Archive for June, 2009

Renaissance Centre/Mount Saint Mary’s Convent For Sale

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

After sitting vacant for over a decade, the old Convent at Katoomba is set for an auction on the 23rd of July.

The building was built as a convent and used as a boarding school before being sold off. The site re-emerged as the Renaissance Centre for a short stint as a tourism/cultural centre before sitting empty since the 1990s.

Regular coverage in the media in 1998, 2001, 2002 and heritage listing in 2003 kept the site in the public eye. If you are curious to see inside and views from around the 4 acres of grounds, check out the listing

Petition oposing bad development

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

We, the undersigned residents, businesses and visitors of Katoomba, oppose the LED X/204/2009 on the corners of Great Western Highway and Albion and Cooper Streets in Katoomba, currently before the Blue Mountains City Council.

Any (not just Woolworths) petrol station built there would:

– generate large additional volume of traffic on the already busy highway as well as on the streets around the project

– create more traffic accidents in already dangerous and accident-prone bend of the highway, one of its few blind corners, as well as on Albion Street

– create far too great disturbance of residences surrounding the site

– would destroy both living and visual environment through its light- and aesthetic- pollution

– would endanger water catchment area north of Katoomba town, including the Minni-haha Falls, one of the tourist attractions in the area which is an inseparable part of the World Heritage Area, and the Grose River which is a tributary of Hawkesbury River, Sydney’s playground

– would endanger local pristine environment-dependent business such as organic farming and tourism

– because there already are enough service stations in the area, the Woolworths one would most probably destroy – not create – local work opportunities.

We are asking the BMCC to reject the development proposal.

(To sign this Petition, please visit )