Blackheath Launches Australia's First Solutions Media Service
Blackheath has become a prototype for how communities can work collaboratively to tackle challenges. It is also balancing the negative influence of much mainstream media on our society, by creating Australia's first solutions-focused media service.
Blackheath, in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, Australia, has become the world's first town in which all the shopfront businesses have agreed to phase out plastic straws.
'Swarm electrification', mycelium leather, and over 400 vertical gardens in Mexico City
A village in Bangladesh is solving its unreliable energy grid problem with "swarm electrification"; mycelium is now being used to 'grow' leather, faster than animals can; and vertical gardens have been added to more than 400 public places across Mexico City to produce oxygen, help filter the heavy metals and dust from the air, and "also add a touch of beauty to an urban landscape that is barren of vegetation."
Blackheath Cycling Infrastructure Business Grows Nationally
Ten years ago, Graeme Roth and his partner Suzanne Kowalski-Roth, took the plunge and left Sydney with their two young children - keen to forge a future in Blackheath.
Watchmaker, beekeeper, maker and fixer
Jim Crowther, watchmaker, beekeeper, maker and fixer of objects large and small, picks up a screw with a pair of fine tweezers and holds it in my direction. “That’s not the smallest of them,” he says.
All in the Family with Mary Moody
Walk down any pretty tree-lined street in Blackheath and I guarantee more than a third of the cottages will be occupied by a person living alone. Mostly they’re older people who are on their own either by choice or through life circumstances.
From Wasteland to Wetland in Popes Glen
Popes Glen Creek rises in Memorial Park, close to the town centre of Blackheath, then flows east for about 4km through Popes Glen Bushland Reserve and into the Grose River.
Filmmaking bringing young and old together
For over ten years Lithgow High School Filmmakers have been making award winning films that have been screened all over the world with high regard.
Dropping in to the Men's Shed
OK I admit it, I’ve got shed envy! I’ve now been to the Blackheath Area Men’s Shed four times and each time I’ve found it more difficult to leave than the last.
Stop Laughing This is Serious
When The Big Fix approached local businesses to see if they’d agree to help Blackheath phase out plastic straws, one common remark was that men rarely use straws … it’s mostly women and children.
Bush Trackers brings a touch of magic to bushwalks
Children see things differently. Not only are they a little closer to the ground than your average adult, but so many of the things they encounter are being experienced for the first time.
Blackheath Community Farm Meet-Up and Permablitz
There has been a great community response to the concept of developing a Community Farm in Blackheath and a date has been locked in for the initial Community Meet-Up and a 'Permablitz' of the site. Keep January 28, 2017 clear in your diary if you'd like to be involved in this exciting new project.
Blue Mountains City Council last week hosted a celebration to mark the impressive achievements of the Stronger Families Alliance. The Alliance is a ground-breaking collaboration of services and voluntary organisations working together to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and families.
Planting roses on rooftops to attract butterflies, and reducing disposable coffee cups with the 'Freiburg Cup'
Edinburgh is planting roses on its rooftops to attract butterflies, and a German city has developed the 'Freiburg Cup' - an affordable, washable cup provided to cafes by councils, to help reduce the waste produced by disposable coffee cups.
Netherlands demonstrates how the future can look!
The Netherlands is showing us how the future can look ... from reducing animal and human abuse, to renewable energy, electric cars and towns without cars; and from LOTS of wildlife corridors to the launch of an experiment in unconditional income in 2017.
A group of men are working to stop high rates of violence against Indigenous women in far north Queensland; a weekly group in Blackheath is giving men with disabilities a renewed sense of purpose and pride; and New York City has an innovative plan to de-stigmatize mental health.
The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world's second largest shark sanctuary; more organisations are stepping up to save the lives of animals by reducing light pollution in cities; and the suicide rate has plummeted among members of the Apache tribe in Arizona thanks to a program called Celebrating Life.
Hope for endangered numbats, aquaponics in northern India and creating a politics worthy of the human spirit
A strong breeding program and the increase of sanctuary areas is providing hope for the recovery of critically endangered numbats; the increasing demand for organics has led to the first aquaponics farm in northern India; and how to 'heal the heart of democracy and create a politics worthy of the human spirit'.
Queensland to ban plastic bags, Plumbers Without Borders and the largest permeable paver project in the world
Queensland is banning plastic bags and trying to get other east-coast states to ban them too; Plumbers Without Borders is dedicated to improving access to clean water and sanitation; and Atlanta has introduced a comprehensive suite of stormwater initiatives to reduce flooding, including what appears to be the largest permeable paver project in the world.
First country to ban coal, beavers given native species status, balloon festivals banned and treeplanting to save glossy black-cockatoos
Finland is set to become the first country to ban coal use for energy; reintroduced beavers have been given native species status in Scotland; Fort Lauderdale has banned balloon festivals to protect aquatic life; and the people of Bundanoon are on a treeplanting spree to protect the glossy black-cockatoo ... and thank you to Emma Magenta for creating and sharing this beautiful artwork.
German innovation and volunteers help more than a million refugees, NSW has committed $27 million to free training for refugees, and an entire island in Samoa has switched from all diesel to all solar
Germany has no shortage of volunteers to help more than a million refugees newly arrived in the country, and the government has come up with some brilliant strategies to cope with the influx; NSW has committed $27 million to offering free training to refugees