MNC Inaugural Art Prize 2016 - planning underway for June event - we need lots of volunteer help!
Women's Space Maleny 2016 - an awesome day!
Housing Conversations continue
Planning for Walk to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence


Inclusive Writing
Peer to Peer Parents of Teen - new groups starting
Permaculture Courses
The Pleasures of Slow Living - Workshop
Indigenous Services Expo
Fund-raising event for Bianca Bond & Family
Youth Connection
Circle of Security - Parenting Workshop
Dealing with Difficult People - Workshops
QCWA Workshops coming up

Intergrated Family and Youth Services
Forest Heart

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Maleny Neighbourhood News - April 2016

Hello <<First Name>>, when you keep as busy as MNC does, the year just seems to fly by! 

We've got so much in the planning for the coming months. Something for everyone. Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is a busy community hub. Drop in to say hi, and have a cuppa. If you'd like to volunteer to help out with any of our coming events - The Art Prize and DV Walk, we will welcome your participation with open arms!
From 11 to 13 June 2016, Maleny Neighbourhood Centre will host the Inaugural MNC National Art Prize.

MNC will be inviting artists from all over Australia to participate in bringing the message of RESPECT into focus as we continue our work to support marginalised groups in our community.

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) works to reduce hardship in our local area and with a strong contingent of volunteers is committed to supporting community. Our work is to foster resilient and fair communities and a just society where diversity is celebrated and participation encouraged.

In May of each year MNC holds two very important events
“Say No to Domestic Violence and Yes to Respect Day”,
 “National Healing Day”. Both these events highlight the need for “respect”.

MNC also works to be inclusive of other marginalised communities, in particular the LGBTI community and Refugees.

The event will be hosted by the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, the winning entry will be selected by a panel of 3 judges and announced on the opening night. The terms and conditions of the art prize and entry form will be available on the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre’s website from the 1st March 2016 at

The first prize winner will receive $3000 which is sponsored by the Maleny IGA.

For more information see our website:
or contact: Satya Demasson by email: or
MNC Ph: 07 5499 9345


We had an absolutely amazing day at Women's Space. The energy was truly sublime. A big thank you to everyone who participated and to everyone who came along.

Lots of locals joined the day, and many people from further afield as well. 

A big thank you to our volunteer team, to Paul from Saintsational Sausages who donated for our sausage sizzle, and to those who donated items for raffles: Mutki Organic Cosmetics, Holland's Gallery, Anne Aleckson, Renee Maine, Terri Schaumberg and Blessed Earth, and Pam Marsden. And thank you to Josie Coco - BodyTalk for organising this event as a fund raiser for MNC. We made in excess of $1000 from the event.

Women's Space will be an annual event. We would love to hear from local Practitioners who subscribe to the ethos - "the body is capable of self-healing with the right information and support", and who are prepared to share knowledge and wisdom with visitors on the day, to support their self-healing journey. Josie will start the planning process for Women's Space Maleny 2017 in July. Please contact her here

Prizes were drawn and won by:
Mukti Cosmetics: Denise Hoffman
Journals & Holland Gallery Gift Voucher: Sonya Wildgrace
Blessed Earth Products: Sharon Cleland

Here are some images from the day.


Intergrated Family and Youth Service

IFYS Foster Care continues to spark the interest of community members with our “Are you ready to raise the next Super Hero” campaign.

Both IFYS Foster Care and D’Jinang Djaa our Indigenous Foster Care and Kinship Service are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in providing a safe and secure environment for children and young people.

Please contact Shannon on 54383000. Don’t forget to like us on facebook and keep informed about everything fostering. If you would like to purchase a superhero T-shirt please go online to and search “in the Moment” t-shirts.
IFYS would love to hear from any businesses that are able to offer a young person an industry experience for our Beyond Expectations program. This program supports young people in foster care to fulfill their career aspirations through work experience, mentoring, job coaching and lots more.

Please call Vicky Meyer 0407135888 to discuss possibilities.

Housing Conversations Update

Join Julia for a cuppa and discussion at the Neighbourhood Centre to find out about progress of the housing projects from last year's Housing Conversations. The discussion group will run monthly on the first Tuesday of the month
If you are interested in finding out what might be involved in you offering your spare room, some storage or empty caravan for emergency or 'interim' accommodation or storage to people in our area, please come along.

Light refreshments will be served. Note: Another group for people who are looking for assistance will be run at a later date. Please RSVP to Julia for catering purposes.

Do you have a spare room?


Our annual walk to raise awareness of Domestic Violence is planned for Thursday 18th May 2016.

Our first planning meeting is planned for 13th April at 10.00 am here at MNC. If you are keen to be involved in the planning of activities on this day, please come along to the planning meeting.

For more information and to be involved contact Nooreen.

Featured Events
This month & next

Positively Planning Your Future

These sessions are aimed to arm seniors with information to successfully navigate the legal and government systems associated with their ageing needs.

Free information sessions to be held in Caloundra and the Hinterland. Morning tea is included. 

NEXT DATE: 7th April

To reserve a place, phone 5491 4000

Inclusive Writing Group for Youth and Adults with Special Needs

EPICC (Enabling and Promoting Inclusive Creative Community) is a new project, which proposes to provide creative learning and socialisation opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.

PROJECTS DATES for April: 8, 15, 22 April

Sessions will focus on creative writing and incorporate other creative aspects (music and/or art). The cost will be $50 per day.


Our contact details are:
Sue Irwin on 5499 9899 or
Debbie Rossow on 54999623 or by Email

Parents of Teenagers

Peer to Peer Support Group

Having teenagers can be challenging as our children become young adults with different views on life to ours, wanting to explore the world their way or not always being able to communicate with us. It can be tough. You are not alone. 
If you want to share, ask questions or just connect, come and find support with other parents in a facilitated small group.

"This facilitated group has been amazing for me already. Not just another support group, the facilitation in this group supports new and shared knowledge and some great take away ideas, as well as allowing me to express my hurts and concerns, and have them listened to. - Anon"

The group of parents of teenagers meeting on Tuesday mornings has reached its capacity. A new group is starting on Thursday 14th April in the evening  5.30 to 7.30pm.

If you can't make these times but still would like to join please contact the facilitator: Anne  


WHEN: 16th April
WHERE: The Deck, Crystal Waters Eco Village, 65 Kilcoy Lane, Conondale
COST: $20 (Youth & kids are free)
TIME: 12 midday - 12 midnight
ACCOM: Camping available

Bands and performers, dance workshops, firetwirlers, art auction.  

Community coming together to raise funds for Bianca Bond and her family whose home was recently damaged by fire. Bianca and her family sadly lost many valuable items in the fire that can't be replaced. We can help her overcome this challenge. Come join your community for this event. read more...


Morag Gamble 

VENUE: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre 
DATES: Friday 15 April and Friday 22 April 
TIMES: 10.30am to 12pm.
  • The workshops are free
  • There is a limit of 25 people/ workshop 
  • Book with MNC Ph: 5499 9345

Herbs bring our food to life and tantalise our tastebuds. Explore both common and unusual herbs for creating delicious culinary herb oils, butters, blends, vinegars - for your own pantry, and for gifts.

Here on the Sunshine Coast we can grow many amazing superfoods that help us maintain or return to health. Learn how to grow, harvest and use these superfoods. You will learn how to propagate these plants and be able to take some home for your garden. 
Self-empowerment course for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Fibromyalgia (FM), Post-Viral Fatigue, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Lymes Disease, and numerous other long term invisible illnesses.

VENUE: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
WHEN: Commencing Wednesday April 20th
TIME: 1.30 pm - 3.00pm
COST: $60 (or what you can afford) Can be paid on a weekly basis.

Contact Kerry Greene M 0400923768
For more information:


presented by
Aunty Beverly Hand

Once a month. A great way to connect with our Indigenous community and 
Come along to the movie and discussion on the night.
Gold coin donation entry.

For more information, call Maleny Neighbourhood Centre on 54 999 345.




Family Services - Wendy.
Details in the side panel of this newsletter.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 3.00 midday

Centrelink - Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday
Time: 9.00 - 11.00am with Tony.
(If you are coming from a distance please phone MNC to check that Tony is here before you travel.)

Blackall Range Care Games Morning Contact Janene 5429 6152
Time: 9.30 am - 12pm

Free legal advice & service - Suncoast Community Legal (every 2nd Mon.) 
Ph 5443 7827 for appointment

Parents of Teenagers Peer to Peer group
Time: Tuesdays from 9 am to 11am
Contact Anne on 3051 6311
For more information 

APM Job Active Employment Services with Lisa 
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 am

Justice of the Peace - to witness signatures of official documents
Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Maleny Floral Art Group - (2nd Tuesday of the month)
Time: 9.00 am-12.00 noon 


Family Services - Wendy
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 3.00 midday

EKANKAR Free Events
Hu Chant and Spiritual Discussion   
Contact Jennifer Ph: 0429 957 989  or 5496 5054
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm

FREE Haircuts
4th Wednesday every second month - make appts at MNC Front Desk

Community Solutions Disability Employment 
Contact: Liz  Ph: 5413 1555 for an appointment
Time: Wednesdays Midday - 5 pm

Family Services - Wendy
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 3.00 midday

FREE Parents of Teenagers Peer to Peer group
Time: Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Contact Anne on 3051 6311
For more information 

Fix It Cafe - 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. $5 donation per item.

Community Lunch ($5 donation) – EVERY THURSDAY 12.30pm

Justice of the Peace - to witness signatures of official documents
Time: 12.30 am - 2.30 pm
Last day for 2015 Thurs. 17th Dec, returning, Thursday 14th Jan.

Maleny Men’s Group
Ph: Rob Clark  0414 315 399 or 5641 2534,
Email: Rob
Ref Maleny Men's Group FB Page for updated events, meeting times and information.


Billy's Ayurvedic Kitchen
Time: 12.15pm
Donation: $10 minimum

Every Week Day 
Flexi School (Except Friday)
Free Wi-Fi, computers available
Family Support
Counselling Support on request
Care Connect Age Support
Partners in Recovery Mental Health
Rooms of all sizes to rent 24 / 7 at affordable prices
Phone use, photocopying
Get connected with your community
Emergency Food Relief - lots of different support needs available and the use of our washing machine

Help Us Help Your Neighbourhood 

MNC is appealing to our community to support our neighbourhood efforts.

We have some 70 volunteers serving the Maleny community, fed more than 1,000 people in crisis during 2015 and we've come up with a great, and all together painless way for you to support us on an ongoing basis!

Can you spare five dollars to help your Neighbourhood Centre thrive?

To avoid all fees you can go to your own internet banking page and set up a recurring monthly payment to Maleny Neighbourhood Centre ($20 per month is 66 cents per day.) 

For more information read more..
Or to donate by Paypal go to:

IGA CBC Number

MNC purchases food from IGA so if you would like to assist us, please join our CBC community. Our CBC number is: 43 356

Community Lunch Thursdays

Come and join us for a delicious lunch, meet other community members for a $5 donation.

MNC needs five volunteers each week to put on this splendid feast. The new roster is on the office door - please choose a time that suits you to help out.

Your Local Native Nursery

For quality services, products and advice we are your one stop shop for local native plants, bush foods, timber trees, native gardens, tools and equipment for Revegetation and Bush Regeneration, nest boxes, books, DVD’s and art.

"We live in a biodiversity hotspot", says Spencer. "There are some 3500 plants local to the region and we're encouraging home gardeners to plant them as an alternative to the usual garden plants that become weeds in our local forests."

At this time of starting up business here in Maleny, Spencer has moved his office to be on-site in Coral Street. Take the opportunity to go along and chat. You'll get the benefit of his long history working with regeneration and the biodiversity of our local region.

20 Coral Street, Maleny
Ph: 07 5435 2193

Art Prize Volunteer Team Needed

Would you like to help out as a volunteer for MNC Art Prize - 11th - 13th June.

For this event to run smoothly we need the assistance of people in the following areas:


  1. Marketing now
  2. printing of catalogue done by Tuesday 7th
  3. Display boards to be made by Glen by Tues 7th
  4. setup and hanging of paintings Wed 8th- Thurs 9th June
  5. setup for opening night 10th June
    • food and drinks prep
    • Volunteers for night
    • organise opening talk by?
    • musicians
    • cleanup
  6. Volunteer for sales assistance over 10th-12th
  7. payment for paintings?


  1. storage of paintings
  2. cleanup Mon 13th- Tues 14th
If you would like to participate we would very much appreciate your help. Please contact the Funding Group and let us know how you would like to help, through this email address. Thank you.

Maleny Pearl
Connection Group


The PEARL group is continuing.  We surveyed group attendees and a common request was for the group to become social and to be based at varying locations in the community. 

Please find attached the new flyer

The group has been completely rebranded and is known as Maleny Pearl Connection Group.

The Group is now more focused on socialising, getting out of the house and into the community and generally connecting with others.  This is aligned with the requests of group members.

Maleny Local Business

MNC is launching an opportunity for local ethical businesses to advertise in our monthly newsletter which goes out to about 1600 people per month.
Your ad could read for example:
"Specialising in bringing you the very best
service possible since ....
'A quote from your valued client here or a feature of a new and exciting product or service that you offer.' "
Contact us... link to your website

For more information...

Women's Space Prize Winners

Mukti Organic SkinCare:
Denise Hoffman
Journals & Holden's Art Gallery Voucher: Sonya Wildgrace
Blessed Earth Baby Products:
Sharon Cleland

Congratulations everyone!

Maleny LETS Market

Come along and join in the fun at the next Maleny LETS market, here at the MNC every month.
Stall Bookings
Ph: Gay: 0424 379 338

WHEN: Saturday 12th March
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Volunteer Profile

Jason Carmichael

Jason has been working with the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre gardening team for in excess of 4 years. "Gardening is something I just love to do," says Jason.

Jason tells me that his aspiration is to come from his natural true nature, something he has learned from his spiritual teacher, Barry Long.

"I am here to enjoy my life, and the natural world around me, the natural art in the community ~ painting, craft, sport and gardening.

Thank you Jason for being a dedicated team member of our gardening crew. 


When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. 

April – 14, 28
May – 12, 26
June – 9, 23
July – 14, 28
August – 11, 25
September – 8, 22
October – 13, 27
November – 10 ( 4th birthday), 24
December - 8

Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm in the Western Courtyard.

Donation: $5 per item

Facebook Group

Billy's Ayurvedic

Fridays 12.15 pm
Donation: Min $10 - supports MNC fund-raising efforts
Starts again on Friday 22nd January 2016

Billy prepares and serves lunch on Fridays from the MNC kitchen, incorporating the principles of Ayurvedic food preparation and consumption.
  • fresh, local organic produce is used as much as possible
  • food is prepared on the day, within 3 hours of serving
"Good Digestion is the number 1 contributor to Good Health"


~ Emergency Relief Clients ~
WHEN: Every 4th Wed of the month
TIME: 11.00 am
APPOINTMENTS: Ph: 5499 9345 or make your appointment at the MNC Front Desk

Upcoming Free Webinars 2016

You can come to Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to attend these webinars or access it from home.
What's new with Windows 10
March 4: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Here's your link to listen in online 
Learning LinkedIn
February 26: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Here's your link to listen in online


Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Programme

Sometimes families struggle with problems like financial pressures, difficulties coping with children, feeling isolated, lonely & stressed. Often parents just need someone to talk to.

Family Support is an early intervention programme that aims to improved children's development and wellbeing by supporting the capacity of those in a parenting role. Specifically working with children up to the age of 12 years, Family Support seeks to:
  • strengthen family relationships
  • support families
  • improve children's wellbeing
  • increase participation in community life to strengthen family and community functioning
If you think that you or your family, may benefit from this type of support, give Wendy a call on Mob: 0423 716 705

Wendy is at the MNC on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Time: 7.30 am - 12.00 midday.

Emergency Relief Story


I am a middle aged woman living in a rental accommodation with my son and my son’s girlfriend. I am in the Newstart program through Centrelink and am currently studying with the hopes of getting work soon. Money is very tight and I found myself in the position of requiring assistance from the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre recently. Previously I had been borrowing money from my elderly mother which i did not want to do anymore.

The Centre was great and supplied me with some groceries and a reference to St. Vinny’s for a clothing voucher. I have also signed up for budgeting counselling through the Centre.

I feel the Maleny Neighborhood Centre is a wonderful resource and I would recommend it to anyone in need. I would also not hesitate to use it again if needed. I also really enjoy the weekly lunches at the Neighbourhood Centre - they are so good and it definitely does not have that “soup kitchen” feel to it at all!

GO FUND ME Campaign
for Bianca Bond and Family.

"Bianca and her 3 beautiful children’s home has been half burnt down! Everything that has been lost or damaged was of great cultural, spiritual and heart significance sentimentally to them. The furniture, washing machine, fridge, clothes, shoes etc. can be replaced but their meaningful memories that are priceless are gone forever."
Please support this GOFUNDME campaign to help Bianca and her family through this difficult time.

A fundraiser event: Bee's ba'lum'beer ba'ri'bum is organised on the 16th April (see information in main column)

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This year we have 2 raffle prizes:

$500 gift voucher from iConnect 
Maleny Lodge has kindly donated
2 nights for 2 
stay mid-week with continental & cooked breakfast 
Value $450 

Tickets $2
Drawn when 1000 tickets sold

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges assistance funding for the 2015 financial year from QLD Govt Dept 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 costs until August 2015.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre proudly acknowledges local support from Sunshine Coast Council Community Partnership Funding Program, APEX, Country Women Association, Foundation Dental Services, Lions Club of Maleny, Maleny and District Senior Citizens, Maleny Baptist Church, Maleny Uniting Church, Maleny Catholic Ladies, Maleny Rotary, Maleny Garden Club, Maleny Quota, Maleny Credit Union, Montville Coffee, Zonta Club of Blackall Range.
Writer: Josie Coco    Editor: Anne Delmas
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