1974: The Factory was opened. It was an initiative of the Sydney City Mission at the request of the Housing Commission.
1977: A newly established Advisory Committee, which included representation from members of the community and the Health and Housing Commissions, approached the Anglican rector of St Saviour’s South Sydney Parish and asked if he would be interested in becoming the chairman of a management committee to run The Factory. On the 31st August, 1977 The Factory Community Centre was recognised by The Municipality of South Sydney as a ‘local organization’. In December 1977 The Anglican Parish of South Sydney accepted responsibility for managing The Factory. The programmes being run at this time were, a Youth Group Drop-in, Preschool activities, Craft groups, a Playgroup, The South Sydney Blind Community and Friends, a School Holiday Programme, and After School activities.
1978: The Waterloo Out-Of-School-Hours Care programme was established.
1979: The Factory became a charitable organisation.
1980: The Constitution was completed. The Toy Library was opened.
1981: Poet’s Corner Kindergarten was closed due to insufficient funding. The Factory made a submission for funding and Poet’s Corner was re-opened on October 6th with the assistance of the Housing Commission.
1983: Before School programme was established.
1987: The Factory became an incorporated body.
1988/90: Geoff Huard replaced by John McIntyre as Rector of St Saviours and Chair of The Factory.
1991: The Factory Youth Centre became an incorporated body in its own right and separated from the auspice of The Factory Community Centre Inc. It became known as The Fact Tree Youth Service Inc.
1997: The Factory celebrates 20 years of service to the community.
1999: A huge hailstorm destroyed The Factory’s roof, requiring the Before & After School Care program to be located across the road to the Uniting Church during the rebuilding.
2001: Major restructuring prepares The Factory for future financial & program management. Kids Speak, a project commenced under The Factory’s auspice, later become part of Barnardos Intensive Family Support Program.
2003: Moved our Waterloo OOSC program to the newly amalgamated Alexandria Park Community School, coinciding with moving to funding the program through the Child Care Benefit Scheme. Auspice the Waterloo Recycling Workshop. Move Factory Toy Library to new school and partner with Playgroups in the Park. Waterloo Recycling Workshop, an organization founded on 2000, became under FCC auspice and a project of the Housing Communities Assistance Project in 2006.
2004: Centacare’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program funded under The Redfern/Waterloo Partnership Project located at The Factory as a partnership project. Factory Community Theatre Company formed with an inaugural production with children from Alexandria Park Community School to participate in The Asia-Pacific Festival of Children’s Theatre in Toyama, Northern Japan. Other projects developed in this period included Swimmin 4 Wimmen, and the RedWater Dragon Boat Team.
2005: Housing Communities Assistance Project became auspiced by The Factory Community Centre Inc., being formally managed by The Inner Sydney Council for Social Development. OOSC program returns to Factory (from school) to refurbished centre.
2006: JewishCare located its Russian Community Project at The Factory, held the first Annual Volunteer Awards for Redfern and Waterloo community.
2007: Factory celebrates 30 years’ service ‘Working for Waterloo’, completing the mosaic project at Waterloo Green, established the Waterloo Green Action Group, re-opening the Waterloo Recycling Workshop, and completed a School anti–bullying project “let the dog out’” and held the first Summer on the Green event and formed partnership with Sydney Opera House to run the Balnaves Open House programme.
2008: Spanish Community Care and Colombian in Australia association moves in to the Factory, first Older and Wiser Festival is held, Barnardo’s establish the Yurungai Learning Centre, upstairs. Redfern Neighbourhood Day is resurrected.
2009: RedWater Markets is created. Constitutional changes recognising our financial independence from Saint Saviour’s church, Cycle –Re-Cycle opens at our WRW site, The Factory is selected to host the 2012 World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Sydney, new kitchen installed at the centre.
2010: We represent Australia with Yurungai Dancers at the WFCT in Germany with our Little Black Duck show, Advocacy ‘victory’ in obtain promise of 24 hour security for the Waterloo High rise’s, along with AFZ been established on Housing land and 1million dollar investment in community space upgrades around waterloo Green. Our community action model duplicated in other communities, our Poet’s Corner Pre-school has record enrolment numbers, completed the Dobell art project, Anglicare operate Financial Counselling services, facilitated the Solander Garden upgrade project.
2011 – 2012: Patrick Russell retires after 10 year service and Mike Shreenan becomes Executive Officer. Cook Garden mosaic is complete, Yurungai Dance represents Australia in Turkey at the international Children’s Festival, Our Spanish Care worker John Martin Receives an Award from the King of Spain, Cana Café move in temporarily, New Horizons joins the Factory, and our three year strategic plan is updated. Beyond Walls Outreach project is launched working with local street drinkers.
2012- 2014: Factory wins the prestigious City of Sydney business awards within the category of social services. Redwater Montage project documents local heroes and volunteers. Meghan Wallace, Grant Lavender and Laura Kelly join our team. Lift Redfern Campaign is launched to seek equal access at Redfern Station. Great Buckingham Street history and local stories book is complete, Yurungai dance go to Japan, the iEtiquette programme is established and is so successful it becomes an independent organisation. We commence discussions with stakeholders about merging and creating Counterpoint Community Service INC. Our Pre-school gets an extension to its current premises and facilities upgrade with over $100k investment allowing us to increase licensed spaces to 29 children. 23% of our income is self-generated reducing our dependence on grants and helping us to become more sustainable. New psychology services from At Full Potential operates