MCRN is the Mountains Community Resource Network and we are the peak body for community organisations in the Blue Mountains.

Our goal is to lead and support a sustainable community sector in the Blue Mountains by:

bulletpoint10x11teal bringing organisations together 
bulletpoint10x11teal building sector and community capacity, and
bulletpoint10x11teal resourcing, representing and advocating on behalf of the sector at all levels

  • Photos courtesy of Jackie Delaney

    MCRN is committed to Equity and Social Justice.

  • MCRN works to empower the local community by supporting, resourcing and representing community organisations in the Blue Mountains.

  • MCRN supports an inclusive local community and celebrates diversity.

  • MCRN works to develop a resilient community in the Blue Mountains.

  • MCRN connects the local community through networking and supporting community organisations in the Blue Mountains.

Upcoming Sector Meetings

26 Apr 2018 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM
08 May 2018 CAVA
09:30AM - 11:30AM
09 May 2018 HOPE Interagency
11:30AM - 01:30PM
24 May 2018 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM
24 May 2018 SFA - School Ready IG
02:00PM - 04:40PM
29 May 2018 BMCI - Blue Mountains Community Interagency
09:30AM - 11:30AM
12 Jun 2018 CAVA
09:30AM - 11:30AM
14 Jun 2018 Mountains Multicultural Interagency
10:00AM - 12:00PM
26 Jun 2018 BMCI - Blue Mountains Community Interagency
09:30AM - 11:30AM
28 Jun 2018 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM


Community Sector Jobs

School & Community Liaison Officer, Ability Options, Nepean Region.
Applications close Mon 23 Apr.

Youth Worker, Wesley Mission, Quakers Hill.
Applications close Mon 23 Apr.

Case Worker, Hawkesbury Community Services, Windsor.
Applications close Tues 24 Apr.

Coordinator, Yiriyirimbang Koori Out of Home Care Service, Orange.
Applications close Wed 25 Apr.

Community Manager, Greenwood Childcare Centre, Penrith.
Applications close Fri 27 Apr.

Case Manager, Wesley Mission, Windsor.
Applications close Fri 27 Apr.

Behaviour Support Practitioner/Counsellor, Ability Options, Seven Hills, Mt Druitt, Penrith areas.
Applictions close Sun 29 Apr.

Disability Services Team Leader, Orange City Council, Orange.
Applications close Sun 29 Apr.

Child, Youth & Family Counsellor, LIthgow Information & Neighbourhood Centre, Lithgow.
Applications close Mon 30 Apr.


Referral Information for Services

MCRN is developing a new Service Referral Guide which will be available to all MCRN Members early in 2016.

Other resources available to MCRN Members to assist in making referals is available in the following:



Contact Us


Where is MCRN?

MCRN is located in the old Shire Offices building

(Same building as Lawson Library)

Cnr San Jose Avenue & Loftus Street


Postal Address

PO Box 152



(02) 4759 3599 - temporarily disconnected.

0458 626 210 - Kris Newton, Manager.

0408 249 044 - Glenda Kelly, Admin/Communications Officer, 9 am to 12 pm Mon, Wed, Thurs.

Operating Hours

MCRN Main Office is open 9am to 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9am to 12pm on Fridays

However, please note that the office may not always be attended during these hours due to off-site appointments. 

Please contact MCRN on 4759 3599 if you need to confirm that we are open. 

MCRN Administrative Office is open 9am to 12pm every Wednesday for meeting room bookings and enquiries.

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MCRN Equipment Hire 

MCRN currently has the following equipment available for loan to community organisations:

  • Data projector
  • Viewing screen
  • Display boards
  • Video camera
  • PA system for public speaking

Loan of the equipment is governed by the MCRN Equipment Hire Policy.

Bookings can be made by completing the MCRN Equipment Hire form and sending it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any enquiries, call 4759 3599 between 9am and 12 noon on Wednesdays or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time.

Equipment Hire Documents

Emergency Recovery & Preparedness - Resources for Services

Lessons Learned in Recovery - 2013 Blue Mountains Bushfires

The Wellbeing Sub-committee of the Bushfire Recovery Committee (now the Wellbeing Working Group of Blue Mountains City Council) has benefited greatly from ‘lessons learned’ documents produced by other disaster-affected communities, and time has been devoted to documenting our own lessons learned report.

This document covers primarily the period of immediate response and recovery – from October 2013 to the period of transition from State-led to Council-led Recovery (April-May 2014). 

Other Documents/Reports


Dr Rob Gordon's Six Tips for Disaster Recovery

Dr Rob Gordon is a psychologist and disaster recovery expert. In this video he provides six tips to assist people living in Canterbury who may be affected by the earthquakes.

Jolie Willis - Supporting the Supporters in Recovery

Jolie Wills has spent two years leading the psychosocial earthquake recovery programmes for the New Zealand Red Cross recovery team in Canterbury.  Jolie is a cognitive psychologist whose background has been working in community development in a range of sectors including the disability sector, community-based mental health and the older person's sector.

Jolie is currently working as the Psychosocial Knowledge Sharing and Research Advisor for New Zealand Red Cross, and spoke to both the Blue Mountains Community Interagency (BMCI) and the Wellbeing Sub-committee on 26th May 2015 to share her learnings and strategies about practice based upon people-focused recovery, and her research into the important task of Supporting the Supporters in recovery.

video iconIntroductions

video iconResearch, Support and the Allright Campaign

video iconMultiple Hazards and Seconday Challenges

video iconSupporting the Supporters

video iconLeadership in Recovery

video iconAllright Campaign Part 2, Working Collaboratively and Workforce Resilience

video iconAltered Landscapes, Assumptions and Associations