It doesn't surprise Sarah McKinney that the health and wellbeing industry is the biggest employer in the Mountains. The manager of Anytime Fitness gym in Katoomba has seen first-hand the level of interest in getting healthy. Her gym only opened in mid-June and already has more than 430 members.
It was once a wasteland, covered in weeds and grass and overshadowed by pine trees. But North Katoomba's bush tucker garden is now thriving, with meandering paths among the native plants and, as of last week, a new bush tucker walkway.
Unreliable internet access, slow data transfer speeds and poor response times by service providers like Telstra continue to frustrate small business owners in Katoomba, who say the region must become a priority area for the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.
Jolly and taxman don't usually go hand in hand, but this one has got something to sing about. Blaxland resident David Tucker works at the office of state revenue and will also perform at the family Christmas concert Festive Favourites, showing at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on December 7.