Awesome events coming up...
Women's Space Maleny 2016
Heart Talk for Volunteers
Permaculture Courses have returned
Inclusive Writing
BodyTalk Access Course & FREE Clinic
Effective Parenting
Parents of Teens  - Peer to Peer Support
...and so much more!

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Maleny Neighbourhood News - Feb 2016

Hello <<First Name>>, we hope that you enjoy our February newsletter. 

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 on Tuesday 1st March at 10am.  

Tuesday 15 March 10am-12pm an Information Session for a new Spare Rooms Group will be run at the Centre. 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 for catering purposes.

Women’s Space Maleny 2016

In celebration of International Women's Day ~ Good for her! Great for us! When Women achieve, Queensland Succeeds!

Fund-raising event for MNC

Sunday March 6, 2016

The purpose of Women’s Space is to provide local women with an opportunity to share healing, knowledge and experiences with each other in order to grow cohesive and inclusive connections in our community. 
The event will be an all-inclusive event welcoming cultural and gender diversity and is planned to be intergenerational.

We are very excited about the programme so far! Here's the link to the EVENT PAGE. Join us!

We are looking for some volunteer help on the day to help manage the event so if you would love to be involved we would love to hear from you. For the roles available... read more...

Please email Josie Coco and let her know how you would like to participate.

Featured Events
This month & next

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 Term 1 2016
January: Friday 29  
February: 5, 12, 19
March: 4, 11, 18 
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


This one-day programme is the ultimate in self-care.

WHEN: Sunday March 13
WHERE: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

Brain balancing, cellular hydration, nurturing your immune system, (it provides your body’s defenses) and balancing your body’s structure and form, including addressing any disturbed fascia, all in this simple self-care routine. You’ll be applying focus and tapping. Results are immediately noticeable.

I’ve invited an Instructor to Maleny for this one-day course so if you’re within driving distance, don’t miss this! Once you feel the results, you will use it all the time in your own self-care programme, AND for your family.

You can find more information and register here.

FREE BodyTalk Access Clinic

FREE Sessions - 30 minutes

Mondays from 18th Jan: 1.00 pm 
Venue: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
Schedule your session here

I am really excited to be offering these FREE clinic sessions each Monday. Each session will be approx. 30 minutes and include 5 tapping techniques - think of it as a tune up!

It's great for everyone and awesome for teens!

Spaces are limited and it's already proving popular, so schedule your session here to secure your spot.

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

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 group.
Starting in February.
For more information, email Anne on Ph: 3051 6311



Morag Gamble 

VENUE: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre 
DATES: 28 Feb  and 15 March 
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. 
Saturday 13th Feb is the anniversary of the Apology. Come along to the Yarning Circle at 10 am for an informal gathering with our Indigenous community.

Indigenous Movie Night 

Friday 19th Feb at 6pm
presented by
Aunty Beverly Hand

Movie shown: The Apology
Come along to the movie and discussion on the night.
Gold coin donation entry. 
Presented by Eckankar free events –
WHEN: February 2016
Maleny, Tanawha and Tewantin.
HU Chant and discussion with a Spiritual theme                  
How to Find God’s Blessings in Your Daily Life
Maleny weekly Wednesday’s
Start again February 3rd
Neighborhood Centre
17 Bicentenary Lane. (Off Coral St.)

Tanawha monthly resume in February
HU Chant and discussion with a Spiritual theme                                                                                                                                                     
February 21 2016 Sunday 9:30-11:30am
Arts and Ecology Centre, Maroochy Botanical Gardens.
Tewantin CWA Hall 123 Poinciana Ave February 17 6-7:30pm
Contact:  5496 5054 * 0429 957 989




Family Services - Wendy.
Details in the side panel of this newsletter.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 12.00 midday

Centrelink - Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program fortnightly
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.)
Starting 18th Jan 2016

Blackall Range Care Games Morning Contact Janene 5429 6152
Time: from 9.30 am

Free legal advice & service - Suncoast Community Legal (every 2nd Mon.) 
Ph 5443 7827 for appointment
Starting25th Jan

FREE BodyTalk Access Sessions - Family Healthcare Programme (5 tapping techniques) with Josie Coco
Time: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm
For more information and to Book your place


APM Disability Employment Services with Domonique
Time: Tuesdays from 9:00 am

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 12.00 midday

PEARL - Drop in peer support 
- Second Wednesday of each month
- 10.00 am - 12 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 of every month - make appts at MNC Front Desk

COUNSELLOR - Nathalie Bastier
12.00 midday - 3.00 pm
Available for Emergency Relief Clients and Volunteers
Contact MNC Front Desk for an appointment
for more information....


Family Services - Wendy
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 12.00 midday
Last day for 2015 

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

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.


Community Solutions Disability Employment 
Contact: Liz  Ph: 5413 1555 for an appointment
Fortnightly on Fridays 

Billy's Ayurvedic Kitchen
Time: 12.15pm
Donation: $10 minimum
Starting 22nd January

Every Day 

Flexi School
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

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 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 13th February
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

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.


When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Starting Thursday 28th January.

February – 11, 25
March – 10, 24
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

WHEN: 18th February
TIME: 10.00am - 1.00pm

Pave the Way invites people with disabilities and their families, to a presentation about preparing for the introduction of the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme which will be rolled out in Queensland in July 2016. Read more… 

Events Management Team

Amongst our fundraising events planned for this year are:
1) Women's Space - 6th March 2016
2) MNC Art Prize - 11th - 13th June

For these events to run smoothly we need the assistance of people who have experience with events management as well as  those who are willing to work alongside organisers.
  • Planning the event
  • Installing marquees and items for the events
  • Sound systems
  • Crowd Management / security
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
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.

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.
Technology tips for aspiring authors
February 12: 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.

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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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