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Our Library and computers ready for a class

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the front entrance to the centre!

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ladies working and talking

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Men's Shed horse jump

Simpson Community Garden

About the Region


Simpson is the heart of the Heytesbury Region, an area comprising roughly 42,000 acres in South West Victoria, close to the famous 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road.

The region is one of the highest producers of dairy products in the country and is in close proximity to the 12 Apostles Gourmet Food Trail.

From Simpson you can easily travel to G.O.R.G.E Chocolates, Apostle Whey Cheese, The Ridge Winery, Timboon Distillery, L'Artisan Farmhouse Cheese, Timboon Fine Icecream, Berry World, Gumvalley PatchworkCheeseworld and many more.

Volunteers at the Community Centre are always welcome. Volunteers are vital to ensure the Centre is able to continue to provide quality service to the community. In most instances, Community Centre volunteers need no experience but can often gain new skills or increase and enhance prior ones. The amount of time volunteered is entirely up to the individual. Regular volunteers are able to gain a reference from the Community Centre outlining the skills and contributions made through their volunteering. 

To enquire about volunteering within the Centre contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Debbie Smith

Debbie has been a resident of the Simpson community for 13 years commenced work as coordinator in 2007. She has been involved with several projects in that time including the Heytesbury Settlement 50th Anniversay and ELearning in the South West Region. 


Pat Nicholson

Pat has years of experience as a Teacher and IT consultant.  Pat runs classes from Basic Computer through to Website Development and pretty much everything inbetween.  He has been involved at the Centre for in excess of 10 years.

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The town of Simpson developed from the site and buildings of the original administration centre of the Heytesbury Settlement Scheme. In 1959 the town was named in honour of Mr H L Simpson, Chairman of the Soldier Settlement Commission. The Ministry of Housing put forth a plan of subdivision for a housing Commission Estate in 1966 and so began the growth of the township. In 1985 a survey of residents uncovered a need for improvement in social and recreational services. The premises at 11 Jayarra Street were allocated by the Ministry of Housing for use as a Neighbourhood House. The Simpson & District Community Centre became an incorporated association on 2nd September 1985.