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
Michelle Nayahamui Rooney grew up on Manus Island and returned to her home in November 2017. Here is the story of her childhood, what Manus island means to her as she tries to explains what the detention centre has done to this community.
“My poem Chauka, yu we? started as an angry reaction to the appropriation of the Chauka and the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As a scholar and as a Manus Islander, I have tried to reason through the historical, political, social and moral issues that gave rise to the detention centre. At the same time I am left angry, sad and guilty…”Read more
If the Department of Home Affairs was trying to stop detention centre visits with its new, punitive visitation procedures, then it may have worked.
Last month the Department of Home Affairs changed the visitation protocols for Australian detention centres, provoking outrage and hunger strikes among detainees.
Here, Rebekah Holt attempts to navigate the new system for her weekly Sunday visit.Read more
You are warmly invited to the 5th BMRSG-Chuo Uni party at the Katoomba YHA, 6pm Saturday 24th Feb.
Students and teachers from Chuo University in Tokyo are back in Sydney on their annual programme learning about diversity and human rights and will be hosting a party again with members and friends of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group on 24th Feb.Read more
Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy. It’s a constant battle to fight the maze of Immigration red tape, struggle with what you can and cannot do and keep yourself and families in as good health as possible.
At our recent AGM a couple (members of BMRSG) offered me the most wonderful opportunity. They offered an asylum seeker family the opportunity to have a beach holiday at their holiday house. As a special bonus one of the conditions was I was to accompany them!Read more
Before Christmas I requested help for a Punjabi woman and her child who was in a desperate
situation. Within 10 minutes of making the request I had my first offer of accommodation for her.
Meg, from Katoomba offered a lovely room for 3 weeks. This wasn’t just accommodation it was the
hand of friendship, a non-judgemental environment where her confidence could be restored. There
was love, laughter and tears. The outcome is a friendship forever.
No words could possibly convey the gratitude that we all owe to Meg.
The next step of the journey has begun.Read more
The joy of giving and the satisfaction of being involved in a worthwhile project coincided recently.
Chris Cather and Hugh Clarke, Year 9 students at Blaxland High School, helped prevent a much loved but ageing Nissan Pulsar from going to the wreckers and instead turned it into a treasure for a low income refugee.
Chris and Hugh together with teacher Shaun Halden, grabbed the opportunity to give the car a new life. This was exactly what Sarah Emerson and her son, Owen, had in mind when they gifted the car to Blaxland High School for use in the Metal and Automotive program for Years 9 and 10Read more