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Mernda Social Support Centre

We’re building a social support facility next to Mernda Village Community Activity Centre.

What’s happening?

The City of Whittlesea is building the Mernda Social Support Centre to provide day respite and social support services for older residents living in the municipality's rapidly growing northern suburbs.

The centre, which is located next to the Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, will be open to the public in mid-2023.

The service will support residents over the age of 65 - or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents - to maintain their independence and participate socially in the community.

The centre will help to reduce isolation by providing people who are frail, living with disability and/or memory loss to try new activities, meet other people and improve their overall sense of health and wellbeing.



January 2023 update

Construction of the Mernda Social Support Centre is nearing completion. The finished project will feature three activity rooms, kitchen, consulting room, staff office, outdoor space and Changing Places and Universal Access facility.


The centre, which has a floor size of 517 square metres, will include a number of sustainability features, such as an in-ground water tank, double-glazed windows, LED lighting, gas-free appliances and PV solar system.

Services on offer

The City of Whittlesea will offer a range of Positive Ageing social connection programs from the facility, such the Uplift and Connect Program and social support groups.

Through our partner service providers, the centre will provide a variety of activities designed to assist participants maintain their independence and living skills in an enjoyable and safe environment.

These could include light exercises, arts and crafts, traditional music, guest speakers, games, cultural activities and events, outings and intergenerational programs.

Project cost

The Mernda Social Support Centre will cost $2.69 million. The City of Whittlesea's $1.45 million contribution towards the project is supplemented by a $1.24 million grant from the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund.

Centre layout



The facility is expected to open in mid-2023.