Since 1977 the Manly Community Centre served the vulnerable and less fortunate in our local community before their own circumstances changed and they became Community Northern Beaches (CNB). Previously renting premises from the Department of Education at Manly Village Public School the Community Northern Beaches had revenue streams from hiring out the hall for community events and activities, direct funding from the former Manly Council as well as grants for specific delivery programs. But the local school student numbers increased, and the Department of Education asked for their building back about the same time the councils amalgamated. Negotiations for a suitable alternative location were long and protracted, but eventually with a change of name to reflect the wider reach of their services, the now amalgamated Council agreed to refurbish a site on the corner of Kangaroo and Raglan Streets.
Council staff occupy the top floor and the CNB has a cosy office space on the ground floor with street level access in Raglan St. However, the Council now charges rent at a substantially higher rate than CNB previously paid and there are no community spaces for the CNB to manage to maintain their previous levels of income. A double whammy, increased rent, and reduced income!
Nevertheless, the annual report for 2022 restated their Vision: ‘We are a local community organisation that fosters future wellbeing and supports people in need’ and reiterated their Mission: ‘To build connections and strengthen community through a range of support services including, homeless outreach, domestic violence support, refugee settlement services and youth services.’
If your circumstances have changed and you need help get in touch with the wonderful people at CNB, on the phone (02) 9977 1066 or in person at 52 Raglan St, Manly, NSW, 2095 and check www.cnb.org.au for more info.
The Manly Community Forum supports the Community Northern Beaches, and we hope you will too by making a deductible donation at the door at our Christmas meeting or via this QR code.
Thanks in advance