Van Raay Centre and Lower Merri 2018-01-22T11:51:02+00:00

Van Raay Centre and Lower Merri

Good for: Staff planning sessions, workshops, seminars, small business conferences and community meetings.

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In 2009, the Van Raay Centre was born from the generosity of passionate CERES supporters and 10 years of dreaming. Perched on top of a generation’s waste, the Van Raay Centre is a place of transformation for its many users, and also represents the story of the regeneration of CERES’ land.

The sustainable building design with lots of natural light and access to four hectares of parkland enables groups to connect, talk, think, plan and process change in the best way.

The centre houses four meeting rooms available to hire in different sizes and configurations, suitable for 2-100 people. We can ask the chooks to keep it down for you.

Room Layouts


“Room 1” comprises rooms 2, 3 and 4. If any of those rooms are booked then “Room 1” is not available.
The Lower Merri is in a separate building located next door to the Community Kitchen.
Venue Hire Meeting Room Info Pack (PDF)
Venue Hire Terms & Conditions (PDF)

Prices listed are intended to act as a guide. They are for full days and include GST.
Room 2 – $252
Room 3 – $344
Room 4 – $460
Room 2+3 – $544
Room 3+4 – $712
Room 2+3+4 (Room 1) – $752
Lower Merri – $310

Discounts are available for recurring bookings, block bookings, non profit organisations and CERES Members. For further information please download the Info Pack.

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Centre features:

  • Fresh air & natural light
  • Organic catering & good coffee
  • Free onsite parking
  • Sustainable building design – cool in summer, warm in winter
  • Strategies to limit waste and use of water & energy

Room features:

  • Wireless internet
  • Whiteboards
  • PA system and data projector on request
  • Rooms set up as requested

The Merri Table provides organic, fresh & delicious catering to daytime room hirers and for functions and events by request

Merri Catering Menu

Merri Table A La Carte Menu

Other catering options for outside these hours are by arrangement.