A vibrant cultural life and quality community services are all part of the great lifestyle opportunities in the Bathurst Region. Volunteer groups, infrastructure and transport make a solid foundation that unites Bathurst to deliver quality community services to the whole community.
There are many volunteer organisations that deliver services to many sectors of the community. These groups play a key role in connecting people to one another, creating healthier families and a happier and healthier Bathurst Community.
The Bathurst Information and Neighbour Centre
A nucleus for volunteer services and programs in Bathurst. The Centre offers an information and referral service that helps people find information they need on:- community services, local associations, self help groups and leisure activities. It is a great place for those who are new to Bathurst and want to access local networks and services; also for those who have a need or query and are not sure where to go for help or support. For those who wish to expand their interests and activities or wish to contribute to the community through volunteering, BINC can help you investigate the possibilities. BINC is your Community Centre and welcomes you to pop in for a cuppa and a chat, change the baby or wait for an appointment.
For more information visit: www.binc.org.au/
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery has a reputation that has gained international recognition demonstrating Bathurst Regional Council's commitment to ensure the Region is a major cultural centre. The Gallery has forged strong links with surrounding townships and within the local community to create a vibrant space showcasing the full spectrum of artistic endeavour. Built in 1989, it was the first purpose built regional gallery in NSW, and provides professional development opportunities for local and regional artists. The Gallery is a creator of quality touring exhibitions, and operates the highly celebrated Hill End Artists in Residence Program. Located on historic Keppel Street, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery offers entry free of charge and wheelchair access, open Tuesday to Sunday.
For more information visit: www.bathurstart.com.au
The Bathurst Regional Library
The Library is open to all ages to make use of our facilities or just somewhere to get a good book. During school holidays the Library runs activities for those looking for something to do or to help out those whose parents can't take the time off. The Library also offers a delivery service for those who are housebound!
For more information visit: www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/community/bathurst-library
Bathurst Community Transport
Offers a door to door service assisting people to be able to live independently in their own homes. The group uses paid drivers and volunteers for the main transport service in and around Bathurst itself. The volunteers provide out of town medical transport, social trips and shopping runs for the surrounding rural villages such as Hill End, Sofala & Rockley. Bathurst Community Transport Group has 4 mini buses, 3 of which are wheelchair accessible and three sedan vehicles which supply the out of town transport.
For more information visit: www.bathurstcommunitytransport.com.au/
Bathurst Disability Access Grants
Bathurst Regional Council provides grants to assist local small businesses and non-profit organisations to improve access to their business for people with a disability.
Businesses and non-profit organisations within the Bathurst region may apply for funding of either 50% of project costs, or up to a maximum of $5,000 on a dollar for dollar basis.
Projects must be completed within the current financial year to be eligible to apply for a grant. Retrospective funding will be considered providing the project is completed in the current financial year.
Further details of the fund can be obtained by contacting Council's Community Services Department on (02) 6333 6523.
To contact the Bathurst Regional Access Committee (BRAC), please call (02) 6332 2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgReusability
Reusability is a free Australian classifieds website service designed to help the public buy and sell used disability, aged care and rehabilitation equipment.
Our goal is to help promote recycling and reuse of existing second hand mobility products, reducing the waste and disposal of useful equipment. Regional areas- especially those who do not have access to a local retailer of mobility equipment- will benefit in both selling and buying aids that are already in their area: not only will it reduce 'freight' \ transport costs, but it also helps to support local people in the area. There is no charge for the general public to use our system at all.
- Assisting the public in selling second hand aged care, disability and rehabilitation equipment (free of charge)
- Assisting the public in buying second hand aged care, disability and rehabilitation equipment (free of charge)
Please visit www.reusability.com.au for more information.
Community Service Groups
- Australian Red Cross
- Bathurst Community Transport Group
- Bathurst Early Intervention Service
- Bathurst Family Relationship Centre
- Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre
- Bathurst Interagency
- Bathurst Rehabilitation Unit
- Bathurst Women and Children's Refuge
- Bathurst Women's Housing Program
- Central West Women's Health Centre
- Community Health Service
- Community Mental Health Service
- Conservation Volunteers Australia
- Department of Community Services Bathurst
- DIAS (Disability Information and Advocacy Service) Bathurst
- Evans Community Options
- Glenray Industries
- Interchange Bathurst
- Lifeline Central West
- PCYC (Police and Community Youth Club) Bathurst
- Rahamim Ecological Learning Community
- Relationships Australia
- Riding for the Disabled
- Salvation Army
- Solo House
- Veritas House
- Wanderer's Social Club - Carers Support
- Warilda House Carer's Group