Community Links – organisations and services

Here, we will include details of the many services and organisations that exist in our region and do so much to strengthen our community.

They cover:

Click on the links above or scroll down to find out about the many active organisations that we have in our local region and follow the links to make contact with them. And please tell us about your group.  We’d love to include them in this list.

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.

Municipal Councils

Local government is an important layer of Australia’s democracy.  We encourage you to participate in the work of your local council by responding to their calls for submissions on matters they have under consideration.  Listed here are links to the engagement sites for Whitehorse, Boroondara, Manningham and Maroondah.  Other ways to participate include attending regular council meetings and making contact with your local councillor.  Details are readily available on the website for each council.

Have Your Say: Whitehorse

Engage Boroondara

Your Say Manningham

Your Say Maroondah

Community Support Groups

Our region has many organisations that provide support to people who are experiencing challenging times.  We have been made aware of so many that they don’t easily fit on this page.  Please click here to find out more about organisations that can share your experience and provide both care and friendship.

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.

Environmental Groups

There are many environmental groups operating with our region;  some have a broad focus , others with a more specific purpose.  These groups play an important role in working to address the challenge of climate change and reminding us of the need to protect our natural environment.

Go here to find out about how you can become involved.

Please tell us about your group so we can promote its objectives.

Community Service Organisations

Community service organisations promote, provide or carry out activities, facilities or projects for the benefit or welfare of the community or any members of the community who have a particular need.

In this region, there are many vibrant, active service organisations.  These include groups such as Rotary, Lions and Probus. Go here to find how you can become involved in one in your area.

Community Centres and Neighbourhood Houses

 Neighbourhood Houses and Community Centres in Whitehorse

Neighbourhood Houses bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational and recreational activities.  There are ten in Whitehorse.


Introducing Blackburn North Neighbourhood House

Formerly known as Koonung Cottage, Blackburn North Neighbourhood House is located at 109 Koonung Rd Blackburn North and has been serving our community for over 45 years.

Our name may have changed but our mission remains the same: to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment to respond to the social and learning needs of our community and provide a sense of belonging.

We offer a range of low cost or free programs, workshops and events to give community members an opportunity to connect with each other while building skills, getting fit or just having fun. We also have a Childcare Program, rooms available for community hire and a variety of volunteer opportunities. Our staff are fonts of local knowledge and are keen to help, and we pride ourselves on our willingness to respond to community interest. With office hours of 9am to 3pm weekdays during school term, we invite you to pop in and see what we have to offer.

For more information, click here.

English Conversation Classes

English Conversation on Sundays – Burwood Heights Uniting Church

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:

Waverley Model Railway Club – Men’s Shed

WMRC 2017 Exhibition, Chadderton

Active since 1970, we are a Melbourne based community of small-scale railway enthusiast and modellers. Our members enjoy coming together to share their passion, hone skills, pass on and acquire knowledge and run small scale railways in HO/OO and N scales.

We meet on Thursday evenings for our main train running session, with additional sessions on Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday afternoon. Our clubrooms are in North Dandenong just off the Monash Freeway.

We conduct a model railway exhibition each year on the Kings Birthday Weekend in June at the Brandon Park Community Centre and participate in exhibitions conducted by other clubs around the State.

For more information visit

Vermont Garden Club

Vermont Garden Club was established around 1930 by Vermont Scouts to grow vegetables during the great depression. It later became the Vermont Horticultural & Garden Club and later still the Vermont Garden Club.

As we’ve been going strong for almost a century, we have lots of knowledge and experience to share with potential members and visitors in a friendly and relaxed way. Come along and see for yourself.

Meetings are held at the City of Whitehorse Horticultural Centre, 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill (free off-street parking). They take place at 8pm on every second Thursday of the month except January. Meeting highlights include a trading table, a display bench, demonstrations, guest speakers, a raffle, information about open gardens and shows and lots more, all followed by a delicious supper after the meeting.

The annual membership fee is $25 single and $35 family (no joining fee).  All members receive a monthly newsletter.

Visitors to our meetings are very welcome (gold coin donation please). For further information and/or to advise your intention to attend, please notify our Secretary Louise on 0401 431 239 (Mob); or email her on

Getting active

We have created a separate page to list some of the many sporting and activities in our  region.  Please click here to find out about those we have been told about.

Music, Movies and other Marvelous Entertainments including Theatre

Go here to find out what is happening in our region.

Getting to know your local area

Open Gardens Victoria

Open Gardens Victoria (OGV) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the benefits of gardens and gardening for all Victorians. We assist garden owners to open their private gardens to the public and organise gardening and horticulturally themed events. Our activities are funded by ticket sales, and each year a portion of our surplus is applied to grants under our Giving Program for horticultural projects in the fields of education, wellness, innovation, community and sustainability.

For more information about open gardens and events, visit the Open Gardens Victoria website.



Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community, use your particular skills to help others and to meet people who share your interest and commitment to a stronger community.

The many community groups in our area rely on volunteers to do their essential work.  Go here to find out about some of them.  We encourage you to tell us about your organisation.