Our vision: A just, equal, sustainable, and diverse community
We are Australia’s largest community centre and:
- Run a wide variety of human rights, arts & culture and sustainability programs.
- Manage an 9-acre, former army barracks site in Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West.
- License discounted spaces to community organisations, artists, and services.
Our staff are a small team striving to do big things.
We coordinate, and are supported by, hundreds of volunteers who help us deliver food relief to thousands of people in need.
It’s a huge team effort to make our mission for social justice, arts & culture and sustainability a reality.
For general enquiries visit the Contact Us page.
History of Addison Road
An army depot through the two World Wars, the Commonwealth handed over a tired and dilapidated depot in In 1976 for public use as a community centre and recreational space.
Home to dozens of organisations, our community centre houses local artists, theatre groups, mental health services and community groups, to name a few.
Each organisation here supports the community through arts & cultural programs, ensuring social justice and equality, and environmental sustainability.
ARCO is responsible for the head lease and licences space to over 40 individuals and organisations. The aim is to have diverse and complimentary services and groups at the Centre so the most diverse cross-section of our community can benefit and be supported.
Our constitution, head lease from Crown Lands, recent annual reports, Conservation Management Plan and strategic plan is available.
History and children’s books published by us and Marrickville history One Small World by Sue Castrique are available to buy online, along with a free download of our Mind the Gap report.