Summer is coming to the shire in a big way.
Wollondilly Council is set to host a series of free community events as part of its new Summerfest program.
The eight events will be held over the next 12 months, and have been made possible thanks to funding from the NSW Government Resources for Regions program which assists mining communities.
The fun, family-friendly events will each feature amusement rides, outdoor movie screenings, food stalls, free face-painting, ice cream and donuts, and performances from local musos.
The events aim to support mining-impacted communities by enabling residents to reconnect, stimulating the local economy and providing a much needed recreational outlet following the impacts of the pandemic restrictions.
Council chief executive Ben Taylor thanked the Department of Regional NSW for providing the funding for the Summerfest program.
"Wollondilly residents have had a challenging two years recovering from bushfires, floods, storm events and the impacts of COVID-19," he said.
"This will be a great opportunity for locals to celebrate together in their own towns and villages. It is important to have something positive for our community to look forward to."
Each event will start at 3pm and finish at 10.30pm, with tickets available through Wollondilly Council's website (wollondilly.nsw.gov.au).
The first two events will be held at Willis Park, Oakdale on Saturday, January 15 and Bargo Sportsground on Friday, January 28.
They will be followed by events at Douglas Park Sportsground in February and at Appin Park in April.
Later events are planned for The Oaks, Menangle, Tahmoor and Buxton.