The Blue Mountains is home to a diverse community of people. The most disadvantaged people in our community generally live in the Upper and Mid-Mountains (particularly in the townships of Katoomba, Mount Victoria, Blackheath and Lawson), while the most advantaged tend to live in the lower Mountains (Lapstone-Glenbrook etc.) – though this tends to disguise genuine disadvantage “hidden” in higher socio-economic areas.
We have an increasing number of lone-person, or couple-only, households; and the mix of our population is changing (we are losing our younger population and have a growing older population).
58% of workers leave the Mountains for work, with increasing numbers travelling by private vehicle.
Some of the socio-economic disparity issues are exacerbated by the ‘ribbon development’ (linear geography) of the Mountains; while generally “included” in Greater Western Sydney, the Mountains in fact shares many of the features of rural/regional Australia. The consequent issues of isolation, high travel costs, exacerbated lack of affordable housing, and lack of access to services (many offered only in Parramatta or Penrith) – all combine to create a lack of equity, and place additional burdens on the most disadvantaged in our community.
The Blue Mountains Community Interagency has developed a set of fact sheets with more information specifically pertaining to the Blue Mountains Community on issues from Addiction to Youth.
Facts about the Blue Mountains Community
The Blue Mountains is home to a vibrant and diverse community spread across more than 100 km from Lapstone to Lithgow.
A set of issuebased fact sheets has been developed through the Blue Mountains Community Interagency with information specific to the Blue Mountains community on Addictions, Ageing, Children and Families, Disability, Environmental Sustainability, Financial Stress, Homelessness and Housing, Inclusiveness, Indigenous People, Transport, Wellbeing and Youth is available on our Blue Mountains Community Issues Fact Sheets webpage.
The Blue Mountains Community Services Directory along with other service-related directories will shortly be available available on our Accessing Services webpage. The Blue Mountains Community Services Directory provides the names and contact phone numbers for more than 300 community and government organisations providing services to people residing in the Blue Mountains.
Information on MCRN Member organisations and the services they provide is available through the individual Member websites which are listed under the 'Our Sector' menu item.
Emergency Recovery & Preparedness
A range of support services are available to assist people affected by bushfires and other emergencies.
The Resilience & Preparedness Group has a range of programs and activities planned for the 'off-season' to practically and psychologically prepare for emergencies. These are described on our Emergency Recovery & Preparedness - Community Activities webpage and details about specific activities are listed on that page.
Information and resources to help residents prepare for emergencies are available on our Emergency Recovery & Preparedness - Prepare for an Emergency webpage.
If you are looking for information or support to help recover from the 2013 Blue Mountains bush fires, contact information and other resources are available on our Emergency Recovery & Preparedness - Help with Recovery webpage.