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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.


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.


Mark Liebman - designing for a water-sensitive world

Twenty seven years ago, a young auditor at Ernst & Young in Sydney, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms, came across a newly published report, “Blueprint for a Green Economy.” Prepared for the UK Environment Department, the report claimed that environmental problems had their roots in “economic failures.” This struck such a chord with him that he did a complete about-turn, left his job, travelled

A toast to the "new" Blackheath Golf & Community Club ... with a glass that's half full!

Sports psychologists and coaches frequently tell players that, when you’re challenged, you have the choice to respond to your situation by believing that your glass is half full, or that it’s half empty. For the enthusiastic new management team at the Blackheath Golf & Community Club, the glass is most definitely half full. 


Blue Mountains Pilgrimage Trail from Emu Plains to Bell

The tiny village of Bell, on the junction of the Bells Line of Road, Chifley Road and the Darling Causeway, at the most north-western tip of the City of the Blue Mountains, has become a new destination for pilgrims. Carrying rocks all the way from Emu Plains to Bell, on the 7-day Epiphany Pilgrimage, or the Way of the Magi, the pilgrims are commemorating the Christian journey of the Three Wise Men

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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.


Blackheath Community Op-shop. BCOS it's a community

It’s a bustling Thursday morning at the Blackheath Community 
Op-shop (BCOS). Volunteers are happily accepting donations of furniture, clothes and boxes of books, and satisfied customers are loading up the same. Passing by the racks of clothes to a large sorting table in the rear, I find David O’Brien, a serene agent in a storm of activity.

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Enjoying the richness of lives well lived

t 87 and virtually blind, Yvonne McCready does not 
regard herself as socially isolated or in need of “someone to chat to.” Why would she? Monday to Friday she walks more than 1.3 km from her Blackheath cottage into “town” where she either stops for the community lunch or catches a train to Katoomba for a hot meal.

Award-winning Family Day Care: my home, your family

It’s not hard to see why Blue Mountains City Council’s Family Day Care service was named the NSW Family Day Care Service of the Year in 2016. When I walked into Kathryn Tang’s exquisite cottage in Blackheath, it was like entering childhood heaven.

A Co-operative approach to fundraising

It’s hard not to be biased about what a great place Blackheath is, and to not boast that it’s possible to go for months without even leaving the place!
In a community that has almost everything, we even have the good fortune to have our own Credit 

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Breaking News: Council Motion to phase out single-use plastic

As people get more and more concerned about the damaging amounts of plastic waste in our environment, and entering our food supply, communities have begun to take action. Now Blue Mountains Councillor, Kerry Brown, has demonstrated that Blue Mountains City Council is listening and is prepared to do something about it.