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

Good News

From Sister Elizabeth Young
Well, now we can thank God for very good news: A has been given a visa and freed from detention!!!

Let us then celebrate with him. Here is part of A’s message:

“Dear Australians,

By the will of God and your support, I got the visa and am now, finally, a free man. I am forever indebted to you all. At this moment I am reminded of the words of God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Special thanks to Sister Elizabeth, who started the petition. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my lawyer, Ms. Sanmati Verma, and her legal team: ‘ … And to Minister Alan Tudge, and to all those who signed the petition and encouraged me in many ways.

May God bless you all! God bless!”

I also had a list to thank for this outcome, for the combined pressure on the immigration department for his release. But I am humbled to think that I forgot the one first thought of by A: the Minister who allowed his release. Here are those I wish to thank: his legal representatives, petition signers (over 25,000!), petition promoters, media storytellers, those who contacted the Minister, other MPs who investigated, and everyone for their prayers. So I would like to add the Minister and those who facilitated his freedom.

It was about 11 years and 5 months, or 4179 days, that A was detained by our government. Throughout this time, his supporters and I have been privileged to know A; he is so incredible to have survived all of this. We have seen his strength of character, and faith in God and the goodness of people through such a trial.

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    The Blue Mountains City Council Aboriginal Advisory Council (AAC) have said that they “support the idea to recognise International Refugee Day through events particularly highlighting some of the extremely difficult challenges faced by refugees.”
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    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group would like to thank the ACC for their gracious response.

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    • 10TH JUNE 2020
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    On Monday, Marie Standen from Faulconbridge was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to refugees, and to the community of the Blue Mountains.
    “I must admit it’s a great honour, there isn’t any doubt about that,” she said.

    The 89-year-old is enormously pleased with the group’s accomplishments over the years.

    They visit refugees in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, and through extensive fundraising they have been able to help refugees settling in the community with the cost of education, paying bills, or replacing worn out clothes or shoes, or when their children might be in need of new glasses.

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    • 8TH JUNE 2020
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    Like everyone else the BMRSG community faced huge challenges when we were told to self isolate. But the refugees on various temporary visas faced much greater challenges. Distressing stories are coming through all the time about situations where jobs have been lost; people have been exposed to COVID 19 and expected to self isolate in crowded accommodation. Those on bridging visas, and that is most households we visit, have virtually no Covid19 related entitlements or general Centrelink access. They also may or may not have Medicare entitlements

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