May 29, 1968
- A meeting - of about 30 locals - was held at Blue Mountains District Anzac
Memorial Hospital with a view develop a home unit village.
- The first volunteer committee was elected.
- Sir Gordon and Lady Marjorie Wallace agreed to be patrons.
The mission statement of the Committee was:
...to provide services for the Aged (and its primary aim was) to provide units for aged persons and if possible residential domestic help.
Minutes of the Blue Mountains Village Committee 29th May 1968
December 16, 1968
- The corporate body was formed into a Company limited by guarantee.
- The non-profit company was named 'Blue Mountains Villages Limited'.
- An annual fee of $2 per member was established.
August 27, 1969
- First AGM was held, at which it was resolved some founder donations would be accepted in advance for applicants for units, to allow building of blocks to commence.
- Nine units were completed, fully equipped with refrigerators, stoves, heating and more.
- Founder donations were $4, 000 double unit, with a weekly tariff of $7, and $2, 750 for a single unit, with a weekly tariff of $5.
July 7, 1970
- A joint meeting of Committee members and residents was called to discuss any issues arising from Village living - the commencement of residents' meetings.
- By September of 1986, quarterly meetings of residents were introduced, with one Board members and the caretaker also in attendance.
- A severe hailstorm damaged units, light fittings, screens and doors.
- A confrontation occurred with the Building Workers Industrial Union due to use of non-labour landscape workers being employed on a building site. Building work stopped and tradespeople were not allowed back on until the dispute was resolved.
- In the same year the Water Board demanded $24, 630 as an amplification contributin fee to be paid prior to residents moving into units. The builders and the Board were previously unaware this fee would apply. Because of the efforts of Chairman Traynor, combined with help from local member Mr. Barry Morris, they were finally successful in obtaining a refund of 50% of the amount from the Water Board.
- September 1990, an important decision was taken to arrange for Vitalcall alerting system to be installed in the Village with private access for those in need of emergency health assistance.
- The Village participated in an application by the Blue Mountains Region to be accredited by the Italian Cittaslow Slow Food Movement. Katoomba was granted a "Cittaslow" status, with the Village contributing through its focus on environmentally friendly use of land and space.