Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Who We Are

    We are a diverse group of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics, living just outside Sydney.    The organisation has no specific religious affiliation.   We are all volunteers.

  • Our Aims & Objectives

    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.

  • What We Offer

    Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government

Sixth National Conference for Rural Australians for Refugees – Springwood

 The  6th National Conference for Rural Australians for Refugees in Springwood  has been POSTPONED

A new date, which will depend on availability of The Hub, will be announced as soon as possible.

The Conference organising Committee will continue to meet and make the necessary steps needed to move the conference to the new dates.

Those who have booked will be given a full refund.

We hope that you will continue to support the conference and the work that RAR and BMRSG do….we need you more than ever in these challenging times.

Keep up the good work’

Kathie Herbert

RAR and BMRSG

The RAR Student Video & Poster Competition will go ahead

We are challenging young Australians of High School age to make a 1 minute video or a A3 poster which seeks to make a positive change in attitudes to people seeking asylum.

$500 PRIZE FOR THE WINNING VIDEOS

$100 PRIZE FOR THE WINNING POSTERS

 

You could complete this in two weeks if you were self isolating.  Closing dates likely to change.

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    • 15TH MARCH 2020
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    BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    Ms Keneally took the opportunity, with Andrew Giles, the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, to meet members of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, while in the area visiting Mt Tomah and Bilpin with the Labor shadow ministry in the wake of the bushfires.
    “It was a perfect opportunity for Andrew Giles and I to come meet with this group, particularly to discuss the range of issues they are campaigning on and for me personally, it was a great morale boost to know that there are so many people in the community who want to ensure a just and fair outcome for asylum seekers and refugees,” Ms Keneally said.

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    • 10TH MARCH 2020
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    Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    Tibetan Flag is flying outside of the BMCC Chamber

    March 10th is a day of great significance for all Tibetans around the world. It is the day on which they gather to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959 when, after 10 years of Chinese occupation of Tibet, Tibetans rose up in opposition.
    10th March 2020 is the 61st Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
    The Blue Mountains City Council has for some years hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony and the flying of the Tibetan Flag outside the Council Chambers in our Peace Park.

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    • 5TH MARCH 2020
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    Life in the community after 10 years in detention – BMRSG Helps

    Life in the community after 10 years in detention – BMRSG Helps

    Mandeep* was in detention for nearly 10 years. During his time at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, his mental health and the injuries he suffered fleeing civil war at home slowly worsened. BMRSG volunteers visited Mandeep during this time, campaigned for his release and are now supporting him in the community as he transitions from detention to living in and negotiating his way around Sydney. Find out how BMRSG supports those who come seeking safety.

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    • 20TH JANUARY 2020
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    “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”, Phil Glendenning

    “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”, Phil Glendenning

    ERC Director Phil Glendenning delivered the 2019 Annual Tasmanian Peace Trust Lecture. The Trust established the Annual Peace Trust Lecture in 1991. Special guest lecturers speak on peace-related themes.
    Watch Phil’s lecture, “From Uluru to Nauru: The Peace that Still Eludes Australia”

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    • 6TH JANUARY 2020
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    Ocean 12 makes ABC News

    Ocean 12 makes ABC News

    After surviving what he describes as two death threats, Anustiyan Sivapalan made the decision to flee Sri Lanka for Australia.
    “They come to my home, they tried to kill me, but luckily I escaped from the shootout,” he said.
    “That’s why I [was] forced to leave.”
    While the psychological scars caused by an experience like this are too complex for many to understand, Mr Sivapalan has found a community where stories like his are the norm.
    He has been playing cricket for a suburban western Sydney team called Ocean 12 that is comprised of Tamil asylum seekers.

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    • 6TH DECEMBER 2019
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    Repeal of Medevac Bill – Phone and Write

    Repeal of Medevac Bill – Phone and Write

    On the morning of the 4 December the Medevac Bill was repealed with a secret deal between Senator Jacqui Lambie and the Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister. Through this secrecy, democracy and transparency have been ignored.
    We have all lobbied and campaigned for months. But now is not the time to stand back in sadness and defeat. We ask you to encourage all your members to phone Minister Dutton and Prime Minister Morrison.

    Prime Minister Morrison: 02 6277 7700

    Minister Peter Dutton: 02 6277 7860.

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