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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

  • free hire of the MCRN meeting room on behalf of your organisation for not-for-profit events or meetings

  • 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 a document in Word that you can complete from your computer/phone/tablet and also in pdf if you would prefer to print it out and fill it out manually.

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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, the subscription automatically includes between 1 and 5 people, 'participants', who are able to represent your organisation at interagency meetings and who will 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.

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Who We Are

MCRN Board

Sophie Corbett 2Sophie Corbett, Chair

mick barrettMick Barrett, Deputy Chair

 Cherie BrandonCherie Brandon, Secretary 

Laurie FacerLaurie Facer, Treasurer

Valerie InghamVal Ingham

Lyn BevingtonLyn Bevington 

Jade HudsonJade Hudson

Patricia SamiosPatrisha Samios


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MCRN Staff 

kris newton2Kris Newton, Manager

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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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Hours: Variable



RyanRyan Gallaty,  Administration & Communication

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Hours: 8am to 2:30pm Monday & Tuesday


BM Resilience Villages Team

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Anne Crestani, RV Project Lead

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 Joanna Brown


Joanna Brown, Resilience Coordinator

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Claire Absolum



Claire Absolum, Communications Coordinator

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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.

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About Us


MCRN represents and advocates on behalf of our member organisations, builds community sector capacity through networking, collaboration and partnership development and delivers a central infomation hub for our members and information to support out community.

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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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Or click here to download the larger print version (4 x A3 sheets)

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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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Member Login

Sector Meetings

28 May 2024 BMCI Meet
09:30AM - 11:30AM

Community Sector Jobs

APS 5 Office Manager, National Disability Insurance Agency, Penrith.
Closes Wed 15 May.

Project Officer - Finance / Corporate Services, NBMLHD, Penrith.
Closes Fri 17 May.

AOD Counsellor/Case Manager - Identified, Lives Lived Well, Lithgow.
Closes Fri 17 May.

Senior People & Culture Advisor, Life Without Barriers, Richmond.
Closes Sun 19 May.

Aboriginal Shift Supervisor, DC&J, St Marys.
Closes Sun 19 May. 

Expressive Art Therapist, Bridging the Gap S...

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