MNC AGM  on Wed 28th Sept at 5pm

There will be nibbles and live music afterwards. The cut-off date for nominations for the MNC Committee is Wednesday 14th Sept. If you are considering joining our Committee please email Bec to get a form. Filled in application forms can be emailed to Bec or Barry or dropped in at MNC Mon-Fri 9am to 3pm before Wednesday 14th September at  3pm.

Grandma's Kitchen
Parenting Teenagers Workshop
Maleny Housing Projects
Volunteers needed
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Forest Heart - Local Nursery Native Plants 
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 - Sept 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,

It's time to welcome in Spring, and haven't we had some spectacular days! 

We're welcoming our new Volunteer Worker, Alison, appreciating our community, seeking volunteers, and continue to support the vulnerable in our community. All in a days work at MNC!

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.

Invitation to be a part of the Blackall Range Community 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.
People seeking low-cost accommodation are invited to meet and greet with hosts at 2.30pm on Tuesdays at The Marketplace Cafe - see notice above.



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 a.m. until 12 MD, and 12 MD to 3.00 p.m.  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.

Public Information Evening

Thursday 15th September 2016


5.30pm to 7.00pm


Share the Dignity

"Imagine sleeping rough, trying to find somewhere you and your meagre bundle won’t be moved on, when you realise your period has started." Read more...

MNC would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Share the Dignity for providing a package of supplies for our Emergency Relief clients. We are very grateful to have these supplies to provide to the women in our community who need them.

Training on domestic and family violence

by Mark Walters (Manager of Mensline) DVCONNECT
Friday 30 September 2016
1pm- 3pm  for Community Members
(everyone welcome)
10am - 12pm for MNC Volunteers only

Topic: Common and central myths and misconceptions on causes and contribution factors to domestic and family violence. What helps and what hinders?

Narrative approach of current contemporary research, power point slides, includes video.

RSVP by email or phone on 54 999 345

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...

My Maleny - Postcards

This project is now complete.

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 used specifically designed postcards
onto which individuals & community groups created a visual response to the question, "What connects me to Maleny?"

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Maleny Local Business

MNC is offering local businesses the opportunity to advertise in our monthly newsletter which goes out to about 1600 people per month.

You can contact Anne or Nooreen in our office to discuss further.
For more info...

Featured Events
This month & next

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 email 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 Grandma's Kitchen
Time: Tuesdays 11.30am to 1pm

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

APM Disability Services with Jo 
Time: Tuesdays 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 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 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 


Alison Meredith

A big welcome to Alison, who has joined our team to care for and support our volunteer workforce.

Alison has been in these warmer climes for most of her adult life, having hailed from Melbourne where her family still reside. She fell in love with the Hinterland when working in Brissy, and eventually relocated here about 7 years ago. 

Alison periodically spends time with the Maleny Players, assisting with makeup. 

Because she loves the vibe here at MNC, and really engages with the community work that MNC does, Alison applied for the position when it became available. She has had a couple of contracts with MNC previously so knows her way around.

Alison's role here is to support volunteers in their role, as well as recruit new volunteers as needed. She can be contacted by email if you want to make contact with her.

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

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.

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.

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.

Safe Talk Suicide Prevention

Expressions of interest are welcomed to attend free training in 'Safe Talk' - Suicide Prevention training.  This is funded by 'Our Towns and Communities Matter project', an initiative of Maleny Community Centre, Caloundra Community Centre and Care Connect. Read more...

Suicide is preventable.

Anyone can make a difference.

Attend the award-winning ASIST workshop and learn to:
  • recognize people at risk of suicide, 

  • talk to them, hear their stories, and understand their situations, then 

  • help them stay safe with a life-affirming intervention. 

The two-day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop is open to anyone 16 or older.
Widely used by both professionals and the general public, ASIST offers something to every participant, no matter how experienced. 

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 13th August
TIME: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Glori - Alison will get details

Alison will provide details about Glori as well as a photograph


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

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

Facebook Group

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"

by Laina McCoy

~ 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 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 have lived in Maleny, with my two sons Grant and Christian for near on 15 years.

Our 1st Xmas here back then would not have been a very joyous one but for the brilliant generosity of the Neighbourhood Center. Giving the kids toys and great food to make Xmas just terrific.

I have again three times since then needed their help and again they were so helpful. Not only with food, but towels,  blankets and toiletries. Things that we really needed at the time.
The staff, the people who donate their time and the things folk need, when times are hard are just heaven sent!

And we love them for it!

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.
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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