Hobsons Bay Arts Society

The Hobsons Bay Arts 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.

In October 2005 the Society moved into and continues to operate out of the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, offering art classes, including childrens classes, at affordable rates, tutored by experienced and talented Society members.

The Hobsons Bay Arts Society is a non-profit organisation and our talented members run classes at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre in Altona or in their own studios.  Also on our calendar are demonstrations and workshops with artists of note, as well as monthly members nights with various activities.

Currently having over 100 members of varied ages and demographics, Hobsons Bay Arts Society prides itself as being a friendly, approachable group of artists and art-supporters with a variety of artistic styles and experience. The Society continues to grow and looks forward to continuing to encourage the arts in the community.

The Hobsons Bay Arts Society warmly invites you to attend upcoming exhibits.  

For further details email


Altona U3A 

U3A stands for University of the Third Age. The Altona U3As operates out of the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre and the Altona Senior Citizens Club. For further information please contact 9398 1346


Seabreeze Quilters

Seabreeze Quilters are a community based quilting group that meet monthly.   Please contact 0409 382 510.


Country Women's Association

The CWA is interested in all issues which affect women and their families. It is about development of skills and learning of the issues that affect our local area, the western district, country towns and the State.

Altona Branch - meets at  Altona Senior Citizens Centre.  Craft meeting on 1st Tuesday of each month.  General meeting followed by 'Sit n Sew' 3rd Tuesday of each month.   

For more information please email


Lions Club - Leos Meetings

Men and Women aged 12-30

The Leo's of Hobsons Bay were formally established on June 8th 2016, with 11 founding members, Leo's is an acronym that stands for 'Leadership, Experience, Opportunity', and, with the guidance of both the Lions Clubs of Altona and Williamstown, they have already facilitated a number of smaller events, which includes raising the final funds for the adoption of Harvey, an assistance dog, for Benjamin, a young boy with autism. In the future they aim to organise more events that serve the community and create more awareness surrounding important local issues.

For anyone who is interested in joining their club, or if you have any queries, feel free to contact them via:



 Altona Senior Citizens Club

The Altona Senior Citizens Club hosts our Kings in the Kitchen program each week.  It also hosts programs and classes for U3A.

For the older person in the community with a little time on their hands, the Altona Senior Citizens’ Club offers a wide agenda of activities. Active seniors meet here regularly for fellowship, musical performances, game nights, bus tours, special meals or just a good old-fashioned game of checkers or pool. The Club is complete with kitchen and bathroom facilities and is also available for group rentals.  For further details please ring 9932 1311


Altona Homestead

The Altona Historical Society was formed in 1961, incorporated in 1996 and in 2000 it amalgamated with the Laverton Historical Society to form the Altona Laverton Historical Society. 

Its aim is to encourage the study of history of the Altona and Laverton area through the acquisition of relevant objects, photographs, information and books and making these available to members and the community. 

For further details please ring 0447 840 895.


Altona Library

Please contact 03) 9932 1330 for more information about Altona Library.