Background and History

The Westcoast Community Centre is situated at the Grove Precinct, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia. Our objective is to create a congenial meeting place for members of the community to increase their knowledge and skills through a variety of courses, talks and visits to places of interest. Being an unfunded organisation, WCC charges for attendance at its events so as to cover its administrative and other costs.

Courses are presented by both volunteer and paid teachers. Our byline is Learning - Creating - Sharing Knowledge - Teaching. The current version of our constitution is available for download here.

The Centre was orignally established in 1993 with a seed grant for equipment from the combined councils of Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove and Claremont.Incorporated as Wearne Community Centre in 1994, the name was changed to Westcoast Community Centre in 2001 to overcome confusion with Wearne Hostel. Wearne and Riversea Hostel residents are honorary members of the Centre.

Copies of our 20 year history DVD, compiled as part of our 2013 celebrations, are available on request. Cover Art by our Patron, Carole Crommelin.

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We are always keen to include new members and especially anyone who has a skill to share with others. If you would like to join us, or for more information, please leave your name and telephone number on 9286-8676 / 0424 254 006  or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our Administrator will contact you promptly.

General Information

Insurance: Westcoast Community Centre has three insurance policies – Public Liability, Workers’ Compensation and Volunteer insurance. As insurance is a very specialised area, we use an insurance broker to find the best policies for us at the best price. In the 2016 annual review of policies, we were able to update the Volunteer insurance policy to one that does not have an upper limit on the age of volunteers covered. The Volunteer insurance policy pays a lump sum in the event of death or permanent disability of a specified type to a person injured while acting as a volunteer for us. The payment is based on a range of factors including the level of disability and volunteer’s age. Our broker has been unable to identify any policy on the market that will cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for our volunteers. Unless there is another party at fault against whom a claim can be made, in the event of accident or injury our members (including volunteers) need to have their own arrangements in place to cover their medical and hospital expenses.

Use of WCC Photographs – Policy Update: WCC has for many years used photographs taken at events in newsletters and on the website. This practice has now been extended to include the use of these photographs in social media. WCC policy specifies that WCC officials and those representing WCC in any official capacity (such as accepting an award) may be identified by name. Where photographs include general members, these people will not be identified by name. Members who do not want to be included in media-related photography are asked to please move out of camera range or make their preference known at the time.

Find our Facebook page for a host of useful updates for members, including some terrific photos taken at our events. You don't have to be a member of Facebook in order to have  a look.