b'NEWSLITHGOWSMART METERINGWith the rollout of smart meters, the Council has considered how to best assist residents with water charges and billing. To help minimise costs to residents, an increase in the residential water usage tier has been implemented. Following the June Ordinary Meeting of Council, it was resolved that the residential water usage Tier 1 be increased to 400kL. Council adopted the 150kL increase from the previous Tier 1 limit of 250kL to help minimize the potential bill shock for residents. This will be in effect for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.Additionally, it resolved that the access and usage charges would remain at the 2018/19 rates of $3.23 / kL for Tier 1 and $4.85 / kL for Tier 2.NAIDOC WEEK A flag-raising ceremony has been held at Lithgow County Council to mark NAIDOC Week 2019. The Mayor of Lithgow Councillor Ray Thompson and representatives of Mingaan Aboriginal Corporation raised the Aboriginal flag outside the Lithgow City Council chambers on Tuesday 9 July to mark the nation-wide celebration of NAIDOC Week. Karen Springer, Mayor Ray Thompson and Kenneth Bird.CITIZENS CELEBRATETwo Lithgow residents have become Australias newest citizens as part of a Naturalisation Ceremony in Lithgow.The Council recently held a Naturalisation Ceremony and welcomed two new Australians to our area.On Thursday 27th June 2019, two new Australians pledged their loyalty to our Country and have taken an exciting step in showing their commitment and loyalty to this nation and the desire to share a common future, said Mayor RayHon. Paul Toole and Thompson. Mayor Ray Thompson.It was a real privilege to welcome these people as Australian. LITHGOW ROADS Our citizenship is something weThe NSW Minister for Regional Roads andthat need attention, and was extremely should all actively celebrate on AustraliaTransport, the Hon Paul Toole acceptedpleased that Mr Toole was able to attend Day or any day of the year, whether wean invitation from Lithgow Mayor Rayand see the difficulties presenting first are Australian by birth or by choice, CrThompson to join him on an inspection ofhand, said Mayor Cr Ray Thompson.Thompson said. several Lithgow Roads in need of StatePaul has been a strong advocate for On behalf of the Lithgow community IGovernment funding support. our community and in his capacity as NSW welcome its newest citizens and wish themI was pleased to host Minister forregional Roads and Transport Minister is in well as they take this important and finalRegional Roads and Transport, Paul Toolea position to consider our approaches and step to officially join the Australian family,during our inspection last Thursday on aprovide assistance where he is able, said concluded Mayor Thompson. number of roads within the Lithgow LGA the Mayor. Blue Mountainslife17'