Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG at RAR Wodonga Part 2 – Changing Hearts and Minds

    BMRSG, led by Joy Connor, ran a packed out workshop, Changing Hearts and Minds. Participants came up with a long list of activities which they had successfully tried in their home towns. The list on butcher’s paper was shared with all on the wall and other participants added to it.Read more

  • Join us at the Palm Sunday Rally

    Join us at the Palm Sunday Rally

    Join us at the Palm Sunday Rally Sunday 25 March at Belmore Park (near Central) 2pm – 4pm. This year’s theme is “Refugees are Welcome Here”. BMRSG will be behind the bus stops in Eddy Avenue. The mountains contingent will get the 11.38am  train from Katoomba and will be on the second carriage from theRead more

  • BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    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

  • Syrian Refugees Visit Katoomba

    Syrian Refugees Visit Katoomba

    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

  • Farewell to the wonderful Kath

    Farewell to the wonderful Kath

    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

  • Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    So this is what we have come to as a nation.
    The wretched of the earth, because they were no longer safe where they lived, sought to come here. With a determined cruelty, we kidnapped and imprisoned them in Pacific lagers. These lagers became synonymous with the idea of hellholes because it was important to our government that they be – ­and be known as – hellholes.
    On this policy of deterrence, as it was called, which had as its declared purpose to make innocent human beings suffer indefinitely, we spent billions of dollars. To this end we had truck with vile regimes such as Sri Lanka’s. And to this end we began forsaking our democratic rights.Read more