We are a group of Mountains Residents who decided to come together to support positive initiatives and issues we come across of Concern, especially in relation to more vulnerable members of our community.
We are currently involved in multiple
Stopping 5G in the Blue Mountains
More and more research is piling up about the dangers of this new technology that operates on a microwave frequency. From the US Govt National Toxicology Program 10 year study that has drawn a definite
link between high 2 and 3 g phone use and cancer,(and 5g is much more intense) to the outdated ARPANSA Austrtalian standards based on US standards set in the 90's, to the Academics, Doctors and Scientists speaking out(180 Doctors and Scientists recently
approached the European Commission to try and stop it) to the high exposure/danger to birds, bees and vulnerable people like children, elderly and homeless. Even further to the likely real estate drops if a home is next to a new tower (who will want to buy
a home next to a microwave radiating tower - they are likely to be installed every 200m in residential areas, ie at best, you will be 100m away from one) . We should all be concerned. The Mayor has done a Mayoral Minute highlighting our concerns (Meeting 29/1/19)
and whilst we thank him, we are frankly disappointed as it has not gone far enough. Please sign this petition and look at the links to get up to speed https://www.change.org/p/mark-greenhill-no-5g-in-the-world-heritage-blue-mountains. We aim to update
you as to which Councillors are working to protect you and your family and which are not.
* Council support for Earth Recovery Australia/Mountains Soul Kitchen. We have found out that this amazing organisation, run by Rosa Del Ponte (who
many see as a 'Mother Teresa" of the Upper Mountains) is struggling financially. Why is such a local resource not being supported by the Council. Surely they can make more effort to become involved and keep this valuable and loved Community resource afloat.
* The proposed airport at Badgerys Creek. It is ridiculous to have planes flying over a World Heritage area for a number of reasons. Safety, Tourism, World Heritage Status, Impeding work to control bushfires (ie potentially conflicting with helicopters
and planes in fighting bush fires). Full Credit to Mark Greenhill, Annette Bennett and Romola Hollywood for the work they are doing to stop this insanity.
* Helping to start a discussion about Ice and other heavier drug use in the Mountains (see
* A Campaign largely run by local Mountains youth to stop Sydney City Council from heartlessly removing tents from homeless people www.pleasehelpourhomeless.com
* Inconsistent signage re speed limits at various
locations along the main Great Western Highway in the mountains and inconsistent methods of police monitoring speeding.
* The huge debt of Blue Mountains Council. Due to it ballooning hugely, a process ensued that resulted in rates being increased
by 40% over four years. The debt has come down from over 52 million to around 47 million but it appears this is also due to selling off assets. Rate payers have had to bear the brunt of a 40% increase in rates to pay for this overspending. There are remours
that the Council is looking at charging more for rubbish fees. If that is the case, it is outrageous.
"Ward Four Councillor Brendan Christie said that he holds "grave concerns if IPART approves the 40.4 percent rate rise."
families and pensioners will be hit hardest and struggle as is with cost of living pressures," he said. "No one will be spared from the rate increase, including our already struggling small businesses."
He has previously argued that the Council's
consultation process did not properly canvass the community's views."
It was approved the next year so ratepayers now will pay the increase.
Previously - Supporting Fund raising for victims in Nepal and Refugees
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* Road Widening
When will the Government learn. It is not just about faster trucking times from the West to Sydney, it is also about preserving the natural beauty, keeping traffic slower around built up areas and listening to the locals.
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* Two issues re dangerous crossings Wentworth Falls
Wentworth Falls - a small child tripped on the side of the bridge and nearly fell in front of an oncoming car and could have been killed in Oct 2013. It has been nearly two years and people cross it daily, elderly, disabled, children, women with prams,
etc and anyone can slip over the steep edge.
Lack of pedestrian crossing Blaxland Road and Sinclair Crescent. This is extremely dangerous as on school days many children cross in an area with limited visibility and without any form of safety crossing,
often unable to cross due to traffic and dangerously crossing to not miss their train. There have been many near misses. The elderly, disabled, tourists and community members also are forced to cross here. A pedestrian crossing for the entire community is
It is hoped that action can be taken to avoid a serious injury.
Many thanks for your time.
Mountains Concerned Citizens