About Us

Hello and Welcome to Princes Hill Community Centre. 

Who We Are

Princes Hill Community Centre is an incorporated not–for–profit organisation that provides a variety of affordable programs to the community. Since its establishment in 1975 (when it was known as the Princes Hill School Park Centre), Princes Hill Community Centre has encouraged community involvement and wellbeing. The Centre retains strong links with Princes Hill Secondary College, and in more recent times has also established an important relationship with the City of Yarra. We have an associate-level membership with the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres, and full memberships with the North East Neighbourhood House Network and the Carlton Local Agencies Network. The Centre is overseen by an elected Committee of Management, and its day–to–day running by the Centre’s staff.
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Our Aims

Princes Hill Community Centre encourages community cohesion, participation, and wellbeing by sponsoring recreational, social,
cultural and educational opportunities to the local community. In addition to this, Princes Hill Community Centre works to increase the community’s access to information, services and facilities; gives consideration and support to socially and/or physically disadvantaged groups and individuals in the community and liaises with other organisations and bodies to foster an integrated community services network. We aim to ensure that services and programs are acceptable and relevant to the community. We also promote and support sustainable environmental practices, through the Centre’s management of its facilities, the programs we offer and the community events and networks we support.

Manager’s Farewell
Dianna Walpole – 2002 to 2021

My time working at the PHCC spanned nearly 20 years.

It was a rewarding time, a role through which I was privileged to meet many people. I’d like to acknowledge and thank those who served on the committees, ran programs, attended programs, and contributed and supported the Centre in any way.

Reflecting on the years, I remember starting in 2002 with a very low bank balance, no funding, and the introduction of public liability insurance. The latter closed children’s programs such as circus skills overnight and necessitated the restricting of programs such as Life Drawing. Working with Jackie Fristacity, then a new councillor, my first job was a grant application for funding. With this and support from the school we were able to upgrade the studio. In 2002 there was a computer but no internet. My 10 hours a week still involved writing and posting invoices, printing programs and flyers, writing letters, handwritten enrolment lists, writing receipts for everything and going periodically to the bank to bank! Phone calls were the main means of communication. In those first few years we set up the first internet, enabling easier circulation of promotional material to schools, other neighbourhood houses and the local papers, the Melbourne Times, the Leader (remember those?) and the Age. A few years later a student from the PHSC designed and set up our first website. Since then, the digital world has exploded, so now most promotion and communication, etc. is online.

Over the years the diversity of programs have been offered has been considerable; Watercolour, Oil Painting, Portraiture, Botanical Drawing, Belly Dancing, Sewing, Felting, Cooking, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mosaics, Propaganda, Cool Cats (teen drama group), Sing, String Group, History Research, History Walks, Book Club, Paper Making, French Polishing, Bike Maintenance, Fix It, Bridge, Mahjong, Fermented Food, Bororo –and these are just the programs I recall off the top of my head. There have also been exhibitions, Open Days, the 40-Year Celebration as well as the Life Drawing weekly, the salons and other LMS events.

In 2007-08 we initiated the PHCC garden movement. It was controversial, but, eventually after 12 years came into being on the Bocce Courts next to the NCRSNH. The Greening of the Melbourne General Cemetery was launched during a Covid Lockdown in September 2020. It took just over a year for the first planting to begin, and I hope in time this program will blossom. While there is some politics to be negotiated, in a world where Climate Change is finally no longer on the back burner, I hope this will be a program, especially coming out of the constraints of the Covid era, that will help take PHCC into the future. It is certainly one which I look forward to being involved with. I hope that the MGC will become a landscape that supports, safeguards, and rebuilds the rich diversity of fauna and flora.

Thank you, everyone,

Dianna Walpole.