Collectively working with business and community


The Sanderson Neighbourhood Activity Centre (NAC) is a positive community led initiative, working collaboratively with community, business and government.

Initiated and funded by the Northern Territory Government, the  Sanderson Neighbourhood Activity Centre (NAC) is a working example of how Government, Community and local business join together to build social capital, promote social cohesion and well-being in our community. Open Tuesday-Fridays after school and on Saturdays, the Sanderson NAC supports community stakeholders and their programs to utilise the extensive areas of Sanderson Middle School to benefit the local community at no charge. To find out more go to, phone 8920 1040 or email .

The aim of the NAC is to join with other valuable community groups and NGOs to present beneficial activities for after school and on weekends, utilising the extensive grounds and space at Sanderson Middle School Wulagi.

The mission of the NAC is to create and present activities to enhance the wellbeing of youth, elderly and multicultural families.

The Northern Suburbs of Darwin is a dynamic and culturally rich community. This is seen at Sanderson Middle School with 62 language groups represented, which is a good reflection of the larger community.

The NAC is open for everyone in the Northern Suburbs of Darwin 

In 2015 a large consultation (face to face and survey) was carried out with Sanderson Middle and neighbouring schools (over 600 students), and more than 100 stakeholders. The surveys helped guide the NAC to what activities the community wanted.  The response, support and encouragement was inspiring. Research has shown working collectively  unites and strengthens communities, enhancing wellbeing through cross-cultural exposure.

Survey results showed the following activities ranked highly:

  • Bubble Soccer
  • Bike Shed
  • Food Garden
  • Art (various)
  • Cooking
  • Pottery
  • Photography
  • Self defense
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Computer basics (learn how to use a computer effectively and the programs)
  • Computer I-Tax (learn how to submit an online tax return)
  • DI.Y. shed (general do it yourself fix its and tool knowledge)
  • Wood and metal work
  • Defensve Driving
  • Trades and motor (basic car maintenance, ie: how to change a tyre/oil)
  • Saturday morning community village (grass roots cafe/market selling 2nd hand gear)
  • Saturday night live music/dinner
  • Saturday night sports (football, soccer, basketball)

Volunteers of all ages (experts and helpers) are sought to share their skill and time with the community.  An invitation extends to anyone who enjoys sharing, mentoring, encouraging and teaching youth and adults. The NAC aims for all volunteers and participants to have a positive and rewarding experience. See more volunteer information here.

Senior/youth groups, services, NFPs and social clubs are invited and welcome to utilise the NAC space for their activity. Facilities, administration, catering, resources and logistics will be supplied to support groups and volunteers. To find out more contact us.

The NAC is steadily building business connections and sponsors but are keen to hear from more local businesses in the area.  In return for your sponsorship/partnership you will receive effective exposure via NAC media (radio and newspaper editorial, webpage, newsletters, posters) and via word of mouth.

Sanderson NAC Info Bulletin 2017






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  1. great initiative, welldone !


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