Our Mission is to provide opportunities for equitable community engagement through social, recreational and learning activities. Our Vision is to provide a safe place where everyone is empowered through life-long learning, well-being and connecting with others.

About Us

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is a welcoming organisation that encourages personal development and community participation.

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley fosters a warm and inclusive community that inspires personal growth and active engagement within the local community.

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley operates as a non-profit organisation, overseen by a dedicated volunteer committee. Our day-to-day operations are expertly managed by the House Manager with support from our part-time staff. We provide numerous avenues for community connection through diverse classes, courses, informative sessions, and engaging workshops.

Our Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

The Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse. We support and respect all children and young people and are committed to providing a child safe environment. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

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Our History

Avenue Neighbourhood House had its origins in 1982, spurred by Christine Fensham's vision for a community centre in Blackburn. Initially, it operated as an extension of the Avenue Uniting Church, with support from a dedicated group of women. In 1984, it gained independent legal status.

The House thrived in Blackburn until October 2007 when its lease expired. The City of Whitehorse then generously provided an opportunity for relocation to the Eley Park Community Centre. Supported by both State and Federal Governments, the City of Whitehorse funded significant renovations at Eley Park to accommodate the diverse programs offered by Avenue Neighbourhood House.

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Volunteer Program

Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley proudly operates a widely respected volunteer program. Upon application, a staff member will meet with you, aiming to match your interests and skills with available positions in the following areas:

  • Reception
  • Catering
  • Childcare
  • Class Assistant
  • Transport
  • Sub-Committees

Committee of Management

Grant Lynch - President

Grant Lynch


Nick Van Bronswijk

General Member

Denise Massoud

Vice President
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Stephanie Pung

General Member

Judy Sharp

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Elizabeth Kleinhenz

General Member