About Us

Addison Road is Australia’s largest community centre and is located in Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West.

Addison Road Community Organisation (Addi Road):

  1. Manages the four-hectare, former army barracks site.
  2. Licenses discounted spaces to community organisations, artists, groups and services.
  3. Runs a wide variety of human rights, arts & culture and sustainability programs.

About Us

Addison Road is Australia’s largest community centre and is located in Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West.

Addison Road Community Organisation (Addi Road):

  1. Manages the four-hectare, former army barracks site.
  2. Licenses discounted spaces to community organisations, artists, groups and services.
  3. Runs a wide variety of human rights, arts & culture and sustainability programs.

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.

 

 

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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.

The community centre is now managed by  independent charity, the Addison Road Community Organisation (ARCO/Addi Road).

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Our History

In 1976, the Commonwealth handed over a tired and dilapidated army depot in Marrickville for public use as a community centre and recreational space.

After considering many proposals and an extensive survey of local residents, the call for a place where people could maintain and share cultures brought to Australia from all over the world was answered with the creation of the Addison Road Community Centre.

Hundreds of volunteers pulled together to renovate and transform the old army huts and create a green, welcoming and supportive place. These volunteers were ethnic welfare groups, children’s services, artists, environmentalists, social workers and activists.

In these early years, the Centre was supported by local council and received federal funding under programs for arts and multicultural development, thanks to Marrickville’s status as one of the most ethnically diverse and under-resourced regions in the country.

The Centre is no longer government funded. 

The community centre is now managed by  independent charity, the Addison Road Community Organisation (ARCO/Addi Road).

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.

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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.

In addition to the direct programs Addi Road runs in social justice, arts & culture and sustainability, we manage the licensing of spaces (at 20-60% below market rates) for local artists, community organisations and services.

If you are or represent a community organisation who’d benefit from secure and long term space here at Addi Road, register on our Subsidised Spaces page. The ARCO board grants licences based on what services and support each applicant provides to the community as spaces become available.

For enquiries get in touch with our team.

Find out more                                                                    

In addition to the direct programs Addi Road runs in social justice, arts & culture and sustainability, we manage the licensing of spaces (at 20-60% below market rates) for local artists, community organisations and services.

If you are or represent a community organisation who’d benefit from secure and long term space here at Addi Road, register on our Subsidised Spaces page. The ARCO board grants licences based on what services and support each applicant provides to the community as spaces become available.

For enquiries get in touch with our team.

Our constitution, head lease from Crown Lands, recent annual reports,  Conservation Management Plan and strategic plan is available.

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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.

Publications

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.