Peak body to look after Leura's interests

The Leura Alliance is in business, ready to lobby on behalf of the residents of the Upper Mountains village.

The alliance has been created to better represent the community's views on a range of issues, including the management of streetscapes, parks and reserves; responding to development and heritage issues; and undertaking community engagement and public awareness campaigns.

Banding together: Representatives of some of the Leura Alliance members.

Banding together: Representatives of some of the Leura Alliance members.

The chairman is former Fair Trading commissioner, Rod Stowe, and deputy chair Gary Sturgess, a former director-general of the NSW Cabinet Office with Stephanie Moxham is the administration officer.

Mr Stowe said: "The Alliance will give Leura a stronger, more representative voice when it comes to conversations with council and government agencies over key community issues.

"The Alliance will have a focus that is a lot wider than just Leura Mall.

"In the short time the Alliance has been established we have already demonstrated that we are able to use our network of members and supporters to respond quickly to matters of community concern.

"In many ways the Alliance is reviving Leura's rich heritage of robust community advocacy that was pioneered by organisations like the Leura Progress Association during the village's earliest days."

The current members are: Leura Village Association; Leura Garden Festival; Leura Home Gardening Club; Leura Uniting Church; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Leura; Rotary Club of the Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise; National Trust (NSW) Blue Mountains Branch; Blue Mountains Conservation Society; North Leura Network; Sublime Plateau Community Association; Gladstone Road Precinct Committee; and Friends of Gordon Falls and Leura.

The group also has the support of various local Bushcare groups.

Leura Community Alliance has a Facebook page and can be contacted at leuracommunityalliance2780@gmail.com.