WATER woes have been a fact of life in Greater Lithgow, probably since the pioneers decided reticulation was better than Farmers Creek.
The Summer of 2019/20 was a vintage season for lost supply, blamed in part on bushfire demands. But with no fires this time recent days have seen something new with a rash of disruptions highlighted by a shutdown of Lithgow's biggest school.
Another burst main apparently drained the Cook Street reservoir creating havoc with supply. The biggest problem was at Lithgow High School which was forced to close for the day with no water for the toilets, firefighting or really anything else.
It was all just part of a problem of successive water losses with burst mains at Portland, Marrangaroo and around Methven Estate, so many in such a short time you could almost suspect urban terrorism at work.
Council faces a mission impossible in any short term solution to our ageing infrastructure so maybe it's time to go back with a bucket to Farmers Creek. At least it's reliable.
A new target
SOME things are sadly predictable. Such was the case late last week when Council installed a nifty stylised tourist advisory board in Cook Plaza. By day two the pigeons were already honing their bombing skills on this nice new target. Unless the installation is cleaned down every couple of days the initiative will be wasted together with our reputation.
SOMETHING'S missing in the Mountains. The Explorers Tree (or tree stump) at Katoomba is gone after being judged a potential danger to highway traffic. It's been a landmark for decades but there were lingering doubts as to whether the carvings were really the work of B, W and L as they slogged through the scrub or just some clever old times Mountains PR promotion. The stump is now in storage.
Where was Summer?
SO Summer's gone without ever really arriving.. You'd have to be true old codger status to recall a less summery Summer. After that experience we're wondering just what Autumn and Winter will throw up this year.
The big picture
SEE where the owners, GreenSpot, have let a contract for demolition work soon to start at Wang power station. We're not alone in thinking it really could be a spectacular attraction for the district if the massive cooling tower could be retained for a giant mural like the hugely popular cement silos at Portland. Someone in Council might be sufficiently imaginative to investigate if it's feasible.