String Trio Performance 24 March 2012

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three piece suite ver 4The new classical string trio, Three Piece Suite, will have its public debut concert in Blackheath on Sunday, 24th March.Three Piece Suite is a trio of longstanding professional musicians, friends and colleagues Rachel Westwood (violin), Valmai Coggins (viola) and Deborah Coogan (cello). Despite the challenges set by their geographical situations and differing diaries, their goal is to perform together the repertoire they love in cosier settings than the formal concert hall.

The program will feature these works:
Beethoven:  Trio in C minor Opus 9 no 3
J. S. Bach:   The Goldberg Variations BWV 988
F. Kreisler:   Serenade “Polichinelle”
Schubert:     Trio in B flat major D 471
J. Playford:   English Country Dances

LOCATION: Blackheath Presbyterian Church Wentworth Street, Blackheath

DATE and TIME: Sunday 24 March 2013 at 4:00pm

Adults:             $20
Concession:   $15
Children:           $5

Contact Henry Lebovic and indicate how many seats you would like.
Email:    or
Phone:  02 9797 7227 or 0418 436 727

Henry will then send you details of how to make your payment. Once payment is received, he will send you an eTicket as a PDF file. You can either print it out and bring it along, or just show us the ticket on your smartphone. If you can’t do either, then you need not worry, as we will have a record of your ticket purchase with us at the door.

Please note that seat numbers will not be allocated, so for the best seating, ensure you arrive early, as we will also be selling tickets at the door.

There is plenty of street parking available.
However, if you’re thinking of taking the train, the church is an easy walk (5 mins) from Blackheath station.

Send your children’s books to Manus Island for children in detention

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Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Senator is organising a collection of kids books to be sent to Manus Island to the children in detention there.

Post your book to Sarah’s office at 7/147 Pirie Street Adelaide SA 5000 or  drop your book into your local Greens MP office (you can put in a message to the kids) and they’ll do the rest.

More details here

Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters Garage Sale Saturday 9 March 2013

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women1Collecting now – your unwanted treasures for us to turn them into scholarships for women in Timor to go to Uni – last year 15 women graduated thanks to the funds raised at our Blue Mountains Garage Sales and the generosity of the Blue Mountains community.

Saturday 9 March 8A Russell Rd, Leura 9:00am to 3:00pm

Our wish list

  • Your treasures dropped 8A Russell Rd at before Friday 8 March
  • Helpers to sort on Friday 8 March from 10:00am
  • Buyers on 9 March

These Garage Sales are legendary – the greatest range of books, clothes, household stuff, furniture, kitsch & jewellery – it is amazing what people give us than they don’t want but know someone else will consider a special & wonderful find.

More info on our successes

Celebrate Senior’s Week with a FREE movie screening!

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Celebrate Senior’s Week this year by coming to see ‘Quartet,’ a wonderful film which includes in its cast Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon.

“At a home for retired opera singers, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.”

Wednesday 20th March

This Seniors Week activity is FREE.

The days’ program will start at 10am, with the movie starting at 10.30am.  There will be a guest speaker from Blackheath Area Men’s Shed as well as some fine entertainment from the ‘Heathens choir.

Lunch will be provided by Blue Mountains Food Service.

Great Community Transport can provide transport for those who need it by . You will need to book with them prior to the day on 4759 2403.  If you are not registered for their service yet, please contact them on 4759 2403 at least 2 weeks before the event.

If you would love to come along or have further enquiries, please contact Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre on 4787 7770.

Please register by the 15th March 2013.


Film about refugees on at Mt Vic Flicks 24 February 2013

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refugeeBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is a 52 minute documentary that tells the stories of asylum seekers who made the impossible decision to become ‘boat people’. Jessie Taylor and her team are taking the film to 30 major cities around the country to share the real experiences of asylum seekers with every day Australians and politicians alike.


Whether you are an advocate for changing the way asylum seekers are treated in Australia, or undecided about the issue of ‘boat people’ – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea will give you first-hand insight into the circumstances that lead to taking that difficult journey by boat.


The Deep Blue Sea Film National Tour will be coming to the Mt Vic Flicks, in the Blue Mountains on the 24th of February from 6.30pm-8.30pm.  The free event will include a screening of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; a Q&A with guest speakers and the opportunity to talk to local organisations who work with asylum seekers.


Buy tickets for this event:


For the full Deep Blue Sea Film National Tour Itinerary:




Dog Exclusion Zones

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Pretty-Dogs-in-Garden-dogs-13905929-1920-1200Blue Mountains City Council is seeking feedback about dog exclusion zones. This is a subject that inspires robust debate so have your say (politely, of course)!

We seek your views on dog exclusion zones in sportsgrounds

Dog use on sportsgrounds is an issue which has been raised by sporting groups in the Blue Mountains at different times.  We would appreciate your advice and feedback to assist us consider possible options for dog exclusion areas in sportsgrounds.

Your feedback and advice is important!

We’re keen to hear your thoughts and comments and invite you to complete the survey and leave your comments and ideas at

Have your say today!

Please contribute your feedback, have your say and take a moment to forward this email to colleagues, friends, neighbours and family with a note encouraging them to also have their say.

Blackheath Philosophy Forum

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2013 Program

Our program for this year is almost finalised. There will be nine sessions at 4 pm on the following dates (all Saturdays) : 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 15 June, 29 June, 13 July, 27 July. The program is structured as three groups of three talks with each group having a common theme. The first theme is The Future of Social Democracy (recall we decided to do some talks on political theory and philosophy) the second is Is Philosophy Dead? and the third concerns Philosophy and Moral Psychology. The final talk in the second and third groups (15 June and 27 July) will be delivered by panels of young emerging philosophers.

We will also be holding dinners at the talk venue after the sessions on 4 May and 29 June (there will be the usual informal dinners after the other sessions). To facilitate this (and for other reasons) we have changed the venue for the forum to the Blackheath Community Centre Hall (corner Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway). The entrance fee remains unchanged at $10.

Attendee Survey

To help us plan forums for this and future years (we are already considering ideas for 2014) we are conducting a survey. The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete using an interactive online form. The survey is anonymous. Once you have submitted the form you can view a summary of results up to that time. Here is the link to the survey form.
Best wishes,

Peter Baldwin (Chair)
Sandra Darroch (Secretary)

“Better Photography” – a six week U3A course for Term 2

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Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Wednesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5  from 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.


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Ecopella is a multi-city choir whose powerful, sophisticated a cappella music is concerned with environmental themes. Ecopella’s sense of fun fills each performance with positive and satirical messages. Even when the mood gets serious, the beauty and solemnity of our music is always uplifting.

One of the benefits of joining Ecopella is performing at a variety of festivals.  For example, this year the Blue Mountains Ecopella choir has been accepted to perform at the St Albans Festival.

Our Blue Mountains branch meets at BANC on the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings of each month. Contact Miguel 9810 4601 or email


News and events from Pink Mountains

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top******The Three Sisters Social Group Inc. ****** Next monthly dinner at The Chalet Medlow Bath is  on 12th February, bookings only, by 10th Feb.

See details and other events on their website .

******GRAND QUEENS BIRTHDAY BALL TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!****** Download & print the booking form & follow directions.




****You can also download a ball booking from from*****


******VALETINES GLAMOUR STARS FILM FESTIVAL****** Lithgow Valley Community Cinema

16 Main St. Lithgow

When: Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February Proudly supported by Lithgow City Council The greatest line-up of classic movies Featuring some of the most unforgettable actors of the Studio Era Visit for more information




Celebrating all relationships

LGBT Friendly

DJs & Lighting

Licensed Bar

Time: 7-10pm at Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre Catalina Avenue Katoomba For more information ‘LIKE’ them on FACEBOOK or check out the website website

This is an 18 + Event



Managing Carmen is the latest smash-hit play from Australia’s most loved playwright, David Williamson. It is an uproariously funny comedy about football, gender, sex and slingbacks.

Brent Lyall is a freakish young sporting talent, with a beautiful girlfriend and two Brownlow Medals. At the age of twenty-three he is already captain of one of the most powerful football clubs in the land. But Brent has an explosive secret – he likes to cross-dress. With the secret on the verge of becoming public, Rohan hires the brilliant psychologist Jessica to find out what Brent is trying to hide…but soon wishes he hadn’t.

An Ensemble Theatre Company production presented by the Q Theatre Company





* AD)) Audio description by a team of trained Vision Australia volunteers for patrons who are blind or vision impaired will be available for this performance only


Members $39 / Members 30 and Under $29

Adults $49 / Concession $44 / Thursday Matinee Seniors Special $30

At the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

More information



Come and take a journey through the history of Mardi Gras, Sydney’s iconic parade and festival, and celebrate 35 years of LGBTQI pride and diversity.

The outrageous fun and utter fabulousness, the costumes and controversy, the tears and triumphs of a glorious 35 years are spectacularly put on show in an exhibition that will entertain, engage and leave you proud. Drawing on a diverse array of archival material from public and private collections, the exhibition covers the key themes, events and wonderful personalities that have helped shape the festival into what it is today.

This is a free event, but donations are encouraged.

For more information, visit




Some people have asked me what the term Intersex means.

‘The term intersex was first used by science in the early 20th century to describe human beings whose biological sex cannot be classified as clearly male or female; historically, the term “hermaphrodite” was used. An intersex person may have the biological attributes of both sexes or lack some of the biological attributes considered necessary to be defined as one or the other sex.

Intersex is always congenital and can originate from genetic, chromosomal or hormonal variations. Environmental influences such as endocrine disruptors can also play a role in some intersex differences. The term is not applicable to situations where individuals deliberately alter their own anatomical characteristics.

Intersex people represent a significant percentage of the population.’ (from website)

Find out more on the excellent website



***And you think things have changed so much ?*** Anti discrimination laws do no apply to religious organisations including nursing homes. Is it any wonder many elderly LGBTI people are afraid for their future?

“More religious aged care providers are pressuring the federal government to allow them to continue to turn away elderly gay and lesbian people.

Sydney-based charity Hammondcare has suggested it will decline Commonwealth funding if it is forced to accept same-sex people, particularly couples, into retirement homes that it runs.”

New FACEBOOK group for older LGBTI people in the Blue Mountains




An international website with articles, news & advertising aimed a the LGBTI international community. This is a  comprehensive international website with all the latest news.

Of interest to Lesbian buswalkers

Fair Day Stall and Raffle

Bush Lemons will be having a stall at Mardi Gras Fair Day on Sunday, 10 February. Buy a raffle ticket, support Fred Hollows Foundation

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Ageing in Australia.

Links to  Australian & International Resources.


******NEW BUSINESS SUPPORTERS FOR PINK MOUNTAINS****** Thanks to all business supporters who keep the website online.

Our latest ones are:

***Counselling & Psychotherapy***

***Business Name: Direction with Clarity Counselling & Psychotherapy***

Contact: Carole Kelly



Mobile: 0407 009 050


***Business Name: Sara Blazey Mediation Services***

Contact: Sara Blazey

Phone:0439 388 558



Address:  PO Box 160 Lawson 2783

Hours:  8am to 8pm Mon – Fri 9am to 1pm

Sat. Rooms in Katoomba and Penrith

Charges:See website for full details.


***Tai Chi in Upper Mountains***

Fee for all classes:  $17.00 / $12.00 concession  Private classes available: fees are a sliding scale between $20 to $30 a class.

Ring Donald  47881007 / 0431317912 /



This Newsletter is compiled by Kevin Hardwick If you would like anything added for future “not quite monthly” newsletters please email him on for possible inclusion.

Our mailing address is:

Pink Mountains

C/- MCRN Badgery crescent Lawson 2783 ( Library building ) Lawson, NSW 2783


Medlow Park Plan of Management – public hearing Thursday night!

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The draft Plan of Management for Medlow Bath Park has been prepared and is now on Public Exhibition for comment until Monday, 11 February 2013.  Your input on the Plan is welcome, and Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) would like to hear your comments and suggestions.

The Medlow Park draft Plan of Management can be downloaded from the BMCC website at

As part of the exhibition process, a Public Hearing will be held at The Chalet Guesthouse, 46-50 Portland Road, Medlow Bath, Thursday, 7 February 2013 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. This is your opportunity to make comments in person to an independent planner.

Train Survey now on SurveyMonkey!

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If you would like to do the Train survey online you can click on the SurveyMonkey link to fill it out.

Just to remind you:

Do you have concerns about the train timetable? Would you like to have your say? Then participate in our survey.

The NSW Government has announced they will be overhauling the Train Timetable. Planning the new timetable has started and it’s expected the new timetable will be introduced in late 2013.

Currently there is a more than 2 hour gap between trains west of Katoomba during weekdays. We want to make sure you have your say for a better train timetable for the Upper Blue Mountains. The following information from this survey will be used to lobby the state government.

Please click on the link here to download the survey if interested and then you can return it to the front desk of our office. Also feel free to pass the survey onto others.

This survey is being conducted by the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC) and the Getting Around in Community (GAIC) sustainable transport project as part of a local campaign for better train services west of Katoomba. For inquiries call BANC on 4787 7770


Before School care now at Blackheath!

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Before School Care 9Do you need Before School Care for your child aged between 5 and 12?  Does your child go to Blackheath Public School?   Blackheath Out Of School Hours (BOOSH) will be providing this service for the first time.  This is an affordable service for parents or guardians who have to rush off to work or early morning appointments.

BOOSH is open from 7am to 9am Monday to Friday during the school term. For children from other primary schools the service is available if an alternative pick up arrangement has been organised to deliver your child to school.  You can book a permanent ($16/day) or casual ($19/day) position for your child.  All children will be offered breakfast as part of the service.

You can find enrolment forms on our website  For more information or to make a booking you can contact BOOSH on 4787 7150 or 0438 364 706.