A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney
To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.
Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
It was a full house at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Wednesday 30 November to hear Professor Gillian Triggs and Madeleine Gleeson. The current climate, Professor Triggs said, is that the government and the media in general are no longer interested in the facts of the treatment of asylum seekers as revealed in reports such as the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in immigration detention, The Forgotten Children. Instead, refugees are used as political pawns by the major parties to win votesRead more →
The proposed legislation which would prevent asylum seekers , who arrived by boat since 19 July 2013, from ever setting foot in Australia, will soon be under consideration in the Senate. Many of the asylum seekers we currently support would be affected. The fear this proposed bill is generating is affecting asylum seeker’s mental health.Read more →
Our very own Youth Shoebox Project kicks off for the second year to give a warm Blue Mountains welcome to children and young people seeking refuge and asylum in Australia.
Go to their Facebook page Youth Shoebox Project to find out how you can be part of this great initiative.Read more →
Sri Lankan asylum seekers overcome adversity to win national cricket competition Report ABC AM by Katherine Gregory A group of Sri Lankan asylum seekers have claimed victory both on and off the cricket pitch. The team was almost in tears after winning a national Twenty20 championship at the Gold Coast on Wednesday night. The TamilsRead more →
Amnesty believes the proposed legislation, which would prevent asylum seekers who arrived by boat since 19 July 2013 from ever setting foot in Australia is unnecessary and cruel and wants to help block the legislation, which may be presented to parliament as early as next week.
The timeline for our rapid response is now until Mon 7 November.
Before then, we are asking you to:
– email/phone your local MP, or if at all possible physically deliver a letter to them on this issue. Read more →
ChilOut Youth Ambassadors spoke to over 80 people at Blackheath Baptist Cafe Church on Sunday 30 October. They were joined by representatives of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. The ChilOut presenters were led by their Campaign Coordinator, Niru Palanivel, a Teacher and Human Rights Lawyer and two university student Ambassadors, both with a background ofRead more →