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Where Are We? 

Opposite Woodrising Shopping Centre at
80 Hayden Brook Road (PO Box 4006)
Woodrising NSW 2284
P 02 4959 4624
F 02 4959 3030

Our Vision: 

To encourage the establishment of services which are necessary to develop, promote, maintain and improve the well being of community members. In conjunction with residents, Neighbourhood Centre management, staff, other organisations and government departments – to develop networks, services and activities that address the major needs of community members who reside in west Lake Macquarie.

To provide confidential and professional counselling for the alleviation of poverty, suffering, misfortune, destitution and homelessness to distressed individuals and families without discrimination.
​Support and assist to establish services operating from Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre and encourage other agencies and services to outreach to the local community.

History Of Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre Inc:

Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre was built in 1986 through Landcom & Department of Housing  funds as a section 94 Contribution (dedicated to Lake Macquarie City Council) to help address the Social and Human Service Development for the areas of Booragul and Bolton Point, Marmong Point, Fennell Bay, and Woodrising ‘Landcom’ Housing Estate . 

The first worker was a Centre Co-ordinator, initially based at the old Booragul Neighbourhood Centre, followed by a Housing Estate Worker in 1987, who had been based at Lake Macquarie City Council Chambers. The Co-ordinator position was funded by the Department of Housing.  In June 1989 the Housing Estate Worker replaced the Centre Coordinator and was employed as the Centre Manager. This position was funded under the Hunter Area Assistance Scheme. 

In 1991 the Centre received renewable funding from the Department of Youth & Community Services, later known as The Department of Community Services. (With this change in 1991, the Centre’s name was changed to Woodrising Neighbourhood Centre Inc.)

In 1987-89 the Centre Manager was involved in the Department’s Neighbourhood Centres Programme which was instrumental in developing a set of guidelines for future funding and providing an effective network of multi-purpose Neighbourhood Centres throughout NSW. 

Partnerships 

During the 25 years to 2012, the Centre Manager played a role with other service providers in developing partnerships to acquire funding and service development for this Centre and a number of other Westlake Macquarie communities & services:

  • Adolescent & Family Counsellor (WNC)
  • Financial Counselling (WNC)
  • Gambling Counselling (WNC)
  • Free Legal Advice Service (WNC)
  • Woodrising Youth Centre (adjacent) – auspice body later became Woodrising Community Pre-school
  • Westlake Macquarie Family Support Service, Toronto – from 2011 to be known as The Canopy, Cameron Park
  • Lake Macquarie Community Services Resource Centre - later known as CMAP
  • Tanderra Women’s Refuge – later known as Westlake’s Women’s & Children’s Refuge
  • Bolton Point/Booragul Community Renewal Program 
  • The Quigley Grapevine (Quigley Cooperative -2002 – 2009)
  • LCSA Policy Development Workshops 

Our Mission: “In Partnership, Helping to Empower our Community”.