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
The Blue Mountains Community reached out to the grieving family of Hamed Shamshiripour in Iran on Saturday night in Leura. The church was full as the community gathered to express their grief and sadness at the tragic death of asylum seeker Hamed Shamshiripour on Manus Island.
Candles were lit and placed under a framed photo of Hamed. Prayers and meditation framed the evening as people were given the space to share their feelings. Several poets read out their moving poetry, scripture was read and many people wrote messages that will be translated and sent to Hamed’s family in Iran with the poetry and photos of the beautiful candlelit space.
The vigil was organised by Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and the Leura Uniting Church. Read more →
On Thursday 3rd August a delegation from BMRSG met with the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Shayne Neumann and our local member Susan Templeman at Lawson Community Centre to raise our concerns about the treatment of people seeing asylum both within Australia and in Nauru and Manus.
We put the case for on-shore processing of those on Manus Island and settlement in Australia. We especially focused on those people suffering health issues due to their detention and those people seeking asylum with family ties and support networks in Australia. We raised concerns about the treatment of those in inside Australia: indefinite detention, random removal to detention centres in other states and people in the community who are living in limbo on temporary visasRead more →
About 60 people filled the Bates room at Blackheath Community Hall on Sunday afternoon to hear about a book written by refugees on their experiences in off shore detention centres. They Cannot take the Sky.
A BMRSG contingent was there, Joy Connor, committee member and Villawood Visitor gave an excellent overview of the work of BMRSG and urged all to “stand up for a decent Australia.”Read more →
RAFFLE TICKET SELLERS STILL NEEDED We are struggling to maintain the cash flow essential for supporting the 50 families we look after in Western Sydney. We are preparing another major raffle which will net $5000 if we get enough sellers. How can you help? Take some books of raffle tickets to sell. Volunteer to makeRead more →
Today I attended the world premier today of Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time at the Sydney Film Festival. It is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. As an Australian I feel ashamed, complicit and appalled.
Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee, Behrouz Boochani and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made this film with footage shot on a mobile phone.
It is a unique record of daily life on Manus Island detention centre.
Also a list of some of Behrouz Boochani’s articlesRead more →