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.
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!
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.
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
Jo Ridley, Chairperson
Angelique Sasagi, Deputy Chairperson
Mick Barrett, Treasurer
Emma Jordon, Secretary
Who We Are
Kris Newton, Manager
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am to 12 pm Friday
Kirsty Andrew, Finance Officer
Hours: 9 am to 12 noon every 2nd Wednesday
Glenda Kelly, Administration & Communication Worker
Hours: 9 am to 12 noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
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:
Interagency 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.
Advocacy on Equity and Social Justice Issues - working on behalf of organisations, community groups and individuals, we advocate in the wider political arena.
Representation - 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.
Support 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).
Auspicing 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.
Support 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.