Lara, Victoria, Australia - Community Services


Corio Village Shopping Centre, corner of Bacchus Marsh and Purnell Rd, Corio. 131 021.

Last updated 20 February 2008

City of Greater Geelong

Customer Service Centre, Corio Village Shopping Centre, corner of Bacchus Marsh and Purnell Rd, Corio. (03) 5227 0270.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Community @ccess to Computers

Lara Secondary College is making its computing facilities available to the wider local community through the following programs:

Homework Help
Offered to students of all ages in our community who do not have computers or Internet access at home or for students who prefer to use school computer facilities to complete homework tasks. Primary, secondary and other students welcome.
Internet Access
Age appropriate access will be provided for people requiring it, Bookings available for 1 hour blocks.
Computers for Fun
An opportunity to use some of the fun programs that are available on the Lara Secondary College network during after school hours. has the best Tickets at LP Field, Nashville for 2014 CMA Music Festival - 4 Day Pass at LP Field also for One Direction.

Please note this program is an offer to use school facilities on a weekly basis and is not a teaching program. However, support will be provided by the attending teacher and technician.

Wednesdays, 28 April - 9 June
3:30pm - 5:00pm
22 places available. Places will be allotted on a weekly basis, but participants can book ahead.
No charge for this program this term.
All participants will be required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy agreeing to use the Lara Secondary College computer facilities safely and appropriately.

Please contact the school if you would like to participate.

Last updated Oct 2010

Geelong Migrant Resource Centre

153 Pakington St, Geelong West. (03) 5221 6044.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Geelong Regional Library

Lara doesn't have a library yet but is part of the Geelong Regional Library to which membership is free. The nearest library branch is Corio Branch (John Drysdale Library), open Monday - Saturday, Cox Rd, Norlane, (03) 5275 2388.

In lieu of a local library building, a mobile library makes regular visits to Lara Centreway shopping centre and St Anthony's Primary School. Call (03) 5241 6151 for mobile library times. The mobile library schedule for Lara is:

  • Thursday 2pm - 6pm (Centreway, Waverley Road)
  • Saturday 9:30am - 11:30am (Centreway, Waverley Road)

You can browse the full catalogue of items online and reserve books to be delivered to the mobile library for collection. So apart from browsing the shelves, you don't miss out too much. The mobile library seems to carry a reasonable stock of different items too, and loans periods are longer than normal branch loans, with 4 weeks for books/audio and 2 weeks for magazines.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Lara Community Centre

The Lara Community Centre provides the following services to the Lara community:

Lara CFA Fire Brigade

Lara Fire Brigade trucks

The Lara Fire Brigade is located on Mill Road. Lara's Fire Brigade consists of approximately 45 volunteers who provide fire services and fire safety information to the local community.

Lara Fire Brigade building

Key Fire Brigade Contact Numbers

To find out about joining the CFA1800 232 636
Information about Total Fire Ban Days and wildfires burning in the region1800 240 667
to obtain an application to burn-off*(03) 5227 0270 (City of Greater Geelong)
Lara Fire Station(03) 5282 1942
CFA Community Education Coordinator1800 007 499

* All people planning to burn-off, need to have a permit to burn. This applies all year-round in the City of Greater Geelong, regardless of your property size or weather conditions. Permits are only issued by the council and ensure that the fire brigade is not called unnecessarily. To obtain a permit application call 5227 0270.

Country Fire Authority (CFA)

Last updated 7 August 2008

Lara Police Station

Rennie St, Lara. (03) 5282 1241.

Victoria Police

Last updated 20 February 2008

Office of Housing Regional Office

State Government Offices, corner of Fenwick and Lt Malop St, Geelong. (03) 5226 4540.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Tax Help

Supported by the Tax Office and the Lara Community Centre, free help with tax returns and baby bonus claims for those on low incomes. Appointments essential - contact the Community Centre for bookings or enquiries.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Vocational Training

St Laurence run a vocational training program designed to give its participants the chance to gain knowledge and experience in different career choices. It provides a learning environment in which transferable skills are learnt, which apply to all career types. For more information about this program, contact St Laurence Community Access Programs on (03) 5222 6522.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative

Lot 62 Morgan St, North Geelong. (03) 5277 0044.

Last updated 20 February 2008

Youth Referral and Independent Person Program

The Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) provides volunteers to assist young people at Police Stations. An Independent Person supports young people though police interviews and refers them to support services to prevent future offending.

YRIPP is funded by the State Government and is an award winning crime prevention program. It is a partnership of the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, UnitingCare Ballarat and other agencies.

Volunteers are sought for this service and should contact Trish Knowles on (03) 5337 2747 or

Last updated 21 February 2008