Belmont Neighbourhood Centre aims to promote access, equity and participation to those most affected by current issues in the community. We operate to promote a sense of community and belonging by providing a safe place for the community to come together to network, build relationships, access services and participate in a variety of programs.
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre (BNC) was started by a group of community members in 1991, which formed the first management committee. This group then applied for a Hunter Area Assistance Scheme (HASS) grant for a Coordinator, and asked Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC) for help in finding a location.
Along with ongoing fundraising and success in obtaining a 1991-1992 Hunter Area Assistance Scheme (HASS) grant, LMCC approved the leasing of the Belmont North Community Hall. With the assistance of Eastlake Skill share office accommodation was built.
Since July 1994, the centre has operated under Department of Community Services (currently Department of Communities & Justice), Community Grants Program funds and has been registered as an incorporated, non-profit community-based association.
The first coordinator was employed in July 1992, and launched the project, starting programmes and activities as per the HAAS funding agreement, directing services to those most disadvantaged in the community.
The committee and staff continue to work closely together to ensure that BNC grows and adapts to future community needs.
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre values the contribution of all those who commit their time, effort and expertise to the operation of the centre.
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges that many people contribute through volunteering.
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre is supported by a voluntary Management Committee and volunteer support staff each day, offering their skills in reception & administration, the Habitat In Harmony garden, Men’s Shed, maintenance, cleaning and much more.