The Wyndarra Centre, originally a hospital and nursing
home, was established during the mid 1920’s, and was the birth place of a large
number of Circular Head Residents.
Since the Smithton District Hospital opened in 1961, and until
the formation of the Wyndarra Organisation in the early 1980’s, the building
was used by St Johns Ambulance and as an R C W A day training centre. Other
community groups using the building for various purposes including Blood
Transfusion Service, Community Youth Support Scheme, G R O W, Adult Education,
and the Christian Business – Mens Association.
On the relocation of both St Johns and R C W A, a number of
concerned citizens, interested in the preservation of the building formed a
group to promote and investigate utilisation and possibilities for restoration.
The involvements of the local TAFE coordinator and Education
Department social worker within this group, initiated the concept of a resource
and information service, with the aim of incorporating as the Wyndarra Centre,
realised in June 1983, and the employment of a community development officer.
A full-time community development position was achieved in 1986,
funded by the Family Support Services Scheme, a joint Commonwealth State
During that year, successful applications to the specialised
Housing Service (SHS), The State Disability Services Unit, Commonwealth
Emergency Relief Fund, and other sundry grants, witnessed rapid increases in
services, staffing hours and consumption through out 1987.
By this time, the building and surrounds were in desperate need
for restoration. A successful submission to the Commonwealth Employment
Program, and with generous support from the Council, Service Clubs, local
business and the general community, the Centre and grounds became once again, a
real community asset. It was during 1987, just prior to the project, that
Council sold the property to the Wyndarra Association for the pricey sum of One
A submission to the Home Community Care (HACC) program in 1988
was successful, creating a base funding source that has lasted at least one
decade and hopefully many more to come.