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.
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 volunteers are trained in many areas of food handling, our next training will take place Monday 10th February and all are looking forward cooking some of our 'blemished/ugly' food.
As an early intervention strategy, ensuring families have healthy food is 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.