About us Who we are Our history 1. From the Beginning Since the 1970’s community centres of one form or another have evolved across Australia. These centres are the hub of the local community, providing both a meeting space and a focal point. Demonstrated need within the community has resulted in some of these centres becoming funded under different government programs. Hervey Bay’s Neighbourhood Centre developed as a result of community need and commitment. In June 1985 a group of Hervey Bay Volunteers formed the Womens Information Service and in 1986 this group of volunteers decided to broaden their interests to include a Neighbourhood Activity group which would run regular activities to answer a need in the community. These activities were held in a local hall which- while not particularly suitable or inspiring- was available and affordable. From this small beginning grew an awareness of a need for: Better Facilities More Frequent Activities A wider Range of Activities Greater Accessiblity to Welfare Organisations These volunteers became increasingly aware of the needs of the community and approached the Community Development Officer for assistance in submitting a funding application for a neighbourhood community centre.