About

The Addison Road Community Centre is located in Marrickville, in the heart Sydney’s Inner West, on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.

The site – previously an Army Depot – has been a community centre since 1976, and is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists, galleries, a theatre, radio station, park, and organic gardens. The centre is cared for and managed by the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO), and we put it to use to create affordable spaces for NGOs, community groups and artists; a base for our own community development programs in arts, culture, environment and social justice; and a meeting place for the community.

Some of our activities include:

• Enhancing the biodiversity and sustainability of the centre (check out our Habitat Tree and Community Composting!)

• Running programs that create alternatives for social and economic justice – such as our Food Pantry, Street Food Markets and Community A Fair.

• Developing our site as a Living Museum: documenting and revealing the history of this site through interviews, guided tours and school visits.

• Partnering with artists to create thought-provoking work, and running the StirrUp Gallery

• Sponsoring and accomodating not-for-profit organisations to hold events, fundraise, run programs or campaigns.

• Providing skills development for employment pathways.

• Supporting the many organisations operating here

• Managing venue hire to create accessible options for the community and raise revenue for the centre.

• Restoring, maintaining and enhancing the grounds and facilities, including heritage buildings and infrastructure.

• Managing social enterprises, including the StirrUp Cafe.

What we do

The Addison Road Community Centre is located in Marrickville, in the heart Sydney’s Inner West, on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The site – previously an Army Depot – has been a community centre since 1976, and is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists, galleries, a theatre, […]

Our History

ARCCO is developing our site as a Living Museum – uncovering the layers of history found here, from the freshwater creek that ran through the site which was a rich resource of reeds, sedges and ferns for the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation; to a market garden and army barracks; and finally Australia’s longest […]

FAQs

What is ARCCO and how does it work? How do you raise revenue? The Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO) is the head lessor of the community centre – a 9acre site with over 30 heritage buildings. ARCCO has two major components: We manage and care for the centre, and run community development programs. There […]

Fair Trade Café and Shop

The proceeds from our social enterprises provide us with an income stream to enrich our programs. They go towards our Public Schools Arts Festival, and our arts and culture programs. As we don’t receive recurrent government funding, the creation of the following social enterprises is one way we’re strengthening our financial self-sufficiency and sustainability, while […]

Governance

ARC’s organisational structure consists of a Board of Directors (BOD), a Centre Co-Ordinator and Centre Staff. The ARC BOD make up the Centre’s governing body and is comprised of a minimum of six Directors (currently four ARC Members and two Community Members). The Directors are not paid for their positions, despite providing a substantial amount […]

Our team

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Who’s here

ARCCO cares for and manages the centre, providing affordable spaces for NGOs, artists and community groups. If you would like to get in touch directly with one of the artists or organisations listed below, please follow the links to their contact details.   The following groups are located at the centre: Sunday Organic Food Markets […]

Available Spaces

Occassionally, spaces become free within our Centre. If you would like to apply for a subsidised license to use a space, please see the application process and Expression of Interest criteria below.     Expression of Interest Criteria Interested organisations (Not For Profits or Community based NGO’s) are invited to submit an expression of interest […]