23 February, 2017

State Heritage Register Listing

Heritage Act 1977

Notice of intention to consider listing on the State  Heritage Register

The Heritage Council of NSW is considering whether to recommend the place below for listing on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgment of its heritage significance.

Cliefden Caves Area - Limestone Group and Paleontological Site

Written submissions on this listing are invited from any interested person by 1 4 March 2017. 
Enquiries to
Christina Kanellaki Lowe on (02) 9873 8558 or christina.kanellaki@environment.nsw.gov.  au

Further details on the nominated place can be viewed at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au;heritageapp/ NominationsOfStateHeritageRegister.aspx
Direct submissions to: Heritage Council of NSW
Locked Bag 5020 Parramatta NSW 2124 or

Capertee NP now linked to Mugii Murum-ban SCA

Notice of Reservation of a National Park

 I, General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of the State of New South Wales, with the advice of the Executive Council, reserve the land described in the Schedule 1 below as part of Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area, under the provisions of section 30A (1) of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Signed and sealed at Sydney this 14th day of September 2016.
DAVID HURLEY Governor By His Excellency’s Command.

County Roxburgh, Parish Morundurey, about 274.2 hectares being that part of Lot 67 DP 722329

To read more click here and scroll down to the third subject on page 2742.

22 February, 2017

Channel 7 star thanks NSW RFS

From the Mudgee Guardian
The Channel Seven journalist has taken to social media on Saturday to thank the NSW RFS volunteers for helping to contain a fire near her property at Capertee Valley.TV personality Edwina Bartholomew usually reports on news around the country on her Sunrise gig, but this week she nearly became the news.
to read the full story click here


Letter of Concern to Airly CCC Meeting

Gerard Martin
Chairman Airly CCC

20th February 2017

Dear Sir,

Members of CVA have requested us to ask the CCC whether the coal stockpiles are adequately protected against fire, either bush fire or spontaneous combustion after sever weather events. 

Also, is there a limit to the size of the stockpile?

Could you please reply to these concerns please?

Donna Upton

Capertee Valley Alliance CCC representative.

Capertee Valley Landcare- Water testing and Annual General Meeting.

WATER TESTING This Friday, 24 February, Capertee Valley Landcare, Vicki Powys and myself, will be at Glen Alice Community Hall from 2pm to 4pm with all our water testing equipment, for EC (salt) and pH. We are happy to test any water samples from the valley - dams, creeks, bores, tanks. Bring the samples in a bottle that you have washed out three times with the water to be tested.
Annual General Meeting at 4.30pm after the water testing followed by some nibbles and drinks.
Julie Gibson
Capertee Valley Landcare
97 The Gullies Road, Glen Davis
02 6379 7317

18 February, 2017


Part time residents of  Capertee Valley are entitled to vote as a ratepayer, they just need to register for this. 

It’s important that the part timers do. Email will follow When we know more about who is running and with political party.

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 17 February 2017 7:35 AMTo: Lithgow RatepayersSubject: City of Lithgow By-election confirmed on Election NSW website for Saturday 8 April 2017.

City of Lithgow By-election confirmed on the
Elections NSW website for Saturday 8 April 2017.

City of Lithgow By-election for 2 Councillors

It is compulsory for Australian citizens resident in the City of Lithgow local government area, 18 years of age or older to enrol and vote for the representatives for the City of Lithgow on Saturday, 8 April 2017.

12 February, 2017

Op Brief by RFS

From: Operational Brief
Sent: Saturday, 11 February 2017 12:16 PM
To: All Staff
Subject: Operational Brief - Dangerous fire conditions Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2017

Please find attached and below an important Operational Brief regarding firefighter safety this weekend.

Please ensure this information is distributed to members as soon as possible.

Districts are asked to ensure this information is shared via briefings and regular radio broadcasts.

Operational Brief
Dangerous fire conditions

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2017

Dangerous fire conditions are forecast across a large area of NSW this weekend.

This Operational Brief contains important information that all members, particularly brigade officers, should familiarise themselves with and share with other members.

Extreme heatwave conditions are being experienced across a large part of the state. Strong winds and low humidity are leading to increased fire dangers.

All members must be aware that under these conditions fire will move quickly and the safety of life must be the overwhelming priority.

Brigades and Incident Controllers should be mindful of not being focussed solely on chasing fires in areas where it may be safer and more advantageous to fall back and protect life and/or warn the community.

On Saturday 11 February, large parts of the state, will experience very high and severe fire dangers.

On Sunday 12 February, the area of increased fire danger will broaden. There will be large areas of Severe and Extreme fire danger. Catastrophic conditions are expected in a broad area from the Central West, across the ranges to the Lower Hunter.

During these conditions, firefighter safety is critical. Please consider the following. This information should be provided via regular radio messages and during briefings.

All firefighters are reminded to be aware of the increased fire danger.
Follow your IMSAFER and LACES assessments.
When responding to fires, always consider access and emergency escape routes.
Do not travel down fire trails where your escape options may be limited in a fire.
Lookout for your fatigue and heat exhaustion in those crew members around you.
Additionally, all members must remain hydrated and have plenty of drinking water.
In areas affected by Catastrophic fire danger ratings:
Ensure you are aware of warnings and messages being delivered to local communities.
In areas where there is Catastrophic fire danger, buildings are not designed to withstand fires in these conditions.
People should avoid bush fire prone areas during Catastrophic fire danger.

Bush Fire Information Line 1800 679 737 | NSW RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

RFS Disclaimer:
This email message, and any files/links transmitted with it, is intended only for the addressee(s) and contains information which may be confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender and delete this email and any copies or links to this email completely and immediately from your system. Views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, and are not necessarily the views of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

27 January, 2017

Babylon Festival Glen Alice

Babylon Festival DA

Mayor Stephen Lesslie confirmed to CVA Inc. representatives the Babylon Festival DA was withdrawn.

Any future request for the Festival will require the  Organiser to lodge a new DA and start the process all over again.

Issued by 

19 January, 2017

Psyfari Festival Council and essential service debriefing notes

This debrief information can be used to assist in assessment of future development applications and organisation of any future events.

Council Meeting October 2016
31 October 2016 AGENDA – ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL Page 29 ITEM-9 ENVIRO - 31/10/16 - DA154/16 PSYFARI 5 DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 DEBREIF OF EVENT REPORT BY: J NICHOLS – ACTING GROUP MANAGER ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT REFERENCE Min No 16-199: Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 8 August 2016 SUMMARY To update Council on matters raised through the debrief meeting for the 2016, 5 day Psyfari Music Festival at Eurella, Upper Nile Road, Glen Alice.
  COMMENTARY On the 8 August 2016, Council considered DA154/16 a 5 day music festival at Lots 11, 12 & 3 DP755796, 602 Upper Nile Road, Glen Alice and resolved to approve the development proposal subject to conditions of consent.
 Summary of Event: The event was held from 25 August to 29 August 2016 for a maximum of 5000 patrons and 1000 crew, volunteers and artists. The event achieved a patron number of 3700 and staff number of 900. The festival was open to all ages and includes: cooking facilities, restaurants, food and merchandise stalls, workshops, kids’ zone, cinema, art gallery/exhibition spaces and games areas.
 There were a number of structures onsite including scaffolding, marquees, caravans and similar temporary structures and three main stage structures. The gates were open from 9am on the Thursday and performances starting at 12pm (with only two stages) and the event was in full operation from Friday night until 6pm Sunday. Attendees and performers were permitted to stay onsite until 12:00pm on Monday to allow a rest period.
 The event was BYO alcohol, as no licenced premises were onsite and no glass was permitted on the site. Toilets, water, food, and camp fires were provided for patrons’ onsite. The festival was powered by the use of generators, with lights, sound systems and food vendors using generators for the five days of the festival.
The following condition of consent was imposed on DA154/16:
 76. Within two months after each music festival, the applicant is to arrange a meeting with government organisations including Lithgow City Council, NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the previous music festival, measures employed to address traffic and safety impacts and future Psyfari music festivals.

Therefore, the event coordinators arranged for a meeting with the landowners, Lithgow City Council, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance, Rural Fire Service and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to be held on 13 October 2016. The Mayor, Councillor Stephen Lesslie attended the debrief. With the exception of the RMS being an apology, all invited attendees were at the debrief and discussed the event in detail. Although it was apparent that the Police still held some concerns, the overall assessment was that of a positive event with some important comments/ improvements are summarised below:
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
 Although an RMS representative was not present at the meeting the following comments were provided:
 ·  The organisers of the Festival made genuine efforts to ensure the safety of attendees, travelling to and from the festival. This included: o Requesting use of the RMS permanent VMS sites through the Blue Mountains and on the major highways through to Capertee. The VMS displayed road safety messages relating to Police RBT and mobile drug testing (MDT) operations, driver fatigue and wildlife on roads.
 o In accordance with RMS' recommendation, provided portable road safety VMS on the local roads leading to Capertee.
 o Posting road safety messages on the Psyfari website and links to the NSW Centre for Road Safety website.
o Providing alcohol and drug testing to test attendees. This was an innovative response to concerns about impaired road users leaving the Festival and is a first (as far as RMS is aware) at a festival in the western region.
 o Organised a one-off Driver Reviver facility at Capertee to service people travelling home from the festival.
 RMS appreciates the efforts made by the event organisers.

 Psyfari Emergency Management co-ordinator
The following improvements for next year’s potential Development Application and event were raised:
 ·  That signage at the intersecting roads should be arranged due to people not knowing the exact location of the proposal on certain roads and overshooting turnoffs forcing U-turns on local roads.
 ·  Although the security presence was adequate a better utilisation and organisation of security onsite would be beneficial.
 ·  To have paid dedicated fire response crews rather than volunteers for the entire event as this was a large strain on volunteers involved
. ·  Reduce medical onsite available from 5pm onwards due to less patrons needing medical assistance.
 · Increase lighting between areas, especially between Zooloo stage and family areas.
 ·  CCTV did not achieve any additional security onsite and did not prove necessary. It is suggested that it not be required for future events.
 ·  Colbrow Medical Centre had 193 patients and only one patient transfer from the site was needed due to a reoccurring asthma patient.
 ·  Communication between the festival and Police needs to be worked better for the future.

Psyfari Organisers
·  Thanked all involved with the Development Application and for attendance to the debrief meeting.
 ·  When comparing to other festivals (i.e. Defcon) the atmosphere of this event is completely different as it is a relaxed, family friendly, calmer type festival.
·  Lateness of the DA and submission from Police was an issue that did not allow for appropriate timing and organisation to deal with issues raised.
 ·  Media about potential cancellation of event may have attributed to the lower than expected attendance.

 ·  Need signage at the front of property for people locating event.
 ·  Lodging the DA earlier may have lessened the difficulties found for the event this year.
 ·  Don’t want drugs coming to the site at all and thanked Police for their involvement.
·  Wanted police onsite for the festival and agreed to allow access, but the offer was not taken up. Support police operations.
 ·  Police setup was in front of RFS shed, and should be located in a better position next year. Also to include allowances for locals using the roads so they are not always pulled over for testing etc.
·  The festival is a benefit to the area and brings more people and is good for the economy.
·  The event needs to be supported as a controlled festival, otherwise the area may see more illegal uncontrolled events within the local area which is not of a benefit to anyone.

 NSW Ambulance
 ·  Colbrow Medical Centre was complimented by the NSW Ambulance Service as they worked together onsite.
 ·  Ambulance was onsite for the entire event, but need to review the following in the future:
 o Adequate staff coverage with staff travel distances
 o Timing of DA to allow for arrangement of staff onsite
 o GRN coverage for the radio system of Ambulance. Telstra should be approached to organise for future events.
 ·  Wet weather issues with vehicle access should be dealt with and alternatives be arranged
·  Security onsite was complimented.
 ·  Needs to be discussions internally with the user pay outcomes and meeting halfway with this process.
 ·  The event needs a police presence such as supplied to ensure safety and perception of safety.

 Rural Fire Service (RFS)
 ·  Need to ensure that enough staff area available to be rostered on when the event is being held. Having more time after approval to arrange this would be required.
·  Approximately 10 unauthorised camp fires were reported and attended to by NSW RFS and each fire extinguished safely, with no other issues onsite.
·  The event dealt with fire risks well this year in comparison to previous years and would like to see this maintained with more resources into the future.

 NSW Police
 ·  Pleased with outcome that happened due to the original objection of Police which increased the onsite emergency management procedures of the event for a safer outcome.
 ·  Overwhelmed with the amount of illegal drugs seized as a result of the police procedures off site from the event at Glen Alice from 3700 patrons.
 o 81 drug detections
o 31 with people with charged with possession
 o 5 people charged with potential drug supply
 ·  It seemed that the drugs attempted to be brought to the festival were from outside the area (people that were charged or detected), meaning these drugs were not normally available to the area and seeing new drugs to the area as well
. ·  Issues with illegal drugs being thrown into the school adjoining the Police setup area
·  Large amount of police resources went into the event setup and could not commit to this into the future.
 ·  Need to address the state of the roads to the event as these are being travelled by people that do not normally travel country roads.
 ·  Need to address timing of the Development Application being submitted for future events to allow Police to organise staffing for the event.
·  Happy with the work of NSW Police and the improvements made by the event.

 Council Officers
 ·  Operation and setup of the medical team onsite was very impressive and no doubt considered to be best practice
 ·  DA needs to come in earlier, at least 3 months minimum.
 ·  Road works will need to be assessed for future events in relation to possible pre & post event grading and/or contributions towards these works.
 ·  Driver Reviver initiative was good. Perhaps it could be extended to additional locations.
 ·  More shower facilities will be needed for future events.
 ·  The festival may need to implement more hand washing facilities.
 ·  The user pay system for policing will be something for the organisers and the Police to consider in future events that Council is unlikely to become involved in.
 ·  Is there any recognised number of security personnel for such an event?
 ·  Council would welcome a more collaborative approach to the development application process with the NSW Police for future events.
 ·  The applicant/organisers need to be more proactive on meeting conditions of consent.
 ·  Although there were differences between Council and the Police on the application, Council appreciated the effort of the Police operation

 ·  The only ‘complaint’ received by Council was in relation to the location of the Police operation at Capertee.
 This debrief information can be used to assist in assessment of future development applications and organisation of any future events.
 THAT the information from the debrief meeting of 13 October 2016 for DA154/16 Psyfari Music Festival be noted.
Minutes outcome
-9 ENVIRO - 31/10/16 - DA154/16 PSYFARI 5 DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 DEBREIF OF EVENT 16 – 294
 RESOLVED THAT: 1. The information from the debrief meeting of 13 October 2016 for DA154/16 Psyfari Music Festival be noted. 2. Council encourage the applicants to submit their application six months prior to the event. MOVED: Councillor R Thompson

 SECONDED: Councillor W McAndrew. CARRIED

17 January, 2017

New Telecommunications Tower near BOGEE RFS

Telecommunications Tower Facility approved at Council Meeting 21st November 2016 at location, Council’s Road Reserve, Corner of Glen Alice Road and Noola Road Bogee NSW 2849

Development Application 244/16 was approved subject to conditions outlined in the (attached link) 79C report.
As Lithgow Council own the Reserve a Lease was drawn up and has since been agreed upon and signed.

Iain Stewart an officer of Lithgow City Council stated today (16/1/2017) commencement of the building works is scheduled by the Communications Company, although he would expect commencement to occur very soon.
Links attached for further information.

Issued by CVA Inc.