The council provides support to a number of local groups and organisations either though direct funding or in kind support to enable creative outcomes in support of the Council Plan.
The Substation is Melbourne's newest contemporary arts space. Housed in the historic Substation in Newport, it operates as a not-for-profit, and presents the very best in contemporary arts, including music, theatre, dance, circus, hybrid and visual arts, as well as nurturing the arts in the local community through workshops, classes, and public programs.
Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre
The Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre opened its doors in November 2005 and since then has become a vibrant community facility. The purpose built Joel Gallery has housed many wonderful exhibitions showcasing local talent and artists’ work from across Melbourne and Victoria. The centre is owned and managed by a community based, owned and administered cooperative the Hobsons Bay Community Advancement Cooperative.
Altona Laverton Historical Society
The Altona Laverton Historical Society is situated in the Altona Homestead and acquires and preserves objects, personal stories and history of the area, encourages the study of local history and informs the community about its history.
Altona Homestead, located in Logan Reserve in Altona, was the first homestead run built on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in the 1840s.
It contains an eclectic mix of objects from earlier periods and photographs of the area.
Williamstown Historical Society
The Williamstown Historical Society was founded in 1956, with the aim to collect and preserve the history and historical objects of Williamstown. Its Museum is located within the Williamstown Mechanics Institute, 5 Electra Street Williamstown, a building of heritage significance dating from 1860. The collection highlights this historical seaport’s maritime history, and also includes furniture, costumes, sporting memorabilia, paintings, photographs and a wide range of social history exhibits, illustrating life in Williamstown from years gone by.
The Society offers books, booklets, postcards, souvenirs and research services.
Hobsons Bay Art Society
The Hobsons Bay Art Society Inc. began in 1978 under the name of the Altona Artists Association. The group was founded by Joan & Derek Craggs and started with 26 members. The Society takes pride in its community and over the years has fostered the arts in the area. Since 1978 it has organised and presented an annual art show which attracts many artists from the western region and is sponsored by local companies, businesses and community groups.
The Society operates out of the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, offering art classes, including children’s classes, at affordable rates, tutored by experienced and talented Society members. Members also run classes in their own studios. It is coordinated by Kirsten Craggs.
Hobsons Bay Band
A community concert band based in Hobsons Bay, the Hobsons Bay Band is an active part of the community, regularly performing at events and functions. Its musical library is constantly being updated and contains a diverse range of styles. The band is open to musicians of all ages and musical standards, and people are encouraged to come along and join in to help share the enjoyment of music.