Board Member – Burrinja Cultural Centre. Seeking Nomination

Organisation : Burrinja (Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Cenre inc)

Location : Melbourne

Time required : 4 hours per month - one evening per month

Duration of project : 3 Year Terms, monthly meeting

Skill Area : Fundraising, Legal

Sector : Arts & Culture

Posted on : 4 Sep, 2018

About the Role

Seeking Interest in Board Nominations – one vacancy

Burrinja Cultural Centre
(Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre inc.)

Key Areas of Interest:   Fundraising / Legal / Governance

Burrinja cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges is seeking expressions of interest from persons interested in becoming a Director on our volunteer Board of Management from October 2018.

In particular, Burrinja’s Board are seeking nominations from persons with relevant industry and / or governance experience in the areas of:

  • Fundraising experience / networks
  • Legal experience / governance

These are the two main areas identified through the Board’s Skills Matrix as ranking lower for current Board Director’s experience.

Burrinja has identified diversification of funding and income as a key strategic aim to underpin our long term plans for the ongoing success of the organisation and its vision – building community through arts.

Developing the center’s fundraising strategies and capability along with engaging the philanthropic sector are integral to our success in achieving this goal, and the Board recognises that it has an important role to play in the success of our fundraising strategy. 

Burrinja cultural centre is a not-for-profit arts organisation, incorporated in 1999 as the Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Centre Inc. In 2015 it was endorsed by the ACNC as a registered Charity, and it has deductible gift recipient status Items 1 & 4.

The Centre encompasses arts activities and community cultural development, Indigenous collection and museum management, 400 seat theatre – performing arts, contemporary galleries, artist studios, live music, workshops and café.

In 2019 the centre is embarking on major $3m refurbishment of its visual arts spaces, including galleries and artist studios – creative enterprise, along with its catering, hospitality and first floor multi-purpose space.

The centre is marking its twentieth year celebration in 2018 with the commencement of a visioning process for the next 20 years – leveraging off the opportunity provided by the refurbishment, and reviewing its current strategic plan (2016-2020).


Burrinja Board Member – summary

  • Role: Ordinary Board Member – Voluntary
  • Areas of Expertise Being Sought: Legal; Fundraising; Governance
  • Annual Budget: Approx $1,200,000 per/annum
  • Number of Paid Staff:4 Full Time Equivalent
  • Number of Volunteers: 35
  • Community Segment: Arts & Culture
  • Board Size: 9 (When all positions filled)
  • Board Meetings (frequency): monthly
  • Board Meetings Held: Evenings at Burrinja, Upwey
  • Local Government Area: Yarra Ranges Shire Council. 1 Councilor representative on Board

Prospective Board Members would need to submit a CV along with completing a skills matrix.

Elected Board members will strive to uphold and fulfil the Vision, Mission and Aims of the Association:

Burrinja: Building Community through Arts



  1. To promote, develop and present arts and culture in the region
  2. To be a public art gallery, public museum and collecting institution
  3. To support and develop the cultural identity of the Dandenong Ranges
  4. To provide opportunities for the development and facilitation of creative arts practice and enterprise including cultural development

To achieve these purposes Burrinja shall work to achieve its vision – Building Community through Arts; be open and accessible to the public; provide cultural services and programs in visual, performing and community arts, education and environmental programs and cultural development; and, develop its own Collection to best museum practice standards


about burrinja

Burrinja is located in Upwey, in the Dandenong Ranges foothills, 45mins from Melbourne. The centre is governed by an independent volunteer Board, which includes Yarra Ranges Council representation. The centre operates in Partnership with Yarra Ranges Council who support arts and cultural programming through triennial funding, and who lease the facility to Burrinja. 

The centre has an annual budget of $1.2m per annum, a FTE staff of 7.4 and over 35 volunteers. In the 2016 calendar year Burrinja had 80,000 visitors, patrons, users, artists and performers to the centre and its events.

Burrinja’s strategic and business plans, along with the previous year’s Annual Report, can all be downloaded from our web site:

Burrinja’s function, purpose and programming are built on a multi-element vision that seeks to enable and develop experiential and extended arts practice and programs across diverse art forms and cultural activities within the region.

Burrinja supports existing and enables the development of emerging and distinctive cultural practices, promoting engaging community-connected outcomes that contribute to the vibrancy, diversity and resilience of the region.

The valuing and appreciation of Indigenous culture is embedded across the organisation’s practices and programming. Burrinja values the reciprocal cultural learning offered to the region’s community through Indigenous cross-cultural engagement including its collection management and curatorial practices.


Burrinja’s capacity to contribute positively to the region’s cultural ecology is empowered through working in partnership across a diverse range of cross-sector organisations.

In addition to providing its own extensive exhibition and theatre programs, including national touring works, and the many school and local organisation events and users, Burrinja is also a key player in arts and cultural events in the region, including the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios, Belgrave Lantern Parade, Belgrave Survival Day, Hillscene ‘Zine, Blog and LIVE, and much more.

Burrinja is a member of Museums Australia, the Public Galleries Association of Victoria and the Victorian Performing Arts Association.

Burrinja has been awarded Best Small Museum by Museum’s Australia (Vic) in 2010, 2013, and 2017.


more information

For all inquiries regarding the Board position at Burrinja and Nomination Forms, please contact Burrinja’s Executive Director, Dr Ross Farnell: 9754 1509 or

General Information:


2018-19 Board Nominations Close at 5pm on Friday October 5, 2018

2018  AGM  Saturday October 27.


About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Burrinja (Dandenong Ranges Community Cultural Cenre inc)
Not for Profit : Yes

Apply for this Position

Position Description : PD_Board_ORDINARY Member_2017

For details concerning this role , please contact

Dr Ross Farnell

Phone : 03 9754 1509

Email :

Please quote in application: Board Member – Burrinja Cultural Centre. Seeking Nomination via Pro Bono Australia.


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