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As part of BSL’s Bulla Family Services (later known as Northern Family Services), Craigieburn Family Services Centre opened in Shop 31, Craigieburn Shopping Centre (upstairs) with one full-time Coordinator offering counselling for individuals & families and emergency relief, and with two part-time “Community Teachers” operating a Homework program.   (20 September)  Later the service moved to a rented 3-bedroom house in the area and eventually into the purpose-built centre in Hothlyn Drive. 


Financial crisis led to the departure of several staff and cessation of the Family Services Development Unit (which also had management responsibility for Napier Street Cottage and Craigieburn) (November)



2 people employed to run the new Occasional Child Care program in Craigieburn (Fitz-News, issue 17, 18/09/1991).



Craigieburn Homework Program ceased and replaced by broader community development program with a part-time worker (December)


Craigieburn community development position made full-time, undertaking social action work with residents on infrastructure-related issues (eg planning social services for the massive housing developments, transport concerns)


Bulla Family Services (Craigieburn) began community development work in Roxburgh Park in conjunction with the Urban Land Authority. Work was in social action (in setting up the local transport action group) and starting 2 groups for new mothers and for new residents.



Craigieburn Family Services continued its community development work by extending its activities to include the nearby Roxburgh Park estate.  As well as concerns about high levels of unemployment and transport issues, the service organised its first step-parenting course, developed to bring together the respective children of re-marrying or newly married parents.



Proposal for a new service facility in Craigieburn on land previously earmarked by the Shire of Bulla for a childcare centre (the majority of the Local Government Area of the Shire of Bulla was amalgamated into the new City of Hume on15 December 1994) (February)


Health Care for Children Project carried out in second half of 1994, to consider issues of access to health care for children in low-income families. This involved health screening of children at BSL’s Napier Street Cottage Child Care Centre, interviews with their parents and focus groups of low-income parents in Hastings and Craigieburn.



Northern Family Services formed out of BSL’s Craigieburn & Whittlesea services.


Craigieburn & Roxburgh Park No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) began with capital base of $30,000 from the William Angliss Trust.


BSL discusses possible partnerships in Craigieburn in light of the merger between Mission to Streets & Lanes, Mission of St John & St James and St John’s Homes, identifying (i) the Community Centre (120 Hothlyn Drive, Roxburgh Park) & Selwyn House (13 Dianne Avenue, Craigieburn); (ii) intent is to empower local people to take over the program/s and establish own agency;  (iii) there could be a network of services i.e. Community Centre be the hub with “out-centres”; (iv) presumably there could be a rationalisation of services and who is responsible for them - conceivably “parenting training” would occur at BSL properties by mutual agreement (Personal Communication +MBC to J. Wise & K. Swanson 20 Dec 1995)


Thousands of toys gathered from the Christmas Wishing Tree appeal at 5 Kmart stores and from staff social clubs at a number of major corporations were distributed to families at material aid centres at Fitzroy, Frankston, Geelong, Lalor and Craigieburn. 



Craigieburn Emergency Financial Relief assisted 214 people in 1995-1996 and approved 14 NILS loans.


Craigieburn Emergency Financial Relief Service, run by Craigieburn Family Services in a roster with the Craigieburn Community Health Centre, had $6,600 for distribution in 1995-1996 (January - June 1996 assisted 97 people).



Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park Family & Community Centre opened by the Governor of Victoria, Sir James Gobbo. It was built by a bequest from the family of the late Sylvia Emery (a long time supporter of the Brotherhood), donations of land and construction work by the then Shire of Bulla (later known as Hume City Council) and additional funds from the BSL  (7 May).



Public transport campaign conducted by the Craigieburn development Group (a group facilitated by the BSL) (May).



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