About Us

Our History

The Nerang Community Childcare Association was first established in 1987 by four Good Shepherd Sisters and auspiced by the trustees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.

In July 1988 an application was sent to the Department of Family services to gain a neighbourhood house which would provide a more home like environment for the child care programs and could provide a meeting place for community groups and services.

In April 1989 a house at 39 Cotton Street became available for rental and the Good Shepherd Sisters agreed to pay rent on this property to enable the Neighbourhood Centre to be launched.

The Good Shepherd Sisters received notification from the Department of Family Services in July 1989 that their submission for a house had been successful. A house for sale at 29 Martin Street was considered as suitable so a request was submitted to the Minister of Family Services.

In October 1989 the property at 29 Martin Street was officially purchased by the Department of Families for use as a Neighbourhood Centre.

In September 1990 the first Annual General Meeting was held and the decision was made to change the name of the organization to Nerang Neighbourhood Centre Inc. Incorporation status was granted in April 1991 and Tax Exemption status granted December 1992.


The Nerang Neighbourhood Centre is still owned and funded by the (now) Department of Communities.  We get minimal funding from the Department to be able to operate the Centre itself but essentially any programs and activities need to be self funded.  Here we rely heavily on grants - philanthropic and otherwise - and donations to provide our community with the help they need. 

Our Centre is governed by a strong and community minded Management Committee presently consisting of;

  • Division 5 Councillor, Peter Young as Chairperson
  • Local business owner and superstar, Bibe Roadley as Secretary
  • CIO of the Nerang RSL, Andrew McInnes as Treasurer
  • Long standing NNC supporter and super woman, Lis Vigar
  • Long standing NNC extended family member and ex-lawyer, Manny Palma

We no longer run childcare programs but the centre is certainly a hub of programs, services and support groups for the greater Nerang community.  Please refer to our Services and Programs pages to view all the happenings at the Centre.

We ensure ALL of our programs and activities are accessible to ALL regardless of your residential status, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious affiliations.


Our Centre

  • Upholds social justice practices
  • Prefers collaboration to competition
  • Promotes effective practice and good outcomes
  • Has a commitment to help build a robust community sector as a contribution to a civil society
  • Promotes ethical dealings and transparency in governance, funding, research, practice and all our work.

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