July 2018
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We love meeting new people at the Neighbourhood Centre and new volunteers are always welcomed with open arms! Come in for a chat if volunteering at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre fits into your week!
    The Centre's AGM will be held on Thursday 30 August this year and we encourage all members to participate. Nominations are also sought for the MNC committee. 
– Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley, editors
by Nooreen Harris, Centre Coordinator
Over the last 5 years the Neighbourhood Centre has hosted a number of community conversations about housing and homelessness in and around Maleny, which have lead to the establishment of a number of initiatives including CHASM and Smart Living Society.
     These discussions and subsequent research have highlighted the plight of women and women with children who are suffering housing stress. MNC has worked with a number of individuals, churches and organisations to place some of these women and children into transition accommodation and to work with other housing providers to secure ongoing appropriate housing but... Full article
Maleny Wellbeing Group – seeking members
Next meeting, Wednesday 11 July, 10am
The Maleny Wellbeing Group began in 2016 following a research project which looked at ways of reducing the risk of suicide, as well as build resilient communities. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is always looking for more members. The group’s aim is to identify ways to assist the local Hinterland community in suicide prevention and building resilient communities.
More info: Nooreen Harris, ph: 5499 9345
WANTED: Green/reusable 
shopping bags for our Emergency Relief clients

Gifts from the Credit Union

MNC has so far been rewarded with $2,200 from the Maleny Credit Union's Club Loans Reward Program since it started. 34 clubs and organisations have benefited from over $9,000 put back into local communities so far. On behalf of these clubs and organisations we would like to say “thank you” if you have used Maleny Credit Union for your lending needs. Every new loan drawn down at MCU will benefit a club of your choice. Find out more
Volunteer profile
Born in a Welsh mining village, Ray James joined the Royal Navy as a youngster. He has travelled the world over to approximately 46 countries for both pleasure and work. Ray and his wife moved to Maleny in 2016 and he has been a volunteer for most of that time, including serving as a MNC Committee member. He enjoys reading and touring the countryside.

Catering for your next event

The Neighbourhood Centre offers catered dinners or breakfasts for community organisations and service clubs, which also helps provide fundraising for much needed services at MNC. We offer a delicious 2 course meal, main with dessert including tea and coffee. From $20 per person. Private function catering also available.Please contact Admin, phone 5499 9345

Maleny Floral Art classes

9am, second Thursday of each month, with Meryl
Learn how to turn the flowers in your garden into pretty arrangements for your living room. Meryl will demonstrate how easy this is to do! In preparation for each workshop, Meryl creates an arrangement and she photographs each stage of the process. Prior to the next workshop, she emails the participants this information. 
For more information, phone or call into the Centre. Next workshop 10 July, 9am-12.There is a $5 cost.

MNC current projects update

The Share House Project has been busy seeking financial donations to start the project. Policy framework is finalised and the next meeting will look towards establishing a premises.
The Maleny Innovative Housing Project is commencing Stage 3, which will look at financial aspects of ageing in place or retrofitting your home, including costs and impact on factors such as Centrelink and Aged Pension.
     For more information or to be involved with any of these projects please email Centre Coordinator 
Nooreen Harris or phone (07) 5499 9345.

Office space available at MNC

We have two great community-based office spaces available for rent at community rates. The Centre receives up to 10,000 participant visits per year offering a strong potential client base in a respected community facility... more info
To Secrets on the Lake for raffle proceeds of $1020 and to the residents of Sunstone Gardens who donated three bags of food. 


PANTRY: Tins of lentils, shampoo and conditioner
Blankets. $20 fuel vouchers & IGA vouchers still urgently needed

Upcoming events
Suicide prevention workshop
Saturday 4 August, 10am, Mapleton Community Hall
A 3 hour training workshop to increase suicide alertness, available to anyone above 17 years of age. Participants need to book beforehand – phone 5499 9345 or email the MNC coordinator. Cost: $15 to be paid on the day.
Thursday 30 August 2018, 4pm
MNC wishes to advise that our AGM will be held next month. We would also like to call for nominations to the committee. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
More information: email Nooreen, (07) 5499 9345.
Friday 14 September, 3.30–9pm
Back in 2018, transforming the Centre into a magical gypsy encampment with music, food, stalls and workshops. Hosted by the Maleny Flexi School.
More info: Sammalen, Maleny Flexi School, 5429 6958
View the poster.
July noticeboard

Community lunch

Every Thursday, 12.30pm,
$5 donation if possible or help in the kitchen and contribute to the lunch.
Join us for a delicious lunch and meet other community members.

Maleny Rapid Fix

(previously FixIt Cafe)
Thursday 12 and 26 July, 9am – 2.30pm 
Items need to be brought in on the day for initial assessment. Contact 5499 9345 for more info.

EPICC Maleny

Support for people with disabilities. Fridays 9.30am-3.30pm
View the poster here

Be Connected Cafe

Every second Friday, 9.30am–12.30pm, next session 20 July. For people aged 50+. Guidance developing IT skills. Contact 5499 9345. 

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets first Monday of the month.
All welcome. 
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 5 July

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
14 July

Community Legal Outreach Service

Provides family and general law advice and referral services. (07) 5443 7827. 

CBC number 43356

 Just quote the CBC number above when making your groceries purchase, and proceeds will be donated to MNC.
More details

Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions Maleny

Working to increase the supply of affordable housing
More info

Eckankar: HU chant and spiritual discussion theme

The Sound of Soul
As Soul, you have the God-knowledge within.
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm
What's on


• Centrelink – Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday, 
9 –11am with Tony (If you are coming from a distance please phone MNC on 5499 9345 to check that Tony is here before you travel.)

• RangeCare Games Morning 
9.30am – 12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152

• Suncoast Community Legal – Free legal advice & service
For appointment phone 5443 7827or visit the website

• Welcome 2 Maleny 
First Monday of the month
4.30 – 6pm For more info email


• APM Job Active Employment Services  
From 9am

• APM Disability Services
From 8am

• Justice of the Peace
To witness signatures of official documents
9.30am – 12.30pm

• Maleny Floral Art Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 9am – 12 noon 

• Qi Gong
Tuesdays, 2–3pm
Ph: 5429 6208


• ECKANKAR free events
Hu chant and spiritual discussion   
6 – 7.30pm
Contact Jennifer 0429 957 989 or 5496 5054


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome

• MNC Repair Centre (previously FixIt Cafe)
2nd and 4th Thursday, 9am – 2.30pm
 $5 donation per item.

• Justice of the Peace
To witness signatures of official documents
12.30 – 2.30pm

• LETS office
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Inclusive writing group for youth and adults with special needs
9am – 3pm (except school holidays)
Contact Sue 5499 9899 or Debbie 5499 9623

Every weekday 

• Flexi School
(except school holidays)

• Free Wi-Fi, computers available

• Counselling support
on request

• Lutheran Community Care- Partners in
Recovery Mental Health

Mon, Tue, Thur. Ring Hayley 0403400944 for appointment

• Rooms of all sizes
to rent 24 / 7 at affordable prices

• Phone use, photocopying
(charges apply)

• Emergency food relief – different support available, including the use of our washing machine and shower

Or just hang out here and have a cuppa!

MNC is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise in our monthly newsletter which goes out to about 1700 people per month.You can contact Andrew our Admin Officer to discuss further.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Centre please contact the Volunteers Support worker.


Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is one of few centres that is only partly funded by State and Local government. The rest of our budget is covered through memberships, donations and fundraising. We would love you to join the Centre as a member. You can do that at our reception desk between the hours of 9am - 3pm weekdays or through the website

For more information
read more.
or donate by Paypal.
Thank you!
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges assistance of funding from the Queensland Government Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services.
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges Sunshine Coast Council for their valuable support with a Partnership Grant for $15,000 which will assist with administration and operational costs.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre proudly acknowledges local support from: 
• Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership Funding Program
• Country Women's 
• Foundation Dental Services
• Coral Street dentist
• Ladies Friendship Group
• Lions Club of Maleny
• Maleny Super IGA
• Maleny and District Senior Citizens
• Maleny Anglican Church
• Maleny Baptist Church

• Maleny Presbyterian Church
• Maleny Uniting Church
• Maleny Catholic Ladies
• Maleny Chamber of Commerce
• Maleny Rotary
• Maleny Garden Club
• Maleny Quota
• Maleny Credit Union
• Montville Coffee
• Zonta Club of Blackall Range
• Maleny Bakery and Cafe
• Sunstone Gardens Home Owners Association
Disclaimer: MNC very much appreciates the support of the services that use our centre and advertise in our newsletter, however it does not in any way endorse any products or services advertised.

Deadline for articles for the August 2018 edition:
Mon 23 July. 
Send contributions to
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny Qld 4552
Opening hours: 
Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.
Closed Public Holidays.
Phone: (07) 5499 9345
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the Kabi Kabi and Jinabirra people, the traditional custodians, present, past and future, of the land where we live and work. 
MNC is part funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Child Safety and the Sunshine Coast Council.
Editors: Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley
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