The Bureau of Meteorology and the NSW State Emergency Services have warned of a severe weather event with heavy rainfall (100mm – 200mm) predicted in the Blue Mountains tomorrow: Saturday 20 March 2021. As a result of this, the National Trust (NSW) is cancelling its ‘Best of Blue Mountains’ program of events.
The ‘Best of Blue Mountains’ program of events were scheduled to take place at the following National Trust properties:
- Everglades House & Gardens at Leura.
- Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge.
- Woodford Academy at Woodford – an event which included the Harvest Festival.
The National Trust has taken this decision because we believe community safety comes first.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have taken this decision. We have waited so long to celebrate our 75th Anniversary with the community in the Blue Mountains and the time had finally arrived after a year of postponements due to COVID-19,” said Debbie Mills, CEO, National Trust (NSW). “However, we are a community organisation first and foremost and the community’s safety would be at risk if we encouraged people to travel in the weather predicted tomorrow.
“I know people will be very disappointed, and we are too, but there are predictions of 100mm to 200mm of rainfall predicted and potential for flooding,” Ms Mills said. “I would like to express my gratitude to the community for the overwhelming support and interest we had for these events, and of course to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers who worked so hard to organise these events. We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.”
Everglades House & Gardens and Woodford Academy will be closed to the public tomorrow as they are more exposed to harsh weather conditions, and we have had flooding on site at Woodford Academy. Norman Lindsay Gallery is open for visitors however, we urge people to refer to the Bureau of Meteorology and SES website for further information prior to travel.