Fire Stories:
- Blue Mountains 2013

Canberra 2003
Nelson Bay Tas 2016 
Ash Wednesday 1983

Fire Stories - Blue Mountains NSW 2013

Fire Stories - LIving with Risk

A moving and beautifully told documentary about the 2013 bushfires which devastated the Blue Mountains townships of Winmalee and Yellow Rock and recovery of the community afterwards.  

Reproduced with permission from the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute.


'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.


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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. 

 Get Ready! Blue Mountains Events 2017

Download a copy of the FRRR Get Ready! Blue Mountains events calendar: 



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The family in this great short video went through a 
bushfire in 2013. From that experience, they have now 
tailored a bushfire plan that suits the needs of their 

orange diamond Springwood Salvos Men’s Club
4th September, 7:30-9:30pm
The Salvation Army, 15-23 Francis Road
3-course dinner $10
Debbie: 4751 1802

orange diamondEmergency Readiness
Throughout September
Great Community Transport clients &
transport drivers

orange diamondBMEE Bushfire Building Conference & Community 
8-9 September
Springwood Theatre & Community Hub

orange diamondKookaburra Playgroup – Preparing for Emergencies
for families with pre-school aged children
11th September, 9:30-11:00am
Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre
9 New Street, Lawson
4759 2592

orange diamondMeet Your Neighbours in the Park
12th September, 10:00am-12:00pm
Golden Horizons Park, Blue Hills Road
Jane: 4758 6811;

orange diamondMini Musos
13th September
The Salvation Army, 15-23 Francis Road
3-course dinner $3
Debbie: 4751 1802

orange diamondYoung Parents Prepare
for young parents under 25 years
15th September, 10:00am-12:00pm
Family Daycare Playroom, Library Building
Loftus Street, Lawson
Tanya: 4758 6811;

orange diamondWarrimoo Public School & Warrimoo Bushfire 
Brigade Open Day

16th September, 10:00am-3:00pm
16-30 Florabella Street, Warrimoo

orange diamondSpringwood Neighbourhood Centre Open Day
17th September, 10:00am-2:00pm
Springwood Theatre & Community Hub
Imelda: 4751 3033;


orange diamondBlackheath & Mt Victoria RFS Get Ready! Weekend 
Open Days

16-17 September, 10:00-2:00pm
Blackheath RFS: Station Street, Blackheath
Mt Victoria RFS: Harley Avenue, Mt Victoria
Mina: 0419 629 407; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

orange diamondRFS Get Ready! Weekend Open Days
16-17 September
The following Brigades are participating:

  • Blackheath/Mt Victoria
  • Blaxland
  • Blue Mountains Group Support
  • Bullaburra
  • Faulconbridge
  • Glenbrook/Lapstone
  • Hazelbrook
  • Katoomba/Leura
  • Lawson
  • Linden
  • Medlow Bath
  • Mt Riverview
  • South Katoomba
  • Valley Heights
  • Warrimoo
  • Wentworth Falls
  • Winmalee
  • Woodford

Contact your local Brigade for more information.

orange diamondBM Aboriginal Culture & Resource Centre's Outreach Day
- Connecting Services to Community

29th September, 10:00am-2:00pm
ACRC, 14 Oak Street, Katoomba
4782 6569

orange diamondSpring Family Fun Morning
5th October, 10:00am-12:00pm
Noble Street Park, Bullaburra
Lyn: 4758 6811;

orange diamondBM Aboriginal Culture & Resource Centre’s 
Outreach Day – Connecting Services to Community

29th September, 10:00am-2:00pm
Lunch provided
ACRC, 14 Oak Street, Katoomba
4782 6569;

orange diamondSpringwood Salvos Senior’s Club
14th November, 10:00am-1:00pm
Lunch $6
The Salvation Army, 15-23 Francis Road
Debbie: 4751 1802

orange diamondMelrose Park Meet Your Street
19th November, 2:00-6:00pm
Melrose Park, 61-81 Fitzgerald Street, Katoomba
Family & community day – activities, fun & food
- just turn up!
Josie: 4782 1112; Centre/


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Our Community

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Fact sheets are available about our vibrant and diverse community.

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

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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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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