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While Neighbourhood Houses across the country all look very different, the basic principles that underpin how a House works with their community are the same.   Each House starts with the assumption that communities have existing strengths and assets that make them part of the solution – and then we approach what we do by “doing with, rather than doing for.” []

Christmas in Clunes for 2019 is now officially a wrap!  This collaborative activity is more than a series of events, it’s a way of connecting all sections of our community to achieve the goals that are important to our town – our heritage, our people and the health of our businesses.  If you are Clunes business and you want to give us feedback about the impact of Christmas in Clunes in 2019…then click here!

Contributing to our Neighbourhood – now and in the future – is a big part of Clunes Neighbourhood House’s role.  Did you know that in January 2019 a team of civic minded kid’s gathered 59 different ideas from the community about how we’d all like to see Clunes evolve in future years? Many of these ideas relate to the way land might be used, developed or protected in our town – all relevant to the Planning Scheme Review being conducted by Hepburn Shire Council now.  Clunes young people have already presented these ideas to a council meeting in February, but we’ll be tabling this document again at the upcoming planning session on Monday, 7th October 2019 at the Warehouse-Clunes from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.  View Report: Civic Kids Consultation OutcomesPlanning decisions shape spaces, so if you have an opinion, why not come along?

In Clunes, we are fortunate to be part of a town where people place a lot of value on being an active part of their community through volunteering.   Volunteering is a very practical way of getting involved in community building. It creates connections, relationships and experiences that build on the strengths and assets of a community.


  • Did you know that currently Clunes Neighbourhood House has 37 volunteers involved in our operations each week?
  • Did you know that more than 50% of our volunteers are men?
  • Did you know that our fastest growing segment of volunteers are young people?

Meet one of our volunteers

He may be young, but Matt is keen to be involved in his community and he pops in and helps us out every week. Here he is getting ready to head out and put up posters for the Splash Test Dummies show held here recently.

The Saturday Project

RGB The Saturday Project - Art Attack (2)Did you know that Clunes kids go to at least 8 different high schools when they leave Clunes Primary School? Life pulls local kids in different directions, while growing up creates new pressures.  Having a place where you can chillax (urban dictionary definition: “…calm down and relax, dance to your favourite tune or have friends over.”) is exactly what our kids say they need. 

No surprise that mental health researchers agree with them 100%.

Reaching for the Stars!


Not only is Circus back, but we’ve now got the rigging to introduce a whole new range of skills to our Art Attack classes.  Big thanks to the other users of the Community Centre space, and Hepburn Shire Council for helping us install rigging for silks and trapeze.

Tame your Technology


Outsmart your smart device.  Whether it’s your laptop, iPhone or tablet, discover the tricks you need to know to make it do your bidding!  Will Maki’s course was so popular we are going to run it again in October 2019.

When – 10.30am til 1.30pm on Wednesday, 16th October and repeated again on Thursday, 17th October 2019.

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