The University of Newcastle, Australia

Supporting Communities, Starting with Water

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Warlga Ngurra Community Centre in Newcastle can expand their programs of community support and learning thanks to generous philanthropic support from Hunter Water.

out(fit) architecture and design collective
The out(fit) volunteers worked together to imporove the facilities and the outcomes that can be achieved at the Warlga Ngurra Community Centre, whilst also gaining confidence in design and building skills, thanks to the support of Hunter Water through their Love Water grants

Warlga Ngurra helps hundreds of Indigenous community members each year through its services which include crisis accommodation, support for women and children escaping domestic violence, and family health education.

Volunteers enhanced the outdoor area to create more productive learning spaces and a more welcoming area for clients needing respite.

The work was coordinated by out(fit), a collective of students, staff, alumni and community volunteers affiliated with the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment who focus on projects that provide spaces for women, children and groups in need.

This project brought home to me the importance of diversity in teams. I really enjoyed collaborating with different people, all contributing our ideas and sharing our skills for an important outcome.” Sina Saghari, Master of Architecture, 2018

If you would like to join out(fit) on a working bee, please call Megan Howdle on 02 4921 8612 or email

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