Please note that the times for Emergency Relief have changed. Read more here

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Welcome to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

We offer free help with the challenges that life can bring and provide a wide range of social activities and events. You’re welcome to use our kitchen, laundry, showers and computers or just to drop by for a chat.

Phone: (07) 3358 5600
Location: 967 Brunswick St, New Farm Qld 4005

Emergency relief hotline: (07) 3198 4410 – open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am – 1pm. ER services are also available during our Open House hours or at North West Community Hub.

Changes to Operating Hours (as of 8 January 2024)

Our Open House program will continue to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the usual times of 9am-1pm, and will provide drop-in emergency relief services including NILS, information and referral for other services, and access to shower, laundry and computer facilities.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, we will focus on delivering community programs and group activities, as well as individualised support provided on an appointment basis.

Our friendly staff will be contactable by phone and email 9am-4pm weekdays for any enquiries or to book your appointment.

Our Location


Bus 196 stops right outside the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre at 967 Brunswick St.

Bus 199 passes by the Brunswick St & Merthyr Rd intersection (a few blocks away), and Bus 195 runs during peak time only.

There is some street parking nearby, although be advised there is no onsite parking.

See also: Translink

Opening hours
  • Monday-Friday 9am-4pm by appointment
  • Open House: 9am-1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Everyone is welcome at our neighbourhood centre. The Centre is a shared space and everyone is required to follow our visitor guidelines and be respectful to each other to create a safe and inclusive place for everyone who visits.

Drop in to say hello or learn more about us in the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre Brochure.

Download the What’s On guide to see what activities we offer.

Our services

9 am – 1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Our Centre offers a variety of support services in a safe space, open to everyone. Visit us to find out about our facilities and services, and see what activities we have happening.

We offer:

  • Information and referral – drop-in or call us to ask for information about local services and support or book an appointment for a chat about how we can help.
  • Food relief, supported by Second Bite, food packages are prepared and are available for pick up on Tuesdays.
  • Computers – book the use of one of our computers. You can access printing, photocopying and use our phone.
  • Laundry and showers are available for anyone to use.
  • Our library – please borrow or contribute books to our free book exchange.
  • Emergency relief – book an appointment or call Monday-Thursday, 1:30-3:30pm to discuss emergency relief.
  • No-Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) – talk to us about how this program can help you.
  • Our coffee cart program serves the wider community, selling fresh Merlo coffee to passers-by and visitors allowing us to provide free coffee to those who need a hand.

Our Centre offers a range of activities that are crucial for good physical and mental health. Have a look at our What’s on Section for more information.

We are committed to sustainable practice through our involvement in the:

  • Kitchen garden – an edible garden is being established at the Centre, growing food for use in our kitchens and supporting local people with fresh produce.
  • Composting hub – in collaboration with the Brisbane City Council, the Centre hosts a composting hub in New Farm Park. Register at Composting caddies may be collected from the Centre or from Brisbane City Council.

The Centre is supported by a number of visiting health practitioners who offer free or low cost including:

  • Visiting GP and other medical services
  • Homeopath
  • Dietician
  • Hearing checks
  • Quit smoking program

Communify has a broad range of services and programs that offer support and assistance to our community. New Farm Neighbourhood Centre provides a gateway to this suite of services.

 These services include:

  • Volunteers make a huge contribution to the Centre. We welcome volunteers and have a range of opportunities available. Talk to us about how you can get involved.
  • The Patrons of New Farm is a local group of people and businesses who are committed to financially supporting our local community.
  • Donations can be made in person or through our website. We also welcome donations of good quality books for our library. While we’re grateful for the offer, please understand that we can’t accept donations of clothing, furniture or household goods.

What’s On at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

Get Involved

We are always looking for more people, businesses and organisations to get involved in the community in whatever capacity they can.

Various options to be a part of the Centre are listed on this page, though we welcome all enquiries, please contact us to learn more.

Current volunteering opportunities at both the Neighbourhood Centre and within the larger area serviced by Communify are listed here.


Our volunteers perform a variety of jobs and are a big part of what makes the centre tick; we cannot survive without them. The Centre holds insurance covering people signed on as volunteers.

Volunteers assist with: Reception, gardening, computer support, event planning, marketing and promotions, shopping and more.

To find out more please ring the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre on 3358 5600.

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The Patrons of New Farm are a group of socially conscious individuals and businesses who are committed to lending a hand to the vulnerable people within our diverse community. For more information, please visit

Use of Patrons’ funds

Patrons’ funds are used on a case-by-case basis to pay for individuals’ specific and immediate needs through the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (located opposite New Farm Park).  This is done in a  variety of ways such as:

  • Assisting with one-off low cost rent shortfalls to prevent people losing their home and entering the cycle of homelessness
  • Buying an essential item such as a fridge for homeless people moving into accommodation
  • Funding emergency accommodation

The Cart, the socially inclusive coffee hub at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is an initiative of The Patrons and New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.  The Cart provides a place for people from different walks of life in our community to mingle amidst fabulous Merlo coffee. Visitors to The Cart are invited to ‘pay it forward’ by shouting a coffee for someone in the community.

Patrons of New Farm Steering Committee
Dr Jennifer EganPatrons committee member
Debra FallonWorkplace 365 Brisbane
Michael HawkeEditor, My Village News
Andrew RidoutPatrons Committee member
Patrons of New Farm
Dean & Kath MerloMerlo Coffee
Hon. Grace Grace MPMinister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing, Member for McConnel
Alison MenziesNursing professional
Erica WilliamsSpecialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Councillor Vicki HowardCouncillor for Central Ward, Brisbane
Marina McMinnMcMinn Lawyers
Brett GreensillMcGrath Real Estate, New Farm
Dr. Clare NoursePaediatric Infection Specialist, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital
Dr. Brendan MooreAnaesthetist and Pain Specialist
Lili DyerDiabetes Queensland
Rachel Heysen & Paul MaloneyJOF Holdings Pty Ltd
Andrew MarjasonMarjason Consulting
Margaret O'Donnell AODirector, Breast Cancer Trials, Australia and NZ
Dr Brad JonesDermatologist
Dr. Azlina DinMedical Doctor
Dr Jo MarjasonMedical Practitioner
Susie Scoles & Michael Sly Two Tenneriffians
John O'ByrnePrincipal Solicitor, Hodgson lawyers
Claire MooreCommunity member
Alan MarthickCommunity Member
Stephen Bates MPFederal Member for Brisbane
Dr Carol McPhail Medical Practitioner
Sarah HancockLocal resident
Rob HugallCommunity Member
Meg HinchliffeCommunity Member
Val & Errol FerdinandsErrol’s Plumbing Service
David & Beth LeachOwner - New Farm Chiropractic; Principal - Beth Leach New Farm
Christine RoneyMagistrate
Jacky MarrNew Farm resident
Mike EmersonAdvice Only Family Law
Denise BrittonPsychologist, Brisbane Mediations
Dr Debra
General Practitioner
Mark & MartinNewfarm Locals
Neil StebbingNGS Structural Engineers
Ridout familyCommunity Member
Margaret and Michael WilliamsNew Farm Residents
Col LoiseLong term New Farm resident
Tara LancashireTML Advisory
Marian HegartyCommunity member
Carmel and Stuart WallaceNew Farm residents
Robi ScottA New Farmer
Pras PuriProject Management, Engineering
Joanna PetersCommunity Member
Henry HodgeHenry Hodge Real Estate, New Farm
Jack GeorgeLocal Resident
Ian & Maree Ainsworth New Farm Residents
Nicki SheehanNew Farm resident
Karen Hutton
Annabelle Chappel
Gary Ingram
Adam Gray and Katherin Iedema Space Projects
Neil StebbingNGS Structural Engineers
Tea and Judy Smith Face Paints Brisbane
Chris & Roly WellsProject Creations Pty. Ltd
Frank & Lora Calvisi New Farm Residents
Dan & Helen McVayLocal Residents
Norma King KoiLocal Resident
Mark Osmand & Virginia BowdidgeNew Farm Residents
St. Michaels and All Angels
Ray White New Farm
Merthyr Bowls Club

Your fully tax deductible donation of $1000 will directly support vulnerable people in your community.

  • Meet and network with interesting and like minded individuals and business people from your community at relaxed functions twice a year
  • Your contribution will be acknowledged on our website and through our networks.

If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Patron of New Farm, please contact Patrons for a chat on 0478 734 517 or visit

Patrons of New Farm thank Communify for its support and partnership with the Cart and other programs within the community.

Become a Patron Now or Renew your Membership

Select your desired Payment Option below and then click “Become a Patron” to proceed to Paypal to make your payment. Please note payment amounts are recurring, but you can cancel any time by cancelling the recurring payment via your Paypal account. We also accept payment via Direct Deposit (details below).

Paypal Payment: Monthly/Yearly Ongoing Membership

Payment Options

Paypal Payment: Yearly One-off Membership – $1,000.00

Direct Deposit

We only accept annual Patron fees ($1,000.00) via direct deposit. Please use the following details to make a direct deposit payment:

  • Account name: Communify Qld Gift Fund
  • Account details: BSB 064-123 / Account number 1012 3138
  • Reference: NFP – your surname

For New Patrons only – at the time of payment, please send an email to with details of your deposit along with your postal address, contact phone number and how you would like your name and professional details to appear on the website.

Funding Bodies

New Farm Neighbourhood Centre also acknowledges the various funding bodies who support us:

Corporate Partners and Supporters
Life Members
  • Maida Lilley
  • Colin Collins
Community Partners

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the tireless effort of all our supporters and volunteers.

Thanks also to the local residents who go out of their way to do something special for the centre.

Please note, during centre open hours the space for hire is connected to the main activities of the neighbourhood centre, and some foot traffic may pass through. Centre hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 1pm. All other times this space offers complete privacy.

Please email to discuss whether your activity would suit this unique space.

Key features:

  • Close to public transport
  • Central location
  • Coffee cart onsite

Currently used for:

  • Self-help programs
  • Workshops

Check availability and book this venue here

A socially inclusive coffee hub, at which people from within the wonderfully diverse community that is the New Farm peninsula can come together over an excellent cup of coffee.

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has always provided a welcoming and relaxing place for people to meet and tap into local support services. The Cart Community Coffee extends that welcome by providing somewhere where people can pass time with friends in a safe and relaxing environment. It also creates employment opportunities for those without work by training them to work as baristas.

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Neighbours, commuters, passers-by and other members of the community are invited to stop and share a coffee in the gardens or to pick up a take-away on their way past.

When you buy a cup of coffee you have the choice of spending a little extra to pay a coffee forward for someone who is unable to buy one.

Opening hours

The Cart is open Tues and Thurs 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St New Farm.