Waminda Community House

About Waminda Benalla

Mission Statement

Waminda Inc. (Waminda Community House) is committed to providing a safe and respectful space free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying.  Waminda Community House has zero tolerance towards discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace.

The Vision of Waminda

Waminda Community House - Waminda Inc. provides a place where the community has opportunities to meet, participate in programs and activities, and access up to date information in a safe, supportive and socially inclusive environment.

Waminda Strategic Plan 2022-25 supports this vison.


About Waminda Community House

Waminda Community House was established in Benalla on 20th August 1984 to provide a vibrant community space accessible to all community members.

Waminda conducts programs on site at 19 Ballantine Street, Benalla and off-site at venues around the town, depending on the activities being run.  

When you visit the House you will be greeted by one of our two House Co-ordinators.  Waminda and the wider Benalla community are very fortunate to have two wonderful women working to co-ordinate the House activities and manage it's day to day running.

Sherileigh Hernan and Janet Symes bring a wealth of experience to the House and job share the Co-ordinators role.

You will meet Sherileigh on Monday and Tuesday when many of our service partners visit to assist community members with health and financial issues.

Janet is available Wednesday and Thursday when our program activities are more hands on with after school activities and Roadside Relief food share.

Waminda - Our Organisation

Waminda Community House is one of 27 neighbourhood houses and community centres in the Goulburn North East Region and is a member of the GNEACC Network and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria (NHVic).

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is the peak body for the Neighbourhood House and Leaning Centre sector in Victoria, with 16 Regional Neighbourhood House Networks operating across the State in a variety of ways. The Regional Networks are autonomous communities, managed and incorporated bodies that provide local support and advocacy for Houses and Centres in that Network.

Waminda is funded annually by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) through the Neighbourhood Houses Co-ordination Program (NHCP) to provide 25 opening hours per week to the Benalla and District Community.  This funding primarily covers the wages of the coordinator. Waminda Community House has to raise additional funds to undertake programs and cover other running costs.

Waminda Community House also receives funding from the Victorian Government through the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board for student contact hours for adult education and training programs.

Waminda Community House is an Incorporated Association (Waminda Inc.) that is managed by a volunteer Board of Management elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Association.  AGM's are usually held in November each year.  Board of Management members serve a 1 year term and need to be re-elected annually.

If you have interest in being involved on the Board of Managment please contact either Waminda on 03 57624528 or email us using the contact form on the website.

Current Board of Management members are:

Executive Committee:

  • CHAIRPERSON - Bernie Hearn
  • VICE-CHAIRPERSON - Mary-Lou Davis
  • SECRETARY - Kyra Rheese
  • TREASURER - Barbara Alexander

General Committee:

  • Doris Billingsley
  • Donna Newton
  • Dennis O'Brien

If you have any issues you would like to discuss relating to Waminda Community House please feel free to contact a Board member or Waminda Co-ordinators.



  • To provide opportunities for people in the community to meet and participate in activities, courses and groups that promote communication, the sharing of skills, and personal growth and empowerment
  • To provide up to date information on a wide range of issues
  • To provide flexible access to other community services
  • To give people the opportunity to become involved in the management and operation of Waminda, the development and delivery of programs and activities that promote lifelong learning
  • To foster a sense of belonging to the Waminda community where members are accepting and supportive of each other in a safe environment
  • To advocate for, and represent the interests of the Waminda community in securing funding, resources and support to meet the community's needs
  • To remain autonomous and flexible in response to community needs and in the delivery of activities, courses and information

Call Waminda Community House Benalla on (03) 5762 4528