Lithgow Area Local News
Strengthening community, healing Country, and restoring the health of our planet.
Lithgow Area Local News is part of a collaboration to reduce the risk of future disasters by expanding local communications – from the Lower Mountains to Lithgow.
This site links storytellers with community, highlighting grassroots local solutions. Our stories help us connect.
The stories we share focus on what people in our communities are actually doing, not what they could or should do. We are keen to celebrate what we have achieved, and learn from each other how best to move forward together.
Our stories will represent all sectors of the community, hoping to encourage more cross-sector collaborations.
Through strengthening local communications we hope to support communities to tackle the complex challenges we are all facing.
Bioregional Collaboration for Planetary Health
As a result of grant funding, we have employed a part-time storyteller for the Lithgow Area, who is working closely with the rest of the Planetary Health Team.
The Planetary Heath Initiative newsletter will share stories, workshops and events from:
You can subscribe to this free newsletter and find links to our social media here
Workshops and events to reduce disaster risk
The Planetary Health Initiative has received funding to run workshops and events to reduce the risks of future natural disasters. These will include a focus on restoring the hydrological cycle and exploring community water management initiatives. These are being developed in consultation with community and researchers and will be shared via the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Pluriversity
If you would like to express interest in a particular topic follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ8WKN7
Funding and partnerships
This project is supported by the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF). The DRRF is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.
Lithgow Area Local News was founded by the registered charity The Big Fix Ltd with funding from Wentworth Healthcare and the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network.
It was originally called The Lithgow Sprint in honour of Marjorie Jackson, the gold-winning Olympic runner known as ‘The Lithgow Flash’. The name emerged from a community consultation organised by Western Sydney University at the former university campus in Lithgow. This consultation led to the development of the Lithgow Transformation Hub. Inspired by the need to share all the inspiring work happening in the City, The Big Fix Ltd suggested the name The Lithgow Sprint so that we could focus on stories that would change the story for Lithgow quickly.