History

Where we started

The Meredith Community Centre, Inc. (formerly Meredith Community House) was formed originally as a Collective in 1987. The focus of the collective was to focus on and foster a spirit of unity in the community and to encourage the community to take an active role in organising and implementing the planned program of activities. It also sought to create a neighbourhood network as a focal point for the interaction of groups as well as supporting the individual’s personal growth.

The Meredith Primary School Committee offered the use of the old Principal’s residence to the Collective and a group of local members formed a committee to set-up the Community House and apply for Coordination funding. The Committee of Management was an elected group from the larger collective membership that consisted of an Executive group as well as general members.

We are very proud of the history of the Meredith Community Centre. For 28 years we have provided learning activities and a social meeting place for our community.

Timeline

January 1988

Funding was granted from the Department of Human Services which was used to fund a part-time Coordinator position.

1989

The organisation became an Incorporated Body.

1991

The Community Centre underwent a renovation program with painting and decorating and extensions carried out to the back of the facility. A reopening and dedication ceremony was held on May 1st, 1991 with the Honorable Frank Sheehan, MLA doing the honors of unveiling a plaque commemorating this event.

1997

We also funding from ACFE which has provided us with the ability to offer a broader range of courses in the General Adult Education areas as well as pre-accredited training.

Over the past years, the Community Centre has grown from strength to strength with not only increasing our classes and activities but also adding a licensed Childcare facility which has provided a much needed service for members of our district. The Community Centre now employs 7 staff which includes the Coordinator, Office Staff, Childcare Staff and a Cleaner.

In addition we increased the size of the facility adding a portable building, extended the Childcare area as well as more recently the kitchen. We continue to keep equipment up to date in our Computer lab as well as training equipment which has been used for a number of our classes as well as meetings by other organisations.

The Community Centre continues to work to answer the needs of our community through networking with other local groups so that community members are offered a variety of experiences to enrich and support their personal and social development.

A BRIGHT FUTURE

In 2016 The Community Centre combined with the Meredith Kindergarten in a new facility with the building of the Meredith Community Learning Hub.  It is a wonderful amalgamation of our old building with the new purpose planned and built extension. We are enjoying working with the Kindergarten, Meredith Primary School, the Golden Plains Shire and the community in this fantastic new facility which provides us with lots of opportunities to expand our programs and activities.