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  • Tibetan flag flies high outside council

    Tibetan flag flies high outside council

    History was made Friday morning when the Tibetan flag was raised outside Blue Mountains Council chambers at Katoomba.
    It is the first time in Australia a Tibetan flag has been flown outside a local council chamber.
    The small but vocal Tibetan community cheered and sang their national song as Dhongdue Kyinzom, a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile and Cr Kerry Brown did the honours.Read more

  • Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    Gardening in extremely difficult circumstances

    A young man who came to Australia seeking asylum, but who has been detained in different facilities across the country, has become a very inventive gardener. He has devised an irrigation system from plastic bin liners, plastic milk bottles, polystyrene cups, plastic straws all sourced from the garbage bin. He has cut chux wipes intoRead more

  • UWS Refugee scholarship

    UWS Refugee scholarship

    The UWS Refugee Scholarship program targets students from refugee backgrounds. Read about two of the recipients, download the flyer with the information and selection criteria and download the application form.
    Applications close 22 February.
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  • BMRSG Works – A Team Effort

    BMRSG Works – A Team Effort

    A positive warm hearted story of a need identified by one of the BMRSG Community visitors, of a family in a house with no furniture and a new baby still in hospital, a timely offer of furniture and a feat or organisation by a number of BMRSG volunteers. #BMRSGHelpsRead more

  • Renewing your membership

    A message from our membership secretary Kathie Herbert Memberships are due at the end of the financial year.   You can renew via the website https://www.bmrsg.org.au/about-bmrsg/membership-renewal/ It is vital, more than ever, that we continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in need and to advocate for fair and humane treatment of people seeking asylum regardlessRead more

  • Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba.
    The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet.

    There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal.
    The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been ‘embraced with warmth and love’.
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