Eastern Hub Geelong is a fresh and vibrant addition to the eastern Geelong community providing activities, events and services for people of all ages and abilities.
Built on the original Karingal site on the corner of McKillop and Humble Streets, the $6.5 million hub is the outcome of a six-year journey that commenced in 2010. The project brought together an impressive list of local groups and organisations to establish a community space like no other.
Officially opened in April 2016, Eastern Hub offers a range of indoor and outdoor spaces open to the public and available to hire for business and networking events; community meetings; and training sessions.
Maintaining genU’s commitment to enriching the lives of people with a disability, the centre is also home to its assisted leisure and recreation program.
- Is Eastern Hub accessible?
Yes, the building is fully compliant with accessibility requirements.
- Who can use the centre?
Centre facilities including the café and playground are open to the public while rooms are available for hire by businesses and incorporated community groups.
- How do I hire a room?
We offer a simple booking process for the hiring of rooms. Please refer to our Book a Room service for more
- How do I find out about events?
The Eastern Hub hosts a number of events open to the public which can be found on our What’s On page.
Our room names
The impressive gallery at the entrance of Eastern Hub recognises the work and dedication of Norman Rachinger who worked with children with a disability and special needs at Karingal for 30 years and served five terms as president of Karingal Inc (now genU).
The Hinchcliff family was among the earliest European settlers and landowners in Geelong and our multi-purpose room is fittingly named in their honour.
The larger of our two activity rooms is named after J.H. Connor, a three-time mayor of Geelong, Member of Victoria’s Legislative Assembly and a Member of the Legislative Council for the electorate of South-Western Province.
Eastern Hub’s second activity room honours the Hickey family who were one of the earliest European families to settle in East Geelong including Bartholomew Hickey who lived in the area in the 1880s.
Our larger meeting room is named after Olive Tomlinson. Olive founded the Social Organisation for Handicapped with which she worked until she was 93.
The second meeting room recognises Daryl Starkey who was the Chief Executive Officer of Karingal Inc for 15 years and oversaw a period of immense growth and development for the organisation.
genU thanks all companies and organisations who donated to the building of Eastern Hub including our major donors:
- State Government of Victoria, Australia
- Regional Development Victoria (RDV)
- Department of Health & Human Services
- The Percy Baxter Trust
- Adroit Insurance Group
- The Alcoa Foundation
- Give Where You Live
- The Gandel Foundation
- The Geelong Community Foundation
- The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
- East Geelong Rotary
- Geelong Rotary