THE glory days of Wallerawang power station are long gone and for many in the community's extended family those workday memories come flooding back as the Lidsdale faade of the old girl is reduced to a sad pile of scrap and exposed framework.
The demolition is moving at quite a rapid rate with only the turbine hall, cooling tower and one chimney to be retained, making way for a new role in our industrial life.
In more than six decades of service to the nation's power needs Wang has survived changing identity, from the NSW Electricity Commission, to Pacific Power to Delta Electricity until finally Energy Australia and to what to many was the inevitable outcome of full privatisation.
Hundreds who got their first foot on the working life ladder at Wang over more than 60 years are sad to see it go.
It's not the first time the wreckers have displayed their talents at Wang power station; the old A and B Sections were demolished years ago .
There are big ambitions for re-purposing the site but much of the recent publicity has focussed on a major 'battery farm' - one of two planned for Wang by separate companies - but little has been said of the issue that caused some concern early in the piece with a planned fertiliser plant.
We're wondering if it's on the back burner.
The rush is on
THE latest COVID wave locking down our Mountains neighbours clearly put the frighteners under a lot of our locals with demand for testing at Lithgow Hospital surging from a trickle to a torrent overnight, resulting in waiting time up to four hours and forcing the introduction of weekend clinics.
Meantime the resurgent great dunny paper panic didn't last long with our supermarkets at the weekend holding enough of the precious tissue to wipe away the problems of the world - paper by the pallet load.
No dumping ground
THE bid by out of town interests to dump Sydney garbage for 15 years in an old quarry at Bell has again reared its decidedly ugly head with a legal challenge to Lithgow Council's rejection of the plan - a rejection supported by neighbouring Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Councils and the Western Region Joint Planning Panel.
The ever hopeful developer says it's all in the name of rehabilitation but both the EPA and Council are satisfied with the work already completed. So, off to Court we go again. Bids in past years for Sydney's garbage to become our problem have failed at Pipers Flat and Angus Place after public outcry.
TELSTRA isn't too concerned about a public image in Lithgow, once again closing its local Telstra Shop and telling abandoned clients they can utilise services at Bathurst or Penrith.
Really! It's not as though the Telstra Shop has a been short of customers, just the opposite in fact. This the fourth time they've shut or relocated their shops, three times at the Valley Plaza and once in Main Street.
Most recent wasn't even a real shop, a teensy weensy kiosk at the Plaza that most days meant a frustrating client wait. Fortunately there are other technology suppliers in Lithgow who do provide an excellent service clear of any Telstra influence.
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