Blue Mountains Fire Updates
* The NSW Rural Fire Service: Major Fire Updates
* For Blue Mountains National Park: Fires, floods and park closures: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkFireClosure.aspx?id=N0004
For iPhone app called 'Fires near Me' from the Apple Store FREE of charge: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fires-near-me-nsw/id370891827?mt=8
The RFS website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
Twitter - @nswrfs
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking the RFS website or listening to local radio: 2BlueFM or ABC702
Slow Food International
Home of the International Slow Food movement, based in the town of Bra, Italy.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment.
A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
Today, we have over 100,000 members joined in 1,300 convivia worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods.
Slow Food Australia
About Slow Food in Australia
Welcome to Slow Food in Australia, the great southern network of Slow Food. Ours is an international, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1986 to foster awareness of local food traditions, the food we eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world, people, communities, animals, plants and the environment. Slow Food is based in Bra, Italy. It has more than 100,000 members in 132 countries. Slow Food in Australia has 38 convivia, or branches. All of our activities are co-ordinated by volunteers.
Cittaslow, Katoomba, Blue Mountains
"International network of cities where the living is easy and the quality of life appreciated and preserved"
Cittaslow (pronounced CHITTA-slow) is an Italian idea developed from the *Slow Food movement.
Cittaslow towns take the time to identify what is important and special about that town and its surrounding area and put in place strategies to preserve their unique qualities, making life better for everyone.
Blue Mountains Fruit & Tree network
A network connecting people who grow and eat local fruits and nuts in the Blue Mountains (I.e. Lapstone to Lithgow).
There are 2 important lists on the following website:
1. A Calendar of Fruits & Nuts harvested locally and,
2. A register of all known fruit and nut plants growing in the region.
If you have fruit and/or nit trees in your Blue Mountains property, contact Anita: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Blue Mountains
Towards a more sustainable Blue Mountains
In July 2003 Blue Mountains City Council adopted the community endorsed 25 year Vision for the City of Blue Mountains. The 25 year Vision and Map for Action present a way forward for the City that aligns with the values of Blue Mountains people and an increasing world wide recognition of the need for us to live more sustainably.
Leura Gardens Festival
Leura Gardens Festival
The 2011 Festival will be held from Saturday 1 to Sunday 9 October.
The 2012 Festival will be held from 29 September to 7 October.
Gardens open at 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.
Permaculture Blue Mountains
The purpose of this organisation is to work within our community to develop skills in living sustainably.
* Incorporate Permaculture ethics and design principles when planning and implementing projects and activities.
* Develop projects and activities to promote sustainability using the design principles of Permaculture.
* Support strategies for food, energy and water security in the Blue Mountains.
* Build connections & partnerships with individuals & other groups across the greater Blue Mtns & beyond to promote sustainable living.
* Support the creation of a community garden in each village.
* Care for people, care for earth and share surplus.
* Conduct ourselves in a way that is open, ethical and accountable.
Seed Savers Mid Mountains
Mid Mountains Seedsavers are a small but keen group of gardeners dedicated to growing as much of our own organic produce as possible, using locally saved seed varieties. Since 2003 we have been meeting to swap information, ideas, recipes, as well as prepare, pack and catalogue out own home grown seeds. We cordially invite other food gardening enthusiasts in the Blue Mountains to come and join us. Just bring any seeds, cuttings, tubers etc that you've grown along with a plate to share for morning tea (You don't have to live in the mid-mountains by the way!). Email: email@example.com
Australian Ark Commission
The Australian Ark Commission is responsible for nominating Australian products to the International Ark Commission. More information on the Australian Ark products and the criteria for nominating Ark products can be found on the International and Australian websites respectively:
Blue Mountains - Plan the Adventure
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is Australia's most accessible wilderness. Stretching over one million hectares, the region is an inspiring and diverse mix of rainforest, blue-hazed valleys, golden sandstone escarpments, canyons, tall forests and windswept heathlands. It is one of Australia's iconic landscapes and has received National Landscape status in recognition of its world class experiences of environmental and cultural significance.