Archive for May, 2009

Woolworths in Leura

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The Gazette reports, in a story that I think buried the lede, that Woolworths has struck a deal to buy the old Colless site in the Mall.

Work on the development has apparently ceased while future plans are confirmed. It is believed Woolies want to open a gourmet supermarket under the  Thomas Dux Grocer branding, retaining the planned underground car parking but no longer going ahead with the previously approved residential apartments on upper stories.

If the Woolworths plan goes ahead, it appears to be much more in keeping witht he village character – an up market supermarket catering to the Double Bay of the mountains ;-)

In any case, a scaled back development has positives for retaining Leura’s streetscape feel.

Rally to Support Katoomba Maternity Services

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The Blue Mountains Maternity Coalition is organising a rally tomorrow at the Anzac Memorial Hospital in Katoomba in response to rumours the maternity wing is to be closed permanently. If you care about birthing in the mountains, consider lending your support. Meet t the hospital 1:30pm 14/5/09.

Rally Poster

Rally Poster

Katoomba and Leura Under Mortgage Stress

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Recent reports show both Katoomba and Leura have high mortgage stress with around 1 in 16 mortgage holders in arrears, and a high number of defaults.

The UWS Urban Research Centre, responsible for the report,  is here.