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School Closure Information – 23 October 22/10/13 

Due to the large amount of fire activity and predicted deteriorating conditions, there will be a number of school closures on Wednesday 23 October 2013.

The following schools will be closed:

All public, Catholic and Independent schools, as well as child care centres and pre-schools, in the Blue Mountains local government area:

  • Blackheath Public School
  • Blaxland East Public School
  • Blaxland High School
  • Blaxland Public School
  • Ellison Public School
  • Faulconbridge Public School
  • Glenbrook Public School
  • Hazelbrook Public School
  • Katoomba High School
  • Katoomba North Public School
  • Katoomba Public School
  • Lapstone Public School
  • Lawson Public School
  • Leura Public School
  • Megalong Public School
  • Mount Riverview Public School
  • Mount Victoria Public School
  • Springwood High School
  • Springwood Public School
  • Warrimoo Public School
  • Wentworth Falls Public School
  • Winmalee High School
  • Winmalee Public School

The following schools in the Hawkesbury and Southern Highlands areas:

  • Bargo Public School
  • Bilpin Public School
  • Buxton Public School
  • Comleroy Road Public School
  • Hill Top Public School
  • Grose View Public School
  • Kurrajong North Public School
  • East Kurrajong Public School
  • Wilton Public School
  • Yanderra Public School

If you need any further information go to the Rural Fire Service website.


To all our Nesters who are affected by the fires, you are in our prayers and our hearts

Fire – update – Lithgow

LITHGOW FIRE is still burning – here is an update from the Rural Fire Service

Photo source: Wolter Peeters

Photo source: Wolter Peeters

While fire activity has decreased, people along the Bells Line of Road should be aware of fire burning in the area. Continue to monitor the situation.

If the fire threatens your property, seek shelter immediately to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

With multiple fires in the area, please postpone non-essential travel to keep the roads clear for firefighting efforts.

Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

Evacuation centres are established at

  • Lithgow Workers Club – 3 Tank Street, Lithgow
  • Blackheath Community Centre – Great Wester Highway, Blackheath
  • Springwood Sports Centre – 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood

The evacuation centre at Bilpin Community Centre – 2596 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin is now CLOSED.

The following roads remain closed:

  • Darling Causeway
  • Bells Line of Road between Lithgow and Bell
  • There is no access from Hartley Valley Road onto Darling Causeway
  • State Mine Gully Road
  • Blackfellows Hands Road

School Closures

The following schools in the Blue Mountains area will be closed on Friday 18 October:

  • St Columba’s
  • St Thomas Aquinas
  • Winmalee Public School
  • Winmalee High School
  • Ellison Primary School
  • Bunya Childcare Centre
  • Rainbow Childcare Centre
  • Zig Zag Education Facility

Other information

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
  • Motorists and travellers are advised to check or travelling.
  • Roads may be closed without warning.

our thoughts are with all our neighbours who are affected. Stay safe.

Fire – Act now

Unfortunately there are fires burning in our area and an Emergency Warning is in place. The fire in burning out of control in the Marrangaroo Army Range and the Newnes State Forest, north of Lithgow.

If you live in these areas you should have received emergency alert telephone messages.

This is a significant fire and has burnt more than 1000 hectares in the past 24 hours.

The fire has crossed the Bells Line of road and it has now been closed.

Stay updated by checking regularly with the Rural Fire Service website.

Act now.

Photo credit: Alex Morgan

Photo credit: Alex Morgan

An emergency alert telephone warning message is being sent to residents in Mt Wilson, Mt Irvine and Mt Tomah.

Residents are being advised to shelter in place as the fire front approaches.

With multiple fires in the area, please postpone non-essential travel to keep the roads clear for firefighting efforts.

The weather conditions are increasingly becoming erratic and dangerous.

Fires are still burning near Oaky Park, Morts Estate, Clarence, Dargan, Doctors Gap and Hartley. An emergency alert telephone message has been sent to residents in these areas.

Evacuation centres are established at
• Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens – Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
• Lithgow Workers Club – 3 Tank Street, Officially John LithgowThis fire is also affecting roads and transport
• Bells Line of Road is closed between Lithgow and Bell in both directions.
• The Darling Causeway is closed northbound at the Great Western Highway in Mount Victoria.
• Motorists are advised to use the Great Western Highway as an alternative.
• State Mine Gully Road has been closed until further notice.
• The Central to Lithgow train (Blue Mountains Line) is being replaced by buses between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.
• As a result of the closure, passengers travelling to Bell Station should speak to station staff at Lithgow or Mount Victoria.
• Both train passengers and motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.