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Blue Mountains Life

Blue Mountains Life October - November 2019

Blue Mountains Life magazine is the premier publication with its intoxicating blend of stories on this magnificent rural region that includes Bathurst, Orange, Hawkesbury and the of course the Blue Mountains. Features include people, homes, gardens, interior/exterior decorating, food, wine, fashion, health, travel and motoring. A bold and glossy, large-format magazine that delivers the who, what, when, where, why and how of one of Australia’s most affluent regions. Stunning photography and quality journalism all in one publication.

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PUBLISHER Andrew Papadatos andrew@bluemountainslife.com.au Mob: 0413 051 652 EDITOR IN CHIEF Vanessa Mace vanessa@bluemountainslife.com.au EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS Di Redmond, Julie Walker editorial@bluemountainslife.com.au GRAPHIC DESIGNER Luba Bosch production@bluemountainslife.com.au CONTRIBUTORS Ronald Bowden, John Rowe, Jennifer Johnston, Terry McCallum, Gregory Powell ADVERTISING Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Bathurst, Lithgow, Orange Katrina Chown katrina@bluemountainslife.com.au Ph: 4757 2185 Mob: 0400 767 284…

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It might be time we take seriously water conservation given the hardship face by regional areas. The past few years water levels have been steadily falling putting a strain on agricultural businesses and towns. That’s despite there been no shortage of capital works to maintain and improve existing infrastructure. For example, the NSW Government is spending $5.5 million to upgrade an existing pipeline between Carcoar and Cowra. In an emergency, the water could then be pumped from Carcoar to Orange and add 3 to 5 megalitres a day to Orange. But the reality is we need more – a lot more infrastructure to fix the current problems. Building a dam in northern Australia and then piping it south might be the only solution. However, it will take a determined government and willing public to get the project…

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BLUE MOUNTAINS POOL OPENING HOURS Blue Mountains pools have extended their opening hours during heatwaves in the summer months. The extended hours will apply during December, January and February when the temperatures are higher than usual for the time of year unless the pool has been previously booked. The changes will apply to all Blue Mountains pools – at Glenbrook, Springwood, Lawson, Katoomba and Blackheath – but will vary, according to existing programs and current opening times. Extensions will also apply to different days of the week. Glenbrook, Springwood and Lawson pools will close as late as 9pm during very hot weather; Katoomba indoor pools will close at 9pm, while Katoomba’s outdoor pool hours will extend to 8pm. Blackheath will close at 8pm, though extended hours are already in place at Blackheath on weekends. Extended times…

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in the garden

WELL DONE Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) scientist Dr Joanna Gambetta has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Women in Wine Awards for her innovative research in viticulture and wine science. Dr Gambetta’s research at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) is focused on understanding how the aroma composition of wine and grapes is affected by things such as temperature changes. Dr Gambetta has also examined the impact of the timing of leaf removal from the vine on sun damage to the grapes in Orange, NSW. HOLIDAY FUN Hawkesbury Library Services and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery are presenting a range of fun program to keep the kids entertained during the spring school holidays. Numbers limited for all school holiday activities, so make sure that you book in quick! All activities are…

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sustainable landscape design

While skills were being lost generally through quick builds and cheap alternatives, master landscapers such as Now & Zen create and maintain bespoke gardens to a long-term vision featuring individual pieces created by artisans, stonemasons and expert gardeners. Now & Zen Landscapes is the yardstick of the highest end market in the Greater Blue Mountains and Central West where projects are limited only by imagination. Shannon and his expert team create enduring quality and timeless beauty using sustainability principals. The Now & Zen team will design, construct and service your project from concept to completion. Using both traditional and modern landscape designs, adopting a sustainable practice where possible allowing them to use a variety of both recycled and new materials to compliment your home Whether you are after a simple, functional timber wall;…

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art events

KERRY BEAUMONT 28/08/1948 to 01/09/2019 Long time resident of the Blue Mountains, Kerry Beaumont, along with her husband, Paul Beaumont, ran the fruit shop at Hazelbrook for over 30 years. After Paul’s death in 2013, Kerry continued to practice her passion for textile art and also joined the Management Committee of Springwood’s Braemar Gallery. Her considerable contribution to the Gallery has seen it grow to host thousands of visitors each year since it reopened when the Hub & Theatre next door was launched in 2015. Kerry volunteered much of her time to oversee Braemar Gallery’s changing exhibition program of local Blue Mountains’ artists, over 40 volunteers and monthly opening events. After 9 months of illness, Kerry passed away on the first day of Spring, survived by her two daughters, Tiffany and Melissa, and grandson,…