Community invite to tourism events

The Blue Mountains Bicentenary Ball will support many community events including the Wendy Blaxland play Crossing! The Play. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

The Blue Mountains Bicentenary Ball will support many community events including the Wendy Blaxland play Crossing! The Play. Photo: David Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism

The Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon community can experience the region’s world-class tourism and hospitality industry at two exclusive upcoming events.

The annual Red Balloon RFS Ball on April 5 and the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Community Ball on May 4 will both be held at the Fairmont Resort, Leura, and open to the public. Both are black tie functions which traditionally attract a veritable who’s who of the industry.

Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) chairman Randall Walker encouraged community members to join the tourism and hospitality industry in supporting the causes both events fundraised for.

“The tourism and hospitality industry plays an enormous role in our region, not least in providing more than five thousand jobs for local people and injecting $500 million into the local economy.

“These upcoming functions are a chance for locals to have a sneak peek into this industry at its best and meet tourism operators who attract thousands of visitors to our wonderful region from all parts of the world.

“Both these functions will also be a great opportunity for people to have a look at the extensive refurbishments undertaken at the Fairmont Resort which, like many of the region’s hotels, has a range of facilities available to the local community such as a swimming pool, restaurants and day spa treatments.’’

Founded by Maurice Cooper OAM, the Red Balloon RFS Ball will raise funds for Rural Fire Service brigades throughout the Blue Mountains at a lavish three-course function featuring live entertainment by the Giggin Diggers Australian Army Band, dancing, auctions and raffles.

A new initiative this year, some funds will go directly to brigades based on each guest nominating which brigade they would like the margin amount in their ticket to be allocated to.

The inaugural Red Balloon Fundraiser was established in 2009 by BMLOT to raise funds to support those who experienced the Victorian bushfires. Building on from the success of that first event, the tradition of Red Balloon continues.

The Red Balloon RFS Ball will be held at 7pm on Friday, April 5. Tickets: $115.

The ball is also intended to be a fabulous night out for RFS members. Therefore, there will be a special rate for RFS members and their families – $90 each and RFS brigades special price table of 10.

Bookings and details: Maurice Cooper OAM at Bygone Beautys 4784 3117 or email info@bygonebeautys.com.au. Inquire about the special accommodate rate at the Fairmont Resort.

Then on May 4, BMLOT will hold the once-in-a-lifetime Blue Mountains Bicentenary Ball, which will provide much needed support for many the initiatives generated to mark the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary 2013-2015.

The three-year bicentenary program of events will commemorate and celebrate the first recognised European crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813.

Highlights of the ball will include a dance band orchestra, the Mulyang Dance Troupe, an excerpt from Crossing! the play written by descendant Wendy Blaxland, a recital by champion bush poet Gregory North of his specially commissioned poem How Far We’ve Come, a humorous period piece by Katoomba Theatre Company, auctions and raffles.

Money raised at the function will help support the Mulyang Dance Troupe, Ancestral Pathways Walk, the Wendy Blaxland play, the Blue Mountains Blue Wave costumed re-enactment, Holey Dollar commemorative coin sets to be given to each school student in the Blue Mountains, the Blue Mountains Bicentenary Flyover, the 2013 Explorers’ Monument Project, a civic ceremony at Mt York in May and the Bicentenary Festival of Walking.

The Blue Mountains Bicentenary Community Ball will be held at 7pm on Saturday, May 4. Tickets: $132 each or $1100 per table of 10 includes three-course dinner, beverages and entertainment. Bookings and details: admin@visitbluemountains.com.au.

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