The Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House was started by a small group of enthusiastic local residents in 1985. Our home until 1995 was “Warraine”, a house owned by the Presbyterian Church in Gellibrand Street. Ten years of stability enabled the "House" to establish within the community and develop a range of programs and services appropriate to community needs and interests. The “House” moved twice in the following two years. From July 1997 until April 2010 the Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House was based at the former Maternal and Child Health building at 33 King St. This was a time of considerable expansion of the program and services offered to the community.
In April 2010 we moved to our new home at 3 Tobin Drive Queenscliff, just before the Pilot Station Jetty - kindly made available to us by the Borough of Queenscliffe. This larger building, with fantastic views, enables us to provide exciting new programs and classes for the community. Keep an eye on the Term Flyer for current and upcoming activities.
The Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House receives funding from a range of sources. The State Government Department of Human Services contribute towards the Co-ordinator’s salary and some on- costs. The Borough of Queenscliffe provides the venue and its maintenance. Each year the Co-ordinator applies for funding under council’s Community Development Grants Programs for specific items or projects. Another local grants scheme is offered through the QPLCA – Queenscliff Point Lonsdale Community Enterprise. The Neighbourhood House also receives funds through ACFE (Adult Community and Further Education) to run pre accredited courses. This funding and other project funds are applied for on an annual basis. The Committee of Management is involved in fundraising activities for specific projects and to ensure the financial viability of the organization.
As a community managed service the Neighbourhood House is governed by a Committee of Management elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. These volunteers reflect the diversity of people in the community and have a range of skills which they utilise to support the management of the Neighbourhood House. These include a President, Treasurer and Vice Treasurer and Secretary. The Committee ensures good governance practices, is financially responsible and accountable and meets all financial and legal requirements. The Neighbourhood House is legally incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporations Act with the annual general meeting held in the month of October. The Neighbourhood House has one paid worker, the Coordinator, who provides 23 hours of community development/coordination per week.