About Us

Katoomba Area Local News

Strengthening community, healing Country, and restoring the health of our planet.

Katoomba Area Local News is part of a collaboration to reduce the risk of future disasters by expanding local communications – from the Lower Mountains to Lithgow.

This site links storytellers with community, highlighting grassroots local solutions. Our stories help us connect.

The stories we share focus on what people in our communities are actually doing, not what they could or should do. We are keen to celebrate what we have achieved, and learn from each other how best to move forward together.

Our stories will represent all sectors of the community, hoping to encourage more cross-sector collaborations.

Through strengthening local communications we hope to support communities to tackle the complex challenges we are all facing.

Bioregional Collaboration for Planetary Health

Blue Mountains City Council’s Planetary Health Initiative is working in collaboration with the Mountains Community Resource Network, Lithgow City Council, Western Sydney University’s Lithgow Transformation Hub, and the Sustainability Workshop, to establish this communications platform on behalf of the community. It is supported by a grant from the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF) which is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

The goal is for this site to be owned and managed by the Katoomba Area community at the end of the grant-funded project.

Bioregional News

As a result of grant funding, we have employed a part-time storyteller for the Katoomba Area, who is working closely with the rest of the Planetary Health Team.

The Planetary Heath Initiative newsletter will share stories, workshops and events from:

Lower Mountains

Springwood Area

Mid Mountains

Katoomba Area

Blackheath Area


You can subscribe to this free newsletter and find links to our social media here

Workshops and events to reduce disaster risk

The Planetary Health Initiative has received funding to run workshops and events to reduce the risks of future natural disasters. These will include a focus on restoring the hydrological cycle and exploring community water management initiatives. These are being developed in consultation with community and researchers and will be shared via the Blue Mountains Planetary Health Pluriversity

If you would like to express interest in a particular topic follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQ8WKN7

Funding and partnerships

This project is supported by the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF). The DRRF is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.