Friday 7 July, 5.30–10pm

Have fun, paint a tie or just buy a fun tie to wear on the night...
July 2017
Hello <<First Name>>, 
A little bit of everything in our newsletter this month, from our Swag Appeal for homeless people for the cold months of winter, to our Obi Art Prize celebrations (see below). This important event has attracted artworks from more than 70 artists – many from our local community but also a few entries from overseas.
   And this year for the first time we are holding NAIDOC celebrations at MNC, the theme for this year being "Languages matter" (details below).
Enjoy this month's newsletter!
– Anne Delmas & Wendy Oakley, editors

Gardeners wanted

Love gardening? We are looking for volunteers specifically for our vegetable gardens. Please email

Come to our Painted Tie event

7 July from 5.30pm at MNC

The evening is the major fundraising event for MNC and celebrates the National Obi Art Prize that was launched for the first time this year. There will be a wide range of entertainment. Guest artists will be exhibiting and contributing their works for sale during the event and include Steve Kilbey from Australian band The Church, Jandamarra Cadd, Astrid Dahland and local artist Satya Demasson. 25% of the sale of these works goes to MNC.

You can buy tickets at MNC or you can book online.

Be part of our Swag Appeal

We are doing a swag appeal for our Emergency Relief program. Especially designed to be a carry bag by day and a basic bed and shelter by night, the Street Swag was designed to be incredibly discrete so as not to identify people as homeless. The swags are made locally at Woodford Correctional Centre.
   MNC has given out 5 swags to homeless local people since the beginning of the year and as the cold sets in we are expecting to be giving out more – at least 10 more by the end of the year. A swag costs $85. 
If you want to support MNC to buy more swags please donate.
More on the website


PANTRY: Tins of lentils
Tents, blankets, towels and linen. 
Pots and pans always required.


Bring out your cartridges!

Barung Resource Centre,
38a Coral St, 9am-4.30pm, Mon–Fri

Bring your printer cartridges to the Resource Centre for recycling. Empty toner cartridges, full waste toner cartridges and inkjet cartridges will be forwarded to Close the Loop and recycled into pens, rulers and asphalt. MNC is happy to know that we can recycle our cartridges so easily!

Movie night a great success

Welcome to Maleny was thrilled to see so many people come to our movie night Freedom stories – a big thank you for the financial donations, for the many letters signed advocating for refugees, for people who put their names down for potentially hosting refugees for a night, and for buying our Welcome to Maleny Tshirts. What a night it was!
   Coming up for Welcome to Maleny – a new Welcoming Day for refugees, a community conversation and of course some popping up stalls in town. Look for the flags.
   To receive news from Welcome to Maleny, please email

MNC's emergency relief program provides food, coffee vouchers, counselling, financial counselling, phone bill assistance and other referrals for people in need. MNC also provides blankets, linen, swags, pots and pans, camping stoves and tents for people temporarily without shelter. 

"An incredible community resource"

'Elizabeth' is a middle aged lady with chronic fatigue syndrome whose only source of income is a widow’s pension, which is insufficient to live on. She has utilised the emergency relief service in the past to help with groceries – this was particularly helpful recently when her mentally ill son was living with her.
   She has signed up for some counselling sessions at MNC, and really enjoys the MNC weekly community lunches. 
   Elizabeth is very grateful for the help she has received from MNC and considers the Centre an “incredible community resource”. She says she will only use the emergency relief when she absolutely needs it but is so glad it is available if she does need it.


We wish to welcome some new members to Maleny LETS with their exciting offerings:
Evan and Clara – toys (Goods), electrician services (Building & Trade) and live music (Entertainment)
Alex – Energy healing (Body & Mind)
Agnes – Accommodation, garden produce (Food), sewing and mending (Home Services)
So if you are a member just log in and look for them under the Offering categories. To become a member you can email or drop in to our weekly office at MNC on Thursdays at 10.30.

Change of prices for room hire starting 1 July 2017

MNC is 50% government–funded and 50% self–funded, and room hire is an important aspect that contributes to our self-funding. 
If you want to organise a booking for one of our spaces, please contact Anne on (07)5494 2907. 
List of new charges

Holding tank ‘pump out’ charges

“'Pump out' is a Council service which removes grey water and sewerage from approximately 600 residences across the Sunshine Coast, which incurs significant regular charges. On 14 June Councillors McKay and Rogerson spoke at a public forum calling for support for their proposal to charge an extra $10 per year to all ratepayers across the area to provide ‘pump out’ services to those ratepayers who are required by Council to have holding tanks.
If this issue affects you, go to for more information. 
Upcoming events

NAIDOC celebrations at MNC

Thursday 6 July, 10am-12noon

The theme for this year is "Our Languages Matter". There will be Indigenous storytelling, sharing bush tucker knowledge, storytelling, music and sharing languages. There will be morning tea and people will be invited to join us for the community lunch (donation $5 per plate).

Obi Painted Tie Event

7 July, 5.30pm - 10pm
Launch Party and Winners Announcement
Have fun, paint a tie or just buy a fun tie to wear on the night to help raise money for MNC.

National Obi Art Exhibition

8 & 9 July, open 9am - 5pm
Display of the finalists of Obi Art Prize and guest artists.

Closing Ceremony

9 July
Winners Announcement – Peoples Choice Award, 5pm

More info

Knitfest Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival

8–9 July, Maleny

An exciting weekend celebrating winter arts and crafts. We will be yarnbombing and decorating the main street of Maleny which will come alive with yarnbombing, workshops, guest speakers, music and craft markets.
View the poster or visit the website.
Natural Death Care Centre
Zen & the art of dying
Death walker training with Zenith Virago
Wed 12 July 6 – 9 pm, $15
This comprehensive and embodied training covers all aspects of sudden and expected death, body care, disposal, ceremony and loss. The session includes viewing Zen & the Art of Dying documentary film, talk and Q&A.
View the poster for more info.

Supporting kids through separation

1 day workshop for parents
Sat 15 July, 9am to 3pm $60

Kids need special support to avoid being negatively impacted by a separation or divorce. Research shows that when parents can be present for their children emotionally, children can be protected from harmful long-term impacts and grow to be resilient, confident children...more
View the poster
Starts Wednesday 19 July, 9am–12 noon,
running over 8 weeks

PET is an internationally acclaimed course designed to teach communication and relationship skills to parents which enhance all family relationships.
View the poster
July 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

Hinterland Games Club

Thursdays, 1.30–3pm. 
All welcome and no experience necessary.
View the poster.

Billy's Ayurvedic Kitchen

Fridays at 12.15pm.

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets every first Monday at 4.30pm
Next meeting: Monday 3 July
More info: 0490 314 011
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 6 July

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
Sat 8 July, 9am–1pm
View the July newsletter

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. Please join our CBC community – 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

Realize the power of God’s love to heal your heart
Weekly Wednesdays
View the flyer here

Tai Chi class

With Roger Westcott.
On Tuesdays at 5pm at MNC. Free for MNC volunteers. Ph: 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

EPICC Maleny

Support for people with disabilities. Fridays 9.30am-3.30pm
View the poster here

MNC's Knitfest group

meet on Wednesday afternoons at MNC from 3.30 - 5.00pm
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
Contact Anne 0490 314 011


• 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

• No Interest Loan Scheme
9.00am – 12.00pm

• Maleny Floral Art Group
Second Tuesday of the month, 9am – 12 noon 

• Tai Chi class
Resuming Tuesday 8 July, 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

• Maleny Wellbeing Group (Suicide Prevention Project)
Second Wednesday of the month, 10am – 12 noon
Contact Nooreen 5499 9345


• 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

• Hinterland Games Club 
Every Thursday, 1.30 – 3pm.
Free, all welcome


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

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!

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, and electricians, carpenters, sewing and handy(wo)men for Fixit. 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, beans, 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.

Sponsors for the Obi Art Prize events

IGA (Major prize)
Ken Mills Toyota (Peoples Choice Award),
Apex (Obi Youth Award) 
Spida Productions and Andrew Powell (Encouragement awards for young people)
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

• 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 August Edition:
15 July 2017. 
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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
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