We’ve been nominated!

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Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre has been nominated for the 2018 BlueMountainsAustralia.com People’s Choice Awards, if you’d like to vote for us, click here  and fill in the relevant fields. Thank you! 

Three Piece Suite Concert

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Variations on a Theme – Three Piece Suite concert in Blackheath.

Sunday September 9th.

In their final concert series for 2018, string trio Three Piece Suite will present a true variety performance at the Blackheath Presbyterian Church on Sunday September 9th at 4pm– all the works by diverse composers are connected with Theme and Variations form. Covering  a wide range of musical periods and styles ,  Rachel Westwood, violin, Valmai Coggins, viola and Deborah Coogan, cello will explore this perennially popular form with  an eclectic mix of  works by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, Dohnanyi, Klein and more. The varied moods will mean you’ll  laugh, you’ll cry and everything in between – our infinite variety will never stale!

Some things will remain the same; the cosy acoustics of the church will delight and you can stay after  the concert for a delicious afternoon tea in the hall. Remember variety is the spice of life! Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or at tpschambermusic.com $25 for adults, $5 for children.

Venue: Blackheath Presbyterian Church, Wentworth St, Blackheath

Date & Time: Sunday  9th September at 4pm

Tickets: Adult $25, Child $5

Web: http://tpschambermusic.com

Email: tpschambermusic@gmail.com

Phone: 0418113309

New! Frozen Meals at BANC.

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Did you know we know have frozen vegetarian meals here at BANC? This is a new community project, created in response to increasing food insecurity being felt by local people. We are partnering with The Victory Cafe, Junction 142 Food Recovery, and BANC volunteers to provide nutritious meals to our community for a gold coin donation. Please share this information with your networks.

Junction 142

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“In partnership with the Uniting Church the ‘Junction 142’ project at 142 Katoomba Street now has a renovated laundry and bathroom available for use. It is incredibly difficult to function in society without access to these facilities so they are filling an important need. On top of this, we can also provide free clothing from our Op Shop to prepare people for job interviews and appointments with real estate agents.

In the past year we have provided more than 6000 free meals and food parcels as well as rescuing around 20,000 kilos of surplus food from going to landfill.

We deal with homelessness every day. Often it can be locals who just haven’t been able to make the rent or mortgage payments. Director Rosa Del Ponte says “We deal with ordinary people who struggle to manage sky rocketing housing costs. It just takes a run of bad luck and anyone can end up homeless. One partner loses a job and the other gets sick and then in a matter of months they are on the streets. We have even helped a family of five who were living in a tent in the bush”.

The Soul Kitchen also helps the Sydney homeless who are riding the trains at night to stay safe and warm. Rosa explains “They hop off at Katoomba and come to us for a meal or to have a shower and launder their clothes”.”

For more information, please click HERE

Tax Help Volunteers Needed for 2019

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Would you like to help people in need in your community to navigate the Tax system at Tax time? You don’t need any special experience to be a Tax Help volunteer. Tax Help volunteers come from all areas of the community with a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. If you can spare a few hours each week between July and October, you can help.
 
The ATO will introduce you to myGovExternal Link and myTax and show you how to prepare and lodge tax returns online.
 
The ATO will reimburse you for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel and phone calls.
 
You can become a Tax Help volunteer if you:
 
*are at least 18 years old
*have lived in Australia permanently for the last two years
*can use a computer or mobile device
*meet the requirements of a pre-engagement check (which includes a police records check)
*can complete training, online and in person.
 
Tax Help volunteers train between March and June each year.
 
Training is self-paced and online so you will need access to a computer and the internet.
 
An ATO community liaison officer will oversee and guide you through the training and support you once you begin delivering Tax Help in your community.
 
If you are interested in becoming a Tax Help volunteer next year and would like more information, email your name, phone number, suburb and state of where you live to SBITtaxhelp@ato.gov.au

Request for Food Donations

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Hi all, we here at BANC are looking for extra food donations as the cold sets in. We are finding more families are coming in looking for emergency food relief, and we don’t always have enough. Donations of dried, tinned and other non-perishable items are gratefully accepted. Thank you so much.

Thank You Knitwits!

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This morning at BANC we received an extremely generous donation of over $1,400 from The Blackheath Knitwits group! We are so incredibly grateful as this donation will assist us to continue helping the local community. We would like to take this opportunity to promote what these wonderful people do.

The Blackheath Knitwits are a knitting group that meets in the Invanhoe pub dining room area every Tuesday at 2pm. There they knit various items for community services and charity groups like Katoombas Thrive Family Support services, ‘Wrapped With Love’, Junction 142 and Soul Kitchen. If you’d like to join in, head on down and meet new friends while knitting for some great causes.

Donations of knitted 25cm/10 inch squares, yarn, or completed rugs are also happily collected.

Phone Yvonne 4787 5392 or Dot on 47877610

Thanks again to the Knitwits!

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The month ahead looks like a lot of fun as the sister towns of Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba and Blackheath in the Upper Blue Mountains exhibit a healthy dose of sister rivalry to compete to be the ‘best-dressed’ town for the inaugural 4 Sisters Yulefest – a joyous mid-winter celebration!

The Blackheath sister has already started to rebel and has no interest in being the ‘prettiest’ … true to her name BLACKheath, she’s the cool, dark and daring sister and her businesses are celebrating Blackheath’s DARK side … which is why Blackheath is a good place to go stargazing in winter! But check them out … they’ve created a ‘red light district’ to look at the issue of light pollution on wildlife, and are daring customers to go#ToplessInJuly as they tackle the plastic pollution problem of single-use plastic ‘tops’ on cups.

Check her out and check out all the other sisters as the month unfolds … they each have very different personalities!