Newnes Hotel Cabins

Historical wilderness retreat

The works are progressing on The Hotel

We’ve been busy with the restoration of the old pub. Chris and Andy have done their magic re-cladding the north wall and replacing the western verandah roof. Most work is in replacing and repairing the wall and roof structure. Once the battens are down the sheets just go bzzz bzzz… very quick. I bought all the roofing for the entire roof - shiny gal iron, I am afraid. It was the consensus in the end of many different minds. Mainly the fact that a historic building should have gal iron - all historic buildings are gal iron because they didn’t have Colourbond 100 years ago. We are promised that the glaring shinyness will fade.

 The north wall before re-cladding

The north wall before re-cladding

 Back roof in progress

Back roof in progress

 The back roof done

The back roof done

 The finished product

The finished product

Springvale extension has been approved

On 21 September the PAC has approved the expansion of Springvale underground mine. Subject to final federal approval the longwall mining will progress under the water catchment of the pristine Carne Creek. We have lost. But 300 Lithgow miners are breathing some relief. Carne Creek's water catchment will be changed forever and the Wolgan River downstream will be affected.

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Wolgan River alert

Centennial Coal has lodged an application for the expansion of their long wall mining activities from both Springvale and Angus Place collieries. After having damaged the water catchment of the southern branch of the Wolgan River they are now moving north and east under the still pristine Carne Creek area. Carne Creek joins the Wolgan at the resort and despite of what the miners want to tell us on their 536 page + Environmnetal Impact Statement. The undermining of the gorge will drain the aquifers and it is likely that the swamps dry out, the rock will crack and the aquivers will change for ever - the southern branch is clear evidence of that.

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Winter at Newnes

12/13 June was the Glow Worm Marathon at Newnes with 650+ registrations. It was a big weekend with runners and spectators enjoying a great weekend at Newnes. School holidays in July were quieter but it was a wonderful atmosphere. August is traditionally our quiet month, so if you like peace and quiet ... this is the time for you. The Wattle is coming on - Mid August should see the best of it.

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100 years of the Newnes Hotel

The 'Oldies weekend held on 15th and 16th September, 2007 was a great event. About 25 former residents came to Newnes - for many of them the first meeting since the last Newnes Reunion in 1968. It was a very emotional experience to see these old folk, all in their 80s and 90s meeting their old friends from their school days at Newnes.

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Newnes Hotel Cabins: Historical Wilderness Retreat.

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