Open Day at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
Parenting Teenagers Workshop
Volunteers needed
Broadband for Seniors
Office of Women and DV Reform update
Advertise with us
Women's Groups - connect with other women
...and more!

Forest Heart - Local Nursery Native Plants 

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Maleny Neighbourhood News - November 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,

What a great Open Day we had with some 100 guests visiting and about 65 lunches served on the day!

And it's November and that means we're thinking about Christmas. Christmas breakfast at the MNC is ALWAYS a treat. If you would like to help out on the day, we'd love to hear from you.

There are some awesome parent and women support groups available at MNC so check them out. 

Open Day
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre "Open Day" was held  on 27th October.

The concept of the Open Day was for the local Maleny community to come in and see what the Centre actually does. It was also great opportunity for the Centre to recruit more volunteers, in areas such as gardens, reception and kitchen.

Over 100 people came through the Centre between 10am and 2pm, some stopped and perused the various stalls, comprising of Centrelink, Sunshine Coast Legal Aid,  Blackall Range Care services, as well as groups like CHASM (affordable housing group) and W2M (Refugee Support group).

We estimate that 60-70 local people enjoyed a sumptuous Thursday lunch with dessert for $5 a plate, a weekly activity at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

Fix It Cafe volunteers were able to assist people with items that required mending for a small donation of $5.

Raffle was drawn, with 1st prize being $500 voucher from Concept IT, and 2nd prize, 2 nights accommodation at Maleny Lodge including breakfast.

Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Centre Coordinator and Management Committee would like to thank all volunteers and Staff who assisted with arrangements for the day.

Parent Connection Group

Suitable for anyone who has a pre-teen/teenager in their life who they hope to build a stronger relationship with.

Also taking expressions of interest for an after-hours group from 5-7pm.
Christmas 2015


It's November and we can't ignore it, it's time to start planning for Christmas. And at the Neighbourhood Centre that means Christmas Breakfast!

We're beginning to plan all the roles that need to be filled. If you would love to help out, we'd love to hear from you. You can respond to this email, or call in and let us know at the front desk.

I bags the Welcoming Committee job again this year! There were some 400 guests last year and that meant on Christmas Day I got about 400 hugs! Best day ever!

Invitation - Blackall Range Wellbeing Working Group

Are you interested in being involved in your community? Making a difference and building connections that support our most vulnerable?

Come along and share ideas that will help us build a stronger more resilient Blackall Range.

Get involved in fun events, support groups, activities and advocate for the unique needs of our communities.

The group meets monthly.  For more info email Anne at MNC.



MNC is seeking volunteers who would like to give us some time either in the mornings or afternoons in the following areas.

The hours that would work well are 9.00 am until 12 pm, and 12 pm to 3.00 pm.  One or more days per week, just as much as you feel you can give, will be appreciated.

The areas where we currently need support include:
  • Front Desk reception
  • Admin work
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Gardening
  • Fund-Raising
  • Events 
Any help you can give us would be very much appreciated. Contact Alison.

Telehealth Parent Counselling Trial

The Telehealth Parent Counselling Trial is looking at telehealth video appointments (video conferencing) as a way of delivering parent counselling to families in rural, remote areas or those unable to access a Child Health Centre.

All counselling is provided by fully qualified professional social workers or psychologists known as Early Intervention Parenting Clinicians/Early Intervention Clinicians (EIPC/EICs). EIPC/EICs assist families with children aged 0 – 8 years where they are facing challenges in their parenting/caregiving, they are experiencing difficulties with their child’s emotions or behaviours or are facing other difficulties that are affecting their parenting abilities. Read more...

Maleny Local Business

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.
For more info...
Our Shared History
To view the programme, see more...

Featured Events

"The Seasons of Life"

An invitation for women to connect in a confidential and meaningful manner with other women about what it is to be a woman.

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
Time: 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Small group facilitated by Anne Delmas

Fee: $30 / $25 concession

Contact Anne: by email, phone: 0490 314 011 for information & to RSVP

Rehearsals for Life

"Theatre is a vehicle of truth, creative expression and education."

A weekly workshop is held at Maleny Flexi School Art Shed on a Thursday evening 6 – 7:15pm/ *7:45pm (*Four Thursdays each term) during the school term. 

For more information, please contact Teula on 0423 199 005 or Facebook - Rehearsal For Real Life.   Read more...




Family Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in the side panel of this newsletter.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 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

Free Cooking Classes
Time: Tuesdays 11.30am to 1pm

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

APM Disability Services with Jo 
Time: from 8:00 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 Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 12.30pm to 2.45pm
Booking required
Contact Anne or 0490 314 011

WOMEN'S GROUP - The Seasons of life
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Contact Anne or 0490 314 011

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: Midday - 5 pm

Family Support - Wendy and Holly
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 8 am to 4.00 midday

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

Fix It Cafe - 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Items can be brought to MNC Front Desk Mon- Fri 9-3pm Except Sewing items and big items
Time: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm. $5 donation per item.

Justice of the Peace - to witness signatures of official documents
Time: 12.30 am - 2.30 pm

Restorative Circle Practice Group
When: 3rd Thursday of each month
Time: 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

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

Inclusive Writing Group for Youth and adults with Special needs
Time : 9am - 3pm
Contact: Sue on 5499 9899 or Debbie on  5499 9623 

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 $5 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 

Number 43 356

MNC purchases food from IGA so if you would like to assist us, please join our CBC community.

Office of Women and Domestic Violence Reform

Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

The Office advises that the Domestic and Family Violence Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 11 October 2016.

The Bill is part of an ongoing reform process in response to the report of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland and makes important improvements to better protect victims of domestic and family violence and their families, strengthen the justice response to domestic and family violence, and support the delivery of integrated service responses.  

Information on the key changes is provided in the attached factsheet.

The amendments will commence on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

Legal Services

Community Legal Outreach Service is available in Maleny.

Staffed by local volunteer lawyers and volunteer admin staff, the Legal Outreach operates once a fortnight to provide family and general law advice and referral services to the Hinterland. Read more... Grant Received

In collaboration with Real Estate Office, Pia Buick, MNC has been awarded a grant for $1500. These funds will be used for a new computer for our reception office, and to purchase items for emergency relief clients.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Pia Buick for this opportunity and thank her and her office for supporting our application.

Community Lunch Thursdays

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

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, DVDs 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
Maleny Bakery2

Maleny Bakery and Cafe

Each Monday morning Maleny Bakery and Cafe kindly donate breads and buns to the MNC for distribution to emergency relief clients.

We want to acknowledge the generosity of the Bakery - your support is very much appreciated.

Pictured: Allen and Celine.



Please use this link to assess eligibility and to apply.
Round 8 Applications are open since 13th July 2016.

Maleny Pearl
Connection Group


The Group is focused on socialising, getting out of the house and into the community and generally connecting with others.  

Please find attached the new flyer

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 10th December
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm


You can now drop small items any week day 9am - 3pm (Except for sewing items)
When: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. 

Nov – 10 ( 4th birthday), 24
December - 8

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

Donation: $5 per item

Facebook Group

BFS Webinar 
"Google Keep" 
Save your thoughts wherever you are

"Google Keep" is a free note taking app, it can help you create grocery lists that pop up when you are in the store & set time based reminders to make sure you never miss a thing, such as taking all those medicines at the right time.

In this webinar our presenter Robert Page will run us through the features of Google Keep and how to use it in our day to day lives. Read more...

Billy's Ayurvedic

Fridays 12.15 pm
Donation: Min $12 - supports MNC fund-raising efforts

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"

by Laina McCoy

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

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 or Holly on 0488 000 343. 

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 accomodation 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. Vinnies for a clothing voucher. I have also signed up for budgeting counselling through the Centre.

I feel the Maleny Neighbourhood 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!

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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.
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, Maleny Bakery and Cafe
Writer: Josie Coco    Editor: Anne Delmas
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