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Apply Now to Bring Your Great Idea for the Hawkesbury to Life
18 Apr 2019
Apply Now to Bring Your Great Idea for the Hawkesbury to Life
Stuart Ayres MP, Minister for Jobs, Investment, and Tourism urges people in the Hawkesbury to get their applications in to enable each community to decide on the best projects to enhance their area through the “My Community Project” program. 
Labor will Support Australians in Financial Hardship in Macquarie
17 Apr 2019
Labor will Support Australians in Financial Hardship in Macquarie
A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country. 
The Band Played On - Stories and Music of the Titanic
15 Apr 2019
The Band Played On - Stories and Music of the Titanic
On Wednesday 24 April The Joan will present a delightfully eclectic concert bringing you the best of music from the Palm Court era in England and a celebration of music from the Titanic and the American ‘Ragtime’ era in The Band Played On, starring Vov Dylan, Glenn Amer and The Palace Orchestra. 
Art Unlimited Dunedoo, Final Call for Entries
12 Apr 2019
Art Unlimited Dunedoo, Final Call for Entries
With less than two weeks until entries close, organizers of Art Unlimited, one of regional Australia’s most exciting art events, are making a final call for entries from artists, photographers and ceramicists. The annual competition will be staged in Dunedoo from 17 - 26 May 2019 and closing date for entry forms is Thursday 18 April 2019. 
Billabong Retreat Founder Launches Mindfulness Show in Sydney
11 Apr 2019
Billabong Retreat Founder Launches Mindfulness Show in Sydney
Paul von Bergen, founder of Billabong Retreat will hold the Mindfulness Show on 18 May between 2 – 5 pm at the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park. 
Guinness World Record Attempt and Dolly’s Dream Fundraiser Event
10 Apr 2019
Guinness World Record Attempt and Dolly’s Dream Fundraiser Event
The month of May will see scrapbookers from near and far descend on Penrith to attend a fundraising event for Dolly's Dream which will also be an attempt to create a Guinness World Record for the largest participants in a Scrapbooking class. 
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Presents Possum Magic
9 Apr 2019
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Presents Possum Magic
For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia. Now, audiences can experience the magic for themselves when Monkey Baa brings their brand-new stage adaptation of a great Australian classic to The Joan on 9 & 10 April. 
Alpaca Open Farm at Madison's Mountain Retreat
8 Apr 2019
Alpaca Open Farm at Madison's Mountain Retreat
Madison's Mountain Retreat is holding their annual Open Farm next month where you can come along and mingle with the lovely heard of Alpacas. 
Autumn School Holiday Art Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
6 Apr 2019
Autumn School Holiday Art Workshops at Penrith Regional Gallery
This coming school holidays Penrith Regional Gallery has a delightful new suite of workshops for children aged up to 12, themed around the warm and comforting colours of autumn. It’s a great, relaxed opportunity to get the kids creative and socialising during the school holidays; for you, your little one and their friends! 
Our Plan for a Stronger Economy Delivers for New South Wales
5 Apr 2019
Our Plan for a Stronger Economy Delivers for New South Wales
The 2019-20 Budget is the next stage of the Morrison Government’s plan to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for all Australians. 
Xstatic Sunsets - Australia’s Largest Sober Dance Party
31 Mar 2019
Xstatic Sunsets - Australia’s Largest Sober Dance Party
Xstatic Sunsets – Australia’s largest sober dance party is launching Saturday 6th April on Shark Island and are on a mission to inspire a more healthy party culture and improve mental health.
 
What's On at the The Joan this April
27 Mar 2019
What's On at the The Joan this April
As the weather cools down for the arrival of another glorious Autumn, we are heating up at PP&VA with stacks of fun theatre for both adults and children, school holiday workshops, music of all kinds and community programs making their way into the month of April. 
Grants for Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains Men’s Sheds
26 Mar 2019
Grants for Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains Men’s Sheds
Three local Men’s Sheds have been awarded grant funding, under Round 18 of the National Shed Development Programme. 
Blue Mountains Grammar School F1 in Schools Team Wins National Final!
26 Mar 2019
Blue Mountains Grammar School F1 in Schools Team Wins National Final!
The BMGS F1 in Schools team – Thrust Vector – has won the National Final of the 2019 F1 in Schools competition. 
Food for Thought...
23 Mar 2019
Food for Thought...
On March 21st Australia came together to celebrate Harmony Day, National Close the Gap Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 
Entries Open for Australia’s Largest Annual LGBTQI Visual Arts Exhibition, bentART
23 Mar 2019
Entries Open for Australia’s Largest Annual LGBTQI Visual Arts Exhibition, bentART
bentART, Australia’s largest LGBTQI annual visual arts exhibition, has opened for entries in this year’s exhibition. LGBTQI artists from across Australia are encouraged to enter up to 3 artworks in the 2019 exhibition which will be held in the Blue Mountains on the June Long Weekend. 
National Close the Gap Day is March 21
18 Mar 2019
National Close the Gap Day is March 21
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people still face unequal health outcomes. On average, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people die more than 10 years younger than other Australians. 
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Presents Possum Magic
13 Mar 2019
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Presents Possum Magic
For more than 30 years, Mem Fox’s Possum Magic has captivated and enchanted young people all over Australia. Now, audiences can experience the magic for themselves when Monkey Baa brings their brand-new stage adaptation of a great Australian classic to The Joan on 9 & 10 April. 
Veterans Invited to Have Their Say on the Future of DVA
6 Mar 2019
Veterans Invited to Have Their Say on the Future of DVA
Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force are being encouraged to share their ideas, experiences and suggestions regarding the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
$30k Boost for Penrith Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Program
2 Mar 2019
$30k Boost for Penrith Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Program
Penrith Symphony Orchestra's 2019 program has been supported by investment of $30,000 from the NSW Government, Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced this week. 
American Express Openair Cinemas Bondi Announces Last Screenings
1 Mar 2019
American Express Openair Cinemas Bondi Announces Last Screenings
The curtains close on the Sydney run on 3rd March, with a special closing night screening of Best Picture winner: Green Book. 
Local Projects to Tackle Youth Unemployment
28 Feb 2019
Local Projects to Tackle Youth Unemployment
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced six organisations have been identified to deliver government-supported programs to help young people into work in the Penrith and Blue Mountains areas. 
Cleaning Up Hawkesbury Waterways
22 Feb 2019
Cleaning Up Hawkesbury Waterways
Waterways in the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment will be eligible to share in $200 million to help restore urban rivers and creeks to their natural beauty if Labor wins the next election. 
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