Thursday 7 September, from 10am
If you want to find out more about what MNC does, come to our Open Day.
Stay for lunch. Learn more about the local groups and services using MNC..
September 2017
Hello <<First Name>>, 
The AGM on the 28 September provides a great opportunity to become more familiar with the extensive range of services provided by MNC and the various projects that are always underway. All welcome, and if you are not a member already, please come and join us.
    We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Bill Richardson. Bill was well known in the Maleny community, particularly remembered for his involvement in the White Ribbon campaign and in MNC's events against Domestic Violence. A community ceremony will be held at the Neighbourhood Centre at 4pm, Wednesday 30 August.
Vale Bill.
– Anne Delmas & Wendy Oakley, editors
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre AGM
Thursday 28 September 2017 at 4pm
A great opportunity for members to learn more about MNC's work and vision. There will be music and canapes will be served.
If you are interested in being a member of the Committee, please contact the Secretary Rebecca Jaques on 5499 9345.
Nominations close on 14 September.
This is the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. This is complemented by R U OK? Day on 14 September. Both days will be marked at MNC on 14 September (see below). 
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. In Australia more than 2500 people die each year (3,027 in 2015)... more

Maleny Wellbeing Group

2nd Monday of the month
A research project in 2016 identified high suicide rates in Hinterland communities. As a result a working group was set up in Glasshouse, Maleny and Kenilworth. The purpose is to reduce the risk  of suicide and increase factors to build resilient communities. For more info please call Nooreen (07) 3051 6310, email

Join us in the MNC garden

The garden is being progressively weeded and brought back into good production for both the kitchen and Emergency Relief. However more help is needed to enable this process to continue. Please contact Nancy or Bec on 5499 9345 if you are interested in volunteering.

Strawberry fields forever

A group of 4-year-old boys and girls from the Good Start Kindergarten visit the MNC every Tuesday morning from 10 to 10.45am. They have their own dedicated garden bed which they have now planted with strawberries.

FixIt Cafe keeps on fixing it

Jim Straker demonstrates how to change a tap washer

The “I can do it” series has provided training to over 15 people in the first of the series – changing a tap washer. And Darryl has brought new skills to the team to undertake repairs on electronics items.    
    There is still capacity to repair more of the regular items  – bicycles, clothes, small goods and some small furniture items. 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9am to 2 pm.


PANTRY: Tins of baked beans
Blankets, pots and pans


Need some help with your tax return?

A tax office representative will be at Morris House in Landsborough on Thursdays. Appointments are available from 3 August. Call 5494 1255 for a free appointment.

Homelessness Week 2017

Thank you to all the wonderful generous people who supported CHASM's fundraising efforts during Homelessness Week in August, and a particular thank you to the Maleny Rotary Club for their donation of $250. The $1,094.50 raised was donated to the MNC to purchase emergency accommodation for homeless people.
    Chasm is keen to hear from any businesses, schools, organisations and community groups who'd like to participate in a community consultation to share fundraising ideas on Wednesday 13 September, 12.15 – 3pm. Please email Julia Peddie or call 0405 331 584. 
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:

"It's great to get aid in Maleny"

"I am a single woman with one child and I have recently lost my job. I continue to look for work and until I find a job, although I am not homeless, I am really only 'scraping by' and so I came into the Neighbourhood Centre to get some help. I was initially really embarrassed to be asking for food but the people were very helpful and made me feel comfortable about it. It is really great to be able to get aid in Maleny where I am living."
Our sincere thanks to all those community groups and individuals who donated to our Emergency Relief Fund during August: These included:

The Lions Club of Maleny: $850 to buy 10 swags for our swag appeal for people sleeping rough.
Maleny Credit Union: $750 through their Support a Local Club program. Thanks to the Credit Union for all their support over the years.
Pomodoras on Obi restaurant: $538.30 comprised of staff tips earned during their Christmas in July event
Quota International of Maleny: $500 to purchase hygiene products and nappies
The Girl Guides: a basket of toiletry products valued at $125 for homeless people donated during Homelessness Week
Elizabeth Gibson: frozen meals, and IGA Maleny: 100+ sausages.
These donations all help us to achieve our fundraising aim of $12,000 which will go towards Emergency Relief... THANKS AGAIN!
Nooreen Harris receives a cheque from Pomodoras owner Jodi Bond
Thanks to the Girl Guides for their donation during Homelessness Week
Upcoming events
Thursday 7 September, from 10am

If you want to find out more about what MNC does, come to our Open Day. Stay for lunch. Learn more about the local groups using MNC and the services available.

Community consultation about fundraising

Wednesday 13 September, 12.15–3pm
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
CHASM is keen to hear from any businesses, schools, organisations and community groups who'd like to participate in a community consultation to share fundraising ideas.
Please email Julia Peddie or call 0405 331 584.
R U Ok and World Suicide Prevention Day
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
Thursday 14 September, 11am – 12.30pm

Followed by community lunch. If you are interested in opportunities to do some training around suicide prevention, come and gather some information on the day.
Let's reach out and talk about suicide fact sheet
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
Thursday 28 September 2017, 4pm
If you are interested in being a member of the Committee please contact the Secretary, Rebecca Jaques, on 5499 9345. Nominations close on 14th September.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
An 8 week course beginning 11 October
Wednesdays 6-8.30 pm
3 decades of research has proven the MBSR program to effectively reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Register at:
or call Kerry 0400 923 768
View the poster for more info
Friday 13 October 2017, 3-6pm
Visual art, poetry, music, dance and theatre
View the poster
Maleny Manor
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Last year Maleny Rotary Club raised close to $7000 which was shared by the Maleny 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

EPICC showcase event

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday 11 November 2017
EPICC Maleny are planning an event featuring the material that they have been working on for the last 2 years. The aim is to raise public awareness of what EPICC do to hopefully attract more members, and to raise the funds necessary to keep going. More details to come.
September 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

Maleny Community Healing and Meditation

Saturdays at 10am.
$10 per person
View the poster

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets every first Monday at 4.30pm Next meeting: Monday 4 September 
Contact: email us or Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 7 September

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
Saturday 9 September,

Caloundra & Hinterland Family Support Programme

An early intervention program to improve children's wellbeing. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3.30am – 3pm... more info

Eco art and craft workshops

Every Friday 9.30am to midday. 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

Maleny Pearl 
Connection Group

The group is focused on socialising, getting out of the house and into the community and generally connecting with others.  
View the flyer here.

Eckankar: HU chant and spiritual discussion theme

Tune into soul's guidance for a better life
View the flyer here

Tai Chi class

With Roger Westcott.
Free for MNC volunteers.
On Tuesdays at 5pm at MNC. Book on 5494 4834

Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions Maleny

Working to increase the supply of low-cost housing.
Full details


The IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia) group supports young LGBTIQ people and their families.
More info.

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


• Family Support
Wendy and Holly
Details below in the Noticeboard.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8.30am – 3pm

• Centrelink – Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday, 
9 –11am 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 
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 Floral Art Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 9am – 12 noon 

• Tai Chi class
Every Tuesday, 5pm. Phone Roger on 5494 4834


• Family Support
Wendy and Holly
Details below in the Noticeboard.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8.30am – 3pm

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


• Family Support
Wendy and Holly
Details below in the Noticeboard.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8.30am – 3pm

• 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

• Homeless Health Outreach
Fourth Thursday of the month from 12.30pm

• Ukulele Stomp Group 
Every Thursday, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Contact Aleathea 5494 3237


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

• Community Solutions employment services
Every second Friday of the month

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

Every weekday 

• Flexi School
(except school holidays)

• Free Wi-Fi, computers available

• Family support

• 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!


Sunday Service of Worship – 9.00am

Rev. C. Scott Kroeger
Mobile: 0412 681 715
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.
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.


Did you know that some organisations have a pantry box for food donations to the MNC Emergency Relief program?

Individuals can also put food donations in the IGA donation box that goes to MNC, located in the Maleny IGA behind the kiosk.

And we always need pots and pans!

Surplus garden produce is always welcome at MNC – for example citrus, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, onions etc.


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.

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 others.

We very much appreciate the support of our 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 October Edition:
21 September. 
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" The mission of the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is to foster resilient and fair communities and a just society where diversity is celebrated and participation encouraged."
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
Copyright © 2017 Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, All rights reserved.

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