Bring a bean bag or floor cushion!

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This time tomorrow TEDxSydney@BANC2013 will be off & running.
Registration from 8:45AM, first talk follows 9:00AM welcome to country. 

You may want to bring a favourite **bean bag or floor cushion** to take in proceedings from a more relaxed angle…


See you tomorrow!



TEDx and Blackheath Philosophy Forum

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tedxsydneybanc2013-facebook-event-art-left-justified-text1Saturday is a day of ideas and thinking in downtown Blackheath! Drop into the satellite site of TEDx at Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre between 8.30am and 6.30pm and listen to ideas to keep you warm. Simulcast from the Opera House. Browse the program here.

Then you can just wander next door to the Blackheath Community Hall and listen to Peter Baldwin talk on the need for a rethink  at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum starting at 4.00pm. Part of their series of lectures on the Future of Social Democracy. Browse their season program here.

Hourly trains between Katoomba and Lithgow

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Between January and March this year, BANC surveyed the community about the train timetable.  To download a copy of the report, Mind the Gap, click here

Our community wants an hourly service during the day!  We need a service that is at least as frequent as that enjoyed by the rest of the Mountains.

The report discusses the research process and the findings drawn from the huge number of respondents. Over 840 people completed the survey – the number of people pressing to use this means to have their voice heard and fix the train timetable was extraordinary.

Your comments are most welcome.

We know now what the community thinks.  Now is the time for action. Write to your local member, Roza Sage, and let her know that we want an hourly train service between Katoomba and Lithgow.

“Better Photography”

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A six week U3A course for Term 2

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Wednesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  and June 5 – 10 am to 12 noon

Tutor: David Hobbs (4787 8115 or 0414 392 744)


Discover some of the secrets of professional photographers.

Learn to produce commercial quality images for use in frames, display ads, books, posters and websites.


Places are limited. Participants will require: their own working digital camera, the user’s manual for that camera and a laptop computer. For session one discussion, participants will be asked to select three outstanding published pictures from magazines. Participants will be asked to complete simple assignments between sessions. Prospective participants are asked NOT to enrol unless they can commit to attend all six sessions.

Studio Francophone – Rififi – Friday 19 April

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rififi - 19 april 2013 Boujour tout le monde!

Our film for this month will be Rififi, a low-budget French film noir, directed by Jean Dassin who worked in France after being black-listed in Hollywood.  Apparently, many real-life gangsters have copied the tactics used in the film by the fictional robbers.  As usual, the film will have English subtitles.

We have had to move the film evening to 19 April this month, as the Community Hall is being used for a fashion parade.  The noise from this event would have impacted on our enjoyment of the film, and so we decided to change the date.

As usual, we will be providing a supper of sandwiches and soup after the film, with other goodies to have with drinks beforehand.

Tea and coffee will be available, but if you wish to BYO, please do so.  If you could bring your own glass it would help us with clearing up afterwards.

We are looking forward to seeing this film with the typical 1950s nail-biting suspense of its era!

Please do not forget to book by ringing the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre on 4787 7770, or Heather on 0405 043 135 – RSVP 18 April for catering purposes.


Hoping to see you next week,

Best regards

Studio Francophone Group

Blackheath Community Hall all better!

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Blackheath-Community-HallBoth Bates and Phillips Halls in the Community Centre are now ready to be used again! They have been sanded and sealed and look great. There was a hiccup with some borers which delayed the work, but all is now fixed. If you need to book either hall, call Blackheath Neighbourhood Centre on 4787 7770.


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Come and stretch your mind at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum.  Our 2013 season starts on Saturday 6th April. Then fortnightly till July 27th. From 4pm to 6pm

Leading philosophers & experts on Social Democracy; Is Philosophy Dead?; and Moral Psychology.

Full program at



Admission: $10 (includes afternoon tea or coffee)  No need to book


NEW venue: Blackheath Community Centre, cnr Gardiner Crescent & Great Western Highway, Blackheath


Hall is heated. Wheelchair access.  All welcome!



School Holiday Activities

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Come and be entertained during the next school holidays with KING PARROT SAMBA



Wednesday 17th April from 11am to 11.45am in Phillips Hall, Blackheath

Please note: Numbers are unlimited. Tickets can be bought at the door.

Costs $7 per child (then $10 for 2 and $12 for 3 or more FROM THE SAME FAMILY)

Parent/ carer needs to stay on site




Local artist Niki Martignago ago will be running a printmaking workshop

Wednesday 24th April between 10am and 12pm in Bates Hall, Blackheathprintmaking

Please note: Numbers are limited. You will need to book and pay for this group in advance.

Costs $7 per child

Parent/ carer needs to stay on site



Contact BANC on 4787 7770, or Jo on for more information.


Yoga Tales for Early Childhood

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‘Yoga Tales for Early Childhood’ will be starting next term at Katoomba Library on a Thursday morning, as well as the current Tuesday morning Springwood Library classes.

7185946The classes at both libraries are for children between 3 and 6yrs.

They will run for an initial 8 week term beginning on Tuesday 7th May at Springwood from 10.00am to 10.30am and Thursday the 9th May at Katoomba from 10.30 to 11.00am.

The new cost for the term is $50 per child or $8 per class.


Movie Magic! The Third Man

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If you love watching movies made in what was arguably the greatest era of movie making, then come along to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre on the first and third Friday of each month and enjoy a morning of MOVIE MAGIC – THE GOLDEN YEARS

Friday 5 April 2013  “The Third Man”

A film noir classic starring Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

Time: 10:00 am

Place: Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre
Gardiners Crescent

FREE: Bookings are essential as numbers are strictly limited. To book
please phone BANC on 4787 7770

Please note: There will be no screening on April 19 owing to school holidays. Next screening will be May 3.

Blackheath Philosophy Forum for 2013

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The first of the 2013 Blackheath Philosophy Forums will be held in the Phillips Hall in the Blackheath Community Centre on Saturday 6 April at 4:00pm. In this election year, the Forum is starting off with a corker of a presentation by Rodney Cavalier entitled “The End of the Labor Project”.

Entry $10 which includes tea/coffee and snacks. There is wheelchair access and the hall is heated.

To join the Forum’s mailing list visit