This was a difficult decision, made after extensive consultation with the community.

It was decided that the cost of upkeep of the Stanmore property should be spent on services for deaf people.

Deaf communities have always valued traditional meeting places such as Deaf Clubs. When the Stanmore Deaf Centre closed, the Sydney community felt this as a deep loss. When it was difficult to find another Centre during the 1990s, this was a painful experience for many people in the community.

The search for a Deaf Community Centre

With the closing of Stanmore, the Sydney Deaf community no longer had a Community Centre. Throughout the 1990s, with the support of the Deaf Society, a community group tried without success to find a new centre.  


Deaf Senior Citizens Group gathering at Lidcombe Memorial Bowling Club in 1998.