Melville’s Virtual Community Centre inspires other local governments

19 May 2020

The City of Melville is the first local government to launch a Virtual Community Centre.

The City of Melville is the first local government to launch a Virtual Community Centre which has been keeping people connected over the last few weeks while in social isolation.

Opportunities have been created for people to tap into their usual activities such as book clubs, writers groups, talks and art, as well new activities for creating a sense of community and connection.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said not only had the virtual community centre been well received by the community when it launched, but also by other Australian local governments who had been inspired to replicate the idea and create one of their own.

“It is important now more than ever to ensure our community can stay connected with one another and continue to be creative and participate in activities they enjoy,” said Mayor Gear.

“We wanted to make sure the virtual community centre is easy for everyone to access and use, which is why we kicked off with Zoom training sessions, and through the trial and error of people learning how to use this new technology people were able to enjoy a few laughs and share the new experience.

“People can still take part in Zoom training sessions which are facilitated by City of Melville staff members and will teach you how to navigate through the virtual centre and find what you’re looking for.

“Information about the support services available to local residents such as financial support, health and wellbeing and information on projects recently launched in response to COVID-19, such as the City’s One2One – Supporting our Community program and Happiness Stimulus Package, is all available in the virtual community centre.”

This announcement follows on from Neighbourhood Centre Week (8 to 15 May) which encouraged people to move to tag #NCW2020 in anything related, to help spread the neighbourhood message and share ideas.

Visit the Virtual Community Centre at

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