm Contact: Mr Peter Hartley Ph: 0414 540 412

Saturday 29 September 2012 Travel by luxury coach to Mudgee Departing Blackheath approx. 9.30am (first race scheduled for 12.30pm) Returning approx. 6.30pm Inclusive of marquee seating area, light luncheon, race course entry and race book.


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Blackheath Rotary Blackheath Golf Club Thursday Nights @ 6.30pm Contact: Mina Howard Ph: 0419 629 407 Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise “Coach House”- Mountain Heritage House - Katoomba Tuesday Nights @ 7.00am –Breakfast Meeting Contact: Barbara Wall P: 0409 207 588 Rotary Club of Greater Lithgow Salvation Army Hall, Lithgow Wednesdays @ 7.00AM-Breakfast meeting Contact: Jennifer Menchin P: 0412 449 416

150 VOLUNTEERS COLLECT $2000 IN FOOD DONATIONS Over 150 young people in Katoomba collected over $2000 worth of foodstuffs in the annual Anglicare Food Drive in July. Each year campers from the Church Missionary Societies’ camp MMM, (Mountains, Mission, Madness) set aside a day to serve the community and get involved in a range of service activities around the township of Katoomba. The Food Drive is a key part of that and Anglicare program manager Kylie Georgeson expressed how grateful she was both to the campers and the community who have been so generous in giving. The food collected provides emergency relief hampers to the most needy in our community at a time of year when many struggle. Minister Rev. Ray Robinson from St Hilda’s said, “The collaboration of the church and Anglicare over the last few years has been an exciting development enabling the church to more effectively care for those who come to them in need.” “What’s more Camp MMM’s help is invaluable in making it all happen, we couldn’t do it without these enthusiastic young people.”

MARKET GUIDE Leura Markets Leura Public School First Sunday monthly 9 - 2pm Mountains Craft Market Blackheath Community Centre Third Sunday Monthly 10 - 3pm Mountains Craft Market St Canices Hall, Katoomba st, Katoomba. Second sunday 9- 2pm Bluebird Market The Alex Hotel Gardens First Saturday Monthly from 9am Blackheath Community Market Blackheath Public School First Sunday Monthly 9 - 1pm Blackheath Growers Market Blackheath Community Centre Second Sunday Monthly 8-12pm Lawson Magpie Markets 3rd Sunday of the Month Lawson Primary from 9am

Above: Some of the many youth who helped in the collection.

Leura Blue Mountains Market CWA Hall, Megalong St Leura First & Third Sat 9-3pm, Fridays 8am - 6pm

Upper Blue Mountains View Club Meeting Juliette Palmer-Frederick, Director of the Blue Mountains Radio Players will be the guest speaker at the next luncheon meeting of the Upper Blue Mountains View Club. As well as speaking about the Players, Juliette will present a couple of short sketches. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd at 11am at the Wentworth Falls Country Club. As always, new members and visitors are most welcome. Fur further information, please contact Jill on 4757 1377 or Paulin on 4757 1859.



BM Toastmasters Club 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7.15pm Carrington Hotel P:4757 4094

Mountains Camera Club 1st and 3rd Tuesday monthly Morven Gardens Aged Care Leura in the common room. 7.30pm

Hazelbrook Scouts Cubs - Monday from 6.30pm Hazelbrook Scout Hall 70 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook

Vocal Locals 10am - 11.30am Tuesdays Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre P: 4782 1117

Mid Mountains Walkers 9am for a 9.15am start from MMNC 9 New Street, Lawson P: Suzan 4759 2592

Leura Home Garden Club St Albans Church Hall 3rd Tuesday monthly at 9.45am Ph: 4784 2679

Playtime for kids & carers Leura Uniting Church, CNR Grose &Megalong St, Leura. Mondays 10am - 12pm. Contact Naomi 0404137149.

Blackheath Phoenix Choir 7.15pm - 9.30pm - Tuesdays Uniting Church Hall, Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath Ph: 4787 5818

CWA Meeting - Leura CWA Hall Mondays every week at 9.30am

Hazelbrook Scouts Venturers from 7pm Hazelbrook Scout Hall 70 Railway Pde, Hazelbrook

Preschool Childrens Playgroup 9am - 11am Mondays Hall at Blackheath Public School Katoomba Rotary Club Every Monday 6pm for 6.30 start Carrington Hotel Ph: 0418 661702 Mt Victoria Playgroup 9.15am at the Mt Victoria Public School Library. By gold coin donation. P: 4787 7770 bring morning tea to share.

Slow Food Blue Mountains Blue Mountains Cooking Project Soup and Discussion. 1st May - 7pm Email Anne for info Ladies Probus Club of the Central Blue Mtns - 2nd Tuesday monthly at 10am Wentworth Falls Country Club P: 4757 4695


Literature & Discussion group Uniting Church, Gross St, Leura 2nd Wednesday Monthly at 10am P: 4782 6441 Probus Ladies of Upper Mtns 3rd Wednesday monthly at 10am Leura Golf Club p: 47841304 Bush and Colonial Dancing WW Falls School of Arts Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm $5 P: 0439 314 948 Quota Club of Blackheath 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7.30pm Lakeview Holiday Park P: 4787 8261. The Heathens Community Singing Group Wednesdays 2-4pm P: Chris on: 4787 5725 Blackheath Area N’Hood centre Upper Blue Mtns View Club 4th Wed monthly .11am WW Falls Country Club Bookings: Pauline 4757 1859. Woodford Presbyterian Playgroup From 10am - 12noon, Presby Church 88-89 GWH Woodford. P: 4751 7715 Springwood Indoor Bowls Springwood Country Blue 6.30pm $5 P: 4758 7011 Rosemary Central Blue Mtns View Club 4th Weds Monthly - 11am Lawson Bowling Club P: Merle 4759 1153

Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) “the heart of our community”

MulƟ cultural Social Group A great place for you to do some acƟviƟes such as cooking, craŌs, English pracƟce or any other acƟviƟes that might interest you. You will have FUN here!

Mondays 10:30am—12noon Fortnightly from July 23

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Katoomba Classic Movie Club

Next:Sunday Too Far Away starring Jack Thompson

Wednesday 22nd August, 11am Paragon Café, Katoomba

Entry is reserved for members of Katoomba Film Society. Membership can be obtained at the door. $20 or $10 conc./ year.

Bookings Essential. Call KNC on 0247821117 6-8 Station St , PO Box 197, Nth Katoomba, 2780

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S THURSDAY ts Hazelbrook Scou Scouts from 7pm Joeys from 5pm ilway Pde t Hall, 70 Ra Hazelbrook Scou .com uts co ks oo hazelbr Hazelbrook www. oup Carers Support Gr pm ly 10.30am - 12.30 Ju th 12 y da urs Th e ntr ce d urhoo Mid Mtns Neighbo P: 4759 2592 Embroiders Guild ays the month at Fairw First hursday of m 3p Leura. 10am Art Class Club to 1.15pm Thursday 11.15am ood Ctr urh bo igh Ne Mid Mtns P: 4758 6982

FRIDAYS Scrabble Club Every Friday from 1pm Meeting Room, Mid Mtns Neighbourhood Centre P: 4759 2647 Mid Mountains Walkers 1pm for a 1.15pm start on Fridays meet at MMNC 9 New St Lawson Suzan P: 4759 2592 Parenting Young Support group Meet in the Family Day Care Room cnr San Jose & Loftus St. Lawson call Sophie P: 0415 324 694 GROW For anyone suffering anxiety or depression weekly meetings at Lawson Community Health Ctr P: 1800 558 268 10am to 12noon


Garden Club Hazelbrook Public School 1st Tuesday of the month 7.30pm Plant stalls & more P: 4759 2168 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 Blue Mountains Stamp Club Katoomba Public School, 4th Fri. 8pm. Ph: 4739 2627.

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. Katoomba Garden Club Monthly Outings Ph: 4782 2883 Blue Mountains Bridge Club Mon/Tues/Wed 6.45pm Thurs & Sat 12.45pm The Spires Leura Ph: 4782 7415

SATURDAY Mid Mtns Community Garden Saturday Mornings 9am onwards at “Kihilla” Queens Rd, Lawson P: 0468 332 592 - Greg. Upper Blue Mountains Knitting Group 1st Saturday Monthly 1.30pm - 4pm North Katoomba Public School. P: 4782 1246 Upper Blue Mountains Knitting Group 1st Saturday of the month. 1.30 - 4.00pm The Hub North Katoomba Public School Barton Street : 4782 1246

Blue Mountains Floral Art Group Flower Arranging 4th Monday of the Month. 10am Lawson Bowling Club P:4759 1989 Mid Mtns Community Garden Member meetings First Wednesday monthly - 7pm Mid Mtns Neighbourhood Centre Medlow Bath Residents Association meeting 11 August 2012, Medlow Bath RFS. Playback Theatre Show 1st Thursday of the month, 7.30pm St Hildas Church Hall, Katoomba

BUDDHIST RETREAT CENTRE WELCOMES ALL Two Buddhist Nuns, Venerable Tencho (Australian) & Venerable Yonten (American) welcome people from all walks of life to the Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre. The centre is completely run by volunteers, is a non-profit organisation and offers diverse programs without obligations. There are regular weekday meditations, one or 2 day workshops on Philosophy & Buddhist Principles, Tibetan Sacred Art classes, ‘urban non-residential retreats’, and monthly family days. The centre has also hosted Yoga classes and Vegetarian Ayurvedic Cooking classes. Facility fees for classes are low-cost and the centre is open to discussing volunteer work exchange if finances are an issue.

Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Classes. Mindfulness & Guided Meditation Wednesday mornings (10.30am - 11.30am) Meditation Classes Wednesdays Saturday afternoons (5pm - 6pm) How To Meditate Saturday August 11 is the first of 3 Saturday Classes run over August & September introducing various meditation styles, physical & mental benefits of meditation, discussions and practice. Family Day Sunday 12 August This day is for parents and children to experience short meditations, craft and discussions based on ethics and creating compassionate relationships together. ‘Art Studio’ August 18/19: 10am-4pm


The Choirs Are Back

The last weekend in August will see hundreds of singers descend on Blackheath for the Annual Blackheath Choir Festival. The festival has grown annually and in 2012 will feature 35 choirs in 8 concerts. This year there will be two free short concerts will be held at lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday in the Presbyterian Church, 121 Wentworth St, Blackheath, and are free - no ticket required. Six ticketed concerts will be held in the Community Centre. Tickets can be obtained on-line, via the festival website or directly from Chateau la Belle in Govett’s Leap Rd Blackheath. Seating is limited, so purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. Ticket prices are just $15 and weekend tickets $60 for all six ticketed concerts. Each of the concerts over the weekend will feature 4-5 choirs, and between them, they will sing almost every conceivable kind of music, including ancient, modern, classical, folk, pop, comedy, opera, jazz, political, cabaret, traditional, chamber, gospel, Latin, Balkan, African, barbershop (men’s and women’s), world music and original compositions. The finale on Sunday afternoon will be the Festival Combined Choir, conducted by William Moxey and accompanied by Julie Cooney. More than 100 singers from many choirs will sing Mozart’s Kyrie in D minor, Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor). “The friendliest choir festival in the world” is not a competition - it’s all about the music!

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RUBYFRUIT - A GREAT LOCAL INITIATIVE... A couple of years ago, a friend ran out of cakes at their cafe over a long weekend. Simone offered to make them a cake and theus it began... A few years on and Simone Bateman and Amanda Solomons took the plunge and opened Rubyfruit, a Cafe /Bakery in Leura at the end of May and to date have not looked back. “We love that we can produce delicious food and treats that are cruelty-free… and challenge people’s misconception that a vegan lifestyle is one of deprivation and bland, unsatisfying food.” said Simone, “We also have a lot of customers who have kids with food allergies, or allergies/intolerances themselves.” “Whether people are choosing our products for health or ethical reasons… it is really satisfying to see how excited people get when they discover our products - the baked GF cheesecakes in particular tend to elicit some very cute squeals of joy” Simone continued. At the moment the Rubyfruit staff is supported by many hours of work from family and friends who love what Simone and Amanda are doing as well as very long hours by the ladies themselves. When asked what veganism meant for them, Simone answers thoughtfully, ... “For us, its about not participating in unnecessary harm and suffering. Veganism is a non-violent way of life, which does not use or abuse animals for any purpose. As more and more people are discovering, a plant-based diet is not just good for animals either; its good for your health, its good for the global food shortage, it uses much less water and creates much less carbon, so its good for people and the planet too! And at the end of the day (as the tagline for animal sanctuary Edgar’s Mission states) “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn’t we?” Amanda has been working in hospitality all her life, literally! She made her first pie at the age of 4 in the kitchen of the Gardners Inn where her parents used to lease the restaurant. Simone, on the other hand, had no experience in hospitality until Rubyfruit! Until three months ago, she was still holding down a fulltime Management role for a local disability service. Quite a change! The public response has been overwhelming, people have been so lovely and enthusiastic and kind, its been really amazing. Rubyfruit is open Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays 10-4, and Saturdays and Sundays 9-4. And on the topic of expansion.... “Oh, we are happy with the one cafe for now! Never say never though...”

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN LAWSON continued from Page 4 however died without enjoying the new house. Extensive landscaping was carried out on the property and gardens developed, including tennis courts and swimming pool and the surviving ironstone rotunda built from stone collected on the property. He also leased a small reserve between Cadia Park and the railway line on which was established a small private zoo with koalas, wallabies and birds. It is recorded that Charles was infatuated with cars and so probably exchanged notes with our friend Mark Foy from the Hydro, another noted car enthusiast of the time. In 1922 Charles and his wife Emily sold Cadia Park and moved to Elizabeth Bay where Charles died in 1926. He had the Hoskins Memorial Church in Lithgow built in memory of his eldest son and 2 daughters but didn’t survive to see its completion in 1928. After a series of prominent but short term owners, the second major period of occupation of the site began in 1930 when the Benedictine nuns acquired and added to the property and in 1949 passing to the Sisters of St Joseph, but

Above: “The surviving ironstone rotunda from the Hoskins period of ownership.” that’s a story for later. Suffice to say that the great Lawson bushfire of December 1977 burnt down all the buildings on the site, except for the original Hoskins rotunda, the brick fence, and the laundry built by the nuns. Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc next monthly meeting will be held on 4th August at Hobby’s Reach in Wentworth Falls. The guest speaker will be Bill Boldiston, author of the book “A Small Hotel: the little pubs, places and personlities of early Sydney” More information: Judith P: 4757 3445 Stefan Indyka Blue Mountains Historical Society Inc. Website:

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A panel of young and emerging philosophers discuss value and morality - focusing on the interpretation and relevance of moral theories, including Hobbesian contractualism and the state of nature, for the modern world. This session will be three short presentations, followed by a discussion led by the panel’ PANELISTS: Toby Solomon; Lachlan Umbers; Jeevan Hariharan Venue: the Blackheath Public School Hall, cnr. GWH and Leichhardt St, Blackheath. Time: 4pm-6pm Admission: $10.00 (includes tea, coffee, nibbles). Contact: Full program at

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“Walking is man’s best medicine” -Hippocrates I shared in the June issue of the Echo that I have dropped 10kg since I started’s a simple little test that you can do yourself to find out if your health would benefit from losing a few kilograms. It’s called the hip to waist ratio. Use a flexible tape measure to measure the smallest circumference of your waist (usually below the rib cage and above the belly button) and the widest point across the back of the buttocks. Then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. For women: a waist/hip ratio greater than 0.85 is associated with a significant risk of disease; for men: a ratio greater than 0.9 significantly increases their risk of disease (heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, etc). This simple measurement gives a good indication of where you are storing your excess weight. Weight stored around the middle is visceral fat and is the greatest threat to cardiovascular health! That 10kg loss in weight has taken my hip/waist ratio from 0.92 to 0.77 (it has dropped by 0.15) It may not sound much, but it’s huge! It is enough to take me out of the ‘significant risk’ range and into the healthy ‘in shape’ range. If I can do it, so can step at a time! You can contact Linley at Village Fitness on 4782 3809 or email to learn more about how Village Fitness can help get you in shape.

FRUIT AND NUTS IN MT TOMAH When: 10am, Sunday August 5th Fruit and Nuts at Mt Tomah Berries are a rare treat and many don’t travel well, making them a perfect candidate for growing your own. If you missed the last outing to this lovely orchard, here’s a second opportunity to bag a delightful assortment of fruit canes and cuttings from raspberries to mulberries, to fill your garden full of fruit. Cost is $10 and includes several propagules, additional stock available for purchase at bargain prices on the day. Registration essential, sign up online at http://

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The Blackheath Airstrip; Clearing the Air about this controversial issue. By Jackie Love The Echo was contacted by many people in and around the upper mountains who are concerned with the new development proposal old the Old Blackheath Airstrip... Jackie Love wrote in with the below as she wanted to voice the sentiments of many from the Blackheath area.

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I have been so surprised to realise that so few people around the Blue Mountains are aware of what’s going on in Blackheath at the moment, that I felt compelled to write this article to try and spread the word of our current battle. On the 12th of May, residents of Blackheath received an unexpected notice dropped into their letterboxes. The notice informed us that the Blue Mountains City Council was about to proceed with the sale of the old Blackheath Airstrip, on Hat Hill Road. The land was originally gazetted back in 1929 as a subdivision to be sold off as 90 residential lots with all proceeds of the sale being spent on roadworks in Blackheath. Council informed us that the size of the lots was being doubled to coply with the 1991 LEP. Thus, the number of lots was reduced, even though 2 dwellings can still be constructed upon each allotment. Construction of 2 new roads and the installation of infrastructure including water, sewerage, gas and electricity would require an initial council investment of approximately $1.2million for Stage 1, and then a further $2.3million for Stage 2. Concerns of varying kinds immediately emerged from the local community and the overall feeling was of great disappointment and betrayal. As a community, many questions were raised. The most common being, “Why was this development approved when there has been no consultation?” The old Blackheath Airstrip is a fantastic local amenity for so many reasons and I write this article to try and help people across the Blue Mountains understand why we are trying so hard to protect it and bring awareness to the real issues. Although part of the area has been degraded during it’s time as an active airstrip (and also due to activities of the council itself over recent years), most of it still remains beautiful heathland, open and closed woodland, featuring a biodiverse array of flora and fauna, many of which are threatened or endemic only to the upper Blue Mountains region of above 800m. The area was beginning to regenerate nicely, until council recently spread pine wood-chip over a large portion of it, killing many new seedlings, saplings and emerging tussocks. At the time, no-one could understand why they did such a destructive thing to what was a ‘designated dog-walking area’. This area is precious to so many because it has a variety of community uses including: a 50yo BMX track, slowly built-up by local kids over 50 years, A fantastic flat, sheltered bike and walking tracks, ideal for all ages, Great open spaces used for flying kites, remote control vehicles etc, Designated off-leash dog-walking areas used by both Blackheath locals and tourists travelling with dogs, An abundance of readily seen fauna including resident Satin Bowerbirds, Gang Gang Cockatoos, Grey Currawong, assorted Honey-eater species, wrens, robins, assorted dragons and Blotched Blue-tongues. Even Eastern Pygmy Possum have been found in the surrounds of this site, An open space for use during emergencies and more... continued on Page 22

Ingredients One packet Double Dipping Spiceshots 2-4 Large washed potatoes (skin on) (400g - 600g) 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cracked pepper 2-4 tbsp sour cream (light) Method: Tear 2-4 large pieces of foil and place on a serving plate. Lightly coat the potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Wrap potatoes tightly in foil and cook on a preheated BBQ (medium heat) or Oven (180 degrees Celsius) for approximately 20 minutes. Remove from BBQ or oven, place on a warm serving plate and make a deep cut into the top of the potato, then place 1 tbsp sour cream on each potato. Sprinkle Double Dipping evenly over the top of each potato and serve immediately. Serve with: Stir fried BBQ prawns and a seasonal garden salad (rocket, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, goats cheese, spring onions). Recipe Inspiration: Egypt

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The Blackheath Airstrip; Clearing the Air about this controversial issue. Even though the Council’s website states that we should be consulted about such large developments, they voted against community consultation and pushed through the approval. Council mistakenly believes consultation was completed back in 1991 when the LEP was introduced, but this was not specifically about the Blackheath Airstrip and in actual fact, referred to the entirety of the Blue Mountains. (Personally, I was just barely out of High School). On May 31st, we were granted a 1 hour ‘Information Evening’, run by the Council at the Blackheath Community Hall. Over 350 obviously concerned locals attended. However, after a short presentation by council staff, and then over one hour of largely unanswered questions, the meeting was concluded abruptly. Less than 1 week later, on the 5th of June, several concerned residents attended a BMCC meeting at the chambers to watch Councillor El Gibbs hand over a petition of over 600 signatures. Many more could have been collected since the petition was compiled in just 1 week. Most people never even got to sign it. The council has not yet responded to the petition. As a member of the Blackheath community, I wish to point out that our main concern in this whole process is that of a failure to give the current community due consultation. This kind of reckless and inconsiderate behaviour from our own local council representatives sets a dangerous precedent for all future development in the Blue Mountains. Every member of the Blue Mountains community should be alarmed by this

abandonment of due process. The entire process thus far has been nothing short of questionable. The Fauna and Flora survey that has been completed is inadequate, biased and inaccurate.

in the Blue Mountains. We invite you all to come and visit the airstrip sometime and see why so many people enjoy using it and why it should be preserved.

It would be progressive and sensible for the council to designate the entire airstrip area as a dedicated community recreational nature reserve, as it has essentially been for the past 50 years. As a community, we would like to see the area regenerated and improved. It is time as a community, we all stood up to these kinds of unnecessary, large-scale developments. Didn’t we all move here to enjoy the outdoors and it’s wonderful wildlife? Surely we don’t need to keep selling off the bush to grab a quick buck? If it can happen here in Blackheath, it can anywhere

If you are fond of your local council bush areas, and also feel strongly concerned about this, please follow our journey as a community. Subscribe to our blog: http:// au/ or find us on Facebook. Our petition can be signed at http://www. Jacqui Love Blackheath Airstrip Community Group

The seeming lack of community consultation endangers the Blue Mountains way of living making way for large development to swallow up icons like the Blackheath airstrip (above).

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SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD Nature and artistic creation will again collaborate for the 2013 Sculpture at Scenic World with submissions now open to exclusively exhibit within the Blue Mountains ancient rainforest. Fresh elements for Australia’s only dedicated rainforest exhibition have been revealed with the call for submissions, which can host up to 55 exhibitors. Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, who returns to lead Sculpture at Scenic World, said the 2013 exhibition would again provide artists a unique opportunity to work within a pristine rainforest environment with the highest integrity, principles and support. Ms Marshall said the program would also allow greater artistic exploration with the provision of electricity to the valley floor inviting digital and new media artworks. Another program highlight to support the credibility and talent of exhibitors from around the world, is the new $5000 Artist Peer Award. “This is the only art prize of its kind where exhibiting artists have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their favourite sculpture,” she said. Sculpture at Scenic World 2012 saw artists from Belfast to Katoomba involved in the exhibition with Woollongong sculptor, Greer Taylor, taking out the $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award. The 2013 event will also continue to offer the generous award along with the $2000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award and the $1000 People’s Choice Award.

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The 2013 exhibition in April will build on the hugely successful inaugural Sculpture at Scenic World where 55,000 international, national and local visitors explored the artworks positioned at Australia’s most visited private tourist attraction. Again, the upcoming event will see the sculptures installed in nature’s gallery, along the longest boardwalk in the southern hemisphere at 2.4km long. The pieces will be positioned with the highest minimal impact policy for an outdoor exhibition in Australia, with Sculpture at Scenic World officially achieving a 0% environmental footprint. Submissions for Sculpture at Scenic World 2013 close on 1 October. Successful artists will be notified on 26 October 2012. The exhibition will run from April 24 - May 19, 2013. For submission applications contact Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, on 02 4780 0245, or email:

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