Development Victoria has provided funding to support Docklands Neighbourhood House and ensure it can continue operating in Docklands.
The Docklands Neighbourhood House – which is operated by not-for-profit group The Centre – provides a safe, inclusive and welcoming drop-in space for all community members and initiates activities for local residents in the area.
The interim funding of $162,000 will allow The Centre to retain its presence within New Quay until at least the end of 2022.
Development Victoria’s Group Head Precincts Geoff Ward said the Docklands Neighbourhood House has managed to provide a number of well-attended community initiatives since its establishment – including dance, yoga and Pilates classes, as well as creative programs for children and the Docklands Good Karma Network.
“Supporting community services and not-for-profit operations in Docklands has always been a priority for Development Victoria,” Mr Ward said.
“We’re delighted to financially support The Centre and see it continue a range of educational, learning and social activities in the community for another 12 months.”
The Centre Director Ariel Valent said funding will provide a benefit to the community.
“This is excellent news for the Docklands community,” Mr Valent said.
“Thanks to the support of Development Victoria, we look forward to working more in partnership with local residents to bring their aspirations to fulfilment.”
Supporting community services and not-for-profit operations in Docklands has always been a priority for Development Victoria
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria – which is the peak body for neighbourhood houses – is housed in Victoria Point, adjacent to Marvel Stadium. Development Victoria has extended its licence with the organisation to 2026 to provide operational certainty.
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO Nicole Battle said the Docklands Neighbourhood House is providing some much-needed community infrastructure for residents.
“Living in the CBD can be pretty isolating and that has only been exacerbated during this pandemic - so having a friendly and welcoming space where people can come together is really important,” Ms Battle said.
“Neighbourhood Houses connect people to their local community, provide access to a range of supports, and give people the opportunity to get involved and participate in community life.
“It’s wonderful that Development Victoria sees the importance of the work we deliver and their support is invaluable. Congratulations to Ariel and his team at The Centre for their commitment to developing and growing the service. Hopefully this is just the beginning of many more years to come.”
To find out more about the Docklands Neighbourhood House, contact The Centre on 9328 1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated on 26 May 2023