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.
The first 100% recyclable carpets are helping create a 'closed loop' production cycle; scientists are now recommending people eat 10 serves of fruit and veg a day, not just 5; and A Plastic Planet is launching a campaign to have A Plastic Free Aisle in supermarkets in the UK.
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.
The Big Fix Launches Youth Cafe
Recently The Big Fix launched its first Youth Cafe in Blackheath ... a space for 14-18 year olds to gather on a Wednesday night to socialise, get inspired, and collaborate on tackling both local and global issues that concern them.
We have entered the era of personal responsibility ... in which it is time for each person to step up and not expect "someone else" to fix everything ... whether it's doing something ourselves or pressuring business and government to act. And people are ... people are taking a pledge to help end homelessness in the award-winning 'Heading Home - Ending Homelessness Here' collaborative project
Spike Milligan, Arms to Farms, housing migrants in Paris, finding lost relatives and mindfulness
Humour, compassion and mindfulness ... threw my head back with laughter listening to Spike Milligan, and was reminded how great humour is when combined with honesty, intelligence, an abhorrence of cliche, a good smattering of irreverence and an ability to "take the piss;" felt gratitude for the compassion of the Pilippines mayor who ended sectarian violence with his 'Arms to Farms' peace initiative,
The best way to fix the damage we've done to the world and to ourselves is to get out of nature's way and work with the natural world, not against it! From taking Vietnam's lead in avoiding mass production, global distribution and constant refrigeration by developing a culture of fermentation; to restoring degraded land by supporting "assisted natural regeneration"; and by relocating trees rather than cutting them down.
A picture of the future is being painted ... Forest Cities in China by 2020, communalist models to create grassroots democracy at a global scale, and underground heat storage systems which capture heat produced in summer from industry, waste incineration, renewable energies and seasonally heated river water.
One way Springwood responded to the damage caused by the 2013 fire was to build a community garden, which opened yesterday; Afghan Peace Volunteers are campaigning for "100 sacks of Rice" to feed street children to show them that someone cares; and an overview of how Norway avoided becoming a Fascist State, and what the U.S. can learn from that today.
Freshkills Park, once the world's largest landfill, is becoming a man-made paradise for wildlife; the number of endangered green turtle hatchlings has more than doubled on Queensland's remote Raine Island, with the help of a bold conservation project; and a small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America's vanishing bees.
Researchers in Bangladesh and elsewhere have developed an effective cholera vaccine; African countries from Kenya to the Ivory Coast are working together to gain the financial skills to analyse exploitative deals from multinational oil and other mining companies; and a trial in London is converting street lights into EV charge points to overcome the fact that one third of households in outer London have no access to off-street parking.
Individuals around the world are saying enough's enough and taking action, because they don't want the world to be a huge garbage dump of plastic and other toxic pollution. The Merton Hotel in Rozelle, is now only supplying straws on request;