SO that’s another one out of the way; another year passed into history and leaving us with the hope we can do better with the brand new one.
As usual it was a mixed bag of achievements and losses that filled the pages as the Lithgow Mercury in 2013 did what it has done in recording the history of our city and district for 136 years.
There was indeed the good, the bad and the ugly in the year gone by.
THE GOOD was very, very good; the BAD was bad enough; and the UGLY was, just ugly.
But it was the good side of 2013 that was worth remembering for all the right reasons.
Highlights were certainly the new era in tertiary education for Lithgow.
In the first half of the year the University of Notre Dame Australia confirmed its presence in Lithgow with the completion of the purpose built campus for the university’s Rural Clinical School.
The campus in the grounds of Lithgow Hospital was established with assistance from both the federal and NSW governments and added considerably to the city’s status as a Learning City.
At the same time the University of Western Sydney was pressing ahead with a great deal of enthusiasm on its project to bring a second university presence to our area.
The UWS outreach college will be accepting its first students in the next few weeks after a multi million dollar makeover of the former Lithgow Library building, the Hoskins Institute.
Also turning out very, very good was the program to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by European explorers.
Governor Marie Bashir came to Hartley for the well organised ceremony at the western end of the crossing and in her usual impeccable vice regal form proved a hit with all who met her.
Lithgow Council’s Development Officer Matt Brewster continued to come up with good ideas and was the driving force behind a Lithgow Halloween celebration that silenced its critics by becoming the biggest one night community event held in Lithgow in years.
It was so successful that there’s talk of it becoming a weekend festival with even a Halloween Train from Sydney.
THE BAD SIDE was very, very bad with the worst bushfire in years sweeping the region.
Hundreds of interstate firefighters again converged on Lithgow for a mammoth effort to save property.
A number of homes and one business were destroyed but the biggest loss was at the Zig Zag Railway which ironically was on the verge of re-opening after more than 12 months downtime dealing with safety upgrades.
The real devastation, however, was in the neighbouring Blue Mountains LGA with huge property losses at Mt Victoria and around Springwood.
VICE REGAL VISITOR: Governor Marie Bashir was a popular VIP guest at celebrations at Hartley for the 200th anniversary of the European crossing of the Blue Mountains.
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