Welcome to the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Since we opened our doors in 1986, the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has connected and supported the local community in New Farm. In 2014 the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre joined the Communify family. This merger has brought the suite of Communify services to the New Farm community.
Located in Brunswick Street, opposite beautiful New Farm Park, we provide a place for people to meet, use our facilities, join activities and tap into support services.
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.
Everyone is welcome at our neighbourhood centre. The Centre is a shared space and everyone is required 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 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.
- 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.
- Toasty program you are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to make a toasty or help yourself to a cuppa and other yummy home baked foods.
- Food relief, supported by Second Bite, food packages are prepared and are available for pick up once a week.
- 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 to discuss emergency relief.
- No-Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) talk to us about how this program can help you.
- Our coffee cart sits outside our building and is a buzzing social hub where people can come together over an excellent Merlo coffee.
Our Centre offers a range of activities that are crucial for good physical and mental health. Here are just a few of the activities we offer:
- Art classes are free flowing creative group for new and experienced artists. Supported by New Farm Rotary Club.
- Tennis in New Farm Park is a free activity that caters to all experience. Equipment provided or bring your own.
- Touch football friendly games are held in New Farm Park and are followed by something to eat at our centre.
- Yoga classes affordable yoga classes are held on most days of the week.
- Politics in the Pub is a quarterly event held at Brisbane Powerhouse.
- Playgroup an inclusive group for kids to play and carers to make new friends. Talk to us about getting in touch with our playgroup leader.
- BBQs, lunches and other events. Stay in touch with what’s on at the centre by picking up our latest What’s On program or by following us on social media.
- Peaceful Communications workshops
- English conversation practise
- Financial literacy and budgeting
- Healthy Living
- Philosophy and culture discussions
- Auslan courses
- Self Help groups
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Sexaholics Anonymous
- Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group
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 brisbane.qld.gov.au 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
- Kombi Clinic – free Hepatitis C screening and treatment
- 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.
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.
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
|Ken Pattemore||Patrons Convenor|
|Dr Jennifer Egan||Patrons committee member|
|Debra Fallon||Workplace 365 Brisbane|
|Michael Hawke||Editor, My Village News|
Patrons of New Farm
|Dean & Kath Merlo||Merlo Coffee|
|Hon. Grace Grace MP||Minister for Education
Minister for Industrial Relations
Member for McConnel
|Alison Menzies||Nursing professional|
|Erica Williams||Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist|
|Stephen Webb||Partner, DLA Piper|
|Kris Webb||Director spenditwell.com|
|Councillor Vicki Howard||Councillor for Central Ward, Brisbane|
|Marina McMinn||McMinn Lawyers|
|Brett Greensill||McGrath Real Estate, New Farm|
|Dr. Clare Nourse||Paediatric Infection Specialist, Lady Cilento Children's Hospital|
|Dr. Brendan Moore||Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist|
|Lili Dyer||Diabetes Queensland|
|Tony & Jenny O'Reilly||Quest Breakfast Creek|
|Rachel Heysen & Paul Maloney||JOF Holdings Pty Ltd|
|Andrew Marjason||Marjason Consulting|
|Margaret O'Donnell AO||Chair Breast Cancer Network Australia/ Chair Visiting Committee, Griffith University Law School|
|Dr Brad Jones||Dermatologist|
|Dr. Azlina Din||Medical Doctor|
|Dr Jo Marjason||Medical Practitioner|
|Susie Scoles & Michael Sly||Two Tenneriffians|
|John O'Byrne||Principal Solicitor, Hodgson lawyers|
|Claire Moore||Community member
|Alan Marthick||Community Member|
|Hon. Trevor Evans MP||Federal Member for Brisbane|
|Dr Carol McPhail||Medical Practitioner|
|Sarah Hancock||Local resident|
|Rob Hugall||Community Member|
|Meg Hinchliffe||Community Member|
|Val & Errol Ferdinands||Errol’s Plumbing Service|
|Fiona Caniglia||Community Member|
|David & Beth Leach||Owner - New Farm Chiropractic; Principal - Beth Leach New Farm|
|Jacky Marr||New Farm resident|
|Mike Emerson||Advice Only Family Law|
|Denise Britton||Psychologist, Brisbane Mediations|
|Dr Debra |
|Visiting General Practitioner –
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre
|Eric and Susan Chang||Directors (Humbro Investments) and part time NF residents|
|Mark & Martin||Newfarm Locals|
|Neil Stebbing||NGS Structural Engineers|
|Ridout family||Community Member|
|Margaret and Michael Williams||New Farm Residents|
|Col Loise||Long term New Farm resident|
|Tara Lancashire||TML Advisory|
|Marian Hegarty||Community member|
|Carmel and Stuart Wallace||New Farm residents|
|Robi Scott||A New Farmer|
|Pras Puri||Project Management, Engineering|
|Joanna Peters||Community Member|
|Henry Hodge||Henry Hodge Real Estate, New Farm|
|Jack George||Local Resident|
|Ian & Maree Ainsworth||New Farm Residents|
|Nicki Sheehan||New Farm resident|
|St. Michaels and All Angels|
|New Farm Bowls Club|
|Ray White New Farm|
|Balfour Spicers Hotel, 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 Ken Pattemore for a chat on 0414 971 396
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
Paypal Payment: Yearly One-off Membership – $1,000.00
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.
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre also acknowledges the various funding bodies who support us:
- Queensland Government; Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
- Patrons of New Farm
- Brisbane City Council
- Gambling Community Benefit Fund
- Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund
Corporate Partners and Supporters
- Merlo Coffee
- Brisbane Powerhouse
- The Village News
- New Farm Bowls Club
- Ray White New Farm
- Banneton Bakery
- Coles New Farm
- Anju Designs
- Optus Electrical
- Raynors Meats New Farm
- Lumen 8 Architectural Lighting
- Alfred & Constance
- The Cove
- McPhee Lawyers
- IGA New Farm
- Second Bite
- Maida Lilley
- Colin Collins
- Under 1 Roof
- Footprints Inc
- 139 Club
- Brisbane Youth Service
- Mission Australia
- Brisbane Housing Company
- Bric Housing Inc
- Fortitude Valley Rotary
- New Farm Rotary
- St Michaels and All Angels Church
- Micah Projects
- Street Swags
- New Farm State School
- Holy Spirit School New Farm
- Indigenous Sexual Health
- Fortitude Valley Police
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.
- Close to public transport
- Central location
- Coffee cart onsite
Currently used for:
- Self-help programs
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.
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.
The Cart is open Monday to Friday 7am-12:30pm, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St New Farm.
View the menu and price list here.