Located in a beautiful historic building in central Bellerive, the Centre offers a range of activities and programs, facilities for hire and of course, the fantastic communal area called Alma’s Bar and Lounge. With activities and programs for people of all ages, the Centre really is the heart of Age Friendly Clarence! We’re open for hire and use seven days a week, with a manager on site Monday to Thursday from 12 noon to 4 pm.
The Centre is currently a flexible space containing meeting rooms, two halls, lounge area, bar and commercial kitchen with ample on-site parking. The future for the centre is bright with a refurbishment being planned to make the spaces more accessible and user friendly.
Alma’s Bar and Lounge is a beautiful space, friendly and casual, where you can meet new people, share a conversation, and enjoy a drink.
Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm.
Hall: 240 people
Meeting Room: 30 people
Bar and Lounge: 40 people
For centre availability, please contact centre manager by phone 03 6244 4264 or email.
Fees are charged for total hours including set-up, function and clean-up.
Alma’s is a wonderful space available for individuals as well as groups to hire. The following is a list of current activities for members and private groups who hire the centre, and open to anyone in the community to join in.
Thursdays at Alma’s
Thursdays at Alma’s is Council’s FREE new program for seniors at Alma’s Activities Centre. For the current seasonal program go to Council’s website.
The Centre is managed by a Special Committee of Council appointed by the Clarence City Council in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993. The Management Committee comprises volunteers and one elected member. The elected member is appointed by the Council as per the constitution approved by the Council. The objectives of the Management Committee are to:
The Centre is self-funded and funds are used for the day-to-day running of the Centre including internal maintenance and contents.
Council purchased the property in 1976 with assistance from Commonwealth and State grants.
The building was known as Bellevue House and constructed in approximately 1846. It was used as a private residence by various families until 1971 when it was converted to a reception centre.
When the Tasman Bridge collapsed in 1975 it became apparent that a centrally situated Senior Citizens Centre was needed on a full-time basis for its members. After Council purchased the building, an interim steering committee was appointed to plan the operation of the Centre. The first function at the Centre was an open day for the public to showcase the facilities and amenities.
Since 1976 the funds raised by the Centre members have been used to extend the facility, upgrade the kitchen and continually enhance and maintain the interior for the benefit of its members and hirers.
Alma’s Bar and Lounge was opened in 2005 and this has contributed to the financial security of the Centre.
In 2017 the centre was re-named as Alma’s Activities Centre Clarence.