We offer community members the opportunity to participate as volunteers in projects and/or activities that support social and environmental outcomes for our community.

It is also a way for people to become involved in their community, in a way that is interesting, personally satisfying, productive and fun.

A number of our programs and services could not be provided without the support of volunteers.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is lending your time and energy for a particular cause. It is:

  • Undertaken of your own free will
  • For no monetary reward, and
  • Does not take the place of paid workers, but complements the services that they provide.

Through volunteering, you can:

  • Have the opportunity to contribute
  • Learn new skills and gain confidence
  • Be a significant part of a team
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun
  • Help promote awareness of the needs and services in our community
  • Gain satisfaction in the knowledge that volunteering really does make a difference.

What can I do?

Clean Up Australia Day

Each year in early March hundreds of thousands of Australians get involved in cleaning up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish on Clean Up Australia Day. It's fun, easy and anyone can get involved. You can organise your own site or join in with another.

The Blue Mountains get involved each year and make a difference with:

  • Registered clean-up sites across the Mountains;
  • Local schools participating in the Schools clean Up Day;
  • Businesses are encouraged to participate as well;

Across Australia approximately 593,400 volunteers clean up over 16,243 tonnes of rubbish from 7,363 sites.

Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have donated more than 27.2 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 288,650 tonnes of rubbish from 145,754 sites across the country.

Clean Up Australia Day is always the first Sunday in March and schools Clean Up Day is held the preceding Friday.

For more information on how to register a site or volunteer at a site near you, phone 1800 282 329 or visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au


Graffiti Removal

We currently support three volunteer graffiti removal groups which remove graffiti from private / commercial property.

The groups are looking for new volunteers to help with their important work! By getting involved you will:

  • contribute to improving your local area;
  • learn new skills; and
  • meet and work with people from your local area.

To contact these coordinators to join the teams, or have graffiti removed please call the Blue Mountains Graffiti Management Alliance on: 

Contact: Tom Colless on 0418 274 751 or by email at tc@colless.com.au
Contact: Greg Birtles on 0468 333 262 or by email at gjbirtles@gmail.com
Contact: John Oakey on 0428 093 077or by email at oakeysue@hotmail.com 

Other organisations that may be able to provide assistance with graffiti removal are: 

Katoomba/Leura/Wentworth Falls/Blackheath

Katoomba Chamber of Commerce via www.katoombachamber.com

Mid Mountains (Linden, Woodford, Hazelbrook, Lawson and Bullaburra)

Contact: Mountains Neighbourhood Centre 4759 2592

Springwood, Faulconbridge and Winmalee

Contact: Springwood Rotary 4751 1089 or 0400 802 448

Lower Mountains (Warrimoo, Blaxland, East Blaxland, Mt Riverview, Glenbrook, and Lapstone)

Contact: Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre 4739 1164

All new volunteers must undertake training prior to participating in any graffiti removal.

Committees of Council 

Council consults the community through a range of Advisory Committees. Community representatives give advice from their perspective on matters including heritage, young people, sports and the Aboriginal community.

There are also Section 377 Committees where members perform certain functions of the Council, such as managing a public hall, recreation facility or other property. For more information on the types of Council committees, click here.

Further information