Neighbourhood activities

Neighbourhood activities

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Major upgrade for Juanita Nielsen

Juanita Nielsen Community Centre is closed temporarily for a major upgrade. This will make the centre more accessible and welcoming for the whole community, with more spaces and facilities for a variety of uses.

Construction is expected to take about 18 months, beginning in mid-2014.

As much as possible, we want to continue the community programs at nearby City-owned community facilities.

Woolloomooloo Children’s Program will run the vacation care program at the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre through most of January 2014.

After school care will begin on Term 1, 2014 at 33-39 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo, on 28 January 2014.

We’ll keep this page updated and send out details of the program changes shortly.


Mary McDonald Centre

82 Bourke Street
Corner Charles Street
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
02 8374 6323Children's services02 8374 6322 Youth services02 8374 6325

Kids and teens

After-school and vacation care for 5 to 12 year olds is run at the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.

Our youth program, for 12 to 18 year olds, alternates between the centre and the Woolloomooloo PCYC.


Two boys using the computers at Juanita Nielsen Community Centre.

Community barbecue

Our free community barbecues bring locals together in a fun, social environment. It's a great chance to catch up with old friends and neighbours as well as to meet new members of the local community while enjoying a delicious meal.

Food, drinks and entertainment are provided at the centre during winter. In the summer months, we hold the barbecues at Sydney Place, at the end of Dowling Street near the basketball courts.

A close-up image of sausages and other meat on a barbecue.

Art and design

Intermediate sewing and design class

Take your sewing and design skills to the next level. Building on the success of the beginners sewing and design Class held at the Rex Centre in Potts Point, we are now taking bookings for the intermediate level class. We have 2 classes running to handle numbers.

We will focus on more specific sewing techniques to fashion a garment with style.

By the end of this course, students will have gained greater skills in various machine techniques and have a better understanding of appropriate methods to finish their own garments.

Sewing machines provided but spaces are limited. Classes held at the Rex Centre.

Sewing class with sewing machine thread and fabric

Intermediate 1: 4 classes
Date: Tuesday July 22 2014 to Tuesday August 26 2014
Time:  6pm-8pm

Intermediate 2: 4 classes
Date: Tuesday September 23 2014 to Tuesday October 14 2014
Time: 6pm-8pm

Cost: $130 Concession: $35.

Last updated: Wednesday, 9 July 2014