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:

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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

25 Oct 2018 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM
30 Oct 2018 BMCI - Blue Mountains Community Interagency
09:30AM - 11:30AM
13 Nov 2018 CAVA
09:30AM - 11:30AM
22 Nov 2018 Blue Mountains Community Care Forum
10:00AM - 12:00PM
27 Nov 2018 BMCI - Blue Mountains Community Interagency
09:30AM - 11:30AM
28 Nov 2018 HOPE Interagency Meeting
09:30AM - 11:30AM
11 Dec 2018 CAVA
09:30AM - 11:30AM
13 Dec 2018 Mountains Multicultural Interagency
10:00AM - 12:00PM


Community Sector Jobs

Disability Project Officer, Equity & Diversity, Western Sydney University, Penrith.
Applications close Fri 19 Oct.

Disability Support Workers, Edmen, Katoomba.
Applications close Sat 20 Oct.

Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Relationship Australia, Penrith.
Applications close Sun 21 Oct.

Alcohol & Other Drug Counsellor/Groupworker, Lives Lived Well, Lithgow.
Applications close Sun 21 Oct.

Transition Worker, Community Restorative Centre, based in Penrith.
Applications close Tues 23 Oct.

Aboriginal Casework Managers, NSW FACS, Mount Druitt.
Applications close Wed 24 Oct.

Team Administrator, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Kingswood.
Applications close Thurs 25 Oct.

Communications & Marketing Officer, Blue Mountains City Council Family Day Care.
Applications close Sun 28 Oct.

Commissioning Officer - Mental Health, Wentworth Healthcare, Nepean Blue Mountains.



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Prepare for an Emergency

"With so many houses across Australia exposed to the bushland, the reality is the closer to the bush you live, the higher the risk."  Hazelbrook Fire Brigade.

For support and assistance to prepare for emergencies, please see the following:

'We thought we had a Plan - The family in this video experienced a bush fire in 2013.  It's from their experience that they have discussed and tailored a plan that suits the needs of their family.


If you have pets, you need a Pet Emergency Plan - The RSPCA South Australia has developed this video to help you plan ahead and act early for the safety of yourself and your pets in emergencies.

More information is at the RSPCA South Ausralia website.


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 NSW RFS - Bush Fire Survival Plan - Outlines four simple steps to prepare for a bushfire.  
 Also available as My Fire Plan app which can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store

Red Cros RediPlan


Red Cross RediPlanA free disaster preparedness guide that shows you and your family how to create a personalised emergency plan 


ABC Emergency


ABC Emergency Get ready and survive: Plan for an emergency - Learn what you and your family need to do to prepare for different hazards 

5 Points for Seniors coverKey Points for Seniors to Prepare for an Emergency

connectprepare   Resources from Dungog Shire Community Centre

 Where to get information in an emergency:

In case of emergency call Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire or Ambulance.

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The Useful Information for Emergencies Info Kit below provides information and key contact details for local and state-wide services available to assist residents in an emergency including contacts for key emergency services, transport options, managing animals, local utilities, health services, safer places and evacuation centres, and where/how to get the latest emergency information.

Printing of this resource is funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)
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Depending on the emergency, the following key emergency and transport services, which are listed in the Info Kit, may provide updates.


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Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW

The Centre for Disability Resarch and Policy has developed the video below in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy and School of Geosciences, and is funded under the 2014 joint State/Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Scheme.


Community Sector Development

The Resilience & Preparedness Group aims to supports people working with the vulnerable through Community Sector Development.

Community Sector Development includes programs like:

  • Planning for Emergencies, workshops for children’s services and community sector organisations to review or develop emergency plans; developed by Australian Red Cross in consultation with children’s services (partners in Stronger Families Alliance) and RFS.

Participants were interviewed before and after a workshop.  See what brought community sector reps to Planning for Emergencies and what they thought afterwards about how they benefitted by attending.

Before the workshop:

After the workshop:

  • Upskilling Volunteers, workshops developed by Mountains Community Resource Network and Red Cross (in consultation with local services) to support volunteers working with visiting vulnerable and at risk residents.

The forums and workshops are designed for active participation. In the lead up to initial roll-out of More Than A Fire Plan forums, volunteers from Red Cross and RFS visited local community groups, highlighting joint key messages and promoting the forums. Heads Up For Fire depends on identifying and training local street-level leadership to take the preparedness message into their street and local area.

Dates and details for all Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Activities for the Community Services Sector
will be advertised on this page as they are scheduled.