November 2018
Dear member, 
We're fast approaching Christmas, and this Christmas Day we will of course be holding our regular Christmas morning breakfast. We always welcome volunteers so if you would like to be involved please let us know (see below). 
    And our Open Day held last month raised about $1000 for the Centre. Well done to everyone who contributed!
– Karen Sheiles and Wendy Oakley, editors

A shout out for volunteers!

Christmas Tree Festival at Maleny Uniting Church
Wednesday 19 – 24 December (Christmas Eve)
The proceeds from the donation boxes at the festival will be given to MNC. We are asking for volunteers to be available for 2 hour shifts, at the entrance desk and you do not have to be a part of our volunteer team. There are 3 shifts per day 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm & 6-8 pm on most days.

Our Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day 
Setup starts 22 December
There is work to be done in the leadup to this day with putting up gazebos etc. We would love assistance on the day, cooking at the BBQ, preparation & serving. We will also need to pack everything up. The roster is at MNC reception, so come and sign up! View the poster

New Events Team
Also we are looking for two members of the community to volunteer to help with the new Events Team that is being formed for all annual events at the Centre. If you are interested please contact Nancy on 5499 9345.

All enquiries 5499 9345
Thanks to all our vollies!
On Wednesday 17 October MNC held a Google volunteers workshop which included morning tea and lunch. 16 volunteers attended the day. Feedback was very positive with many commenting on how useful this training will be for them. Thanks to Heather at The Orangery for catering – as always, the food was delicious. – Nancy

Part of a thriving community

MNC has been one of 73 neighbourhood centres to receive a share of $600,000 as part of the Thriving Communities Grants. The grant has been welcomed by the Queensland Families and Communities Association, the peak body of neighbourhood centres. 
Read the full press release. 

Jann Porter
What a delight it was to discover the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre! I am relatively new to Maleny, so last year my first impression of MNC was at Christmas time with Santa being present, and many people expressing happiness and joy. I decided to become involved – my experience included working for other neighbourhood centres in NSW.
      What a pleasure it has been for me to enjoy the company of the friendly community who facilitate the Centre. Recently it has become clear that I can offer professional counselling free of charge and group work, so now I have become part of the MNC community myself on Mondays and Thursdays.
With thanks to:
• Maleny Uniting Church
• Witta Recreation Club
• REMAX Hinterland
• Maleny Credit Union
• Kim Oxley
• Maleny Hired Hands

Who we are: Out and proud in Maleny

A book launch by the Maleny IDAHOT group

Thursday 8 November, 5:30pm

With the support of grants from GALFA and the Maleny Credit Union Charitable Trust, Maleny IDAHOT group have produced a video and most recently a book. The book tells the stories of eight people from the Maleny LGBT community. Guest speaker is the newly appointed Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for Queensland, Mr Scott McDougall. Light refreshments served and copies of the book will be available for sale. To RSVP or to purchase a copy please email Heather Cameron before 5 November.  
People have been asking for a way to stay connected with others in Maleny and we are delighted to offer this program. No skills required! just bring yourself along to meet others in your community – to connect, to share your opinion on anything or perhaps just listen. Facilitated by a warm qualified professional in the friendly environment of MNC. For more info phone 5499 9345.

Melony's Drag Queen Bingo...

Friday 30 November, 6.30 - 10.30 pm, Maleny Showgrounds
Proudly presented by CHASM, we welcome the Queen of the Sunshine Coast, Melony Brests, and her right hand gal Sall Monalla. Tickets $25 (Includes light supper) All proceeds go direct to the CHASM fundraiser. 
(18+ event, contains coarse language, sexual references, drag queens behaving badly and may contain traces of nuts!)
Full detailsCHASM website

NDIS Information Sessions

24 & 27 November, 10am to 12pm - RSVP 
Presented by Vickie Starr from Community Service Business Solutions and presenters from NDIA and CSBS. To learn more about the NDIS or how to prepare for your planning meeting, come along and see us! Event info here.


This year's Open Day focussed on volunteer recruitment and fundraising. Although it was a very wet day, approximately 40-50 people came through the Centre, and all in all the Centre raised $1000 for the day. 
     Thank you to all groups and stall holders that assisted, including: The Hospital Auxiliary, Church of England, MNC volunteers for cooking and various donations, MNC Floral Art group, Maleny Girl Guides, Joanne (palm reader), Suellen Pike (henna stall), Angel (face painting) and the Street Swag. Read the full report


Tins of spaghetti
$20 fuel vouchers & IGA vouchers always needed

A carry bag by day and a basic bed and shelter by night, the Street Swag was designed to be discrete so as not to identify people as homeless. They’re not cheap – but for some, they’re ‘home’. $110. 
Kid's DVDs and books!
New or near new books and DVDs, suitable for children up to age 12, to be given away by Santa at our Christmas Breakfast. Please drop them off at MNC.
Upcoming events

Book launch by the Maleny IDAHOT group

Thursday 8 November, 5:30pm

A place to be

Thursdays 1–3pm, from 22 November – 20 December

NDIS Information Sessions

24 & 27 November, 10am to 12pm - RSVP please 

Melony's Drag Queen Bingo...

Friday 30 November, 6.30 pm, Maleny Showgrounds

Our Christmas Breakfast on Christmas Day 

Setup starts 22 December
November 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.

EPICC Maleny

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

Maleny Rapid Fix

Thursday 8 and 22 November, 9am–2.30pm. For all non-electrical items. Items need to be brought in on the day for initial assessment. Contact 5499 9345 for more info.

W2M Refugee Support Group

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

Next LETS weekly office – 1 November

Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Next LETS market
10 November

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

Qi Gong

Tuesdays from 2–3pm.
Public $5.00, volunteers free. Phone 5429 6208 for more info.


Tuesdays 9.30–11.30am. Knitting & crocheting for the festival next July.
More info
What's on


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

• HELP Enterprises
Every second Monday, 9 am - 3 pm

• RangeCare Games Morning 
9.30 am –12 noon
Contact Janene 5429 6152
NOTE: Last date for 2018 – Monday 10 December, 
resuming Monday 8 January 2019

• Counselling Service 
10 am - 2 pm
For an appointment phone 5499 9345 for Jann

• 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
9.30 am – 12.30 pm

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

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


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


• Community lunch
$5 donation if possible
Everyone welcome
12.30 pm

• Maleny Rapid Fix
2nd and 4th Thursday, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm
 $5 donation per item.

• Counselling Service
10 am - 12 pm
For an appointment phone 5499 9345 for Jann

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

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


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

• 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. Contact Andrew our Admin Officer to discuss further.
We are looking for two members of the community to volunteer to help with the new Events Team that is being formed for all annual events at the centre. If you would like to know more about volunteering at the Centre please contact the Volunteer Support worker ph: 54999345.


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.
In order to maintain and support our work, we ask that you & your friends become members of the Neighbourhood Centre. For as little as $5 a month for 1 year (which is $60) you can provide the ingredients for 1 community lunch. Go to to MNC
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 December 2018 newsletter:
Monday 12 November. 
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 Jinnaburra 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
Copyright © 2018 Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, All rights reserved.

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