Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre is celebrating 40 years of serving our community! What better way to celebrate our 40th year than a week-long celebration from 1st to 4th May 2018 in National Neighbourhood Centre Week.

Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre’s vision is a diverse, inclusive and connected community of resilient people. We are locally based, community managed and work together with a lot of other services, groups and organisations to reduce disadvantage, build connections and resilience, and to offer opportunities for engagement and participation and inclusion with particular focus given to disadvantaged community members. Through this work, connections and knowledge of the community is increased and residents become more aware of resources available to them.

We got to thinking about this year’s theme of Belonging – what does it mean to us; and what might it mean to others with different abilities, culture and background?

The Neighbourhood Centre is liaising with local Gumbaynggirr community representatives to put on a day of local Aboriginal cultural information and activities in both Bellingen and Urunga. There will be language, art, dance, song, tucker and yarning.

On another day in Neighbourhood Centre Week, there will be more fun, games and activities for people of all abilities and especially for people with disability, their families and carers. A number of service providers whose work focuses on supporting people with disability and their families will be there and happy to chat and provide information about their services and the links, opportunities and support available.

Finishing off the week of Friday 4th May, Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre is putting on a 40th Birthday Party to remember. We are hosting a free, all-age family-friendly community event in Maam Gaduying Park in Bellingen starting at 4:30pm. There will be delicious food, engaging entertainment, the chance to dance, and great company … so be sure to save the date!

Program of Events

Check out BNC’s Facebook page.

For more info and if you want to get involved, contact Coordinator, May Smith, at Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre at or call her Monday, Wednesday or Friday on 6655 1239.


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