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
This was a mammoth load going to two families in Western Sydney. Two of our stalwart drivers, David Cook and Peter Hurley took this load.
If you have a trailer, ute or van and have a little time, we would love to hear from you. We also need ‘offsiders’ to help with the loading in Wentworth Falls and unloading in Sydney.
For insurance purposes all volunteers are required to be financial members of BMRSG.
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Recent appeals by BMRSG for donations to assist asylum seekers with legal fees associated with visa applications have raised over $13,000, thanks to the generosity of so many caring people.
The Dept of Immigration has been writing to asylum seekers living in the community demanding that they put in applications for TPVs (Temporary Protection Visas) or SHEVs (Safe Haven Enterprise Visas) within 30 or 60 days, or risk losing all their sources of income, such as Centrelink payments.Read more →
In January BMRSG committee members Julie and Brendan hosted a very successful visit to Blackheath by six refugee children – three Tamil girls, and three boys from Iran, all of whom had come to Australia as unaccompanied minors. The visit was organised through Marist Youth, who arranged for the children to be transported to theRead more →
One of the many important practical aspects of BMRSG is collection and distribution of furniture and smaller items required to help make life more pleasant for asylum seekers and refugees.
There is a small handful of drivers with utes or trailers who collect and transport goods to wherever they are required. Community Visitors regularly visit families and help identify what is needed.Read more →
Last week the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on around 12,000 people seeking asylum who arrived by sea to Australia between August 2012 and December 2013. After waiting over four years to be invited to apply for asylum, these people have received letters from the government with as little as 30 days to lodge their refugee application.
Donate to enable BMRSG to provide legal support for those completing these complicated documents.Read more →
BMRSG receives requests to find accommodation for an asylum seeker who has no right to work and no access to Centrelink or Medicare. They are often homeless.
The challenge is to find a suitable host as well as some financial support for both people.
Currently it is for a 42 year old woman who needs to move from her host family in Mountains closer to the city to attend meetings to establish her refugee status.Read more →