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
Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.
Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.
Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days’ notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.Read more
While the Detention Centre on Manus Island was forcibly closed by the PNG Government there are still more than 600 men detained in unsafe conditions on Manus Island.
There are approximately 340 people – men, women and children – held in the Nauru detention centre, including 43 children. A further 750 people have been released into the tiny Nauruan community, including more than 100 children. They have temporary visas, very limited rights, and they cannot leave the island.
Read this concise update of what is continuing to happen on Manus Island and Nauru by the Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR. Jan 2018.Read more
On Tuesday 5 December 2017 Kathie Herbert and Roger Grealy represented BMRSG at a seminar conducted by the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC).
The Edmund Rice Centre hosted a film screening and discussion – A Well Founded Fear: 10 years on – What’s happened since? Where to from here?
The Australian Government sends back people it doesn’t think are refugees. But the Government never finds out what happens to the people it rejects.
10 years ago, filmmakers followed Phil Glendenning as he tracked down several deportees to find out how they were faring.Read more
In this the 3rd year of the Youth Shoebox Project even more were received. More than 203 were delivered to children and young people seeking refuge and asylum.
This project is a joint effort with Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) and Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group (BMRSG) – working together to spread love and support.Read more
On Thursday 7 December 120 Syrian refugees came to the Blue Mountains. They were welcomed at St Hilda’s Church Hall with a banquet prepared by volunteers from St Hilda’s Anglican Church and St Canice’s Catholic Church. The banquet included many dishes from their own country, Syria. BMRSG was represented by Joy Connor, Anne Henderson andRead more
Mountain Activist off to Bourke
Bourke has gained a treasure, while the Blue Mountains, especially the Refugee Support Group Detention Centre visiting team, have lost Kath Sneddon, one of their great stalwarts. Refugees in Sydney have lost a great advocate.
Kath’s cheerful energy has lightened many a depressing day at the Villawood Detention Centre while her home cooking and great free range stuffed eggs were a great favourite with home sick refugees stuck in indefinite detention – until Minister Dutton’s Border Force decided home cooked food was a security risk!Read more