My Maleny - Postcards Project

Manager and Facilitator for Peer to Peer Parenting Programme
Support Worker to work with Volunteers

Refugee Settlement - join the conversation
Sacred Yarning with Aunty Pam
Songlines and Creation Stories from Sunshine Coast
Housing Conversations
Cooking nutritional meals on a budget: FREE course MNC

Forest Heart
Maleny Credit Union

Disclaimer: MNC very much appreciates the support of the services that use our centre and advertise in our newsletter, however does not in any way endorse any products or services advertised. 

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Maleny Neighbourhood News - July 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,

Join us this month to share the Sacred Ceremonial Journey with Aunty Pam, participate in the Maleny Postcard Project, join the conversations about how Maleny as a community can help refugees in their settlement process, Broadband for seniors and so much more...

And don't forget to come and meet us for Community Lunch on Thursdays. We'd love to see you there.

My Maleny - Postcards

My Maleny is a non-for-profit community arts project aimed at exploring the many and varied connections individuals and groups have with Maleny.

The project will use specifically designed postcards
onto which individuals & community groups will
create a visual response to the question, "What connects me to Maleny?"

There will be guided workshops at MNC, and you can collect blank postcards from the front desk to take away and work on at your leisure.  read more...

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Refugee settlement

Welcome to Maleny Group

Join the Conversation
Monday July 4th at 1pm
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre

In response to community concerns about Refugee issues, MNC Coordinator was approached by community on "How can Maleny help refugees?".

Refugee conversations was held on Monday 20th June at 1pm. The idea behind this meeting was to enable the community to make informed decisions about what they can tangibly give to the Refugees coming to Queensland and more specifically to Brisbane.

Multicultural Development Association , Senior Manager Client Services, Tim Draper, Lisa McDonald who has worked on Nauru (Save the Children) and Lou Walsh (Buddies) who has supported Refugees in local detention centres were guest speakers and each gave us valuable information.

Tim Draper talked about MDA's settlement program of Iraqi and Syrian refugees and the latest policies and numbers for settlement. Lisa and Lou both shared their life experience working and supporting refugees and asylum seekers.  

Following afternoon tea, the group decided after some discussion to have another meeting on Monday July 4th at 1pm to discuss how best the local community can support refugees.

One of the ideas was a day trip for newly settled families on the North side of Brisbane. This would include Maleny community members collaborating with MDA to provide a day of fun and food for new arrivals. Also there was discussion around a fund raising event to raise money for phone cards for those imprisoned on Nauru.

All are welcome to come and join this group of interested locals keen to form an ongoing group.

Sacred Yarning with Aunty Pam
(aka Dinnawhan)

Sharing of the Sacred Ceremonial Journey across UK and Europe.

When: Next Wed 13th July
Time: 11am until 1pm
Where: Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny

The wounding of the Feminine and Masculine PLUS
The Mis Aligned Patriarchal Programme
Restoration of the Matriarchal Indigenous Cultural Aspect

Please come and share and yarn. 

What to bring:
Your beautiful self, and another and another.
Plate to share

RSVP: Please let me know if you are coming by messaging me on my Facebook profile.
Maleny Neighbourhood Centre became the venue for the amazing Art for Peace project from 19th to June 30th May.

Approximately 200 people participated in the creation of a 1.8 x 8 metre mural based on the theme “Say Yes to Family Peace”. The wall was made from over 130 canvasses all joined together and set in a semi-circle. The full circle was completed with straw bales to allow people to sit and engage in conversation or even to just watch and listen as the eclectic artwork evolved. read more...

Hinterland Finance & Sustainability Expo

 Creating a healthier and wealthier community

Once again Maleny will hold an event that is a first of its kind on the Sunshine Coast. The Hinterland Finance and Sustainability Expo will be a free one day event held at the Maleny Showground on July 23 from 9.00am – 3.00pm.
The event brings together a number of financial and environmental experts who will come together to share their knowledge and inspire visitors to take action to improve their personal, family and business situations and contribute to making a more sustainable community. Read more...

Go here for the programme.

IFYS - Integrated Family and Youth Services

Our Young Parents Support Program is hosting a 5 week Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Program for parents who are 25yrs and under.

This course starts on Wednesday 3rd August and there are limited spaces available so, make sure to call Young Parents on PH 5479 5898 to register your interest today. read more...

Maleny Local Business

MNC is launching an opportunity for local ethical businesses to advertise in our monthly newsletter which goes out to about 1600 people per month.
Your ad could read for example:
"Specialising in bringing you the very best
service possible since ....
'A quote from your valued client here or a feature of a new and exciting product or service that you offer.' "
Contact us... link to your website

For more info...

Featured Events
This month & next

Rehearsals for Life

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

A weekly workshop will be held at Maleny Flexi School Art Shed on a Thursday evening 6 – 7:15pm/ *7:45pm (*Four Thursdays each term) during the school term. Starting 21st April 2016.

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

Parents of Teenagers

Peer to Peer Support Group

This programme has now completed.

This first Pilot programme for the MNC to bring parents of teens together for 20 weeks to form a peer support group to discuss and support each other on issues relating to raising teens has been very supportive and successful for the parents involved. 

The desired outcome was that after 20 weeks, the parents could then continue to meet in their peer support group without facilitation. This objective has been met.

"This facilitated group has been amazing for me. Not just another support group, the facilitation in this group supports new and shared knowledge and some great take away ideas, as well as allowing me to express my hurts and concerns, and have them listened to. - Anon"

MNC wishes to run another similar programme and is currently advertising both internally and externally for a facilitator. 




Family Services - Wendy.
Details in the side panel of this newsletter.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 3.00 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

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 3.00 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 every second month - make appts at MNC Front Desk

Community Solutions Disability Employment 
Contact: Liz  Ph: 5413 1555 for an appointment
Time: Wednesdays Midday - 5 pm

Family Services - Wendy
Details in side panel of this newsletter
When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 7.30 am to 3.00 midday

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

Fix It Cafe - 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
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

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 

Animal Clinic
Time: 10 am - 1 pm

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

Emergency Relief URGENT Needs

With the cold weather we are in need of blankets for our emergency relief clients. If you have any spare ones around that you don't use anymore we would very much appreciate them. Please drop them into the office at MNC 17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny.

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 

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

We Need Volunteers Please

MNC needs volunteers to assist homeless clients to fill in Census forms during Census week 9/10/11 August. Will need 2 hours training the week before.
Please contact Nooreen asap on 07 5499 9345

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.

Curtains in our Conference Rooms

We're very happy to inform room hirers that we now have curtains in our Conference Rooms.

This provides a lovely ambience, as well as privacy for the many workshops that are conducted there.

Emergency Relief Supplies needed

Do you have spare blankets, quilts, towels or saucepans that are in good clean condition that you can donate to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre?

If so, please drop in during the hours of 9am - 3pm. Thank you.

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



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

Celebrating our Indigenous
Bunya Heritage

IGA kindly donated a carving for the Neighbourhood Centre, inspired by the MattyG's wood carvings you see around town.

MNC sent a poll out to our members and received a great response. Our members voted for a Bunya, in celebration of our indigenous heritage in the area.

MattyG crafted the Bunya during his exhibition at the Maleny Agricultural Show.

A big thank you to Rob from IGA for his generosity and to MattyB for his creative work. 

Broadband for Seniors
BFS Webinar
myGov Introduction


myGov is a fast and simple way to access government services online.
In this session Robert will provide a brief introduction about myGov including:
  • the inbox
  • the update your details service
  • other member services.
He will also explore the steps for creating a myGov account and linking a service. read more...

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 9th July
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Rebecca Jaques
Volunteer Profile

Bec and her husband have made Maleny home in an effort to provide for their family, a wholesome, rural community with all the associated benefits that we all love.
Bec was raised in Brisbane and in her teens, overindulged in experimentation with all the usual suspects until she realised that this was not what she wanted for her life. This led her initially to a voluntary position with the Royal Children’s Radio Lollipop Programme, then onto a volunteer position with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation which she felt was her calling.
Bec realised that she had a lot to offer people struggling with addiction, and their parents and families, so took herself off to Uni to study social work. She was offered work as an employee with the Drug and Alcohol Foundation whilst she studied for her degree.

Her last placement was with the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre. She fell in love with us and the work we do, and stayed on as a volunteer, now offering her time as Secretary for the Management Committee. “I really love the MNC, it does so much for people, there’s no judgment, anyone can come in and be cared for. It has a really good feel and it’s great being down there.” 

Thank you Bec. We very much appreciate your time and commitment to the MNC. 


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

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

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Billy's Ayurvedic

Fridays 12.15 pm
Donation: Min $10 - 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"


~ 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

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.

Emergency Relief Story

I am a pensioner who lives in Maleny with my only source of income being the aged pension. I find this pension is, at times, insufficient to live on and I use the emergency relief at Maleny Neighbourhood Centre occasionally.

I have received help with basic food staples and with some cookware. I also participate weekly in the Mah Jong games at the centre and find this a valuable social networking opportunity for myself.

I appreciate that there is always something for morning tea available and that means I don’t have to worry about lunch when I go home.
I am very grateful for the help I have received from the MNC and consider the centre an excellent community facility.  I especially think that a couple of the volunteers (Meryl and Duncan) are extremely “down to earth” and exceptional in their ability to make people comfortable.

I would recommend the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre to anyone in need or to anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity. I foresee the need for myself to use the services of the MNC again and am very thankful that it is available.

Legal Services at MNC

Suncoast Community Legal Services are here at MNC every 2nd Monday - next here Monday 13th and 27th June.

Please phone to make an appointment in advance: Ph: 5443 7827

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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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