A Winmalee construction business that lost its office, garage, shed and company cars during last year's bushfires was the big winner at the 2014 Blue Mountains Business Awards held at the Fairmont Resort on Friday night.
Licensed builder Jim Carothers has nominated as an independent candidate for Ward 1 in the November 15 council by-election. Mr Carothers has lived in Katoomba since 1979, building "half a dozen houses" and renovating "every third house in Katoomba", raising two daughters along the way.
More than 200 people, including RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, attended a moving ceremony last Friday morning at Springwood's Buckland Park to mark the one-year anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
Bad weather meant 55-year-old Paul Raciborski of Woodford didn't end up climbing France's Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, but he was content to knock off the 4164 metre Breithorn in Switzerland instead. He was part of a team of climbers from the Brain Injury Association of NSW.
Electricity companies will be able to enter private property to remove fire hazards and bill the homeowners, under legal changes designed to prevent a repeat of the destructive Blue Mountains bushfires.