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Relax, Blueys has got your back

Man smiling, holding balloons with confetti floating in the air around him
Blueys Event Hire owner Michael Mallin. Photo: David Hill, Deep Hill Media

Planning a DIY wedding or backyard party but don’t know where to start? Relax. Blueys Event Hire’s got this.


Have a set budget for your community event and can’t afford a dollar more? Relax. Blueys Event Hire’s got this.


Hired plates and glasses but don’t want to have to wash them before you give them back? Relax. Blueys Event Hire’s got this.


The Katoomba-based family business also has a stack of new equipment, all-inclusive pricing and new owners with a can-do attitude. It really is your one stop shop for your next party or event.


Michael Mallin took over Blue Mountains Special Event Hire & Lithgow Party Hire on June 30, 2023 – and renamed it Blueys Event Hire. As a born and bred local, he has memories of Blueys Party Hire (the original name) from his childhood, so it made sense for him to bring the name back.


Over the past year, locals would likely have seen the new name on the Blueys fleet of vehicles across the Mountains.


Mr Mallin wanted his new brand to express fun and joy across the Blue Mountains and Lithgow region.


Mr Mallin and his wife Shelley Taylor hired equipment from Blueys for their backyard wedding in 2018. Now their three-year-old daughter enjoys visits to Dad’s shop to get a balloon.


Over the past 12 months, Mr Mallin has made significant investment including two new large marquees, a photo booth and other equipment to be able to serve the local community even better.


Mr Mallin is known locally from his time arranging events and tours at the Fairmont Resort, Hydro Majestic Hotel, Fantastic Aussie Tours and Christian Fellowship Tours and, most recently, Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC).


He is also a Rural Fire Service volunteer, and the family attends Sanctuary Blue Mountains Church at Warrimoo.


``I really like doing events,’’ he says. ```There's all the anticipation leading up to it, lots of work and stress, and then you get to the event, there’s a real buzz and a bit of an adrenalin kick and everyone leaves happy.’’


The Blueys team works by the business tagline: ``Relax. We've got this.’’


``Events can be overwhelming, especially if being organised is not your forte,’’ Mr Mallin says. ``You may not have done it before, or you might not have time to do all the running around and thinking of everything you need – but we have.


``You might just want to hire a couple of things, but you might need us to go `What about this? What about that? Have you thought about the lighting or a dance floor?’.’’


Blueys can help organise equipment and aesthetics for your event and is familiar with most event vendors in the area.


There are several event styling consultants, but Blueys is the only event hire business in the Blue Mountains.


From marquees, flooring, lighting, chairs, tables, cutlery, outdoor games, photo booths, jukeboxes, a vast array of glassware, wedding arches and easels, balloons, LPG gas bottle refills and more, Blueys provides flexible, simple solutions.


The Blueys team consists of four fulltime, one part-time and several casual staff working on events large and small, from weddings and parties to community events and everything in between.


Customers can be assured with inclusive pricing with no nasty hidden extras and all the logistics taken care of.


``If you've got something you think is challenging, talk to us because there's no such thing as an impossible problem – we will find a solution. For example, if you’re looking to put a marquee in your backyard but are not sure how it can fit, we are happy to come and have a look and give free advice on how we can make it happen.’’


But the business is not just about making money for the Mallin family. In line with their Christian faith, it’s about using their success to help others.


Blueys recently committed to help fund clean water projects in Uganda by joining the Pro Purpose non-profit organisation, which helps to connect businesses with established registered charities to deliver projects in Australia and overseas.


The business also invests in the local community by supporting various events across the Blue Mountains and Lithgow regions.


“If you are organising a community event, we would love to chat about how we might be able to help your event.”

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