Office Open Hours
From 18 January 2017
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
35 Caledonia Street,
St Andrews Vic 3761
PO BOX 51
St Andrews Vic 3761
(03) 9710 1223
A Bit About Us
Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre is a not-for-profit community-run centre and was founded in 1985.
St Andrews is located approximately 40 km north east of Melbourne city in the Shire of Nillumbik and has approximately 1100 residents. It is nestled in the foothills of the Kinglake Ranges, characterised as being surrounded by native bushland and semi-rural farmland.
The impact of the Black Saturday fires of February 7, 2009 left the community of St Andrews deeply affected with 12 lives lost, 67 houses destroyed, many pets and farm animals killed, along with countless native fauna. More than 121 properties in the community were directly impacted and the landscape is profoundly changed.
After considerable community consultation, the St Andrews Community Bushfire Recovery Association (SACBRA) identified the redevelopment of St Andrews Community Centre as a key priority project for the renewal and recovery of the St Andrews Community. The original facility was a 1950’s former Primary School portable building attached to a historic school house built in 1857.
The community began to use the “Old School” in 1985 after a new Primary School was built next door. The first group to use the building was a playgroup. The first committee became incorporated in 1991. The building was mainly used as a venue for hire but also housed a maternal and child health nurse one day a week.
Immediately after Black Saturday the building was used as a relief centre distributing goods and services for the affected residents. Through various Bushfire recovery projects new groups emerged and it was soon realised the facilities were inadequate to sustain the type of activity the centre was now needed for.
The St Andrews Community Centre redevelopment was identified by community as a priority for the town’s bushfire recovery and began in late 2009. The majority of the funding has been received from Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund (VBAF) with other funds from the Victorian State Government, Heritage Victoria, Nillumbik Shire Council and Bendigo Community Bank. We now have a beautiful new facility designed by renowned architect Gregory Burgess, purpose built for our community to use.
Our Vision Statement
St Andrews Community Centre is an active, inviting and inspiring community hub.
Our Statement Of Purpose
St Andrews Community Centre Inc.
endeavours to provide opportunities for all community members
to participate in a range of activities that promote, develop and enhance:
- social connection and inclusion
- arts and culture
- health and wellbeing
- sustainability and resilience
We are located on the main road at 35 Caledonia Street, St Andrews, 3761, next to the Primary School.