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

20 Dec 2018 R&P Group Meeting
02:00PM - 04:00PM
06 Feb 2019 MCRN Board Meeting
05:30PM - 07:00PM
12 Feb 2019 CAVA
09:30AM - 12:30PM
26 Feb 2019 BMCI - Blue Mountains Community Interagency
09:30AM - 11:30AM
28 Feb 2019 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM
12 Mar 2019 CAVA
09:30AM - 11:30AM


Community Sector Jobs

Early Childhood Education & Care Traineeship, Newline, Hazelbrook.
Applications close Wed 19 Dec.

Aboriginal Community Health Worker, and, Aboriginal Health Worker, Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service, Western Sydney/Nepean Blue Mountains.
Applications close Thurs 20 Dec.

Centre Manager, Greenwood, Katoomba.
Applications close Fri 21 Dec.

Community Care Workers, HammondCare, Blue Mountains/Nepean.
Applications close Fri 21 Dec.

Lifestyle Coordinator, Arcare, Springwood.
Applications close Tues 25 Dec.

Residential Youth Workers, MacKillop Family Services, Penrith.
Applications close Fri 28 Dec.

Early Childhood Teacher, G8 Education, Penrith.
Applications close Tues 1 Jan.

Support Workers (x4), Aftercare, Lithgow.
Applications close Tues 1 Jan.

Mental Health Support Worker, Aftercare, Kingswood.
Applications close Thurs 3 Jan.

Photo of White Cockatoos courtesy of Jackie Delaney

Who can join

Membership of MCRN is open to individuals and organisations (community groups, or registrable corporations, or incorporated associations) which agree to work within the Mission, Vision and objects of MCRN as outlined in the MCRN Strategic Plan, and MCRN’s Code of Ethics, and which are located in and/or provide community services within the Blue Mountains area and/or to members of the Blue Mountains community.

An incorporated association, or unincorporated community group, or registrable corporation, may also be eligible to join MCRN as long as the organisation nominates a person to represent the member organisation as the voting delegate for the organisation.

All membership applications are subject to approval or rejection by the MCRN Board and, if approved, to receipt of the sum payable for a minimum of one year's subscription.

New members are always welcome!

Member Benefits

Becoming a member of the MCRN is an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with what other community sector organisations are doing, networking and collaborating on joint projects, being represented in local and broader fora, and being supported with advocacy, resources, research and training to facilitate a socially just, empowered, inclusive, connected and resilient community in the Blue Mountains.

MCRN members are invited to attend and participate in the monthly Blue Mountains Community Interagency (BMCI) meetings and receive updates on related  issues.

Other MCRN member benefits include:

  • opportunities to contribute to policy development and submissions

  • automatic subscription to the weekly BMCI eBulletin to all nominated ‘participants’ – the BMCI eBulletin is intended to keep members up-to-date with all the latest developments in the sector and relevant issues, and, provides information about events, training, funding opportunities, job vacancies and other news relevant to community sector workers, and in particular, to the Blue Mountains Community Sector

  • discounted hire of the MCRN meeting room on behalf of your organisation

  • access to the member-only resources on our webpage, which includes:

- viewing and creating events in the Sector Meetings Calendar

- viewing and downloading a range of reports, documents, previous editions of the BMCI eBulletin as well as previous BMCI Meeting Minutes, referral information, and

- (by popular demand) Kris Newton’s delicious recipes!

How to join

The MCRN Membership Application form is available as an online document in Word and also in pdf if you would prefer to print it out and fill it out manually.

To join MCRN simply complete an MCRN Membership Application and return it to MCRN at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What it costs

The cost of subscription is set out in the MCRN Membership Application form and depends on the type of membership, how many years for which you wish to subscribe and, if you are an organisation, how many people  you want to include in the membership.

The types of membership available are: Individual (persons not representing an organisaton), Community Sector Organisation, and Government Organisation/For Profit Organisation/Full-Funded Non-Community Sector Program.

The subscription period can be for 1, 2 or 3 financial years.  Membership applications approved prior to or on 31 March will be subscribed for the current financial year.  Membership applications approved on or after 31 March and on or before 30 June will be registered for the following financial year.  For example, the first financial year subscription for an application approved on or betwen 1 July 2018 and 31 March 2019 will be for the 2018-19 financial year, whereas, the first financial year subscription for an application approved on or between 1 April 2019 and 30 June 2019 will be for the 2019-2020 financial year.

If you are an organisation, up to 5 people, called "participants", including the key contact person, can be nominated to receive all member benefits as part of the subscription.  The number of participants automatically included in the subscription depends on the number of years for which you subscribe.  (The details are set out in the MCRN Membership Application form.)

If you would like to include even more people in your membership, additional participants can be nominated for a small annual fee per person.

What happens next

After you send your membership application form to MCRN, it will be checked for completeness then forwarded to the MCRN Board for approval.  This usually takes a few weeks, depending on the availability of Board Members.

Once your membership application is approved by the MCRN Board, we will advise you immediately and send an invoice for your subscription.   Once the invoice is paid, we will add your details to the MCRN Membership Register, our mailing lists and send all nominated participants website log-in details.

Who We Are

MCRN Board

jo ridleyJo Ridley, Chairperson

Angelique2Angelique Sasagi, Deputy Chairperson

 mick barrettMick Barrett, Treasurer

Emma Jordan2Emma Jordon, Secretary

 ian hanslowIan Hanslow

lis bastianLis Bastian

 Louise SutcliffeLouise Sutcliffe

Jenny RanftJenny Ranft

maddy forwoodMaddy Forward

deb dareDeb Dare

Who We Are

MCRN Staff 

kris newton2Kris Newton, Manager

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phone4759 3599;  0458 626 210

Hours:  9 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am to 12 pm  Friday




Kirsty AndrewKirsty Andrew, Finance Officer

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phone4759 3599

Hours: Variable



glenda kelly1Glenda Kelly,  Administration & Communication Worker

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phone4759 3599;  0408 249 044

Hours: 9 am to 12 noon Monday (off-site), Wednesday (in office) and Thursday (off-site)



What We Do

As the local peak organisation for the community services sector in the Blue Mountains, our goal is to lead and support a sustainable community sector in the Blue Mountains.

At MCRN we offer the local community sector the following services:

bulletpoint10x11Central Information Hub - we deliver news to the sector through this website, Twitter, Facebook and a weekly eBulletin.

bulletpoint10x11Interagency Groups - we convene and coordinate the generalist Blue Mountains Community Interagency (BMCI), Resilience and Preparedness Group, Homelessness Prevention & Early (HOPE) Intervention Interagency, Mountains Multicultural Interagency (MMI) and Mental Health & Wellbeing Interagency.

bulletpoint10x11Advocacy on Equity and Social Justice Issues - working on behalf of organisations, community groups and individuals, we advocate in the wider political arena.

bulletpoint10x11Representation  - we represent the local community sector on various forums including Stronger Families Alliance (SFA), Community Care Forum, the Coalition Against Violence and Abuse (CAVA), and the Neighbourhood Centre Manager’s group.  We are also represented on the Local Community Sector Association (LCSA) Regional Representative Council and we are a member of both Stronger Voice for Greater Western Sydney and the Sector Development Group - ensuring that the voice of our community sector is heard beyond the Mountains.  

bulletpoint10x11Support and Training - we also offer a variety of support services and training to our Members, as required (including governance support and development for our Member organisations).

bulletpoint10x11Auspicing of Unfunded Groups - we support unfunded and/or unincorporated community groups and social justice campaigns and auspice a range of local action groups including the Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters (BMETS) Project, Trek for Timor, Pink Mountains, BM Interfaith and the Blue Mountains Trade Union Council’s Politics in the Pub.

bulletpoint10x11Support for Diversty - we actively support community development initiatives that celebrate diversity within our community. Through partnerships and collaboration with local indigenous and multicultural communities and organisations, MCRN is committed to promoting reconciliation and celebrating cultural diversity. MCRN promotes and participates in annual events such as NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, Harmony Day and Refugee Week. We also work together with local services and other stakeholders to raise awareness and highlight the importance of national/NSW initiatives such as Mental Health Month, Neighbourhood Centre Week, International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Day, and International Day Against Homophobia.