Cittaslow Katoomba Blue Mountains



Book Launch and Presentation: 'Sensitive Permaculture - Cultivating the way of the sacred Earth'

Monday, 7th February 2011

Alanna Moore's newest book launch

Book Launch and Presentation:

'Sensitive Permaculture - Cultivating the way of the sacred Earth'

Monday February 7th from 7.30pm

Alanna Moore's newest book explores the living energies of the land and how to connect with them. Drawing on indigenous wisdom from Australia, Ireland and elsewhere it combines the insights of geomancy and geobiology with eco-smart permaculture design, offering an exciting new paradigm for sustainable living. Brimming with practical tips for eco-spiritual gardeners, it encourages us to live sustainably in harmonious co-operation and sacred custodianship of Country.

Alanna's talk will describe the other worldly work she does, connecting to the nature spirit realms and fostering bountiful, sustainable food production in the process. You will learn the secret of Big Max, the giant cabbage featured in her book, and other tips for a truly magical gardening experience. Sensitive Permaculture will be available for purchase at the special price of $25, and her other books will also be sold on the night.

Hosted by The Southern Cross Academy of Light, Ph: 02 9975 4905 Venue: The weekly SCAL meeting with meditation and guest speaker, is held at St. John's Uniting Church Hall, Cnr. Yeo & Barry Sts. Neutral Bay on a Monday Night. Starts at 7.30pm. Enter through Barry Street.    Cost $15 concession; $10. All welcome.

Co-op Movie Event

Monday, 7th February 2011

'Vanishing Bees' by Ellen Page

 “Vanishing of the Bees”

Monday February 7th at 7pm

YHA Katoomba

207 Katoomba St

A light Honey themed supper will be served

Guest speakers will give a talk on beekeeping

Seating is limited, so please email to confirm your attendance to

Transport for Suburbia, beyond the Automobile Age

Tuesday, 15th February 2011

Mass motorisation has ruptured community ties, bankrupted tens of thousands of family shops, and bred a nation of obese children and adults.

Transport for Suburbia, beyond the Automobile Age — Paul Mees
Paul Mees has played a key role in analysing ways to achieve “modal shift” from car usage to buses, cycling and walking in Australian cities and sets out what we can learn from the very best from other world cities. His most recent book, Transport for Suburbia: Beyond the Automobile Age, argues that the secret of 'European-style' public transport lies in a general model of network planning that has worked in places as diverse as rural Switzerland, the Brazilian city of Curitiba and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver.
Paul is one of Australia’s leading experts on urban public transport and his work has provided the basis for the European Union’s 2005 HiTrans project on improving public transport in medium-sized cities and towns (


15 February 2011 6:30pm to  8:30pm


Macquarie Graduate School of Management, CBD campus

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Earthbag Bulding workshop

27th Feb 2011 to 5th Mar 2011

Learn about building with EarthBags

EarthBag Building workshop


Just a note that we're running an EarthBag Building workshop at Milkwood Farm (Near Mudgee) over 6 days at the end of Feb, and we're trying to make sure we get the word out about this opportunity to learn a fabulous natural building technique!

EarthBag Building Workshop: Milkwood Farm: 27 Feb - 5 Mar 2011

6 days of hands-on learning in EarthBag building. Learn the secrets of this versatile natural building technique and leave knowing how to build beautiful, natural and super-versatile earthbag structures with a small footprint and basic, easily accessible materials for very little cost.

For this workshop we welcome acclaimed Earthbag building facilitators Neil and Stella of Guiding Star Creations <> to Milkwood Farm to lead us all
through the steps of how to build an earthbag dome building! The building will be about 2.5m wide and about 3m tall and suitable for a wide range of uses from guest room through to root cellar

This workshop covers how to test your soil, build foundations, all the steps of the earthbag technique, forming window and door openings, natural plastering, and options for adapting domes to dry or wet climates. You will leave the workshop all set to apply your knowledge elsewhere and build your very own earthbag dome!

Workshop details and bookings:

More info on Earthbag as a natural building technique and heaps more pics and links here:

Please feel free to spread the word - we'd really appreciate it

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Preserving Fruit with Fowlers Vacola

Saturday, 14th May 2011

Hands on exploration of preserving fruit and other foods

Blue Mountains Fruit & Nut tree Network


Workshop - Sunday May 14th from 11.30 am


Anne Elliott (Slow Food Blue Mountains) will present a workshop on preserving fruit using Fowlers Vacola equipment.

Entry by donation.

Bookings essential so ring Anne on 4782 7376, or e-mail her:


Fruit and Nut Tree Network Contact: Anitra Nelson 4782 9003

Our blog:

A Slow Food Blue Mountains

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Permaculture Pioneer in Lawson

Tuesday, 31st May 2011

Join one of the world'seading thinkers in Permaculture


Permaculture pioneer David Holmgren will be in Lawson this month as a guest of Permaculture Blue Mountains. David - a leading thinker in ecological design and the author of Future Scenarios and The Flywire House: a case study in design against bushfire - will speak on disaster resilient landscaping and communities.


WHERE       Lawson Public School Hall, Wilson St entrance

WHEN          7-9.30pm, Tuesday May 31

COST           $20 ($15 for PBM members)

The Garden at the end of the World

Friday, 3rd June 2011

See how permaculture can cure the world's ills.



If you missed previous screenings of film maker Gary Caganoff’s beautiful film - The Garden at the End of the World - about permaculture in Afghanistan, you can see it next month. The film features the work of Blue Mountains permaculturist Rosemary Morrow. Gary will be available for a Q&A session after the screening. For more information, visit


WHERE        Springwood Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Macquarie Road, Springwood

WHEN          7.30pm, Friday June 3

COST           $5-10 donation

Energy Efficiency course

Thursday, 11th August 2011

Learn how to save energy, money and emissions

Energy Efficiency for the home

This is part of the Certificate I Access to Work and Training course at TAFE. It is a one-day session from 9.00 - 3.30 at a venue in Parramatta which will be announced shortly. There will also be a follow up session on 18th Aug - time to be announced.


ottilie bick-simpson | project officer

ethnic communities sustainable living project

ethnic communities' council of nsw  

221 cope st waterloo 2017  |  p 02 9319 0288 |


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General Meetings - BM Commuter & Transport User Assoc

30th Aug 2011 to 3rd Sep 2011

General meeting to discuss Railcorp changes and future steps

Dear Friends,

2012 will bring many challenges for train users and commuters in the Blue Mountains.  Railcorp is seeking to cut station staff and reduce the number of carriages on services in the Blue Mountains.  Our trains are getting older, there aren�t enough carriages to go around and overcrowding continues to cause problems for commuters in the afternoons.  These are just some of the issues we face.  Now more than ever our association is needed to ensure the Blue Mountains gets the transport services it needs.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and to your support throughout 2012.

Kind regards,

Michael Paag President/Secretary

PO Box 339, Blackheath NSW 2785

Blue Mountains Commuter and Transport Users Association Inc.


Springwood 8pm to 10pm, Tuesday 30 August 2011 Springwood Red Cross Hall Macquarie Road, Springwood


1pm to 3pm, Saturday 3 September 2011 Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre Station Street, Katoomba


1. Outcome of 2011 AGM, introduction of new executive and discussion on membership drive

2. Update on meetings with
-      Roza Sage MP
-      NSW Commuter Council
-      Lachlan Valley Regional Transport Forum
-      Others

3. Issues moving forward
-      V sets - replacement and or refurbishment
-      2011 Timetable review (due out 23 October 2011) and impact on station staffing
-      2012 Timetable review 
-      Express commuter service 
-      Extra early morning and late evening services 
-      Increased capacity on afternoon services from Sydney
-      Station staffing and lift access
-      Infrastructure investment

4. Transport for NSW � restructure of NSW transport agencies

5. General business

Alternative Technology Association - ATA - meeting

Wednesday, 31st August 2011

Monthly meetig to discuss trends, projects and alternatives

ATA Blue Mountains Branch - First meeting at Varuna

When: Wednesday 31 August

Time: 7pm

Where: Varuna, The Writers’ Centre, 141 Cascade Street, Katoomba

Join us at our first meeting at Varuna and celebrate the return of regular ATA Branch meetings in the Blue Mountains!

This meeting will be a chance for everyone to get to know each other and to talk about what local members want to see happening at future meetings, so come along and participate in the discussion.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

ATA Blue Mountains Branch Committee


Garry Barbuto

Interim Branch Convenor

BM Fruit and Nut Tree Network eBulletin #30 (September 2011)

1st Sep 2011 to 30th Sep 2011

Events and tips for gardening

Permaculture orchard working bee and tour, Saturday 8 October, 10.30am to 12.30pm


We can take a tour of Jan and Ken Goodlet's spectacular permaculture food forest, which has over 150 fruit trees, after a working bee helping with garden maintenance on Saturday 8 October 10.30am to 12.30pm. Join us at


 81 Winbourne Road, Hazelbrook. Wear clothes suitable for gardening and bring gloves. Tools will be supplied. Any queries, contact Anitra ( and 4782 9003).


Katoomba Footlight Festival, 22 October at the Katoomba North Public School


Anne Elliot and Anitra Nelson will be on the Slow Food Blue Mountains stall at the Katoomba Footlight Festival on Saturday 22 October. We will run a workshop on preserving fruit with Fowlers Vacola and talk about the Blue Mountains Fruit and Nut Tree Network. Hope to see you there then. If you have produce to share or swap drop by and check out what's doing.


Spring Seedling Market, Sunday 30 October


A Spring Seedling Market will take place from 9am till 1pm at 21 Pulpit Hill Rd, Katoomba.


Growers participating include Louisa Casino (Seedsavers, Slow Food BM, and BM Food Co-op), John and Loret (Seedsavers), Deb Hurley (Quarry Garden), Daniel Hatfield (a permaculturalist, who keeps the Healthy Harvest NSW blog) and Robin Johnston (Your Sustainable Garden). For more details contact Rob and Lucy (


Fig cuttings


Lorraine Bewley has a wonderful number and variety of figs and can supply you with cuttings. We have had great feedback on this and we're running out of the ideal time of year to plant them. Ring Lorraine (4753 6096) or email ( She is located at 180 Railway Parade, Warrimoo.


Funky Front Yard Farmers and Crop & Swap


Jo and Joe from Springwood and have recently initiated a community orchard in their local street (see and a community food swap, which will begin in November. The Crop & Swap will start on the second Saturday in November at the Faulconbridge Community Hall (see


Bartering cuttings


Lindsay Swift, who is establishing a fruit and berry orchard (and much more), is interested in bartering fruit and nut tree cuttings (to either grow and/or to use for food-smoking) in exchange for preserving accessories or equipment that he sells at the Katoomba Country Brewer: Shop 2, 101 Katoomba Street Katoomba 4782 3000:


Transition Towns BM Big Gig Fruit Trees


If you buy a ticket for the Big Gig, at the Mid Mountains Community Hall in Lawson on 24 September, for Transition Towns BM you can order a 3 year-old apple, lemon, almond, pear and/or plum tree for $40 too. For more details see the Big Gig event at the Transition Towns BM site: or contact Jed (


TAFE Fruit and Nut Tree Growing in the Blue Mountains


If you're one of the lucky ones that got on the list to participate in Susan Girard's Introducing the Basics and More, make sure that 15 and 29 October, and 12 November 2011 are in your diary. FULLY BOOKED.

BM Fruit and Nut Tree Network Blog


Remember to check out our blog (URL below) every now and again and send us details (including images) of fruit and nut tree developments to include. Feel free to make comments.


Fruit and Nut Tree Network contact, and to unsubscribe, or change, e-details:

Anitra Nelson — and 4782 9003



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Festival of Walking

8th Oct 2011 to 15th Oct 2011

A series of guided and self-guided walks across the Blue Mountains

Festival of Walking - 8th to 15th October 2011 There's a diverse programme of free and costed events during the 8 day festival including walks in gear from yesteryear, photographic exhibitions, walks to mystery locations and there will be guided and self guided activities for everyone from challenging wilderness treks to gentle street strolls. Click for more!

Sociocracy Workshop

28th Oct 2011 to 29th Oct 2011

A way of percieving and interacting with our communuity with wisdom and empathy.

Sociocracy Workshop

With Gina Price, National SociocracyTrainer/ Hosted by the Blue Mountains Co-Housing Group

Location: Mid Mountains Community Centre, New Street, Lawson (5 min. walk from train station)

When:  Friday 28th October (introductory) and Saturday 29th October (full day)  You are welcome to attend either or both.  You will have a fuller understanding of Sociocracy if you are able to attend both Friday and Saturday, but workshop assistant will provide additional information to those arriving on Saturday morning.

For more information on Sociocracy, visit the Information page in list of Projects on this web site.

To attend this valuable event, see registration form attached.

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Earth Day Event – 29th October 2011

Saturday, 29th October 2011

Earth Day Event – 29th October 2011


Hello All,


I have visualised a market-place where our front driveway now is - it has been

kept car-free for several months.


The first event I would like to have there is a follow-up or "sister" event to

the Footlight Festival at North Katoomba Public School.


So, who would like to come along to a seedling "swap-n-sell" on Saturday,

October 29th. It will be 930 - 12 in Katoomba, 21 Pulpit Hill Rd. A good way to

jump-start our Spring planting season- and inspire each other to get our

seedlings started ASAP- so we will have something to swap.


(A warm sunny windowsill would be a good place to get tomatoes going in little

clay pots- will try that in a week or so.)


Earth Day is currently celebrated April 22nd- so Footlight is perfectly timed on

Oct 22nd for the southern hemisphere. Also, traditionally festivities were held

over a whole week - so the 29th is still within range.


I hope this seedling event will enhance and add to the other things happening in

October - after all, you can't have too much sustainability.





"The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or,

perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man

concludes to build a woodshed with them."

-Henry David Thoreau

The 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference

Thursday, 15th December 2011

Annual gathering of those interested in better cities

Call for papers NOW OPEN

The 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference will be a platform for Government and Industry sector professionals to discuss causes, effects and solutions that relate to population health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design and more.

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ArtyBra 2012 - Deadline

Wednesday, 15th February 2012

Submit your entry from you or your group

ArtyBra 2012 is Doing it for The Girls (and The Boys!)


Yes, we are doing it again – ArtyBra 2012 is underway.  Blue Mountains Cancer Help is appealing to your creative spirit to decorate an ArtyBra.   You can run the full gamut of your imagination – you can paint, sculpt, stitch, construct or embellish your individual ArtyBra. An ArtyBra that says YOU!

Find out more…

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Radio Plays - Blue Mountains

Sunday, 29th April 2012

The Plays for this month are "The Thought" and "Fibber Meets a Racketeer".

Hello all you wonderful supporters of the Radio Plays,

Can you believe it, another month & we are back again. We are urging you all to come to the Radio Plays at Mountain Heritage, cnr Apex & Lovel Sts. Katoomba. In the Ballroom, for 2 Plays & a yummy, scrumptious afternoon tea, provided by our sponsor, Whisk & Pin.

Please phone & tell us you are coming, so we can cater for afternoon tea, on 4782 2155


"The Thought" is from the Series: The Haunting Hour and went to air 10 June 1948.

Cleverly constructed play about a mentalist, who reads minds. The Great Marlow is played by David Cox, who is our sound S/Fx artist, recordist & actor. James Craib, a man of many parts & voices, Amanda Russell is Helen, the intended victim of the plot to kill someone! Deirdre Lassau, plays her friend Mildred, Philip Hammon is Helen's husband, Jack Thornton, his friend, Paul Allen is David Doyle. The rest of the cast are the stalwarts of the Blue Mountains Radio Players, Annette Emerson, & Rob Ricketson & Juliette Palmer-Frederick, who is our Director.

The second Play is "Fibber Meets a Racketeer" from the series: Fibber McGee & Molly.

The Announcer (Harlow Wilcox) is David Doyle, Fibber McGee is Philip Hammon, Molly is Annette Emerson, the Man is Rob Ricketson, Billy Willis is James Craib, Old Timer is also James Craib, Mrs. Abigail Uppington is Juliette Palmer-Frederick, Clerk is Desley Anderson, Mayor La Trivia is David Cox, Voice on P.A. is Derdre Lassau, Cop (Leiut.Nichols) is David Doyle, Mr. Wimple is our man of a thousand voices, James Craib. This is a very funny play which will have everyone in hysterics. As we have been in rehearsal.

Remember, 29th April, 2012, 2:30 pm in the Ballroom at Mountain Heritage, cnr. Apex & Lovel Sts Katoomba. $15.00 pp for 2 Plays & Afternoon Tea. Booking: 4782 2155


Slow Food Winter Blue Nose Dinner

Thursday, 12th July 2012

Enjoy convivial company, great food and wines

Celebrate the cold with the Winter Blue Nose Dinner @ Avalon Restaurant, Katoomba with Windowrie Wines.  Thurs 12 July 7pm. Tickets $70 ($80 non members) for canapes, 2 courses and matching wines.  Invitations out to Members next week, else check online: 

Radio Plays at the Mountain Heritage & Spa Resort

Sunday, 29th July 2012

Local talent performing world class radio plays

Hello All you wonderful Radio Play supporters,

Here we are again. Another month & we are rehearsing for two more great Plays.

"Dweller in Darkness" - You are really going to love these two. First one involves the game of Bridge & the supernatural, with dire results: which was broadcast in 1925 on the BBC. Those were the really early days of Radio.

Our cast has been practising their seance skills for this one!! Mrs Vyner is played by Annette Emerson, Henry by Philip Hammon. Amanda Russell is Phyllis, Mortimer is Colin Semmler, Professor Urquhart is James Craib. Mr. Vyner is David Cox, our very talented S/Fx artist. David Doyle is the SF/x operator.

"The Use of Man" - The second Play is one that was written in 1933 by the foremost British dramatist Lord Dunsany. It was commissioned for the Columbia Workshop Festival Series in 1939. It is about how Man has to have at least two animals testify of what use man is to the animal kingdom. It is a clever play & will appeal to all the animal lovers in our audience. The cast has to play many parts, & that gets pretty tricky.

Announcer is Juliette, 1st. Foxhunter James Craib, 2nd. Foxhunter Philip Hammon, Lord Gorse is David Doyle, Mr. Pelby (Master of Fox Hounds) is David Cox. Lord Gorse's son is James Craib, Diana a hunting lady is Amanda Russell. Dinner Guest & Hunter , Williams is Colin Semmler. Travelling Spirit is Annette Emerson, The Spirits of the Dog is Jan Vaughan, Of the Crow is Philip Hammon, the Bear is Colin Semmler, the Bee is Deirdre Lassau, the Cat is Juliette Palmer-Frederick, the Horse is James Craib, the Cow is Juliette, the Pig is Philip Hammon. The Hen is Deirdre Lassau, the Rabbit is Amanda Russell, the Birds are the Cast, the Mosquito is James Craib.

All this excitement will take place at the Mountain Heritage, on 29th. July 2012 at 2:30pm in the Ballroom, which is at the Cnr. Apex & Lovel Sts. Katoomba.

Tickets are $15.00pp at the door, or book on 4782 2155 - Includes Afternoon Tea & the Plays. Please phone for catering purposes for the Delicious, Yummy Afternoon Tea provided by our sponsors Whisk & Pin. CD's of our previous Plays will be available after the show.

 We look forward to seeing you.

 Cheers, Juliette Palmer-Frederick

EMERGE - In Lak'Esh

Saturday, 4th August 2012

A family friendly event of music, dance and more.

Pop out on Saturday 4th August to see a few new local and extremely funky bands... Mezzaphonics, King Parrot Samba, and The Astrobeat Thunkestra with guest appreances by Cairo Rha, and the Theatre of Living Light, in a high spirited night out for the whole family.   All are emerging artists in the Blue Mountains, presented by the new local artists collective In Lak'esh. We are also celebrating ourselves, our families and our community as we begin to emerge out of winter and move towards Springtime!! We are also building a special kids and parents chill out play space at the venue for the night. There will be delicious dinner and drinks available too!   $15 adult, youth $5, children 6 & under free. There are also family group discounts available!

Bookings are essential for this show and all inquiries and payment are to be made through contacting Sharon on 0401 728 425 or (02) 4782 7461.

Getting the Cane at Mt Tomah

Sunday, 5th August 2012

Bag a delightful assortment of fruit canes and cuttings

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. $10 including several propagules, additional stock available for purchase at bargain prices on the day. Registration essential, sign up here.


WHERE      Mt Tomah

WHEN        10am, August 5

Regional Community Meet Up

Sunday, 26th August 2012

Gardeners gather to share and learn

Fruit and Nut Tree Network event

On Saturday August 26th Blue Mountains Community Gardens plays host to a regional meetup of Community Gardeners. Come along from 11am and find out how fruit and nut trees are incorporated in a community garden setting around the Sydney region —

Lawson Live

Saturday, 1st September 2012

Launch Party

Lawson Live Party

Come and launch the 'Love Lawson' Festival season for 2012
From 6pm-10pm, 1 September at the Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson (see attached)
Lawson Live now happens the first Saturday of each month.
Join in the celebration of local artists, food and more.

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Permablitz in Blue Mountains

Sunday, 16th September 2012

Join in and make a difference in one day through implementing permaculture.


16th September in Katoomba.

Please contact the host David Brazil to put yourself on the list to attend!

Vege food and drinks provided. Children welcome.

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Pecha-Kucha Night #3:

Thursday, 20th September 2012

6pm - 10pm Thursday 20th September, 2012

Champagne Charlies Bar and Lounge, The Carrington

 Dear members of our creative community,

 Following the success of PKN Blue Mountains #1 & #2 please join us for another great night of fun, ideas, thoughts, works, drinks... and just about anything really! Pecha-Kucha Nights are about creative people coming together to meet, network and share their work in public.

 Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation - "chit chat", the presentation format of Pecha-Kucha Nights is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a structure that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

 We are very proud to announce that PKN Blue Mountains #3 is being hosted by The Carrington and we are looking for presenters! If you would like to present to a relaxed group of like-minded creatives, get in touch with me at

 Keep an eye on for PKN Blue Mountains #1. #2 presentations will be uploaded soon! Otherwise if you would like to be a member of the audience and support your creative community phone 02 4782 1111. Numbers are strictly limited.

 Please note, this is a licensed venue and does not cater for children.

Pecha-Kucha Nights Blue Mountains is proudly supported by The Carrington, Scenic World, KFM Media and Australia PR. Pecha-Kucha Night - Devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture.

 Hope to see you there!

Lizzy Marshall

Pecha-Kucha Organiser - Blue Mountains

P.S. Forward to a friend and support our local creative community.          

Lizzy Marshall Sculpture Exhibition Manager Scenic World, Blue Mountains Cnr Violet Street & Cliff Drive Katoomba  Australia  NSW  2780 PO Box 1042 Katoomba  NSW  2780 T +61 (0) 2 47 800 200 F +61 (0) 2 47 825 675 Direct Ext +61 (0) 2 47 800 245

Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2012

6th Oct 2012 to 14th Oct 2012

Celebrating the beauty of the Blue Mountains while enjoying the walk.

The Festival Of Walking is positioned to eclipse last year's audience reach and attraction of visitors and participants. Running for 9 days and 8 nights from 6 to 14 October, Festival Director Sean Greenhill stated "We have already taken more than 300 participant bookings still with a month to go. Bookings will no doubt increase significantly as we promote the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon region as the finest natural scenery on the continent." Sean identified there will be something for everyone "The Festival is not just for hardened wilderness athletes, there are a wide range of walks for diverse interest groups to enjoy including family walks welcoming children."

Visit Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2012

Looking for something to do over the weekend? Lots on in the Blue Mountains ...

7th Oct 2012 to 25th Oct 2012

Cultural e-news:
Welcome to the new format Cultural e-news from Blue Mountains City Council. Discover how you can be part of the rich cultural life of the Blue Mountains by creating, innovating, celebrating and participating in the many and diverse community cultural activities on offer. We hope you pass this email on to your networks so that even more people can get involved.

  • Sunday 7th October Blue Mountains Community Garden's Festival of Joy, Katoomba
  • Friday 12th October, 8pm - Live at the Village presents Bellyache Ben and the Steamgrass Boys + The Rescue Ships, Presbyterian Hall, Springwood Ph. 47515171 or The Turning Page Bookshop, Springwood
  • 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th October -The Blue Mountains Film Festival & Yowie Awards
  • Friday 12th October Katoomba Dance Theatre presents Wellspring group performing Recipe #3: Everyday, Mavis Wood Hall, Mid Mtns Centre, Lawson Ph. Julie  0448 358353
  • 11th, 18th, 25th October School for Social Entrepreneurs BM Information Sessions in Katoomba and Springwood,au Ph. Tracey  0416 628 908
  • Have Your Say: the consultation period for Blue Mountains City Council's Draft Arts and Cultural Activities Policy has been extended to 22nd October 2012 - your feedback is welcome and encouraged.


11th Oct 2012 to 12th Oct 2012


Join us—and plant ideas for seed Freedom fortnight in Sydney...

Seed Freedom activities at Eco-topia:THURSDAY 11 October


Night Program: $25 (if you can’t make it to the day program): 

6:30pm - DINNER (BYO drinks)— moussaka, slow roasted eggplant, zucchini, tomato, potato & onions—salad: + beetroot, cabbage, sultana, parsley, honey yoghurt dressing + roasted vegetables, honey mustard dressing (Catering by Agape Organic Restaurant).

7:30pm - FILM—SEEDS OF FREEDOM (from The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, narrated by Jeremy Irons)... followed by a discussion facilitated by Fiona Campbell and others.

FRIDAY 12 October

9:15am - KEYNOTE: Seed Savers’ Network—SEED TO SEED GARDENS. 

Jude and Michel Fanton will explore what Seed Freedom is and we will have a chance to explore, in small groups, actions that school and community gardeners can take.


12:00noon - Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance seeking our collaboration in advocating a People's Food Plan for our nation.

2:00pm - PRODUCING NEW PLANTS—cuttings and seed propagation with horticulturist and permaculture designer, Emma Daniell.

3:30pm SEED SAVING THE PLANET with Local Seed Network and community gardener, Jane Mowbray.


- Night Program only: $35 (if you can’t make it to the day program): Friday celebratory night with organic pizza and music by Kooii.
Find out more at:
ECO-TOPIA IS A PRE-PAID EVENT (this helps volunteers with catering and planning).

To book go to:

Salone del Gusto 2012 international Trade Fair

25th Oct 2012 to 29th Oct 2012

The Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. Adelaide is pleased to provide you information regarding an opportunity to be part of an Australian delegation of exhibitors/visitors at Salone del Gusto 2012, the international trade fair focused on “slow food” products, to be held in Turin, Italy.

Please find all the information attached and feel free to contact our office in order to receive additional information if required.

 Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to exhibit in the 72sqm Australian stand that will have a pre eminent position with 3 open sides.

 The biannual International trade fair is on the 25/29 October 2012 in Turin.

 I urge you to register your interest by looking at the attached information and providing us with the attached “registration of interest” form, so that we may plan the proposed “Australian” space for companies wishing to attend and provide an accurate quote based on your specific needs.

 Click here in order to watch a quick video on Salone del Gusto 2012.

 I look forward to hearing from you soon

 Kind regards

 Antonio Rosato

Business Development Manager

Italian Chamber of Commerce - Adelaide

262a Carrington Street - ADELAIDE  SA  5000

 T +61 (0)8 8232 4022 I   F +61 (0)8 8232 4033 I 

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Festival of Green

Saturday, 27th October 2012

Connect with your local school and community and Go Green

Springwood Public School P&C's

Festival of the Green - 27 October from 10.00am to 4.00pm

Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia will make his first visit to the
lower mountains to host workshops on no dig gardens at Springwood Public

This is part of an exciting and innovative food and gardening
festival promoting and showcasing a farmers’ markets with locally and
regionally produced food and gardening workshops.

Other attractions include pony rides for the kids, stalls, amusement rides
and entertainment.
Entry by gold coin donation. All proceeds go to Springwood Public School.

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For further information contact Sally - 0402 657 863 or Andrea - 0414 348 377

Blue Mountains Radio Players

Sunday, 28th October 2012

Local radio plays going worldwide

Hi Everyone!

Well, our news is very exciting as we are going to air live with the Radio Plays from Mountain Heritage,in the Ballroom. We will be streaming Worldwide & you will be able to hear us on the internet through Radio Blue Mountains. The address is

The broadcast starts on 28th October 2012 at 2:30pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time here in Katoomba, N.S.W. Australia.

This is the first time the Radio Plays have been performed live to air, as far as I know, emanating from the Blue Mountains Radio, Community Radio Station & I would love to receive your reaction. So would Mountain Heritage & all our players & our sponsor, Whisk & Pin.

My email address is, If you enjoy this broadcast we could probably do it more often, so do let us know.

Happy listening,

Cheers, Juliette Palmer-Frederick

Director, Blue Mountains Radio Players.

Bi Cenntinary Events

Friday, 30th November 2012

Bi Cenntinary Events

The photo above, taken by Shay Tobin, is from Crossing Country, Making Tracks, Sharing Culture. It is from a project developed earlier this year with funding from Arts NSW and auspiced by Blue Mountains City Council. 

If you have an event you'd like to include as part of the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Crossings, Council is hosting aCrossings Events workshopon Thursday 29th November from 9 am to 1 pmat the Mid Mountains Community Centre, New Street, Lawson. The workshop will provide information about the Crossings, how to register an event, what events Council is managing, and will encourage public participation in the calendar of events. RSVP
For more information contact Kerrin O'Grady at BMCC on 4780 5659

And if you haven't yet visited the newCultural Centre in Katoombathere's a free family friendlyPoetry Under the Stars event onFriday 30th November

Katoomba Community Christmas Fair

Sunday, 2nd December 2012

Come and support your community and SHOP LOCAL

Katoomba Community Christmas Fair is on this Sunday 2nd Dec 10 am - 2 pm 

It is shaping up to be a fun day (entry off Waratah St) . With over 50 stalls, many of them featuring local and handmade products , you are sure to find a unique Christmas gift whilst keeping money in the Mountains (and saving you a trip to Penrith!!). There will also be a big second hand stall run by P & C for all you fossickers out there.

 There will be a BIG free jumping castle (8 x 8 m - up to 12 years of age), a fire engine as well as some other kids activities so you can shop whilst the kids play. With live music, great food and real coffee it is the place to spend a chilled out Sunday. Hosted by Katoomba Public P & C and Connect Family Services this is a fun raiser but the emphasis is on community so local community groups such as RFS, Men's Shed and Women's Health Centre, Katoomba High etc have been given free stalls to raise both money and their profile.

Come and support your community and SHOP LOCAL. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday

This should be a GREAT DAY

Blue Mountains Culture activities

Saturday, 15th December 2012

  • Saturday 15th December - Master Makers: at the Katoomba Cultural Centre. Join talented stylist Jane Frosh and be inspired to create beautiful sustainable gift wrap. Bring up to 3 presents along for wrapping. Ages 12+ Bookings essential to 4780 5410 Cost: donation of a $5-$10 gift for Christmas gift appeals.
  • Saturday 15th December - Leura Place Concert presents an Indian Classical Music Concert with Bobby Singh (Tabla) and Adrian McNeil (Sarod). A short walk from Leura Station. Bookings to Ph. Meg 0425 270 632

Mayoral Invitation to the Arts Community

Monday, 17th December 2012

Blue Mountains Creative Council gathering

The Mayor of the City of the Blue Mountains has extended an invitation to all members of the arts community to attend a discussion on the possible formation of a Blue Mountains Creative Council at the Carrington Hotel, Katoomba from 6-9pm on Monday 17th December.

From the Mayor:

"This body is intended to provide an ongoing forum for local artists to network with all levels of Government as well as non-Government organisations, philanthropists and the private sector.

I believe very strongly that as our local area possesses such a wealth of artistic talent, it should be a natural destination for Art and Cultural attractions. This can and will only occur if driven by the arts community in partnership with the stakeholders outlined above. As your Mayor, I would like to build a stronger relationship to help achieve this goal.

The meeting will include but not be limited to:

  • Suggestions on the structure of a Blue Mountains Creative Council
  • Update on the revamp of the old Katoomba Library to a multi-use space incl. Community Theatre
  • Update on the forthcoming BMCC Arts and Cultural Policy
  • Information on the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust

I look forward to seeing you there and hearing your views on how to enhance the status of the Blue Mountains art.

Kind Regards, 

Clr Daniel Myles
City of the Blue Mountains"

Arts and Cultural Activities

7th Feb 2013 to 10th Feb 2013

  • Thursday 7th February, 2.30 - 3.20pm (arrive by 2.20pm) - Screening of The Greenhorns, a documentary about America's new young and inspiring farming communities at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah, World Heritage Exhibition Centre Theatre. Bookings essential to Foundation & Friends Ph. 9231 8182 Email: or visit

  • Friday 8th February, 6 - 8pm - Opening of 2 new exhibitions at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow and Close to Home: Artists of the Blue Mountains. FREE. No bookings.

  • Saturday 9th February, 2pm - Artist Talk at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre with Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro from the exhibition How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow. FREE. Bookings appreciated. Ph. 4780 5410

  • Sunday 10th February,1pm - Summer Sunday Screening of Tomorrow When the War Began at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. FREE but bookings essential to 4780 5410

Soul Food and Ambient Music Festival

Saturday, 9th February 2013

Sunday 9th February 2013The Community Gardens, Victoria St Katoomba 12.30 - 3.30 pm

COME and DISCOVER - the Slow Food movement while listening to quality local and interstate Ambient music live.

The Community Gardens Katoomba is an exceptionally beautiful setting with sculptures, native food forests, labyrinths, Organic Gardens.

It is a great venue to bring your kids to. There will be sumptuous Vegan, Vegetarian and Omnivorous food to taste which will be both healthy and satisfying to the senses. 

Three acts will be performing on the day from Noon 

The Wandering Minstrels from Adelaide - A partnered male + female duo featuring harmonising vocals in the vein of Angus and Julia Stones softer material but with a spirItual bent starring James and Michelle Byrne - James and Michelle play music full-time along with selling theIr handcrafted musical instruments along the way - 
Support acts are 'Satsang' - a loosely assembled group of world musicians who performed improvised and transendental longish pieces at last years Festival of Joy to a much appreciative audience. and 'Ahimsa' - A spontaneous cross fertilsation of the shimmering acoustic twelve string songs and velvet voice of Local talent Ash Wanders (think; Augie March, Mazzy Star, Jeff Buckley, The Smiths) and the Sitar-like virtuosity of 6 string space-born bass player Will Farrell (ASTRObeat Thunkestra) Dont miss the bliss of a full tummy with ameliorated ears ! !
This event is FREE !

Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning

13th Feb 2013 to 31st Mar 2013

Brahma Kumaris activities for the family

Feb 13 Take a Trip on Spaceship Earth Wednesday 13 February 6.30 pm Meditation 7.00 - 8.30 pm Talk

An inner journey of discovery, to help us connect joyfully with others and come to understand the whole significance of everything.

Presenter: Ed Wondolowski, retired professor and long term meditator who lives at Peace Village, the Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre, 2 hours from New York.

See the calendar for February and March online...

Keep peaceful and cheerful, Warm regards, Sally and the Leura team Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spirtual Learning 186 Mt Hay Rd Leura NSW 2780

Bolivia: Earth-worshippers in power, sort of

Saturday, 23rd February 2013

Presented by Eileen Haley

MoonCourt, Blue Mountains


Saturday 23rd February, 10am-1pm


Eileen tells a story of how Earth-worshippers came to power in Bolivia and what they have done with that power. The story is based on solid research and marvellously weaves magic, history, ritual, geography, political struggle and harsh realities into a fascinating tale that is filled with romance but not romantic.


 This work was first presented, to much acclaim, at the GAIA Conference in October 2012.

The text was then posted online on the PaGaian website ( and linked to other notable websites globally .


Eileen now offers an updated version, with full visual and experiential components, that takes in the 2012 Summer Solstice, celebrated in Bolivia as the shift of the centre of Earth's energy to Lake Titicaca, the womb of the world, and the beginning of a time of harmony and balance.

 Presenter Eileen Haley is a Sydney-based crone, poet and PaGaian with longstanding connections to Latin America and a love of magic realism in all its forms.

Contribution: $20 -10 sliding scale

To book in: email or phone 4751 6100. Pre-payment welcome, to confirm numbers.

 Tea/coffee and cakes provided. Bring prepared lunch to share if you wish to stay a while after 1pm.

Lust for Life

Saturday, 23rd February 2013

Family and community fun

In Lak'esh presents...

Hi friends, our next community event is "Lust for Life"

Be your self and be part of a fun night. Self expression is welcome. Our idea is to create events that are fun, away from pubs, community friendly, kid friendly and body moving. 

Early start of 6.30 for a fun wild rewarding evening on Sat 23rd of Feb Katoomba Masonic Hall, opposite council Chambers

See you there, bring 'Your Thing' to the event like Dance, Juggle whatever, Flag Dancing, Poy Balls, ... :) 

See you soon :)

Strengthening your Community group

26th Mar 2013 to 6th Apr 2013

Blue Mountains TAFE Outreach in partnership with Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre are offering: Course 10696 in Access to Vocational & Community Engagement

Strengthening your Community group
A FREE COURSE for Australian citizens & permanent residents

Do you belong to a community group? Would you like to learn skills to build, maintain, and empower your group? Come along to new workshops to be held in the Mid Mountains in 2013

The program will include two workshops, each held over two Saturdays. You can choose to do one workshop (2 days) or both workshops (4 days)

These workshops include skills for lifelong learning, community and work-place, and provide a pathway to other qualifications in the community sector

A light lunch will be provided but bringing a plate to share would also be great.


Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre, 9 New St Lawson

Workshop One

‘Building, maintaining and empowering your community group’: Saturday 2nd and 9th March, 10am to 4 pm

Workshop Two

‘Powering ahead’: Saturday 23rd March and 6th April, 10 am to 4 pm

Bookings essential due to limited places:
Phone 4759 2592 to register or for more information.

Story Lights

16th Jun 2013 to 19th Jul 2013

Storytelling about real life that uplifts and entertains the family.

Story Lights –Third Sunday of the month

for three months: May, June and July 2013.

Session one this Sunday 19th May 2-4 pm

Lawson Mid Mountains Neighbour

Stories offer us the opportunity to look at our lives through new and different perspectives; connecting the visible outer world to the invisible inner world.

Storytelling can strengthen our inner compass so that we more clearly navigate through unknown territory.

These afternoons we will hear stories about our moment in history on earth, finding stories to guide our way forwards, as the human community learns to live within the terms of the earth.

As winter draws near, you are invited to light your inner world  through an experience of storytelling:

the third Sunday of May (19th), June (16th) and July (21st) from 2-4 pm.

Venue Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre Grace Tooth Dining Room.

Stories suitable for adults and children over 6.

Entry by donation $5-10

Katoomba Permaculture Design Certificate

15th Feb 2014 to 5th Apr 2014

Internationally recognised 72 hour Permaculture Certificate course for all

View attached file


Sunday, 9th March 2014

The world's oldest surviving film


Katoomba Theatre Company is offering music lovers and film buffs the chance to see the world's oldest surviving animated film, "THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED," featuring LIVE musical accompaniment by Dr Kim Cunio and Heather Lee.

Join us for this special preview showing in the Ballroom at the Carrington Hotel,

Tickets on 4782 1111 or

Changeology: Enabling change

1st Apr 2014 to 2nd Apr 2014

Brilliant tools to design great behaviour change projects

Sydney Workshops -

 Facilitation Skills: Facilitate every gathering with confidence and authority.

"Gave me what I wanted, which was greater confidence to facilitate." - participant comment

Details and booking:

Changeology: Enabling change

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Brilliant tools to design great behaviour change projects

Sydney workshop - 

Facilitation Skills: Facilitate every gathering with confidence and authority. "Gave me what I wanted, which was greater confidence to facilitate." - participant comment

Changeology: Enabling Change

29th Apr 2014 to 30th Apr 2014

Brilliant tools to design great behaviour change projects.
“Awesome – a life saver.” - participant comment

Melbourne workshops - 

Facilitation Skills: Facilitate every gathering with confidence and authority. "Gave me what I wanted, which was greater confidence to facilitate." - participant comment
Details and booking:

Changeology: Enabling change

Thursday, 1st May 2014

Brilliant tools to design great behaviour change projects.
'Awesome – a life saver.' - participant comment

Melbourne workshop

Facilitation Skills: Facilitate every gathering with confidence and authority.

"Gave me what I wanted, which was greater confidence to facilitate." - participant comment

Details and booking:

International Assembly

18th Jun 2015 to 21st Jun 2015

The annual gathering of representatives of all Cittaslow communities from across the world

International Assembly

Each year, from across the global network of Cittaslow communities, folks gather to share, learn and celebrate their unique experiences and projects, for the enhancement of our society.

In 2016 on a date yet to be set, Goolwa SA, will be the host of this annual and very well attended event, for the first time being held in the Southern Hemisphere. Keep an eye out for this event which is open to the local and global Cittaslow members, with some activities welcoming the public, too.

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