Community Services

Need a Justice of the Peace? Here’s where to go.

A Justice of the Peace is a member of your community authorised to witness signatures on legal documents, swearing/affirming Statutory Declarations and Affidavits, authorizing copies of documents, and witnessing/attesting documents such as wills, application for visas, marriages, and divorces, etc.

One way to find a JP is to go to a Document Signing Station.  These are set up in public spaces such as libraries, community centres, Neighbourhood Centres and Police Stations.  Call the Department of Justice and Community Safety on (03) 8684 0000 or go to to locate your nearest JP.

There is a DSS operating from the Boroondara Police Station at 34 Harp Road, East Kew.  We are in attendance: Mondays and Wednesdays 11am-1pm; Thursdays 5pm-7pm except for Public Holidays and periods of lockdown.  No appointment is necessary.

Information supplied by Lindy Anderson Justice of the Peace 

Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse

Neighbourhood Watch in Victoria was started when it was realised that the Police alone could not control the rising crime rate, in particular burglary and related thefts. The support of the public was sought to help reduce crimes such as burglary and theft which resulted in a pilot area opened on June 15, 1983 in Kananook, a suburb of Frankston.

Community Action Groups

Surrey Hills Progress Association 

The Surrey Hills & Mont Albert Progress Association (SHPA) aims to improve, preserve and advance the neighbourhood of Surrey Hills & Mont Albert, Victoria.

Heatherdale Community Action Group

HCAG is a community organisation committed to work positively and constructively with elected councillors, the council organisation, State government ministers, State instrumentalities and departments and Federal members to achieve its Statement of Purpose.

HCAG’s geographical area of interest is centred on Heatherdale Road (the Maroondah and Whitehorse boundary) and comprises the three closest Maroondah wards and the four closest Whitehorse wards.  Click here to go to their Facebook page.

Community Support Groups

Uniting is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. Go here to find out more about Uniting East Burwood.


Nadrasca is an NDIS Registered Disability Support Organisation providing a range of services and employment for over 400 people with disability, across 23 locations in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Go to their website here to find our more about their services

The Orange Door

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children. To find our more, go to their website here.

Pathways for Carers Boroondara

Hawthorn Community House has established a new support group in Boroondara, providing unpaid carers with an opportunity to connect with others and receive support, services, and resources.

For more information, carers can contact Hawthorn Community House on 9819 2629 or For more information on the program, visit

The Box Hill Community Bakehouse

The Box Hill Community Bakehouse rescues food from a range of bakeries across Whitehorse, Boroondara and Manningham and provides this food  (including bread, baked goods, fresh produce and other items) free to the local community with a smile and without question.

The Bakehouse takes place at 3 Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill every Thursday at 1:30-2:30pm and every Saturday at 7:30-8:30am. You can follow the Bakehouse at

The Nappy Collective

A community based, not for profit run mostly by volunteers collecting and redistributing nappies to families in crisis. Financial donations to The Nappy Collective support the work of diverting all donated nappies to families that need it most and are tax deductible.  Go to their website here for more information.


Environmental Groups

Lighter Footprints Inc

Lighter Footprints is a local climate group committed to leading effective climate action.  As a community based organisation working across Melbourne’s inner-east, we aim to influence local, state and national decision makers to urgently halt global warming and take the steps necessary to realise a clean energy future.

Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society Inc.

The Society concerns itself with issues involving the natural landscape within the City of Whitehorse and also regional, statewide and national environmental concerns. Local issues of interest to the society include planning, the built landscape, streetscape character and the management of municipal parks and open spaces.

Whitehorse Active Transport Action Group Inc (WATAG)

An association of people with an interest in achieving improved health and environmental sustainability in the Whitehorse region.

Eastern Climate Action Melbourne (ECAM)

A community group of like-minded people passionate about restoring our world to good health where the most dangerous impacts of climate change have been avoided.  We seek to increase community awareness of what each of us can do in our own homes and businesses and to advocate for strong government action to reduce carbon emissions and create a safe climate now.

Bungalook Nursery

Bungalook Nursery focuses on growing plants that are indigenous to the Whitehorse region. Its customers include our local bushland parks, Whitehorse City Council, schools, community organisations, and an increasing number of home gardeners.

Growing our local plants provides food and shelter for our birds, animals and all kinds of little critters.

Now is the time to plan your planting activities from our wide range of quality stock, at only $2.00 per tube.  You are welcome to come and browse, chat with our volunteers, and purchase a few plants for your garden or as a gift.

Bungalook Nursery is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit group run by the Whitehorse Community Indigenous Plant Project:

  • We are open every Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am until 1pm.
  • Our address is 107 Fulton Road, Blackburn South (Wurundjeri Walk) towards Holland Rd.

For more details, email us at, visit our website at, or phone 0400 563 912

Service Organisations

Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills

MASH is a friendly club in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. It is a very active club providing service opportunities for its members both locally and internationally.

Go here to find out how you can become involved.

Lions Club of Blackburn

The club operates in the Whitehorse City Council.We are ordinary people doing extraordinary things – supporting people with a disability, caring for the environment and fund raising for worthwhile causes in our local area and around the world.

Educational resources

The University of the Third Age, Hawthorn, established in 1984, is a community self-help organization, which provides a range of adult education courses, recreational activities and excursions for retired and semi-retired people.

The syllabus is very broad – you can learn a new language, explore the history of other countries or civilizations, participate in a book reading group,  undertake some gentle exercise through Tai Chi or join a walking group.  Go to their website here to discover their rich array of offerings.

There is a low annual membership subscription, currently $50, and there are no additional fees for classes. As long as there are vacancies, members can enrol in as many classes as they like for that one low fee.

Alamein Neighbourhood Learning Centre (ANLC)

A not-for-profit organisation delivering low-cost adult education, short courses, lifestyle and wellbeing classes, pre-accredited training, and inclusive support services for our local community.
Our friendly, accessible programs include the Men’s Shed, Community Garden, Pathways to Employment courses, Commonwealth Home Support (CHSP), and engaging activities and events for those who are isolated or disadvantaged.
We’re back at 49 Ashburn Grove, Ashburton! We look forward to seeing you at our recently redeveloped Centre. If you haven’t visited, come in and take a tour! Everyone is welcome!

Share your interests, develop your skills

Doncaster Camera Club

 The Doncaster Camera Club is the place for novice and advanced photographers alike to share the joy of photography.  If you enjoy taking pictures, this club is a great way to share your work, meet others with a similar interest and to expand your knowledge and experience.

Ringwood Movie Makers

Ringwood Movie makers is one of Australia’s most successful non-professional movie making clubs. The club members work together on projects, help each other out with technical issues and create scripts and have fun at the same time.
Our Vimeo Channel is:

Getting active

Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club

The Camberwell Magpies offer a unique pathway through the Australian cricket system; starting with the Junior Blasters program, through to the Master Blasters, our 10 Junior teams and into the four Senior teams. In 2019/20, the Club fielded its first junior girls team, the Blazers, who won the premiership in their first year in the Inner East Girls Cricket (IEGC) competition.

The Club is based at the Camberwell Sports Ground (CSG), which is located on Camberwell Road (on the corner of Bowen Street) and is shared with the Old Scotch Football Club. The CSG hosts First and Second XI matches and club training on Tuesday and Thursday nights during cricket season. Our Third and Fourth XIs play at Watson Park in Ashburton. To find out more go to our website at

Camberwell Hockey Club

Camberwell Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in the state, with over a thousand members, fifty+ playing teams.  To find out what they are doing and how to join them, click here.

The Koonung Bushwalking Club

The Koonung Bushwalking Club schedules several bushwalks for most months throughout the year.  Go to their website here to see their latest planned walk

Visitors who have received double COVID vaccinations are welcome to join the walk. Please book with

Music, Movies and other Marvelous Entertainments

Camberwell Music Society

The Camberwell Music Society (CMS) was formed in 1963 and is one of  Australia’s oldest music societies. We are a non-profit organisation,  dedicated to presenting an exciting array of classical music performed  by national and international artists of the highest calibre.

The Society presents concerts at reasonable costs in an informal and  friendly atmosphere. The intimacy of of our concerts enables audiences  to immerse themselves in the performances and to interact with the artists over refreshments provided after each event.