BANC Winter Newsletter out now!

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The BANC Winter Newsletter is now out in a new booklet format. We hope you like it. If you live in the Blackheath and surrounds area and didn’t get a copy in your mail box, please let us know on 4787 7770. You can download it here.


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yMBkryNaGGHgrIJ-556x313-noPad The Great Western Highway passes through 10 school zones, 44 speed zones, 26 traffic lights and 17 towns and villages. The Highway also runs through a World Heritage Area and National Park.

We need a long term, sustainable solution to the transport needs of the Central West, not a highway widening that will result in a truck tsunami which will forever change the Blue Mountains.

There is an online petition on (see link below)  Please go online and read the petition and if you agree with the proposal please sign online.

The advantage of an online petition is that every time there is a signee an email is sent to the politician.

Help the voice of Blue Mountains Residents be heard.

Blue Mountains Environment Appeal

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If you read the local news you will be aware that our Blue Mountains environment is increasingly coming under threat.
The Blue Mountains Conservation Society is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation with the mission to conserve the natural environment of the Blue Mountains and to increase public environmental awareness. Our recent successful campaigns have included:
  • legal action to stop power stations from polluting the Coxs River
  • achieving World Heritage Listing for the Blue Mountains
  • protecting wilderness by preventing the filming of a Hollywood Movie at Mt Hay
  • conserving our endangered Blue Mountains Hanging Swamps.
We are presently facing an unprecedented number of attacks on our local environment. Our long list of current campaigns includes:
  • opposing an open-cut coal mine proposal in Ben Bullen State Forest
  • expanding the Gardens of Stone reserves (‘Stage 2’)
  • addressing major flaws in the proposed new Local Environment Plan
  • opposing hunting and logging in our National Parks
  • resisting the proposed Metropolitan Urban Area for the lower Blue Mountains
  • stopping Coal Seam Gas exploration in the Greater Blue Mountains
  • opposing the flooding of the stunning Kowmung River by raising Warragamba Dam.
We are also very active in promoting the enjoyment and understanding of our local environment through our bushwalking groups, bushcare groups, environmental education programs (including Bush Trackers), Hut News newsletter and our native plant nursery.
As a not-for-profit organisation we have limited resources. With ever more threats to our local environment we are increasingly relying on your support to protect the environment of our iconic region.
Please make your voice heard by donating to the society. If you aren’t already a member, please also consider joining us. Every dollar donated is an investment in the future of the Blue Mountains, and donations over $2 are tax deductible.
You can also help by distributing this request to family, friends and neighbours who share your concerns for our unique and precious environment.

News from Varuna

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If you know a bit about gardening – mulching, weeding, etc – we need you at Varuna!

Rod Dark oversees the garden and grounds which are very large.
Time: Monday mornings from 9am (or other times by arrangement with Rod)
Bring: gloves, hat, hand tools.
Morning tea is provided
Phone: Varuna’s office 4782 5674


‘Publisher’s Assistant’
Brandl & Schlesinger is looking for someone who lives in the Blue Mountains as they are based in Blackheath, has had some experience in the book industry; computer competent; familiar with social media; can help update their web page; fast typist; experience with publicity and promotion; writes well. Someone who has a car would be helpful as we are about 20 minutes’ gentle walk from Blackheath Station, though pick-up from station is possible.

At present the position will only be for one day a week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) but may increase.

Contact details:
Veronica Sumegi
Brandl & Schlesinger
PO Box 127 Blackheath NSW 2785

See their web page for details about Brandl & Schlesinger.



 Health, Healing & Wellbeing Day Workshop
Tuesday, 9th July 2013

After running nine of the Ian Gawler Living Well with Cancer 12 week programs in our community, Blue Mountains Cancer help is pleased to announce that Ian Gawler will present a one day workshop in Katoomba.
Mountain Heritage Hotel, Katoomba.
Healthy lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.
Cost $120 or $90 concession

Phone Blue Mountains Cancer Help 02 4782 4866


Donate to the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

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iStock_refugees_0Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group are currently providing food and basics to families and individuals who have been released on bridging visas with no right to work and hence no “legal” way to financially support themselves and their families.

Our fundraising target for this project is $5000 if we are to make a real difference. We are now able to receive your kind donations online simply by clicking on this link (or navigating to this address in your browser) and clicking on the green “Donate now” button.

Your donation will directly assist these extremely vulnerable people who have sought refuge and a new life in our blessed country.

  • Feed a family of 4 for a day by donating just $20
  • Feed a family of 4 for a week with your generous donation of $140

Directly help someone sleep better by purchasing a bed from $85 (most are sleeping on the floor)

Donate now at, the process only takes 3 minutes but the effects are remembered for a lifetime.

There is also a link on our facebook page at
Thank you BMRSG

Chamber Music in Blackheath Sunday 30 June

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The chamber music string trio, Three Piece Suite, is returning to Blackheath on Sunday, 30 June.

The warm reception they received following their debut concerts in Blackheath and Sydney in March has compelled them to schedule further concerts in both venues over the next few months.  The trio was particularly impressed not only with the receptive audience, but the wonderful ambiance of the Presbyterian Church, which had acoustics that well-suited their style of music.

The new program will feature these works:

Haydn : Divertimento No 2 in G Major
Beethoven : Serenade Op. 8 D major
J.S.Bach : Trio in G (arranged from the gamba sonatas)
G. Jacob : Six Shakespearean Sketches
J. Playford : English Country Dances

There will also be a free afternoon tea to be held in the church hall next door following the concert where patrons can meet and chat with the performers.


Blackheath Presbyterian Church
Wentworth Street, Blackheath

DATE and TIME:     Sunday 30 June, 2013 at 3pm

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

Choose any of the following ways:
1) Buy them at the door on the day (cash only)
2) Via the website using PayPal or a credit card
3) By bank transfer. For this method, contact Henry directly
Email:    or     
Phone:  02 9797 7227 or 0418 436 727
4) Buy them from Cafe Memento in Wentworth Street, Blackheath.

If you buy tickets via Henry or the internet, Henry 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.

Hope to see you there.

Recognise Public forum 24 June 2013

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refBlue Mountains People for Reconciliation/BMANTaR


Referendum on proposed changes to the Constitution
24th June 2013
7pm for 7.30pm start – 9pm

Sassafras Room 1
Springwood Sports Club
Macquarie Road

Presenters from Blue Mountains and Sydney

Discussion to follow.

Enquires : Lyn : 4758 6811
All welcome, no need to book

“Our eyes remain on one prize: a successful referendum that delivers true recognition and equality for First Peoples.”
Congress Mob News, 2010

Concert for BANC, Sat 1 June, 2pm, Blackheath

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Featuring Blackheath choir The ‘Heathens with Sydney friends, singers and instrumentalists Loosely Woven.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre for their use on a range of excellent community projects

For anyone who’s not seen a Loosely Woven concert, you’re in for a treat – a dozen or so instrumentalists and another dozen  singers present a light-hearted concert/cabaret.

2pm,Satuday 1st June

Blackheath Public School Hall
Cnr Leichhardt St and Great Western Hwy

Entry $15/$10 (Including afternoon tea)

Tickets : BANC office (4787 7770) and at the door

Singers in The Heathens Choir, suitably named for its Blackheath locality, prefer songs that celebrate life. So do their Sydney based counterparts, Loosely Woven, who add instruments and costumes as well as voices to the equation. The two groups are joining forces on Saturday 1 June in a concert to raise funds for the life-affirming and community-supporting work of BANC, the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre.

Celebrating its fourth birthday this week, The Heathens choir has been supported by BANC since its inception. The choir aims to provide an opportunity for anyone to enjoy singing in a group regardless of their experience or skill level. At the same time, the group constantly strives to improve its musicianship, as this is an integral part of enjoying music making in a group. Their selection for this concert includes songs by Neil Murray, Tom Waits, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ritchie Valens, local composer Jane E Millar and an Irish traditional song.

Loosely Woven was formed by Wayne Richmond, a recently retired technical adviser to the Education Department, who is passionate about community music making. When players or singers commit to a concert with Loosely Woven, Wayne drives a hard bargain in terms of commitment to a demanding rehearsal schedule. Consequently they’re able to tackle an incredible array of music, from folk to pop to music theatre and cabaret.

The concert begins at 2pm at the Blackheath Public School Hall. Tickets (available from BANC or phone 4787 7770) are $15/10 and include afternoon tea.

Art Exhibition by stunning young artist Sam Beatty

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Sam is having an exhibition ‘Life in New Places’ at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at the end of Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath. The opening is at 2pm on Sunday 2nd June and the exhibition runs for the whole month.

As well as the framed images in the exhibition, limited edition prints of the work will also be available.

Visit Sam’s website for a preview of his work,

Award-winning author and illustrator, Tohby Riddle, will open the exhibition on Sunday 2nd June at 2pm
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, National Parks Office, Govett’s Leap Road

‘Mysterious flaming braziers float over Hokusai waves, a pop art mushroom cloud erupts from a swarming cartoonish jungle, anime-style seaweed and bubbles make an underwater tapestry against infinite blackness in landscapes that are cryptic and intriguing and evoke moods from the lyrical and playful to the volatile and unnerving. “Life in New Places” displays a distinctive graphic style combining digital, ink and paint techniques with highly detailed, realistic rendering, resonant colours, and hard-edged forms. At a meeting point between the scientific-natural and mythic-imaginative worlds, Beatty’s work has a futuristic vision that melds the biological and mechanical with influences from surrealism, Japanese anime and pop art among other styles’

Art Review – Julian Leatherdale