A night of fun and laughter for the whole family will be held at Old Hartley School on November 2 from 5pm.
It will be a chance for drought effected local farmers and residents of the region to get together.
The Hartley picnic under the stars is one of a series of drought relief social and community events organised collaboratively by Lithgow City Council, Rural Adversity Mental health Program and funded by the Commonwealth Government's Drought Communities Program.
There will be activities for the children including circus entertainment and workshops, live music, a series of speakers and information on farming, health, coping with the drought and taking care of ourselves.
Headlining the night will be 10 comedians from Sydney who performed last year to a sell-out crowd at Club Lithgow. This will perform as a way of trying to lift the spirits of our most drought affected regions within the LGA.
"We're really proud to be able to present a night of light hearted fun," Mayor Ray Thomspon said.
"We listened to our community and this is what they asked for, a way to bring the community together and strengthen those bonds between us that make living in regional Australia so unique".
The evening includes a fully catered dinner, free activities for the family, and a night of comedy.
There will be lucky door prizes and treats for the whole family.
Guests are requested to bring a camp chair.
The project is funded through the Commonwealth Government Drought Communities Program.
Lithgow City Council is asking residents within the LGA to contact them if they are having problems with their existing mobile phone cover.
Council is responding to complaints from some residents that mobile phone calls are dropping out and mobile phone coverage areas are not as portrayed by some providers.
Lithgow residents experiencing mobile coverage difficulties are asked to access http://www.haveyoursay.lithgow.com/mobile-coverage/ on council's website to provide details prior to council approaching providers for comment.
"If the issues are extensive, then Council will consider suggesting to residents that we attempt to aggregate the demand with a view to searching for a wholesale telecommunications provider that is capable of supplying accessible services," Lithgow Council general manager Graeme Faulkner said.
Lithgow City Council is seeking expressions of interest from community members to participate in a Working Party formed to develop an engagement strategy with various agencies and businesses in Western Sydney as Lithgow continues to transition its economic base.
"The Working Party will convene for three months only, with the objective of developing an engagement strategy with various interest groups in Western Sydney and other areas capable of assisting Lithgow's integration into Western Sydney's growing commercial environment," Graeme Faulkner said.
"Newcastle, Wollongong and Lithgow all have similar electric rail access to Sydney with Lithgow more proximate to the Western Sydney area and the north/south rail links in that area, all of which has the potential to benefit Lithgow greatly.
"The Working Party's efforts will complement those already in play, with Council's recent inclusion in the Western Sydney group WSROC."
Interested members of the community are requested to send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.