November 2017
Hello <<First Name>>, 
Two important events being held at the Centre, this month. On 12 November the Right Track workshop will consider how the right use of language can make a significant contribution to issues of social justice. It will focus on refugees but can be applied equally to other minority groups in our community. The second event will assist people who support  community members who may be suicidal to become more aware of the support services that may be available to them. See below for more information.
Just a reminder that there are two Melbourne Cup events of interest in Maleny, the one being held at The Orangery is a part-fundraiser for the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.
– Anne Delmas & Wendy Oakley, editors
MNC's AGM for 2017
This year's AGM was held on Thursday 28 September with 30 people present. Reports were presented by the President, the Coordinator and the Treasurer, after which all positions for the management committee were declared vacant and elections held from nominations received.
   The following people were elected: Greg Williams (President), Barry Smith (Treasurer) and Graham Dempster (Secretary). General members elected were Glori Cowan, Margaret McKenzie,  Raymond James, Tim Bagshaw and Colin Dixon.
   Nicole Hilton from MCU was the invited guest speaker and gave a heartfelt talk which was followed by refreshments.
Read the 2017 minutes
An example of a tiny house in Florida USA
Addressing the lack of affordable housing in Maleny
CHASM (Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions Maleny) is a community group which is focussed on addressing, in some small way, the lack of affordable housing in Maleny and surrounding districts. 
   Skyrocketing rents and a shrinking rental market threatens the wonderful diversity of our community as artists, performers, service workers, pensioners – particularly older single women and others find themselves priced out of the market and move away due to not being able to find local affordable rentals.
    CHASM’s aim is to purchase or build up to 10 small off-grid relocatable homes which will be made available for a low rent to a local person, couple or family in housing stress. We will commence with a pilot project to obtain and place the first dwelling, and lessons learnt from the pilot will inform how we proceed in obtaining and managing the remaining 9 dwellings.
More info: please contact Margaret McKenzie (0412 322 103) or Julia Peddie (0405 331 584)

#Right Track Community Action Workshop
Sunday 12 November, 10am to 3pm

Welcome to Maleny and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre invite you to a workshop introducing strategies to have value-based conversations about the issues that impact on people seeking asylum. The workshop draws on "Words that work" research which is changing the way advocates discuss & promote social justice.
Book online 
Gold coin entry.
View the flyer
Pre-approved car and home loans
At Maleny Credit Union we know how important it is to be prepared before you make large financial decisions. Our staff are just like you, we have car loans and mortgages so we know how to get the best out of your financial institution to make it a smooth, enjoyable transaction for everyone involved. 
Sandra is ready to take your call or meet with you at a time that best suits you. Give her a call on 5499 8988 or email if you have any questions.


PANTRY: Tins of spaghetti
2-man tents and sleeping bags to assist people sleeping rough


One of the Centre's main functions is to support community members who find themselves in a crisis situation. Each month we would like to share one of their stories:

An excellent community facility

I am a Maleny aged pensioner. I find this pension is at times insufficient to live on and I use the Emergency Relief Program at MNC occasionally.
   I have received help with basic food staples and with some cookware. I also used to participate weekly in the Mah Jong games at the Centre and found this a valuable social networking opportunity. Something for morning tea was always available and that meant I didn’t have to worry about lunch when I went home.
   I am very grateful for the help I have received from the MNC and consider the Centre an excellent community facility.  Some of the volunteers are exceptional in their ability to make people feel comfortable. I would recommend the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to anyone in need or to anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity.
Our sincere thanks to all those community groups and individuals who have donated to our Emergency Relief program funding since the last newsletter.
    These included Bob Hal who donated $300 worth of IGA vouchers and the Interact group from Maleny State High School who donated $200 towards the homelessness fund

These donations help us to achieve our fundraising aim of $12,000 for the Emergency Relief Program... 
Upcoming events
The Orangery Maleny
Big race on the big screen, fashion show raffle, lucky door prizes. Best dressed on the field prizes and more... Part of the ticket price, all proceeds from the raffle and sweepstakes all goes to the Neighbourhood Centre.
For more info phone 5435 2545 to book.
View the flyer.
Maleny Manor
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Last year Rotary raised $7000 which was shared by the Neighbourhood Centre and the Blackall Range Care Group. This year the nominated charities are the Maleny Hospital Auxiliary and the Nambour Hear and Say Centre.
View the flyer
Community Action Workshop
Sunday 12 November, 10am to 3pm

Welcome to Maleny and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre invites you to a workshop introducing strategies to have value-based conversations about the issues that impact on people seeking asylum. Gold coin entry. 
View the flyer
Building support networks in our local communities
Mini Open Day – meet and greet with providers
Thursday 16 November 2017, 12 noon – 3pm
Opportunities to find out more through informal conversations. Come just before the community lunch and then hang around afterwards.
View the poster
October noticeboard

Community lunch

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

Fix It Cafe

Second and fourth Thursday, 9am – 2.30pm
Items can be brought to front desk except sewing items and big items. 
$5 donation per item

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 
Next meeting: Monday 6 November. All welcome. 
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 2 November

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
Saturday 11 November,

(International Day against Homophobia)

The Maleny IDAHO group supports and connects young LGBTI people and their families.
More info

Eco art and craft workshops

Will start again in 2018. Specialising in eco art using nature's treasures and recycling waste products.
Visit the website

Community Legal Outreach Service

Staffed by local volunteer lawyers, the Legal Outreach provides family and general law advice and referral services to the Hinterland. For appointments please call (07) 5443 7827. 

CBC number 43356

Maleny IGA has a community program where they donate 1% of your purchase to a community group. 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

Why do we dream?
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 and fourth Thursday of the month, 9am – 2.30pm
Items can be brought to MNC front desk Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm, except sewing items and big items
$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

• Eco art and craft workshops
Every 3rd Friday 9.30am to midday
Contact: Tracy 0476 961 932 

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.

Sunday Service of Worship – 9.00am

Rev. C. Scott Kroeger
Mobile: 0412 681 715
We are especially looking for volunteers for the following – IT personnel and gardeners. If you would like to know more please contact the Volunteers Support worker.


Participate in supporting your community. We'd 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.)

For more information
read more.
or donate by Paypal.
Thank you!

MNC acknowledges the generosity of:
all the individuals who come to the Neighbourhood Centre to give needed items and funds for Emergency Relief Program.
   These funds will go directly to providing supplies for our Emergency Relief clients. People of all ages and backgrounds receive Emergency Relief from MNC: young families, homeless teenagers, displaced persons, and other vulnerable people.

We very much appreciate the support of our local community.
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 December Edition:
16 November. 
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 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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