News & Annual Reports
Blue Mountains Disability Services provides Annual Reports to all members. These Reports detail all activities and events that have occured in the last year. Please click here to view our current and past Annual Reports
November 2011: Eloura celebrates 50 years
During November Eloura- Blue Mountains Disability Services commemorated 50 years of 'Disability to Capability' and providing disability support services throughout the Blue Mountains. Eloura hosted a number of events, with current and former staff and supporters gathering to celebrate the difference the organisation has made to the lives of people with a disability.
On Saturday 5th November, Eloura hosted a celebration dinner at their new Springwood venue, the Eloura Training & Conference Centre, which attracted over 85 guests, including Louise Markus MP, Federal Member for Macquarie, Roza Sage MP, Member for Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains City Council Mayor, Cr Daniel Myles and event partner Max Employment.
This provided an opportunity to celebrate achievements and reflect on the developments of the organisation since 1961. The event also raised more than $18,000 on the evening; funds which will be directed back into Eloura's programs.
'On behalf of Eloura, I would like thank everyone who donated and celebrated with us' said CEO Graham Boshier 'It is inspiring to receive such generous support from our local community and we look forward to another wonderful 50 years working together'.
Photos: By Hollywood Black Photography
September 2011: Eloura Business Awards Finalist
Congratulations Eloura on being acknowledged as a finalist in the Customer Service and Employer of the Year categories for the 2011 Blue Mountains Business Awards. This is a testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of all staff and employees, and ongoing support of our loyal customers. Thank you!
May 2011: The Eloura Training & Conference Centre opens!
The Eloura Training & Conference Centre was officially opened on Friday May 27 2011 by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, pictured below with CEO Graham Boshier and Eloura Chair Don Luscombe. The Eloura Training & Conference Centre was constructed through the Australian Government Jobs Fund Program as a multi-purpose facility for the lower Blue Mountains Community. Through the project, a total of 188 jobs were created, four traineeships through Mountain Gardens, four apprenticeships, 24 work experience placements and 52 HUB volunteers were registered.
The HUB will have a range of potential future uses. These include a vocational and non-vocational training facility for people with a disability, a purpose-built sensory room and a meeting place for community organisations and not-for-profits. The Eloura Training and Conference Centre is now available for businesses and community groups to hire.
May 2011: Eloura's 50th logo
Eloura now has a logo to celebrate our 50th year providing disability services in the Blue Mountains.
October 2010: Eloura Industries Highly Commended
Congratulations to Eloura Industries, who have been acknowledged as Highly Commended in the 2010 Blue Mountains Business Awards- Blue Mountains Gazette Innovation category. The award is presented to a business which provides a 'Business Advantage' with its innovative product, process or service.
November 2010: Day Programs Manager Cherry Yates wins Community Service Award
Eloura Day Programs Manager Cherry Yates has been awarded a Rotary Club of Lower Mountains 2010 Community Service Award. The awards acknowledge organisations or individuals who have made a real difference in the community through their work with people who have intellectual or physical disabilities, with a particular focus on sporting or leisure activities. Congratulations Cherry, and thank you for all your hard work!