10 Aug 2016

What's new JULY 2016

The next meeting will be Thursday 11th August.
We hope to see you there

There was no Meeting in July, therefore no Minutes.

Welcome to all new members and thank you to those who have paid up memberships. If you have not, please pay via EFT, or at the next meeting. Bank details can be found on the membership form on our website.
Meeting dates for 2016....
(second Thursday of each month):
August 11th
September 8th
October 13th
November 10th (AGM)
December 8th (Christmas drinks)
Next meeting:

In the run-up to our local election on September 10 we are pleased to announce that following three candidates will be guest speakers at the next KCCC meeting on August 11:

Kevin Schreiber – Liberal
Kerry Brown – Greens
Sam Parker Davies - Independent
Our friendly Bendigo Bank staff and volunteer directors will be baking and decorating HUNDREDS OF CUPCAKES  for the annual Cupcake Day RSPCA.  Last year, on behalf of Bendigo Bank Katoomba, $1000 was donated to our local RSPCA. 
Come to the stall at Bendigo Bank, Katoomba  from 9.30 on Monday 15th August.   All proceeds on the day will again go direct to our RSPCA shelter in Katoomba.

Katoomba Garden Club News:

The Katoomba Street Garden Group are now working with the Council through horticulturist Mark Vickers and community relations manager Dan Long. Council is supplying most garden products and plants.

The barrels have been planted with pansies and some shopkeepers and St Hilda’s congregation are helping with watering and general care. Two barrels down the bottom that were targeted by vandals have been removed and will be replanted and grown on before being placed further up in better lit areas.

A few street beds such as the ones outside Studleigh place and near Pryor place have been planted with ground-covers, pansies (replacing petunias) and geraniums.

For Winter Magic, the Garden group installed bunting and signs held by dolls and teddies amongst the newly planted beds and barrels. This proved very successful in persuading festival-goers not to trample the plants.

Planting work will begin in earnest in spring. Mark Vickers is overseeing the removal of most of the Liriopes (long grasses) in the street beds to make room for low shrubs and border flowers.

The KCCC garden group will map the street beds this month and produce a draft planting plan by early September for focal beds, including those leading onto the bottom roundabout, the triangular bed outside Thomsons shoeshop and beds at crossings.
The aim is to have colourful and varied foliage in the lemon-lime to dark green range with year round flowering colour. 

Locals of all ages and genders have been extremely appreciative of the efforts to date, with many people stopping to thank and complement the volunteer workers. The trials and tribulations with a handful of thieves and vandals along with the difficulty maintaining consistent watering – neither too much nor too little – will form part of the Garden Group’s August review and planning for spring.

Kerry Brown
KCCC Garden Group

Slow Food News:

The intimate Piano Soirees @ historic 'Cloudlands' are continuing every 2 months (3rd Saturday in the month) - the next will be held on  Saturday 17 September. So pull out your Spring finery and prepare yourself for an evening of fabulous food and entertainment.
Contact Anne Elliott for bookings:

The Blue Mountains Slow Shopping Guide is now out and about and can be found at various shops and cafes in the mountains.
Any businesses wanting to be in the next edition can email Anne via the Slow Food Blue Mountains link:
or you can text her on 0423109270.

Also, fundraising is under way to award Small Producer Grants in our region on behalf of Slow Food Blue Mountains.  So far, around $1,000 has been raised.

Dates for your diary....
Plan to be involved, have visitors up that weekend, or tie these events to a promotion for your business:

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Kris Peta Deray: Drawing Light
30 July – 4 Sept 2016

Magda Wegrzyn: Error Strategy
30 July – 11 September 2016

Paragon Cafe
Check facebook page for all upcoming events

Oktoberfest - Carrington Place
Saturday 29th October 2016

64th Blackheath Rhododenron Festival
23rd Oct - 30 Nov 2016
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