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 date; 31 July 2020.

Winners will be contacted in September 2020

Get started

Latest News

    • 8TH APRIL 2020
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    Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Blue Mountains Refugee Supporters joined the online Action for Refugees on Palm Sunday. Supporters from Blackheath to Sydney showed their support by posting a photo of themselves hold a sign. Some, who found taking a selfie while holding a sign too difficult, photographed their pets. Kathie Herbert, Deputy Chair of BMRSG, who started BMRSG support in Katoomba, said, “Social distancing protocols were strictly adhered to! “

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    • 30TH MARCH 2020
    • 2
    An Incredibly Tough Family – BMRSG Helps

    An Incredibly Tough Family – BMRSG Helps

    This is an amazingly tough family!
    We first met them in 2013.  They are still in the High Court appeal process so receive no Centrelink payments or Medicare.
    When we first met. Aamaal* was 12 years old and was the person who liaised with us as she had the best English.  There is a younger brother Chandra.  Neither parent spoke any English.

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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
    • 1
    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
    • 4
    “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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