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December 2017

by Sammelan Sek-Reid, Flexi School*

What is the meaning of Christmas? For some people, it might be about religion or getting presents, for others it may be about spending time with family or being grateful for the things we have. And some people don’t celebrate Christmas at all.
    But no matter what the meaning of Christmas is for you, it’s a day of love, of happiness, a day where everyone comes together as one, to celebrate being alive and having people who love you.
    The most beautiful thing about Christmas is that you get the best gift of all. You get the gift of giving, and giving, is the best gift that you could get. So this Christmas, let's discover what Christmas spirit means to us and instead of counting our presents, let's count our blessings. Let's be grateful for all the things and people we have in our lives.

About the Maleny Flexi School

Maleny Flexi School, situated at MNC, started in 2002 and has steadily grown to a size where it now supports more than 30 students, who engage in different aspects of vocational development training along with the basic subjects of English and Maths. It is a place where students can complete their studies at their own pace and engage in activities that will assist them in vocational development. 
Come join us for breakfast!
Christmas breakfast will be from 8am to 11am – Everyone is welcome! Bring your family or by yourself to celebrate with your community. Beautiful hot breakfast for everyone, vegetarian options too. We heard Santa would pass by too.

Santa needs more games, books and DVDs.

Could you contribute and donate board games, books and DVDs for families appropriate for children? Santa will distribute them to children on the day.  

Christmas hampers

Maleny Credit Union, Pomodoras, Gypsy's Table, Baker/Robinson Lawyers, Quota, Lions Rotary and many others are donating some Christmas hampers to families going through a difficult time. If you would like to do so too please contact Anne on 5494 2907.
How you can help

One of the Centre's main priority is to support community members who find themselves in a crisis situation this is the Emergency Relief Program. MNC assists vulnerable families and individuals of our local community in a variety of ways. For the food relief program we do not get any government assistance – we are reliant solely on the generosity of the community.
    So far this year we have raised approximately $8,900 but we still hope to reach our target of $20,000. People in difficulty need fuel vouchers, stoves if they're sleeping rough and sometimes help with emergency payments such as power bills, prescriptions and food.
   Our emergency food program costs about $1,000 per month. The average food parcel costs $30 depending on the number of people in the family. We also set aside a budget of $1000 per year for IGA vouchers for people with specific food allergies – so far we have accrued $600 this financial year towards this. If you or your organisation can assist please contact us.
Heartfelt thanks
to the following community members for
their generous donations: 
The Garden Club for fuel vouchers
Maleny Lions for swags for homeless people
CHASM for money raised during Homelessness Week for emergency accommodation
QUOTA, Maleny Anglican Church, Share the Dignity and Susanne Whaling for toiletry items
ACTU for $100 in memory of Bill Richardson.
Attendees at Bill Richardson's memorial at MNC for donating food items and personal items.
Dental Centre Maleny for toothpaste and toothbrushes
Ananda Marga River School for toilet paper
Dawaat Indian Restaurant Maleny for delivering meals every fortnight
• Maleny State High School Interact Club for $200 to help with homelessness

Visit your nearest piggy bank!

A great way to support MNC Emergency Relief Program is to donate to one of the local piggy banks distributed around local businesses, or to get one in your place of work:
19 businesses have one:
Maleny Library, Sarah's Unplugged, Hinterland Country Diner, Hair on Maple, Maleny Optical, Maple St Coop, Rosetta Books, Marketplace organic cafe, Concept IT cafe, Maleny Gym, Watson's' Garage, Witta general store, Industree, Judy Coey Optical, Trigoly Tax, Dental Centre Maleny, Maleny Cheese Factory, Conondale store and the Conondale School staff room.
     An extra thank you to Rosetta Books and Judy Coey Optical who go an extra mile to contribute. In January we collected more than $200 from Rosetta's piggy bank as they were asking clients to put the money for wrapping in the piggy bank. Judy Coey Optical has also put in extra support for our Emergency Relief Program.
    More than $1000 has been collected since the beginning of the program. Thankyou everyone.
Community based office available for rent at community rates

If you wish to offer individual or community support, or training services to Maleny and surrounding locations from a central location, the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has a great secure office space available for rent. The Centre receives up to 10,000 participant visits per year offering a strong potential client base in a respected community facility... more info

Calling all would-be gardeners

The MNC gardens are flourishing, thanks to our volunteer gardeners: Meryl, Barry, Barbara, Brigitte, DJ, Dinawhan, Charlie, Jim and Jason.
More gardeners are always welcome and needed.
Contact Nancy or Bec


PANTRY: 750g packets of rolled oats
Fuel vouchers


Make childcare your career – enrol now!
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
FULLY funded (FREE) training and work placement for eligible applicants at Caloundra Community Centre
CLASSES COMMENCING: Wednesday 7th February 2018

26 week course 9.30am – 3.30pm, 2-3 days per week
View the flyer for more info
Upcoming events
Saturday 2 December, 5.30pm
Old Witta School

To reserve your seat:
Sue, 5499 9899,
View the poster for more info

2 Qigong workshops

with Qigong Master Simon Blow
Absorbing the essence
3 February 2018, 9am–4pm
More info

Six healing sounds
4 February 2018, 9–11am
More info
December noticeboard

Community lunch

Thursdays, 12.30pm,
$5 donation if possible.
Join us for a delicious lunch and meet other community members.

Fix It Cafe

Final for 2017 on Thursday 14 December, 9am – 2.30pm Bring items to front desk except sewing items and big items. 

EPICC Maleny

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

Billy's ayurvedic kitchen

1st and 3rd Friday of the month

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets first Monday of the month at 4.30pm at MNC  
Next meeting: Monday 4 December. All welcome. 
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 7 December

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
No market in December

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 in Maleny and surrounds.
More info

Eckankar: HU chant and spiritual discussion theme

Connect to the wisdom of soul within
View the flyer here

Maleny Montessori Playgroup

Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am and 1.30-3.30pm
View the poster

Kind2Minds mental health support group

Friendship and support in an informal and non-judgmental space. Mondays 3.30–5pm
View the flyer here
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.)

• Blackall Range Care Games Morning 
9.30am – 12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152

• Suncoast Community Legal – Free legal advice & service
Every second Monday 
Ph 5443 7827 for appointment

Kind2Minds Mental Health Support Group
Every Monday, 3.30–5pm
Ph Somar 0455 522 117

• 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 Montessori playgroup
Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am and 1.30-3.30pm
Contact Kimi: 0498 389 070 Bookings essential

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



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

• FREE haircuts
Fourth Wednesday every second month – make appts at MNC front desk

• Max Employment services
Third Wednesday of the month


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome

• Fix It Cafe
Second Thursday only in December, 9am – 2.30pm
 $5 donation per item.

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

• LETS office
Every Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm


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

• Billy's Ayurvedic kitchen
First and third Friday of the month

• Community Solutions employment services
Every second Friday of the month

Every weekday 

• Flexi School
(except school holidays)

• Free Wi-Fi, computers available

• Counselling support
on request

• Partners in Recovery Mental Health
Lutheran Community Care

• 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 Anne or Nooreen in our office to discuss further.
Pia Buick is a local real estate agent who has contributed on a monthly basis to the Neighbourhood Centre for the last 3 years. Our sincere thanks to Pia for her ongoing support!
We are especially looking for volunteers for the following working groups – IT personnel and gardeners. If you would like to know more please contact the Volunteers Support worker.


Participate in supporting your community. We would love you to join the Maleny Neighbourhood 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
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 February Edition:
16 January 2018. 
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
Emergency phone: 0499 937 118
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: Anne Delmas & Wendy Oakley
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