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Life-changing technologies


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or many people with disability, life would 
be easier if their surroundings were designed to include their needs. Buildings, public transport and other infrastructure are slowly becoming more accessible, but there is a long way to go. Technology, and the internet, on the other hand,


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Bush Trackers brings a touch of magic to bushwalks

Children see things differently. Not only are they a little closer to the ground than your average adult, but so many of the things they encounter are being experienced for the first time.

 


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From Wasteland to Wetland in Popes Glen

Popes Glen Creek rises in Memorial Park, close to the town centre of Blackheath, then flows east for about 4km through Popes Glen Bushland Reserve and into the Grose River.

 

 


Blackheath, in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, Australia, has become the world's first town in which all the shopfront businesses have agreed to phase out plastic straws.


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Permaculture and a Community Farm for Blackheath

Narelle Johnson recently graduated from a Permaculture Design Course for which she designed a Community Farm for Blackheath.


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Blackheath Community Farm Meet-Up and Permablitz


There has been a great community response to the concept of developing a Community Farm in Blackheath and a date has been locked in for the initial Community Meet-Up and a 'Permablitz' of the site. Keep January 28, 2017 clear in  your diary if you'd like to be involved in this exciting new project.


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Blue Mountains Community at Forefront of Stronger Families

Blue Mountains City Council last week hosted a celebration to mark the impressive achievements of the Stronger Families Alliance. The Alliance is a ground-breaking collaboration of services and voluntary organisations working together to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.


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Mt Tomah to release first Dwarf Mountain Pines

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah is celebrating its 30th birthday this year with the release of the first Dwarf Mountain Pines to be made available to the public. They’ll also be making available a limited release of seed-grown Wollemi Pines. Both plants have been propagated at Mt Tomah, a cool climate refuge for species threatened by climate change.


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The Power of commUNITY - The Blackheath Alliance

In an era that is being defined by 
adversarial politics and short term thinking, the Blackheath community is demonstrating another approach –and one that’s proving to be extraordinarily effective. By working collaboratively, with the long game in mind, they’re proving that their strategy is clearly worth emulating.


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Winter Edition of The Big Fix magazine

Welcome to the Winter edition of The Big Fix magazine. This is our first bioregional edition which covers The Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Penrith and the Hawkesbury. The magazine shares solutions stories from every sector.


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Heading Home - Ending Homelessness Here!

It’s a lovely word, home. When it’s cold outside, you can put another log on the fire. Stressful day at work? Hug your partner or kids.


But for many, ‘home’ is anything but safe, warm and dry - cold, hunger and insecurity are nightly companions.