Our History

In the early 1980's Sister Lois Thomas (Maternal and Child Health Nurse) encouraged mothers of the centre to seek from Council the upgrading of an empty room behind the Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHC) from which to provide a range of family services. Thus Bowen Street was created out of the determination and fundraising efforts of local families.

Soon demand exceeded space, so the committee of young mothers researched their needs, lobbied Council and ultimately, after four years of hard work, moved into the existing purpose built facility by Christmas 1991. Further upgrading and renovation of facilities have taken place over the last twenty years and continue to occur to ensure we are providing an accessible and relevant Community Centre.


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  • Childcare: Application for Enrolment

    Bowen Street is an Approved Childcare Subsidy Centre


    To secure a childcare spot in 2020 in either the summer holiday period and/or Term 1, please download and complete the relevant form(s) below  

    Summer 2020 Childcare Holiday Application

    Term 1 2020 Childcare Application 

    Term Dates 2020  

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  • Course Guide

    The January to June 2020 Course Guide is now up!

    Find a variety of courses and programs on the latest Bowen Street Course Guide or visit our download section for more downloads including the Boroondara Neighbourhood Houses' ONLINE Short Course Guide.


    Register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our centre on 9889 0791.

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    When dropping off bras at Bowen Street Community Centre, please place your donation in the blue bin to the left of the front doors. There is 24-hour access. You do not need to ring ahead or contact staff. Donated items will be collected from the bins at regular intervals. Read more...

  • Virtual Tour

    Click the button below to take the Google virtual tour of the facilities at Bowen Street

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