August 2018
Dear member, 
Our AGM is coming up this month and it would be good to see as many members (and would-be members) coming along. Memberships are also due and can be renewed at the AGM or any time at our front office.
     Don't know how to get rid of your old mobile phones? See our article below. 
     Our Emergency Relief Program is one of the Centre's most important contributions to the community. So next time you see a 'piggy' when you're out shopping in Maleny, your spare change is always welcome.
– Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley, editors
Thursday 30 August 2018, 4pm

MNC wishes to advise that our AGM will be held later this month. We would also like to call for nominations to the committee. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
More information: email Nooreen, (07) 5499 9345.
WANTED: Your old glasses, sunglasses and mobile phones!

The Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club has provided a collection box at the MNC reception area, and would appreciate donations of spectacles, sunglasses and old mobile phones no longer needed. 
In the last ten years the Lions Recycle for Sight Australia project has collected close to 4 million pairs of spectacles. 
Project update
Homelessness Week, 6-12 August
CHASM and MNC volunteers will have a fundraising table in front of the IGA, from 11am-2pm, Monday to Friday that week. All monies received will be donated to the MNC for their emergency accommodation fund.
Shared House Pilot Project
We are partnering with MNC on this project (transitionary housing for women and children) and the state government funded Innovative Housing Research Project (for older people wanting to age in place in Maleny). 
The Small House project
We are currently ramping up our fundraising efforts to build the first of ten relocatable dwellings which will be located in the Maple Street Co-op’s community garden. We have raised over $6,000 so far and aim to reach $50,000. Our first raffle is underway with a $100 hamper from Maple Street Co-op, to be drawn at the end of August. 
Sponsorship plan and website
Please visit our website for more information or contact us via email for offers of support or inquiry.
Read the full update • View CHASM's brochure

Feed a piggy today!

The MNC piggies are a fixture in businesses around Maleny, so if you see the “Piggies“ around, please feel free to empty your loose change into it. Any amount accepted!
How our piggies contribute to MNC
MNC is one of the few neighbourhood centres that depend on fundraising strategies to provide a significant part of our budget. MNC supports local families and individuals through our Emergency Relief program and the “piggies” are an important part of that strategy.
     The Emergency Relief program includes food parcels, blankets, stoves and other donated items. MNC also supports the local primary school with school lunches which include sandwiches and fruit each week. 
Thanks to the support of Pia Buick Real Estate, MNC is the recipient of a grant through the Real Estate Institute QLD for our Emergency Relief program.

Be Connected – free to over 50s!

Friday 3 & 17 August, 9.30am–12.30pm
Would you like to know more about your computer than just emailing and searching?
Join us at MNC and watch your computer come to life. Kate Lawrence, owner of Indigo Cat Website and Design, trains the group and gives 1-on-1 tutorials. Just by asking a few simple questions during a session, you can enjoy the benefits of your laptop much more!
To book or enquire phone 5499 9345.

NEW: Maleny Music at the MNC 

Every Wednesday, 7–10pm 
A community music making and skill development program, open to all ages and skill levels
Co-ordinated by local musician Dr Michael Whiticker
View the poster
NAIDOC Week, 8–15 July
Thank you to all those who gathered for lunch on Thursday 12 July to acknowledge NAIDOC week.  The theme this year was “ Because of her we can”. As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women continue to play significant roles as leaders, trailblazers, politicians, activists and social change advocates.
Indigenous sharing and learning group
We are calling for parents to come together for an information session about establishing a homework club type activity to support our local Indigenous primary and high school students. We are also seeking volunteer tutors who could assist us either weekly or fortnightly... more details here. Please contact Nooreen (07) 5499 9345.
More info here
Maleny Garden Club:
Gardening on the Edge donation, $822


PANTRY: White rice, toothbrushes & regular size shampoo & conditioner
Blankets. $20 fuel vouchers & IGA vouchers still urgently needed

Upcoming events
Suicide prevention workshop
Saturday 4 August, 10am, Mapleton Community Hall
A 3 hour training workshop to increase suicide alertness, available to anyone above 17 years of age. Participants need to book beforehand – phone 5499 9345 or email the MNC coordinator. Cost: $15 to be paid on the day.
Thursday 30 August 2018, 4pm
We would also like to call for nominations to the committee. Please RSVP for catering purposes.
More information: email Nooreen, (07) 5499 9345.
Friday 14 September, 3.30–9pm
Back in 2018, transforming the Centre into a magical gypsy encampment with music, food, stalls and workshops. Hosted by the Maleny Flexi School.
More info: Sammalen, Maleny Flexi School, 5429 6958
View the poster.
August noticeboard

Community lunch

Every Thursday, 12.30pm,
$5 donation if possible or help in the kitchen and contribute to the lunch.
Join us for a delicious lunch and meet other community members.

Maleny Rapid Fix

(previously FixIt Cafe)
Thursday 9 and 23 August, 9am – 2.30pm 
Items need to be brought in on the day for initial assessment. Contact 5499 9345 for more info.

EPICC Maleny

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

Be Connected Cafe

Every second Friday, 9.30am–12.30pm, next session 3 August. For people aged 50+. Guidance developing IT skills. Contact 5499 9345. 

W2M Refugee Support Group

Meets first Monday of the month.
All welcome. 
Visit our Facebook page

Next LETS weekly office – 2 August

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
11 August

Community Legal Outreach Service

Provides family and general law advice and referral services. (07) 5443 7827. 

CBC number 43356

 Just quote the CBC number above when making your groceries purchase, and proceeds will be donated to MNC.
More details

Compassionate Housing Affordability Solutions Maleny

Working to increase the supply of affordable housing
More info

Eckankar: HU chant and spiritual discussion theme

The Sound of Soul
As Soul, you have the God-knowledge within.
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm
What's on


• Centrelink – Homeless & Vulnerable Outreach Program
Every second Monday, 
9 –11am with Tony (If you are coming from a distance please phone MNC on 5499 9345 to check that Tony is here before you travel.)

• RangeCare Games Morning 
9.30am – 12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152

• Suncoast Community Legal – Free legal advice & service
For appointment phone 5443 7827or visit the website

• Welcome 2 Maleny 
First Monday of the month
4.30 – 6pm For more info email


• 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 

• Qi Gong
Tuesdays, 2–3pm
Ph: 5429 6208


• ECKANKAR free events
Hu chant and spiritual discussion   
6 – 7.30pm
Contact Jennifer 0429 957 989 or 5496 5054

• Maleny Music at the MNC
Community music making and skill development program   
7 – 10pm
Contact Michael Whiticker 0419 026 895


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome

• MNC Rapid Fix (previously FixIt Cafe)
2nd and 4th Thursday, 9am – 2.30pm
 $5 donation per item.

• Justice of the Peace
To witness signatures of official documents
12.30 – 2.30pm

• LETS office
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm


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

Every weekday 

• Flexi School
(except school holidays)

• Free Wi-Fi, computers available

• Counselling support
on request

• Lutheran Community Care- Partners in
Recovery Mental Health

Mon, Tue, Thur. Ring Hayley 0403400944 for appointment

• 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 Andrew our Admin Officer to discuss further.
If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Centre please contact the Volunteers Support worker.


Maleny Neighbourhood Centre is one of few centres that is only partly funded by State and Local government. The rest of our budget is covered through memberships, donations and fundraising. We would love you to join the Centre as a member. You can do that at our reception desk between the hours of 9am - 3pm weekdays or through the website

For more information
read more.
or donate by Paypal.
Thank you!
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
• Sunstone Gardens Home Owners Association
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 September 2018 edition:
Mon 20 August. 
Send contributions to
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
17 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny Qld 4552
Opening hours: 
Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.
Closed Public Holidays.
Phone: (07) 5499 9345
The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre acknowledges the Kabi Kabi and Jinabirra people, 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: Karen Sheiles & Wendy Oakley
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