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

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!

Blue Fringe Arts 2018

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Blue Fringe Literature Award entries are now open.

Entries are due by 5pm 14th September 2018.

Open for people with a lived experience of mental illness.

For more information and entry form go here.

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Come and meet a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) at BANC Community Access.

This one to one consultation is an opportunity to bring your questions to an LAC.

The LAC can assist you with the following:

* Provide you with information regarding the NDIS,

* Help you understand your NDIS funded plan,

* Help you identify the next steps to take on your NDIS journey,

* Connect you with your local community,

* Help identify what supports are available in the community if you do not have a NDIS plan.

Location: 110 Wentworth Street Blackheath

Date: Wednesday 25th July 2018

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30pm

If you would like more information please call 4723 9444, for general questions you can also call BANC Community Access on 47875684

Please book should you require AUSLAN or language interpreting services so we can make arrangements to suit your needs.

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The 1st Blackheath Scout Group has been part of the community of the Upper Blue Mountains for 100 years. They provide boys and girls, young and old with lots of fun, challenging experiences, skills development and motivation to do their best and prepare them for an active and rewarding life.

Each section has its own trained Leaders and Assistant Leaders. Scout Leaders come from all walks of life, from parents of Scouts, to childhood Scouts, to people with no Scouting experience at all.

Volunteer Opportunity

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Hello lovely friends. We are hoping to add to our wonderful team of volunteers here at BANC. Currently we have a Wednesday afternoon available. If you would like to come and be a part of our service, meet new people and connect with your larger community, please drop-in or call us on 47877770. Please share with your friends. Thanks in advance :