Media Release
Lithgow City Council

14 December 2011

The Lithgow Region - a Great Place to Live

Lithgow has a heritage, but it also has a future.  It’s a place with a great country atmosphere, where the people are friendly and always willing to lend a hand.  These are a few of the things that make people want to live in Lithgow according to the attendees at the Community Leaders Forum held on Monday.

“Representatives from community groups and services throughout the local government area attended a forum this week to provide input into the development of Our Place, Our Future Draft Community Strategic Plan 2021” said Mayor Castle.  “Our Place, Our Future is our chance to tell the world what makes the Lithgow region great, and how we are planning to make it even better.”

“The group raised a wide range of issues of concern to the community including matters such as:

  • Public safety.
  • Protection of the natural environment particularly in our National Parks and State Forests.
  • The closure of rural tips.
  • The need to unify the area through the development and installation of consistent quality signage for our towns, villages and suburbs.
  • And the need to lobby for additional passenger and freight rail services.

“Developing and promoting the area as a tourist destination was of importance to the group.  The need to upgrade Hassans Walls Lookout to make it more accessible and the continued liaison with relevant authorities to work towards a strategy to re-open Pearsons Lookout were priority actions for the area as both lookouts are major tourist attractions.”

“Council is committed to ongoing engagement with the community to develop plans and strategies which will help to build a strong and sustainable future for the Lithgow region” continued the Mayor “We want people to think about what our community needs and speak up about it.

“The development of Our Place, Our Future Draft Community Strategic Plan 2021 requires long-term thinking – we can’t do everything at once, but this plan will give us a path to follow into the future” concluded the Mayor.

Our Place, Our Future Draft Community Strategic Plan 2021 and all supporting documents are available for viewing at the Council Administration Centre, Lithgow Library Learning Centre and Wallerawang, Portland and Rydal Libraries or at

Submissions can be made until Friday 16 December and should be addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 19, Lithgow  NSW 2790 quoting reference IPR09-12. 


Mayor Neville Castle
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Deborah McGrath
Corporate Strategy and Communications Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259