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Wolgan Valley Association

Wolgan Valley Association

Not-for-profit community group representing property holders and residents of the Wolgan Valley area that aims to protect and promote the natural, scenic, economic and social values of the Valley for current and future generations

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As always, beautiful photography of Wolgan Valley and Donkey Mountain by Gary P Hayes Photography. If you get the chance check out more of Gary’s work of the valley in particular his drone footage over Cape Horn. It’s stunning! ... See MoreSee Less

As always, beautiful photography of Wolgan Valley and Donkey Mountain by Gary P Hayes Photography. If you get the chance check out more of Gary’s work of the valley in particular his drone footage over Cape Horn. It’s stunning!Image attachment

LIVING ON THE EDGE: MANAGING PEST ANIMAL WORKSHOP IN WOLGAN VALLEY

Do you own property in Wolgan Valley? Are you concerned about pest animal impacts? The Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) will be running a pest animal management workshop in Wolgan Valley on Monday 27 June 2022 as part of 'Living on the Edge: managing invasive species threats to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area' .

Topics covered include what are the values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and what is threatening these values, What is 'General Biosecurity Duty' and what does this mean for property holders, what pest animal threats are found in Wolgan Valley and, how can property holders help manage these threats.

To be held at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley 2600 Wolgan Road Wolgan Valley on Monday 27 June 2022 from 3:00-6:00pm bookings are essential. For further information or to book please contact Huw Evans via email at by Sunday 26 June 2022.
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LIVING ON THE EDGE: MANAGING PEST ANIMAL WORKSHOP IN WOLGAN VALLEY

Do you own property in Wolgan Valley? Are you concerned about pest animal impacts? The Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS) will be running a pest animal management workshop in Wolgan Valley on Monday 27 June 2022 as part of Living on the Edge: managing invasive species threats to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area .

Topics covered include what are the values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and what is threatening these values, What is General Biosecurity Duty and what does this mean for property holders, what pest animal threats are found in Wolgan Valley and, how can property holders help manage these threats.

To be held at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley 2600 Wolgan Road Wolgan Valley on Monday 27 June 2022 from 3:00-6:00pm bookings are essential. For further information or to book please contact Huw Evans via email at huw.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au by Sunday 26 June 2022.

UPDATE ON FLOODING AND ROAD DAMAGE IN LITHGOW LGA

Lithgow City Council has advised that the first stage of Lithgow’s infrastructure recovery has commenced with 25 roads prioritised for renewal. In a media release from the 12 May, Council stated that its staff have been “inspecting low-lying assets that may be affected by floodwaters and are providing residents with the most up to date information for road closures throughout the area”.

“As a result of these inspections, Council has urgently prioritised road repairs across the 4,000 square kilometres of our LGA. All machines are operational, every available local contractor is engaged, and staff are prioritising and attending to those hazards which present the highest risk.”

The first stage of Lithgow’s infrastructure recovery commenced in May with 25 roads prioritised for renewal. Council reports that these works “will not involve pothole patching. Instead, entire seals will be removed, pavements reconstructed, drainage reestablished, and seals replaced with hotmix asphalt.”

“Browns Gap Road will be the first asset addressed first with work to commence tomorrow, 11 May 2022 and progress for up to 1 week.”

“As this program progresses, Council will communicate subsequent closures as they are required. Alongside work on the Browns Gap, work continues on the other assets such as Wicketty War Road, Marsden Swamp Road, Cullenbenbong Road, Sodwalls Road and many others.”

“We acknowledge that this recovery process is going to be a long-term project,” said Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Maree Statham. “Our estimates of damage are already approaching $10 million. Fortunately, Council has successfully attracted an additional engineer highly skilled in asset rehabilitation after natural disasters, funded by the Federal Government through the Natural Disaster Recovery Arrangements. I say with certainty that, Council’s staff have the interests of the community in the forefront of their mind and are really working hard to improve the resilience of our assets.”

Lithgow City Council will continue its work to keep the community informed of progress and seize every opportunity to work alongside its State and Federal Government counterparts to address the needs of our local infrastructure.”

Council has not confirmed if Wolgan Road is one of the 25 prioritised roads earmarked for pavement reconstruction however it has been reported that ‘pothole patching’ has commenced this week.

Similar to Wolgan Gap, the WVA continues to approach Council on this matter, but we urge all members of the community to assist by reporting road hazards and serious pavement failures to Council by calling 02 6354 9999 or emailing .

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Lidsdale NSW 2790 Lithgow City Council Paul Toole MP #WolganValley #WolganRoad #WolganValleyDiscoveryTrail #TheSevenValleys #LithgowRegion
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WOLGAN VALLEY COMMUNITY UPDATE FROM LITHGOW CITY COUNCIL

Please see the following Wolgan Valley community update from Lithgow City Council as they have requested. The Wolgan Valley Association will be preparing a response to Council in consultation with our community.

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Lidsdale NSW 2790 Paul Toole MP Andrew Gee MP #wolganvalley #wolganroad #wolgangapThe Wolgan Valley Community Update consolidates information about a range of activities Lithgow City Council is undertaking in the Wolgan Valley including:
• Slope stability improvements to Wolgan Gap
• Wolgan Road Weight Limit
• Alternative & Interim Emergency Access Status
• Long Term Evacuation Planning
• Greenwaste Clean-up Program
• Program to identify priority areas for tree removal along road corridors for bushfire mitigation.

Click the link below
council.lithgow.com/wolgan-valley-community-update/

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WOLGAN VALLEY COMMUNITY UPDATE FROM LITHGOW CITY COUNCIL

Please see the following Wolgan Valley community update from Lithgow City Council as they have requested. The Wolgan Valley Association will be preparing a response to Council in consultation with our community. 

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Lidsdale NSW 2790 Paul Toole MP Andrew Gee MP #WolganValley #WolganRoad #WolganGap

NEW GARDENS OF STONE STATE CONSERVATION AREA PROCLAIMED

On 6 May 2022, over 30,000 hectares of the former Newnes, Ben Bullen and Wolgan State Forests were officially reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife (NP&W Act). This comprises the establishment of the new Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area (28,322 hectares) and additions to Gardens of Stone National Park (308 hectares) and Wollemi National Park (2,257 hectares).

These additions to the national park reserves encompass parts of the Wolgan Valley floor known as Jacks Camp / airstrip, as well as the Newnes Plateau and the areas surrounding the Baal Bone and Bicentennial Trails situated on both sides of the valley. The park also adjoins the Maiyingu Marragu Aboriginal Place, situated just beyond the top of Wolgan Gap, which is a significant rock art site and cultural educational precinct with strong connections to the Wiradjuri nation.

The Wolgan Valley Association supports these important additions to the national park, protecting rich eucalypt forests, an array of threatened species and ecological communities, and important Wiradjuri cultural heritage values.

As well as important conservation outcomes, the NSW Government is investing $49.5 million in visitor infrastructure to deliver road upgrades, new lookouts, camping facilities, walking tracks and mountain bike trails. The package also includes a new adventure tourism destination at Lost City and the establishment of a multi-day Great walk linking Wollemi NP and Gardens of Stone SCA. This infrastructure is said to target an estimated 200,000 extra tourists to the region each year.

The Wolgan Valley Association is cautiously optimistic about this investment, provided the plan endorses low impact and ecologically and culturally sensitive tourism ventures.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife service has indicated it is committed to working with traditional owners during the establishment of the reserve, but the ABC has reported that Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation Elder Aunty Helen Riley is concerned that the plans have put the landscape and its history at risk.

The WVA will be calling for the government to consult with the local community, particularly Mingaan Wiradjuri, to ensure that an optimal outcome is achieved for all concerned.

Consultation on the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management and Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Master Plan is open until 5 July 2022, providing an opportunity for people to have a say about the future management of the park.

The draft plans are being exhibited together to provide people with a clearer understanding of what is being proposed for the future management of Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, and the information necessary to enable stakeholder feedback. The draft documents are available at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/consult.

The community is invited to provide feedback on the draft plans. Details on how to make a submission on the draft plan of management or draft master plan are outlined at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/consult.

Printed copies of the draft plans can also be found at the following locations:

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office, 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785

Lithgow Council, 180 Mort Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

As part of the consultation process, an information session will be held this Saturday 4 June 2022, at the WSU Transformation Hub in Lithgow from 10am, where you will have the chance to discuss the draft plans with NSW NPWS staff. Registration is essential via www.gardensofstonesca.eventbrite.com.au

📷 Carne Creek, Wolgan Valley-Newnes Plateau, Gardens of Stone SCA - Ian Brown
📷 Lost City - Snow Gum Flora Reserve, Gardens of Stone SCA - Kristie Kearney

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Department of Planning and Environment Lidsdale NSW 2790 Paul Toole MP James Griffin MP #WolganValley #GardensOfStoneSCA #GardensOfStoneNP #WollemiNP #GreaterBlueMountainsWorldHeritageArea #GBMWHA #TheSevenValleys #LithgowRegion
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NEW GARDENS OF STONE STATE CONSERVATION AREA PROCLAIMED

On 6 May 2022, over 30,000 hectares of the former Newnes, Ben Bullen and Wolgan State Forests were officially reserved under the National Parks and Wildlife (NP&W Act). This comprises the establishment of the new Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area (28,322 hectares) and additions to Gardens of Stone National Park (308 hectares) and Wollemi National Park (2,257 hectares).

These additions to the national park reserves encompass parts of the Wolgan Valley floor known as Jacks Camp / airstrip, as well as the Newnes Plateau and the areas surrounding the Baal Bone and Bicentennial Trails situated on both sides of the valley. The park also adjoins the Maiyingu Marragu Aboriginal Place, situated just beyond the top of Wolgan Gap, which is a significant rock art site and cultural educational precinct with strong connections to the Wiradjuri nation.

The Wolgan Valley Association supports these important additions to the national park, protecting rich eucalypt forests, an array of threatened species and ecological communities, and important Wiradjuri cultural heritage values.

As well as important conservation outcomes, the NSW Government is investing $49.5 million in visitor infrastructure to deliver road upgrades, new lookouts, camping facilities, walking tracks and mountain bike trails. The package also includes a new adventure tourism destination at Lost City and the establishment of a multi-day Great walk linking Wollemi NP and Gardens of Stone SCA. This infrastructure is said to target an estimated 200,000 extra tourists to the region each year.

The Wolgan Valley Association is cautiously optimistic about this investment, provided the plan endorses low impact and ecologically and culturally sensitive tourism ventures.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife service has indicated it is committed to working with traditional owners during the establishment of the reserve, but the ABC has reported that Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation Elder Aunty Helen Riley is concerned that the plans have put the landscape and its history at risk.

The WVA will be calling for the government to consult with the local community, particularly Mingaan Wiradjuri, to ensure that an optimal outcome is achieved for all concerned.

Consultation on the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management and Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Draft Master Plan is open until 5 July 2022, providing an opportunity for people to have a say about the future management of the park.

The draft plans are being exhibited together to provide people with a clearer understanding of what is being proposed for the future management of Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area, and the information necessary to enable stakeholder feedback. The draft documents are available at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/consult.

The community is invited to provide feedback on the draft plans. Details on how to make a submission on the draft plan of management or draft master plan are outlined at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/consult.

Printed copies of the draft plans can also be found at the following locations:

Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office, 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785

Lithgow Council, 180 Mort Street, Lithgow NSW 2790

As part of the consultation process, an information session will be held this Saturday 4 June 2022, at the WSU Transformation Hub in Lithgow from 10am, where you will have the chance to discuss the draft plans with NSW NPWS staff. Registration is essential via www.gardensofstonesca.eventbrite.com.au

📷 Carne Creek, Wolgan Valley-Newnes Plateau, Gardens of Stone SCA - Ian Brown
📷 Lost City - Snow Gum Flora Reserve, Gardens of Stone SCA - Kristie Kearney

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury  The Village Voice 2LT Department of Planning and Environment Lidsdale NSW 2790 Paul Toole MP James Griffin MP #WolganValley #GardensOfStoneSCA #GardensOfStoneNP #WollemiNP #GreaterBlueMountainsWorldHeritageArea #GBMWHA #TheSevenValleys #LithgowRegionImage attachmentImage attachment

WOLGAN VALLEY FIRE TRAINING & CULTURAL BURNING PROGRAM

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An exciting new program has been announced by Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation, with a fire training and cultural burning program set for the first week of July. Like the Association, Mingaan Wiradjuri also received funding under the Federal Governments Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Fund Program to develop a cultural burning / ecological plan in the Valley for those landholders who are interested in exploring cool burning techniques for hazard reduction and landscape management. Mingaan Wiradjuri are working with professional bushfire planners and bushfire ecologists to develop and then implement this training program for landholders in the Valley and from across our region.

If you are interested please contact Mingaan Wiradjuri on 0484 189 122 or email to register your place. We hope to see you there!

#WiradjuriCountry #Wiradjuri #CulturalBurning #WolganValley
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WOLGAN VALLEY FIRE TRAINING & CULTURAL BURNING PROGRAM 

WURIMBNIRRA-AYILI-NYA NGIYANHIGIN-GUNGURUNG

An exciting new program has been announced by Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation, with a fire training and cultural burning program set for the first week of July. Like the Association, Mingaan Wiradjuri also received funding under the Federal Governments Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Fund Program to develop a cultural burning / ecological plan in the Valley for those landholders who are interested in exploring cool burning techniques for hazard reduction and landscape management. Mingaan Wiradjuri are working with professional bushfire planners and bushfire ecologists to develop and then implement this training program for landholders in the Valley and from across our region.

If you are interested please contact Mingaan Wiradjuri on 0484 189 122 or email mingaanprograms@gmail.com to register your place. We hope to see you there!

#WiradjuriCountry #Wiradjuri #CulturalBurning #WolganValley

PROPOSED WOLGAN VALLEY SHELTER AND COMMUNITY CENTRE DESIGN UNVEILED

After many months of planning and community consultation, the architectural drawings for the proposed Wolgan Valley shelter and community centre have finally been unveiled.

Local Blue Mountains Architect Ingrid Donald has been working closely with the Association to prepare a design that will address the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards AS3959 specific bushfire construction requirements, provide a Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) during natural disasters including bushfires and floods, and become a welcoming space for creating connections and building a strong and vibrant community.

The Association is delighted with the design and incredibly impressed by Ingrid’s professionalism and strong understanding of the Association’s design brief, for what will be an important asset to the community of Wolgan Valley and the Lithgow region.

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Lidsdale NSW 2790 Wallerawang Nsw Andrew Gee MP Paul Toole MP Rural Fire Service - Chifley/Lithgow Team Lithgow City Council NSW SES Lithgow Unit Blue Mountains Gazette ABC Central West PRIME7 News Central West WIN News Central West
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Looks good when is construction anticipated to commence

WOLGAN VALLEY EMERGENCY SHELTER AND COMMUNITY CENTRE - HAVE YOUR SAY!

On Sunday 15 May the rain held off long enough to gather on site and discuss the progress of our Community Centre and Emergency Shelter. These meetings present a great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces as well as making new connections with people who also call Wolgan home. It’s fantastic to see this project bringing our community together.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Ingrid Donald (our architect) as well as Deputy Mayor Cass Coleman, and Councillors Deanna Goodsell and Stephen Lesslie. Mayor Maree Statham was unable to make it on the day due to family commitments. Lithgow City Council continues to support us with advice as we move closer to submitting our Development Application.

It’s no surprise that each time we talk to the community we gain valuable information and advice on many aspects of the project – from initial design to considering how we utilise and protect such a valuable community asset in the future.

With this in mind, would you please take the time to complete our survey which includes draft principles governing the use of the Wolgan Valley Community Centre? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Head to the following link:

forms.office.com/r/inynPGmMQb

Greater Lithgow Lithgow Mercury The Village Voice 2LT Lidsdale NSW 2790 Wallerawang2845 Lithgow City Council Mayor of Lithgow Maree Statham Stephen Lesslie Deanna Goodsell: Lithgow City Councillor Cass Coleman lRural Fire Service - Chifley/Lithgow Team Andrew Gee MP Paul Toole MP
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What is more sad than one headstone in the middle of nowhere. (Wolgan Valley) Answer. Nearby in an unmarked grave the burial of Charlotte Tomlinson, aged 47 leaving behind nine children.
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