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Welcome to Issue 5, the inaugural Youth Edition of The Big Fix magazine

This edition shares stories from Lithgow, the Blue Mountains, Penrith, and the Hawkesbury.You can read the magazine here or you can download your magazine in ePub format here

If you'd like to ensure that you always get a print copy of the quarterly editions of The Big Fix you can subscribe here and have copies delivered to your address.

Particular thanks to Create NSW and Bendigo Bank for their support and to the talented writers and artists who contributed to the production of this edition: Joshua Wolterding, Grace Cowles, Phoebe Fliegner, Aurelia Rummery, Roz Chia, Eleni Vergotis, Milo Morrison-Jones, Annabel Pettit, Amelie Vanderstock, Tom Delaney, Jack Coggins, Emmanuela Prigioni, and Dylan Fox.


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To highlight the importance of everyone taking responsibility for tackling the challenges in our communities we are sharing stories of the inspiring work being done in each sector:


  • How The Big Fix has partnered with a range of groups in the Blue Mountains and Penrith to launch Australia's first Pluriversity with its pilot program, the Youth Permaculture Design and Social Enterprise Project.



  • How Milo Morrison-Jones writes about his journey through grief and the Simpson Desert.
  • How Tom Delayney has been working at Blackheath Community Farm as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Community Groups:


  • How the Varuna Young Writers' Group has formed in Katoomba.
  • How 'people power' coordinated by Lyttleton Stores in Lawson, helped young farmers Erika and Hayden from Epicurean Harvest recover from the drought in Hartley.
  • How the Wollemi Common is building resilience among activists and people striving for a more just and sustainable world.



  • How Platform Youth Services is providing an 'Education First' service at Lemongrove House in Penrith
  • How Trevor Evans and the Australian Ecosystems Foundation are working to save Eastern Quolls at the Secret Creek Sanctuary in Lithgow.
  • How Matt Anslow and his family are creating a permaculture farm in the Kanimbla Valley and how he's helped create the largest faith-based civil disobedience movement in Australia's history called Love Makes a Way.



  • How Ben Roberts Cafe in Lawson has been providing work experience opportunities for young people with intellectual disabilities.
  • How Lucas Trihey is transforming events with his business Event Safety Services.

Education & Research:


  • How Amelie Vanderstock has been working with young people in the Blue Mountains to introduce them to science research with the program 'Let's BEE Scientists'.
  • How Western Sydney University students in the Hawkesbury are reshaping sustainable farming.


  •  How Penrith City Council is Greening Penrith 

Art for a Change:

  • How the Maltese legacy for the Hawkesbury has been recorded in Roz Chia's Diverse Hawkesbury website and in Illuminart's The GeriActivists: Future Growers
  • How Blackheath artists Keith Rowe and Kayo Yokoyama have created carnivorous plants in glass for the Plants with Bite exhibition.
  • How Jacinta Tobin and the Preatures collaborated to include Dharug language in the song Yanada, performed at a concert in Katoomba.
  • How Western Sydney University student Naomi Kroll has been tackling plastic waste and educating about the UN Sustainable Development Goals with The Plastic Lid Project and the Creating Our Future Exhibition.

On behalf of The Big Fix Inc. committee of management we hope you enjoy this edition,

Lis Bastian

President The Big Fix Inc.

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