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Balla Balla Community Centre

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About Us

 
Welcome to Balla Balla Community Centre. The Centre is a great way to connect with people and the community through participating in the many activities and opportunities that we offer..
 

Who we are

As a Not-For-Profit community based organisation, the Balla Balla Community Centre Inc. aims to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all members of the community are invited to come together and engage in the activities that we provide for the purpose of enhancing health and social wellbeing as well as opportunities to advance their education.  

Our Purpose

As a Not-For-Profit community based organisation, the Balla Balla Community Centre Inc. aims to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all members of the community are invited to come together and engage in the activities that we provide for the purpose of enhancing health and social wellbeing as well as opportunities to advance their education.  

Meaning of “Balla Balla”

 
Indigenous significance The history of the name Balla Balla has links to the indigenous community, as part of their language. Whilst there are no strict interpretations for the word ‘Balla, taken in context it has two meanings. In one indigenous language, Balla means ‘resting’, which is also part of the word Ballarat which means ‘resting place’. In the second indigenous language, Balla means ‘mud’, which is a very significant description of the particular area the facility is located in. Originally, at times throughout the year, this land sat at the ‘bottom’ of the swamp. This was a rich resource for the indigenous people and was seen as a ‘seasonal supermarket’. In winter, they would come to the edge of the swamp to collect birds’ eggs, eels, reeds and to harvest bark.   Historical significance Interestingly, Balla Balla was also the name of one of the first homesteads to be established in the area and is the name of the council ward in which the centre is now situated. Balla Balla may have different meanings in other languages; however the intent in choosing this name was to reflect the history of the area as well as the indigenous significance.   How the Balla Balla Community Centre started The Balla Balla Centre project originated from funding through the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Casey and was officially opened on the 28 April 2007. Both the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Casey recognized the need for local community groups, organizations and businesses to have a meeting place and the Centre was designed to accommodate a range of needs from social gatherings and club meetings, to classes and services.   In parallel with the project stage, the City of Casey applied for funding to the Department of Planning and Community Development for Neighbourhood House Coordination Funding to secure a Coordinator to “establish” a Community Centre that would be housed at the Balla Balla Centre. This application was made under the name of Cranbourne East Neighbourhood House.   In March 2007, Maree Cullinan was appointed as the Coordinator to establish a Neighbourhood House in the Cranbourne East area. Having the Cranbourne East Neighbourhood House sitting in the Balla Balla Centre caused confusion within the community. Following a community survey, on the 1 January 2008 the entity was renamed the Balla Balla Community Centre and a Steering Group established from local community members. During this time the Balla Balla Community Centre was being auspiced by the City of Casey.   On the 25 September 2009 the Balla Balla Community Centre was set up as an Incorporated Association as set out in the Associations Incorporations Act 1981. The Balla Balla Community Centre presented its first Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting held on the 30 March 2010.  

Our Committee

Our committee is made up of skilful and dedicated volunteers who meet regularly throughout the year. The current members are:
  • David Haynes – President
  • Leonie Wilson – Vice President
  • Glenice Hasson – Secretary
  • Peter Glanz – Treasurer
  • Kate Welk – General Committee
  • Carol Cole – General Committee
  • Ed Price – General Committee
  • John Durrant – General Committee
  • Robin Dzedins JP – General Committee
Every few years we review our strategic plan, including what we would like to achieve and how we will do this. If you would like to know more about the role of the Committee, how you could become a member or how you can otherwise contribute, please contact the President through the Centre office.  

Our Staff

The following people keep our Centre operating with the support of our volunteers.  
  • Maree Cullinan – Manager
  • Ann Pathmasiri – Finance
  • Maree Davies – Program Coordinator
  • Michelle Miller – Playgroup

Our Volunteers

 
Volunteers are the backbone of our Community Centre and we place great value on the contribution of each and every one of them.   If you are interested in finding out about volunteering in our organisation please contact the Centre office and we would be delighted to tell you more about the volunteering opportunities within our organisation.   We encourage people to also consider volunteering as part of our Committee of Governance. This is a great way to make a positive contribution to the local community, as well as a rewarding experience and an opportunity to share existing skills and learn new skills. Governance training is provided, and you will get lots of support from everyone at the Centre. If you are interested in finding out about joining our Committee in our organisation please contact the President through the Centre office.  

Our Environmentally Responsible Facility

We are proud that the design of our facility allows us to maximise environmental sustainability. This has been achieved through the following design features:  
Orientation To maximize North light and reduce heat gain from the West.Halls run east/west to maximize natural light on north frontage.
Materials Light coloured roof to reflect sun light/heat.Specialized glazing materials to allow visual outlook with maximum direct thermal blockage from sunConsiderable use of bricks for low embodied energy.
Water Rainwater tanks installed to feed toilets.AAA or higher water fixtures specified.
Energy Solar water Panels installed to provide majority of water heating, (Electrical Storage units to provide boosting when required.)Custom shading design to north facing windows to prevent heat gain during summer months.New facility is separately sub-metered from the “Cranbourne Complex”, allowing accurate monitoring of electrical and water usage of facility.
Lighting Zoned lighting circuits, providing users with greater control over lighting arrangements.
Ventilation Only occupied spaces are air conditioned (eg: halls, offices and meeting rooms) with contained zone over reception desk.Mechanical louvers to expel hot air from Halls.

Our Community

 
Our multi-cultural community is made up existing, and new home owners who are establishing themselves in a rapidly growing area. Our programs and activities are reflective of our community and include special interest programs, cooking programs, children’s activities, health and wellbeing, and art and craft programs. Our meeting rooms and halls are used by community organisations for functions and events through our venue hire program which facilitates the partnership between community group/organisations and the Centre that provides support and service delivery. Balla Balla Community Centre is part of the City of Casey’s network of 14 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Learning Centres in the municipality. Everyone is welcome at the Centre so please come in and talk to our friendly staff and volunteers to find out what programs and activities we offer and how you might get involved.  
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  • About Us

     

    Welcome to Balla Balla Community Centre. The Centre is a great way to connect with people and the community through participating in the many activities and opportunities that we offer..

     

    Who we are

    As a Not-For-Profit community based organisation, the Balla Balla Community Centre Inc. aims to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all members of the community are invited to come together and engage in the activities that we provide for the purpose of enhancing health and social wellbeing as well as opportunities to advance their education.

     

    Our Purpose

    As a Not-For-Profit community based organisation, the Balla Balla Community Centre Inc. aims to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where all members of the community are invited to come together and engage in the activities that we provide for the purpose of enhancing health and social wellbeing as well as opportunities to advance their education.

     

    Meaning of “Balla Balla”

     

    Indigenous significance

    The history of the name Balla Balla has links to the indigenous community, as part of their language. Whilst there are no strict interpretations for the word ‘Balla, taken in context it has two meanings. In one indigenous language, Balla means ‘resting’, which is also part of the word Ballarat which means ‘resting place’.

    In the second indigenous language, Balla means ‘mud’, which is a very significant description of the particular area the facility is located in. Originally, at times throughout the year, this land sat at the ‘bottom’ of the swamp. This was a rich resource for the indigenous people and was seen as a ‘seasonal supermarket’. In winter, they would come to the edge of the swamp to collect birds’ eggs, eels, reeds and to harvest bark.

     

    Historical significance

    Interestingly, Balla Balla was also the name of one of the first homesteads to be established in the area and is the name of the council ward in which the centre is now situated.

    Balla Balla may have different meanings in other languages; however the intent in choosing this name was to reflect the history of the area as well as the indigenous significance.

     

    How the Balla Balla Community Centre started

    The Balla Balla Centre project originated from funding through the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Casey and was officially opened on the 28 April 2007. Both the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Casey recognized the need for local community groups, organizations and businesses to have a meeting place and the Centre was designed to accommodate a range of needs from social gatherings and club meetings, to classes and services.

     

    In parallel with the project stage, the City of Casey applied for funding to the Department of Planning and Community Development for Neighbourhood House Coordination Funding to secure a Coordinator to “establish” a Community Centre that would be housed at the Balla Balla Centre. This application was made under the name of Cranbourne East Neighbourhood House.

     

    In March 2007, Maree Cullinan was appointed as the Coordinator to establish a Neighbourhood House in the Cranbourne East area. Having the Cranbourne East Neighbourhood House sitting in the Balla Balla Centre caused confusion within the community. Following a community survey, on the 1 January 2008 the entity was renamed the Balla Balla Community Centre and a Steering Group established from local community members. During this time the Balla Balla Community Centre was being auspiced by the City of Casey.

     

    On the 25 September 2009 the Balla Balla Community Centre was set up as an Incorporated Association as set out in the Associations Incorporations Act 1981. The Balla Balla Community Centre presented its first Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting held on the 30 March 2010.

     

    Our Committee

    Our committee is made up of skilful and dedicated volunteers who meet regularly throughout the year. The current members are:

    • David Haynes – President
    • Leonie Wilson – Vice President
    • Glenice Hasson – Secretary
    • Peter Glanz – Treasurer
    • Kate Welk – General Committee
    • Carol Cole – General Committee
    • Ed Price – General Committee
    • John Durrant – General Committee
    • Robin Dzedins JP – General Committee

    Every few years we review our strategic plan, including what we would like to achieve and how we will do this. If you would like to know more about the role of the Committee, how you could become a member or how you can otherwise contribute, please contact the President through the Centre office.

     

    Our Staff

    The following people keep our Centre operating with the support of our volunteers.

     

    • Maree Cullinan – Manager
    • Ann Pathmasiri – Finance
    • Maree Davies – Program Coordinator
    • Michelle Miller – Playgroup

    Our Volunteers

     

    Volunteers are the backbone of our Community Centre and we place great value on the contribution of each and every one of them.

     

    If you are interested in finding out about volunteering in our organisation please contact the Centre office and we would be delighted to tell you more about the volunteering opportunities within our organisation.

     

    We encourage people to also consider volunteering as part of our Committee of Governance. This is a great way to make a positive contribution to the local community, as well as a rewarding experience and an opportunity to share existing skills and learn new skills. Governance training is provided, and you will get lots of support from everyone at the Centre. If you are interested in finding out about joining our Committee in our organisation please contact the President through the Centre office.

     

    Our Environmentally Responsible Facility

    We are proud that the design of our facility allows us to maximise environmental sustainability. This has been achieved through the following design features:

     

    Orientation To maximize North light and reduce heat gain from the West.Halls run east/west to maximize natural light on north frontage.
    Materials Light coloured roof to reflect sun light/heat.Specialized glazing materials to allow visual outlook with maximum direct thermal blockage from sunConsiderable use of bricks for low embodied energy.
    Water Rainwater tanks installed to feed toilets.AAA or higher water fixtures specified.
    Energy Solar water Panels installed to provide majority of water heating, (Electrical Storage units to provide boosting when required.)Custom shading design to north facing windows to prevent heat gain during summer months.New facility is separately sub-metered from the “Cranbourne Complex”, allowing accurate monitoring of electrical and water usage of facility.
    Lighting Zoned lighting circuits, providing users with greater control over lighting arrangements.
    Ventilation Only occupied spaces are air conditioned (eg: halls, offices and meeting rooms) with contained zone over reception desk.Mechanical louvers to expel hot air from Halls.

    Our Community

     

    Our multi-cultural community is made up existing, and new home owners who are establishing themselves in a rapidly growing area. Our programs and activities are reflective of our community and include special interest programs, cooking programs, children’s activities, health and wellbeing, and art and craft programs.

    Our meeting rooms and halls are used by community organisations for functions and events through our venue hire program which facilitates the partnership between community group/organisations and the Centre that provides support and service delivery.

    Balla Balla Community Centre is part of the City of Casey’s network of 14 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Learning Centres in the municipality.

    Everyone is welcome at the Centre so please come in and talk to our friendly staff and volunteers to find out what programs and activities we offer and how you might get involved.

     

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