Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
62 White Cross Road
Phone: 02 4754 4050
Fax: 02 4754 4607
Monday to Friday
8:30am – 4:00pm
Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre is on Aboriginal land and acknowledges the Traditional Owners of that land, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.
NSW Department of Communities & Justice, funds the Centre for all our general operations, and services. Fair Trading NSW provides funding for our No Interest Loans program Loans Officer & 1800 NILS NSW Referral Line.
The Centre works in partnership with Blue Mountains City Council and other partners who provide assistance to enhance our services. These include:
Have you every thought about being a volunteer committee member, assisting with programs or the day to day activities at Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre?
Drop in and meet our friendly staff.
Be involved! Make a difference. You will fit right in.
For more information contact: The Manager on 4754 4050
The centre now takes bottles and cans through the Return & Earn Scheme. People who take their bottles or cans to the centre get 10cents on each eligible container and the centre earns 3cents, which may not seem a lot but every small amount adds up.
These containers are most commonly found as litter in NSW. They’re often consumed ‘on the go.’
Most containers between 150ml - 1litre (soft drinks up to 3 litres) are accepted and can get you a refund. However, they must…
These items aren’t accepted, but can still go into household recycling. They’re often used at home.
‘This project was supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative,funded from the waste levy.’
Did you know that more than one-10th of the food bought by Australians winds up in the trash, costing the average household more than $1000 a year. In 2019 alone the country threw away $10.1 billion worth of food, according to the latest Rabobank Food Waste Report, making Australia the fourth-worst food waster in the world.
The centre has been proactive in reducing nutritious, edible food going to landfill for the past 8 years. We became one of the first to gain support with Secondbite.
At 8am every morning we take our van to the Coles dock at Winmalee Shopping Village and stock it with food that would otherwise end up in landfill. This food is then taken to the centre where the staff assess the quality, it is then placed in our commercial refrigeration for families who struggle financially to access.
This food is also distributed to many families in the Blue Mountains and we also support Foodbank with donations of fresh food.
The centre has the resources to take surplus food. With a grant from the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority's Waste Less, Recycle More the centre has been able to purchase a new commercial fridge and freezer so we are able to ensure food remains fresh and stored correctly. We have also been able to purchase Cambro insulated hot/cold food pan carriers along with trolleys.
As a service that assists the most vulnerable in the community we want more businesses, cafes, clubs, growers etc. to participate in ending food insecurity for many people which in turn assists our environment. If you know a business, food producer etc. who would like to donate to our Fresh Food Programs please pass on our information.
Our strategy is ensuring families have healthy food available remains a priority. Providing healthy nutritious food along with education on cooking etc. has been associated with positive changes for the overall family including food and nutrition knowledge.
Our food programs are a core part of supporting our communities however there is no long term funding to increase our capacity. We are always seeking new avenues on how to ensure these programs become sustainable. If you would like to be involved in our programs please ring the centre.
The centre officially opened the doors of "Our Community Shop" inside Winmalee Village shopping centre on March 12, after many years of negotiations.
The aim of the shop is to support the communities we work with as it will not just be a place to find affordable fashion. It will also provide a community hub and a safe place where people can drop in and find a caring, listening ear, learn more about what services can assist them, and refer to other services. The shop also fits into our ethical strategy along with our food waste programs.
With many lonely or isolated people regularly visiting the centre, the new venture will be another place for them to connect. This is a fantastic achievement for our team. We work tirelessly and many of these hours are volunteered due to poor funding so we look forward to working even closer with community.
The centre assists many women who are finding times very tough, especially older women who have lost skills while being a mum, so we will provide the opportunity to assist women who volunteer to gain employment skills which can only strengthen our communities."
Portfolio marketing manager for Colliers International, Lisa Mourga, said Winmalee Village was proud to welcome the Winmalee Neighbourhood community pop up shop to the centre.
"Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre plays a huge part in supporting the local community and this opportunity will allow them to make an even bigger difference," she said.
"We believe in providing a shopping centre that has meaning for our customers and the Winmalee community, and that helps the community grow and thrive. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that comes not only from the presence of the pop up shop within the Winmalee Village, but through increased support for programs that the funds raised at the pop up shop will enable."
The community has been very giving to the centre with our Nourish Your Neighbour program so we sincerely thank them, however with the changes due to the COVID-19 virus we are facing new challenges with limited resources. If anyone requires assistance please do not hesitate to contact the centre as it has never been more crucial than now to support the many people who are facing financial stress as they lose their jobs.
The shop is open from Monday to Saturday and all community members are invited to come and have a chat with us and they can rest assured that all money raised will go back into the programs we run.
Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle, Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre manager Morna Colbran with property investment manager Bianca Barrett, administration manager Nicole Miles and portfolio marketing manager Lisa Mourga at the official opening of Our Community Shop in Winmalee Village shopping centre.