Have your say – Let’s talk about TAFE!

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TAFE NSW is Australia’s leading provider of vocational education and training (VET) with more than half a million enrolments online, in workplaces and across 10 Institutes with 130 campuses. TAFE NSW provides education and training to people across NSW, in courses from Certificate to Degree level across all major industry sectors.tafe

The NSW Government is conducting a survey as part of its consultation about TAFE reforms.


It would be great if as many community members, employers, community partners of TAFE, and students/ TAFE graduates, could go to this link and answer the questions with their views of what is valuable and important about TAFE, and how it might change to best meet the needs of our communities and economy in the future.

It only takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete and the survey closes on 12 April.



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Join Mark Horton weekday mornings 6-9am when he presents the ‘HORTO & FRIENDS BREAKFAST SHOW’ live from the EDGE CINEMA commencing on Monday 25th of March.

Mark returns to the breakfast time slot after an eight months break, whilst as President he went about rebuilding/rebranding Blue Mountains Community Radio.

89.1fm RBM had struggled for over 20 years to secure a successful & reliable host for the breakfast time slot. That changed in 2004 when Mark & his wife Sammi took up the challenge of getting up at 4:30am even in cold and wet winter mornings.

As the years went by, Mark & Sammi who both have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), found it increasingly difficult to access the Gang Gang Street Studio. With the possibility of The Breakfast Show coming to an end, the then President, Ken Quinnell, agreed to Mark’s request to find a more accessible venue for The Breakfast Show.  Sadly Sammi’s MS will not allow her to continue to co-host but she will carry on scheduling guests.

What will continue is the ecclectic & fun-filled line up of guests along with Road, Rail, Weather and Police Updates.

89.1fm RBM

                                            Your Voice, Your Community


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Phoenix is an SATB community choir. We sing a range of music including classical, ancient, modern, sacred and secular works – usually accompanied, sometimes a cappella. We perform several concerts each year and also hold occasional social and fund-raising events.

New members are always welcome.

Rehearsals: 7.00 – 9.30 pm on Tuesdays during school terms at Blackheath Uniting Church Hall, Govett’s Leap Rd.

Contact president@phoenixchoir.org.au



Orpheus Strings

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Programme for Orpheus Quartet Concert on Sunday  March 10th 2013 at 3:00pm

Juan Crisostómo ARRIAGA (1806 – 1826): String Quartet No 1 in D minor

Swan HENNESSY (1866 – 1929): Suite Opus 46 String Quartet

Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840 – 1893): String Quartet No 1 in D major Opus 11

Programme for Orchestral Concert on Sunday  April 7th at 3:00pm

John IRELAND (1879 -1962): Elegy and Minuet

J.S. BACH (1685 – 1750):  Five Chorale Preludes

Paul HINDEMITH: (1895 – 1963): Trauermusik

J. Joachim RAFF (1822 – 1882): Octett Opus 176

Samuel BARBER  (1910 – 1981): Adagio for Strings Opus 11

The Orpheus Strings Orchestra and the Orpheus Quartet perform at the “Pat Heffernan Hall” of Katoomba Public School in Merriwa Street, Katoomba (Turn off Lurline Street at Katoomba RSL).




Welcome Home Lightning Stone

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A show for all Blue Mountains residents playing every weekend in March at spectacular outdoor venues.

Welcome Home Lightning Stone is an inspiring outdoor theatre show.

Three years in the making, created in the Blue Mountains, the show blends professional actors and music from a live band and will play every weekend in March across the Blue Mountains.

Welcome Home Lightning Stone presents a contemporary Koori story through drama, paintings, music, film and dance.

churchJust after sunset the performance starts when the venue (incl. historic Blue Mountains church’s) is illuminated by an amazing light show which beckons the actors on stage, and we follow the family drama of three Koori cousins as the moon rises and the ‘Welcome Home’ band gets down to work.

This show is a moving story of ‘coming home’ and an insight into the problems facing Aboriginal families today; those still struggling with the hurt of previous generation’s who had been removed from their families, and who are now finding that in NSW their kids are being taken in record numbers, in what some are calling a ‘New Stolen Generation.’

While developing the play the opportunity was seized to debunk some popular myths and let Kooris tell their own stories, their own way.858045_334781913290044_1952560370_o

So if you want to know the real story behind the Legend of the Three Sisters then throw away your Little Golden Book and hear the elders speak of the Seven Sisters.

Bring a picnic blanket, family and friends, to enjoy what has been an unprecedented collaboration amongst indigenous Blue Mountains artists, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and The Blue Mountains City Council.

TICKET BOOKINGS PH: 0468 424 000

Show dates & venues:

St Paul’s Catholic Church, Mount Victoria: Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March

Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls: Friday 15th & Saturday 16th March

Megalong Valley Uniting Church, Megalong Valley: Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd March.

Redfern Community Centre: Thursday 28th March.

See www.welcomehomelightningstone.net.au + “like us” on Facebook.


FREE Zumba Gold class for Seniors Week

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Wednesday 20th March at 5pm

Blackheath Community Centre

Low impact Zumba class for Seniors

Zumba Gold® takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active Seniors, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle.

What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. We’ve also been known to throw in a few tangos and even a bit of Tina Turner ! If you want  camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of your weekly schedule,  Zumba Gold is the perfect fit.

It’s a very friendly dance-fitness class and most of all, its fun! For some reason, we have a lot more giggling in this class than any of the other classes!



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:   lebovic@bigpond.net.au    or    contact@tpschambermusic.com
Phone:  02 9797 7227 or 0418 436 727
Website:           http://tpschambermusic.com

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 http://sarah-hanson-young.greensmps.org.au/content/books-hope-and-welcome-children-detention

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  www.bmets.org.au

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: http://deepblueseabluemountains.eventbrite.com.au


For the full Deep Blue Sea Film National Tour Itinerary: www.deepblueseafilm.com




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 http://bluemountainshaveyoursay.com.au/dog-free-zones-in-sports-fields.

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)