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In the press – Festival puts spotlight on neighbours

Published in the Blue Mountains Gazette 21 September 2022: By Damien Madigan One of the silver linings of coming through difficult times has been Blue Mountains residents and businesses helping each other and building local connections. As a researcher in community resilience, Blue Mountains Councillor Sarah Redshaw is familiar with the importance of knowing our … Read more

Baglady’s Week 2 Blog

Gday again all, this is me Baglady reporting on week 1-to-2 of the Festival of Resilience.   Remember, we want to spread the word far and wide (Blue Mountains first of course, only 73,000 people), SO: We need YOUR photos and messages about anything you’re doing, have done, or will be doing, during the Festival. Send to us … Read more

In the press – Mt Irvine’s Allen Hyde and the Rainforest Conservancy

Published on the Blue Mountains Gazette online 12 September 2022: The ardent environmental efforts of Mt Irvine’s Allen Hyde are being lauded in a new book by a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist. Allen Hyde, 74, has founded the Rainforest Conservancy with a small grant from Blue Mountains Council and is restoring rainforest in the … Read more

From Baglady our Editor-At-Large

Gday all, Baglady speaking These 4 weeks I’m Editor@Large for the Festival of Resilience. My job is to get round the Mountains ASAP = As Sustainably As Possible –  and meet all you people who are doing things you’re proud of – or feel you/we need to do better. I want to spread the word … Read more

In the press – Festival reimagines future

Published in the Blue Mountains Gazette 14 September 2022: HOW do I start a community garden? Is zero waste really possible? How would we manage if our roads were cut off by natural disaster? What could a wellbeing economy look like in the Blue Mountains? These are some of questions that will be explored at the … Read more

In the press – Festival celebrates the resilient spirit of the Blue Mountains

Published in the Blue Mountains Gazette 7 September 2022: It has been a tough few years for everyone. Fires, floods and lockdowns. The Festival of Resilience team are drawing on a strong and vibrant community to hold a five-week festival of headline and crowdsourced events celebrating the resilience and spirit of the people of the Blue … Read more

In the press – Dedicated locals build a new festival

Published on the Blue Mountains Gazette online 18 August 2022: Dedicated Blue Mountains locals are making a little bit of money go a long way in the name of community resilience. Bachelor of Anthropology student, Tina Marie Sheil is one Mountains resident donating thousands of hours of professional skills to develop a new community-led festival … Read more

Meet the Festival team – Shirley

Shirley Lewis is well known to Blue Mountains locals as a passionate campaigner for living As Sustainably As Possible.  Creator of the Respect Arc for moving from waste to sustainability, Shirley joined the Festival of Resilience team with a vision to make a big difference. Shirley’s vivacious alter-ego Baglady has entertained and inspired children and … Read more