Covid 19 Response

Lithgow City Council’s priority is the health of our staff, and the health of our community, and we are focused on continuing to safely deliver essential services to the community.

Council takes advice on all public health matters from the State and Federal health departments and will update its response should the situation further evolve.

Council will implement the actions listed below effective from cob 17 March 2020.

  • Customer Service: the community is requested to contact Council by email or telephone. In person service at the Lithgow Customer Service Centre will be limited to urgent / essential enquiries from Wednesday 18 March 2020 for a four week period.
  • The following services will be closed for visitation from Wednesday 18 March 2020 for a four week period:
    • All libraries
    • JM Robson Aquatic Centre
    • Eskbank House Museum
    • Lithgow Visitor Information Centre.
  • The Lithgow Mobile Bushfire Recovery Service at Lithgow Library on Thursday afternoons has been cancelled. Council related bushfire recovery queries can be directed to Customer Service. A decision on future mobile recovery services will be made after a four week period.
  • Lithglow 2020 has been cancelled.
  • Essential services will continue to be maintained including:
    • Urgent road maintenance
    • Water & sewer services
    • Domestic Waste collection and Lithgow Waste Management Facility
    • Dealing with dangerous dogs.
  • Cleaning services – Council will program Exeloos to clean more often.
  • Customers who are meeting Council staff in person are requested to advise staff if they have been overseas, been in contact with anyone with cold / flu symptoms, had cold/flu symptoms themselves or been in contact with anyone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Information on Council’s response to COVID-19 will be kept up-to-date on Council’s website.

Listen Up!! at Lithgow Library Learning Centre

Have you heard a good book recently?

For the month of March, your local Library will be showcasing its extensive collection of audio (talking) books.

Did you know that Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries not only have audio books on CD, but also an exciting e-audio platform – RBdigital? Come into your local library and learn how to sign up.

Audio books are fantastic when you are travelling, doing craft or gardening. Listen to a story while you work or just relax and enjoy.

Catch up on all those stories you don’t have time to read!!



Sharon Tollard
Library Coordinator                                                                                              
Tel: 02 6352 9100                                                                                       
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Art Exhibitions at Lithgow Library during March

Lithgow Library will be hosting inspiring art works by both Roderick Heath & Prue Mogg during March.

Roderick Heath is a local writer and artist who looks for a subject that’s both technically challenging and has a strong human focus. Sketch Art by Roderick Heath, on display during March is inspired by the works of noted photographers and will form a stunning backdrop to the Library’s service desk.

Prue Mogg is a practising artist who likes to explore different techniques and media and to express herself through painting. She has completed a Diploma of Fine Arts, has had several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions. ‘Encountering the Wild’ by Prue Mogg – is a follow-up from an exhibition held at Everglades National Trust in February 2019. Prue aims to capture the feeling of encountering wildlife in their natural environment – making some kind of gentle but awesome connection.

“It is always a pleasure to visit the Library and see the ever changing exhibitions and displays,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “It is also great that the Library can provide opportunities for artists to display their work”.

The artworks will be on display at the Lithgow Library during opening hours throughout March.  For more information contact the Library on 63529100.


Author Talk by Anne Hutchison at Lithgow Library

Anne Hutchison’s first book –The Gift of Adoption shares a powerful journey through parenthood, the challenges and triumphs of raising adopted foreign children, and the remarkable lessons that truly unveil the beating heart of a loving family.

Anne Hutchison is a retired science teacher who started her professional life as a medical scientist working at hospitals in Sydney’s northern suburbs. In her late twenties, she went back to University to follow a passionate calling to become a teacher. She taught Science in the western suburbs of Sydney before taking up a position at a large independent school where she taught for thirty years.

The Gift of Adoption tells her story with fresh light into the adopting and parenting process, hoping to guide others along in their own dreams of raising children in need. Anne and Alan’s adoption experience was everything they hoped for, but the journey was rarely what they expected. Travel along with them to discover how they leaned on their strength and care for each other to build enduring bonds of love and trust with their children, overcoming tremendous odds to form a family that ultimately belonged together.


The author talk will take place at Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow on Friday 13 March 2020. Join Anne for a discussion and morning tea at 10.45am. No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the Library on 63529100.


Sharon Tollard
Library Coordinator                                                                                             
Tel: 02 6352 9100                                                                                       
Fax: 02 6351 4364

Tech Savvy Seniors

Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will soon be holding technology classes for seniors focusing on the Seniors Card Website and NSW transport apps.

“Digital skills are essential in today’s society which is why Tech Savvy Seniors sessions that provide opportunities for seniors to become computer literate are always very popular. The upcoming classes will extend the knowledge level of seniors who already have some technology basics,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

The session will focus on navigating through the Seniors Card Website & the NSW Transport apps. To complement the session and assist seniors an introduction to the Regional Seniors Travel Card will be provided.

These workshops will be held at Lithgow Library on Tuesday 25 February at 2:00pm, Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 26 February at 2:00pm, and Portland Library on Thursday 27 February at 2:00pm.

The sessions are designed as an introduction and you do not need to be internet connected or have a device. However, to get the most out of the session please contact the library for an information flyer. Afternoon tea will be provided; bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


Lithgow Library on the Hunt for Creative Volunteers

Are you creative? Are you available to volunteer to run an introductory workshop on creativity? If so, Lithgow Library would love your help.

The definition of create is: to make or produce (something): to cause (something new) to exist: to cause (a particular situation) to exist: to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination.

Library and Information Week (LIW) runs from 25-29 May 2020. LIW is a time for libraries to celebrate and promote what they do. Providing information, assisting with technology and connecting people are some of the most important library activities, as well as providing books and other resources for enjoyment and learning and conducting programs to engage the community.  

The theme for LIW this year is ‘Create’, so Lithgow Library is planning a week long showcase of creativity and is inviting local creatives to volunteer some time during the week to run workshops in the libraries. The aim of the workshops is to promote how enjoyable and rewarding being creative can be, and give people a chance to learn a new skill. It is planned to run workshops at all three library branch at times suitable to the volunteers, even after normal library hours if necessary. Workshops should be no more than two hours. A variety of activities is required across all ages, ideally with a take home sample or ideas at the end. If you have activities that meet the needs of any of the different age groups, children, teens, adults, seniors and those with a disability, the library would love to hear from you.

“The creative workshops will be an opportunity for anyone planning to teach their skill a chance to practice and give people a taste, or for anyone who already teaches, the chance to reach a bigger audience,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

If you are interested in volunteering to teach a Create workshop during LIW in any of the target groups mentioned above please contact Sharon Lewis or Scotia Tracey at Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or via email


Be Connected at your library during Seniors Festival


Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang Libraries will be holding drop in, Be Connected information barbeques during the NSW Seniors Festival.  Come along for a free sausage sizzle and learn about the Be Connected program at your local library.

The first BBQ will be held at Lithgow Library on Thursday 13 February between 12pm and 2pm.  Grab a sausage sandwich and chat to the staff about this Australian Government initiative to empower all Australians to thrive in a digital world.

BBQs will also be held at Portland Library on Tuesday 18 February and Wallerawang Library on Wednesday 19 February between 12pm and 2pm.

Everyone is welcome to this free event.

13 February Lithgow Library

18 February Portland Library

19 February Wallerawang Library


Be Connected at Your Library During Senior’s Week

Being connected to the world through technology is very important in today’s technological age and libraries are great places to connect to technology and to other people in the community. Head along to your local library during Senior’s Week to see how you can become connected to the wider world.

Be Connected is an Australian Government, nationwide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. “This Australian government initiative to assist people with their digital skills, particularly the senior members of the community is a program that libraries are well placed to deliver,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

Through funding available as part of this program, Lithgow Library and the branches at Portland and Wallerawang will be hosting community engagement events to help people get connected, and to also learn about the other services that are available at the libraries.

As part of the community engagement sessions the Lithgow Lions Club will be providing a free sausage sizzle at each branch. Library staff will be on hand to help you join the library, show you the services available and get you started on the Be Connected program. The program and barbeque is open to everyone from the community not just seniors. No bookings are required for these free events.

The Be Connected community engagement events will take place on the following dates between 12:00pm and 2:00pm;

Lithgow Library Learning Centre, 157 Main Street Lithgow – Thursday 13 February 2020

Portland Library, Williwa Street Portland – Tuesday 18 February 2020

Wallerawang Library, Main Street Wallerawang – Wednesday 19 February 2020


For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.


Book Launch – Kim Kelly/Walking

Cover of book "Walking"Author Kim Kelly









Lithgow Library will be hosting an author talk and book launch of the new book Walking by the popular Central West author Kim Kelly on Saturday 22 February at 11am.

Kim Kelly is an acclaimed author of Australian historical fiction that shines a light on forgotten corners of our past, and the lives of ordinary people making their way through extraordinary times. Kim’s first novel, Black Diamonds, was set in Lithgow, and there’s a beautiful whisper of this town once again in her new and ninth novel, Walking.  Kim will be celebrating both books at the library this time, with Black Diamonds having recently gone on to become a bestselling audiobook internationally, and Walking taking its first steps into the world – right here in Lithgow where the spark of Kim’s writing career began. Come along and hear how this valley inspired her very first and latest works – and why this town will always be a place of love for Kim.

The author event will be held at Lithgow Library in Main Street Lithgow starting at 10.45am with morning tea, followed by the author talk and book signing at 11am. No bookings are required for this free event. For more information contact the library on 63529100.


22 February 2020   


10.45 am for an 11am start

Birdie and the Fire – a story to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families

Birdie and the Fire

With the bushfires making an impact on our area it can be difficult to help children understand what is happening and how it will be resolved in the end. Birdie and the Fire is a simple picture book freely available as an electronic resource that may help families through this difficult time.

Published by Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service the free electronic resources – Birdie’s Tree series have been designed to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children aged 0-4, their parents and families, through severe weather events and other natural disasters.

Birdie and the Fire is particularly appropriate for our area at this current time,  and can be accessed by the following link.
Birdie and the Fire

Other Birdie’s Tree resources can be accessed free of charge as ebooks at the following link: and they are also available for purchase as picture books.