2. Toward Incorporation Timing was favourable as the State Government announced the establishment of the Queensland Neighbourhood Centre Program in 1986. The Government, through the Department of Family Services, was considering funding applications from interested community groups for the establishment of Neighbourhood Centres under this Program. In March 1987 the first fifteen houses were purchased under this scheme. Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre at 57 Taylor street Pialba was one of these fifteen houses. Initially the Centre was sponsored by the Hervey Bay City Council until the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre became an incorporated body in it’s own right and started managing it’s own funds and services. The Neighbourhood Centre formed a working party of community minded volunteers who worked toward incorporation. The organisation became an incorporated body in its own right and started managing its own funds and services in 1989. It is the anniversary of this independence that we are celebrating in 2014.