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Welcome to Megalong Valley Community and Landowners Association Web Site

The Megalong Valley Community and Landowners Association Inc was established on 17th July 2019, following the amalgmation of the Community and Landowners Associations.

There are no set dates for meetings but are held when topical issues affecting all residents are raised. The Association is incorporated.

The Annual General Meeting is normally held in winter each year

The Megalong Valley Annual General Meeting is usually held in winter each year

New Members Welcome
Objectives of the Association are;
  1. Develop a united community voice on such issues as commercial developments, roads, communications and matters relating to the enhancement of life in Megalong Valley and represent the views of the community to the relevant authorities

  2. Working for the preservation of the rural atmosphere of Megalong Valley.

  3. Organising and promoting various local cultural, sporting, social and recreational functions and events.

  4. Working for the maintenance and improvement of the various community facilities.

  5. Conduct fundraising activities to ensure the association can meet its objectives

Online Membership Application Form

PDF Membership Application Form

Update December 2019 Megalong Uniting Church

A meeting was held on 8th December 2019 with concerned residents from Megalong to discuss the future of the Uniting Church. Follwing is some of the issues that were discussed at the meeting;

  • - Strongly expressed consensus that the Church grounds and ideally its buildings be maintained as a 'Sacred Site' of the community

  • - If the buildings proved too expensive to maintain, at the very least maintain as community memorial garden

  • - Formation of a community committee, lead by Christine and Lesley as deputy

  • - Commitment to assuming (unofficial) responsibility for basic maintenance including cleaning (lifting responsibility from the Blackheath church community)

  • - Plan to hold a working bee in January with aim to remove scrub saplings/garden cleanup. Date to be confirmed, on either 11/12th or 18/19th

  • - Investigation of deteriorating church hall roof, test for asbestos

  • - Suggestion to install a display of historical photographs of the Church in the main building, based at least in part on the set of photos Christine shared at the meeting, plus any that might in the hands of the Uniting Church organisation etc

  • - Suggestion Church could be used for weddings, maybe in conjunction with receptions held at the vineyards, with a request for a donation towards upkeep [Christine will contact vineyards to gauge interest]

  • - Question about toilet, current long drop in ok condition but not ideal if church used for functions

  • - Possibility raised of using school toilet facilities if function held at church.

Pest Control in Megalong Valley

Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GS LLS) have printed a Megalong flyer detailing the pest and animal work completed this year in the Megalong Valley and surrounding areas Copy of Megalong Flyer. These programs are critical in ensuring feral pigs and other pests remain under control and everyone within the community takes part in order to achieve a broad scale approach to pest and animal management.

If you would like any more information or have any other questions in regards to the attached flyer or following topics;

  • Would like to be loaned a feral pig cage trap

  • Need access to pig feed (boiled wheat and molasses)

  • Would like to be loan a wildlife camera for use on your property

  • Are having problems with foxes, feral pigs, rabbits, deer or wild dogs

Please do not hesitate to contact Annalise, Senior Biosecurity Officer,Greater Sydney Local Land Services, T: 02 4724 2134 | M: 0429 072 347 | E: annaliese.geddes@lls.nsw.gov.au

Linda has also asked to have a meeting with Megalong Valley residents to discuss updating the Megalong Valley Weed Management Operational Plan in November/December 2019.

Update 22-10-19   Mobile Base Station for Megalong Valley
Visionstream has advised the consultation report for the Megalong Valley has been finalised. A copy of the report is available MV Phone Tower Consultation Report

Vision Stream has advised that it is envisaged that the Mobile Tower will be operational in November 2019.

Further enquiries can be made to Daniel Park from Vsion Stream who can be reached Ph 1300 745 210 or you can email him at twp_qldplanning@visionstream.com.au

The tower will initially only be able to be accessed by Telstra customers, however over time other carriers may choose to put their equipment on it.

Update September 2019 Katoomba Airfield

Blue Mountains City Council - voted to put in a submission to Crown Land Department opposing the granting of the lease to Flyblue. BMCC meeting notes - see page 116 of BMCC Meeting paper

Crown Lands Dept. - advised they received approximately 1580 formal submissions. It appears that the overwhelming majority of the submissions are in opposition to the granting of the lease to Flyblue. Crown Lands have indicated that they will finalise the review of submissions and report on them in early October.

Lobby firm: Barton Deakin - advocated for MVCLA re Katoomba airfield with NSW Govt Ministerial staff / advisors, gathered intelligence about political and departmental perceptions of opposition to lease, as well as arranging a number of meetings with ministeriall staff. The current suggestion is that we wait for the initial decision to be made concerning the lease before considering re-engagement.

The following information has been sourced from the Dept of Industry website

In 2017 the NSW Department of Industry held an expression of interest process to establish public interest in managing and / or developing the site. The department identified a suitable tenant and granted a licence

Although lease negotiations have not commenced, the department will not permit short-cycle / short-duration joy flights into or out of Katoomba airfield or circuit training, and any tenant will need to follow and apply strict environmental controls to prevent excessive noise and other environmental impacts created by the airfield’s operation.

Fly Blue Proposed Flight Paths.

Additional Information and FAQ can be found on the DOI website Katoomba Airfield Lease FAQ

Update  NSW Local Land Services (Formerly LHPA or Rural Protection Board)

LLS strongly recommends using Feral Scan App on your smart phone as the information is fed back to them so they can allocate resources to meet increased levels of feral activity.
Android Feral Scan App or downlod the from the Apple ITunes store alternative using Feral Scan website to record any sightings of feral animals even tracks, scats or wallows.

They also recommend Pests Smart website has a lot of useful information.

Additional information on LLS is available at the bottom of this page

Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub
is a community-led initiative to improve preparedness, planning and safety for animals and their owners animals in emergency situations. More information can be accessed on there website Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub

A simple checklist on what to do to protect your animals during emergencies is available for download Checklist plan for animals during emergency. Also available is a list of links to assist with preparation for disaster planning for all types of animals Disaster information for protection of animals during emergencies

NSW Local Land Services (Formerly LHPA or Rural Protection Board)

Introduction of Local Land Services staff/projects

Annaliese Geddes is a Senior Biosecurity Officer with Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GS LLS). GS LLS has previously worked with many landholders in the Megalong Valley area over the last few years on both weed issues and pest issues (wild dogs and feral pigs) in coordination with Central Tablelands LLS. Alison Towerton is a Senior Strategic Land Services Officer and we are looking at holding a workshop in early May 2019.
You can contact Annaliese T: 02 4724 2134 | F: 02 4724 2198 | M: 0429 072 347 | E: annaliese.geddes@lls.nsw.gov.au

Also Eric Mahony recently commenced with the Central Tablelands Local Land Services in the Lithgow Office, as a Land Services Officer, working with Huw Evans. His contact details are as follows; T: 02 6350 3113 | F: 6352 2326 M: email eric.mahony@lls.nsw.gov.au

Local Land Services is a new way to deliver services, information and advice to farmers and landowners in rural and regional NSW.

Megalong Valley BMCC LGA is within the Greater Sydney Local Land Service Region with offices in Penrith Ph 1300 795 299,Address: Level 4, 2-6 Station Street, Penrith NSW 2750 Postal: PO BOX 4515, Westfield Penrith 2750, Phone: (02) 4725 3050 Fax: (02) 4725 3088

Whilst Megalong Valley Lithgow LGA is in Central Tablelands Ph 1300 795 299, 3 Ordnance Avenue, PO Box 3109 Bowenfels NSW 2790, Lithgow NSW 2790 Ph: 02 6350 3110, Fax: 02 6352 2326

Regionally-based, Local Land Services will consist of semi-autonomous statutory organisations, governed by locally elected and skills-based Board members.

Local Land Services Local Boards will represent local priorities and report to a State Board of Chairs. All are accountable to the Minister for Primary Industries.

Local Land Services brings together:

  • Livestock Health and Pest Authorities

  • Catchment Management Authorities

  • Some advisory services of the Department of Primary Industries.

Local Land Services will deliver integrated agricultural industry advice, bio-security and natural resource management functions, and give greater accountability, improved governance and more ownership to landholders. More Information