From its’ humble beginnings in 1979 Farnham Street is now celebrating 40 years in the local community.
It began life as the Flemington Neighbourhood House and was started by local women who wanted courses and activities for themselves and their children.
After being located at a number of venues throughout Flemington, Melbourne City Council purchased the Farnham Street premises in 1982. The Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre became part of Moonee Valley in 1995 due to government boundary changes.
Farnham Street has run many and varied classes over the years including English Conversation, Adult VCE, Return to Work and Study, computer training and healthy cooking, as well as arranging fun activities such as bus trips and camps.
Council helps Farnham Street with operational funding, Community Support Grants and use of the venue which, with its beautiful adjoining park and community garden, has become a popular inner city oasis.
Manager Cathy Connop said Farnham Street has always attracted high-quality staff members who stayed for a long time.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with Farnham Street over the past 40 years- the staff, Committee members, volunteers, students and local residents, who have ensured it has remained a strong, financially viable, much-loved part of the community.
"I can't believe how lucky I am to have loved coming to work here every day for 30 years."