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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.

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Our Community

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.

Accessing Services

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. 

Support Groups

Anyone looking to find mentalh health support, carer support, or even a community garden working bee, can find details about varrious support groups operating across the Blue Mountains and neighbouring areas on our Support Groups page.

Emergency Recovery & Preparedness

A range of support services are available to assist people affected by bushfires and other emergencies.

Resources for the Community to help prepare for an emergency, during an emergency and with recovery are available from Emergency Resources for the Community.  This page also includes information on resources for businesses and for Community Service Organisations.



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Our Community

Facts & Figures


Fact sheets are available about our vibrant and diverse community.

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Support Groups

 A number of support groups run regularly at various locations in the Blue Mountains.

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Community News & Events


 Our Blue Mountains 4 U facebook page provides community news and events. 

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 Service Directories

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Download a directory for services available in the Blue Mountains.

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 Emergency Resources


Learn how to prepare for an emergency &/or get help with recovery. 

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Our Projects

Resilient Villages Project

Resilient Villages is a three-year pilot project which supports a community-led approach to build resilience within the Blue Mountains.

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 Our Sector

About Our Sector


The Blue Mountains Community Sector is a rich and diverse sector delivering a range of programs and services that strengthen our community.  The Sector convenes through a range of interagency groups to facilitate a coordinated approach across the region.

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Resources for Our Sector


Resources by service type, for emergency preparedness and recovery, and MCRN publications are available to all services, access to referral information and Blue Mountains interagency minutes is available only to MCRN members by log in.

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Sector Meetings

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Community Sector Jobs

Finance Business Partner, Life Without Barriers, Richmond.
Closes Mon 17 June.

Drug & Alcohol Clinician - MERIT Program, NBMLHD, Penrith.
Closes Wed 19 June.

Aboriginal Child & Family Worker - Identified, Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services, Penrith.
Closes Wed 19 June.

Speech Pathologist, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Kingswood.
Closes Mon 24 June.

Warehouse Supervisor, St Vincent de Paul Society, Penrith.
Closes Thurs 27 June.

Occupational Therapist, Ce...

Grants and Funding

Current Opportunities

Ingar Rice Foundation Grants, up to $5K for early intervention programs, family support programs, specific resources for programs or specific training required for implementation of programs.
No closing date.

National Indigenous Australians Agency, grants for proposals that address a need for ATSI people.
No closing date.

Grants and Funding Websites
Community Connective - Funding
Funding Centre - Our Community
Community Grants - BMCC
NSW Governemnt eTendering
GrantConnect - Australian GovernmentAustralian Government
Philanthropic Grants & Trusts