The Neighbour's Place (TNP), was initiated by the combined churches of Bacchus Marsh on June 17, 1994. The official opening was held on Friday, August 15th, 1994 attended by 40 people. Initially TNP was located at 106 Main Street which has since been demolished.
The original aim was as a social hub, a place for people to come and chat, read, borrow or buy books and receive referrals and friendship. After a temporary closure in 1999 due to financial reasons, TNP was reopened as an emergency foodbank in September 2000 in premises at 21 Gell Street Street, owned by Djerriwah Health Services..
When the premises in Gell Street belonging to Djerriwah Health Services were required to be vacated, once again new premises were sought. A very generous family offered us premises at 77 Main Street on a long term arrangement.
Whilst there were some objections by neighbours to this relocation, eventually these were resolved and TNP Inc. moved to these premises in June 2003.
In July 2012, the property at 77 Main Street was purchased by TNP. This was facilitated by a generous offer by the owners. A small mortgage has been required to be taken out, but ownership of the property also allows for improvements to be made and for grants to be applied for.
Much was learned over the years and now TNP is an established charity in the Moorabool Shire with great community support and committed volunteers, some of whom have been part of the organisation since its inception. Financial support also comes from philanthropic organisations and we receive ongoing support from the local Council.