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Lithgow City Council

Welcome to Lithgow City Council

The Lithgow Local Government Area (LGA) is a relatively large geographical area of 4,551 sq km, located about 140 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD and within the eastern part of the Central West Region. The Lithgow LGA lies almost wholly within the Wiradjuri Aboriginal nation, with the Gundungurra nation situated to the south and the Darug nation to the east.

The Lithgow LGA is made up of one large urban centre called Lithgow, two townships called Portland and Wallerawang and numerous villages, hamlets and rural localities of varying proximity to Lithgow.

The residential population for the 2011 census was recorded as 20,161.

Vision Statement

The vision statement for the Lithgow Local Government area is for:

  • Encourages community growth and development
  • Contributes to the efficient and effective management of the environment, community and economy for present and future generations.” . >>more

Draft Operational Plan 2014-15 & Draft Fees & Charges 2004-15

The Draft Operational Plan and Draft Fees & Charges are on public exhibition until 4.30pm on Friday 23 May 2014.

During the exhibition period, Council will be undertaking the following community briefing session on the Draft Operational Plan and invites residents to attend:

Wednesday 30 April - Rydal Mount Conference Centre - 6.30pm-7.30pm

Thursday 1 May - Old Hartley Schoolhouse - 6.30pm-7.30pm

Wednesday 7 May - Capertee Memorial Hall - 6.30pm -7.30pm

Council's Corporate Strategy & Communications Officer will be available to discuss the Plans at the Libraries on the following dates and times:

PORTLAND Library – Thursday 8 May, 2 – 6pm

WALLERAWANG Library – Wednesday 14 May, 2-6pm

LITHGOW Library – Thursday 15 th May, 2-6pm. >> more

Lithgow City Council’s Youth Survey 2014

Lithgow City Council’s Youth Survey is open to all young people living in the Lithgow LGA aged between 11 and 24 years.

The results, which should be released by June 2014, will assist with the development of Council’s Youth Strategy, guide policy and give the media and community an insight into what teenagers really think. Today most young people fill out surveys online, but print copies are also available from Council’s Administration Office located at 180 Mort Street, Lithgow.

The survey questions aim to discover what concerns young people on a personal and local level, what they value and who they turn to for help. Schools and groups can also request reports that tell them about the views and values of local youth issues, challenges and needs.

The survey will be live for a period of 4 weeks and will give young people the chance to have their say. The closing date for the survey is 30 April 2014. Your participation in this survey is greatly valued and will assist Council in supporting the future for youth in Lithgow. >> more

Water Restrictions Eased Further

With recent rains Water restrictions to residents in the Lithgow Local Government Area have been eased to Level 1 restrictions.

For private garden watering sprinklers may be used for up to 8hrs a day between the hours of 6am-10am & 5pm-9pm in summer and 6am-10am & 2pm-6pm in winter. There are no restrictions on the use of hand held hoses & micro-systems. There are no restrictions on the filling of private swimming pools, washing of paved areas and roof and washing of motor vehicles. >>more

Green waste collection 7 April 2014

Lithgow Council provides a free green waste Collection Service four times a year with the next scheduled for 7 April 2014 residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free service

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of this service should register their details (click here) or alternatively contact Council’s Customer Service Office on 6354 9999, and then on the night before 7 April 2014, leave their green waste adjacent to where they would normally place their garbage bin for pickup. 

There are some rules to this free service and Council will pick up:

  • Garden pruning’s no longer than 2 metres and not thicker than 200mm, tied in bundles
  • Lawn clippings and leaves must be placed in a durable container, cardboard box or hessian/plastic bag
  • A weight limit of 16 kilograms for each bundle or box applies
  • Quantity of one cubic metre, which is equivalent to about 4 wheelie bins allowed per premises


Draft Lithgow Principal LEP 2013

The public exhibition of the Planning Proposal for the Draft Lithgow Local Environmental Plan (LEP) has now concluded.  A copy of all written submissions received within the relevant period as well as all late submissions received are available for public viewing on the Draft LEP Website on the Community Feedback page.

Council Consideration of Submissions

Following consideration of all submissions a number of amendments to the Draft Local Environmental Plan 2013 are being recommended to the Council.

The report on the draft Local Environmental Plan 2013 was deferred at the Council meeting of the 16th December 2013 and will now be reported to an Extraordinary Meeting of Council on 3 February 2014.

Bushfire Recovery Information

For the latest bushfire recovery information please click on the link below.


New Recycling Bin

New Recycling Collection Service

Lithgow City Council are to provide residents with a new and easier to use Recycling
Collection Service.

From the 7th to the 26th October each household will be delivered a new 240 litre bin
for recycling. This is the wheelie bin with the YELLOW lid and the dark green body.

You will also be delivered a new 240 litre RED lid garbage bin to replace your
existing garbage bin.

The new collection service starts the week of Monday 4th November. Please DO NOT put the new bins out for collection prior to this date.

Your RECYCLING BIN will be serviced FORTNIGHTLY on the same day of the week as your garbage bin. Check the Information Brochure delivered with your new bin to find out which week your Recycling Collection commences.

Click here to download map for recycling pick up

Your GARBAGE bin will be serviced EVERY WEEK, as normal.

An INFORMATION BROCHURE will be delivered with your new bin. Please refer to this brochure for more details about how and when to use this service.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Information brochure


Our Place…Our Future - Integrate Planning and Reporting Framework

On 27 May 2013, Council adopted its integrated planning and reporting framework which sets the long-term strategic direction for the future of the Lithgow local government area.  The framework consists of:

  • Community Strategic Plan 2026
  • Long-Term Financial Plan 2013-2023
  • Strategic Asset Management Plan
  • Lithgow City Council Workforce Strategy 2013-2017
  • Combined Delivery Program 2013-2017 and Operations Plan 2013-2014.

Council has created a website for the integrated planning and reporting framework that provides greater detail on these documents.



It is advised that Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 31st October, 2011 gave consideration to the exhibited Draft Lithgow Land Use Strategy 2010-2030.

The document has been amended in accordance with Council’s resolutions (Minute No’s 11-422 and 11-450).

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Public Complaints Line for Environmental Licenced Premises

Council’s complaints telephone line for the following premises which hold an Environment Protection Licence is 6354 9999:

  • Oakey Park Water Treatment Plant
  • Lithgow Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Portland Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Wallerawang Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Lithgow Solid Waste Facility
  • Portland Garbage Depot.

This telephone line is for the purpose of receiving any complaints from members of the public in relation to the activities conducted at the premises and can be used for the reporting of sewer overflows.

Development proposals and donations or gifts

The political donation disclosure laws commenced on 1 October 2008.

The Local Government and Planning Legislation Amendment (Political Donations) Act 2008 requires the public disclosure of donations or gifts when lodging or commenting on development proposals. This law is designed to improve the transparency of the planning system. >>more


New to Council's Website

Council Meeting Dates 2014

  • Monday 10 February
  • Monday 3 March
  • Monday 24 March
  • Monday 14 April
  • Monday 12 May
  • Monday 2 June
  • Monday 30 June
  • Monday 28 July
  • Monday 18 August
  • Monday 8 September
  • Monday 29 September
  • Monday 27 October
  • Monday 17 November
  • Monday 15 December


Last Updated 23 April, 2014 9:21 AM

Lithgow City Council
PO Box 19
180 Mort Street, Lithgow NSW 2790
General Enquiries
Telephone: (02) 6354 9999 or 1300 661 303
Facsimile:(02) 6351 4259

Office Hours:
General Enquiries: 8.15am to 4.30pm Mon - Fri
Cashier: 8.30 am to 4.00pm

Please note:
All after hours calls should be made to 02 6354 9999.
These calls are transferred to the Councils Security Service who will
pass the information to the responsible Council Officer.