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In 1999 Bonnie Doon Primary School closed, requiring children to be bused into Mansfield for all levels of their education. It also meant that locals had to travel 50km round trip to Mansfield for virtually all retail, social, education, medical and employment - costing in financial and social terms.

The Bonnie Doon Community Group campaigned tirlessly for three years to save the school building and establish it as a Community Centre, which opened in June 2004 and now provides many opportunities for local employment, education, health services, childcare and social networks.

The Bonnie Doon Community Centre aims to benefit all sectors of the community, by maintaining as accessible facility (adequate wheelchair access, hand rails, lighting, air conditioning etc) and seeking input from the community so that we offer a range of services and activities, at a suitable time and cost. 

The Bonnie Doon Community Centre provides opportunities for local residents to enrich their social environment by making connections, building relationships and embracing diversity through social, educational and recreational activities.

It provides social networking opportunities in a safe, clean, equitable and affordable environment and offers a place where the local community can come together to celebrate cultural events throughout the year. Additionally, the Community Centre functions as a heritage repository and encourages exploration of the district’s past.

The Community Centre is open Monday 10 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 to 4:30 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 Old Library

 The Old library building, a former Mechanics Institute, forms part of the Community Centre and serves as a venue for larger groups such as line dancing, yoga, seniors’ lunch and so forth. It also holds a selection of novels available for borrowing free of charge.

Op Shop



To financially support the programs of the Community Centre, the Op Shop is open weekdays during normal opening hours, (see above). Stocking household goods, books, records, odds and ends, crockery, games, ladies clothing, shoes and accesories. The Op Shop is staffed by volunteers and is a vibrant hive of activity.

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