Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Work of BMRSG – Swimming Lessons

    Work of BMRSG – Swimming Lessons

    Every Tuesday 14 asylum seeker children arrive at Blacktown Aquatic Centre for their swimming lesson.
    It’s such a happy day for everyone. Not only are the children taking part in the Aus Swim program they are enjoying the social interaction with each other. This program is thanks to the donations of all those through Local Hero.Read more

  • Work of BMRSG – Outing to Blackheath Pool

    Work of BMRSG – Outing to Blackheath Pool

    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

  • Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    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

  • An exciting second year for the Youth Shoebox Project

    An exciting second year for the Youth Shoebox Project

    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

  • Urgent – Ban on Refugees – Write Now

    Urgent – Ban on Refugees – Write Now

    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 Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    ChilOut Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    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