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Autumn Edition of The Big Fix magazine

Welcome to the Autumn edition of The Big Fix magazine. The magazine shares solutions stories from every sector.


You can read the magazine here or  you can download our magazine in ePub format here 


We’ve worked closely with the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre to strengthen the community’s voice by providing local news and a three month calendar of events in the area.


Thank you to the many 'Fixers' in our community who have helped make this edition possible, including Blue Mountains City Council's Family Day Care Service,  George Vergotis and Blackheath Automotive, Justin Morrissey and the Blue Mountains Tool Library Toolo, Mountains Christian College, Phil Hopkins and Blackheath Mitre 10, Helen Day Paper Conservation, and barber and massage therapist from Male Overhaul, Nick Hood.


To highlight the importance of everyone taking responsibility for tackling the challenges in our communities we are sharing stories of the great work being done in each sector of the community:




• How the Blackheath Alliance brings together almost 30 groups in the area to share resources and advocate for the needs of the community, including becoming a strong voice for a safer highway, more freight on rail and better public transport

• How Blackheath has been recognised internationally for its work on plastic pollution


Individual (and Community Group): 


• How Mina Howard and HUFF (Heads Up For Fire!) have developed a strategy for helping the community prepare for the threat of fire


Community Groups:


• How Blackheath has launched a Community Farm

• How a Pilgrimage Trail has been developed across the Blue Mountains from Emu Plains to Bell




• How Blackheath Golf Club is developing a great community asset and expanding its focus to become the Blackheath Golf & Community Club

• How the Blackheath Community Op-shop is helping recycle from the community for the benefit of the community; and how it has also become the venue for the Blackheath Branch of Boomerang Bags - a strategy to provide bags made of recycled materials to help shoppers reduce the consumption of plastic bags.

• How Blue Mountains Food Services supports residents by providing Community Restaurants, Meals on Wheels and Social Support … and how, as a result, a friendship has blossomed between Helen Proudfoot and Yvonne McCready




• How environmental engineer and permaculture practitioner Mark Liebman has been designing for a water sensitive world

• How the Family First Credit Union has been providing a community-oriented not-for-profit service for the community and has, in particular, been supporting the Kinship at Christmas foundation, the Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre and The Big Fix Inc.


Education & Research:


• How Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt Tomah is becoming a demonstration site for living sustainably and, for its 30th birthday this year, is releasing the first Dwarf Mountain Pine to the public

• How 19 Permaculture Teachers from around the world graduated from a Permaculture Teacher Training Course in Blackheath this year




• How Blue Mountains City Council supports an award-winning Family Day Care service providing family-style personalised care for young children in Blackheath that exceeds the National Quality Standard and utilises the internationally recognised Marte Meo method to help children develop their social and emotional skills




• How The Big Fix Youth Cafe has been meeting regularly every Wednesday night



Art for a Change:


• Pianist Steve Jewell writes about Blackheath’s thriving live music scene



On behalf of The Big Fix Inc. committee of management we hope you enjoy this edition.


Lis Bastian


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