The Lithgow Mercury has been servicing the community since 1880.
The paper has established itself as a voice for the people that live in the Lithgow Local Government area and the Upper Blue Mountains area.
Published each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the Lithgow Mercury has a strong presence in the area.
Lithgow is located at the junction of three major highways - The Great Western Highway, Bells Line of Road and the Castlereagh Highway.
Known as the Gateway to the West, Lithgow, and its adjoining major towns of Wallerawang and Portland, has a diverse range of industrial and agricultural operations.
The coal industry is still a major employer although all mines are now well clear of the city area, eliminating an image that existed for generations.
Lithgow was named by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council as Australia’s Tidy Town for 2011 and the NSW Tidy Town for 1997, reflecting the huge transformation that has occurred.
Major employers in the area are two large modern power stations, the Ferrero confectionery factory that exports its product throughout South East Asia, the huge precision engineering and armaments plant operated by Australian Defence Industries, the headquarters of the City Rail electric train fleet, the rural industry, and two mountain spring water bottling plants.
Tourism is also rapidly filling a more and more important role, not only for the Lithgow district’s own attractions, but also for its central proximity to the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves and points further west.
Major distribution areas are Lithgow, Blackheath, Cullen Bullen, Hartley, Kandos, Katoomba, Little Hartley, Meadow Flat, Medlow Bath, Mount Victoria, Old Bowenfels, Hampton, Rydal, Portland and Wallerawang.