August 2021 – Stephen Caswell/Michael Pagg – Great Western Highway Duplication

TRANSPORT FOR NSW is now investigating the feasibility of combining tunnels under Blackheath and Mt Victoria into one 11KM Tunnel from Evans Lookout Road to Little Hartley.  Residents have asked the NSW government to extend that to a 19km tunnel    from Katoomba to Little Hartley, bypassing Medlow Bath as well.

The Guest Speakers are Stephen Caswell, President of Medlow Bath Action Group and Michael Paag – Secretary, Blackheath Area Community Alliance who will explain what they see as the advantages of this extension as well as detailing the history of the proposal.  The advantages they intend to discuss are: 
1. An improvement of the flow of through traffic travelling between the Central West and the Sydney Basin.
2. Prevention of the significant detrimental impact of a four-lane highway through Medlow Bath
3. Provision of a much-needed alternative emergency access road for the Upper Mountains.
4. Freeing the present highway for development as a tourist drive between Katoomba and Hartley to the benefit of all the Upper Mountains villages.

June 2021 – Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wilson

LTCOL Wilson is deployed as the Chief of Staff (COS) Advisor in the Kabul General Garrison Command Advisor Team (KGGC-AT) on Operation Highroad – Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. KGGC is responsible for more than 25,000 troops comprising Afghanistan’s three pillars: the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and Defence
Intelligence Directorate.

Since childhood Nicholas dreamt of becoming an officer: proud of his family’s history of service in the World Wars he joined the cadets as soon as he could. In 1995 he finished year 12 and immediately entered service and was awarded a scholarship at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

After 20 years of service as an Artillery Officer, LTCOL Wilson decided to give civilian life a go, working with the Tasmanian Fire Service and the SES as Acting State Director. Despite enjoying his civilian role, he missed the unique aspects of service life  and returned to full-time Army in February 2017.

His next job will be as the Commanding Officer to the School of Artillery in Puckapunyal.

May 2021 – Terrance Plowright OAM – Artist

Terrance was born at Paddington in Sydney in 1949. He started work in 1966 as a Copyboy for the Australian Women’s Weekly. During this same period, he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist in several bands. In 1970 he went on to work as a Film Editor with the ABC. During 1974-75, Terrance’s interest in philosophy led him to live and work at the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland and in 1976 he founded the “Awareness Centre” in Sydney. Early in 1982, a friend asked him to create a stained glass window for his new home. Never having cut glass nor designed an artwork, he agreed to undertake the project. Terrance never looked back. His interest in the arts grew and he received his first sculptural commission in 1988 designing and creating the 14 foot high, beautiful solid glass and granite sculpture, ‘Purity of Spirit’.

Terrance has designed and created many contemporary and figurative works as well as a number of sculptural water features, cenotaphs, murals and stained glass windows. He has won and been awarded many commissions by councils, corporations, churches, the State Government and individuals. Terrance has a passion for exploring the potential and combination of new
materials. Currently, he is constructing a 50 foot, 5 tonne, aluminium sculpture for Adelaide, as well as exploring 3D concepts involving movement, liquid, light and interactive sound.

See Terrance’s website at

April 2021 – Bruce Ferrier – Grace Gibson Productions

Thursday 1st April

A trip down memory lane looking at the history of Grace Gibson Productions and the contributions that Bruce has made in the world of radio.

Bruce Ferrier is the owner of Grace Gibson Productions, He has been involved in radio production since 1972 as well as syndication and voice over work. He has developed the Grace Gibson Production Company into a modern progressive business which produces the original shows. These are sold on line and are a great source of happy memories for those who enjoy listening to the old favourites that past generations enjoyed way back in history.


March 2021 – Prue Hardgrove,

Prue Hardgrove is the  Aged and Disability Services Officer for the Blue Mountains City Council and will be speaking to our group on Friday 5 March.

At this meeting Prue will discuss the following:
– Services to assist the elderly and people with a disability to remain independent in their home.
– Disabled access to public facilities, parks and other infrastructure.
– Upcoming events planned for the Seniors Festival for the month of April.

Prue has worked in the Aged and Disability Sector for the past 30 years, 25 of these have been in local government.

February 2021 – Tim Forde

Tim Forde, born in Africa of Irish parents, has spent the last 44 years in Australia. He is married with 3 children and 5 grand children. 

Tim worked for Australia Post in various roles, retiring in December 2018 as Postal Manager, Katoomba, after 40 years service. A childhood dream of seeing Africa from top to bottom was realised by riding a bicycle from Cairo to Cape Town in 2019. His talk will be supported by great images.

November 2020 – Monica Flynn


Monica is a member of the Upper Blue Mountains Ladies Probus Club, and is a Past President. She lives in Leura.
Monica’s academic background includes a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Social Administration. Monica has worked in hospitals in Australia and London. She has also worked in management positions in the NSW and the Commonwealth Public Sectors as well as the Community Services Sector.
Monica became interested in patchwork quilting some 25 years ago. Since her retirement, she has been involved in two Probus quilting groups in Leura.
In 2017, she expanded her interest into Textile Art, in which she has found many opportunities for artistic expression.
The War in the Pacific series is the first series which Monica has exhibited publicly. It was inspired by her father’s experiences as a Japanese prisoner of war. This series shows her interest in combining concepts, words and fabrics.

September 2020 – Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons (TBA)

Andrew Buckland BEc, LLB Hons

Deputy Government Solicitor – Constitutional Litigation

Andrew has spent most of his career as a lawyer for the Commonwealth Government. He is the leader of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Australian Government Solicitor, a position he has held since 2008.

Andrew oversees all constitutional cases involving the Commonwealth and has been involved in most of the leading constitutional cases decided by the High Court over the past sixteen years.

He will be explaining the role of the Constitution in shaping Australia’s system of Government, and will take you behind the headlines to explain some recent high profile decisions.

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