We are all part of a curious, creative, connected community that is unafraid to be itself. Community spirit dominates; people know their neighbours, know the people at the fruit and veg shop, and know the person who makes their coffee.
Shopping local is an artform in the precinct; no need to go to the city or suffer the malls. All of the daily necessities that support business and help communities stay connected are available right here.
In addition to our extraordinary retail, entertainment and eating/drinking options, we have three Post Offices, most of the banks, real estate agencies, professional services, medical, dentistry and alternative therapies, a brand new Telstra store, Optus and Vodaphone – the precinct can handle most of your needs.
We have all of the services and facilities it takes to resource changing family needs with a number of Community Centres, playgroups, preschools and daycares, Newtown Library, the Magic Yellow Bus, swimming pools, tennis courts, ballet, art and martial art classes. There are scooter and bike tracks, playing fields and festivals that cater for families. The Dendy Cinemas on King Street runs the Reel Bubs program on a Thursday morning, allowing parents and carers to see movies in a child-friendly environment.
For families with babies and toddlers there is support and recreation through playgroups. Lennox House playgroup is one centre that offers baby and kindy gym, occasional care and playgroup. It operates on a drop-in basis and is a great place to meet other families in an informal and relaxed environment.
And being Newtown, there are all places of worship for families. Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Catholic – it doesn’t matter what your family is in Newtown. The families are part of the blend, part of the voice and an important part of the dynamics of Newtown.
In an area home to many creatives, Newtown also has one of the leading specialist secondary schools in Australia. Newtown High School of the Performing Arts is right at home in Newtown offering its students expert tuition in the more traditional subjects, but also professional level tuition in arts subjects such as the visual arts, dance and drama. There are also a number of public schools, Catholic primary and independent schools. Each morning and afternoon school students and their carers are added to the mix in the neighbourhoods of Newtown.